Three Fairfield teens face disorderly conduct charges after a suspected gunplay incident Wednesday evening in front of Fairfield Community High School. The teens were wearing ski masks and were armed with what appeared to be semi-automatic handguns. Witnesses told police the three were driving around the high school pointing the guns out of the car windows. Three Fairfield City Police officers located the suspects on Douglas Street and made a “high risk” vehicle stop, complete with guns drawn. Turns out the kids two of them 15 – the other 16 – were armed with air soft guns. They had removed the orange tips on the gun barrels to make them look more realistic. The kids were questioned and released to their parents.
45-year-old Carl F. Gibson of Fairfield has been jailed on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. He is accused of striking his 6-year-old daughter in the face during an argument with his wife. The girl was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital for treatment of a bloody nose.
St. Mary’s and South Schools in Mount Carmel were placed on lockdown for a period of time Wednesday afternoon as police searched for two suspects wanted in an assault at the Wabash County courthouse. One was said to be armed with a knife. The suspects, two 17-year-old teens from Kentucky were located and cited for aggravated battery. The victim was 33-year-old Eric L. DeLong of Mt. Carmel. Police said he was “sucker-punched” as he left the courthouse.;
The Illinois State Board of Education is warning local school districts that general aid from the state will likely be less next year. The state’s general aid to districts could drop from 89% to 85%.
An Olney man is among 14 Southern Illinois residents indicted Wednesday on federal charges they deliberately defrauded the federal unemployment insurance program. 31-year-old Gary Cuddy of Olney faces a charge of Embezzling Public Funds. The total amount of overpayments in the 14 cases amounts to $351,005.