A Fairfield couple living in downtown Paris is safe following the terrorist attacks Friday that claimed the lives of more than 100 residents. Warren and Kate Newby have lived in Paris for nearly two years. Warren is a geologist with a French oil company. Warren’s mother, Brenda Newby of Fairfield said she received a text from her son Friday that they were safe. The Newbys are scheduled to return to Fairfield next Thursday, assuming flights in and out of Paris remain in operation.
A Marion County Coroner’s Jury has issued a homicide verdict in the death of 46-year-old Todd Clementz at the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia on March 30th. According to a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Human Services, the verdict is part of an ongoing criminal process and IDHS will not comment on that process until it is concluded. The Department did take immediate action to put individuals involved in this matter on administrative leave and will take further personnel actions as necessary in response to any criminal findings.
39-year-old Fernandus D. Jones of Mt. Vernon faces a sentence of between 4 and 15 years after being found guilty of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance Within 1,000 feet of a park. Evidence in the trial showed that on September 10th of 2014, Jones sold a quantity of heroin near Mt. Vernon Veteran’s Park. The sale was made to a confidential source working with local law enforcement. Sentencing for Jones is set for December 14th.
Campbell Soup is recalling 355,000 cans of SpaghettiOs Original in the U.S. due to a possible choking hazard. Pieces of red plastic, part of the can’s lining, were found in a small number of the 14.2 ounce cans. The cans included in the recall have a date of February 22, 2017 that is stamped on the base of the can. The UPC code is 51000 22432 and is printed under the bar code. The product should be returned to the store for an exchange or full refund. Consumers can receive more information by visiting SpaghettiOs Facebook page or calling 1-866-535-3774.
Illinois’ new medical marijuana shops sold nearly $211,000 worth of cannabis in the first week, with less than a quarter of eligible patients buying so far. The state’s first regulated marijuana dispensaries opened Monday and served 806 customers. The price per ounce on average was roughly $450, or about $16 per gram.