City police are investigating a burglary at the Amanda Marshel residence at 1004 SW 7th Street, which was reported shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday. Police said her husband, 33-year-old Travis Marshel, committed suicide this past Saturday, and as Amanda was going through items in the home, discovered a Playstation 3 and console along with about 20 games taken, worth over $1000. The burglary was believed to have occurred sometime between Friday and Tuesday.
Culley Crook of Wayne City reports to county police Tuesday that his john-boat was stolen while it was chained and locked to a tree on the Skillet Fork River near Wayne City. The boat was described as light green with a pedestal constructed in the front, about 30 years old and 10 feet long. The boat is valued at $400. Crook said the boat had been tied up last November, but likely was taken near the time he discovered it missing, as there were fresh footprints in the sand nearby.
The three benefit cookouts staged for Darrell Merritt of Fairfield last weekend raised $3000 in profit. The money will be divided equally between Darrell’s favorite charities, the Scranton Memorial Cancer Fund, the Festival of Lights Program and the Secret Santa Program. One more benefit is scheduled for this Saturday evening from 5 to 7 at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fairfield, which will consist of a dinner and charity auction. Darrell retired from the benefit cookout scene this past Saturday after more than 30 years of volunteering.
The Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District is sponsoring three $500 scholarships to be given to a student from each of the high schools in Wayne County. Applicants must be a high school senior in Wayne County with a “B” average or higher. The scholarships must be used for fees in a vocational or college program. Applications are available in the offices of each high school, at the Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District office, or by contacting Liz Ann Woodrow at 842-7602 extension 3. The deadline for applications is December 13th.
A Hamilton County jury deliberated for just under an hour Tuesday before finding 38-year-old Brian K. Bowlby of Eldorado, IL guilty of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl. Bowlby was already serving a 270-year prison sentence out of Saline County after being convicted in August of 18 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, and received a 15-year sentence for each count, all to run consecutively. Sentencing in the latest sexual assault case is set for December 5th in Hamilton County Circuit Court in McLeansboro.
26-year-old Ciara DeRyke, the mother of seven-year-old Willow Long of Watson, IL who was stabbed to death in early September, has been arrested on a drug-related charge. DeRyke was involved in a traffic accident in Shelby County, IL on October 14th and found to be in possession of a “one hitter” box commonly used to hold marijuana. She is scheduled for a first appearance in Shelby County Circuit Court on November 13th. Her brother, 22-year-old Justin DeRyke of Watson, IL is charged with the stabbing death of his niece, and is scheduled to go to trial December 12th.
Fairfield Memorial Hospital recently hosted a luncheon to honor its staff for five to 30 years of service. A total of 30 employees were recognized, with special recognition given to Kathleen Cropper for 3o years of service. CEO Katherine Bunting said the 30 employees have a cumulative total of 295 years service in the facility.