Headlines for Friday, October 4th

54-year-old Quinton D. Hutcheson was Air Evaced to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville after a two-car crash yesterday in Fairfield. Police say Hutcheson disobeyed a stop sign and was struck by 40-year-old Sara L. Carlisle. She and a passenger were checked at the scene by EMTs and released.

No injuries were reported in a two-car accident yesterday morning southeast of Cisne. Police say 19-year-old Sydnee A. Phillips rear-ended 74-year-old Lorna J. Norton. A tow truck was called to the scene, and the vehicles sustained over $1,500 damage. Phillips was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The Wayne County Humane Society will hold an Open House tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It says it has made several improvements to its facility and would like to share them with the public. It will also hold an adoption event, with reduced fees of $50 for dogs and $10 for cats. Porkburgers will be available for $3 as well.

Secretary of State Jesse White is urging students in grades 4-12 to enter the 2020 “Letters About Literature in Illinois.” The statewide competition invites students to read a book of their choice and then write a letter to the author. The deadline to enter is December 16th, and winners will receive $200.

Fairfield Police Chief Keith Colclasure says his department has issued 19 permits for golf carts and side-by-sides in Fairfield since last Wednesday. He says the new city ordinance has proved popular, and he is in the process of helping the Mt. Carmel police department implement a similar ordinance.

Four people were arrested in relation to last month’s string of car and business burglaries, and Wayne County State’s Attorney Kevin Kakac says two were recently sentenced in circuit court. Joel D. Waldrop was given five years in prison, and a juvenile was sentenced to an indeterminate term in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. The other two individuals remain in pre-trial custody.

Two other people were sentenced in Wayne County Circuit Court yesterday. 36-year-old Eddie A. Riley was sentenced to 80 months and 36 months in prison on counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and driving with a revoked license. The two sentences will be served concurrently. 36-year-old Michael S. Toney was sentenced to seven years in prison on a count of burglary, stemming from his involvement in the burglary of the Will Cline residence in July.

The Fairfield Paint Out will hold its Premier Show and Sale tonight at Bob Boyles Hall. Purchase awards will begin at 4:30, and the public show will begin at 5:30. At 4, the second annual Chalk Walk will take place on the east parking lot at Frontier Community College. Registration will begin at 3.

Cisne resident Julianne Thompson recently earned the Military Excellence Award while graduating from Navy Recruit Training Command. Thompson was employed as a funeral director at Hosselton-Meridith Funeral Home, and she said she joined the military to become a mortician for the Navy.

The average statewide temperature last month was 71.3 degrees, which is nearly five degrees above normal and the fourth warmest on record. Statewide precipitation averaged over five inches but varied significantly across the state. Some areas in north and north-central Illinois received roughly 12 inches of rain, but some areas in southeastern Illinois only had a quarter of an inch.

A recent FBI search of Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval’s office and home was focused on activities involving kickbacks for the politician and IDOT employees. USB drives, two computers, files labeled “IDOT,” and documents referencing the town of Cicero were seized, among other items. Sandoval is the chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, though Governor J.B. Pritzker says he should step down.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 4.29 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 4.93 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 4.01 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 0.86 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 3.42 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $45.50, down $0.25 from yesterday. The November crude oil price is $52.75, up $0.06 from yesterday morning.