AMEREN SCAM (6-6-2016)
The White County Sheriff's Department had a report of a man and woman going door to door saying they were with Ameren and wanted peoples account numbers to switch electric companies. Ameren does not go door to door for this purpose and we would advise people to not give out their account numbers or any other personal information. Contact the Sheriff's Department if you feel that you have been a victim of a scam.

Field Fires (4-20-2016)
The Carmi Fire Department has responded to three separate wood/field fires in the last few days. All three have been suspicious in nature. The first occurred just off Centerville Road outside of town. The second fire was around the Colony West area and the third was in the same area as the first around Centerville Road. Several different properties have been involved in these three fires with a substantial amount of damage done to some. A few tips have been given into the nature of these fires. The Carmi Police Department and the White County Sheriff's Department are offering a Crimestoppers Reward in the amount of $250.00 Anyone with information about these fires is urged to contact the Carmi Police Department at 618-382-4633, White County Sheriff's Department at 618-382-5321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-637-3577. The $250.00 Crime Stoppers reward is being offered for any information that leads to the arrest of a suspect. Subjects who seek to remain anonymous can do so by calling the 800 Crime Stoppers number.

Chief Jason Carter

Sheriff Doug Maier
Fatal 3-Wheeler Accident (3-27-2016)
The White County Sheriff’s office was notified that two juveniles were missing from the Maunie area at approximately 7:54 PM on 3-26-2016. They were last seen on a 3-wheeler somewhere in the area between 141 and Maunie. White County Deputies, assisted by the Illinois State police, searched the area extensively for approximately 4 hours when White County Dispatch received information at 11:53 PM that the subjects had been located.

White County Deputies arrived and observed a 3-wheeler down a steep ditch embankment. 16 year old Christian Coaliron of 165 S. Land St. from Manuie and 15 year old Kaitlyn Gwaltney of 405 Rudolph St. from Crossville were both deceased at the scene. Indications are that the 3-wheeler missed a turn in the roadway and skidded into the ditch. This occurred on County Road 850 North at the intersection of County Road 1775 East.

White County Coroner Chris Marsh was called to the scene and an Illinois State Accident Reconstruction Officer was requested to assist in the investigation. The White County Sheriff’s Office is handling the accident.

White County Sheriff
Doug Maier
Train / Vehicle Collision (3-20-2016)
On 03/19/2016 at approximately 11:45 PM White County Dispatch was advised of a motor vehicle accident involving a train and a single vehicle on County Road 900 East.

Deputies responded and observed a passenger vehicle which had been struck on the driver’s side by a train owned by Evansville Western Railway. The driver of the vehicle identified as 17 year old female Logan E. Pugsley of 1431 County Road 1225 North; Carmi, IL. was trapped inside the vehicle at the time of the deputy’s arrival. A passenger identified as 20 year old Jacob A. Walters of 104 Peach St.; Lynnville, IN. was also in the vehicle but appeared to have minor injuries.

The White County Ambulance Service responded, extracted Ms. Pugsley, and air transported her to the hospital.

Mr. Walters was transported by ambulance.

Conductor of the train advised he saw the vehicle approaching the crossing and did not feel they were going to stop. He braked the train and slowed but could not stop before impact.

Evansville Western Railway is conducting an investigation to be shared with the White County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Doug Maier
DRUG DETAIL (3-10-2016)
A detail was conducted on March 9, 2016. The detail involved the White County Sheriff's Department, Carmi Police Department, Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, and the Illinois State Police.

A search warrant was issued by States Attorney Denton Aud and executed at a residence located at 1322 W. Sycamore St., Carmi, IL. The warrant was a result of a lengthy investigation y the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force.

Three subjects were arrested at this location, and a quantity of drugs and currency were seized. Arrested at this location were:

Carrie Strean
DOB: 10-10-75
1322 W. Sycamore St.
Carmi, IL 62821

Methamphetamine Conspiracy
Delivery of Controlled Substance ( 2 counts)
Possession of Controlled Substance ( 19.3 grams methamphetamine )
Destruction of Evidence

No Bond

Jason Hamby
DOB: 09-09-77
1322 W. Sycamore St.
Carmi, IL 62821

Possession of Controlled Substance
Possession of Cannabis

No Bond

Kevin Kivett
DOB: 3-22-61
5161 Cameo Lane
Joplin, MO

Possession of Controlled Substance
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

No Bond

Two other subjects were arrested at different locations involved in the same investigation

David W. Strean
DOB: 12-22-55
805 Smith St.
Carmi, IL 62821

Unlawful delivery of methamphetamine

Bond $ 5,000.00 cash

Beverly J. Newman
DOB: 3-28-69
911 Stewart St. Apt 11
Carmi, IL 62821

Unlawful delivery of methamphetamine

Bond $ 5,000.00 cash

The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are anticipated

White County Sheriff Chief of Police
Doug Maier Jason Carter

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