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Headlines for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Blanchard infantDenny D. Blanchard, 26 of Clay City has formally been charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery of a child causing death. The alleged victim has been identified as Kamden Dale Blanchard, the 4-month-old the son of Denny and Corrinna Blanchard of Clay City (pictured left).  According to obituary information, the child died at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2012 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Clay County State’s attorney Marilyn D. Brandt declined to give details about the child’s death, stating only that “there was a significant delay in obtaining an autopsy report.”   Brandt said she didn’t receive the autopsy report from the St. Louis Medical Examiner’s office until February of this year.

Severe thunderstorms hit parts of Southern Illinois late Tuesday night.  Heavy rainfall was recorded in parts of northern Wayne and Edwards Counties.  Pea-size hail was noted in West Salem.  Heavy rain is possible later this week.

Campbell,Donald R 07031249-year-old Donald R. Campbell, a former Mount Carmel fireman, has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for enticing a minor to engage in a sex act while videotaping the event.  Campbell received the maximum sentence for the offense.  Illinois State Police detectives investigated the case against Campbell.

35-year-old Natasha Crawford of Carmi has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to charges she kicked a nurse at the Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.  Crawford was taken to the hospital after her arrest for drunk driving. Her blood alcohol level was listed as .35 – more than four times the legal limit for DUI in Illinois.

First Bank has announced plans to close its branch and ATM in Albion. The closure will be effective on Friday, July 19.  Aubrey Seibert, the current Financial Service Representative at the Albion facility has accepted the Mortgage Loan Officer position at First Bank’s Mount Carmel branch.

A Lawrenceville couple has been placed on three years of probation after admitting they fraudulently concealed assets in a federal bankruptcy case. Thomas and Debra Grogan failed to disclose the fact that they received over $111,000 in a lawsuit settlement involving the prescription drug Vioxx

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