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TAYLORVILLE — Monday morning, Oct. 30, the Taylorville Police Department executed a search warrant on the 1000 Block West Vine Street. The community action team had been investigating this location due to complaints.
The suspect, Joshua Hawthorne, 37, was taken into custody without incident.
This house was a nuisance on the block with traffic in and out all night. In his own admission, he called it a flop house.
Hawthorne was charged with the following: Possession of meth with intent to deliver; aggravated unlawful use of a residence/criminal fortification of a residence; and violation of bond conditions.
He was currently out on bond for methamphetamine charges.
During the search, Taylorville Police located on the inside door, taped instructions that stated the following.
“If police are here: If you wish to talk to them go out on the porch and shut the door behind you. Do not let them come in unless they have a warrant. They stay outside.”
“Sir, we followed your instructions. We had a warrant,” commented Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler.