Crime tip leads to three arrests

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A tip provided to the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department resulted in the apprehension of three people wanted on warrants.

The information given to the department Thursday, March 28, was about the house located at 1613 South Central, Paris, the residence of Christopher L. Asbury, 38, and law enforcement had a warrant for his arrest.

Officers from the Paris Police Department joined sheriff department personnel in establishing surveillance of the property. During the course of the surveillance, numerous people were observed entering and leaving the property and additional information was obtained confirming Asbury was present.

At approximately 11:18 p.m. officers made entry into the house.

Asbury was arrested on the Edgar County warrant for delivery of methamphetamine, and he was also charged with possession of methamphetamine at the time of arrest.

The others arrested were Dallas E. Peterson, 38, Paris, and Gwyneth F. Blair, 18, Paris. Peterson was taken into custody on an Edgar County failure to appear warrant, and Blair had an outstanding warrant from Douglas County.

“The community is really stepping up,” said Deputy Dee Burgin. “I’m amazed by how everybody is pulling together and providing us these tips.”

He added there are two main ways the public can help local law enforcement. It’s impossible for officers to be everywhere so when suspicious activity is observed citizens should call either the sheriff’s department at 465-4166 or the Paris Police Department at 465-6351.

Such reports may not rise to the legal challenge needed for immediate action by law enforcement but they do help investigators establish a pattern of activity in building a case for future action.

The other way to help is by watching the Edgar County Sheriff’s Facebook page for when new warrants are posted. Calls providing information regarding the whereabouts of wanted people gives the authorities more leeway in going to a location.

“We knew where he (Asbury) lived and had just gotten the warrant for him when the tip came in,” said Burgin. “I think it was the amount of foot traffic to the house that prompted the calls.”

Asbury has an extensive criminal history of felony convictions dating to 2000, and he has received multiple prison sentences for aggravated battery, possession of controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors and aggravated driving while suspended.

Peterson’s failure to appear warrant is in his unresolved Edgar County case with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge and a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Douglas County wanted Blair for a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge. She also has an unresolved case in Edgar County involving a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge, a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge and a Class A misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon charge.

“I just want the community to keep up the good work,” said Burgin.