Fairfield attorney Kevin Kakac has announced his intention to seek the nomination of the Wayne County Republican Party in the upcoming March primary, to run for the office of Wayne County Resident Circuit Judge in the 2014 general election. Kakac has been in the practice of law for over 20 years. During that time, he was elected to four terms as Wayne County State’s Attorney, has been engaged in the private practice of law at Cochran and Kakac in Fairfield and worked as a legal counsel in a corporate environment for Peoples National Bank.
45-year-old Kimberly Jean Ital of Harrisburg has been jailed on charges she stole tens of thousands of dollars from an elderly woman she had been hired to care for. Ital has been jailed under $150,000 bond on one charge of exploitation of an elderly person, one count of theft over $10,000 and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Ital is accused of using the money to buy two vehicles, pay for a Hawaiian vacation, a cruise and college tuition for her daughter. Police have seized a pickup truck and a car as part of their investigation.
A Grand Jury in Effingham County has returned a three-count indictment against 22-year-old Justin DeRyke of Watson, IL. The indictment replaces a three-count criminal information that charges DeRyke with the stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece, Willow Long. DeRyke is due in court today for his first appearance on three counts of first-degree murder.
73-year-old Elman Woodrow Bailey of Rt. 2 Cisne escaped serious injury Wednesday when the semi he was driving ran off a rural White County road and down an embankment where it landed on its side. Woodrow was driving for C-4 Transport, Inc. of Fairfield.
20-year-old Rex Dalton Reel of Carmi has been sentenced to five years in prison after his conditional discharge on an aggravated domestic battery conviction was revoked. In addition to prison time, Reel will have to serve another four years of parole once he gets out of prison.
A concealed carry course has been approved by the Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees. The course will cost $130 plus the standard tuition rate. Under Illinois law, individuals will be able to carry a concealed weapon if they complete an approved concealed carry course and receive a certificate from an approved provider.