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Headlines for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fairfield Mayor Chuck Griswold has appointed a four-person committee to take up the issue of unpaid utility bills in the city.  The committee will be made up of Aldermen Jim Griffith and Ralph Barbre, and property owners Diane Robinson and Jewelena Poole.  The committee is expected to meet soon to come up with an ordinance that provides help for what the Mayor calls a “financial drain on the city”.  Griswold said the city still has about $30,000 in unpaid utility bills owed to them, mostly from renters.

The Fairfield City Council gave approval to Mayor Griswold’s request to appoint three Aldermen to serve on a committee to recommend a replacement to fill the term of the late Harry Morlan through April 30, 2015.  Anyone interested in filling the term can send a letter to City Hall expressing their interest, and must be a resident of the 3rd Ward to be considered.  A moment of silence was observed at the start of last night’s meeting for Alderman Morlan.

28-year-old Sami W. Issawi of Carmi turned himself in to the White County Sherriff’s Department around 5 p.m. Tuesday.  Issawi had been wanted on warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.  Bond was set at $3500 cash.

46-year-old Bryan P. Hensley of Grayville was arrested Tuesday on drug charges following a vehicle stop on West 3rd Street in Mt. Carmel, IL.  A vehicle driven by 48-year-old Kenneth D. Martin of Grayville was stopped for speeding on West 3rd Street, and during the stop it was determined that Martin was driving on a suspended license.  Hensley was a passenger in the vehicle, and a search by officers led to the discovery of a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.  Officers also found a variety of precription pills.  Hensley and Martin were taken to the Wabash County Jail in Mt. Carmel, IL.  Hensley is being held pending the posting of bond, while Martin was cited for driving suspended and was being held on $150 cash bond.

26-year-old Jeremy L. Duffield of Johnsonville was jailed late Monday night after police found the truck he was driving stuck in a ditch near Wayne City with his four-year-old son sitting in the passenger area with no child restraints.  As an officer was speaking with Duffield, he noted an odor of alcohol and indicated that he refused to take a breath test.  Duffield was jailed on charges of aggravated DUI,  driving revoked, failure to secure a child in a child restraint, driving an uninsured vehicle, driving with expired registration and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Flooding continues on the Little Wabash River at Carmi and the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel, IL and New Harmony, IN.  The Little Wabash at Carmi is expected to crest Thursday evening at 33.1 feet, more than six feet above flood stage.  The Wabash at Mt. Carmel, IL is expected to rise to 27.4 feet Saturday morning, just over eight feet above flood stage, and at New Harmony a crest of 20.1 feet is expected Sunday afternoon, more than five feet above flood stage.

Illinois State Police have released the results of an Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrol conducted in Edwards County on March 25th, and in Hamilton County on March 28th.  In Edwards County, troopers wrote ten seat-belt tickets and six written warnings and issued a total of 14 citations.  In Hamilton County, troopers wrote 16 seat-belt tickets and six written warnings, and a total of 20 citations.

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