ATV Theft & Recovery (10-24-2014)
On October 20th 2014 a Kawasaki ATV side-by-side was reported stolen from a farm located at 925 County Road 1400N of Burnt Prairie. James Elliott is the owner of the vehicle.

An ongoing investigation has led to an arrest and the recovery of the stolen vehicle.

Tips from the public led to an investigation in the area of Springerton where officers determined the vehicle was being moved. Sheriff Doug Maier, Sergeant Craig Poole, Sergeant Byrd Huber and Deputy Justin Spencer were involved in the investigation. Units established a perimeter around the area and witnessed the suspect traveling through Springerton towing a trailer with the suspected stolen ATV. A vehicle stop confirmed that the ATV in tow was the suspected stolen vehicle and resulted in an arrest and the recovery of the ATV.

30 year old Jeffery D. Parker of 1306 IL Highway 1; Carmi was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, no valid driver’s license, a Hamilton county warrant (for failure to appear on charges of procurement of anhydrous ammonia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and tampering with anhydrous ammonia) and a Jefferson county warrant (for failure to appear on charges of operating a vehicle while unlicensed).

As usual we appreciate and respond to information given to us from the public. Please contact us at the Sheriff’s Department of Crimestoppers anytime you might have information of unusual activity or evidence of criminal activity. Working together with the community has been a great asset to my department and led to the successful investigation and prosecution of criminals in our county.

Mr. Elliott has been notified and will have the ATV returned to him. It did not appear to be damaged.
A Thanks to Law Enforcement (10-13-2014)
I want to take this opportunity to say thanks to the men and women in law enforcement who assisted us this past Sunday. My entire department responded immediately and worked all day and evening. The Carmi Police Department and Chief Jason Carter took quick action and had K-9 Unit Dustin Buttry on the ground and officers setting up a perimeter. Illinois State Police responded and assisted throughout the process. US Marshall Pete Kell assisted with several Marshalls from his office. Edward's County Sheriff Darby Biawey, Wayne County Sheriff Mike Everett, Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick, and Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown all provided tremendous assistance. Our Southern Illinois Drug Task Force responded with several officers. Norris City Police Department, Grayville Police Department, and Eldorado Police Department also assisted greatly. White County States Attorney Denton Aud was involved throughout the day as well.

This is a great example of local law enforcement working together to accomplish a common goal. We have had several high profile cases in White County lately and the ability to work to work in a coordinated effort had made the convictions possible in these cases.

I am extremely proud to be a part of this group and hope the public is as proud of them as I am.
Escaped Inmates Apprehended (10-11-2014)
Both Robert M. Mead and Donald Currier have been located and are in custody of the White County Sheriff's Department. Both were located in a residence along Raliegh Road in Saline County. Subjects were found hiding inside the residence and resisted arrest.

The White County Sheriff's Department's investigation led to the Saline County area. The White County Sheriff's Department responded to the area with the assistance of the Saline County Sheriff's Department, Illinois State Police, U.S. Marshall Service, Southern Illinois Task Force, and Eldorado Police Department.

This was a joint effort of all agencies working together leading to this safe apprehension.

During the course of the investigation two subjects, Jason Locke (10-31-80) and Brandy J. Minder (05-07-82), were arrested and charged with Obstruction of Justice. Both subjects reside at 117 6th St. of Carmi. Both are being held in the White County Jail with no bond.

Mr. Currier was injured during the escape. He will be transported for medical attention.
Escape from White County Jail (10-11-2014)
Two inmates are missing from the White County Jail.

Corrections officers doing a head count at breakfast determined that 26 year old Donald Currier, 09-07-88, 5'10", 145, brown hair, hazel eyes, of 106 S. Short St.; Golden Gate, IL and 32 year old ROBERT M MEAD, 05-20-82, 6'0", 180, brown hair, brown eyes, of 14703 Prosperity Rd.; Johnson City, IL were missing from their cell.

Outside video shows subjects left at 1:37 AM. A hole was discovered in the ceiling and roof of the jail. Both subjects are White County Prisoners. Both subjects were dressed in shorts and dark colored T-Shirts.

Sheriff's Departments in WIlliamson County, Edwards County, and Wayne County as well as Illinois State Police have been notified for assistance. Carmi K-9 unit is searching the area.
A several month long operation by the White County Sheriff's Office and the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force has resulted in a second arrest in the Village of Maunie. Jennifer L. Farny, 224 S. Morgan St., Maunie, IL DOB 01-12-1972, was arrested on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 8:22 a.m. A warrant had been issued for two counts of Delivery of Cannabis. The warrant had been obtained by States Attorney Denton Aud. Additional charges resulted from the arrest. Farney was charged with:

2 Cts Delivery of Cannabis 30-500 grams (warrant)
Possession of Cannabis
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

The Sheriff's Office served the warrant. During the arrest Jennifer Farny advised she had an amount of cannabis and drug paraphernalia in the residence. She gave consent to search the residence. During the search the cannabis and drug paraphernalia were seized.

Farny transported to the White County Jail. Bond on warrant $ 3,500.00 cash. Bond on additional charges of $150.00.

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