Headlines Tuesday September 1, 2015

James C. Freeland, 42, of Wayne City was arrested early Monday morning for possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop near his home. Freeland was pulled over near his home, a search of his vehicle, resulted in the confiscation of a Meth pipe, a hypodermic syringe and 5 coffee filters. A search of his residence revealed 2 hypodermic syringes and a hollowed out pen that field tested positive for Meth.

39-year-old Jermey Tucker of Fairfield was arrested Sunday night on a charge of driving under the influence. When Sheriff’s deputy Josh Glisson responded to a vehicle off the road report, he found Tucker next to his truck with a swollen and bleeding eye. Tucker blew a .199 on the state breathalyzer, and he refused to give a blood sample when taken to the Emergency room of Fairfield Memorial Hospital.

Fairfield Memorial Hospital and Frontier Community College will be holding a “Run for your Life 5K” on October 3rd. The run walk will begin at the Medical Arts complex and lead to Frontier Community College then back to Fairfield Memorial. Registration forms can be picked up at Fairfield Memorial, Frontier Community College or can be downloaded from either organizations website. The registration fee will be $15.

Police are still searching for a suspect in a shooting that happened early Sunday morning. Officers from the Mt. Vernon IL Police Department found 25-year-old Cortez Picket dead in his home at the corner of 19th Street and Conger Avenue. Mount Vernon police are still searching for leads on who shot Picket and why they did it. Police believe Picket’s girlfriend was the one who found him.

Moody’s Investor services is warning legislators and the Governor to reach a budget agreement by late September because it’s linked to other massive financial problems. Moody’s say Illinois’ budget hole is about $5 billion and addressing it will be harder if lawmakers approach the end of the fiscal quarter without a budget. Ratings agencies have given Illinois the worst rating of any US state.

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