Paxton Police Blotter (Jan. 29, 2013)

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department released the following list of recent activity:

— An estimated $50,000 to $75,000 in jewelry and coins was stolen from Hewerdine’s Coin & Jewelry, located on the second floor of the Paxton Post Office building, between the evening of Jan. 21 and early morning hours of Jan. 22. Police are not saying how entry to the building or store was made. It was the second burglary reported at the business since September. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call Ford County Crimestoppers at 784-4173. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

— Vandalism to a vehicle’s radiator was discovered Jan. 24 in the 400 block of West Pine Street. The crime is believed to have occurred between Jan. 17 and Jan. 24, after the hood of the 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck had been left open.

Traffic accidents
— A hit-and-run accident in the 1000 block of East Summer Street is under investigation. The accident occurred Jan. 12. A police officer on patrol found a utility pole owned by Ameren Illinois snapped as a result of an accident, but no vehicle was found. Police believe the vehicle involved was a Ford pickup truck.

— No tickets were issued and no injuries were reported following a two-vehicle accident at 10:48 a.m. Jan. 6 at the intersection of Patton and Union streets. The accident occurred when Jerome S. Burkes, 21, of 1010 S. Washington St., Apt. 3, was driving a 2006 Dodge Charger and failed to yield the right-of-way at the unmarked intersection, striking a 2003 Ford F250 driven by Jack S. Mullis, 37, of 1095 Eastview Drive.

— A Paxton woman was taken by ambulance to Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City following a two-vehicle accident at 3:15 p.m. Jan. 10 at the intersection of Orleans and Maple streets. The accident occurred when Rylee R. Vaughn, 18, of Roberts, was driving a 2002 Dodge and failed to yield the right-of-way, striking a 2004 Toyota Rav-4 driven by Jane A. Mehlan, 52, of 305 W. Orleans St. Mehlan was taken to the hospital; Vaughn refused treatment at the scene.

— No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a two-vehicle accident Jan. 12 in the 800 block of West Pells Street. The accident occurred when Rondalee Wagner, 42, of 350 S. Elm St., was backing a 2008 Chevrolet four-door car out of a driveway and it struck a vehicle driven by Kevin E. Bormet, 34, of 860 W. Pells St.

— A semi-trailer struck a stop sign at the intersection of Summer and Vermilion streets at 8 a.m. Jan. 14. The driver, Vedad Tokic, 36, of Chicago, was not ticketed. Damage to the stop sign was estimated at less than $500.

— A 17-year-old male from Paxton was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after his 2005 Buick LaCrosse struck the back of a northbound 2005 Ford Focus driven by a 16-year-old female from Hoopeston. The accident occurred at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 16 on Cherry Street, near the intersection with State Street. The 16-year-old female was also ticketed, for having too many passengers in her vehicle, as restricted by her graduated driver’s license. No injuries were reported.

— Brittany J. Cloud, of 845 E. Patton St., was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after her 2007 Ford 500 struck a parked 2009 Ford Fusion owned by Kylie A. Nimon of Paxton at 1:20 p.m. Jan. 26 in the 700 block of East Patton Street.

— Zelma A. DeLorme, 60, of 1010 S. Washington St., was arrested for providing alcohol to a minor after police were called to a report of a party at her apartment on Jan. 28. Also arrested, each for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, were: Alexandrea M. Sidener, 18, of Rantoul; Elizabeth A. Johnson, 19, of Rantoul; Courtney L. Maag, 19, of Rankin; Ryan M. Larimore, 20, of 142 N. Plum St.; Bryan W. Dieu, 20, of Champaign; and a 16-year-old from Paxton.

— Two 17-year-old boys, one from Paxton and two from Buckley, were each charged with possession of cannabis (under 30 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the intersection of Market and Pells streets. The driver, from Buckley, was charged additionally with driving under the influence of a drug.

— Dennis G. Stevens, 63, of 323 W. Third St., Rankin, was arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance (Hydrocodone) and unlawful possession of a controlled substance at 7:10 p.m. Jan. 26 in the parking lot of Hardee’s, 451 W. Ottawa Road. Also arrested, for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, was Michelle A. Leo, 45, of 326 E. Fifth St., Rankin. A third person, Amy Mitchell, 41, of Chicago, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

— Jessica L. Burgrabe, 21, of 800 S. High St., was arrested for retail theft at 7:25 p.m. Jan. 25 for allegedly stealing food from the deli at the Paxton IGA while she was employed there.

— Benjamin J. DeAtley, 24, of 800 S. High St., Apt. 15, was arrested for two counts of harassment by telephone and one count of theft of services for allegedly making prank phone calls to two businesses and a Ford County probation officer during the early morning hours of Jan. 15. DeAtley allegedly called Bull’s Custom Shop and Towing Service and identified himself as a Paxton police officer.  The caller requested a tow truck be sent to the Dogtown area southeast of Paxton. The owner of the towing service then went to the location but did not find a vehicle. Following an investigation, police arrested DeAtley and learned he had also allegedly prank-called a second business in Paxton and left a vulgar message with a Ford County probation officer. Police tracked the telephone number from which the calls were made and discovered the phone belonged to Tyler C. Campe, 19, of 202 N. Poplar St., Loda. Police said the state’s attorney is considering charges against Campe, as well.

— Jason L. Joslin, 27, of rural Gifford, was arrested for domestic battery after police were called to 800 S. High St., Apt. 17, at 1:34 a.m. Jan. 17. Joslin, who had been previously told not to enter the property, was also arrested for trespassing.

— Mark A. Johnson, 23, of 225 E. Pine St., was arrested for domestic battery on Jan. 19 for allegedly striking his wife in the face.

Location (3):Local, Paxton, Ford County


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