Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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January 25, 2013

Effingham County grand jury hands several indictments on drug charges

EFFINGHAM — Three Effingham residents have been indicted by an Effingham County Grand Jury in connection with the theft of metal items earlier this week from a semitrailer parked at an Effingham industrial plant.

Aven L. Snyder, 27; Zachary S. Durbin, 26; and Jenna R. Norris, 22, were all indicted this week on one count each of burglary and theft in connection with the alleged theft Tuesday of stainless steel tubs, sinks and trays, as well as exhaust pipe, from a semitrailer parked at the John Boos & Co. plant on South Banker Street in Effingham.

The trio received burglary charges for entering the semitrailer and theft charges for stealing the items.

All three remained in Effingham County Jail Thursday. Snyder's bond was set at $100,000, while bond for Durbin and Norris was set at $50,000 each.

Durbin's next court appearance is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 30, while Snyder is scheduled for court at 11 a.m. Jan. 31 and Norris at 10 a.m. Feb. 4.

Burglary is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, while theft is a Class 4 felony punishable by up to three years.

Also indicted this week was the Michigan man accused of punching a Greyhound bus driver in the face.

Andre K. Woodson, 56, of Redford Township, Mich., was indicted on one count of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony. Woodson is accused of punching a Greyhound bus driver in the face Sunday.

He has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. Jan. 29. He is free on $1,000 bail.

The grand jury also indicted a number of people on drug charges, including a Tennessee couple accused of possessing several pounds of marijuana within the county last month.

Stephen Earl Williams Jr., 25, and Fontasia Lee Shunda Fingers, 18, both of Jackson, Tenn., were indicted on one count each of possession of cannabis, a Class 2 felony. The couple is accused of possessing between 2,000 and 5,000 grams of cannabis on Dec. 30.

Fingers is free on $1,000 bail, while Williams remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. Williams has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. Jan. 28, while Fingers' next court appearance is 1 p.m. May 23.

Others indicted on drug-related charges included:

* Max E. Kohley, 23, of Ottawa, possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Kohley is accused of possessing hydrocodone July 10. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. Feb. 28.

* Nicole Hazlett, 29, of Effingham, possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Hazlett is accused of possessing hydrocodone and clorazepam on Jan. 17. Her pretrial is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 28, with jury selection set for 8:30 a.m. March 11. She is free on $1,000 bail.

* Derrick T. McCoy, 25, of Effingham, possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. McCoy is accused of possessing heroin on Dec. 3. His pretrial has been set for 10 a.m. Feb. 28, with jury selection set for 8:30 a.m. March 11.

* Jennifer R. Langhorst, 27, of Effingham, possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Langhorst is accused of possessing hydrocodone and clorazepam on Jan. 16. Her preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 7. She remains in jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

* Dakota J. Ellison, 19, of De Soto, possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Ellison is accused of possessing the active ingredient in synthetic marijuana March 30. His preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 21.

* Adam A. Mankin, 24, of Altamont, possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Mankin is accused of possessing heroin and oxycodone hydrochloride on Jan. 11. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. Feb. 12.

* Blake A. Edwards, 23, of Olney, possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Edwards is accused of possessing less than one gram of heroin on Oct. 23. He is free on $500 bail, but a bond forfeiture hearing is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 21.

Others indicted by the grand jury included:

* Rebecca J. Lunsford Staudinger, 43, of Charleston, driving while license revoked, a Class 4 felony. Staudinger is accused of driving a 1995 Nissan on Interstate 57 south of Effingham on Nov. 28 while her license was revoked for DUI and at least one prior conviction for driving on a revoked license. She has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. Feb. 28.

* Dakota W. Keller, 21, of Effingham, burglary, a Class 2 felony. Keller is accused of entering a rural Edgewood building with intent to commit a theft on Jan. 2. His pretrial is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 28, with jury selection scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 11. He remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

* Michael L. Brown, 27, of Effingham, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. Brown is accused of molesting a teenage girl between last June 15 and 18. His pretrial is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 27, with jury selection scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 8. He is free on $2,500 bail.

* Mario A. Hernandez, 44, of Strasburg, aggravated DUI while license revoked, a Class 4 felony. Hernandez is accused of driving a 1984 Chevrolet in Effingham on Dec. 15 while under the influence of alcohol and while his license was revoked because of a previous DUI. He has been ordered to appear in court at 11 a.m. Feb. 12. He is free on $150 bail.

* Kenneth A. Laws, 33, of Mattoon, driving while license revoked, a Class 4 felony. Laws is accused of driving a 2000 Pontiac on U.S. 40 east of Effingham Dec. 22 with at least four prior convictions for driving on a revoked license. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. March 6.

* Garrett W. Jewell, 22, of Effingham, burglary. Jewell is accused of entering a rural Edgewood building with intent to commit a theft on Jan. 2. He has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. Jan. 28. He is free on $50,000 bond.

* Fern E. Hays, 55, of Mason, retail theft, a Class 4 felony. Hays is accused of stealing clothes and shoes from Kohl's department store on Dec. 13 with at least one prior retail theft conviction. She has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. Feb. 5. She is free on $150 bail.

* Terry S. Hays, 32, of Effingham, driving while license revoked, a Class 4 felony. Hays is accused of driving a 1996 Chevrolet pickup on U.S. 40 under the Interstate 57/70 overpass while under the influence and at least two prior convictions for driving on a revoked license. He has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. Jan. 29.

* Douglas W. Hall, 55, of Mason, aggravated DUI, a Class 2 felony; aggravated DUI while license revoked, a Class 4 felony; and driving while license revoked, a Class 4 felony. Hall is accused of driving a 1998 Chevrolet in Effingham while under the influence and at least two prior convictions on for driving on a revoked license. He has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. Feb. 20.

* Wesley A. Hankins, 32, of Farina, aggravated DUI while license revoked, a Class 4 felony. Hankins is accused of driving a 2002 Toyota pickup on Keller Drive in Effingham Dec. 7 while under the influence and with a revoked license. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. Feb. 14.

* Chad L. Reynolds, 22, of Farina, criminal damage to state-supported property, a Class 4 felony. Reynolds is accused of damaging shoulder restraints at Effingham County Jail on Dec. 1. His pretrial is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 21, with jury selection scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 11. He is free on $400 bail.

* Cory K. Chapin, 41, of Anderson, Ind., unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, a Class 2 felony. Chapin is accused of possessing a 2007 Jeep Compass on Dec. 18 while knowing it was stolen. His preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 21. He remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or at bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com.

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