ABC 20 Streaming LiveSpotlight 20Pump PatrolRaw NewsIn the KitchenKnow Your Candidates


FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, windy and colder. High: 44. Winds: North 20-25 mph, gusting to 35 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and cold. Breezy in the evening with widespread frost after Midnight. Low: 28. Winds: North 10-15 mph, ...

more »

Advertise with us!

Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

21 Arrested in Christian County Drug Bust

Nearly two dozen people are caught in a police drug dragnet in Christian County. Law enforcement agencies, including the Christian County Sheriff's Office, Illinois State Police, and Taylorville Police Department, spent months investigating drug cases. Now, the fruits of that labor come to fruition.

The Christian County Sheriff tells us they arrested the main drug distributor for Taylorville, who lives just three houses down from Taylorville High School.

"The school is a block away, and kids go by this house twice a day. Every day," said John Hough, who lives across the street from one of the people arrested.

He's lived in his house for 40 years. and said he never had any problems with the people living in in his neighborhood--until about a year and a half ago.

"I watch drug sales go down quite often across the street. Quite often," said Hough.

Hough said he worries about his grandchildren's safety when they visit. It's a concern shared by Taylorville resident Roger Hampton, who has a teenage daughter.

"I have a daughter. I've lived here and I like a clean community," said Hampton.

And now, the streets of Taylorville are cleaner after the arrests of 21 people who were taken to jail on drug charges.

"One of the things they distributed quite a bit of was prescription drugs. They steal prescription drugs from friends that they know, or they know how to say the right things to the physicians," said Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp.

Those prescription drugs included Oxycodone and Adderall.

"That's a medicine prescribed for attention deficit typically. And some people believe, I think, that it might help them. Especially if someone says, 'it helps me with my attention, it helps me with alertness. I can stay awake longer,'" said Kettelkamp.

But Kettelkamp said prescriptions are just the beginning of the drug problem in Christian County.

"There's methamphetamines. We've got, unfortunately, we've got heroin coming into our county now. We've got cocaine that's in our county. Unfortunately, we have it all," said Kettelkamp.

Some of those arrested have already been bonded out of the Christian County Jail. But Kettelkamp said law enforcement will be keeping a close eye on them and other drug activity in Christian County. He said the drug investigation isn't over and more arrests are expected to be made.

Those arrested are:

  • Rickey Abbott, 35, arrested for delivery of a controlled substance
  • Michael Bennett, 25, arrested for unlawful delivery of cannabis
  • Damery Binkley, 31, arrested for unlawful delivery of cannabis
  • Amanda Binkley, 24, arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Theresa Bush, 52, arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Tammi Brown, 40, arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Orville Craig, 36, arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Kimberly Daniels, 33, arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Robert Dodd, 57, arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Ashley Dodd, 46, arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Diane Durbin, 53, arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Danielle Gatton, 25, arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Samantha Gatton, 27, arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • William Jordan, 40, arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Jacob Kirchhoff, 29, arrested for unlawful delivery of cannabis
  • Jessica Mizuer, 31, arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Kaylene Reber, 24, arrested for unlawful delivery of cannabis
  • Destiny Rickman, 34, arrested for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Lacsey Sparling, 29, arrested for unlawful delivery of cannabis, and two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Bradley Stimac, 25, arrested for three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance
  • Joshua Wells, 23, arrested for unlawful delivery of cannabis

  • WICS :: News - Tracking Ebola

    Tracking Ebola

  • WICS :: News - Know Your Candidates

    Know Your Candidates

    Learn about the candidates running for office near you!
  • WICS :: News - Traffic


    Get up to the minute traffic reports from WICS NewsChannel 20!
  • WICS :: News - Road Trippin News

    Road Trippin News

    Missed a Road Trippin segment that aired in the news? Check it out here!
  • WICS :: News - Health Matters

    Health Matters

    Featuring news segment videos about health.
  • WICS :: News - In The Kitchen

    In The Kitchen

    Watch the area's best chefs whip up their tastiest creations. See them in action and get their recipes to try at home. 
  • WICS :: News - Behind The Headlines

    Behind The Headlines

    Get Behind the Headlines commentary with Mark Hyman.
  • WICS :: News - Ready, Set, Shred

    Ready, Set, Shred

    In an exclusive eight-week investigation, ABC Newschannel 20 digs deep into the Springfield police document shredding scandal.
  • WICS :: News - Ask the Expert

    Ask the Expert

    Do you need expert advice? Here's your chance to ask our experts!
  • WICS :: News - Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • WICS :: News - Road Trippin

    Road Trippin

    Come Road Trippin' with us! Check out all the great attractions in your area!
  • WICS :: News - Pump Patrol

    Pump Patrol

    Check out the ABC Newschannel 20's Pump Patrol to find the lowest prices, report low prices and get gas saving tips.

  • WICS :: News - Spotlight 20

    Spotlight 20

    Local organizations and community leaders tell us about events in central Illinois.
  • WICS :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch extra news footage, full interviews, and extended stories that didn't make it on air.  "Raw News" may include content that is not suitable for children and is intended for mature audiences only.
  • WICS :: News - On the Farm

    On the Farm

    Whether it's topical segments on what's happening on local farms to commodity prices, we have the world of central Illinois agriculture covered.
  • WICS :: News - Fugitive Files

    Fugitive Files

  • WICS :: News - Home Room

    Home Room

    When's the next school board meeting? Where's the basketball game? What's for lunch today? Do we have a snow day tomorrow? We have all the information you need for a successful school year--no pencil or ...
  • WICS :: News - No Text Zone

    No Text Zone

    Texting while driving kills thousands of people each year. Many more are seriously injured.  Keep central Illinois roads safe by taking the "No Text Zone" pledge.
  • WICS :: News - Business News

    Business News

    Stay up-to-date on the biggest business stories from around the nation.
  • WICS :: News - Pet of the Week

    Pet of the Week

    The cutest video you'll see anywhere! You won't be able to resist these adorable friends who need someone to love them.
  • WICS :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
  • WICS :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • WICS :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.

more »

Tonight on WICS

Last Man Standing
Mike gives Mandy business advice, but she decides to do things her own way. TV-PG

Cristela persuades Maddie to dress up like Hall & Oates with her. TV-PG

Shark Tank
Exercise clothing that provides hyper-gravity weight training; beard oils and mustache waxes. TV-PG

Investigative reporting.

Newschannel 20 at 10

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Halloween costume pageant; actor Andy Samberg; actress Rosie Perez; The Flaming Lips perform. TV-14

On the Hunt for Killer Caimans; Cronut Creator Reveals How to Make Secret Recipe at Home


Complete Schedule »

WICS Pay It Forward
WICS Cheers For The Years
Jimmy Kimmel
WICS Storm Team