Danny K. Coston of rural Carmi was sentenced to 53 years in prison Tuesday for the August 2012 murder of 22-year-old Jacob Wheeler of Centerville and the murder and rape of 17-year-old Jessi Evans of Norris City. The sentence was the same as the sentence recommended by White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud following a stipulated bench trial before Circuit Judge Thomas Foster on August 19. Judge Foster did give Coston credit for 382 days spent in the White County jail awaiting trial.
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier is taking applications for Circuit Judge in Wayne County. Justice Karmeier says he will appoint a judge to fill the vacancy created by the Nov. 30 retirement of Judge Joe Harrison. The deadline to apply is Oct. 3.
Massive layoffs at Airtex Products in Fairfield will begin within the next two weeks. Employees were told Tuesday that as many as 160 union members would be furloughed, along with 60 company workers. Officials added that they have no plans to close the Fairfield plant.
A Fairview Heights man remains in the Wayne County jail after he allegedly tried to disarm an Illinois State Trooper early Tuesday morning. Formal charges of attempting to disarm a police and aggravated battery of a police officer were filed this morning against 27-year-old Cedric R. Moore. Trooper Adam Zimmerman of McLeansboro fired his weapon in self-defense during a struggle with Moore. No one was hit. Both charges are class-2 felonies punishable by 3 – 7 years in prison if convicted.
Churches and other non-profit organizations struggling to pay their electric bills may be able to get help. Ameren Illinois is taking applications to help non-profits facing hardships. The grants are up to $2,000. To apply for a grant, the non-profit must be a current Ameren customer.