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CHARLESTON -- A city man was arrested for aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery with a firearm following an incident late Friday at 1514 10th St.

Theo G. Boston, 30, was taken in after allegedly attacking his live-in girlfriend, police state.

Charleston police officials said officers responded to the address for a domestic battery report where it was advised that Boston was intoxicated and battered and strangled the victim.

Before doing so, it was also reported that the suspect pointed a loaded automatic rifle at the victim and threatened her and her friends, Tony West, Charleston Police detective, said.

West said the incident started after an argument between the two escalated.

Boston was sent to the Coles County jail and the gun was seized.

In a separate incident, police arrested Kaleb J. Elmore, 24, of Charleston after finding equipment used for drug manufacturing while responding to a domestic dispute.

According to officials, officers responded to a domestic dispute call at 6:35 p.m. Feb. 18 to the 1600 block of Taurus Loop. The investigation led to the discovery of cannabis, numerous items of drug paraphernalia and other equipment commonly used in the manufacturing of hash oil.

Elmore was arrested for the unlawful use of cannabis-based product manufacturing equipment. Elmore was placed in the Coles County Jail pending bond.

In another incident, police arrested Rick E. Kemper, 27, and Jessica E. Philbrick, 30, both of Mattoon for potential drug-related crimes during a traffic stop.

According to police officials, officers stopped a vehicle they occupied at approximately 1:20 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Fourth Street and Monroe Avenue.

During the traffic stop, a Charleston Police K-9 dog alerted on the vehicle, which resulted in a search that yielded evidence of cannabis in excess of 30 grams hidden in the engine compartment of the vehicle, police report.

Both Kemper and Philbrick were arrested for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. They were placed in the Coles County Jail.

Police officials noted that the vehicle occupied by Kemper and Philbrick was seized pending a seizure hearing.



Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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