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Headlines for Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

Regina WecceleSmith (2)Wayne County Sheriff’s Police executed a search warrant Monday night at a home in Sims, seizing a large quantity of meth-making materials and making two arrests. Shortly before 8:30 Monday night, police went to the home of Regina L. Weccele and Timothy M. Smith, both 37 of 403 Adams Street in Sims.  Inside, police found two juvenile children in the midst of a large meth-making operation.  The kids were removed before officers searched the house. Besides a quantity of suspected finished meth product, officers seized 1,146 pseudoephedrine tablets and a large quantity of other chemicals and items used in the manufacture of meth. Weccelle and Smith have been lodged in the Wayne County jail on preliminary charges of aggravated meth manufacturing, possession of meth making chemicals, child endangerment, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

ED CO Grandstands

Southern Illinois received another 2 ½ inches of snow overnight on top of more than a foot of snow that fell last Friday.  Monday afternoon,  authorities reported the collapse of the Edwards County Fairgrounds grandstands.  Officials say last Friday’s winter storm started with a long period of sleet and freezing rain, followed by as much as 13 inches of snow. The accumulation of ice and snow was apparently enough to bring the grandstands down.  Photo by Mark Curtis.

The deadline to pay Fairfield Utility Bills has been extended until this Friday.  Mayor Charles Griswold extended the deadline because of the recent winter weather event.

williams chrissyIt has been more than a week since 39-year-old Chrissy Williams of Shawneetown went missing.  She was last seen leaving a friend’s home in Rosiclare on the evening of Dec. 2.  Police say no one has seen or heard from Williams, and her vehicle is still missing.  Illinois State Police have been using aircraft in their search for Williams and volunteers are searching the Ohio River for the missing woman.


Drawings begin today for the Fairfield Community High School Twelve Days of Christmas promotion.  The first name drawn is Andrew Mayo.  Andrew wins $500.  Wednesday’s drawing will be worth $250.

48-year-old Dawn N. Truelove-Stephens of Mount Carmel was arrested Monday on a charge of deceptive practice.  She is accused of writing nearly $1,000 worth of bad checks to Shopko in Mount Carmel.  Bond has been set at $500 cash.

Animals Requesting Friends is kicking off their “Christmas Contribution Campaign” today.  Tax deductible donations to ARF can be mailed to ARF at P.O. Box 324 in Fairfield.

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