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Monday, October 14, 2019

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Information sought in Taylorville criminal damages
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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Monday, October 7, 2019

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Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Oct. 7, 2019:
Monday, October 7, 2019

Information sought in criminal damage
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

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Friday, October 4, 2019

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Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Oct. 4, 2019:
Friday, October 4, 2019

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

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Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Oct. 3, 2019:
Thursday, October 3, 2019

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

YMCA theft investigation ongoing; all interviews have been completed
The investigation into the theft of money from the Christian County YMCA is still ongoing . An internal investigation utilizing an outside forensic auditor is nearing the end and the investigation will continue to move forward.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Taylorville man is arrested for meth
On Monday, September 30, 2019 at approximately 9:45 a.m., members of the Taylorville Police Department Community Action Team and patrol executed a narcotic search warrant at 408 S. Cherokee, Taylorville, Ill.

Jake E. Tucker, age 27, of Taylorville, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and on a warrant for dangerous drugs out of Shelby County. According to TPD, Taylorville citizens provided helpful information leading to the arrest. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Sept. 30, 2019:
Monday, September 30, 2019

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Information sought in criminal damages in Taylorville
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

16-year-old Pana teen charged in school threat
A 16-year-old male Pana juvenile is being held in the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center following an alleged threat he made against another Pana High School student on Monday.

In a statement from Pana Police Chief Daniel Bland, the police were contacted by Pana High School staff and made aware of a threat by a male juvenile student who possibly threatened to bring a shotgun to the school and carry out a shooting.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Sept. 24, 2019:
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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Monday, September 23, 2019

TPD CAT Team arrests four on drug charges
On Saturday, September 21, 2019 at approximately 9:40 a.m. members of the Taylorville Police Department Community Action Team and patrol executed a search warrant at 512 White Street, Taylorville, Ill.  

The following were arrested James Lunsford, 51, of Taylorville for Possession of Methamphetamine, Jason Newberry, 47 of Taylorville for Possession of Methamphetamine, Matthew Wade Bottoms, 33 of  Taylorville for Possession of Methamphetamine and Violation of Sex Offender Registry and Krystal L. Huckstadt, 34, off Taylorville for Possession of Methamphetamine and Violation of Sex Offender Registry. 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Information sought in local burglary
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Sept. 20, 2019:
Friday, September 20, 2019

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

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Court appearances
Published court appearances reflect the daily 10:00 a.m. criminal call a do not necessarily account for all felony proceedings heard that day. Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Christopher Matoush presided over the following cases on Sept. 19, 2019:

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Information sought in Taylorville burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Morrissey takes plea deal in Presnell murder case
Quinton L. Morrissey, 20, of Pana, was due for jury trial in the 2017 murder of Stephan Presnell, 59, of Lake Pana. Instead, during a hearing before Judge Christopher Matoush, he pled guilty to Count III, second degree murder without reason. He was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Counts I and II, aggravated battery with intent to do great bodily harm and first degree murder with strong possibility of death or injury, were dismissed as part of the negotiated settlement.

Friday, September 13, 2019

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Local man arrested for predatory sexual assault
On September 11, 2019 at approximately 5 p.m. Taylorville Police arrested Kaleb A. Vaughn, 21 years old from Taylorville without incident.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Jenkins case dismissed; charges may be refiled
A charge of felony domestic assault against Bradley S. Jenkins, 31, of Taylorville, has been dismissed by St. Louis prosecutors. Jenkins, a former correctional officer with the Illinois Department of Corrections, was charged following the death of his wife, Allissa L. Martin, 27, after she fell from the seventh floor of a parking garage near Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 2, 2019.

According to published reports, evidence needed for an indictment has not become available from investigators.

According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Susan Ryan, a spokesperson for the Circuit Attorney’s Office, said in a statement, the court requires an indictment within 90 days of charges being filed. She said the state is awaiting evidence from police and the medical examiner required for the grand jury to decide this case.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Morrissey final pre-trial Thursday
The accused murderer in a 2017 homicide will have his final pre-trial prior to a Sept. 30, 2019, jury trial in Christian County Court on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. Quinton L. Morrissey, 20, of Pana, faces first degree murder charges in connection with the death of Stephen L. Presnell, 59, at Presnell’s Lake Pana Home on May 30, 2017.

Both sides appeared before Judge Christopher Matoush Tuesday morning in the Taylorville Courthouse. Public Defender Michael Drake has filed a Motion in Limine and an affirmative defense motion which will both be heard on Thursday.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Aaron Steele sentenced to 6 years in prison
Aaron M. Steele, 18CF33, pled guilty to Count III of the information, possession of a controlled substance on Wednesday. Count I and II, meth delivery five grams or less and possession of meth five grams or less, were dropped as part of the plea deal.
Friday, August 30, 2019

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Information sought in several local burglaries
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to several vehicle burglaries that occurred in Taylorville.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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Monday, August 26, 2019

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Monday, August 26, 2019

TPD arrests three on drug and weapons charges
On Sunday, August 25, 2019 at at approximately 8:20 p.m. members of the Taylorville Police Department Community Action Team (CAT) executed a traffic stop and search warrant at 612 1/2 Stevenson Street, Taylorville, Ill.  

Arrested were Amanda Mollet, 41 years of age for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of methamphetamine, Tyler Martin, 21 years of age for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, armed violence where as he was in possession of a firearm along with narcotics and Patrick Carr for possession of methamphetamine. 

Monday, August 26, 2019

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Friday, August 23, 2019

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

TPD officer Dickey is placed on unpaid leave
Following his involvement in an off-duty physical altercation at a Taylorville bar Saturday, Taylorville Police Department Officer Chase Dickey has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Off-duty TPD officer involved in scuttle
An off-duty Taylorville Police Officer was involved in a physical altercation Saturday night or early Sunday morning at a Taylorville bar and then a private residence.

Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler confirmed Tuesday that Officer Chase Dickey was involved in the incident.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Active shooter scare at TJHS
Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler confirmed that there was an active shooter scare at TJHS Friday night. Wheeler identified the event as an extra curricular activity, but could not confirm its nature.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Pana Police involved in thirty hour standoff
On Wednesday, August 14 at 8:45 pm, Pana Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of North State St. reference a violation of an order of protection on an adult male. Officers responded and discovered property damage and evidence to establish probable cause to arrest the adult male for the violation but the subject had fled the area.

Officers located the adult male at a separate location and requested he exit his residence while speaking to him through an open window. The male armed himself with a knife, barricaded himself inside his residence, and initiated a standoff with officers who were not aware if additional weapons were inside. Additional Pana Officers, along with the Christian County Sheriff's Office and Central Illinois Enforcement Group (CIEG) responded and secured a perimeter around the residence; Pana Ambulance and EMS were called to a staging area nearby. Officers negotiated with the subject for several hours, including utilizing family members, but gained no cooperation. A decision was made to remove uniformed officers and squad cars from the area to reduce pressure on the subject while leaving covert surveillance on the property. The residence was under surveillance for nearly 12 hours waiting for the subject to exit and be taken into custody for the criminal offense and prevent additional court-ordered violations and possible injury against the protected victim.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

TPD apprehends Coughlan Friday afternoon
After a search that spanned three days, the Taylorville Police Department finally apprehended James R. Coughlan Friday afternoon at approximately 2:15 p.m.

Coughlan fled police Wednesday night during a search warrant at a home at 716 West Poplar Street. On Thursday, authorities chased him into a corn field near Don Bragg Sports Complex before he was able to again evade what was an extensive search party at that time.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Information sought in Taylorville burglary
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to a burglary that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

TPD manhunt now spans three days
Residents on the west end of Taylorville may have been alarmed to see a large contingent of officers combing through their neighborhoods Thursday night.

Dozens of officers, a fleet of about twelve to fifteen squad cars from four departments, and the Taylorville Fire Department were avidly searching for James R. Coughlan, 34, Taylorville, whose whereabouts remain unknown as of approximately 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Friday, August 16, 2019

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Fleming, Jr., takes plea deal in Pana home invasion
Theodore M. Fleming, Jr., 37, of Taylorville, was sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections following a hearing in Christian County Court this morning.

Judge Christopher M. Matoush accepted the negotiated plea involving a June, 2018 home invasion in the 200 block of South Clark St. in Pana.

Friday, August 16, 2019

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Two arrested over weekend for possession of meth
On August 10, 2019 at approximately 1 p.m. Taylorville Police Department executed a search warrant at 1012 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, Ill.

Members of the newly created Community Action Team (CAT), a group of officers that follow up on citizens complaints,  were able to obtain a warrant after an investigation.

Monday, August 12, 2019

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Investigation in self inflicted gunshot incident over weekend
On August 10, 2019 at approximately 5:30 p.m., 911 received a call of an unresponsive 45 year old male at his residence in the 700 Block of Cleveland St., Taylorville.
Monday, August 12, 2019

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Friday, August 9, 2019

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Naked man who accosted police sentenced to 12 years
Following an hour long sentencing hearing, Brandon J. Emery, 28, of Taylorville, was sentenced to a total of 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Christian County Resident Judge Brad Paisley. The sentence was handed down Thursday afternoon in Christian County Court.

Emery had pled guilty in a negotiated plea back in June. The only stipulation was his sentence(s) would not exceed 13 years.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Information sought in criminal damage
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, August 9, 2019

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Monday, August 5, 2019

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Information sought in criminal damage to property
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

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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 Amanda Ade-Harlow presided over the following cases on Aug. 2, 2019:
Friday, August 2, 2019

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Illinois extends film tax credit to producers working in state
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation extending tax credits for film production through 2026, a move he says will attract more industry jobs to the state.
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Friday, July 26, 2019

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Information sought in local criminal damage
TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Friday, July 26, 2019

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Four arrested in search of Taylorville home
On July 22, 2019, at approximately 8:00 P.M., members of the Taylorville Police Department, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, and the Central Illinois Enforcement Group executed a state authorized search warrant at 608 S. Arlington, Taylorville, the residence of William Scott Single.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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Monday, July 22, 2019

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Information sought in Taylorville criminal damage
This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to criminal damage that occurred in Taylorville.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Howell charged with attempted murder
A forty-year-old Taylorville man suspected of shooting two people in a Tuesday evening incident at 1259 N. 1250 East Road in Taylorville has been charged with first degree attempted murder.

If convicted, Nathan L. Howell could face a sentence of six years to life in prison stemming from the two charges filed against him, which include first degree attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm.  “The law says that you can charge attempted murder and prove attempted murder if you can prove any intent to kill. A lot of people think first degree is premeditation; there doesn’t have to be any premeditation,” Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera said of the charge.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

CC Sheriff investigating local double shooting
Two people are in a Springfield hospital after both suffered gunshot wounds in a Taylorville shooting Tuesday night.

 The Christian County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Illinois State Police, are investigating the shooting that occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. near a residence located at 1259 N. 1250 East Road in Taylorville, just south of the Illinois Route 48 and Nokomis blacktop intersection.

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