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Two Carmi Women Arrested On White County Warrants

The Carmi Police Department has arrested two Carmi women on White County warrants. On Thursday an officer with the CPD went to 412 Oak Street and arrested 35 Jennifer R Parkhurst on a warrant for Battery. The amount of the bond on the warrant was set at $250. Parkhurst paid bond and was released.
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Fire Takes Down Old Lumber Yard in Carmi Early Saturday Morning

An exhausted Fire Chief and volunteer fire crews are finally getting a break now after a massive blaze broke out early Saturday morning in Carmi that ended up killing internet and power to a large section of the city. Carmi Chief Larry Hite tells WROY/WRUL News the fire apparently broke out sometime between 4 and 4:30 as calls came in around 4:34am Saturday morning that the old lumberyard near the water tower at Fackney, Courtney Circle, and Pleasant Street was consumed with flames. No persons were injured. The building had sat empty for years however and it’s fair to assume several varmints have been scattered or perished. Additionally, Hite says the city’s water building sustained some damage, he estimates 4 or 5 residences suffered some damage including melted siding due to the extreme heat of the fire. The iconic water tower will also require further inspection as the base is mostly covered with soot and is no longer white. The railroad crossing arms also most likely succumbed to the high temperatures and will probably need replaced. The fire scorched power lines and a large swath of the municipality lost power until about 2pm Saturday. Internet also went down for an even larger portion of the city. The state fire marshal was called in and Hite says crews will be back on Tuesday to hopefully help discover the ultimate cause of the blaze. Firefighters from Crossville, Enfield, and Norris City assisted in the emergency.
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Officials find 31 dead bodies inside funeral home

JEFFERSONVILLE, ILLINOIS - Officials are investigating an Illinois funeral home after decomposed bodies were found. According to Jeffersonville police, the investigation of the Lankford Funeral Home and family center began after 31 dead bodies were found. Some of the bodies were in advanced stages of decomposition. During the investigation, officials...

Break-In And Burglary Reported In Norris City

A report of break-in and burglary has been made to the White County Sheriff’s Department. On Wednesday morning, Officer George Spencer responded to 452 County Road 60o N in Norris City and met with Michial Phillips who advised Spencer that someone had cut a lock off of his front porch door and entered his residence. Phillips said that on June 28th between the hours of 3:00 and 10:00 PM, someone broke into his home and stole 100 10 mg Hydrocodone. There were also items thrown around inside the residence. Phillips said that he located a glove in his driveway that does not belong to him. Spencer photographed the damage lock piece near the door as well as the pry marks on the door frame, and collected the glove to put in evidence. Phillips stated that he wanted to file a report about the incident. Spencer told Phillips it would be placed on file at the WCSD. The officer also told Phillips he would be contacted if any further information became available.

Trahan Arrested On White County Warrant

A Carmi man is in custody following his arrest on a White County warrant Friday morning. Deputy Capeheart, with the White County Sheriff’s Department went to 702 Summit Street to serve the warrant on 19 year old James D Trahan. Trahan was wanted for unlawful possession of another’s debit card. He was taken into custody and transported to the White County Jail. Trahan is being held on a $1500 cash bond.

Purdue lands commitment from key in-state TE for 2023 recruiting class

Purdue is turning in a strong run on the 2023 recruiting trail, and the Boilermakers landed another in-state prospect on Friday. This time, the pledge comes from George Burhenn out of Mt. Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Indiana. Burhenn held other offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State and Rutgers when he announced his commitment.

Mount Carmel police arrest man for an alleged sexual assault

MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. (WEHT) – Mount Carmel police has arrested a Mount Carmel man for an alleged criminal sexual assault. Police arrested Michael W. Haase, 21, on June 30 in the area of Seventh and Poplar streets in Mount Carmel. The Wabash County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an incident alleging criminal sexual assault […]

Townsend Arrested On Warrant For Battery And Criminal Damage To Property

A Carmi man was arrested on a White County warrant following a phone call to the White County Sheriff’s Department from the White County Probation Office. On Thursday Officer George Spencer and an officer with the Carmi Police Department arrested 48 year old Jason D Townsend. Upon arrival at the Probation Office, the officers met with Townsend and advised him of the warrant for Battery and Criminal Damage to Property then escorted him to the White County Jail. Townsend was processed for the appropriate charges and is being held pending posting of bond. Bond was set at $250.

Mt. Vernon snow cone shop giving back to community

POSEY CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Sweet Peaks is an ice cream, snow cone and barbecue shop in Mount Vernon. With the summer in full swing, Manager Melissa Coniglione knows it means more business. “We’re pretty popular as is, but I would definitely say on like the hotter days, we’re definitely...

Burglary Call in Ellery Leads to Arrest

An Erie County man was arrested after Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies were called to a burglary in progress Thursday afternoon in the Town of Ellery. Deputies responded to a residence on Route 430 shortly before 2:30 PM and located 47-year-old Jonathan Bernacki of Akron on scene. Bernacki was charged with 2nd-degree burglary, 4th-degree criminal mischief, and petit larceny. He was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment.

Joan Marie (Tiemann) Pritchard

Joan Marie (Tiemann) Pritchard, 81, of Norris City, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. She was born on November 10, 1940, the daughter of Loren Frederick and Helen Marie (Runau) Tiemann. Joan married Frank G. Pritchard on July 11, 1959, and he preceded her in death on January 10, 2010. She was a farmer and enjoyed gardening, photography, working puzzles, shopping, enjoyed being around animals, and was a member of the Norris First Southern Baptist Church.

Bombers blitz Carmi

Brock Brubaker went 3-for-3 with three runs batted in, and Davey Hiner struck out nine batters in his debut to lead the Owensboro Post 9 Bombers to an 11-1 American Legion baseball win over Carmi (Ill.) Post 224 on Friday at Kamuf Park. Bombers manager Matt Freeman called it “a...

Campbell Charged with Domestic Battery

A call to request law enforcement assistance was made to the White County Sheriff’s Department in regards to an active domestic in progress at 1352 County Road 1175 in Carmi. Deputy Capeheart responded to the call and observed an officer with the Carmi Police Department was on scene as well. The officer with the CPD was speaking with 70 year old Carolyn Campbell and 26 year old Carrie Campbell gathering statements concerning 30 year old Jonathan M Campbell who had left the scene and went into a corn field west of the residence. Carolyn Campbell, Johnathan’s mother, stated that Johnathan had come home at daybreak very intoxicated and began throwing objects in the kitchen as well as opening and slamming the refrigerator doors causing the shelves of the door to break and items to fall out. Carolyn said that Carrie Campbell, Johnathan’s sister, then came from her bedroom and tried to calm Johnathan down. Carrie told the officers that her brother continued to scream at them and throw in the kitchen. During the rant, Johnathan hit Carrie with an unknown item, then left the residence on foot. Carolyn and Carrie both signed complaints for Domestic Battery. Johnathan was located and taken into custody. Bond was set at $500 cash. He paid bond and was released. A court date has been set for July 26th at 9:30 AM.

Boil Order Issued In Carmi

A boil order has been issued due to water main work for the following Carmi water customers: TSC, United Energy, Rent One, Egyptian Health, Illinois Extension Office and Opportunities for Access. This order will be in effect until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Curtis Arrested on Posey County Warrant

An early morning detail by the White County Sheriff’s Department resulted in the arrest of a Crossville man. The detail was focused on 43 year old Matthew R Curtis who resides at 104 Elliot Street. On June 26th, just a little before 7 AM Sheriff Randy Graves, Sgt Craig Poole and Sgt Justin Spencer converged on the location and located Curtis inside the trailer. Curtis was placed under arrest for a warrant out of Posey County Indiana. The arrest warrant was for Felony Burglary with a Deadly Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a serious violent Felon, Burglary, Resisting Law Enforcement, Theft and Unlawful Possession of Syringes.