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Headlines for Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Grayville man accused of setting a fire last July that injured himself and a local firefighter has waived his right to a jury trial and will proceed with a bench trial instead.  42-year-old Ernest C. McKenzie faces charges of arson and reckless conduct.  A bench trial before Judge David Frankland has been set for Nov. 19.

26-year-old Thomas Davidson of Poseyville, IN has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the August 16 slaying of Sandra K. Burkhardt of Posey County, IN. In White County Circuit Court Wednesday, Davidson entered a guilty plea to a single charge of first-degree murder and avoided a jury trial. White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud said the children of the victim were on board with the plea agreement and sentence.  Davidson will be 85-years-old before he is eligible for release from prison.  The slaying happened near Bulldog Hill west of Crossville.

Thieves have made off with a Play Station 3 game set from the Church of God on West Main Street in Fairfield.  No value was listed on the loss. The theft was reported Wednesday evening.

Saline County authorities are investigating a string of car burglaries over the past few days. More than 15 vehicles were targeted.  Police are also looking for information about who shot up a traffic message board owned by Perry County Construction Co.  The device is worth more than $30,000.

Jasper Grade School will conduct a Veterans Day program this Friday at 8:15 a.m. The service will feature a color guard from the local VFW.  All area veterans are invited to attend. The annual Veterans Day Parade is 2 p.m. this Saturday through downtown Fairfield.  A flag raising program will be featured at 1 p.m. Saturday at Freedom Park in downtown Fairfield.

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