Police News 05-08-14

May 8, 2014

Canton Man Charged For Damaging Bank’s ATM
(Canton, IL)  --  A Canton man accused of damaging an ATM machine in the downtown area of Canton is facing charges.  Canton police say they responded to MidAmerica National Bank located at 100 West Elm Street in Canton Monday night at just after 8 on the report of a male that had left the area on foot and damaged the ATM machine.  Police say that the man identified as 37-year old Eric S. Werland attempted to get money out of the machine but could not.  Werland told police after he was taken into custody that he was upset at not being able to get any money out of the machine and then took a steel pole and battered the ATM, causing an estimated $1,000 in damage.  Werland was taken to Graham Hospital to be evaluated.  After being released he was taken to the Canton Police Department where he was processed on a charge of criminal damage to property over $300.  He was later taken to the Fulton County Jail in Lewistown.

Two People Arrested After Domestic Incident
(Canton, IL) --  Two people were arrested earlier this week after police responded to a domestic situation taking place on West Walnut Street.  After arriving at the scene, the victim, a 27-year old Canton female told them that her mother had appeared at the residence intoxicated and that she had struck her in the face several times and also had pulled her hair.  The woman was identified as 52-year old Cynthia A. Davidson.  Davidson was arrested and charged with domestic battery.  Also found at the residence was 28-year old Derek L. Pollitt.  Police say that Pollitt was found to be wanted on three warrants.  A 2007 Fulton County Warrant for failure to appear pay order for violating an order of protection, a 2013 Fulton County Misdemeanor Warrant Criminal Damage to Property and a 2013 Knox County Warrant for failure to appear DUI.  Davidson and Pollitt were both taken to the Canton Police Department and later taken to the Fulton County Jail.  Pollitt was unable to post bond before he was taken to Lewistown.

Teen Arrested In Canton Facing Drug Charges
(Canton, IL)  --  A Canton teen is facing charges after police responded to a male that was walking in the area of Main and Walnut Streets and was acting suspicious.  Police say after contacting the male, he was identified as a 17-year old Canton juvenile.  The teen was found to be in possession of under 2.5 grams of pot and also with a metal hitter pipe used to smoke marijuana.  The juvenile was arrested and taken to the Canton Police Department where he was processed for a city ordinance citation of unlawful possession of cannabis under 2.5 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Police also met with the teen’s mother.  Police then released the juvenile after he was told that he must pay a fine within 14-days or he will have a June Fulton County Court date in Lewistown.

Edwards Man Dies From Injuries Suffered During Motorcycle Accident
(Undated)  --  An Edwards man has died following a motorcycle accident that occurred in Peoria County last month.  50-year old Brian Putman died Wednesday afternoon at OSF St. Francis Medical Center of injuries suffered in an accident that happened in the 6000 block of North Kickapoo-Edwards Road on April 26th.  In the meantime, Motorcycle groups say riders should check to make sure their bikes are in good condition every time they get ready to take off.  Jean Potwora, with the Gold Wing Road Riders Association says they should also check their lights before heading out to make sure they work.   She says safety is always the number one priority.  More than 150 motorcyclists were killed on Illinois roadways last year.

Gun Found At Peoria International Airport On Tuesday
(Peoria, IL)  --  Authorities are looking into an abandoned gun that was found at the airport in Peoria earlier this week.  Both the Peoria County Sheriff's Department and the FBI are looking into the matter.  The gun was found in the bathroom at the Peoria International Airport on Tuesday.  The gun was found in the public bathroom that is located just before the security check point.  It was then confiscated.  The investigation into the matter is continuing.

Pekin Girl Struck By Car On Monday Released From Hospital
(Pekin, IL)  --  The 10 year old Pekin girl struck by a car Monday afternoon in Pekin has been released from a Peoria hospital.  McKenzie Wilkin was struck Monday afternoon on 14th Street near the intersection with Koch Street.  Police the girl was struck by a car that was northbound on 14th after she had been waved to cross the street by another car.  Witnesses told police that Wilkin was thrown about 40 feet into the air before she landed in a nearby yard.  She was released from Children's Hospital of Illinois on Wednesday and is now recovering at her home.

Judge Rules Retired Lawmaker Must Stay Off Patio
(Chicago, IL)  --  Former state legislator and accused pedophile Keith Farnham is not allowed to access his home patio.  Federal Judge Jeffrey Gilbert handed down that ruling on Wednesday.  The justice said his decision was necessary to protect the public because Farnham's condo patio is shared with a neighbor that has a seven-year-old boy.  The 66-year-old ex-state representative from Elgin is under house arrest.  Farnham was accused last week by federal authorities of trading porn online and engaging in graphic online chats.

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