Headlines Monday January 29, 2018

Hamilton County State’s Attorney Justin Hood filed five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child charges against Shawneetown resident Ricky R. Horton.  Horton, 62, was arrested in Saline County.  He also faces six counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in that county.  Horton is described as a former foster parent.  The charges are Class X felonies, which, if found guilty, are punishable by between six to 30 years in prison on each charge, to be served consecutively.  Horton is being held in Saline County Jail on $500,000 bond on the Hamilton County case.

A fourth person was arrested in connection with the theft of guns from a parked car in Salem.  20-year-old Cory Miller of Salem was picked up by Centralia Police at the request of Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies after they learned where he was eating dinner in Centralia. Miller was turned over to sheriff’s deputies who later arrested him for possession of a firearm by a felon and burglary to a motor vehicle.  The three others arrested in connection with the stolen weapons Thursday night were formally charged in Marion County Court on Friday.

The Fairfield Elks Club will become the temporary home of the Wayne County Senior Citizens Center after the Kon-Tiki was heavily damaged by fire.  Officials with Wabash Area Development, Inc, the agency that provides nutrition services for area seniors said the agreement was approved Thursday night and that seniors can begin receiving noon meals today.  Doors will open at 8am, at this time delivery of meals remains suspended.

The Fairfield Community High School varsity scholastic team captured first place in the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches’ Association Turnabout tournament on Saturday at FCHS.  The FCHS A team went 5 and 0 on the day.  FCHS moves to 20 and 9 on the year.   They will be in action again on Thursday, February 1 in a Southern Illinois Academic Conference meet at Fairfield.

The ECHS Varsity Scholastic Bowl team competed in the Turnabout Tournament in Fairfield on Saturday and finished the day in a 3-way tie for second place, with a 3-2 record. The team is now 15-14 and returns to Fairfield on Thursday to play in the SIAC tournament.

The state of Illinois will start accepting income returns for 2017 today.  The Illinois Department of Revenue says the fastest and most secure way to receive tax refunds is to file taxes electronically and request direct deposit into a checking or savings account.  The department anticipates direct deposit refunds to be issued four weeks from the time error-free electronically filed returns are submitted. Illinois’ free online tax account management program is called MyTax Illinois.

State health officials want people to know it’s not too late to get a flu shot.  The Illinois Department of Public Health warns influenza activity is widespread.  Dr. Nirav Shaw is director of the department and he says there’s still time to get a flu shot that will help protect you and people around you from the flu.  The public health department also recommends following “the three Cs:” Clean, cover and contain. That means wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover your cough and sneeze and if you’re sick, contain your germs by staying home.