Headlines for Monday, December 11, 2017

FCHS GUN SCARE – Fairfield Community High School and Center Street School were placed on lockdown Monday afternoon after high school officials received word of an individual with a gun near the school. The report came in at 2:50 p.m.  Local police located the suspect and took him into custody for questioning. No gun was found. FCHS Supt. Jill  Fulkerson said – “Students were released when the situation was deemed secure.”  She added – “Obviously, this is something we take very seriously and we are working with area police to investigate this situation as completely as possible”.

THIEVES STEAL COPPER –  A $250 cash reward has been offered through the Wayne County Crimestoppers program for information leading to an arrest in connection with the theft of copper wire from a T-Mobile substation in rural Wayne County.   The theft was discovered around 5:30 this morning at a T-Mobile site south of Wayne City. The value of the wire stolen was put at approximately $2,500.  At this time, police have no leads in the case and are seeking help from the public in finding the culprits. If you have information about who may have been involved in this copper wire theft, call the Wayne County Crimestoppers Hotline at 842-9777.  And remember, the information you give will remain anonymous and you don’t even have to give your name to be eligible for a cash reward.

FATAL FIRE – A disabled McLeansboro, Ill. man died Sunday afternoon when fire swept through his home. The victim has been identified as Clarence Jones, 57 of Virginia Street in McLeansboro. Hamilton County Coroner Steve Bowling said Jones activated a “Life Alert” call at 3:30 Sunday afternoon and told emergency dispatchers that he had fallen out of his chair and could not get up. “When first responders got there, the house was engulfed in flames,” Coroner Bowling said. “I have asked the State Fire Marshal’s office and Illinois State Police crime scene services to help investigate the death.” Bowling said an autopsy will be conducted Tuesday in an effort to pinpoint a cause of death.

Area residents are being encouraged to use the Wayne County Crimestoppers Hotline to report information about criminal activity in the area. Just last week, Crimestoppers paid out $1,100 in cash rewards for information that led to the arrest of a local man wanted in connection with the theft of firearms. The number to call to report criminal activity is 842-9777. You do not have to give your name to be eligible for a cash reward.

The state of the City of Fairfield’s finances will be the topic of Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled council meeting. A revenue and expenses report will be given to aldermen along with information about a local debt recovery program. The council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall.

A Mt. Vernon family lost their home to fire early Sunday morning. The blaze heavily damaged the Lawanda Rhinehart family at 917 Perkins, Avenue in Mt. Vernon.  Firemen from Mt. Vernon and the Mt. Vernon Rural Fire Departments remained on scene for over three hours. No injuries were reported from the fire that broke out around 4 a.m.

The annual Senior Citizens Christmas Light tour has been set for this  Tuesday evening.  Seniors will be picked up at Brookstone, the High Rise, Fairway Apartments, Village Apartments and the Community of Christ Church at 5 p.m. Judging of the lights will take place after the tour at the Community of Christ Church. The Fairfield Lions Club is sponsoring the tour.

Three Tri-State employers will be on campus of Frontier Community College this Thursday for a “mini job fair”.  Officials from Aerotek Toyota of Princeton, Indiana, Magnum Steel Works of Mt. Vernon and Williamson Home of Mt. Vernon will be on site seeking candidates in a large variety of fields. The mini job fair will be from 9 until noon this Thursday in the Learning Resource Center.