Headlines for Sunday, October 20th

The Albion Water Department is scheduled to flush lines in the city and surrounding area, beginning Monday.  Flushing is scheduled to take place in the northeast part of Albion, north of Elm and east of Fifth on Monday and Tuesday, with the northwest portion of the city, north of Main and west of Fifth undergoing flushing on Wednesday and Thursday.  The area around Wanboro Lake is scheduled for work on Friday.  Flushing will continue next week as well.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Paducah, KY say the southern Illinois region has a small chance for severe thunderstorms developing Monday, especially late morning and afternoon.  Damaging wind would be the main threat, although forecasters say a brief tornado is possible.  Any severe activity should quickly diminish by later in the day Monday afternoon and give way to cooler weather for Tuesday, with a high near 60 expected.

Authorities in Pasco County, Florida continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a January cold case involving the death of 32-year-old former Fairfield resident James Earl.  Earl was shot and killed in his home, and reports out of Florida say detective Samantha Guiterrez believes his affiliation with the Pagan Motorcycle Club may be the reason her office hasn’t received many tips in the case, however investigators don’t know for sure if his affiliation is related to the case.  The incident is the second one in the county in the past three years involving a murder of a motorcycle club member, and there is a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the killer.

Published reports say Harrisburg, IL police are investigating a shooting early Saturday morning that injured two people in a parking lot behind the Town Square Pub.  The report said police were called on a report of shots fired, and when they arrived they found a 32-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.  His identity was not immediately released.  Officers learned a second man had also been shot and taken by private vehicle to a local medical center.  Anyone with information can call the Saline County Central Dispatch at (618) 252-8661.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash River east of Fairfield is at 5.29 feet.  Flood stage is 17 feet.  At Clay City the stage is 4.62 feet.  Flood stage is 18 feet.  At Carmi the stage is 4.19 feet.  Flood stage is 27 feet.  The Skillet Fork at Wayne City stands at 5.05 feet.  Flood stage is 15 feet.  The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel is at 3.08 feet.  Flood stage is 19 feet.