69-year-old Larry Boehringer of Carmi was killed late Monday morning after the car he and his wife were in collided head-on with a pickup truck on Ill. Rt. 1 north of Carmi. The victim’s wife, 69-year-old Lilian Boehringer received major injuries and was airlifted from the scene to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. The driver of the pickup truck, Eric Williams, 24 of New Harmony was also airlifted from the scene to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.
65-year-old Clifford Hooper, Jr. of Geff died Monday morning when the pickup truck he was driving crashed into a semi-tanker that was blocking both lanes of U.S. Rt. 45 south of Geff. The accident happened at 5:30 a.m. in dense fog. The driver of the tanker, 49-year-old Ronald Trent McKinney of Bluford was not hurt. State Police ticketed him for improper backing and improper lane usage.
25-year-old Michael Deadmond of Odin, IL received major injuries Monday morning when the cemetery monument truck he was driving ran off Ill. Rt. 161 near the Orchardville crossroad and rolled down a steep embankment. Deadmond was airlifted from the scene to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.
18-year-old Cody D. Brown of Albion has been formally charged with arson in connection with a fire at the El Rancherito Mexican Restaurant in Albion on April 22. Brown also faces multiple charges for a burglary at JDL Industries at 421 E. Main Street. A 16-year-old juvenile has also been charged in the case. Brown is scheduled to make his first appearance in Edwards County Circuit Court today.
The prosecution presented nine witnesses Monday in the first day of the murder-for-hire trial of 21-year-old Tyler McQueen of Mt. Carmel. McQueen is accused of stabbing to death 78-year-old Robert V. Westall at his home in the United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville last spring. Among the witnesses was Illinois State Police Crime Scene Technician Stephen Hulen. Hulen testified that the victim had a large cut to the right side of his neck. Forensic Pathologist Dr. John Heidingsfelder is expected to take the stand today as the trial continues.