Police News 09-24-14

September 24, 2014

Domestic Disturbance Leads To Canton Mans Arrest
(Canton, IL)  --  A Canton man is facing charges after police in Canton responded to a domestic disturbance earlier this week.  Police say they responded to an apartment located at 1002 East Oak Street Monday afternoon at about 5 and met with the victim, a 31-year old Canton female.  The victim had minor injuries to her face and appeared to have a bloody mouth.  She indicated to authorities that she had been struck by the suspect twenty to thirty times.  The suspect was identified as 39-year old Craig L. Lohnes.  Authorities say that Lohnes appeared to be intoxicated.  He was arrested and taken to the Canton Police Department to be processed on a charge of domestic battery.  He was later taken to the Fulton County Jail in Lewistown.

Cuba Woman Accused Of Taking Items From Canton's Walmart
(Canton, IL)  --  A Cuba woman is facing theft charges for allegedly taking items from a business in the north end of Canton.  Police say they responded to Walmart on Monday, of last week at just after 6:30 when store personnel contacted them about a woman who allegedly took items from the store.  Walmart personnel told police that she took a cart full of items from the store through the Garden Center.  Store personnel approached the woman as she was headed to her vehicle and asked to see a receipt.  The woman was later identified as 35-year old Jamie J. Hopper.  The items in the grocery cart totaled $172.87.  The woman left the items, got into her car and then left the parking lot.  After reviewing video surveillance footage and identifying the woman, Hopper was then contacted by Canton police by phone.  Hopper then went to the Store on Tuesday of last week at about 9.  Hopper was charged with retail theft, a misdemeanor and given a notice to appear before being released.  She has an October Fulton County Court date in Lewistown.

Canton Woman Arrested On Active Warrant
(Canton, IL)  --  A Canton woman was arrested on an active warrant after police responded to a downtown Canton tavern in regard to a customer refusing to leave after being told to do so.  Canton police say the woman identified as 31-year old Amanda M. Fields had allegedly been taking drinks that were on the bar for others and then drinking them herself on Thursday morning at just after 12:15.  She was asked by personnel at Jack's Bar to leave but refused.  During their investigation, police found that Fields was wanted on an active 2006 Fulton County Traffic Warrant, driving with a suspended driver's license.  She was then arrested and taken to the Canton Police Department to be processed for the warrant.  Fields was unable to post bond and was taken to the Fulton County Jail in Lewistown.

Pekin Authorities Searching For Man Who Left Courtroom
(Pekin, IL)  --  Authorities in Tazewell County have issued an arrest warrant for a man who they say run over his mother with his vehicle.  Police in Pekin say that Jonathan Hottell left a Tazewell County courtroom on Friday during a petition to revoke his probation.  Hottell is charged with aggravated DUI.  He is currently on parole and listed as a registered sex offender out of Wisconsin.  Anyone with information on where Hottell is should contact Peoria Area CrimeStoppers by calling 1-309-673-9000.

ADM Fire May Have Been Started By Welding Torch
(Peoria, IL)  --  A fire earlier this week in Peoria at the ADM plant may have started because of a welding torch.  That’s according to the Peoria Fire Department.  Upon arrival at the plant on Monday, firefighters noticed smoke coming from the center of the plant.  Firefighters were then informed by officials from ADM that the fire was in an empty vessel and that a water deluge system was in place holding the fire in check.  The fire was contained to the metal vessel.  No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.  Officials from ADM told fire investigators that maintenance was working on the vessel and that a welding torch may have started the fire.  The amount of damage that occurred to the vessel remains undetermined.

Hospital Director Arrested For Stealing Money
(Springfield, IL)  --  The Executive Director at a children's hospital in Springfield is behind bars and accused of stealing at least 500-thousand-dollars.  Officials say Margaret Curtin has been taking money from St. John's Hospital since 2008.  Hospital officials contacted authorities after they discovered financial irregularities related to certain hospital operations.  An investigation led police to Curtis. She's been suspended without pay and is being held at the Sangamon County Jail on one-million-dollars bond.

Police Arrest Woman For Sleeping In Drive-Thru
(Palos Hills, IL)  --  A Cook County woman is facing drug charges after police say she fell asleep while trying to order food in a Taco Bell drive-thru.  Leah Wright of Palos Hills was arrested last Thursday when she and another person were found asleep in her car while the vehicle was blocking the drive-thru lane.  Police say Wright had heroin on her at the time.  She is also accused of fighting with officers while she was being arrested.

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