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MATTOON -- Police officers recently arrested a Mattoon man on a preliminary charge of aggravated assault for an incident at a service station in which he allegedly brandished a knife.

A Mattoon Police Department press release reported that Fernando C. Lemons, 42, was arrested for this offense at 1:09 a.m. Monday in the 1200 block of Charleston Avenue after police were called to the BP service station there regarding two males fighting.

The charge alleges that Lemons had been involved in a verbal altercation with another male at the service station, at which time Lemons is accused of pulling a knife out in a threatening manner. No contact was made, and no one was injured from the knife. Lemons was taken to the Coles County jail.

Regarding other arrests, Nicholai J. Burzawa, 26, of Joliet was arrested on preliminary charges of aggravated domestic battery and threatening a public official at 1:56 a.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of Prairie Avenue.

The charges allege that Burzawa struck and choked a female during a domestic disturbance. The charges also state that while police were investigating the matter, Burzawa attempted to push past officers, and threatened violence to them. He was taken to the jail.

Separately, Michael L. Jackson, 31, of Mattoon was  arrested for an active Coles County warrant at 4:02 p.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of Charleston Avenue. The warrant was issued for a probation violation on a 2016 domestic battery charge.

In another arrest, Isaac M. Currey, 20, of Stewardson was arrested on a preliminary charge of retail theft on Monday at the police station. The charge alleges that Currey returned an item previously stolen from Walmart in exchange for money on Oct. 24 at this store, 101 Dettro Drive. Currey was issued a court date and was released.


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