Carmi, IL

Boil Order Issued In Carmi

A boil order has been issued due to water main work for the following Carmi water customers: TSC, United Energy, Rent One, Egyptian Health, Illinois Extension Office and Opportunities for Access. This order will be in effect until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Perceived threat closes an Owensville library

-The Owensville Carnegie Public Library (OCPL) Board of Trustees announced on June 29 in a Facebook post that they will be closing their facility. This is the third of three posts made on their page, closing the facility starting June 27 and going to June 29.
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Pardieck Arrested For Disorderly Conduct

A Carmi man is in the White County Jail after he caused a scene at Huck’s on Oak Street. On Wednesday evening an officer with the Carmi Police Department responded to a call in regards to an unruly customer. When the officer arrived, he arrested 32 year old Bryce W Pardieck of 706 8th Street for Disorderly Conduct. Pardieck was yelling and cursing at 34 year old Kristy Beavers, the on-duty cashier. He was taken into custody and is being held pending posting of bond.

Newman Arrested on Warrant

A Carmi man is being held in the White County Jail following his arrest. While on patrol on the afternoon of June 27th, Deputy Nick Capeheart with the White County Sheriff’s Department observed 35 year old Joshua L Newman riding a bike on Fifth Street traveling North toward Sycamore Street. Capeheart knew that there was an arrest warrant out for Newman’s arrest due to recent findings on search warrant. Capeheart turned around his patrol vehicle to make contact with Newman but took off on the bike he was riding. Capeheart says he lost sight of the vehicle but when he got to the intersection of Fifth and Sycamore, he saw the bike lying on the ground. As Capeheart began to search for an officer with the Carmi Police Department observed Newman standing in front of a residence on Sixth Street talking with a group of people. The Officer with the CPD then placed Newman under arrest. When asked why he ran Newman said “I knew you were coming for me”. Newman was transported to the White County Jail where is being held on a $7500 cash bond.

Curtis Arrested on Posey County Warrant

An early morning detail by the White County Sheriff’s Department resulted in the arrest of a Crossville man. The detail was focused on 43 year old Matthew R Curtis who resides at 104 Elliot Street. On June 26th, just a little before 7 AM Sheriff Randy Graves, Sgt Craig Poole and Sgt Justin Spencer converged on the location and located Curtis inside the trailer. Curtis was placed under arrest for a warrant out of Posey County Indiana. The arrest warrant was for Felony Burglary with a Deadly Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a serious violent Felon, Burglary, Resisting Law Enforcement, Theft and Unlawful Possession of Syringes.

Stolen Wallet Reported in Norris City

A Norris City woman called the White County Sheriff’s Department to report the theft of her wallet. On June 25th, Deputy spoke with Adrienne Johnson who stated that she attended a ballgame in Norris City on June 22nd and had left her wallet in the center console of her vehicle. Johnson said that she left her car unlocked but she was sitting only 40 feet away watching the game. Johnson stated that on the morning of the 23rd, she had noticed that her wallet was gone. She said there was no money in the wallet but there was a credit card along with her driver’s license in it. Johnson called to cancel the credit card but wanted to make the report due to concerns about identity theft due to her ID being taken.

Burglary Call in Ellery Leads to Arrest

An Erie County man was arrested after Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies were called to a burglary in progress Thursday afternoon in the Town of Ellery. Deputies responded to a residence on Route 430 shortly before 2:30 PM and located 47-year-old Jonathan Bernacki of Akron on scene. Bernacki was charged with 2nd-degree burglary, 4th-degree criminal mischief, and petit larceny. He was transported to the Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment.

Bartley Charged with Driving While License Suspended

While on patrol in Carmi, Deputy Capeheart with the White County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop that ended with the arrest of 44 year old Michelle Bartley of 711 Marguerite Street. On June 26th at around 1:35 PM, Capeheart observed a red Chevy van stopping at a stop sign at the intersection of Stewart and Burrell Street that had only one working tail light which was on the right side of the vehicle. While behind the vehicle, the Deputy stated that the left brake quick working as well. Capeheart then initiated a traffic stop and informed Bartley that the brake lights weren’t properly working, in which Bartley said she knew that they sometimes don’t work properly. At that time a male passenger got out of the vehicle, and hit the brake light and it came back on. Capeheart then ran Bartley’s information through dispatch and was informed that her driver’s license had been suspended. After informing Bartley of the suspended license, she was placed under arrest. Bartley was then transported to the White County Jail where bond was set at $250. She paid bond and was released. The vehicle was towed by Don’s Bumper to Bumper. A court date for Bartley has been set for August 2nd at 9:00 AM.

Stolen 4-Wheeler Returned to Owners

The White County Sheriff’s Department responded to call in reference to a report of a 4-wheeler being stolen from a residence in Springerton. On June 23rd Officer George Spencer arrived at 124 E Cherry Street and met with Betty L Rush and Curtis R Rush who are the owners of the ATV. Curtis stated that he had parked the 4-wheeler beneath a tree on the north side of their property and began mowing the lawn. Rush said he was mowing when an unknown individual started the mower and drove away. The Rush’s said that they have surveillance footage of the subject taking the 4-wheeler. The footage shows the subject walk past the ATV. The subject then returned and started the vehicle and drove away. The video showed the 4-wheeler being taken at approximately 1:16 pm. On Tuesday, June 28th, the 4-wheeler was located and returned to the owners.

Campbell Charged with Domestic Battery

A call to request law enforcement assistance was made to the White County Sheriff’s Department in regards to an active domestic in progress at 1352 County Road 1175 in Carmi. Deputy Capeheart responded to the call and observed an officer with the Carmi Police Department was on scene as well. The officer with the CPD was speaking with 70 year old Carolyn Campbell and 26 year old Carrie Campbell gathering statements concerning 30 year old Jonathan M Campbell who had left the scene and went into a corn field west of the residence. Carolyn Campbell, Johnathan’s mother, stated that Johnathan had come home at daybreak very intoxicated and began throwing objects in the kitchen as well as opening and slamming the refrigerator doors causing the shelves of the door to break and items to fall out. Carolyn said that Carrie Campbell, Johnathan’s sister, then came from her bedroom and tried to calm Johnathan down. Carrie told the officers that her brother continued to scream at them and throw in the kitchen. During the rant, Johnathan hit Carrie with an unknown item, then left the residence on foot. Carolyn and Carrie both signed complaints for Domestic Battery. Johnathan was located and taken into custody. Bond was set at $500 cash. He paid bond and was released. A court date has been set for July 26th at 9:30 AM.

Carmi Man Sentenced for Possessing Meth, Using Property Unlawfully

CARMI – A Carmi man was sentenced Wednesday in White County Court to state prison for Unlawful Use of Property – a Class 2 felony and for Possession of Methamphetamine – a Class 3 felony. According to White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud, 31-year-old James E. Belka...

Carmi City Council To Meet July 7th

The Carmi City Council will hold the first of their two monthly meetings on July 7th at 5:30 PM in the City Council Chamber at 225 E Main Street. On the agenda is the consideration, discussion and possible approval of to review and or accept a bid for residential trash service in the City of Carmi. Received was a five year bid from Bulldog Acquisitions LLC to provide residential trash service in the City of Carmi beginning August 1st, 2022. Year one-$18.50, year 2- $19.42, year 3-$20.39, year 4-$21.41 and year 5-$22.48. A letter of no bid was received from Republic Services. There will be reports and or update from Mayor Jeff Pollard, reports from standing committees and business or comments from visitors. There will be a closed session to discuss personnel and property issues with no actions to follow.

Belka Sentenced To The Illinois Department Of Corrections

A Carmi man on probation for a 2021 meth conviction is heading to prison following his arrest in May of this year. 31 year old James E. Belka was originally arrested on November 18th of 2021 and charged with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful use of property. He was sentenced to 6 months jail and ordered into drug treatment on the meth charge. On May 13th, Belka was arrested again for possession of meth and unlawful use of property. Due to his history, his probation was revoked on the November charge and he’s been sentenced to 5 years behind bars on the 2021 meth conviction as well as 5 years on the new Unlawful Use of Property charge. Those sentences will be served at the same time. States Attorney Denton Aud also says Belka has been recommended for the Impact Incarceration Program (also known as Boot Camp) and has been credited with 47 days worth of time served. Belka will serve a year of mandatory supervised release once he serves his time.

Grayville City Council Looking for Development

The vacant IGA building in Grayville is expected to have a new occupant and the buyers will have some $75,000 in TIF funds to use contingent on their purchase of said property. That was one of a handful of TIF and Revolving Loan agreements approved at the Grayville City Council meeting Monday night. Not much is known about 309 Homes LLC other than that they’re out of the Peoria, IL area and are a property management firm. Other TIF agreements were granted to Krankos and Travis Roosevelt. A revolving Loan agreement was also granted to Krankos. Arpit Trivedi, GM at the Super 8 is also planning an expansion at the property.

Carmi Police Department Weekend Report

The Carmi Police Department dealt with a handful of incidents over the weekend, including catalytic converter theft, a DUI, and a disorderly conduct charge. A Norris City woman was arrested Monday on a Wayne County Warrant along with several other charges. 46 year old Andrea Stocke was charged with Unlawful Display of Suspended Registration Plates, Possession of Meth, Possession of Cannabis in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Unlawful Use of Property. Stocke is currently being held on $750 bond.


(ALBION) The funeral service for Maury Goble, age 50, of Albion, will be held Friday afternoon, July 1, at 12:00, at the Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home in Albion, with burial in the Graceland Cemetery in Albion. The visitation is Friday morning, July 1, from 10:00 until service time, at the Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home in Albion. Again, that’s for Maury Goble of Albion.

Stolen Vehicle Found

A stolen vehicle from Enfield resident’s Dean and Ruth Barger has been located and returned to the owners. On June 23rd at 8:41 AM, Ruth Barger of 312 East Hosick Street reported that her 2004 Toyota Rav 4 had been stolen from Enfield Rehabilitation and Health Care Center located at 408 Wilson Street. Barger told Officer Spencer with the White County Sheriff’s Department she had parked the vehicle at around 4:50 that morning before going into work. She said that she left the windows down but thought she had put the keys in her pocket. When she went to look for them they weren’t there, and she thinks she dropped them in the parking lot. When she exited the building at 8:30 AM, the vehicle was missing. After talking with other workers, it was determined that the Toyota was taken sometime between 6:40 and 8:00 AM. The vehicle was found at around 2:00PM on the 23rd in Springerton.