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Area Arrests/Traffic Accidents 4-23-13




Bobby D. Smith, 48, of 604 East Franklin Taylorville, was arrested on April 19 on a bond forfeiture warrant. 

Cathy L. Cooper, 46, of Pana, was arrested on April 19 for possession control and obstructing an officer.

Joel T. Glenn, 57, of Kincaid was arrested on April 20 on a bond forfeiture warrant for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

Derek W. Kelmel, 27, of Morrissonville was arrested on April 20 on an original arrest warrant for unspecified statute. 

Haley L.Springer, 19, of Pana was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for consumption of liquor.


On April 17 at 6:55 p.m., Christian County Correctional Office received a call of a white Ford truck damaging the roadway located at 2000 North 2300 East Rd.  The driver, Patrick Hartnell, 20, of Moweaqua, was located and issued a citation for unlawful use and damage to the roadway. 


On April 20, 2013, Thomas Gorbett Jr., 76, of Taylorville was traveling westbound on 1800 North Rd.  A vehicle traveling eastbound came into the westbound lane causing Gorbett to veer into the ditch on the north side of the roadway.  Gorbett did not have to be towed and got out th the ditch.  The vehicle was smoking and had undercarriage damage. 

Casey Beard, 36, of Taylorville was heading south on 1350 East Rd around 1250 North Rd.  Beard lost control and ran off the roadway.  She traveled sideways into the ditch which was full of water.  Beard went 276 yards from the time she left the roadway until it came to a stop.  Beard was in water just below the windows.  No standing water was on the roadway.


On April 18, at 6:03 p.m., a Taylorville Police Officer observed a truck off-roading on Lake Taylorville property off of Lakeshore Drive.  He conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.  Subsequent to the stop, a male juvenile was arrested for criminal damage to property and issued a citation for improper lane usage. 

A Taylorville Police Officer went to 604 East Franklin Street and made contact with the male subject that he knew to have a valid warrant out of Christian County.  His information was ran through Law Enforcement Agency Data System and the warrant was verified.  Bobby D. Smith, Jr. 48, of Taylorville was placed under arrest and was trasnported to Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

On April 20, a Taylorville Police Officer was on patrol and observed a vehicle traveling north on Walnut street with a female driver.  A registered check of the vehicle showed that the female registered owner of the vehicle had three valid warrants.  The officer made a stop on the vehicle at Main and North Streets and made contact with the female driver.  The driver, Jennifer Musser, 26, of Pana was the registed owner.  Her information was ran through Law Enforcement Agency Data System and verified the three warrants.  She was placed under arrest and transported to the Christian County Correctional Center in lieu of bond. 

While on patrol, a vehicle license plate was ran and was learned that a male registered owner had a suspended drivers license.  The driver Brian K. Tackett, of Taylorville matched the description of the registered owner.  The vehicle was stopped and the office spoke to the driver.  The driver was the owner and knew he had a suspended license.  He was arrested and transported to the Taylorville Police Department, processed and released on a notice to appear. 

On April 20, a traffic stop was initiated on a vehicle disobeying a traffic control device.  Upon further investigation, the female passenger, Katie Dawn Holliday, 18, of Morrisonville was arrested for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.  She was released on a notice to appear. 

On April 21, at 1:22 p.m., a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle for suspended registration.  Subsequent to the stop, Benjamin F. Grant, 37, of Taylorville was cited for driving while his license was suspended and operating a vehicle with a suspended registration. 

On Sunday, April 24 at approximately 10:30 p.m. dispatch asked for officers in the lobby due to complainant James B. Burgess coming into the lobby to report a male subject refusing to pay for the cab fare.  When the officers went outside to the cab, the male subject was gone.  He was apprehened in the rear parking lot of the apartments in the 100 block of East Vine Street.  Suspect, Aaron Davis, 37, of Taylorville was walked back to the Taylorville Police Department and subsequent to the arrest a smoking device was located in the rear pockets and a small baggy with purported cannabis in the right coin pocket of his pants.  He was processed and released on a notice to appear. 


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