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THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

CRASHES:

On February 15, Bree A. Beeson, 36, of Pana was northbound on US Highway 51 approximately 100ft south of Illinois Street when she hit a patch of ice. Beeson slid sideways off the road into the right ditch. Beeson struck the ditch embankment and came to a stop facing northeast. No injuries reported.

On February 15, Rita K. Morgan, 64, of Moweaqua was westbound on 1200 North Road approximately 100ft east of US Business 51 when she lost control on the snow and ice covered road. Morgan slid into the snow bank causing damage to the front end. Morgan spun 180 degrees and came to a stop in the snow bank facing east. No injuries reported.

On February 16, Vickie L. Russell, 55, of Nokomis was southbound on County Highway 1 approximately 1/10th of a mile south of 650 North when she hit a slick spot and lost control. Russell slid off the road into the east ditch. Russell hit the ditch causing damage to the passenger's side of the vehicle.

On February 16, Christopher T. Jones, 25, of Shelbyville was eastbound on 1150 North Road approaching the "T" intersection at 2700 East Road. Jones began to brake and the truck slid on the snow and ice. Jones slid across the intersection and into the east ditch. Jones sustained damage on the passenger's side. Jones and a passenger left the scene and did not notify police of the accident. Police were notified when a passerby contacted an off duty officer and advised him of the wreck truck. Jones later returned to the scene. He advised the crash occurred around 4am. He said he did not have a working phone so he went home and went to bed without contacting police. No injuries reported.

On February 16, Wesley H. Withrow of Pawnee was southbound on Township Road 940 East Road. Withrow stated that a deer ran into the roadway and he was unable to avoid striking it. Withrow was able to drive the vehicle away. No injuries reported.

On February 15, Yushi Yanagita, 22, of Lake Orion, Michigan, was traveling wast on 1250 North Road. Yanagita was not familiar with the road on which he was traveling. Yanagita attempted to follow the roadway once he saw it curve back to the north but slid on the snow covered roadway. Yanagita struck a power pole on the east side of 1025 East Road. Yanagita then came to a rest. No injuries reported.

On February 14, Philip L. Crawford, 50, of Springfield was traveling southeast on IL Route 29 and signaled to turn west onto Masonic Street. Crawford began to slide on the snow covered roadway and lost control. Crawford slid sideways in the roadway. Joseph A. Zucco, 57, of Pana was following Crawford going southeast. Zucco could not get stopped and hit Crawford in the driver side door. No injuries reported.

On February 14, Karen S. Chadwick, 57, was traveling northbound on County Highway 1 and had just passed Township Road 700 North. Chadwick stated a deer entered the roadway and she was not able to avoid striking it. Chadwick received front end and front passenger side damage. No injuries reported.

On February 14, Dan E. Jones, 61, of Pana was westbound on Township Road 100 North. Due to the snow packed roads and blowing snow, Jones lost control of the vehicle. 4/10th of a mile east of Township Road 2100 East, Jones went into the south ditch causing front end damage. No injuries were reported.

On February 12, Trevor L. Marquis, 22, of Assumption was traveling westbound on Township Road 1700 North and was approaching the "T" intersection with Township Road 2100 East. Marquis attempted to stop but slid on the ice/snow covered roadway. Marquis slid through the intersection and exited the roadway and struck the west ditch of Township Road 2100 East. Marquis came to rest facing north and received front driver's side and front end damage. No injuries reported.

ARRESTS:

Joseph P. Kerr, 28, of RR 2 Box 5A, Tower Hill, was arrested February 15 on a bond forfeiture for resisting a peace officer.

Eric C. Holley, 32, of 319 Kennedy Street, Pana, was arrested February 15 on a warrant for driving under the influence.

Harry D. Lash, 68, of 219 Elm Street, Kincaid, was arrested February 14 on a bond forfeiture for domestic battery/bodily harm.

Rebecca E. Olvera, 36, of 59 Miller Lane, Taylorville, was arrested February 14 on a warrant for theft.

Tammi G. Brown, 49, of 715 East Poplar, Taylorville, was arrested February 14, on a bond forfeiture for possession of 200+ grams of other amounts of narcotic drugs. 

 

THE TAYLORVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THE FOLLOWING:

ARRESTS:

On February 14, a Taylorville Police Department officer was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a retail theft. Travis Parkins said an employee notified him that Diana K. Umberger, 67, of Taylorville tapped a different bar code on a 50 pound bag of dog food. Parkins watched her go through the cashier line and pay for her items. Parkins said he stopped her in the vestibule. Parkins said she admitted to switching the bar codes. Umberger was placed under arrest and then transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released on a notice to appear.

On February 12 at 9:51pm, a Taylorville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an Illinois Vehicle Code violation. Following the stop, Ashley J. Leonard, 25, of Taylorville was arrested for a Macon County failure to appear warrant.

On February 12, a Taylorville Police Department officer was on patrol and observed a vehicle swerving as it was traveling on South Spresser Street. The officer mad a stop on the vehicle at Airlawn and Spresser. The officer made contact with Zachary L. Dawson, 24, of Morrisonville and discovered that he did not have a valid driver's license. Due to other calls going on, Dawson was released on scene with a notice to appear.

On February 14 at 2:57pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were dispatched to Walmart in reference to a retail theft. Following the investigation. Erycka L. Smith, 18, of Kincaid was arrested for retail theft and illegal possession/consumption of alcohol. Smith was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released with a notice to appear.

On February 15 at 12:29pm, Taylorville Police Department officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle. Officers made contact with a male juvenile and informed him of the violation. The male juvenile was issued a citation for operation of a vehicle when registration is suspended and released on a notice to appear.

On February 15 at 4:47pm, Taylorville Police Department officers were on patrol when they noticed a black Pontiac driven by Brandon J. Gardner, 24, of Taylorville. The officers knew Gardner to not have a valid driver's license. Officers located the vehicle pulling into the Arby's parking lot. Officers then went into Arby's and located and arrested Gardner for driving with no valid driver's license. Gardner was transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed and released with a notice to appear.

On February 15, a Taylorville Police Department officer spoke with J. Rimkus in reference to Joseph L. Dees, 30, of Taylorville throwing something at his car and hitting his window. Rimkus also stated Dees was harassing him by phone. The officer went to 1205 West Market to speak with Rimkus. While speaking to Rimkus, Dees continued to send harassing messages to him. The officer located Dees at his residence. Dees was arrested for harassment by phone and disorderly conduct.

On February 15 at 6:54pm, while investigating a theft from Walmart, a Taylorville Police Department officer received information about separate theft that occurred on January 21. Following the investigation, Kenneth L. Blake, 54, of Kincaid was arrested for retail theft.

CRASHES:

On February 12, Brian L. Wagahoff, 35, of Taylorville advised he was backing out og his driveway at 1134 East Esther and did not see Terry R. Chandlerdolenc, 53, of New Berlin until they made contact. Wagahoff had damage to the rear bumper of his vehicle. Chandlerdolenc was traveling north on Wilkinson when Wagahoff backed from his driveway and struck the rear door and quarter panel on the driver's side. No injuries reported.

On February 14, Tyler J. Smith, 21, of Taylorville advised he was traveling east on Spresser approaching the intersection of Spresser and Webster. Smith advised he attempted to stop but could not due to the snow on the roadway. Smith advised he slid into the rear-end of John P. Mathon, 61, of Taylorville. No injuries were reported.

 
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