On New Year’s Day, White County 911 Dispatch received several calls from 2476 Co. Rd. 2125 E. regarding a fight in progress. Deputy Scott Cantrell responded from Carmi, Carmi Police Sgt. Brad Spence and ISP trooper Matt Haywood also responded. Grayville Police were notified, as the location was just south of Grayville. Grayville officer Shannon Trusty arrived on the scene and advised dispatch that the suspect Nicholas Kramer, of Peoria, Ill. had battered another person and left in a marroon Taurus. Trusty also asked for EMS to respond because the battery victim had several injuries, including possibly a broken arm. White County EMS responded to the scene. The suspect vehicle was not located on the way to the call, so Trooper Haywood set up at the Phillipstown crossroads east of Crossville to attempt to locate the suspect.
Victim Dustin Meese, of Grayville, was found to be in severe pain and was being treated by a first responder when Deputy Cantrell arrived. Other witnesses included Tashauna Perry, Jason Kramer and Dawn Fowler, all of Grayville. Perry appeared to have a broken finger from the altercation and was unable to write a statement, as was Kramer. Fowler furnished the Deputy with a written statement.
Fowler stated Nicholas Kramer and Meese had an argument over something Meese said to his girlfriend Tashauna Perry. Meese left and went to his trailer, where Nicholas came uninvited and picked up a pickaxe and started going after Meese. Nicholas battered Meese with the axe before Jason Kramer was able to take it away from Nicholas Kramer, who eventually left with his boyfriend Josh Leingang in the maroon Ford Taurus.
Meese’s injuries were evaluated by the White County EMS who then transported him to Fairfield Hospital. Meese signed a complaint against Nicholas Kramer before he left. EMS checked Perry’s injuries and her family decide to take her to the hospital to treat her possible broken finger.
The suspect vehicle was located at the Phillipstown crossroads. The trooper initiated an investigative stop and identified the driver of the vehicle as Nicholas Kramer. The Trooper learned that Kramer was wanted on a warrant issued by Peoria County, Ill. and his driver’s license was also suspended. He was taken into custody and transported to the White County Jail. The passenger was transported to the Sheriff ’s office for an interview.