Warrant Issued As Vandalia Man Fails To Appear In Court On Felony Counts

(VANDALIA, IL) — A $250,000 arrest warrant was issued Tuesday in Fayette County Court when a 51-year-old Vandalia man charged with multiple meth-related offenses in three separate Fayette County cases failed to appear in court reportedly because he is in the hospital. Hardie Todd Shafer had previously missed court due to being hospitalized, but had since appeared at a subsequent hearing where he indicated he would be hiring a private attorney. A private attorney has not yet been entered in the cases against Shafer, but his public defender was in court and advised that Shafer was unable to appear. Judge Don Sheafor advised the sheriff’s department to not serve the warrant until Shafer is released from the hospital. Shafer is facing charges of Class 3 felony possession of less than 5-grams of methamphetamine, Class 3 felony violation of bail bond on a Class 2 felony offense, and misdemeanor violation of bail bond on a Class 4 felony offense. Those charges came after Shafer was free on bond for charges of  Class 2 felony delivery of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine, Class 3 felony possession of meth, three counts Class 3 felony possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The county has taken steps to confiscate a truck and cash taken from Shafer during his initial arrest over the summer. He is scheduled to next appear in court April 21 for a pre-trial hearing. A jury trial on all cases remains scheduled for April 24.