Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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November 19, 2012

Arson suspect among those indicted

EFFINGHAM — The Effingham man accused of setting his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire last week was indicted this week by an Effingham County grand jury.

    Bryan K. Jones, 26, was indicted on one count of residential arson, a Class 1 felony, in connection with a Nov. 9 fire at the Valerie Bosley home at 701 W. Fayette Ave. State’s Attorney Ed Deters identified Bosley as Jones’ ex-girlfriend during the suspect’s initial court appearance this week.

    Jones has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. Nov. 27. He remains in Effingham County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.

    The grand jury also indicted an Altamont man accused of having sex with a young girl several years ago.

    Bret A. Crooker, 23, was indicted on one count of predatory sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony.

    Crooker is accused of having sex with a girl under age 13 sometime between April 1 and May 31, 2008. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. Dec. 27. He remains in jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.

    Others indicted by the grand jury include:

    • Charles C. Carson, 25, Thorntown, Ind., aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Carson is accused of placing his hands around the throat of an Effingham police officer and kicking him on Nov. 11. He is also accused of possessing phenobarbital on Nov. 11. He has been ordered to appear in court at 11 a.m. Dec. 6. He remains in jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

    • Kathryn K. Crittenden, 33, Effingham, three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony, and one count each of attempted burglary and attempted theft, both Class 3 felonies. Crittenden is accused of delivering less than five grams of heroin to a confidential source on Aug. 8, 15, and 22. She is also accused of trying to steal money from a cash drawer at the Days Inn on Keller Drive on Oct. 31.  Pre-trial is set for 9 a.m. Jan. 9 and jury selection is set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 11. She remains in jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

    • Daniel Borries, 50, Teutopolis, manufacture of cannabis, a Class 1 felony. Borries is accused of manufacturing between 2,000 and 5,000 grams of cannabis on Oct. 3. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. Dec. 18. He is free on $2,000 bail.

    • Anna L. Madeker, 28, St. Elmo, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Madeker is accused of possessing amphetamine on Aug. 30. Her pre-trial is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 10, with jury selection set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 11. She is free on $15,000 recognizance bond.

    • Solomon E. Joyner, 35, Nashville, Tenn., aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a Class 4 felony. Joyner is accused of carrying a loaded 9 millimeter handgun concealed in his vehicle on Oct. 12. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. Dec. 18. He is free on $1,500 bond.

    • Jessica M. Lawler, 27, Texarkana, Texas, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a Class 4 felony, and obstructing justice, a Class 4 felony. She is accused of carrying two loaded handguns in her vehicle and giving a false name to a police officer on Oct. 19. Her pre-trial is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 20, with jury selection set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14. She remains in jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

    • Timothy L. Akers, 19, Effingham, driving while license suspended, a Class 4 felony. Akers is accused of driving a 2001 Toyota in rural Effingham on Oct. 11, while his license was suspended and he was eligible for a monitoring permit. His pre-trial is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 18, with jury selection set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14. He remains in jail in lieu of $5,000 bond.

    • Zachary M. Buchman, 35, Mt. Vernon, retail theft, a Class 3 felony. Buchman is accused of stealing a desktop computer from Wal-Mart on July 7. A warrant has been issued and bond has been set at $15,000.

    • James R. Taylor, 42, Effingham, theft, a Class 3 felony. Taylor is accused of stealing a 2000 Ford F250 pickup on Oct. 1. A warrant has been issued and bond has been set at $50,000 bond.

    • Kevin L. Walters, 40, Effingham, domestic battery, a Class 4 felony. Walters is accused of shoving and spitting beer in the face of a household member after being convicted of domestic battery in a 2011 case. His pre-trial is set for 11 a.m. Dec. 20, with jury selection set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14. He remains in jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

    • Lawrence G. White, 47, Effingham, aggravated DUI while license suspended, a Class 4 felony, and driving while license suspended, a Class 4 felony. White is accused of driving a 2000 Ford van on Oct. 31 while under the influence of alcohol and while his license was suspended. He was also eligible for a monitoring permit. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. Dec. 5. He is free on bond.

    • Tonia L. Warner, 22, Sugar Grove, two counts of unlawful possession of a credit card, a Class 4 felony. Warner is accused of taking custody of a credit card belonging to someone else on Sept. 18, 19 and 24. Her pre-trial is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 17, with jury selection set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 11. She is free on $1,500 bond.

    • Christopher T. Simons-Lange, 23, Effingham, two counts of unlawful possession of a credit card, a Class 4 felony. Simons-Lange is accused of taking custody of a credit card belonging to someone else on Sept. 18, 19 and 24. A warrant has been issued and bond has been set at $20,000.

    • Jeffrey J. Myers, 20, Effingham, residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, and theft, a Class 3 felony. Myers is accused of entering a woman’s home on Oct. 11 and stealing a 2005 Buick Le Sabre. His pre-trial has been set for 10 a.m. Jan. 10, with jury selection set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 11. He remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

    • Timothy L. Pocrnich, 41, Effingham, domestic battery, a Class 4 felony. Pocrnich is accused of shoving and punching a household member in the face on Oct. 6, after a domestic battery conviction in a 1998 case. His preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 28. He is free on $300 bail.

    • William P. Knight Jr., 26, Effingham, forgery, a Class 3 felony. Knight is accused of delivering a forged prescription to Walgreens on Sept. 7. A warrant has been issued and bond has been set at $20,000.

    • Jaime L. Mounteer, 34, Effingham, aggravated DUI, a Class 2 felony, and aggravated DUI while license revoked, a Class 4 felony. Mounteer is accused of driving a 2004 Dodge in Effingham while under the influence and while her license was revoked on Oct. 30. She has been ordered to appear in court at 11 a.m. Nov. 26. She remains in jail in lieu of $40,000 bond.

    • James R. Lowe, 43, Casey, domestic battery, a Class 4 felony. Lowe is accused of head-butting a household member on Oct. 4, after being convicted of domestic battery in a 2009 case. His pre-trial is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 10, with jury selection scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 11. He is free on $2,000 bail.

    • Jason M. Whitten, 39, Effingham, attempted burglary, a Class 3 felony. Whitten is accused of trying to enter a cash drawer at Days Inn in Effingham on Oct. 31. His preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 27. He remains in jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

    • Keith L. Wiseman, 35, Effingham, aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony. Wiseman is accused of spraying a cleaning chemical in a man’s face at the Effingham County Jail on Nov. 5. He was found unfit to stand trial during a recent court appearance. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. Dec. 6. He remains in jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

    • Isac L. Fancher, 35, Farina, aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony. Fancher is accused of punching a man in the face at the Edgewood American Legion hall Nov. 5. A warrant has been issued and bond has been set at $75,000.

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

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