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Headlines for Tuesday, February 25, 2014

59-year-old Randy C. King of Fairfield entered a guilty plea Monday to two class-2 felony charges of being in possession of child pornography charges and is scheduled to be sentenced April 21st.  King entered the plea before Circuit Judge Tom Dinn.  In return for the guilty plea, the state’s attorney dropped three class-X felony charges.  King was arrested last September following an investigation by agents of the Illinois Attorney General’s office.  King was returned to the Wayne County Jail following Monday’s hearing.  He faces up to seven years in prison on each conviction.

57-year-old Charles W. Wallace of Xenia was lodged in the Wayne County Jail Monday night on a Wayne County warrant for delivery of a controlled substance.  County police made the arrest, with bond set at $4000 cash.

38-year-old Jeffrey W. Money of Norris City was jailed Monday night on two warrants out of White and Perry counties.  The White County warrant was for failure to appear on DUI and illegal transportation of alcohol charges, while the Perry County warrant was for failure to appear on a driving revoked charge.  Total bond was set at $3370 cash.

Jeff Abbott and Joyce Batterton, both of Mt. Carmel, IL were jailed Monday night following an incident in the 100 block of Pecan Avenue in Mt. Carmel, IL.  Police were called to the location on a report of a man damaging a pickup with a baseball bat, and upon arrival, located Abbott and Felicia L. Donnals of Mt. Carmel, IL outside the residence, with Donnals bleeding from the ear.  Donnals told police that she and Abbott had went to the residence to purchase synthetic cannibis and were later told to leave.  As they were leaving, Batterton, one of the home’s owners, allegedly came outside with a baseball bat and attacked Donnals, with Batterton allegedly biting off a portion of Donnals’ ear.  Abbott is then accused of taking the bat and damaging the pickup, and as police were taking him into custody, Abbott began banging his head on the squad car, damaging the trunk area.  Abbott was jailed on charges of criminal damage to property, while Batterton was charged with aggravated battery.

32-year-old Josiah Seth Stover of Carmi entered a guilty plea Monday to an aggravated battery charge and has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison, plus one year of parole after he is released from jail.  Stover was arrested on the charge in May of last year and had been free on $2500 bond pending Monday’s sentencing.  A charge of domestic battery was dropped in return for the guilty plea.

Boyd mug shotSaline County authorities are searching for 24-year-old Matthew W. Boyd of Harrisburg, IL. (pictured left) after he escaped from the Saline County Courthouse in Harrisburg, IL Monday.  Boyd had entered the courthouse around 10 a.m. and broke free from courthouse security as he was being taken into custody on charges of failure to appear on previous charges of burglary and theft.  Boys is 5’4″ weighing 143 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt with black sleeves.  Anyone with information on Boyd’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Saline County Sheriff’s Department at (618) 252-8661.

The Fairfield City Council meets tonight at 6 p.m.  Discussion is expected on the city’s Utility Payment Plan.  Several residents expressed their disapproval with high utility bills last month.  The council is also expected to compare the city’s gas and electric rates with surrounding communities, and compare the city’s natural gas prices vs. propane during tonight’s meeting.

Minor flooding is expected to continue along the Little Wabash at Clay City and the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel, IL.  At Clay City the river is falling and should be below flood stage of 18 feet by Wednesday.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel, IL is forecast to crest more than three feet above flood stage by Monday, and at New Harmony, a crest of about  two feet above flood stage is expected Wednesday morning.

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