Two area men were arrested last Friday after fight broke at a Yates City house party. Deputies with the Knox County Sheriff’s Department responded to 717 Knox Road 2300 E after they received a report of shot
s fired. 20-year-old Nicholas Vawter, who lives at the residence, was told Brian Elliott, 18, of Farmington, was coming to the party to fight him, according to the report. Vawter left the party, but returned shortly after. Elliott came to the party to confront Vawter for dating his ex-girlfriend.
Vawter allegedly grabbed a shotgun and fired twice into the air, then at Elliot’s vehicle, shattering his tail light. Elliott exited the vehicle and placed Vawter in a choke-hold. Vawter then stabbed him in the calf with a pocket knife. Elliott then left the residence. Upon arrival, police found the knife, shotgun and spent shells, and arrested both men.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Gilson man Tuesday for allegedly using more than $3,000 to buy personal iterms, including a computer and home office supplies. James N. Nelson, 41, served as chief of the Knox County Sheriff’s Auxiliary Unit, an unpaid group of volunteers who help the Sheriff’s Department upon request. The group had previously launched an investigation into the missing funds. After he finished his term, Nelson stepped down from the position, but allegedly refused to show up for meeting, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Nelson was in charge of the group’s budget and refused to turn over financial reports. A Knox County judge approved an arrest warrant following an investigation into the matter. Bond was set at $10,000.