A young Fairfield man died Friday afternoon when the truck he was driving collided with a semi at the intersection of the Mt. Erie blacktop and Enterprise Road. The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Brian P. Cotton of Fairfield. According to Illinois State Police, the driver of a 2014 Freightliner semi towing a semi-trailer was traveling northbound on Enterprise Road when he failed to stop at the intersection with the Mt. Erie blacktop. The semi driver has been identified as Steven S.F. Vanarkel, 29
of Holt, MO. Brian Cotton, driving a 2015 Dodge Ram truck was westbound on the Mt. Erie blacktop and struck the trailer of the semi as it crossed the intersection. Cotton was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in Cotton’s truck, 32-year-old Emery Stutzman, Jr. of Cisne received critical injuries and was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. The semi driver, Steven Vanarkel and two passengers – his wife – 29-year-old Jessica N. Vanarkel of Holt, MO and the couple’s 10- year-old son were unhurt
Former Fairfield City Alderman Steve Robinson died Friday night when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a vehicle on III. Rt. 15 near Boyleston. According to Illinois State Police, 42-year-old Reginald D.Washington of Alton, III. was traveling westbound on Rt. 15 in a 1999 Chevy Tahoe when he pulled out to pass another vehicle. While attempting to pass, Washington’s Tahoe collided head-on with Mr. Robinson’s eastbound 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Steve Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene. Washington was airlifted from the scene to a regional trauma center.
The White County Sheriff’s Department received a call Thursday afternoon about a black pick up driving recklessly in the Crossville area. When deputies arrived, they found a truck matching the description parked in the Maier Grocery store parking lot. Deputies made contact with the driver, 24-year-old Thomas Osborne of Albion and a passenger, 21-year-old Terry Griener of Grayville. Both men were found to in possession of marijuana, and both were cited for possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis. Griener was also wanted on a Richland County warrant for failure to appear on a charge of driving on a suspended license.
The Illinois Senate has voted unanimously to require administrators of state veterans’ homes to notify the public within 24 hours of an infectious disease diagnosis. The Senate voted 52-0 Thursday to require notification of staff members, residents and the Department of Public Health. It would be necessary when two or more residents are diagnosed within a month. Thirteen residents have died from pneumonia-like disease and dozens more sickened. The legislation goes now goes to Governor Rauner who supports the proposal.