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Headlines for Thursday, September 26, 2013

Two juveniles have been formally charged with arson in connection with the August 24 fire that destroyed the old Grayville High School. The names have not been released because of their age.  Both have been given notices to appear in White County Circuit Court in Carmi on a class-2 felony charge of arson.

Three Mount Vernon, Ill. residents were killed this morning when a car bumped their SUV on I-64 near the Woodlawn exit, causing it to go out of control and flip several times. The dead have been identified as 51-year-old James Wyatt, 57-year-old Roberta Jones and 52-year-old Delores Jones – all of Mt. Vernon.  The driver of the car that bumped Wyatt’s SUV was 20-year-old Aaron Myers of Simpson, Ill.  Myers received minor injuries in the crash and faces charges of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The investigation by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is still underway.

POLLARD, FREDERIC RWayne County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Fairfield man Wednesday night after discovering a suspect meth lab in a mobile home on N.W. 7th Street.  Responding to a report of someone violating an order of protection, Wayne County Sheriffs Deputies arrested 26-year-old Freddie R. Pollard at a trailer at 523 N.W. 7th Street. Pollard faces numerous felony charges related to the alleged operation of a meth lab.  A State Police meth lab cleanup team was brought in to dispose of hazardous chemicals found in the mobile home.

Pat Lovins of Albion wants the City of Albion to restore the downtown property she donated recently for the construction of a new fire house. The City tore down the former Lovins Pharmacy building and started construction of the new fire house, but abandoned the project after unauthorized changes were allegedly made to the construction plans.  Lovins is now left with an overgrown muddy lot.  She wants the city to restore the property so it is usable.

James and Gayla Glowacki of rural Cisne have been arrested on charges of domestic battery.  Both were arrested after Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at their home Tuesday morning.  Both are accused of battering each other during an altercation.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants the FDA to ban teens from buying e-cigarettes. Madigan is joining about 40 other AG’s across the nation asking for stricter regulations regarding the ingredients in electronic smokes.  A new Illinois law that takes effect Jan. 1 prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from buying e-cigarettes.

The 5th annual Albion Heritage Day has been set for Saturday, Oct. 5. Crafters will be on the square and several historic buildings will be open for tours. The event will run from 9 – 3 on Saturday, Oct. 5.

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