BELLEVILLE — The following report appeared in the most recently released crime blotter by the Belleville Police Department:
5:03 p.m. CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY/ATTEMPTED BURGLARY - Metro East Church of God, 708 Portland Ave. The pastor reported between noon and 5 p.m. entry was gained through a second story window. The church was ransacked and ketchup was thrown on the walls.
6:53 p.m. SOLICITING WITHOUT A PERMIT - Orchards Subdivision. Tramaine Marshall, 28, and Tasha Burton, 26, were arrested after selling magazines without proper permits. They were issued nontraffic citations, released with a notice to appear and escorted out of the subdivision.
11:27 a.m. THEFT-SUBSEQUENT - Toco Shop, 901 W. Main St. The female suspect, 41, was arrested after she stole the donation jar from the business. The suspect was transported to headquarters and held pending possible felony charges.
Christopher J. Martin, 39, of 905 Terrace Court in O'Fallon, was charged Friday in connection with two counts of aggravated battery, both class 3 felony. His bail was set at $10,000. According to the police blotter, a 25-year-old male was the victim of aggravated battery at 10:26 p.m. at Friday's, 624 S. Illinois St. The victim reported being in a verbal altercation with the male suspect and as he was walking out of the bar, the suspect struck him in the face with a beer bottle. The suspect fled the scene prior to officer arrival. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment for several lacerations to his face.
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