The FBI has been asked to join the investigation into alleged embezzlement of thousands of dollars from Wayne-White Electric by the former Manager of Financial and Office Services, Bruce Johnson. A statement issued by Wayne-White CEO Daryl Donjon revealed that a forensic audit of the cooperative’s finances has been completed to determine the extent of Johnson’s alleged theft, with the results now in the hands of the FBI. Donjon said regarding the case that all information has been given to the FBI to determine whether or not they will pursue prosecution in Federal Court. The full amount of money Johnson allegedly took during his time as the coop’s financial officer has not been disclosed. Johnson is currently free on bond pending trial.
County police are investigating a home invasion at the Tristan E. Fornwalt residence on Route 45 Monday night. Fornwalt told police he had come home to find three intruders in his home. A struggle with Fornwalt and two of the men in the home led to Fornwalt suffering a hand injury before the three fled the scene after Fornwalt was shoved into a closet. Fornwalt told police the three left in a pickup truck parked nearby. Fornwalt was taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Work got underway today on the new entrance to the Wayne County Courthouse on the north side. Once completed, it will be the only entrance to the courthouse, and will include various security features. The other entrances will be sealed off.
The Fairfield City Council meets tonight at 6 p.m. Items on the agenda include the appointment of an auxiliary policeman and the selling of previously provided pistols to the police officers. The council is also expected to hear the latest on an airport hangar project and the program that helps customers needing assistance with utility bills.
The third in a series of Concealed Carry Town Hall Meetings hosted by State Representative David Reis will be held tonight starting at 6:30 at the Albion Senior Center at 323 North 5th Street. Those attending will learn about the qualifications to obtain a concealed carry license, where concealed carry is prohibited, training requirements, application fees and important dates. More information is available by calling Reis’ office at (618) 392-0108.
24-year-old Clarence Hutchinson and 21-year-old Cole Tatum both of Wayne City were jailed Saturday night following an incident in rural Wayne County. Police were first called to a report of a possible traffic crash near county road 2000N and 575E, and later discovered three men that had been in a wooded area. One of the men, identified as Hutchinson, was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm without a valid Firearm Owners Identification, or FOID card. Tatum was taken into custody on an obstruction of justice charge. Both were lodged in the Wayne County Jail pending a court appearance and setting of bond.
The Wayne County Historical Society will present a collection of historical slides of Fairfield scenes tonight at 7 in the meeting room of the Fairfield Public Library at 300 SE 2nd Street. The collection is mostly the work of photographer Kenneth Hammack, who rephotographed scenes from the early 1900s to show changes over time. His views are from the 1950s and 1960s. Those attending tonight are asked to use the west entrance of the library.
Water for the village of Geff was shut off today to make repairs to the water system. A boil order is now in effect for residents in Geff until further notice. Geff Grade School was closed today due to the water repairs and will be under a boil order starting Wednesday. Students will be allowed to bring their own water bottles to school.