Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

May 7, 2013

UPDATE: Man arrested in connection to fatal stabbing

EFFINGHAM — A Beecher City man with an extensive criminal history is expected to appear Wednesday in Effingham County Circuit Court in connection with the Tuesday stabbing death of an Effingham man.

Charles D. Yoder, 51, who has served prison terms for deceptive practice and intimidation, was arrested without incident at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, Effingham police said.

Officer Kurt Davis said Yoder was arrested in connection with the death of Ted L. Debany, 52. Neighbors said Debany had been living at 109 N. Lincoln St. with a female friend at the time of his death.

Debany was pronounced dead after being taken to St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Davis declined to release a possible motive for the stabbing, but State's Attorney Bryan Kibler said he would seek to have Yoder brought into court for a bond hearing sometime this afternoon. At a bond hearing, prosecutors have to give a reason for detainment.

Kibler said Yoder is the only person facing charges at this time, though he added a final decision had not been made.

Davis declined to say what charges against Yoder the police department was recommending.

Yoder served 32 months in prison between February 2009 and November 2011, on convictions for intimidation and deceptive practice. In addition, he has a pending felony case against him in which police allege he was driving under the influence of alcohol while his license was revoked or suspended for a previous DUI.

Debany was also a convicted felon, having served one year in prison on an aggravated DUI conviction several years ago. However, he had been steadily paying on his fines since his release, according to online court records.

Neighbor Ruth Walden said she was outside her home smoking a cigarette when she heard a disturbance. Debany's female roommate then came outside and cried for help.

“She was yelling for help, so I called 911.” said Walden, who declined to comment further.

Randy Spracklen, who was standing outside the crime scene tape at 109 Lincoln as police and crime scene technicians were coming in and out of the home this morning, said he was a friend of the victim.

“He went to work, came home and didn't bother anybody,” Spracklen said.

Text Only
Local News
  • Naam.jpg Opinion: Plight of Christians in the Middle East

    This Saturday and Sunday millions of Christians around the world will go to church to celebrate Easter.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • tony- car collection 1.jpg A passion for wheels leads to a world-class vehicle collection

    Since the late 1970s, Arthur Trost has bought, sold, collected or restored 69 vehicles. He has kept 10 of them, many from the '50s, an era he remembers fondly.

    April 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • BRIANBLOOM-300x200.jpg Opinion: My Easter Prayer

    It was always our most solemn of holidays. Christmas was chaotic, the Christian aspect always front and center yet overshadowed by five boys anxiously awaiting the opening of gifts.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_5943.jpg Cross takes on red glow for Good Friday

    The Cross at the Crossroads hosted a Good Friday prayer service at the Welcome Center.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Investigator wants tougher ethics laws for legislators SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Job recommendations and university application referrals from Illinois lawmakers should be tracked and publicized after clout-related scandals at the University of Illinois and the Metra transit agency, the General Assembly's top

    April 19, 2014

  • Medicaid paid $12M for dead Illinoisans CHICAGO (AP) -- The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo. The memo dated Friday, which The Associated Press o

    April 19, 2014

  • 4-19 cross walk.jpg Church goers carry cross for Good Friday

    For Effingham resident Adrian Guzman, carrying a cross across Effingham is more than symbolism. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two in hospital after chase with St. Elmo police

    Two individuals were sent to the hospital after a chase with a St. Elmo Police officer.

    April 18, 2014

  • tony- sigel 1 Sigel St. Michael breaks ground TONY HUFFMAN Daily News Want to Help? Donations are still being accepted for the addition. Donations may be mailed, dropped off at the parish offices, or placed in collection baskets. A donation wall in the renovated parish center will feature a "Giv

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meth suspect sentenced to 54 months NEWTON -- A man accused of cooking methamphetamine in a vehicle with a child present was sentenced in Jasper County Court Thursday. Charles "Chase" L. Shroyer, 23, was sentenced to 54 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of methamphet

    April 18, 2014

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.