Police Blotter

Area Arrests/Accidents 7/14/16

On Thursday the Christian County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to Regional Radio News.


47 year old Lynn R. Norris of Taylorville was arrested on Wednesday on an original arrest warrant for theft. Bond was set at $100,000.


21 year old Ronald D. Fisher of Bulpitt was arrested on Wednesday on a bond forfeiture warrant for contempt of court. Bond was set at $2000.




16 year old Drew M. Pettijohn of Palmer was traveling southwest on Route 48. Pettijohn went off the roadway to the left and struck the ditch. Petijohn’s vehicle came to a stop facing northeast. Pettijohn reported no injuries.


On June 22nd at approximately 12:03am Sgt. McWard of the Christian County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 211 Kemmerer Street in Assumption, IL for a criminal damage to property complaint. He arrived on scene and spoke with the complainant, Dennis L. Sloan of Assumption. Mr. Sloan stated that his “lion head” had been damaged by a vehicle. Sgt. McWard observed a brick and mortar pillar at the southeast corner of Mr. Sloan’s driveway that had significant damage. He observed that several of the bricks were loose and the mortar between the bricks was cracked and fallen out in several places. Mr. SLoan also stated a yield sign just south of their location had been struck as well. Sgt. McWard observed a yield sign laying on the ground just south of Mr. Sloan’s driveway. Mr. Sloan stated that he was awake in his residence and heard a collision outside. Mr. Sloan stated he observed an older style white Lincoln backing away from his pillar. South down Kemmerer Street. Mr. Sloan stated that he observed the vehicle continue south on Kemmerer Street and run over the yield sign at the corner of Kemmerer Street and East Illinois Street. Mr. Sloan stated that he was familiar with the vehicle and stated that it was a younger male who drove the vehicle, and that it was parked “up town” in Assumption most of the time. Mr. Sloan stated that the vehicle was usually parked by the new tavern in Assumption. Sgt. McWard attempted to locate the vehicle without success. The following morning he spoke with Lt. Woods, who advised him of the situation. Lt. Woods stated that he would attempt to locate the vehicle. Lt. Woods contacted Sgt. McWard a short time later and advised that he had observed the vehicle parked in Assumption on Chestnut Street. Lt. Woods stated that he observed damage to the front of the vehicle that was indicative of a collision with a hard/brick object. Lt. Woods spoke with the owner of the vehicle, Mrs. Deana R. DeClerck, who advised that her son, Mr. Travis S. Moma was the primary driver of the vehicle. Mrs. DeClerck stated that she would advice her son to contact Sgt. McWard. On July 11th, McWard spoke with MR. Moma at his residence and asked him what had occurred. Moma stated that he didn’t remember, and stated that he believed another person had taken his vehicle and struck Mr. Sloan's pillar as well as the yield sign. McWard asked Moma why he didn’t report his vehicle as stolen if it was taken and he stated that he didn’t know that it had been taken, but didn’t remember hitting the pillar. McWard asked Moma why he didn’t report the incident when he realized the damage to the vehicle, and Moma stated he hadn’t noticed any new or significant damage to his vehicle. McWard asked Moma if he had any idea who would have taken his vehicle and he replied no. McWard issued Moma a citation for failure to report an accident to police authority.


On 7/13/16 officers were dispatched to National Rent to Own for an accident. Upon arrival 31 year old Timothy D. Schafer of Mattoon who was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Ambulance, said that they were transporting a patient to Springfield. Schafer said that traffic stopped quickly when they were rear ended. Schafer said that they tried to stop but, due to the wet pavement their rig skidded and they rear ended 23 year old Dalton W. Wilson of Taylorville. The female passenger in Wilson’s vehicle complained of neck pain, but refused medical treatment. The ambulance was towed due to the stop and was issued a citation for failure to yield to an accident.


On 7/12/16 officers were dispatched to the 800 block of W. Poplar for a 2 vehicle accident. 17 year old Rachel R. Frazier of Taylorville stated that she was traveling westbound and went to pass a vehicle that was parked on the roadway. Frazier said that there was another car heading east towards her and she swerved to miss the other car and hit the back end of another car. No citations were issued and no vehicles were towed.


On 7/12/2016, 17 year old Austin W. Day of Kincaid was traveling south on Park Street and had slowed for traffic near the intersection of Park and Main Cross Streets. 69 year old Sandra K. Mann of Taylorville who was following behind Day was not able to stop in time and struck Day’s vehicle. Day’s vehicle was then pushed into a third vehicle. Mann advised officers that she were having problems with her brakes. The third vehicle left the scene prior to the officer’s arrival. Both vehicles were able to drive away from the scene.

While backing from a parking spot in the unlined parking lot at St. Mary’s School, 37 year old Kristi L. Carey of Taylorville failed to see the power pole behind her. There was minor damage to the vehicle, and none to the pole. No injuries were reported.

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