Mattoon police arrested Steven D. Strong, age 53 of Mattoon, on Saturday July 8th at 10:11 a.m. in the 1800 block of Dewitt Ave. Strong was charged with Battery. The charge alleges that Strong was intoxicated, and that he repeatedly struck a taxi driver in the arm & chest. No injuries were reported. Strong posted bond for the offense and is scheduled to appear in court.
Jacob D. Beck, age 22 of Mattoon, was arrested on July 8th at 7:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Western Ave. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct. That charge alleges that he was drunk & disorderly and yelling threats to employees of County Market after being ordered to exit the store. Beck was taken to the jail.
Demetrius L. Keller, age 31 of Mattoon, was arrested on July 8th at 9:54 p.m. in the 1600 block of Rudy Ave. He was charged with Domestic Battery and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. Those charges allege that Keller choked a woman and that he was found to be in possession of a handgun. Keller was convicted of a felony drug charge in Champaign County in 2006 and is prohibited from possessing firearms. Keller was taken to the jail.
According to the Mattoon Police Department, Joan M. Lovett, age 39 of Mattoon, was arrested on July 9th at 9:19 a.m. in the 3400 block of Dewitt Ave. She was charged with Retail Theft for allegedly taking more than $200.00 worth of merchandise from the Dollar General Store. Lovett posted bond for that offense and was released with a court date. However, Lovett was arrested again the same day at 2:27 p.m. in the 100 block of Dettro Drive. Lovett was charged with Felony Theft on that arrest for attempting to steal over $700.00 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart. Lovett was then taken to the jail.