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Busy Holiday Weekend For Carmi Police Department

Reports out of the Carmi Police Department Tuesday show officers had just as busy a holiday weekend as Grayville officers.  Chief Carter made multiple reports available to media Tuesday afternoon.

On Friday morning just after 7am, officers responded to a 911 call from a child on Oak Street who said his father was hitting his mother.  Police say physical signs of a battery were present and took 31 year old Jeffrey Scott Parkhurst into custody after the victim signed a complaint.

Friday afternoon, a scrupulous officer noticed 19 year old Kaneon Highwood on the front porch of a 6thStreet residence.  Knowing Highwood had an outstanding warrant for Battery, the sergeant stopped and took the teen into custody without incident.  Highwood’s warrant stems from an investigation by Carmi law enforcement back in August in which Thomas Coke was a victim of battery at Coke’s residence on Maple Street.

Also Friday afternoon, Carmi Police took a signed complaint from Carmi resident Paula McKay.  She says she learned someone had used her personal information to purchase iPhones from the local Verizon store without her permission.  McKay signed the complaint for Fraud just before 4:30 Friday afternoon.  Detectives are on the case.

We’re learning of a disturbing arrest that was made at the end of August by Carmi Police.  Information released yesterday indicates 19 year old Joseph Dale Tate of 614 Oak was taken into custody on August 30th.  Tate was wanted on a White County warrant for predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child under the age of 13.  The arrest stems from a warrant that was issued following an investigation that dates back to May of this year.  The Class X Felony carries with it a $10,000 bail.  Tate was in White County court yesterday on a first appearance.  Court records indicate Tate has a bail review scheduled for 9am this (Wednesday) morning and a preliminary hearing coming up September 23rd in front o Judge T Scott Webb.

A Carmi man is free on bond after striking a utility pole on 3rd Street Saturday and then fleeing on foot. The report denotes a neighbor witnessed the crash and saw the man running from the scene.  Other witnesses were able to identify 29 year old Kyle Burnett as the suspect.  Law enforcement attempted to make contact with Burnett later Saturday at his home but got no response.  Apparently word got around and Burnett came to the police station Monday.  Burnett was placed under arrest at that time and charged with leaving the scene of a property damage/personal injury accident.  He bonded out about a quarter after 11am Monday pending a court date.

38 year old Crystal Boaz is recovering today after she reported to Carmi Police she was bitten by a dog Saturday.  Officers were called to 4th and Maple where they received a report from Boaz and Cindy Mitchell.  Boaz told officers she was walking near 103 Maple when a small brown dog left it’s yard and bit her on the leg.  Animal Control Officer Linda Aud was brought to the scene to assess the situation.  Ms. Schneider reportedly cooperated and turned over her pet to Aud for observation.

Details are out on the two women that supposedly took the vigilante course of action to separate a dog from the Murphy’s.  Carmi Police say 43 year old John Murphy walked into the lobby Sunday afternoon to report his dog stolen.  According to the report, Murphy says the 2 women showed up in a blue car at Murphy’s 1st Street residence around noon and told him they wanted to take his dog so they could cut it’s nails and give it an exam.  Murphy says the women were wearing shirts that read “Bruno’s Brush Shop” and told him they’d bring the animal back to him in an hour.  The dog is mostly black with white paws and though Animal Control has described the dog as a lab/pit mix, Murphy reportedly described the animal as a female Rottweiler.  A google search of “Bruno’s Brush Shop” does not reveal any noteworthy results.