CRIME

McGehee makes first appearance

Robert Blackford

On April 27, Michael L. McGehee, 48, made a first appearance in Mercer County Circuit Court  on five new felony charges. He is accused of attacking Keithsburg Police Chief Robbie Robinson and trying to take the officer's gun.

According to State's Attorney Gregory McHugh, a high bond, $250,000, was set because of the danger to officers and the public in such situations.

Charges are the result of incident that took place April 26. Charges include aggravate battery, a class 2 felony.

McGehee allegedly caused harm to Deputy Robbie Robinson in that he grabbed Deputy Robinson and hit him in the right shoulder, left knee, left cheek and groin area.

McGehee was charged with attempt (disarming a police officer), a class 2 felony, in that he attepted to take Deputy Robinson's weapon by pulling on the hand grip of his weapon.

McGehee is charged with aggravated battery a class 3 felony in that he knowingly made contact to Deputy Robinson of a provoking nature, in that the defendant grabbed Robinson and hit him in the right shoulder, left knee, left cheek and groin area while Robinson was in a public place, South 12th Street, Keithsburg.

McGehee is also charged with theft, a class 3 felony in that he knowingly obtained unauthorized control over property of Jessica L. Brown, being a wallet with cash having a total value of over $300 intending to deprive Brown permanently of the use of the property.

The defendant is presumed innocent.