Headlines Saturday September 5, 2015

Longtime Fairfield attorney Richard Cochran died Thursday at his home. Mr. Cochran was named special prosecutor under Wayne County State’s attorney Bill Pearce to assist in the murder trial of Blackie Harris, for the 1964 brutal murders of Jerry Merritt and Betty Newton. After a 3 week trial in October of 1965 Harris was found guilty of the slayings and sentenced to 65 – 75 years in prison.

An Albion teen entered a guilty plea in a shaken baby case. 19-year-old Danny C. Hinds entered the plea on Friday in Edwards County Circuit Court. Hinds was arrested in June following an investigation by the Illinois State Police and the Department of Children and Family Services. The victim, a two-year-old boy suffered multiple bone fractures and was treated at an area hospital.

The 7th Annual Wayne County Tractor Drive will be held this Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7th. The planned route for the drive is 31 miles beginning and ending at the Wabash Valley Service Company Plant in Cisne. Registration is $30.00. Contact the Wayne County Farm Bureau for more information.

The Fairfield City council meets Tuesday night. Alderman will get an update on the side channel reservoir and the wetlands mitigation project. Street closings for the FCHS Homecoming and the Veterans Day parade will be approved. They will also seek a bid for a truck for the water department, and sell a mower from the airport.

Illinois State Police District 19 Commander, Captain Kelly Hodge, would like to remind motorist to make safety their number one priority while driving during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Law Enforcement officials will push for zero fatalities by looking for the fatal four violations most common in fatal crashes, speeding, DUI, Seat Belt use and distracted driving.

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