Man charged in Batavia with drug possession, protective order violation

California resident allowed to stay at shelter – as long as a bed is available

BATAVIA – A California man charged with violating an order of protection and felony possession of methamphetamine was allowed to be released on his own recognizance as long as there was a bed for him at a shelter, court and police records show.

John P. Collier, 40, of Pasadena, Cal., was arrested June 23, according to a Batavia police arrest record released after a Freedom of Information Act request. Batavia police did not release a full report, only the arrest information.

Batavia police arrested Collier at Louise White Elementary School, 800 N. Prairie St., Batavia, on June 22 on both charges.

According to the charging documents, on June 17, Collier sent approximately 20 text messages to the victim who lives in Batavia, which violated the protective order; and that Collier was in possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine, a controlled substance.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant.

The court ruled that as long as Lazarus House in St. Charles has a bed available for him, Collier could stay there while on his own recognizance. Lazarus House provides shelter and other services to the homeless.

He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 2 on the felony charge and Aug. 6 on the misdemeanor charge.

Batavia District 101 spokeswoman Holly Deitchman said Collier’s arrest was not a school- or district-related incident.