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Headlines for Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Caroline NeffCaroline Neff, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Patrick L. Molt and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Neff, was recently elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, a professional medical organization which recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. Alpha Omega Alpha is to medicine what Phi Beta Kappa is to letters and the humanities and Sigma Xi is to science. AΩA values include honesty, honorable conduct, morality, virtue, unselfishness, ethical ideals, dedication to serving others, and leadership.

Jerry Crisel has been elected Associate Judge for the Second Judicial Circuit.  Crisel is a native of Edwards County, and currently serves as public defender in both Edwards and White Counties. A longtime Albion attorney, Crisel is a former Edwards County State’s Attorney. He begins his duties on Oct. 15. The judges of the Second Circuit elected Crisel from among more than a dozen candidates. The announcement came late Monday afternoon from Chief Judge Steve Sawyer of Mt. Carmel.

Longtime Fairfield Attorney Mike Molt has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Wayne County Circuit Judge. A vacancy was created by the announced retirement of Resident Wayne County Judge Joe Harrison at the end of November.  Molt operates a private law practice in Fairfield and is the Fairfield City Attorney.  Others seeking the Republican nod are former Wayne County State’s Attorney Kevin Kakac and local attorney John Robison.

25-year-old Thomas M. Davidson of Poseyville, Indiana entered not guilty pleas Monday to charges related to the August 16 shooting death of 58-year-old Sandra K. Burkhardt of rural Poseyville.  Davidson remains in the White County jail at Carmi under $2 million bond pending a December 10 trial date.

Bond has been set at $2 million for a Fairview Heights man accused of trying to disarm an Illinois State Trooper during a traffic stop Sept. 17 on I-64 in rural Wayne County.  A Wayne County Grand Jury has indicted 27-year-old Cedric R. Moore on a Class-X felony charge of attempted first-degree murder.  Trooper Adam Zimmerman of McLeansboro was able to fire his weapon in self-defense during the struggle. No one was hit.

53-year-old Patricia Ann Utley of Olney has been sentenced to 9 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges she conspired with others to make meth.

Frontier Community College is closed today for the annual IECC Staff and Faculty Workshop. Classes resume Wednesday.

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