Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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February 22, 2013

Police searching for three indicted for anhydrous thefts

EFFINGHAM — Police are seeking three people indicted this week on multiple counts of illegally possessing anhydrous ammonia - a key component in methamphetamine manufacture.

Deborah S. Rogers, 46, and Daniel E. Pickens, 30, both of Wheeler, and Rachel S. Priest, 38, no address listed, were among a host of people indicted by an Effingham County grand jury this week.

According to court records, both Rogers and Pickens face mandatory prison terms if convicted on formal charges of unlawful possession or attempt to possess anhydrous ammonia because of prior felony convictions.

Rogers faces a mandatory prison sentence because of a 2004 conviction for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in Douglas County. Pickens not only faces mandatory prison time, but his time will come under Class X sentencing guidelines of six to 30 years.

According to court records, Pickens has prior convictions for burglary in 2001 and attempted robbery in 2003, both in Effingham County.

Pickens is accused of possessing or attempting to possess anhydrous ammonia on Dec. 13 and 23, and Jan. 4. Rogers is accused of committing the same crime on Dec. 28 and 29.

All three indictments specify that the defendants wanted the anhydrous with the intent of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Priest is accused of possession or attempt to possess on Dec. 26, Jan. 8, and Jan. 14. Her bond is set at $75,000, while Rogers faces a $100,000 bond and Pickens a $150,000 bond.

The anhydrous possession charge is a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Arrest warrants have been issued, but none of the three had been jailed in Effingham County by late Thursday afternoon.

The grand jury indicted a number of other people on drug or alcohol-related charges, including:

* Taylor R. Watson, 21, Effingham, possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Watson is accused of possessing heroin on Nov. 27. A warrant has been issued and bond has been set at $20,000.

* Zachary R. Weir, 23, Newton, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony. Weir is accused of possessing less than five grams of meth on Jan. 29. His pretrial has been set for 10 a.m. March 21, with jury selection scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. April 3. He remains in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

* Jordan J. Kull, 30, Altamont, aggravated DUI while license revoked, a Class 4 felony. Kull is accused of driving a 2004 Dodge pickup truck on U.S. 40 east of Altamont on Feb. 7 while under the influence and on a revoked license. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. March 7.

 * Jade E. Jurgens, 21, Effingham, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony. Jurgens is accused of possessing less than five grams of meth on Jan. 29. A warrant has been issued and bond has been set at $20,000.

* David J. Steck, 44, Star Junction, Pa., aggravated DUI while license revoked, a Class 4 felony. Steck is accused of driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs on Jan. 1 while his license was revoked for a previous DUI conviction. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. March 5.

* Stephen K. Wayman, 52, Urbana, aggravated DUI, a Class 1 felony. Wayman is accused of driving a 2004 Volkswagen under the influence in the Lake Sara area on Jan. 6 after at least four prior DUI convictions. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. Feb. 28. He is free on $10,000 bail.

* Joseph J. Raymer, 20, Watson, possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Raymer is accused of possessing hydrocodone on Feb. 4. He has been ordered to appear in court at 11 a.m. Feb. 26. He is free on $750 bail.

* Lani M. Lovin, 56, Effingham, aggravated DUI, a Class 4 felony. Lovin is accused of driving a 1993 Pontiac Bonneville on Feb. 14 in Effingham while under the influence with a prior DUI conviction. She has been ordered to appear in court at 11 a.m. Feb. 28. She is free on $1,000 bail.

* Sylvia M. Hoss, 18, Effingham, possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Hoss is accused of possessing amphetamines on Feb. 8. her preliminary hearing has been set for 1 p.m. Feb. 26. She remains in jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.

* Kenneth R. Lowe, 40, Altamont, methamphetamine delivery, a Class 2 felony, and unlawful possession of meth, a Class 3 felony. Lowe is accused of possessing less than five grams of meth with intent to deliver on Feb. 10. His preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. Feb. 26. He is free on $5,000 bail.

* Isiah M. Garcia, 24, Effingham, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony, and delivery of cannabis, a Class 3 felony. Garcia is accused of delivering less than one gram of cocaine to a confidential source on Feb. 12 and between 10 and 30 grams of marijuana to confidential sources on Nov. 21 and 27. He has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. March 4. He remains in jail on lieu of $50,000 bond.

* Hassan J. Hovis, 21, Effingham, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony. Hovis is accused of delivering less than one gram of cocaine to a confidential source on Feb. 12. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. March 5. He is free on $5,000 bail.

* Derrick L. Lesser, 20, Mattoon, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a Class 3 felony. Lesser is accused of possessing between 30 and 300 grams of cannabis with intent to deliver on Feb. 10. He has been ordered to appear in court at 11 a.m. Feb. 28. He is free on $750 bail.

* Robert G. Pendergast, 53, Effingham, aggravated DUI while license revoked, a Class 4 felony. Pendergast is accused of driving a 1993 Pontiac Bonneville at the intersection of Fourth Street and Fayette Avenue in Effingham on Jan. 16 while under the influence of alcohol and while his license was revoked for a previous DUI conviction. His preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. March 12. He is free on $300 bail, but he was sentenced to two days in jail on Feb. 15 for appearing in court legally intoxicated.

* Dana E. Eckhart, 26, Hollywood, Fla., possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Eckhart is accused of possessing dextropropoxyphene on Nov. 28. Her preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. March 11. She is free on $1,500 bail.

The grand jury also indicted:

* Dejuan E. Hovis, 23, Effingham, possession of a stolen firearm, a Class 2 felony. Hovis is accused of possessing a 12-gauge shotgun that he knew to be stolen on Feb. 10. He has been ordered to appear in court at 11 a.m. Feb. 26. He remains in jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

* Douglas E. Claar, 41, Effingham, burglary, a Class 2 felony; possession of burglary tools, a Class 4 felony; and theft, a Class 3 felony. Claar is accused of using cutting tools to break into a building at the old Fedders plant on Jan. 30 and stealing copper wire belonging to Bodine Electric. He has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. Feb. 25. He remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

* Frank T. Woodall, 30, Altamont, forgery, a Class 3 felony. Woodall is accused of forging a check for $26.70 at an Effingham gas station on Sept. 28, 2012. His preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 28. He remains in jail on unrelated burglary and theft charges.

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

 

 

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