The White County Sheriff’s Department released information Monday morning, concerning a van fire, an abandoned vehicle and a theft, all of which occurred last week.
Deputy Sheriff Scott Cantrell responded to a report of a van on fire in Norris City, last Tuesday, Feb. 26. Upon arrival, Deputy Cantrell observed a Hyundai van had been totally destroyed by fire, which the Norris City Fire Department has already extinguished.
The owner of the van, Kara Hussman of Louisville, Ky., told authorites the van had been mistakenly parked on top of a pile of leaves that were still smoldering. The leaves apparently ignited the van and caused the fire.
Monday, of last week, the sheriff’s department responed to a report of a pickup that had been abandoned on County Line Road, west of Grayville, near the Little Wabash River.
According to the incident report filed by Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Bryd Huber, the truck had been disabled earlier in the month due to backwater.
Rick Conner of Rick’s in Grayville removed the vehicle, explaining to authorities he had been in contact with the tow company that does all the towing for the owner, D. L. Peterson Trust. Conner removed the truck and is was taken to Rick’s Towing in Grayville.
Thursday, Feb. 28, the sheriff’s department arrested Michael D. Christian, 44 of Granite City on a charge of theft of government property, a Class 4 felony.
According to the incident report, Christian had stolen a jacket belong to Sean Cribbs, the White County Community Service Director. The jacket was stolen from the White County Courthouse.
Christian denied stealing the jacket, but a review of video tapes from the courthouse, confirmed Christian had taken the coat. He was later stopped near the Carmi Dairy Queen, and questioned again. At that time, he admitted taking the coat. He was arrested and transported to the City County Jail, where bond was set at $2000.