Headlines for Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Mount Vernon, Ill. teen was critically injured Tuesday night when the ATV he was riding crashed on a rural Wayne County, Ill. road. The teen, identified only as a 15-year-old boy from Mount Vernon, was found by coon hunters around 8:15 Tuesday night. According to Illinois State Police, the boy was found face down in a small puddle of water next to his ATV. He was unconscious, police said. State Police report the boy was eastbound on Wayne County Road 250 North at an excessive rate of speed when he lost control of the ATV, causing it to overturn. The boy was ejected from his Yamaha YFZ 450 ATV.The teen was airlifted from the scene to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. The cause of the crash was listed as traveling too fast for conditions. Charges are pending, police said.

The operator of a four-wheeler was seriously injured Tuesday night on a county road south of Keenes. The victim’s name has not been released by Illinois State Police. Local hunters found the unconscious driver around 8 o’clock Tuesday night. The victim was airlifted from the scene to an Evansville hospital.

The Little Wabash at Carmi is forecast to crest at 35.9 ft. by Sunday. The stage this morning was 30.56. The Big Wabash at Mount Carmel is expected to rise to 28.6 ft. by January 6. The stage this morning was 21.03.

Workers at the Menard Penitentiary at Chester are preparing for a flood that could impact the prison. Staff members and inmates have been sandbagging lower level cell houses and other buildings with basements. Some inmates have already been transferred to other facilities as the Mississippi River is expected to reach 49.7 feet – matching the level reached during the great flood of 1993.

Mt. Carmel Public Utility is disconnecting electric services as needed at river camps in Mt. Carmel, Pulleyville and the Dunkel River Camps as the Wabash continues to rise. Property owners with questions about the situation should call Mt. Carmel Public Utility at 262-5151.

Suzanne Brown of Carmi reports that someone burglarized her hair salon over the past week. Thieves made off with around $300 cash and some checks.

Eric Lee Hall, 37 and Amanda M. Schroeder, 33, both of Carmi have been arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance. Both were arrested following a traffic stop on Stewart Street in Carmi.