Police Make Multiple Arrests from Altercation Early Wednesday Morning


Kewanee Police made five arrests following a disturbance that happened around midnight Wednesday morning.  Kewanee Police responded to reports of a group arguing and a gunshot on January 3, 2024, around 12:16 AM in the 500 block of East 7th Street.  According to scanner traffic, a Henry County Sheriff’s Office Deputy requested EMS after finding a subject with a gunshot wound.  Ivan L. Schinkey, 20, of Sheffield was identified as the individual with a “self-inflicted” gunshot wound to the hand.  Ivan Schinkey was transported to a local hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound.

According to court records, Mr. Schinkey will remain in custody of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office until trial.  A detention hearing will be held following each court appearance. Schinkey is charged with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm (Class 1 Felony), Aggravated Reckless Discharge of a Firearm (Class 4 Felony), Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Ammo (Class 4 Felony), Possession of a Firearm without a valid FOID (Class A Misdemeanor), and Criminal Trespass to Railroad Property (Class C misdemeanor).  A Preliminary Hearing is Scheduled for January 8, 2024, at 2 PM.

The investigation led to the arrests of a 16 year old male for Aggravated Battery.  He was issued a Juvenile Referral and released to a guardian.  Gage A. Peed, 20, of Kewanee was charged with Mob Action and Aggravated Battery, Savanna R. Merritt, 21, of Kewanee was charged with Battery, and Savannah M. Ensley, 18, of Kewanee was charged with Battery.  They were all issued Notice to Appear Citations and released from the custody of the Kewanee Police Department.

“The Kewanee Police Department is actively ensuring community safety and appreciates public cooperation during ongoing investigations.”

The potential sentences for each class of felony are as follows:

Class 1: 4-15 years (up to 30 years for an extended term), fine up to $25,000, up to 4 years of mandatory supervised release, and 2 years of probation. (730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-30)
Class 4: 1-3 years (up to 6 years for an extended term), fine up to $25,000, up to 30 months of mandatory supervised release, and 1 year of probation. (730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-45)

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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