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Headlines for Thursday, April 10, 2014

The aggravated criminal sexual abuse trial of a suspended White County jailer enters its third day today in White County Circuit Court at Carmi.  Phillip Lowery is accused of having unlawful sexual contact with a 4-year-old Carmi girl.  White County Sheriff Doug Maier placed Lowery on administrative leave after learning about the allegations.  The case is being prosecuted by Michael Valentine, the Edwards County State’s Attorney.

Fairfield City Police are investigating a rash of vandalism in downtown Fairfield.  Someone used a black Sharpie to write vulgar messages on the back doors of several downtown businesses.  Anyone with information should call the local Crimestoppers Hotline at 842-9777.

A new law has been introduced in the Illinois Legislature that targets synthetic marijuana, also known as K-2.  The law, if passed, would prohibit the possession, sale, or delivery of any substance when the person knows or should have reason to know is intended for use to induce intoxication.  Current law requires the suspected K-2 be analyzed at a lab before any charges can be filed.

A Farmer’s Market will be held at Fairfield City Hall this Saturday.  Mayor Chuck Griswold says the market will be held in the City Council chambers from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Illinois residents are being urged to closely monitor their bank and credit card accounts daily and report any unauthorized charges.  The Illinois Attorney General reports that hackers have been gaining unauthorized access to bank accounts and illegally withdrawing money from ATMS.   Incidents of the illegal ATM withdrawals are on the rise, the Attorney General warns.

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