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Headlines for Thursday, November 14, 2013

currierInvestigators with the Illinois Attorney General’s office executed a search warrant at the home of a Carmi, Ill. man Wednesday, seizing computers that contained a large quantity of suspected child pornography.  Donald H. Currier, III, 64 was arrested at his home on Stewart Street in Carmi.  On Thursday, White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud filed seven counts of unlawful possession of child pornography containing images of a victim under the age of 13.  Currier was able post $10,000 cash bond and has been released pending a December 12 first appearance in White County Circuit Court. If convicted, Currier faces 3 – 7 years in prison on each of the seven class-2 felony charges.  The arrest of Currier was part of the Illinois Attorney General’s Operation Glass House initiative which was launched in 2012 to target suspects accused of trading in child pornography.  To date, nearly 50 suspects have been arrested as part of Operation Glass House.

Officials at Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative are warning about a possible scam in the area.  They say some of their customers have been receiving phone calls by someone posing as a Wayne-White representative, inquiring about their account information.  The cooperative is stressing that the phone calls are not coming from the cooperative, and say if they call a customer, they would already have the customer’s account information.  They stress to never give account information over the phone, and if they receive such a call, to ask for the identification and phone number of the person calling them.

Scott A. Meserole of Albion reports to Fairfield police that someone broke into his 1999 Chevy pickup truck Wednesday afternoon while it was parked at Frontier Community College’s Workforce Development Center and stole a woodworking router and a blade kit table saw, worth about $175.  Meserole said he noticed the items missing around 4:15 p.m.

20-year-old Kyle A. Puckett of Norris City has been sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to a possession of a stolen vehicle charge.  Puckett was also sentenced to two years parole and ordered to pay restitution and costs to the victims in the case.  Two theft charges were dropped in return for the guilty plea.

43-year-old Brandon Smith of Crossville was arrested by Evansville, IN police Tuesday on weapon and drug charges after police were called to the Tropicana Hotel.  Police discovered narcotics and drug paraphernalia while in the room, and found a loaded handgun under a pillow that was determined to belong to Smith, who was found to be a convicted felon.  Smith was charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a syringe.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has not yet said if he’ll make the income tax hike permanent.  Quinn signed an income tax increase that took effect in 2011 and is set to expire at the end of 2014.  The state faces a pension system debt amounting to $100 billion, and lawmakers have been weighing cost-cutting and revenue-raising options.

18-year-old Caylin Goodin of Centralia, IL was seriously hurt Wednesday afternoon when the vehicle she was driving went off Illinois Route 37 about four miles south of Salem, IL and hit a utility pole and a concrete beam in a field.  The vehicle ended up ni a ditch.  She was taken to the Salem hospital for treatment and later transferred to a St. Louis, MO hospital.

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