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No arrests made after bizarre incident in rural White Co.

Posted by on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 @ 1:34 pm.

WHITE CO., Ill. – A Burnt Prairie guy with an extensive meth history in White County remains the only suspect in a bizarre incident of alleged violence that occurred this past Saturday morning at a rural location…but thus far, no arrests made.

White County Sheriff Doug Maier reported this week that a deputy had been called to the area of County Road 2100N approximately a quarter-mile east of County Road 250E, arriving about 10:11 a.m. He was responding to a call regarding a female subject having been attacked at that location, and reported along with the White County Ambulance Service en route.

When the deputy arrived, he found Beverly J. Newman, 50 of Carmi, seated in a black Dodge Dakota pickup in a campsite on the north side of CR 2100N. The woman, the deputy reported, was visibly upseet, and the deputy observed blood on and under her nose, as well as a large knot on the left side of her forehead.

Newman advised the deputy that she’d been attacked by her boyfriend, Eric J. Masterson, 50, of Burnt Prairie. She said she’d stayed with Masterson at his residence on the 700 block of CR 2375N in Burnt Prairie Friday night, but this morning, he began going through her cell phone history, which, she believed, resulted from him thinking she was cheating on him.

She advised that they had begun to argue over the matter, so she left the residence, driving to her campsite. A short time later, Masterson pulled onto the property in his vehicle, driving very fast and appearing as though he were going to ram her vehicle with his.

He exited the vehicle, she said, and approached her truck, where she was seated in the driver’s seat. That was when Masterson allegedly struck her driver’s side door window and shattered it (she advised the deputy that she didn’t know what it was that Masterson had struck the window with.) He then reached into the vehicle, she said, and grabbed her by her hair, dragging her out of the vehicle and throwing her to the ground, which is when, she stated, she struck her head.

Newman said that at that point, Masterson entered her vehicle, took her keys and her purse containing her money, all the while telling her repeatedly the he was “going to send her to prison.”

She said that was shen she began running on CR 2100N to get away from Masterson, and after she ran, she said, he entered his vehicle and left the area, traveling east.

With the ambulance service having arrived and were observing Newman, the deputy observed the area around the campsite. He located a broken glass smoking pipe with what appeared to be a white residue inside int he entry to the campsite near the front of Newman’s vehicle. He also saw a small plastic baggie with a white crystalline substance with he believed to be meth, they laying in the entry to the campsite approximately 20 feet from Newman’s vehicle. The baggie was laying next to fresh tracks in the mud, these tracks appearing to have been made by a vehicle traveling into the entry from the east to the west.

The deputy asked Newman about these items; she replied that they were not hers. She did say, however, that the area where the baggie was located was the exact location that Masterson had parked his vehicle prior to the incident. She noted the was afraid Masterson threw them on the ground when he left in the hopes of having her arrested. Both items were taken into evidence and secured in the patrol vehicle.

Newman, the deputy reported, refused transport to a medical facility, and she then stated she wouldn’t sign a complaint against Masterson for the incident. So shes was advised that due to the nature of the incident, an investigation would be completed and forwarded to the White County State’s Attorney’s office for his consideration, with Newman stating she understood.

At the White County Sheriff’s Department, the items were field-tested and both the broken glass pipe and the white crystalline substance both tested positive for meth. They’re being held at the sheriff’s office, but nothing and no one else is, as the investigation into the matter continues; it might be noted at this juncture that Masterson happens to be a meth felon, this dating back to the year 2000 and continuing through 2004, the years when meth was on an incredible rise in southern Illinois.

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