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Headlines for Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Carl McVey retireFormer White County Coroner Carl McVey died this morning at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.  Mr. McVey suffered a massive heart attack at his home Sunday night and was taken to the hospital in McLeansboro where he was treated and transferred to Deaconess Hospital.  Carl McVey retired on December 1 after more than 32 years as White County Coroner.  After completing 8 terms in office, Mr. McVey decided not to seek re-election and retired at the end of his last term in office. Before becoming White County Coroner, he worked another 32 years at the Carmi Township Hospital.

Robertso, bradenA fourth suspect has been jailed in connection with the May 11 kidnapping and beating of a Fairfield, Ill. teen. Braden C. Robertson, 17 of Cisne was taken into custody Monday night on felony charges of kidnapping and aggravated battery.  Braden Robertson is the son of one of the original suspects, John C. Robertson, 34 of Fairfield. The Robertsons, Kevin M. Lemond and a 16-year-old juvenile are accused of kidnapping 19-year-old Patrick Vaughan of Fairfield in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 11. Vaughan tells investigators that the suspects forced him out of his home and drove him around in the country for over an hour before beating him up, smashing his cell phone and dumping him in the Pond Creek bottoms southeast of Fairfield.

Strong thunderstorms moved across the region overnight. A tornado watch had been issued for the area in the early morning hours, but was allowed to expire at 5 o’clock this morning.  More thunderstorm activity is likely to develop this afternoon and tonight. Strong to severe storms cannot be ruled out at this time.

The Fairfield Grade School Board has been informed that the current budget shows a negative balance of $270,000.  Part of the shortfall was created after the district was ordered to pay a $60,000 retirement penalty and because of the large size of the Kindergarten class which required the hiring of three additional aides.

Zeb Holder has been hired as the vocal music instructor for the Fairfield Grade School District.  Holder is originally from Olney.  The board also accepted letters of intent to retire from Vicky Hill at the end of the 2013-14 school year and Jane Best at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

37-year-old Caleb Campbell of Crossville has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in White County Circuit Court to a class-2 felony charge of burglary.  In return for the guilty plea, misdemeanor charges of criminal damage and criminal trespass were dismissed.

The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Governor Pat Quinn has not said if he will sign the measure into law.

The Mt. Carmel Police Department along with the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a bank robbery scenario at Three Rivers Credit Union on Wednesday. The scenario will take place at about 5:30 Wednesday evening and will last about an hour.

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