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Elmwood man drives through field, fences
TRIVOLI – An Elmwood man allegedly drove an automobile through a field, through tall bushes and under two barbed-wire fences. He is also accused of rear-ending a parked vehicle, according to authorities.
Rashann Grier-Bain was implicated in the incident, which happened about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 18 in the 18200 block of W. Farmington Rd. in Trivoli.
A resident there said the rear bumper of his parked 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was dislocated, the taillights didn’t work and the trailer hitch was broken, a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office report stated. Damage was estimated at $2,000.
Grier-Bain’s vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, crushed an outdoor cable box and left tire tracks from westbound Farmington Road through the Silverado owner’s property. The tracks extended to the man’s truck and 100 feet past the residence.
A license plate from the Malibu was found at the scene. A deputy used the plate to locate the registered owner, who is Grier-Bain’s mother. She said she reported the wreck to her insurance company after her son told her he drove into a ditch.
When the deputy asked Grier-Bain about the incident, he invoked his right to remain silent, according to the report. Grier-Bain was cited for leaving the scene of an accident.
The Malibu was found parked at a Trivoli restaurant and bar. The car sustained dents and cracks in its front bumper, fender, hood, passenger-side door and grille, the report stated. The front passenger-side wheel was broken. The car also had deep scratches on the hood and roof, and its air bags were deployed.
• ELMWOOD – An Elmwood woman was accused of shoplifting various laundry-related items from a local store. Agnes S. Garner, 41, was arrested about 11 a.m. Aug. 28 and accused of retail theft of less than $300, theft of between $500 and $10,000 and indirect criminal contempt, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.
Charges are related to an incident that took place July 6 at Dollar General, 812 W. Main St. Video-surveillance footage revealed Garner placed in her oversized bag four bottles of fabric softener, three bottles of detergent and two boxes of fabric-softener sheets, according to the Elmwood Police Department. Garner left the store without paying for the items, worth a total of about $75.
Garner had been hiding and is a repeat offender, according to law-enforcement authorities. She also is suspected in a Bartonville burglary.
• ELMWOOD – Police in Elmwood are searching for whoever smeared barbecue sauce on vehicles, a mailbox and a house in a spree last weekend. The incidents began Aug. 26 with a report of sauce found on a door of a residence on West Willow Street, Elmwood police officer Mike Darrah said. Other incidents took place late Aug. 27 and early Aug. 28.
Barbecue sauce was smeared down the driver’s side of two vehicles parked on West Hawthorne Street and on a mailbox on that street. Another Hawthorne Street mailbox was knocked over, Darrah said.
A car parked on South Lilac Street also was barbecue bombed, with sauce on its outside and on its inside windshield. The brand of sauce was not determined, Darrah said.
• EDWARDS – An Indiana woman was cited following a two-vehicle accident north of Edwards. About 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Brandalyn M. Hains of Union City, Ind., was driving a 2021 Ram pickup south on Kickapoo-Edwards Road when she attempted a left turn at Valley View Road. The vehicle struck a northbound 2007 Pontiac sport-utility vehicle driven by Olivia J. Medland of Peoria.
Hains said she had been looking at her GPS device and did not see the SUV, according to a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office report. Hains’ vehicle was damaged to the point of inoperability. Medland was evaluated for arm pain. The uninjured Hains received a citation for making an improper left turn.
• PEORIA – A Farmington woman and a Hanna City man were uninjured in a two-vehicle accident in Limestone Township.
About 6:15 p.m. Aug. 17, Sheri L. Blois-Miller was driving a 2016 Ford Mustang south on Maxwell Road at Plank Road when the car collided with a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Neal D. Miller. He was stopped and preparing to turn west on Plank Road, per the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.
Blois-Miller said she thought Miller had proceeded with his turn, but her car’s front passenger-side bumper collided with his rear driver’s-side bumper.
The hood, fender, passenger-side headlight and passenger-side wheel-well cover of Blois-Miller’s car were damaged. The vehicle was towed. Miller’s car had a broken driver’s-side taillight and dented rear bumper. He was able to drive it away.
• ELMWOOD – About 11:45 a.m. Aug. 23, Melissa Breckenridge of Yates City was backing a 2008 Ford F150 pickup out of a parking space in the 100 block of W. Hawthorne St. when she struck a parked trailer being towed by David A. Larsen of Elmwood. The left-side wheel well of the trailer was damaged, according to the Elmwood Police Department. Breckenridge was cited for not having valid vehicle insurance.
• HANNA CITY – About 9:15 p.m. Aug. 15, Sherrie L. Blasingim of Glasford was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Impala east on Illinois Route 116 at Greengold Road when it struck a deer. Blasingim said she wasn’t injured, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. The car’s front hood received two large dents. The deer was flung into the ditch.
• EDWARDS – About 10 p.m. Aug. 16, Gavin A. Burton of Brimfield was driving a 2006 Chrysler east on Illinois Route 8 near Kramm Road when it struck a deer. The vehicle had to be towed because of damage to the front bumper, grille and passenger-side headlight, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.
• Jennifer Anne Sharp of Brimfield and William Michael Grady of Goodfield.
• Jean Marie Akers and Michael Allan Meter, both of Trivoli.””
Woman arrested on drug charges in Farmington
FARMINGTON – A Pekin woman was arrested in Farmington on drug-dealing and drug-possession charges, according to police.
Brooke E. Turpin, 27, was a passenger in a 2018 Toyota sedan that Farmington police stopped about 12:15 a.m. Aug. 21 on S. Main St. because of a suspended vehicle registration. The driver – Aaron J. President, 31, of Peoria – was found to have an active Fulton County warrant for driving on a suspended license.
When Farmington police searched the vehicle, they found bags that contained 58.25 grams of methamphetamine, 24 grams of marijuana and 3.2 grams of cocaine, a report stated. Also found was $579 in cash and a syringe loaded with meth.
The narcotics were found in the front-passenger area, where Turpin was sitting. She slurred her speech and was unable to remember her telephone number, according to the report.
Turpin was accused of intent to deliver between 15 and 100 grams of meth, possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of adult-use cannabis in a motor vehicle outside of an approved container.
President was accused of operating a motor vehicle with no insurance; driving with a canceled, suspended or revoked license; and failure to appear in court. He and Turpin were transported to the Fulton County Jail in Lewistown.
• HANNA CITY – An unoccupied sport-utility vehicle was found damaged and parked in the middle of a road east of Hanna City, according to authorities.
The 2006 Mercury Mariner was facing east in the westbound lane in the 7100 block of W. Farmington Rd. when a Peoria County Sheriff’s Office deputy discovered it about 2 a.m. Aug. 14. The vehicle’s hazard lights were on.
Damage was prevalent all over the SUV, and the rear passenger-side tire was turned sideways, according to a sheriff’s-office report. Side airbags had been deployed. No driver or passengers were found in the vicinity.
Judging from the vehicle’s position and from tire tracks, it appeared the SUV was headed east on Farmington Road when it veered into the south ditch and back onto the pavement.
The SUV was towed. The deputy tried to contact its registered owner, but nobody answered the door at the owner’s residence.
• FARMINGTON – Someone smeared red hair dye throughout the women’s bathroom at Jacobs Park in Farmington, according to city police.
An officer arrived about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11 to lock the park bathroom doors when he noticed the damage. In and around the women’s bathroom, the officer found the substance on the floor, the back of the door, in the sink, on the walls and on concrete outside, a police report stated.
The officer also found a red handprint on the men’s-bathroom door, but no damage was found inside.
Remnants of a hair-dye kit were found in garbage cans inside and outside the bathrooms. A video-surveillance camera there was out of service.
• HANNA CITY – About 8:15 p.m. Aug. 15, Tarren E. Harn of Trivoli was driving a 2017 Ford Escape west on Farmington Road near Illinois Route 116 when he fell asleep, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. After Harn awakened, the vehicle struck a mailbox and a guard rail. A passenger said he was on his cell phone when he noticed Harn had fallen asleep, a report stated. The front bumper of the Escape was damaged. Both men refused medical attention.
• HANNA CITY – Trey A. Wineland, 32, of Hanna City was arrested about 1 a.m. Aug. 21 and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol, operating an uninsured motor vehicle/bodily harm, driving 15-20 mph above the speed limit and failure to appear in court, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.
• FARMINGTON – Cayse S. Bowcott, 43, of Canton was arrested about 11:45 p.m. Aug. 16 following a traffic stop on E. Fort St. in Farmington for having expired license plates. A Farmington police officer found Bowcott had an active $10,000 Fulton County warrant for driving with a suspended license. She was unable to post $1,000 bond immediately and was transported to the Fulton County Jail in Lewistown.
• Laura Michelle Warren and James Marshall Roberts, both of Elmwood.