Police News 07-11-14

Canton Man Charged With Domestic Battery (Canton, IL) -- A Canton man is facing charges after Canton police were dispatched to a residence on West Locust Street on a domestic disturbance complaint. The victim a 49-year old Canton female, told Canton police on Monday afternoon at about 5:30 that she had been struck in the head two times during an argument with 53-year old Rick L. Green. The victim suffered minor swelling on the forehead and also had a cut on her lip. Police say that the suspect, Green, was allegedly intoxicated. He was arrested and taken to the Canton Police Department to be processed on a domestic battery charge. Green was later taken to the Fulton County Jail in Lewistown. Canton Teens Facing Drug Charges After Traffic Stop In Canton (Canton, IL) -- Two Canton juveniles are facing drug charges after being arrested earlier this week in Canton. Police say they stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Sycamore Street and Pool Court Monday night at just after 11:50 after seeing that it did not have a working registration light. Police identified a 17-year old Canton male as the driver of the vehicle and a 16-year old Canton female as a passenger in the car. Officers detected an odor of pot coming from the vehicle. They also observed a hitter pipe used to smoke marijuana in the vehicle that was in the door handle. The female was also found to be in possession of two plastic baggies that had pot in them and also a glass hitter pipe used to smoke it. Both teens were arrested and taken to the Canton Police Department where they were processed on charges of unlawful possession of cannabis under 2.5 grams and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The two were given juvenile intake referrals and each and released to the custody of a parent. Traffic Stop Results In Canton Woman’s Arrest (Canton, IL) -- A Canton woman is facing charges after a traffic stop that took place in Canton over the weekend. Police say that officers on patrol observed a truck that did not have a working registration light near the intersection of 1st Avenue and Birch Street Saturday morning at just after 1:30. Officers then conducted the traffic stop and identified the driver as 36-year old Hillary D.A. Zimmerman. It was determined that Zimmerman had been drinking. She was given several field sobriety tests which she allegedly failed. Zimmerman was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol as well as with illegal transportation of alcohol. She was taken to the Canton Police Department and processed on the charges. Zimmerman posted her driver's license and a $100 cash bond along with a $20 processing fee. She was also given an August Fulton County Court date in Lewistown. Canton Woman Cited For Public Drinking (Canton, IL) -- A Canton woman was charged with public drinking over the weekend after being observed drinking alcohol in front of a downtown tavern in Canton. Canton police say that officers observed 51-year old Elizabeth E. Kleinschmidt in front of Jack's Bar on East Elm Street. Officers cited Kleinschmidt with a city ordinance violation of public drinking. She will have 14 days to either pay a fine or will have a September Fulton County Court date in Lewistown. Canton Man Facing Public Drinking Charges (Canton, IL) -- A Canton man is facing charges after being arrested in Canton earlier this week after police observed him have open alcohol. Canton police say that officers on patrol observed 47-year old James M. Cronnin carrying a bottle of vodka that was open. Officers then made contact with Cronnin and issued him a city ordinance citation for public drinking. He was given a notice to appear and released. Cronnin will have 14 days to either pay a $100 fine or he will have a September Fulton County Court date in Lewistown. Cancer Victim Guilty Of Drug Charges, Claims It's For Treatment (Davenport, IA) -- A Davenport man dying of cancer is facing prison on drug charges, despite claiming he was growing marijuana to treat his illness. A jury found Benton Mackenzie, his wife, and son guilty Wednesday for growing marijuana plants. They are set to be sentenced late next month. Mackenzie's claim that the drug was for medical purposes only was not admissible during the trial. Men Break Onto Farm, Free Two Thousand Minks (Chicago, IL) -- A couple animal activists are facing charges after releasing two-thousand minks from a farm in Morris. Tyler Lang and Kevin Johnson allegedly released the animals last August, so their fur wouldn't be sold to manufacturers. Lang was arrested in California earlier this week. Johnson was already locked up and facing burglary charges for an alleged scheme to break into a fox farm. The two men will be arraigned in Chicago later this month and are facing up to five years behind bars.