1-13-2011

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MOTHER SENTENCED FOR COVERING UP CHILD’S MURDER

A Valerie Schoolfield was sentenced to 16 years in prison, by a Clinton County court, for covering up the beating death of her 3-year-old son. Schoolfield pled guilty in November to charges in the death of her son, Joseph Schoolfield.  The guilty plea included obstructing justice and endangering the life of a child, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.  As part of the plea deal, charges of 1st degree murder were dismissed. Schoolfield’s boyfriend, Scott Endicott, pled guilty, in July 2010, and received a sentence of 60 years in prison.  Schoolfield conspired with Endicott to cover up the crime. Clinton County State’s Attorney, John Hudspeth, told WGEL that, given the constraints of the case, he was satisfied with the sentence imposed.  Hudspeth spoke with the family of the deceased and reported that they too were satisfied with the sentence and were glad the experience was behind them.

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FURNACE FIRE IN POCAHONTAS

Pocahontas/Old Ripley Firefighters were called Wednesday, at 5:18 p.m., to a report of a fire at a residence on Academy Street in Pocahontas.  According to Fire Chief Kendall Brink, the home owner called about a smell of smoke.  Upon arrival, firefighters found a furnace fire and were able to keep the fire confined to the furnace.  No injuries were reported and the rest of the home was not damaged. 



MAN SENTENCED FOR BANK ROBBERY IN HAMEL

A Livingston man, Brian Heath Duff, age 36, was sentenced recently for robbing the First National Bank of Staunton in Hamel last summer. According to information released in court, Duff entered the bank in Hamel July 26, 2010 and approached the teller with a realistic looking handgun wrapped in a newspaper and showed the teller a note with instructions to give him money. Duff left with approximately $1,400.00 and was apprehended a few minutes later by a Madison County Deputy who found the money and the replica handgun in the vehicle. Duff pled guilty September 15, 2010 to the charge of bank robbery and was sentenced to 105 months imprisonment and five years supervised release.

 

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UNSAFE  ICE AT CARLYLE LAKE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warns you to stay off the ice at Carlyle Lake.  When the lake’s level drops, air pockets may form under the ice and collapse under a person’s weight.  Even small lakes and farm ponds may be dangerous, especially with the coat of snow on the ice.  The Army Corps of Engineers urges you to play it safe this winter.


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