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Headlines for Wednesday, February 26, 2014

21-year-old Zachary Jordan of Cisne was arrested Tuesday afternoon following an incident at the Fairfield Super Wal-Mart.  Police say Jordan and 21-year-old Mitch Belmont of Wayne City encountered each other at the Wal-Mart where a verbal altercation began that turned physical with Jordan allegedly opening a car door and hitting Belmont, and pushing and punching him.  Jordan was lodged in the Wayne County Jail pending a bond hearing.  Neither Jordan or Belmont required medical treatment.

27-year-old Matthew L. Rusler of Fairfield was jailed Tuesday afternoon on charges of driving revoked or suspended, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.  Bond was set at $575 cash.

At last night’s Fairfield City Council meeting, Mayor Chuck Griswold presented a comparison of Fairfield’s utility rates compared to other communities.  Griswold said Fairfield’s gas and electric rates are among the lowest among area communities, and with the third lowest water rates, makes Fairfield’s utility rates “very competitive”.  A proposed deferred payment plan was presented that would allow customers to sign up for the plan for one bill per year, allowing them to pay half of the bill, with the remainder put on a loan and divided into three monthly installments with a 20 percent interest charge assessed on the remaining balance.  The council decided to defer the proposal after some discussion was raised about the legality of the 20 percent interest rate.

38-year-old Jeffrey W. Money of Norris City was jailed Monday on two warrants out of White and Perry counties.  The White County warrant was for failure to appear on DUI and illegal transportation of alcohol charges with bond set at $2500 cash, while the Perry county warrant was for driving revoked, with bond set at $700 cash.

Jeff Abbott and Joyce Batteron, both of Mt. Carmel, IL were jailed Monday night following an incident in the 100 block of Pecan Avenue in Mt. Carmel, IL.  Abbott is accused of taking a baseball bat and damaging a pickup truck, while Batterton is accused of attacking Felicia L. Donnals of Mt. Carmel, IL and allegedly biting off a portion of her ear.  Abbottt was charged with criminal damage to property and criminal damage to state-supported property after police say he banged his head on a squad car as he was being taken into custody, damaging the trunk area.  Batterton was charged with aggravated battery.

The 68th annual Illinois Oil and Gas Association convention and trade show has been set for Thursday and Friday, March 6th and 7th in Evansville, IN.  A crowd of over 900 is expected at this year’s event, and IOGA officials report the exhibitors area has been expanded to include nearly 100 oil and gas industry representatives.  The keynote address will be presented by Dr. John Felmy, chief economist with the American Petorleum Institute.

The Wayne County Farm Bureau is offering its members a chance to obtain their certification to carry a concealed firearm in Illinois.  The two-day training course will be offered Wednesday, March 5th and Thursday, March 6th in the meeting room of the Wayne County Farm Bureau.  Range testing will be held at the Fairfield Gun Club.  The course will run from 9 a.m. til 6 p.m. both days.  Pre-registration is required, and can be done by calling the Farm Bureau at 842-3342 or in person at 301 East Court Street in Fairfield.  There is a maximum capacity for the class, and a $70 fee for the course.


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