An Effingham man originally charged with aggravated domestic battery in connection with an alleged incident last September was indicted by an Effingham County grand jury this week on more serious charges.

David G. Wyckoff, 22, was indicted this week on charges of attempted murder, attempted aggravated criminal assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery, all in connection with the same incident.

Wyckoff is accused of trying to kill a woman by repeatedly striking her on the head and choking her with his hands. Authorities alleged, according to the indictment, that Wyckoff knew that his actions created a strong probability of causing great bodily harm or death to the woman. The aggravated battery charge alleges that Wyckoff caused great bodily harm to the woman in the incident.

Wyckoff was also indicted on allegations that he tried to force her into a hot tub for the purpose of having sex and tried to place his hands on various parts of her body without her consent for purposes of his own gratification.

Wyckoff remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond. A motion hearing is set for 1 p.m. March 31.

State's Attorney Bryan Kibler said he made the decision to file additional charges after further review of the case.

"We looked at the case and I decided additional counts were appropriate to give the jury more options," Kibler said.

The grand jury also indicted an Altamont man accused of giving heroin to a woman who died from an overdose the next day. Jay C. Miller, 22, had already been indicted last month on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. This month, the grand jury indicted Miller on one count of delivery of a controlled substance. He is accused of delivering heroin to Jessica James, 22, on Feb. 4. James died the next day from what authorities say was a heroin overdose.

Miller's case has been set for pretrial at 10:30 a.m. April 1, with jury selection set to begin at 8:30 a.m. April 14. He remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

The grand jury also indicted an Altamont man on charges of engaging in sexual activity with an underage girl. Lucas T. Edwards, 19, is charged of one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. He is accused of engaging in sexual activity between Aug. 31 and Dec. 25 with a girl between the ages of 13 and 17s. Edwards also faces misdemeanor sex charges in connection with activity with other teenage girls.

Edwards is being sought on a warrant. Bond is set at $75,000.

The grand jury also indicted:

• Gary L. Clark, 38, Edgewood, failure to report change of address as a registered sex offender, a Class 2 felony. Clark is accused of failing to register a change of address on March 12 after being previously convicted in a 2013 case from Clay County for failing to report as a child sex offender. His pretrial is set for 10 a.m. May 6, with jury selection set to begin at 8:30 a.m. June 2. He remains in jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.

• Allen E. Bellew, 35, Effingham, failure to report change of address as a sex offender, a Class 3 felony. Bellew is accused of failing to report a change of address as a sex offender to Effingham Police Department on March 10 within three days after changing his address. His pretrial is set for 10 a.m. May 13, with jury selection set to begin at 8:30 a.m. June 2. He remains in jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

• Kevin E. Caldwell, 31, Edgewood, burglary, a Class 2 felony, and criminal damage to property, a Class 4 felony. Caldwell is accused of entering a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck on Feb. 16 with intent to commit a theft. He is also accused of damaging a fence in rural Edgewood valued between $300 and $10,000 , also on Feb. 16. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. April 17. He is free on $1,000 bail.

• Ronnie R. Sanders, 31, Grand Rapids, Mich., possession of a stolen firearm, a Class 2 felony, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a Class 3 felony. Sanders is accused of possessing a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber Model 64 revolver on March 12 that had been stolen from a business in Pontotoc, Miss., and that he knew had been stolen. He is also accused of possessing the weapon after being convicted of a felony. His pretrial is set for 10 a.m. May 8, with jury selection set to begin at 8:30 a.m. June 2. He remains in jail in lieu of $100,000.

• Jeremy A. Wiseman, 28, Effingham, retail theft, a Class 3 felony. He is accused of stealing wiring valued at more than $300 from Menards in Effingham on March 13. He has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. March 31. He is free on $2,500 bail.

• Deborah R. Livingston, 44, Lawrenceville, possession of methamphetamine precursors, a Class 2 felony, and possession of meth precursors without prescription, a Class 4 felony. Livingston is accused of possessing less than 15 grams of ephedrine/pseudoephedrine on Jan. 28, and possessing pseudoephedrine without a prescription after a meth possession conviction in a 2006 case from Crawford County. A warrant has been issued and bond has been set at $20,000.

• John C. Miller, 34, Youngstown, Ohio, three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony. Miller is accused of possessing between 15-100 grams of morphine, between 1 and 50 grams of Oxycontin, and between 50 and 200 grams of hydrocodone on Feb. 21. His pretrial is set for 10 a.m. May 8, with jury selection set to begin at 8:30 a.m. June 2. He remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

• Valeri G. Warner, 27, Effingham, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony. Warner is accused of possessing less than five grams of meth on Feb. 28. She has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. April 1. She remains in jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

• Tomi S. Diss, 36, Kinmundy, possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Diss is accused of possessing lorazepam on Feb. 20. Her pretrial is set for 9 a.m. March 27. She is free on $5,000 recognizance bond.

• Jackie L. Dulong, 40, Greenup, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Dulong is accused of possessing morphine and clonazepam on March 9. She has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. March 25. She remains in jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

• Krystal D. Overbeck, 37, Altamont, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. Overbeck is accused of possessing morphine and alprozelam on Feb. 23. Her pretrial is set for 10 a.m. May 22, with jury selection set for 8:30 a.m. July 7. She is free on $1,000 bail.

• Maxwell G. Myers, 21, Shumway, possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. He is accused of possessing morphine on March 14. He remains in jail in lieu of $25,000 bond, but a hearing on a motion to reduce that bond is set for 11 a.m. March 24.

• Matthew J. Peavler, 53, Ballwin, Mo., theft, a Class 3 felony. Peavler is accused of stealing a number of items with a total value of between $500 and $100,000 on Feb. 14. Stolen items include a Burpee seed sign, squirrel cage, fly fishing kit and graduating sleigh bells. His pretrial is set for 10 a.m. April 24. He is free on $2,000 bail.

• John T. Arnold, 57, Effingham, aggravated DUI, a Class 2 felony. Arnold is accused of driving a 2009 Chevrolet on U.S. 45 under the influence of alcohol on Jan. 11 with at least three prior DUI convictions. His pretrial is set for 10 a.m. April 24. The $100 bail he posted in an unrelated case was carried over to this case.

• Jose Centeno, 46, Hatillo, P.R., driving while license revoked, a Class 4 felony. Centeno is accused of driving a 2012 Nissan on Interstate 57 near the Fayette Avenue exit on Feb. 16, with at least two prior convictions for a similar offense. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. March 24. He is free on $150 bail.

• Christopher A. Conkling, 26, Farina, driving while license suspended, a Class 4 felony. Conkling is accused of driving a 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck at the intersection of 10th Street and U.S. 40 in Altamont on Jan. 19, while he was eligible for a monitoring device. He has been ordered to appear in court at 9 a.m. March 26. He is free on $3,000 bail.

• Bradley A. Biggs, 34, Watson, aggravated DUI while license revoked, a Class 4 felony, and driving while license revoked, a Class 4 felony. Biggs is accused of driving a 2000 Chevrolet in rural Effingham County at 10 a.m. March 24, while under the influence, while his license was revoked and with at least three prior convictions for driving while license revoked. Biggs has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. March 24. He remains in jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.

• Rusty L. Sowers, 51, Altamont, aggravated DUI, a Class 2 felony. Sowers is accused of driving a 1999 Dodge pickup truck in Altamont on March 15 while under the influence and at least two prior DUI convictions. Sowers has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. March 31. He is free on $2,500 bond.

• Pamela D. Atkins, 33, Effingham, retail theft, a Class 3 felony, possession of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. Atkins is accused of stealing miscellaneous items with a total value of more than $300 from the Effingham Wal-Mart, accused of possessing less than 5 grams of methmamphetamine and possessing methylphenidate hydrochloride, all on Feb. 24. She has been ordered to appear in court at 10 a.m. April 7. She is free on $2,500 bail.

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

 

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