Headlines Sunday October 25, 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.

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.

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.

Teams from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency continue their 2 state search for a missing steel canister containing radioactive material. Wayne County Well Servicing Inc. reported the device missing a week ago. The radioactive well logging source holder is silver in color 12 inches high, 14 inches in diameter and weighs 75 lbs. Anyone who finds the locked steel canister should contact their local authorities.

Work will begin Monday to replace a bridge on North Wynoose Road, between Woods Lane and Bethel Lane. This section of the Wynoose road will be closed to traffic during the construction, which is expected to last 10 weeks.