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Court Call: A roundup of some of this week’s Sauk Valley court cases

Published: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

ROBBERY/BATTERY CASE: Patrick M. Linscott, 23, of Dixon; charged with robbery and aggravated battery. Police say Linscott and three others battered a drug dealer and hit him with a car on Aug. 31.

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


CHILD ABUSE CASE: Naylor L. Rice, 18, of Dixon; charged with aggravated battery of a child, aggravated domestic battery, and misdemeanor criminal sexual abuse. Police say that Rice broke the arm of a 1-year-old girl when he grabbed and pulled her, and that he had sex with the girl’s mother, who is 15.

On the docket: Preliminary hearing, at which evidence is presented to the judge to determine whether there is enough to justify a trial.


SEX ABUSE/EXPLOITATION CASE: Christopher S. Brown, 19, of Amboy; 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 two of which happened in front of an 11-year-old girl.

He also is charged with two counts of tattooing the body of a minor, a misdemeanor, in an unrelated case. Police say Brown, a registered sex offender, gave tattoos to two 16-year-old girls in August.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

BATTERY/INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER CASE: Charles T. George, 35, 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 2010. The girl died several days later from blunt-force trauma to the head.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

BURGLARY CASE: Landon S. Kempson, 20, of Kings; charged with burglary and unlawful use of weapons, a misdemeanor. Police say he and another man broke into an Ashton bar on Nov. 19, and when he was arrested later that day, he had brass knuckles in his pocket. 

On the docket: Pretrial conference. 

HOME INVASION/RAPE CASE: Jeffrey K. Mischler, 28, of Hinckley; charged with home invasion and criminal sexual assault. Police say Mischler broke into a Dixon woman’s house on May 26, 2011, and raped her while she was passed out after a night of drinking. 

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

SEX ABUSE CASE: George M. Munnich, 55, of Ashton; charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Prosecutors say Munnich fondled a girl younger than 18 on Dec. 20, 2009. 

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 April 2 and took more than $1,000. 

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

SEX ABUSE CASE: Richard D. Nelson, 71, of Harmon; charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Police say Nelson sexually abused a 14-year-old girl in 2010. 

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

CREDIT CARD CASE: Holly E. Sheley, 34, of Oregon; charged with unlawful use of a credit card. Police say Sheley stole a Franklin Grove man’s credit card in September and used it to buy items in local stores and online.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

MARIJUANA CASE: Rudolph Sikkelerus, 59, 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 inside his trailer at Woodhaven Lakes in Sublette. 

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

MURDER CASE: Matthew W. Welling, 32, of Amboy; charged with five counts of first-degree murder and two counts of home invasion. Police say Welling pushed his way into the home of Delmar Leroy Daniels, 79, on July 18 and killed him during a struggle. 

On the docket: Pretrial conference.



MURDER CASE: Nicholas T. Sheley, 33, of Sterling; convicted in November of first-degree murder, home invasion and residential burglary for the bludgeoning death of Russell Reed, 93, of rural Sterling, on June 23, 2008.

On the docket: Sentencing. He faces life without parole.

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