The Weekly Post public record for 6-8-23

NOTE: Charges are merely an accusation. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Police Reports
• OAK HILL – Authorities accused a Peoria man of drunken driving, among other crimes, as the result of a single-vehicle accident west of Oak Hill. The wreck that involved Lewis I. Shelton II, 43, happened about 3:45 p.m. May 28 at Illinois Route 8 and Maher Road.

According to a witness, Shelton was driving south on Maher Road at about 100 mph and was swerving in and out of his lane. Shelton then disregarded the stop sign at Route 8 and drove into trees south of the intersection, according to a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office report.

Deputies found multiple alcohol containers in and around the unidentified vehicle. Shelton had glassy, bloodshot eyes and booze on his breath, the report stated. His speech was slurred.

Shelton sustained minor injuries and was transported at his request to Carle Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria. There, he refused to provide a breath sample or consent to field- sobriety testing. After Shelton was discharged from the hospital, he was transported to the Peoria County Jail.

In addition to aggravated DUI, Shelton was charged with reckless driving and two counts of obstructing justice, according to the report. He also was cited for driving with a revoked license, operating an uninsured vehicle and aggravated DUI while driving with a revoked license.

• FARMINGTON – A Farmington man was accused of domestic battery following an early-morning incident at a local residence. Farmington police arrived about 5 a.m. May 28 at the scene, in the 200 block of S. Main St., and found Matthew T. Miller, 38, as well as a 45-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy.

The woman sustained a cut across the top of one of her ears. Blood ran down her neck, a report stated.

Miller was arrested and transported to the Fulton County Jail in Lewistown. The victim did not seek medical treatment, according to the report.

• FARMINGTON – No injuries were reported as a result of a vehicle fire south of Farmington.
Farmington Community Fire Protection District personnel reported about 7:30 p.m. Sunday to Illinois Route 78 between Blue Spruce Lane and Owens Road. There they found a pickup truck aflame alongside the pavement.

Route 78 was closed briefly while crews extinguished the blaze, according to Farmington authorities. Also responding was the Norris-based Copperas Creek Fire Protection District. The fire turned out to have happened in the Copperas Creek district.

• BRIMFIELD – A Moline man returning home from a music festival in Chillicothe was arrested near Brimfield and accused of domestic violence.

Barry D. West, 42, was transported to the Peoria County Jail following a traffic stop about 10 a.m. May 29 at U.S. Route 150 and Maher Road. A Peoria County Sheriff’s Office deputy had received word from that area about a woman beaten by her boyfriend and kicked out of a vehicle, according to a report.

When the deputy stopped the silver 2018 Volkswagen sport-utility vehicle, West was driving and a 34-year-old Geneseo woman was his passenger. The woman had fresh collarbone bruises, arm bruises and left-cheek scratches, the report stated. She also complained of a headache.

According to the report, the couple attended the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe. West was released from jail May 30 and received a notice to appear in Peoria County Circuit Court.

• FARMINGTON – A Farmington woman admitted to stealing alcohol from a local business. Tabitha E. Clift, 31, had been implicated in the retail theft, which happened about 8:30 a.m. May 27 at Casey’s, 84 S. Main St.

A clerk there reported a woman grabbed two shot-sized bottles of Fireball liquor and took them into a restroom. When she emerged, she purchased two iced coffees and left. Video-security footage confirmed the clerk’s account, according to a Farmington police report.

Clift received a notice to appear June 27 in Fulton County Circuit Court in Lewistown.

• NORWOOD – A two-vehicle accident near Norwood resulted in a Farmington woman requiring a trip to a Peoria hospital.

At 10:30 a.m. May 21, Hannah S. Farley was driving a 2007 Chrysler 300 east on Farmington Road at Wildwood Court when her vehicle rear-ended a 2010 Ford F-150 that slowed to turn north, according to a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office report. The other driver was Victoria L. Vegich of Glasford.

Farley said she looked down to get something from her purse immediately before the collision, the report stated. She was transported to Carle Health Methodist Hospital, with unspecified injuries.

The Chrysler sustained heavy front-end damage and was towed. Farley was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

• LAURA – Ambulances transported two people to a Peoria hospital following a two-vehicle crash at an intersection near Laura.

The accident happened shortly before 3 p.m. May 20 at Illinois Route 78 and Laura Road.
According to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis R. Sams of Williamsfield was driving a 2014 Ford Focus west on Laura Road when it collided with a 2014 Toyota Sienna that was southbound on Route 78. Its driver was Mary K. Garrett of Elmwood.

Garrett said she saw the Focus stopped at the intersection, on the east side of Route 78, then noticed the vehicle was directly in front of her. Sams said he didn’t remember in which direction or on what road he was driving, per a sheriff’s-office report. His passenger said he didn’t remember the accident at all.

The passenger and Garrett were taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. There they were diagnosed with a concussion and a bruised right wrist, respectively. Sams’ vehicle sustained substantial rear passenger-side damage, and Garrett’s sustained heavy front-end damage.
Both vehicles were towed. A stop sign on the southwest side of Laura Road also was damaged.

• HANNA CITY – About 9 p.m. May 23, Phillip Johnson of Farmington was driving a westbound 2014 Chevrolet Malibu in the 8900 block of W. Farmington Rd. east of Hanna City when the vehicle struck a deer. Johnson sustained a sore thumb, a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office report stated. The vehicle was towed. The impact killed the deer.

• HANNA CITY – Shortly after 6 a.m. May 21, Kaden E. Scapecchi of Hanna City was driving a southbound 1995 GMC pickup in the 1900 block of S. Hanna City-Glasford Rd. when the vehicle struck a deer. Neither Scapecchi nor a passenger required medical attention, according to a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office report. The vehicle sustained damage but was driven from the scene.

• FARMINGTON – Alicia L. Phillips, 32, of Farmington was arrested about 12:30 a.m. May 29 and accused of two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, two counts of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

• HANNA CITY – Amanda J. Cox, 39, of Hanna City was arrested at 12:07 a.m. May 28 and accused of domestic battery/bodily harm, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. Cox also was being held for another law-enforcement agency.

• GALESBURG – These were among calls to which the Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded between May 21-27: domestic dispute, Dahinda; fire, Dahinda; domestic dispute, Yates City; structure fire, Oak Run; custody dispute, Williamsfield; missing juvenile, Williamsfield.

• FARMINGTON – Wyatt M. Sweet of Farmington was ticketed on May 13 for DUI and a tailight out, according to a Fulton County Sheriff’s Office report.

Marriage Licenses
• Saige Rose Schock of Chillicothe and Kaden Avery Schlipf of Brimfield.
• Savannah Jayne Cranford and Adam Christopher Hammerl, both of Princeville.