Sometime during the overnight between Wednesday, May 20, 2020 and Thursday, May 21, 2020, an unknown subject took a vehicle from 608 North Silver Street. The vehicle, a maroon 2014 Chevy Silverado, was later recovered in Stonington. There were items taken from the vehicle. No damage was made during entry. The total dollar amount of the theft and the damage is unknown at this time. Thursday, June 4, 2020
An employee of the Pana Shell gas station at 215 E. First St., is facing misdemeanor assault and battery charges after an incident on Monday night at the station.
According to a press statement from Pana Police Chief Daniel Bland, Harsher Singh, has been given a notice to appear in court for battery/battery without injury following the incident. Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on May 29, 2020: Saturday, May 30, 2020
In the past week, the Taylorville Police Department (TPD) has had two teenagers overdose and thankfully survive on a drug called the “HULK.”
TPD learned that this drug was a benzodiazepine (Xanax) allegedly mixed with what was possibly Fentanyl. TPD began scouring through social media accounts and spoke to several individuals who were friends with the two teenagers who overdosed. With the help of citizens and interviews TPD was able to locate the source. Thursday, May 28, 2020
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to burglary that occurred in Rosamond.
Sometime between Saturday, May 16, 2020 and Wednesday, May 20, 2020, person or persons unknown made entry into a storage unit, located at the Extra Shed Storage Facility. While inside, the unknown subject or subjects took multiple items, including a Huffy bicycle, a 42’ TV, and army uniforms. Several of the items had been brought back by a veteran from Afghanistan. The lock on the unit had been cut off while making entry. The total dollar amount of the theft and the damage is unknown at this time. Thursday, May 28, 2020
Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says there was a chaotic and violent brawl in downtown Taylorville Thursday night that sent one to the hospital.
According to Wheeler, a fight between five men broke out on the east side of the Taylorville square at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Wheeler says that four men —Anthony R. Chavez, 24, of Taylorville; Alfred R. Compian, 19, of Taylorville; Steven S. Frost, 23, of Taylorville; and Caleb T. Barrows of Taylorville— were wielding hammers when they approached Trevor A. Durbin, 20, of Taylorville. Friday, May 22, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Fourth Judicial Circuit is amending its procedures in an attempt to reduce the possibility of spreading the disease. Saturday, May 9, 2020
On April 2, 2020, at approximately 1:20 am TPD responded to an alarm at the Mach 1 gas station, located at Illinois Rt. 29 and Illinois Rt. 104. The alarm was for front counter motion. Thursday, May 7, 2020
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Sometime between Friday, May 1, 2020 and Sunday, May 3, 2020, person or persons unknown made entry into the concession stand located on the Taylorville High School Football Field. The unknown subject or subjects damaged a door on the building to make entry. Nothing appeared to have been taken at this time. The total dollar amount of damage is unknown at this time. Wednesday, May 6, 2020
One person was killed and three others were injured in a one-car accident at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Deputy Christian County Coroner Austin Peters identified the victim as 35-year-old Michelle White. She died of blunt force trauma due to the accident according to the Deputy Coroner. Monday, May 4, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — The COVID-19 emergency is effecting almost every walk of life and it is no different for local attorneys. In observance of Law Day, three local attorneys - Dennis Atteberry, Nathan Frisch and John McWard - related how their practices have been challenged during the past two months. They agreed closed courthouses, inability to speak face-to-face with clients and delays in cases are just a few of the roadblocks they are facing. Thursday, April 30, 2020
TAYLORVILLE — The State of Illinois is in crisis mode when it comes to court reporters. There has been a definite decline in numbers and it’s only going to get worse in the next ten years, as the average age of a reporter is 52 years old. Thursday, April 30, 2020
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — As a result of a criminal investigation conducted by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Fire Marshal Office, Eric J. Klein (age 40) from rural Pana and Leanna M. Grissom (age 39) from Pana have been arrested for Arson. Saturday, April 18, 2020
SPRINGFIELD — An Assumption man, Randall R. Burrus, 50, made his initial appearance in federal court via teleconference on Thursday, Apr. 16, following his arrest on Wednesday, Apr. 15. Burrus is charged in a criminal complaint with possession of a firearm by a felon and with possession of a firearm after conviction for misdemeanor domestic violence. Friday, April 17, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Fourth Judicial Circuit is amending its procedures in an attempt to reduce the possibility of spreading the disease.
The following procedures will be in effect until at least April 30, 2020: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
In a negotiated settlement of seven felony cases in 2019, James R. Coghlan, 35, of Taylorville, was sentenced to 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) following a hearing before Fourth Judicial Court Judge Christopher Matoush on Thursday. He pled guilty in five cases. Fines, fees and restitution in all of the cases total $60,600.
Coghlan will serve three consecutive sentences in three of the cases with two other cases concurrent. Two of the cases were dropped. Total jail time is 22 years for all five cases. Friday, March 27, 2020
Although the Christian County Courthouse is closed to the public through Apr. 7, 2020, Christian County Circuit Clerk Julie Mayer and her staff are working on a reduced schedule of employees.
Currently, the Court is only hearing these types of cases at the present time: in-custody criminal matters via video conference; Juvenile Detention hearings; Juvenile Shelter Care Hearings; All Orders of Protection and emergency requests; and Any other emergency or other hearing approved by a Judge. Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call and do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Mar. 19, 2020: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Christian County Elected Officials and Offices have met to coordinate Public Service Efforts regarding COVID-19. The Christian County Courthouse, Regional Office of Education, Highway Department, Treasurer, County Clerk/Recorder, Tax Assessor, County Coroner, Public Defender, County Chairperson, Circuit Clerk, State’s Attorney, Probation, Solid Waste,Zoning/Animal Control all located in Taylorville, Illinois will be closed to the public. Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Fourth Judicial Circuit is amending its procedures in an attempt to reduce the possibility of spreading the disease. Monday, March 16, 2020