Former Fairfield Community High School physical education teacher Haven A. Kirkpatrick of Carmi has been released from prison after serving 18 months of a three year sentence for having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student in 2010. Kirkpatrick was sentenced to three years in prison in February of last year after being found guilty of four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the age of 13 -18 while serving as a person of trust. Prison records indicate she was released on Wednesday. While Kirkpatrick has been released from prison, she will still have to serve another four years of parole – until August 7 of 2017 – and will have to register with the state as a sex offender.
The first-degree murder trial of suspected serial killer and Albion native Bruce D. Mendenhall has been delayed again. A judge in Lebanon, TN has continued the case until October 21 following a brief motions hearing Monday. Mendenhall is charged with first-degree murder for the June 6, 2007 slaying of Symantha Winters, 48 of Lebanon, TN. Winters’ body was found stuffed into a trash can at a Pilot truck stop off Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon, TN. Mendenhall is already serving a life sentence for the slaying of Sarah Nicole Hulbert of Nashville, TN.
26-year-old Aaron C. Webb of Fairfield has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to charges he beat up his brother, Shawn Webb during a home invasion last month. In an unrelated case, Webb drew a concurrent three year sentence for a 2012 unlawful disposal of meth waste charge.
Two Ohio men who were on their way to an Insane Clown Posse Concert in Cave-In-Rock were arrested by White County authorities for being in possession of marijuana. Following a traffic stop, Michael E. Cantu and Timothy A. Cox, both 33 of Clyde, OH were arrested for being in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both have posted bond and have been released from custody.
State officials say Illinois’ cigarette tax revenue more than doubled in July compared to the same period last year. July revenue reached $30 million – up from $12 million in 2012. The increase comes from last year’s $1 per pack tax increase.
The Hermitage Lodge #354 in Albion is sponsoring a blood drive next Monday, August 12 at the House of Prayer in Albion. All blood types are needed during the drive, which runs from noon until 6 p.m.