CREAL SPRINGS: Major activity at a residence last week; several charged
WILLIAMSON CO., Ill. - A week ago very early this morning (at about 6:10 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017) Creal Springs residents didn't know what to think when they saw an MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle and what neighbors say was a SWAT team and around 25 squad cars from county and state police rolling up their streets.
Their destination: 305 North Otrich Street, looking for one Rex Hopper Jr. who resides there. Town folk say he moved in a couple of years ago with ex-wife Mahilda, who is currently serving a 14-day sentence in Williamson County Jail.
Hopper wasn’t home at the time the MRAP and SRT (Special Response Team) showed up with guns drawn and a K-9 and went through everything. What they were looking for is unknown at this time. If you look close to the house, though, the right front window has damage to it. That's not tape on the window; it's sealing foam.
Hopper Jr. was due in court in March 13 for a pretrial on a Residential Arson charge and Intimidation of a Police Officer as well as a charge of Intimidation of a Police Officer with Physical Harm. Whether this is relevant to the raid remains to be seen. Hopper’s live-in girlfriend Erin Shannon was arrested for possession of meth. She is free on a $500 cash bond. Rex Hopper SENIOR is also charged with possession of meth with a $7,500 bond.
It appears that whatever else is going on, it’s all in the family.
Hopper’s cousin Lola Swan was arrested on April 13, 2017 and charged with Possession Of Controlled Substance in Franklin County to the north of Williamson. She is sitting in Franklin County Jail.
One of Rex Hopper’s many brothers (the Hoppers are originally from West Frankfort and sources are saying there are at least four and maybe as many as six), Rick Hopper, and his girlfriend Petina aka Tina Neibel from Johnston City were picked up Friday April 14, 2017 and are sitting in the Williamson County Jail on a warrant out of Cooper County, Missouri, charging them with Possession Of A Stolen Motor Vehicle.
When we learn more, we’ll post it. Be watching.
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