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Court Call for Monday, Oct. 29, 2012

Published: Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 9:23 a.m. CDT



BATTERY CASE: Christopher C. Owens, 20, of Dixon; charged with aggravated arson, punishable by 6 to 30 years in prison. According to police, on Sept. 20, Owens beat up a Dixon man outside an apartment building where a fire later was set. Owens was charged the next day with aggravated battery. He was charged Oct. 11 with arson and the battery charge was dropped. He is in Lee County Jail on $100,000 bond.

On the docket: Preliminary hearing.


THEFT CASE: Rita Crundwell, 59, of Dixon; charged with 60 counts of theft. Prosecutors say the ousted Dixon comptroller stole $11.3 million in city funds between Jan. 1, 2010 and April 17. 

She also is charged in federal court with wire fraud, in connection with what prosecutors say is the misappropriation of $53 million in city funds since 1990.

On the docket: Arraignment in the Lee County case. 

ROBBERY/BATTERY CASE: Patrick M. Linscott, 23, of Dixon; charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated battery. Police say Linscott and three others battered a drug dealer and hit him with a car. 

On the docket: Status hearing.


SEX ABUSE/EXPLOITATION CASE: Christopher S. Brown, 19, of Amboy; the registered sex offender is charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of sexual exploitation. Police say Brown engaged in many sexual acts with a 13-year-old girl between May and July, at least twice in front of an 11-year-old girl.

He also is charged with two counts of misdemeanor tattooing the body of a minor in an unrelated case. Police say he tattooed two 16-year-old girls on Aug. 17.

On the docket: Pretrial conference in both cases.

RECKLESS DISCHARGE CASE: Daniel M. Cornelius, 33, of Dixon; charged with reckless discharge of a firearm. Police say Cornelius fired a 12-gauge shotgun in the air after confronting a newspaper carrier on Aug. 14.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

BATTERY/INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER CASE: Charles T. George, 34, of Dixon; charged with two counts of aggravated battery of a child, aggravated domestic battery, and involuntary manslaughter. Police say George shook his 3-month-old daughter, Tamari, in September. The girl died several days later from blunt force trauma to the head.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

ARMED ROBBERY CASE: Donte Myles, 25, of Chicago; charged with armed robbery. Police say Myles robbed a woman at knifepoint on April 2 and took more than $1,000. 

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

FORGERY CASE: Robert M. Patterson, 24, of Sterling; charged with two counts of forgery. Police say he bought $700 in merchandise in August using phony $20 bills.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

MARIJUANA CASE: Rudolph Sikkelerus, 58, of Elmwood Park; charged with unlawful production of marijuana plants and possession of between 30 and 500 grams of marijuana. Police say they found 45 plants and 35.8 grams of marijuana on his property and in his trailer at Woodhaven Lakes in Sublette. 

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

MURDER CASE: Matthew W. Welling, 32, of Amboy; charged with first-degree murder and two counts of home invasion. Police say Welling pushed his way into the home of Delmar Leroy Daniels, 79, and killed him during a struggle. 

On the docket: Pretrial conference.


HOME INVASION/RAPE CASE: Jeffrey K. Mischler, 27, of Hinckley; charged with home invasion and criminal sexual assault. Police say Mischler broke into a Dixon house on May 26, 2011, and had raped a woman while she was passed out after a night of drinking. 

On the docket: Pretrial conference.



MURDER CASE: Nicholas T. Sheley, 33, of Sterling; charged with 25 counts of first-degree murder and one count each of residential burglary, armed robbery, and home invasion.

He is charged in the late June 2008 deaths of Russell Reed, 93, of rural Sterling; Brock Branson, 29; his fiancee Kilynna Blake, 20; her 2-year-old son Dayan; and Kenneth Ulve, 25, all of Rock Falls. 

On the docket: Opening statements in the Reed case.

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