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.

COPPER THEFTS (8-25-2014)
Over the weekend the Sheriff's Department had four reports of electric poles being cut down with a chainshaw in order to steal the copper from the meter loop. This is very costly to the people who own the pole, in several instances the line is to grain bins and is vital to the farming operation. This is also very dangerous. Crimestoppers will offer a $500.00 reward for any information which leads to an arrest in this matter.

White County Sheriff
Doug Maier
The active meth lab recovered from a vehicle on Friday morning is another indication that the meth problem is still a major concern. The meth response team advised they are seeing an increase in meth related activity. A tip from the public led directly to the arrest and locating this meth lab. I again ask the public to be involved and notify the Sheriff's Department of any suspicious activity. Your help is extremely valuable and appreciated.

White County Sheriff
Doug Maier
SCAMS (7-10-2014)
We have had an increase in scams in White County during the past few weeks. The scam is supposedly from Publisher's Clearing House, advising you that you have won %50,000.00. In order to get the prize money they ask that you obtain "red dot" prepaid visa cards and send to them, or wire money through Western Union. This money is supposed to be for taxes or processing fee. The call may be followed up by someone claiming to be from a "consumer fraud"
division of the government. They will advise they are trying to catch the people who are scamming you, and will also want money to further the investigation. This will be the same people.

These people will try to make you think they are your friends and trying to help you. Be assured that they are not. They are very good at what they do and will take your money. Any legitimate prize you have won will not require that you send money to obtain the prize. If it looks to good to be true then it is!!! Do not send any money or give any information about your bank!!!

Feel free to contact the Sheriff's Department and we will try to assist you in getting the calls to stop. They can be relentless and call 20-30 times a day. We advised you to talk to these people as little as possible. Hand the phone up when you recognize that it might be a scam. They will eventually quit calling if you will not talk to them.. You will be less likely to become a victim of a scam if you understand how the scams work, and that there are people out there trying to take your money!!!

White County Sheriff
Doug Maier
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