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Headlines for Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Lions money

The Fairfield Lions Club has picked the winners in their Hog Raffle.  First Place Winner is Pat Rigg of Fairfield. She is taking the cash prize of $150. Second place is Jim Musgrave, Jr. for a processed half hog. Third place is Jimmy Taylor of Fairfield for a processed half hog.  The meat will be processed by Birkner’s Meat Processing in McLeansboro. The raffle netted the Lions Club $3,600 and will be donated to the Fairfield Beautification Committee.  The Fairfield Lions has pledged $4,000 for the Wasson Park Project.

34-yeaRobertson, John R. 05-17-2013r-old John R. Robertson of Fairfield has been sentenced to ten years in prison for his role in the October 18, 2012 brutal beating of Reggie Shemwell of Fairfield.  Robertson entered the guilty plea Tuesday morning in Wayne County Circuit Court. Special Prosecutor Michael Valentine of Edwards County handled the prosecution. Robertson drew 6 years in prison for attempted murder in the Shemwell beating and a consecutive 4 year sentence for aggravated battery in the kidnapping and beating of 19-year-old Patrick Vaughan of Fairfield last May.


KoonceWabash County, Ill. authorities are seeking help from the public in locating a Mount Carmel man wanted on warrant for threatening public officials. An arrest warrant has been issued for Justin D. Koonce, 31 after he allegedly threatened violence against a number of Mount Carmel and Wabash County law enforcement officials and court security officers.  The arrest warrant carries a $1 million bond.  Police officials say the alleged threats were made during a pending civil case involving child custody and divorce matters.  Sheriff Joe Keeling says the local Crimestoppers organization is offering a $200 cash reward for information leading to Koonce’s arrest. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Justin D. Koonce is asked to call the Wabash County Crimestoppers Hotline at 618-262-HALT.

34-year-old Bradley J. Graves of Summit St. in Fairfield was jailed Tuesday night after he allegedly slapped and choked 29-year-old Elizabeth M. Shelton during an argument. Graves faces a charge of aggravated domestic battery.

New figures released this week by State Farm Insurance say Illinois drivers are less likely to hit a deer in the next year. State Farm says drivers in Illinois have a 1 – 214 chance of hitting a deer in the next 12 months. That compares with a 1 in 162 chance last year.

Amanda Hooper, Customer Service Representative at Horizon Healthcare in Fairfield has been named Fairfield Memorial Hospital Employee of the Month.  She has been at Horizon Healthcare for one year.

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