Battery was reported on Leon Street recently after a man said he was punched in the face and struck in the back of the head by an unknown assailant in his yard.
The victim told Deputy Mark Jerome that he kept hearing a noise in his backyard while he was trying to sleep. When he went outside to investigate, he heard someone say “Hey dude, or something to that effect” and when he turned around a white male wearing a dark blue hoodie punched him in the face twice causing him to fall over his children’s plastic slide. When he attempted to get to his feet, the man then reportedly struck him in the back of the head. The victim told Deputy Jerome he thought there were two subjects involved in the attack because the one that called out sounded further away than the man who struck him.
In another incident, three stores were vandalized Feb. 24. In the first incident, Royal Food Store in Ila was broken into using a lead pipe to break the front door glass. Video showed a white male enter the front door, jump over the checkout counter and take two cartons of Marlboro cigarettes before leaving the same way.
In the second incident, a deputy on patrol checking businesses found that someone had busted out a window and attempted to break into Adams’ Clover Farm on Wildcat Bridge Road. Nothing appeared to be missing and the video showed someone who appeared to be wearing a black or dark blue hoodie.
In a third incident, a woman who owns a business across from Royal Foods in Ila stopped to check on her store and found that it had also been broken into. A rear window was broken out. A cash register and five knives were reportedly taken. A wooden ladder was found near the rear of the store.
Other incidents on file at the sheriff’s office included:
•A woman came to the sheriff’s office to report a case of forgery. She said she sold a Roto tiller for $300 on Craig’s list to a man who sent her a $3,850 check, with instructions to send the remaining balance to another address in Ohio by Western Union. The woman did as instructed and later found out from her bank that the check was forged, and had to cover the cost with a bank CD of her own. Several e-mails, a copy of the check and the money transfer were placed on file.
•A camera was allegedly stolen from a home on Pope Miller Road.
•Someone allegedly stole a Mongoose bicycle from a mobile home in Tranquility Mobile Home Park on Hwy. 72.
•Criminal damage to property was reported on Dickson Drive when a woman reported a broken window at a residence.
•Speeding and driving without a license was reported on Hwy. 72 West.
•Someone reportedly drove off without paying for $28 worth of gas at Paoli Junction on Hwy. 98 West.
•A missing person (juvenile) was reported on Pleasant Acres Farm Road.
•Battery was reported on Reese Lane when a man told deputies that someone had come into the house and started hitting him.
•Possession of marijuana less than an ounce was reported at the high school.
•Burglary was reported on Wildcat Bridge Road after someone allegedly stole copper wire from inside two chicken houses.
•Theft by taking was reported on Fox Trail after someone allegedly stole a trailer from behind a residence there.
•An X box 350 was reportedly stolen from a home on Country Lane.
•Theft by taking was reported on Farm Road.
•Simple battery was reported on Wesley Chapel Road after a woman reported that her boyfriend hit her with a closed fist.
•Financial transaction card fraud was reported on Bedord Drive.
•A truck was found abandoned on Hwy. 72 West at HV Chandler Road.
•Sexual battery was reported at Madison County Middle School when a 13-year-old girl’s mother reported that someone had grabbed her daughter’s buttocks at least twice. The girl had not informed the school of the incident, but the complainant (mother) was adamant about pressing charges, according to the report. They were advised to contact the sheriff’s office when or if they obtained the name of the suspect.