Charleston fire

Firefighters responded 4:33 p.m. Tuesday to a fire on the back deck of an apartment house at 609 12th St. They contained and extinguished the fire, which damaged the deck and exterior wall of the house. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is listed as accidental, but what specifically sparked the fire has not been determined.

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A smoke detector malfunction activated an alarm at 950 Edgar Drive at 5 p.m Sunday.

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Fire crews conducted a gas odor investigation at Brookstone Estates, 300 Lincoln Highway Road, at 10:45 p.m. Monday.

Mattoon fire

Firefighters responded at 11:23 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a burnt smell throughout the Consolidated Communications corporate office at 121 S. 17th St. They went through the building floor by floor until they found that the odor was produced by hot HVAC equipment on the third floor. They cleared the scene at 12:59 p.m.

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Firefighters responded to a pair of grass fires recently -- one at 5:24 p.m. Monday that was caused by a lit cigarette being flicked onto landscaping at Consolidated Communications, 121 S. 17th St.; and one at 8:04 a.m. Thursday that was caused by railroad work by Willaredt Self Storage, 800 N. U.S. 45.

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Burnt food activated an alarm at Brookstone Estates, 2008 S. Ninth St., at 6:27 p.m. Saturday.

Mattoon police

A compact SUV driven by Benjamin D. Foster of Mattoon struck and knocked over a traffic signal at 6:19 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Paradise Road and U.S. Route 45 after the front driver side tire blew out on this vehicle.

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Ronniee Haycraft of Mattoon was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol after his pickup truck struck a concrete barrier on an overpass at 1:45 a.m. Sunday while turning north from Lake Land Boulevard onto westbound Charleston Avenue. 

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Jessica A. McKenzie of Arthur was ticketed for failing to yield for a collision with a vehicle driven by Alex J. Staggs of Charleston at 4:14 p.m. Saturday on Dettro Drive. McKenzie was driving her car east across Dettro when it was struck on the passenger side by Stagg's northbound car. No injuries were reported for the drivers or for McKenzie's four passengers.

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James E. Harris Jr. of Mattoon was ticketed for improper use of an electronic device  after his compact sport utility vehicle struck a parked pickup truck at 1:01 p.m. June 2 in the 300 block of Woodlawn Avenue while he was allegedly holding a cell phone. Both vehicles needed to be towed from the scene.

Coles County sheriff

Vehicles driven by Glen A. Carter of Mattoon and Alex Villegas Jr. of Humboldt were involved in an accident at the intersection of County Roads 1000N and 800E at 12:55 p.m. June 1. Carter, 61, was taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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A tractor-trailer driven by Jason L. Knight of Chrisman hit another tractor-trailer that was parked at the intersection of County Roads 1200N and 2400E at 2:27 p.m. June 3.

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Vehicles driven by Kaylee A. Fisher of rural Mattoon and Destiony M. Phillips of Shelbyville were involved in an accident at the intersection of County Roads 250N and 150E at 4:50 p.m. June 4. Fisher, 16, was taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and cited for disobeying a traffic control device.

Charleston police

Vehicles driven by Kayla M. Rotramel and Michael D. Davis, both of Charleston, were involved in an accident in the 10 block of Lincoln Avenue at 1 a.m. Wednesday. Rotramel, 17, was cited for improper lane use.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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