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Martinez takes lead in community watch program

From a young age, Kris Martinez knew that he wanted to help people. “I always found myself helping others,” Martinez told us. “From holding doors open to mowing lawns and shoveling snow for my neighbors who couldn’t anymore.” Originally from Texas, Kris and his family moved to Illinois when he was a young boy. They…

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Chrisman Police Chief Tom Dolan weighs in on Safe-T Act

As of January 2023, the State of Illinois will evoke the controversial ‘Safe-T Act’. This act was introduced by Governor J.B. Pritzker earlier in the year. When in effect, it will make Illinois the first state to eliminate cash bail. This means a defendant can only be detained in pretrial confinement when prosecutors prove to…

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Second meeting held for Neighborhood Watch

On September 22nd, the city of Chrisman continued their plan to make the town safer. The second meeting of the Neighborhood Watch group was held at City Hall. Founding members Scott Foster and Edgar County Sheriff Candidate Doug Cochran were present. At the meeting held in August, it was decided that Illinois State Police Officer…

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•George S. Potter, 34, Paris, was presented with a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance conviction. The public defender was appointed and Potter denied the petition. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference. •Hunter J. Mattingly, Chrisman, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial…

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•Michael Coe, 44, Chrisman, was in custody. His motion for a bond reduction was denied. His unresolved charge of a Class 3 felony failure to report to a penal institution was continued for a negotiated plea. Coe was remanded to custody pending posting of bond. •Charlene Maloney, 44, Chrisman, admitted a petition to revoke her…

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•Michael Coe, 44, Chrisman, was in custody, waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony failure to report to a penal institution charge. The matter was continued for a negotiated plea agreement. His oral motion for a bond reduction was denied. In other cases, Coe’s…

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•Staphan Bones, 25, Chrisman, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor domestic violence charge. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail to be served as electronic home monitoring with credit for three days previously served, two years of probation, a $500 fine, court costs, various state fees, an order to have no contact with…

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•Joseph Christopher, 31, Chrisman, appeared in custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections. he placed on file his amended consent to enroll in the impact incarceration program. The court clerk was ordered to send the necessary paperwork to IDOC. He was remanded to custody of IDOC. •Michael Coe, 43, Chrisman, was in custody. The preliminary…

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•Minerva R. Gibson, 44, Chrisman, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident. The case went to the public defender and a not guilty plea with a jury trial demand was made. The matter was set for a pretrial conference. •Jessica M. Kurtz, 37, Brocton, was charged and pleaded not…

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What does Chrisman having a neighborhood watch mean?

How to start a Neighborhood Watch Group in Five East Steps 1. Recruit and Organize as many neighbors as possible- It is wonderful that you are taking the steps to start a Neighborhood Watch group in your neighborhood. The first step is talking to your fellow neighbors about starting a group. 2. Contact your local…

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