Headlines, Saturday October 24th, 2015

30-year-old Zachary Powell of Grayville was sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty to a Class-4 felony charge of domestic battery. Edwards County State’s Attorney Michael Valentine says that Powell’s charge was elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony based upon a previous domestic battery conviction in White County. In addition to 5 ½ years prison, Powell will have to serve another four years of parole and has been ordered to pay $652 in various fines, fees and court costs. As part of the plea agreement to an extended term in prison, the state dropped a class-2 felony charge of aggravated domestic battery, a class-3 felony charge of intimidation and a class-4 felony charge of intimidation.

Rachel Knasinski, the former West Salem bank employee who embezzled more than $350,000 has reported to a federal prison in Kentucky to begin serving her two year sentence. She was sentenced for the crime last month in U.S. District Court at Benton. According to court records, Knasinski stole the money from the First State Bank in West Salem between November of 2011 and January of this year.

At this month’s meeting of the Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees, members approved the retirement of Karen Bryant as coordinator of Public Information and Marketing at Frontier Community College. The board also approved the retirement of Scott Talbert, Textbook and Equipment Library Technician at Frontier, and Mitchell Wolfe, Workforce Education Instructor. All of those retirements will be effective January 1 of 2016.

A Fairfield, man was jailed on charges he severely beat his seven-week-old daughter. 28-year-old Shannon L. Cone was taken into custody Thursday on preliminary charges of aggravated domestic battery and child endangerment. The case came to light a week ago when Fairfield City Police received a call from the emergency room at Fairfield Memorial Hospital that an infant had been brought in for treatment of multiple bruises. After interviews with authorities, Cone was taken into custody Thursday afternoon and lodged in the Wayne County jail. The child was treated at the hospital and released to relatives. Officials with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services are also involved in the investigation.

ARF’s HOWLoween Hairball is tonight at the Fairfield Elks lodge. Yappy Hour with finger foods, and Matt Kinney’s Pulled Pork and pork burgers will start at 7pm. $700 in prize money will awarded, and Torn & Frayed will perform at 8pm.