Police News 10-03-14
Active Meth Lab Found In Canton (Canton, IL) -- Authorities in Fulton County are continuing to look into the discovery of an alleged meth lab located on South 6th Avenue in Canton. 9-1-1 received a call from a male that reported a grease fire. The Canton Fire Department as well as the Fulton County Emergency Medical Association responded to 107 South 6th and met with a male identified as 29-year old Christopher A. Martin who had burns to his body. After an investigation, authorities from the fire department determined that the burns were not from grease and requested the Canton Police Department. After a further investigation by police, they believed that the fire started as a result of a flash explosion from an active meth lab that caused Martin's burns. He was taken to Graham Hospital in Canton for treatment and was later transported to Springfield Memorial Hospital's Burn Unit for further treatment. Illinois State Police Meth Response Team was called to help with assistance. Canton police and the Fulton County State's Attorney's office requested a search warrant. After executing the search warrant, an active meth lab was located inside the residence. The Fulton County Sheriff's Office also assisted with the investigation which is continuing. Canton Woman Charged After Allegedly Stealing Prescription Drugs (Canton, IL) -- A Canton woman was arrested after allegedly taking prescription drugs from a residence earlier this week. Police say they met with two complainants, a 27-year old Canton female and a 34-year old Canton woman on Wednesday night. The two told police that 27-year old Caitlin K. Place was at a residence in the 800 block of North 6th Avenue when she excused herself to the bathroom. The two told police that they heard noises coming from the bathroom and they went to investigate when Place exited the bathroom. They told authorities that they noticed two pills on the floor, which Place said were hers. She then left. Both of the complainants then found that 27 Lorazepam and 20 clonazepam pills were missing. Police located Place at her residence. She was arrested and taken to the Canton Police Department where she was processed on charges of possession of a controlled substance as well as theft under $500. She was later taken to the Fulton County Jail in Lewistown. Traffic Stop Results In Canton Mans Arrest (Canton, IL) -- A Canton man is facing charges after Canton police conducted a traffic stop earlier this week. Police say they observed the driver of the vehicle not wearing a seatbelt and made the stop at the intersection of North 5th Avenue and East Chestnut Street Wednesday night at just before 11:30. After making the stop, the driver was identified as 48-year old Leslie A. Shoen. An investigation found that Shoen had a revoked driver's license and that the registration for the vehicle had expired. He also could not provide authorities with proof of insurance. Shoen was then arrested and taken to the Canton Police Department where he was processed on the charges. After posting a $150 cash bond and a $20 processing fee, Shoen was released and given a November Fulton County Court date. Canton Police Ask For Help In Investigation Of Busted Windshields (Canton, IL) -- Authorities in Canton are investigating complaints of broken windshields on vehicles. Police say they were dispatched to 207 East Olive Street Thursday morning at 7 after receiving a complaint of a vehicle that the back windshield had been broken after someone threw a cement landscaping stone thru it. The front windshield was also broken. It appeared that asphalt had been thrown thru it. Another complaint was received on Monday in the 400 block of North 2nd Avenue that was similar to the one on yesterday. Canton police ask that if anyone has any information in regard to either incident to contact Fulton County Crime Stoppers by calling 1-309-647-3636. Peoria Shootings Remain Under Investigation (Peoria, IL) -- Authorities in Peoria continue to look into a shootings that happened earlier this week. Police say the shootings happened within hours of each other. The first happened Tuesday night at about 8 in the 1500 block of West Lincoln Avenue when a man was shot in the shoulder in a drive by shooting. The second shooting happened about an hour later when a 16-year old boy was shot in the shoulder. Authorities say the boy was located inside of Griswold Grocery & Liquor. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries and authorities say that he was not cooperating with them. Peoria police say they have not made any arrests in connection with the shooting. Peoria Man Arrested After Attacking Code Inspection Officer (Peoria, IL) -- An attack of a Peoria City Code Inspection Officer is being investigated. Police say they arrested 21-year old Ervin Allen on Wednesday, charging him with aggravated battery. The incident happened on Tuesday in the 1100 block of West Russell Street when the on duty officer was attacked. The officer found Allen was driving the wrong way in the alley. Police say that Allen then got out of his car and started to punch the female officer in the head. She was able to roll up the window in her car and lock the doors. Allen then left in his car. Man Sentenced For Shooting Could See Reduced Sentence (Peoria, IL) -- A Peoria man was in Peoria County Circuit Court on Thursday, entering a guilty plea to charges of shooting an occupied home. 19-year old John Moore was then sentenced to 7 years of prison time yesterday but that sentence could be reduced. The judge gave Moore a recommendation that he attend boot camp. That could reduce the sentence considerably if he is accepted. The shooting that Moore allegedly was involved in occurred last year. DCFS Probes Treatment Of Autistic Child At Clinton Elementary (Clinton, IL) -- Investigators from the state Department of Children and Family Services came to Clinton Elementary School today to look into an incident involving the way an autistic child was treated. Principal Gary Gullone resigned abruptly yesterday after having been placed on administrative leave earlier this week. Officials aren't discussing details of the incident, but the parent of a ten-year-old boy told "The Pantagraph" that Gullone hurt the boy as he removed him from a classroom following a "meltdown." Decatur Authorities Looking Into Crash That Killed Toddler (Decatur, IL) -- Decatur Police are investigating a deadly crash from earlier this week that took the life of a three-year-old. The child's mother, her friend and a two-year-old are in the hospital suffering from serious injuries. The crash happened Tuesday when a pickup truck struck the pedestrians in the 34 hundred block of East Orchard Drive. Police say they don't think drunk driving factored in the crash. The driver voluntarily gave blood and urine samples at the hospital. For now, no charges have been field.