Veteran Wayne County Sheriff Thomas R. “Junior” Cannon died this morning at Way-Fair in Fairfield. Cannon was the longest serving sheriff in Wayne County history – serving from 1970-1990. Services for Junior Cannon are pending at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
The brother of White County double murder suspect Danny Coston has been jailed on felony meth manufacturing charges. 26-year-old Dustin W. Coston, who lists addresses in both Mount Vernon, Ind. and Norris City, Ill. was arrested on warrant Monday night on charges of unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, possession of anhydrous ammonia and possession of a hazardous substances. Dustin Coston has been lodged in the White County jail at Carmi under $7,500 cash bond. His brother, Danny Coston is also in the White County jail where he is being held under $3 million bond on multiple first-degree murder charges in connection with the August, 2012 slayings of Jacob Wheeler of Centerville, Ill., and Wheeler’s girlfriend, Jessica Evans of Norris City.
In a flap over the construction of a new fire house, the Albion City Fire Department resigned Monday night during a special meeting of the Albion City Council. Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Harper says longtime Albion Fire Chief Kent Nale and all but two of the city’s firemen resigned. The conflict centers on the cost of constructing a new fire house. According to city officials, the contractor bid $562,000 to build the new station, but the actual signed contract amounted to $624,000. On a 3-1 vote, the council decided to seek legal counsel to look into the discrepancy between the bid and the contract price. Another meeting to debate the matter has been set for Wednesday night.
45-year-old William D. Boles of Fairfield was arrested Monday night after he allegedly threatened to run his pickup truck through the home of John R. Shelton in the 300 block of Broadway. Boles was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.
The Wayne County Crimestoppers Board met Monday night, voting to pay cash rewards for tips that lead to two arrests. $100 was paid for information that lead to the arrest of a local man wanted on warrant in Clay and Wayne Counties. Another $100 was paid for a tip that lead to the arrest of a local woman driving on a suspended license. The Crimestoppers Hotline number is 842-9777.
Bond has been set at $50,000 for a Fairfield woman accused of having unlawful sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy. Brittany N. Bush was arrested shortly before noon Monday at her home on Broadway. She faces a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
35-year-old William Giller of Maunie has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated domestic battery in White County. Giller drew a concurrent three year sentence for aggravated drunk driving.
26-year-old Brant Duffy of Carmi has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of residential burglary in White County. He was also sentenced to a consecutive two years of probation after pleading guilty to a charge of burglary.