Officer Involved Shooting - 04-12-15
On 4/12/2015 at approximately 4:40 PM the White County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch was advised by Grayville Officer Jess Burley that shots has been fired during a vehicle stop he had initiated.

Officer Burley had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation; the vehicle pulled into the Dollar General Store parking lot located in Grayville Illinois. The driver of the vehicle was John Eagleson (DOB: 1/25/67). The vehicle backed from the parking spot and was attempting to leave the area. Officer Burley was in front of the vehicle and instructed the driver to stop. He advised this several times according to witnesses. The vehicle would not stop and Officer Burley fired one shot through the window of the vehicle, striking Mr. Eagleson in the face.

The vehicle then rolled to a stop in a grassy area south of the store.

Mr. Eagleson was transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville Indiana.

Four citizens witnessed the incident and they have all been interviewed.

The investigation is being conducted by the White County Sheriff’s Department.

White County Sheriff
Doug Maier
Recovered 4-wheelers - 03-20-2015
The White County Sheriff's Office has recovered two stolen 4-wheelers on Thursday March 19th, 2015. A blue and white 2008 Yamaha 4-wheeler reported stolen on 3-18-2015 by John McKay was recovered in a wooded area along County Road 100 N. near Newman Cemetery. The second was a 2012 Honda Recon 4-wheeler reported stolen by The Odaniel Trucking Company of Carmi on 03-19-2015. This vehicle was recovered from a wooded area on County Road 1600 N. about 2 miles north of the first recovered vehicle.

Both vehicles were towed from location and Illinois State Police Crime Scene will process them on Friday.

White County Sheriff
Doug Maier
Active School Schooting Training - 03-19-15
The White County Sheriff’s Department, Norris City Police Department and Carmi Police Department will be conducting an active shooter training drill at the Norris City-Omaha-Enfield High School in Norris City during the afternoon hours of Friday, March 20, 2015.

The Norris City-Omaha-Enfield School District will team up with Law Enforcement Officials to conduct the drill. School and Law Enforcement Officials have met recently to work on the details and planning for the full-scale exercise.

White County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Craig Poole reports no students will be present during any part of the drill. Teachers and administrators from the school district will participate.

Sgt. Poole reports that the goal of the exercise is for each agency to practice their respective duties and for the staff to practice the school policy and lock down protocols should an emergency situation occur that requires a response.

Law Enforcement is notifying the public in advance of the date and time of this training exercise advised Sgt. Poole. The public should not be alarmed if they see several law enforcement officers present at the school or hear calls via dispatchers on the radio frequency during this time..



Sgt. Craig Poole
White County Sheriff Department
Missing Animals - 01-29-2015
The White County Sheriff's Department has had several reports of missing/possibly stolen dogs during the past week.

Report of missing animals include a red Pit Bull from the Epworth area, a black and white Pit Bull from the Brownsville area, a male gray Pit Bull from the Norris City area, and a Siberian Husky from the Centerville area.

We had a report of a brown Chevrolet mini-van with a female driver traveling on Epworth Blacktop with side door open and trying to get a pit bull dog inside the vehicle last week.

Please contact the White County Sheriff's Department if you can provide any information. A reward of $250.00 is offered for information leading to recovery and arrest in this matter. Additional rewards have been offered by the owners of some of the animals.

White County Sheriff
Doug Maier
BOMB THREAT - 11-21-2014
WHITE COUNTY DISPATCH RECEIVED A CALL FROM JOHNSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 7:34 A.M. ADVISED THEY HAD RECEIVED A CALL AND WERE ADVISED THERE WAS A BOMB IN THE WHITE COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND ALSO IN THE SALINE COUNTY COURTHOUSE. THE CALLER GAVE NO OTHER INFORMATION.

THE WHITE COUNTY COURTHOUSE HAS BEEN EVACUATED AND THE SURROUNDING STREETS INCLUDING ROUTE 1 HAVE BEEN CLOSED. ALL COURT PROCEEDINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE DAY.

THE SECRETARY OF STATE BOMB SQUAD WAS NOTIFIED AND WILL PROVIDE A CANINE UNIT TO CLEAR THE COURTHOUSE.

INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY TO TRACK THE PHONE USED TO MAKE THE THREAT. SALINE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS.

OFFICERS FROM CARMI POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ALSO WAS ASSISTING.

DOUG MAIER
WHITE COUNTY SHERIFF
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