Cole County Official Charged With Assault

The Cole County Assessor has been charged with fourth degree assault today [Friday] after allegedly punching someone in the face yesterday.

According to a probable cause statement, police were called at around 5:45 PM to Christopher Estes’ home in the 1600 block of Wooded Hills Lane.

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A man told the deputy Estes punched him in the face over a “civil issue over the property lines between the two parties.”

The probable cause statement says Estes admitted putting a hand under the chin of the man and pushed him away out of fear for his safety, and because of his medical history.

Estes was released on his own recognizance.

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