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Local man charged with sexual abuse

A Fredericktown man was arrested March 9 for the class C felony of first-degree sexual abuse.

Shawn D. Blaney, 31, was arrested by Madison County Sheriff’s Department deputies and is being held at the jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond. A public defender has been appointed to represent him.

Law enforcement reports indicate Blaney entered a residence in Madison County and sexually assaulted a female on March 9. Reportedly, he sexually assaulted the girl twice within hours and prevented her from leaving the home.

In the first instance, he reportedly kept her from exiting the house by standing in front of a door. In the second instance, he pinned her against an interior wall, making it impossible for her to escape.

A report by a Madison County Sheriff’s Department deputy states that during booking, Blaney stated he wanted to end his life. A short time later the suspect reportedly hit his head on a pole, which resulted in bleeding and loss of consciousness for a time. He received medical treatment for his injury.


County man arrested on rape, drug charges

Madison County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a rape which reportedly occurred March 7.

Mathew W. Page, 27, of Madison County, is charged with first degree rape or attempted rape and first degree sodomy or attempted sodomy. Both charges are unclassified felonies. Page has also been charged with distribution, delivery, manufacture, or production of a controlled substance, which is a class B felony and three counts of the class C felony possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana.

Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived March 8 at a house in the county which was listed in the rape complaint. According to the report, Page opened the door for the officers. Next he ran into the rear of the home and returned a short time later to begin speaking to the officers. Deputies reportedly noticed a strong odor of marijuana. Page continued to talk to the officers as they moved into the kitchen. Once there, a deputy noticed items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Page was asked about these items and admitted to smoking marijuana just before the arrival of law enforcement.

At this point, officers reported they made a request for permission to search the home. The reports states their request was denied and Page immediately became agitated, as evidenced by his screaming and grunting loudly. Page was taken into the custody.

After obtaining a search warrant, deputies completed a comprehensive search of the home.

During the search a multitude of items were seized by the deputies, including weapons (seven rifles and three handguns), medications (Hydrocodone tablets, Lidocaine patches), methamphetamine, drug precursory chemicals, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana. Also seized were plastic bags containing a white powdery, crystalized substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine and baggies and containers with a green leafy substance, which field tested positive for marijuana.

According to the report, equipment used to manufacture a controlled substances, such as glass beakers, glass dishes, tubing, mason jars, and lithium batteries, contained drug residue. Items commonly utilized in the distribution of controlled substances such as plastic baggies, scales, sales ledger, and cash were retrieved. Officers also confiscated a large variety of paraphernalia including; smoking pipes, straws, razor blades, hemostats, mirrors, tweezers and butane torches.

Initially, Page was being held at the Madison County Jail on a $75,000 cash-only bond. There was a waiver of the formal arraignment in the case. A motion for bond reduction was filed by Page’s attorney, John Patrick Rogers. March 19, Page’s bond was reduced to ten percent cash with special conditions. Page is currently out on bond. The case has been continued to May 28, 2015, at the Madison County Courthouse.

Mathew W. Page

Mathew W. Page

Shawn D. Blaney

Shawn D. Blaney

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