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Published: Monday, July 25, 2011 3:05 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, July 25, 2011 11:03 a.m. CST

Lee County

Wednesday

DAMAGE TO PROPERTY CASE: Melvin G. Harris, 22, of Dixon; charged with criminal damage between $10,000 and $100,000 to government-supported property. Police say Harris used a knife or box cutter to slash a tent owned by the city of Dixon on July 4. The tent, being used during the Petunia Festival, was slashed 14 times.

Co-defendant Edward A. Martin Jr., 23, of Dixon, is charged with obstructing justice. According to police, Martin lied to an officer and said he was not at the riverfront that day.

On the docket: Preliminary hearings for both. At a preliminary hearing, evidence is presented to the judge to determine whether there is enough to justify a trial.

HOME INVASION/RAPE CASE: Jeffrey K. Mischler, 26, of Hinckley; charged with home invasion and criminal sexual assault.

Police say Mischler broke into a Dixon woman’s house on May 26 and raped her while she was passed out after a night of drinking.

On the docket: Preliminary hearing.

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HOMICIDE CASE: Byron E. Adams, 53, of Chicago; charged with three counts of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and criminal trespass to a vehicle, a misdemeanor. According to police, Adams suffocated Margaret Atherton, 35, on Sept. 11, 2009, in her Dixon home.

On the docket: Hearing on a motion to suppress his confession to police.

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BURGLARY CASE: Brian S. Galor, 19, of Mount Morris; charged with four counts of burglary. Police say he broke into Polo High School, Aplington Middle School, Byron High School and Highland Grade School in Stillman Valley in May 2010.

On the docket: Pretrial conference, during which the judge and attorneys will discuss matters concerning the case and set a trial schedule.

ATTEMPTED MURDER CASE: Jamil I. Saleh, 41, of Orland Park; charged with attempted murder, armed violence, three counts of aggravated domestic battery and three counts of aggravated battery. Police say he stabbed Maha Bergeron, 24, mother of his three children, at Cooper Park on Aug. 13, 2009.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

CHILD PORN CASE: Amos D. Whitmer, 39, of Oregon; charged with five counts of possession of child pornography. Police say a search of his apartment on April 22 turned up multiple images of child pornography.

He faces similar charges in Lee County.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

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Tuesday

PROPERTY DAMAGE/RECKLESS CONDUCT CASE: Fulton boy, 12; charged with damage to property and reckless conduct. According to prosecutors, he started a fire in his apartment in a historic downtown building on Nov. 23. Charlene Sipe, 41, died and the building was destroyed.

On the docket: Trial.

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STABBING CASE: David J. Andrews, 22, of Sterling; charged with armed violence, aggravated battery with a weapon, and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. Police say Andrews stabbed Matthew J. Rascon, 26, also of Sterling, several times on Feb. 25.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

DRUG/GUN CASE: Shannyn N. Bollman, 22, of Rock Falls; charged with unlawful use of weapons and unlawful possession of between 10 and 30 grams of marijuana with intent to deliver. During a routine traffic stop on June 30, police say they found 28 bags of marijuana and a stun gun.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

CHILD SOLICITATION CASE: Shawn L. Beebe, 36, of Rock Falls; charged with indecent solicitation of a child and failure to register as a sex offender. Police say Beebe had inappropriate contact with a child through the Internet on June 11. He also did not register his new address, police say.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

SCRAP THEFT CASE: Joshua L. Burmeister, 28, of Forreston, and Jeremy J. Wilson, 31, of Hillsdale, each charged with two counts of theft. They were arrested March 28; police say they found stolen scrap metal in Burmeister’s pickup truck.

Wilson and Ashley N. Brown, 25, of Polo, were in the truck. Brown pleaded guilty in April to theft and received probation and jail time.

On the docket: Pretrial conference for both.

THEFT CASE: Bonnie A. Dittmar, 40, of Sterling; charged with theft of more than $100,000. Police say she took $$111,102.99 from Waugh Foods Inc. of East Peoria between March 2006 and May 2009, while she was a food rep selling products to local restaurants.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

SHOOTING CASE: Pedro T. Galindo, 17, of Sterling; charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm. Police say he fired a shot at a 24-year-old man and at an occupied car in the parking lot of Rock Falls Liquor on April 29. The man was not injured.

Co-defendant Jared M. Mewhirter, 17, of Rock Falls, is charged with obstructing justice; police say he lied about Galindo’s identity and about what happened that night.

On the docket: Pretrial conference for both.

BURGLARY CASE: Ira “Andy” Greenwalt, 38, of Morrison; charged with residential burglary. Police say he broke into a house in rural Morrison on April 25 and stole a handgun, cash, rare coins and jewelry.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

CHILD SEX ASSAULT CASE: Michael J. Hall, 19, of Rock Falls; charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Police say Hall had sex with a girl younger than 13 in July.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

GUN CASE: Andrew W. Knapp, 20, of Sterling; charged with possession of firearms by a felon while in possession of body armor and possession of firearm ammunition by a felon, as well as possession of firearm ammunition without a Firearm Owner’s ID card and possession of a firearm without a FOID card, both misdemeanors.

Police say a search of Knapp ’s apartment Oct. 20 turned up a gun, bullets, and a bullet-proof vest.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

DRUG/GUN CASE: Dustin A. Manon, 24, of Rock Falls; charged with possession of a weapon by a felon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and possession of between 30 and 500 grams of marijuana. Police say Manon flashed a gun at someone on May 5 while he was riding in a car. A .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun, a bag full of ammunition and a bag full of marijuana was found in the car, police say.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

WEAPONS CASE: Christopher J. McDonnell, 23, of Sterling; charged with possession of a weapon by a felon, as well as criminal damage to property and aggravated assault, both misdemeanors. Police say McDonnell broke through a window of a Rock Falls apartment in September and threatened a couple with a butcher knife.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

MURDER CASE: Patti J. Mock, 63, of Rock Falls; charged with five counts of first-degree murder. According to a Whiteside County indictment, Mock caused “abusive head trauma” to 8-month-old Xavier Delgado on Sept. 24, 2009, by shaking him and causing his head to “impact upon an object.” The baby died 5 days later.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

DUI/RECKLESS DRIVING CASE: Roberto L. Reyna, 38, of Rock Falls; charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident and aggravated reckless driving as well as misdemeanor DUI.

Police say Reyna, who was drinking at a party earlier, was backing out of a driveway on April 30 and hit two pedestrians, a tree, a mailbox, and a landscaping boulder.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

HOME INVASION/BATTERY CASE: Shane E. Schueler, 32, of Sterling; charged with two counts each of home invasion, residential burglary, and aggravated battery to a senior citizen. Police say he broke into an 85-year-old Sterling man’s home on July 22, 2009, and again on Sept. 2, 2009,when he beat him. He also is charged with aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, in another case.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

CHILD PORN CASE: Sergio A. Sotelo, 52, of Rock Falls; charged with five counts of aggravated child pornography. Police say that on June 17, they found child pornography on Sotelo’s laptop and in his home.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

ESCAPE CASE: Jesse S. Westmoreland, 38, of Sterling; charged with failure to return from furlough. He also faces charges of reckless driving, disobeying a stop sign, and improper lane usage. He also is suspected of breaking into a garage in the 700 block of Second Avenue on April 15.

Westmoreland was supposed to turn himself in May 10 to begin a 6-year prison sentence on a burglary charge. When he failed to appear, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Police say Westmoreland fled from police in his car May 11 and later was found hiding in someone’s basement.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

METH CASE: Jeffery D. Williamson, 43, of Rock Falls; charged with unlawful possession of between 30 and 500 grams of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, and participating in methamphetamine manufacturing within 1,000 feet of a church.

Police say a search of his home home Oct. 25 turned up Sudafed packages, aluminum foil with meth residue, batteries, lighter filters, and coffee filters that had meth residue.

His brother, David A. Williamson, 40, of Rock Falls, pleaded guilty in January to possession of meth-making materials and was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

Friday

NEGLIGENCE LAWSUIT: Ann Brandt of Sterling is suing Karyn McCallister, 40, also of Sterling, for negligence and medical costs. McCallister is charged in Whiteside County with aggravated battery of a child and reckless conduct for shaking Brandt’s 4-month-old daughter in February 2009, causing permanent brain damage, court documents say.

On the docket: Case management conference.

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