FIRE DAMAGES KON-TIKI – Fire heavily damaged the Kon-Tiki Senior Center in downtown Fairfield Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported by a passerby a little after 3 p.m. Fire Chief Andrew Miller said it appeared the fire started in the kitchen area of the center – towards the back of the building. The kitchen area was very heavily damaged, the Chief said, with smoke and heat damage reported throughout the structure. Workers had been in the Kon-Tiki until around 3 p.m. cleaning and doing other chores. It was a very short time after their departure that the fire was reported. No one was injured, and the fire was contained primarily to the back of the single-story structure. An official cause has not been established. However, an investigator with the Illinois State Fire Marshal was on scene within two hours of the fire being tapped out.
62-year-old Rickie R. Horton of Shawneetown has surrendered to authorities in connection with a major sexual assault investigation in Hamilton and Saline Counties. Horton – a former foster parent – currently faces six class-X felony counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in Saline County and an additional five class-X felony counts in Hamilton County.
Seth A. Kimpel, 34 of West Salem has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty in Edwards County to a charge of domestic battery. He was given credit for 15 days spent in jail awaiting disposition of his case.
Christopher C. Jones, 34 of Grayville has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in Edwards County to a charge of theft. In addition to time in prison, the judge ordered Jones to pay $59.99 restitution to Casey’s General Store.
Roy D. Ritcheson, 37 of Crossville has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty in Edwards County to a charge of violating an order of protection. The judge gave Ritcheson credit for 25 days he has spent in the county jail awaiting disposition of his case.
John T. Kissee, 18 of Grayville has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty in Edwards County to a charge of being in possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine. In addition to time in prison, the judge ordered Kissee to pay a $500 drug assessment.
Justin D. Karnes, 19 of McLeansboro has been sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty in Hamilton County to charges he burglarized a home on Epperson Drive in McLeansboro, stealing a laptop computer and an X-Box gaming system.