Local News


On May 29 at 5:40am, Jennifer D. Putnam, 23, of Nokomis was traveling northbound on 1250 East Road. At Approximately 760 North Road, Putnam struck a deer that came onto the roadway from the west. Putnam's vehicle had damage to the front, left bumper but did not need to be towed and was moved from the scene by the driver.


Coley S.M. Freeman, 20, of 1005 West Prarie Street, Taylorville, was arrested May 20 on a bond forfeiture for consumption of liquor by a minor.

Monica L. Wicker, 54, of 213 Sarah Street, Assumption, was arrested May 20 on a warrant for deceptive practice.


On May 18, Russell Oller of Taylorville called the Christian County Sheriff's Office in reference to criminal damage to property. Oller stated that sometime during the overnight hours, unknown person(s) drove through his planted soybean field north of his residence on Township Road 1400 East. The vehicle tracks appear to start near the Taylorville Lake Property on the east side of Oller's field and travel west to Township Road 1400 East.


On May 21 at 2:21am, Taylorville Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop at Palmer and Wyandotte. The female registered owner, Amanda Haddock, 32, of Taylorville, driver's license was suspended. Haddock was arrested, transported to Taylorville Police Department, processed, and released.


On May 3 at 2:30am, Joshua A. Westerfield, 29, of Taylorville was traveling southbound on Webster Street. Westerfield traveled across the northbound lanes, crossed over a grass median, and then traveled another 60ft striking the KFC located at 510 North Webster. The vehicle struck the building and overturned. Westerfield was removed from the vehicle by breaking the driver side rear window as the doors on the vehicle would not open. The vehicle ended up a little over 30 feet away from the southwest corner of the building which was the point of impact. There was debris that was measured at 92 feet away from the southwest corner of the building. Westerfield was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield with injuries that were described by police as serious. An officer made contact with Westerfield on May 7 and issued him citations for improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Additional charges are possible pending further investigation.

On May 17 at 8:20pm, Deputy James D. Picket 26, of Taylorville was en route to assist a Morrisonville officer on an emergency call. A deer jumped out in front of Deputy Picket's patrol vehicle. Picket attempted to slow to avoid the deer but could not stop in time and struck the it. No injuries were reported.



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