A worker for the Wayne County Humane Society was injured Tuesday morning when she accidentally shot herself in the leg with a tranquilizer dart. Amanda Cline, 29 had responded to a report of two vicious dogs at a home across from the Wayne County Regional Landfill near Boyleston, Ill. when she was hurt. Two Illinois State Troopers were in the area helping to keep traffic away while she rounded up the dogs. A responding Wayne County Sheriff’s Department deputy said Cline had one dog captured and in her van when she apparently shot herself in the leg. She was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital following the 10:30 a.m. accident. Officials said she regained consciousness by the time she reached the hospital.
Area rivers are rising in the wake of recent heavy rains. The Little Wabash east of Fairfield was at 26 ft. 7 in. this morning – nearly ten feet above flood stage and continues to rise. The Little Wabash at Carmi is expected to hit 31 ft. by Sunday – four feet above flood stage.
White County Sheriff Doug Maier says he plans to seek another term in office. Maier has been with the Sheriff’s Department the past 32 years – the past 10 ½ as sheriff.
Alcohol use and texting while driving have been listed as major contributing factors in a May 4 traffic crash that claimed the life of 17-year-old Joel M. Boulds of Eldorado. The findings were released Monday by Wayne County Coroner Jimmy Taylor. A police investigation revealed Boulds’ blood alcohol level was .053 with a urine alcohol level of .150 when his vehicle crashed into a concrete bridge support on U.S. Rt. 45 at the Interstate-64 interchange. Taylor added that evidence showed Boulds had been texting as late as 3:48 a.m. The accident was discovered by a passerby at 3:58 a.m. Boulds had been a senior at Eldorado High School. He died two weeks before graduation.
Less than a week after being arrested for burglarizing the Crossroads Bible Church in Norris City, Ill., a White County man has been sentenced to time in prison for the break-in. Matthew Kent Sallee, 25 of Norris City, Ill. entered a guilty plea Monday to a class-1 felony charge of burglary and drew a five year prison sentence. The judge also ordered Sallee to pay restitution to the church. In return for the guilty plea, White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud dropped a class-2 felony charge of theft.
38-year-old Earl Scott Roark of Carmi has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a class-3 felony charge of theft. Additionally, Roark will have to pay a $500 fine and court costs plus make a $250 contribution to the White County Anti-Crime Fund.
Jeffrey S. Weaver, 28 and Amanda Catton, 30, both of Wayne City face drug charges after police executed a search warrant at their home on E. Section Line Road and discovered a quantity of marijuana plants. Both face charges of manufacture and possession of cannabis.
The Wayne County DAV is in desperate need of volunteers to drive area veterans to their doctor’s appointment call 516-1064 if you can serve as a volunteer DAV driver.