Headlines for Sunday, April 14th

The Fairfield Fire Department responded to a house fire at the John Cone residence on SW 7th Street Saturday morning.  When firemen arrived they spotted fire on the north side of the structure.  No injuries were reported, however a family pet passed away in the home.  Fairfield Fire Chief Andrew Miller said the biggest obstacle in putting out the fire was the added construction over the years.  He also said he has spoken with an investigator with the Fire Marshal’s Office.  A cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

The White County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest late Friday night of 22-year-old Zachary T. Cotton of Crossville.  Cotton, according to police, ran a stop sign at Illinois Routes 14 and 1.  After he was pulled over and asked why he nearly ran the officer into a curb, Cotton said he “thought the officer was his friend and was wanting to drag race.”  Cotton was given a field sobriety test and later taken into custody on a DUI charge.  He was taken to the White County Jail in Carmi.

The Fairfield Park District is partnering with the local Little League in the renovation of a diamond at Leo French Park.  Park District President Jay Fyie said it is a win-win proposition.  Fyie said the cost-sharing has worked with other organizations in the past when they have wanted improvements to facilities.

Published reports say Mt. Vernon, IL police are looking for a man who shot a woman early Saturday morning in the 400 block of South 17th Street.  Police said a woman was standing in the doorway of a home when the man shot her in the leg.  The report said the two had been dating on and off.  The woman was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.  The suspect was not immediately located, but the investigation is continuing.

55-year-old Craig Wade Dittmar, a Stockton, IL truck driver, was charged late last week in connection with the crash that killed Illinois State Police Trooper Brooke Jones-Story last month.  Dittmar was charged with reckless homicide and operating a motor vehicle while fatigued.  Trooper Jones-Story was inspecting a commercial truck on the side of a highway in Freeport when she was struck by Dittmar’s truck.  Dittmar is being held in the Stephenson County Jail on $250,000 bond.  Trooper Jones-Story is one of three state troopers killed in the line of duty in a span of several weeks.