Police Blotter (Nov. 21, 2017)

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

➜ A 16-year-old female from Paxton was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident on Friday, Nov. 17. The accident occurred when the teenager’s 2008 Nissan Ultima struck an unoccupied, parked 2004 Dodge Neon owned by Amie Christensen of Paxton in front of 24 Lane Drive. No injuries were reported.

➜ An attempted residential burglary was reported at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6 Shal Lee Court. Police received a complaint that the door handle and lock on the home’s front door had been damaged, but there was no evidence that entry had been made.

➜ Brendan F. King, 33, of Paxton, was arrested for domestic battery and criminal damage to property after police were called to 715 Cambridge Drive at 10:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. King allegedly got into an altercation with his ex-girlfriend and also broke the mirrors on a car owned by his ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend.

➜ Michael A. Lucht, 38, of Milford, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and ticketed for improper traffic lane usage on Saturday, Nov. 11, after a person called police around 1:17 a.m. to report that a man, later identified as Lucht, was passed out in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck sitting at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Pells Street. Upon arrival, police tried to wake Lucht, who was unresponsive. After gaining entry to the vehicle, police were able to wake Lucht, who appeared to be under the influence, and found three guns in his possession — one in the center console of the truck and two others on his person. Lucht has a concealed-carry permit, but it is a violation of the law to have guns on one’s person in public when under the influence. Police forwarded additional charges of unlawful use of a weapon and a violation of the concealed carry law to the Ford County state’s attorney for his consideration. The 2016 Ford F-150 that Lucht was driving was seized by police under city ordinance.

➜ Taylor L. Wells, 23, of Paxton, was arrested for driving on a suspended driver’s license and ticketed for operating an uninsured vehicle during a traffic stop at 1:53 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Patton Street. The 2001 Chevrolet Lumina that Wells was driving was seized by police under city ordinance.

➜ Sharyl S. Rahn, 78, of Champaign, was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident on Friday, Nov. 10, following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Pells Street and Railroad Avenue. The accident occurred around 11:39 a.m., when Rahn’s southbound 2008 Saturn Vue struck a westbound 1999 Chevrolet four-door vehicle driven by JoAnn I. Pine, 59, of Paxton. Pine was treated for injuries she received in the crash at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.

➜ An 18-year-old male was charged with possession of 10 or fewer grams of cannabis and unlawful possession of alcohol by a minor on Thursday, Nov. 9, after police found a small amount of cannabis, along with alcoholic beverages and fireworks, in his 2001 Ford Explorer while it was parked in the parking lot of Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School. The superintendent of the PBL school district contacted police to request that a drug-sniffing canine be brought to the high school. Canines from the Paxton and Gibson City police departments searched the parking lot, alerting police to the presence of drugs in the teen’s vehicle.

➜ Steve C. Kelly, 45, of Loda, was arrested for driving on a suspended driver’s license during a traffic stop at 11:44 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Holmes Street. The 2003 GMC Yukon that Kelly was driving was seized by police under city ordinance.

➜ Mary E. Wilken, 64, of Milford, was ticketed for failure to yield on Tuesday, Nov. 7, following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Cherry and State streets. The accident occurred around 2:26 p.m. when Wilken was driving a 2016 Nissan Rogue north on Cherry Street and turned west onto State Street, pulling directly in front of a southbound 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Timothy C. Tabor, 18, of Paxton. No injuries were reported.

➜ Ellis L. Holden, 57, of Paxton, was arrested for domestic battery on Sunday, Nov. 5, after police responded to an alleged domestic dispute at 7:34 p.m. at 216 S. Market St., Apt. 2.

IROQUOIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
The Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of recent activity:

➜ James W. Konas, 31, of Loda, was arrested on a Ford County warrant on Sunday, Nov. 19.

➜ A pedestrian — Arlen A. Bertrand, 71, of rural Clifton —died after being struck by a pickup truck in Clifton on Friday, Nov. 17. The accident occurred in the 400 block of South Main Street when Bertrand was struck by a northbound pickup truck driven by William V. Wulffe, 61, of Chebanse. Bertrand was taken to Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Based on driver and witness accounts of the accident, no tickets were issued.

➜ Jennifer L. Cronch, 34, of Rankin, turned herself in at the Iroquois County Jail to begin serving a 90-day sentence she received for burglary on Friday, Nov. 17.

➜ No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued following a one-vehicle accident near Martinton on Thursday, Nov. 16. The accident occurred when James L. Rattin, 61, of Martinton, was driving north on County Road 1800 East when he was unable to avoid striking a deer that had entered the road at the intersection with County Road 3200 North, causing more than $1,500 in damage to his vehicle.

➜ Jacob A. Wilson, 29, of Gilman, was arrested for domestic battery and unlawful restraint on Wednesday, Nov. 15, after sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic altercation at the Budget Host in Gilman.

➜ No tickets were issued following a one-vehicle accident in Clifton on Friday, Nov. 10. The accident occurred when Justin M. Hendrickson, 30, of Clifton, was riding a motorcycle south on Fourth Street and slid on some debris while turning onto George Street. Hendrickson sustained minor injuries and was treated by paramedics before being taken to Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee for further treatment. The motorcycle sustained more than $1,500 in damage.

STATE POLICE
District 21 Illinois State Police at Ashkum released the following list of recent activity:

➜ Daniel P. Chamernik, 50 of Lake Villa, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper traffic lane usage, driving on the wrong side of the road and operating an uninsured vehicle on Friday, Nov. 17, following a two-vehicle crash in Iroquois County. The accident occurred around 12:15 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 45/52 and County Road 2700 North. A preliminary investigation indicated that Chamernik was driving a 2016 Chevrolet south on U.S. 45/52 when he crossed over the centerline and sideswiped a northbound 2017 Peterbilt semi-trailer driven by Brock M. Barrett, 30, of Georgetown. Both drivers were uninjured.

➜ Aaron Goodrich, no address or age listed, was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and ticketed for improper traffic lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident at 3:34 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. The arrest occurred after state police responded to a one-vehicle crash on Old U.S. 45 at County Road 2850 North in Iroquois County. Goodrich showed signs of drug impairment, police said.

➜ Justin R. Somen, 21, of Elk Grove Village, was arrested for possession of more than 30 grams of cannabis and ticketed for speeding during a traffic stop at 3:43 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Iroquois County. The traffic stop occurred after a state trooper patroling the area saw a southbound vehicle speeding on Interstate 57 at milepost 294, near Ashkum. A search of the vehicle revealed 81 grams of suspected cannabis.

➜ Allyson N. Boyd, 22, of Bloomington, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and ticketed for improper parking on a roadway and failure to carry a driver’s license on her person during a traffic stop at 1:55 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Ford County. The traffic stop occurred after a state trooper patroling the area noticed Boyd’s vehicle parked in the roadway on Illinois 54 at Ford County Road 900 North, north of Gibson City. Boyd showed signs of alcohol impairment, police said.

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