A semi crashed on I-64 near the Wayne-Jefferson County line this morning, injuring the driver and passenger. The passenger, 36-year-old Kevin L. Elliot of Mayo, FL was airlifted from the scene to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. The driver, 38-year-old Orlando D. Vallero of Pacifica, CA was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL. Police said Vallero was westbound on I-64 at the 94-mile marker when he lost control of his semi, causing it to run into the center median and overturn, partially blocking the westbound passing lane. Wayne City Fire and Ambulance Department crews responded to the scene around 4:15 this morning. Vallero was cited for improper lane usage.
New charges have been filed against two Albion men who were arrested last week on charges they stole a vehicle from JDL Industries in Albion. Cody Brown now faces charges of burglary and criminal damage to property for allegedly breaking into a vehicle owned by Edwards County Motors. Brandon K. Trost faces charges of criminal damage to property for allegedly breaking two windows at the dealership and three car windows. Trost and Brown remain in the White County jail at Carmi.
The Marion County State’s Attorney has filed first-degree murder charges against a Centralia man who shot his daughter in the chest with a .9 mm handgun Saturday afternoon. Charles Wilkin, 56 has been jailed on charges he murdered his 21-year-old daughter Chelsea Wilkin. The suspect claims he did not know the gun was loaded.
The second-year Health Informatics students at Frontier Community College have recently passed two of three sections of the National Health Career Association Exams. The students are Joni Barbre, Ruth Braddock, Brittany Heifner, Vanessa Ewing and Heather Lawhon of Fairfield, Darcy Muniz of Cisne and Angelina Marler of Geff. Health Informatics is a two-year associate degree program. Pictured above left to right: (front row) Ruth Braddock, Brittany Heifner, Vanessa Ewing, (back) Joni Barbre, Heather Lawhon, Darcy Muniz, and program instructor Heather Kirkwood. Not pictured is Angelina Marler.
The Wayne County Golf Course is offering free golf including cart and lunch on Saturday, April 13 during the club’s membership drive and open house. Guests and potential new members who play golf at the open house will be entered into a drawing for a free individual or family membership.