The Weekly Post public record for 8-3-23

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

Peoria man a suspect in Farmington crimes

FARMINGTON – Authorities are investigating whether a Peoria man is connected to a spate of recent vehicle burglaries and thefts in Farmington.

Cameron A. Puryear, 20, was arrested in connection with a Farmington vehicle theft that resulted in a police chase of more than 100 mph. Peoria police apprehended Puryear about 3 a.m. July 20 near Glen Oak Park in the city’s East Bluff neighborhood.
A vehicle reported stolen the previous day from the 200 block of N. Elmwood Rd. in Farmington was found near where Puryear was arrested. Puryear told Peoria police he had been in the 2010 black Mitsubishi Outlander but did not steal it.

Farmington police first tracked the Outlander about 2:15 a.m. July 19 as it sped west on Court Street, then east on Fort Street. It did not stop at the sign at Fort Street and Lightfoot Road, according to a police report.

The Outlander continued to speed east on Farmington Road, through Trivoli and Hanna City. Police lost track of the vehicle as it passed Airport Road near Peoria.

Puryear was accused of possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated fleeing/eluding of 21 mph or more, vehicle trespass, speeding 35 mph or more over the posted limit and disobeying a stop sign. He was transported to the Fulton County Jail in Lewistown.

Police Reports
• DAHINDA – An Elmwood woman was accused of drunken driving following a two-vehicle collision that resulted in serious injuries to a Dahinda woman.

Samantha J.D. York, 36, was driving a southbound 2005 Chevrolet Silverado on Knox Highway 12 west of Dahinda about 7 p.m. July 15 when the vehicle did not stop at an intersection with U.S. Route 150, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office report stated.

The Silverado collided with a 2017 Nissan Murano that was eastbound on Route 150. The Murano driver, 55-year-old John D. Williams of Dahinda, was entrapped. So was his wife, Susan K. Williams, 54. They were extricated and transported to OSF Saint Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.

A helicopter then transported Susan Williams to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She underwent emergency surgery to remove part of her intestines because of internal bleeding, according to a report. She also sustained a fractured sternum and a broken hand.

John Williams’ injuries were minor. York and her passenger, a 34-year-old Maquon man, also sustained minor injuries and were transported to St. Mary. York’s blood-alcohol content was .13, above the legal limit of .08.

York also was cited for disobeying a stop sign at an intersection. She is to appear Aug. 23 in Knox County Circuit Court in Galesburg.

• ELMWOOD – Someone was arrested on illicit-drugs charges at an address east of Elmwood.

The arrest happened July 26 in the 7900 block of N. Pulsifer Rd., according to the Peoria County Sherriff’s Office. One pound of methamphetamine was seized. The unidentified male taken into police custody was accused of criminal trespass, possession of meth and possession with intent to deliver meth.

No other information was available. The sheriff’s office cited an ongoing investigation in refusing a request to release a report.

• FARMINGTON – A Peoria man faces charges in two counties after he was accused of reckless drunken driving that damaged property. His blood-alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit.

Devin T. Brown, 32, was arrested about 10:30 a.m. July 22 on Illinois Route 78 near Blue Spruce Road south of Farmington. That was about 25 miles west of where Brown believed he was (Peoria) when he was stopped, according to a Farmington Police Department report.

Earlier, Brown was spotted driving a white 2021 Toyota RAV4 west on Farmington Road in Trivoli when the sport-utility vehicle swerved off the pavement and struck a mailbox outside Fliginger Equipment Inc., 18321 W. Farmington Rd.

Witnesses who followed and were followed by Brown’s vehicle reported the SUV went off the road several times and almost collided with oncoming traffic, according to police reports. The SUV’s entire right side was damaged. Its right-front fender was ripped from its moorings.

Brown smelled of alcohol, according to police, and was transported to Graham Hospital in Canton. There, his BAC was measured at .25. The legal limit is .08. He also tested positive for a depressant. Later, Brown was transported to the Fulton County Jail in Lewistown.

In Fulton County, Brown was charged with driving under the influence and with improper lane use. In Peoria County, he was charged with improper lane use and leaving the scene of a property-damage accident. The mailbox was valued at $300, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

• ELMORE – A Stark County man grabbed a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office deputy by the arm during a domestic dispute in Elmore, according to authorities.

Charles K. Rice, 36, of Wyoming was arrested about 5:30 p.m. July 20 at a residence in the 24300 block of W. Adams St. A woman there asked two deputies to stand watch while she and at least two children gathered themselves to leave.

Rice became increasingly agitated, according to a sheriff’s-office report. He challenged one deputy to a fight, then grabbed the other deputy. The deputies pulled Rice to the ground and handcuffed him. Rice was accused of obstructing police and resisting arrest.

• OAK RUN – A vehicle was reported stolen from an Oak Run residence.

The apparent theft happened between 10:30 p.m. July 13 and 6 a.m. July 14 in the 3200 block of Oak Run Drive, according to a Knox County Sheriff’s Office report. The victim, a 26-year-old Iowa woman, said the 2023 black Dodge Charger was a rental her employer provided.

No suspect information was available. The vehicle was left unlocked, the report stated.

• OAK RUN – A Washington woman was transported to a Galesburg hospital following a one-vehicle accident northeast of Oak Run.

About 2:30 p.m. July 11, Peggy S. Buck was driving a 2010 Ford Fusion north in the 1500 block of Knox Highway 15 when she lost control at a curve and drove into the left-side ditch, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office report stated. The vehicle then crossed the road and struck a planter box next to a driveway.

Buck, 78, requested a visit to OSF Saint Mary Medical Center. The report did not state her condition. Her vehicle was towed.

• DOUGLAS – Crystal L. Colvin, 38, of Brimfield was arrested about 9:30 p.m. July 18 at a residence in the 2000 block of Knox Road 700 North, on a Fulton County warrant for retail theft. Colvin’s bond was $5,000, of which she had to post 10 percent to be released, according to a Knox County Sheriff’s Office report.

• WILLIAMSFIELD – At 10:30 p.m. June 30, Tina M. Hulse of Wataga was driving an eastbound 2005 Toyota Camry on U.S. Route 150 near Knox Road 2000 East when the vehicle struck a cow in the roadway. Hulse was uninjured, a Knox County Sheriff’s Office report stated. The vehicle sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene. The cow’s owner retrieved the animal.

• FARMINGTON – Emily N. Puckett, 45, of Farmington was arrested shortly after 4 a.m. July 30 and accused of battery/makes physical contact, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

• FARMINGTON – Sean R. Holton, 37, of Farmington was arrested at 3 a.m. July 29 and accused of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine, obstructing an officer, bringing contraband into a penal institution, driving on a suspended license, driving with a malfunctioning headlight/taillight and failure to obey a stop sign, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

• FARMINGTON – Ronald D. Anderson, 52, of Farmington was arrested at 5 p.m. July 29 and accused of retail theft of merchandise greater than $300 and criminal trespass to land, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

• TRIVOLI – Christopher Sloan, 47, of Trivoli was arrested about 7:45 p.m. July 29 on a writ of attachment, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

• GALESBURG – These were among calls to which the Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded between July 16-22: threats complaint, Williamsfield; stray dog, Dahinda; burglary, Yates City; burglar alarm, Oak Run.