Mugshot_costonA three-day suppression hearing begins today in the double murder case of Danny K. Coston of rural Carmi.  Coston’s lawyer is seeking to suppress statements his client made to investigators in the hours after his arrest last summer for the slaying of 17-year-old Jessi Evans of Norris City and 22-year-old Jacob Wheeler of Centerville.  An August 20 trial date has been set by Circuit Judge Thomas J. Foster.  The hearing opens today in White County Circuit Court at Carmi

Fairfield police arrested two suspects Monday afternoon for domestic battery. The suspects have been identified as Erdst Embry, 36 of Fairfield and Jennifer R. Sanders, 29 of N.W. 6th Street in Fairfield.  Police arrested both suspects after responding to a report of a fight in progress at Sander’s home.

The 14-year-old suspect in an arson fire at a home on Johnson Street in Fairfield last week has been released to the custody of his parents. The fire last Friday damaged the carport of the Scott Cuff residence at 405 E. Johnson Street. Information about the fire investigation has been forwarded to the Wayne County State’s Attorney’s office for his review.

Illinois residents who lost their homes to foreclosure will be getting checks averaging about $1,500 this week. The money is coming from the government’s mortgage settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage providers. Nearly 30,000 Illinois residents will benefit from the settlement.

The annual Wayne County Farm Market opens this Saturday on the courthouse square in downtown Fairfield.  The Saturday market will run from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.  A Wednesday market will be held from 7 a.m. until noon at the Wayne County Fairgrounds next to the grandstand.

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