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MATTOON -- Police officers arrested a Mattoon man Friday afternoon on a preliminary charge of being a fugitive from justice in Indiana.

A Mattoon Police Department press release reported that Donald D. Cundiff, 37, of Mattoon was arrested on this charge at 2:45 p.m. in the 600 block of Shelby Avenue during a stop for traffic violations. During the stop, police discovered that Cundiff was wanted on an Indiana arrest warrant for sexual misconduct with a minor. Cundiff will be held at the Coles County jail on the fugitive charge pending extradition to Indiana.

Regarding other arrests, Jason D. Conley, 42, of Mattoon, was arrested on a preliminary charge of solicitation of a sexual act at 6:37 p.m. Friday in the 2000 block of Western Avenue. The charge alleges that Conley sent a cellphone text message to a 17-year-old female on Aug. 29 indicating that he would pay her money for sexual acts in return. Conley was taken to the jail.

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Separately, Dayton L.H. Ellison, 22, of Mattoon was arrested on a preliminary charge of battery at 10:27 p.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of South Second Street. The charge alleges that while arguing with a male and female, Ellison pushed the female in an attempt to go after the male. Ellison was arrested and posted bond before he was released.


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