Headlines for Tuesday, July 7th

Both Wayne County and Hamilton County Health Departments have announced they have received notification of one additional positive case of COVID-19 in their respective county over the past 24 hours. In Wayne County, the individual is a female in her 20s. In Hamilton County, the individual is a female in her 50s. Both Wayne and Hamilton County Health Departments continue to investigate each case ensuring the isolation of the positive patients. If you are contacted by public health officials, please respond promptly.

Franklin County Sheriff David Bartoni says the search for a man believed to have gone into the water from a boat at Rend Lake Marina Monday afternoon will continue today. The search began Monday evening but was suspended overnight due to darkness. No other details are being released at this time.

Hamilton County Health Department has been notified of one additional positive case of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Hamilton County residents, a female in her 20s. To date there have been six lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton County. Hamilton County has done a total of 390 total tests with 384 negative test results as of this advisory.

A boil order has been issued for all City of Grayville Water customers until further notice. Scheduled fire hydrant replacement and water tower maintenance has forced the shut-down of the water system. Once water service is restored, customers should bring water to a rolling boil before consumption.

The Wayne City High School Graduation will take place on Saturday July 11 at 5 p.m., with the Grade School Graduation at 7 p.m. Graduates will be allowed 10 guests each, and families will be allowed to stay and view the entire ceremony. Both ceremonies will be live streamed by WFIW.

Wayne County Sheriff Department responded to a single vehicle accident on Monday. 62-year-old Robert L Grieve of St. Peters Mo. was Northbound on County Hwy 1 near Jasper in a 2010 Toyota Corolla, when he attempted to turn East onto 1320 N, missed the turn, and hit a fence. Grieve was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident and Leaving the Scene. There were no injuries reported.

Wayne County responded to a single vehicle accident on Monday near Lamard. 62-year-old Jaques F. Webb of Cisne was driving East on County Highway 16 in a 2014 Ford Focus when the vehicle struck a deer. North Wayne Ambulance responded to the scene. Webb was transported to Fairfield Memorial Hospital.

On Monday, Wayne County Sheriffs responded to a single vehicle accident near Barnhill. 65-year-old Michael G. Deffendal was Southbound on Hwy 45 in a 1999 E150 when the trailer he was pulling started to sway, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and jackknife across the roadway. There were no reports of injuries at the scene.

Wayne County Sheriffs arrested 44-year-old Scotty Dale Yarbor of Wayne City on a charge of Aggravated Domestic Battery. Yarber was taken to the Wayne County Jail and is awaiting a first appearance scheduled for July 9.

Wayne County arrested 51-year-old Norman E. Overturf of Fairfield on a warrant for Theft on Monday. He is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail pending the posting of $1020 cash bond.

39-year-old Fairfield resident, Rodney A. Esmon was arrested on Monday on a warrant for Theft. Esmon is being held in the Wayne County Jail pending the posting of $1020 cash.

78-year-old Hamilton County resident, Lynda K. Johnson was taken into custody for attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery. Johnson is accused of shooting her spouse. The victim is currently listed in stable condition in Evansville, IN. She is being lodged in the White County Jail. Hamilton County State’s Attorney is reviewing the case.

James S. Curtis, 36 of Eldorado, has pleaded guilty in connection to a New Year’s Eve fire at the Harrisburg Walmart. Curtis plead guilty to charges of arson, reckless conduct, and three counts of criminal damage to property more than $100,000. The Harrisburg Walmart was temporarily closed following the fire. Curtis is scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. September 2nd.

Illinois State Police District 19 announced the results of an Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement patrol held in Saline County in July. There was a total of 4 citations/arrest and 42 written warnings. This ACE patrol allowed the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol or drugs.

Illinois State Police District 19 announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check held in Wayne County during the late evening hours of July 3 and early morning hours of the 4th. There was a total of 6 citations/arrests, and 13 written warnings. District 19 Officers conducted the RSC in Wayne County at the intersection of IL Route 15 and IL Route 142.

River stages as of this morning:  the Little Wabash east of Fairfield stands at 6.46 feet, below the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.56 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 5.46 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 1.07 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 8.22 feet. The Wabash River at Mt. Carmel sits at 6.28 feet.

Today’s crude oil price is $33.63, down $0.02 from yesterday. The August crude oil price is $40.21, down $0.73 from yesterday morning.