Longtime Fairfield attorney Richard Cochran died Thursday afternoon at his home. He was 85. Mr. Cochran was a special prosecutor assisting in the murder trial of Blackie Harris in the 1964 brutal murders of Jerry Merritt and Betty Newton. Harris was found guilty and sentenced to 65-75 years in prison. Cochran was interviewed extensively by Taylor Pensoneau for his 2010 book “Deadly and Dapper” which chronicled the life of Blackie Harris.
45-year-old Frank L. Eaton of Albion was arrested by Mt. Carmel police Friday following a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, it was determined that Eaton had open alcohol in his vehicle. A subsequent search of his vehicle and property resulted in charges of possession of cannabis, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic syringes in addition to the illegal transportation of alcohol charge.
19-year-old Danny C. Hinds of Albion entered a guilty plea Friday to a charge of aggravated battery of a child. According to a criminal information filed in the case, the victim, a two-year-old boy, suffered multiple bone fractures after being shaken by Hinds. The plea agreement calls for a sentencing cap of 16 years behind bars. Hinds is scheduled to be sentenced on October 6th in Edwards County Circuit Court.
Illinois State Police will be out in force this Labor Day Weekend, focusing heavily on enforcing the Fatal Four Violations which are the most common causes of fatal traffic crashes. They are speeding, DUI, Not wearing a seatbelt, and Distracted Driving.
The annual Geff Frontier Days Celebration will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11th and 12th. Activities Friday include Power and Grace Gymnastics at 6 p.m. and the crowning of the Little Miss Frontier Days at 7 p.m. A car and truck show starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with awards at 1 p.m. The Geff Ruritans’ Ham and Bean Dinner will start at noon on Saturday. The annual parade steps off at 2 p.m. The band Cheyenne Express will perform Saturday evening at 6 p.m.