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Court Call for Monday, April 1, 2013

Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 1, 2013 12:50 p.m. CDT

FEDERAL COURT

Tuesday

BANK FRAUD CASE: Lyle J. Spaulding, 43, of Sterling; charged with eight counts of bank fraud. Federal prosecutors say Spaulding, while working for three Whiteside County banks, lent money to family members for his own use and took kickbacks. 

On the docket: Change of plea. 

LEE COUNTY

Wednesday

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, on July 18 and killed him during a struggle. 

On the docket: Status hearing.

MARIJUANA/PARAPHERNALIA CASE: Dustin L. Jones, 31, of Dixon; charged with possession with intent to deliver between 500 and 2,000 grams of marijuana, possession of between 500 and 2,000 grams of marijuana, and two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Police say a raid of his Chicago Avenue home on Oct. 21, 2011 turned up nearly 3 pounds of marijuana, smoking pipes, and guns.

On the docket: Plea.    

BURGLARY CASE: Mitchell R. Jacobson, 25, of Rochelle; charged with burglary. Police say Jacobson and another man broke into an Ashton bar on Nov. 19 and stole bottles of alcohol. 

Jacobson also is charged with two counts of burglary in connection with Nov. 9 break-ins at Dave’s Automotive and Ashton Foods. 

On the docket: Status hearing.

MURDER/CHILD BATTERY CASE: Tiffany D. Fassler, 37, of Dixon; charged with first-degree murder and four counts of aggravated battery of a child. Police say she kicked her 6-year-old stepson in the chest on Dec. 30, 2010; he hit his head on a bathroom vanity, suffered serious brain damage and died nearly a year later. 

On the docket: Status hearing.

BURGLARY CASE: Josephine Emmons, 18, of Big Rock; charged with residential burglary and theft. Police say Emmons and another person broke into an Amboy home in January and stole money and jewelry.

On the docket: Preliminary hearing.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY CASE: Susan E. Emmole, 43, of Dixon; charged with residential burglary. Police say Emmole stole cash, coins, and watches from a home on the northeast side of Dixon on Aug. 9.

On the docket: Preliminary hearing. 

BURGLARY CASE:Travis S. Broderick, 18, of Amboy; charged with four counts of burglary and one count of misdemeanor resisting arrest. Police say he and several others broke into several vehicles in Dixon in January. 

He also is charged with residential burglary and theft; police say he broke into an Amboy home and took money and jewelry, also in January.

On the docket: Status hearings in both cases.

Thursday

MURDER CASE: Steven A. Watts, 56, of Berryville, Ark.; charged with first-degree murder in connection with the beating and suffocation death of Gary D. Dawson, 30, of Peoria, in late August 1983.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

MURDER CASE: Brian C. Sigler, 34, of Dixon; charged with first-degree murder. Police say Sigler strangled his wife, Yolanda, 34, before trying to kill himself in their Dixon home on Jan. 13. 

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

SEX ABUSE CASE: Nikos M. Kastrinsios, 41, of Dixon; charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and possession of child pornography. Police say that Kastrinsios had oral sex with a boy younger than 17 in December 2010, and that a search of his home turned up child pornography.

On the docket: Status hearing.

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 2011 and used it to buy items in local stores and online.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

COCAINE CASE: Laurie L. Moser, 50, of Dixon; charged with possession of cocaine. Police say a search of her Chicago Avenue home on Oct. 21, 2011 turned up nearly 3 pounds of marijuana, about a gram of cocaine, smoking pipes and guns. The cocaine belonged to Moser, while the other items belonged to her son, Dustin L. Jones, 29, police say.

On the docket: Status hearing.  

THEFT CASE: Michelle A. Kemp, 49, of Dixon; charged with forgery and theft. Police say Kemp, a former manager for a now-closed real estate office, wrote nearly $50,000 in checks between October 2005 and August by forging the name of the office owner.

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; she died several days later from blunt-force trauma to the head.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

HEROIN/DRUG CONSPIRACY CASE:Melissa Jo Evans, 33, of Dixon; charged with drug conspiracy, delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Evans was arrested March 1 with three other Dixon women. According to booking records, Evans' charges involve cocaine and Hydromorphone.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

THEFT CASE:Andrew S. Daniels, 20, of Dixon; charged with two counts each of felony and misdemeanor theft. Police say that in January, Daniels stole numerous items, including fuel tanks and car motors, to be sold for scrap.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

Friday

MURDER CASE: Byron E. Adams, 54, of Chicago; serving 60 years for the first-degree murder of Margaret Atherton, 35, whom he suffocated in her Dixon home on Sept. 11, 2009.

On the docket: Hearing on motion to reconsider his sentence and his request for a new trial. 

WHITESIDE COUNTY

Wednesday

MARIJUANA CASE – Leslie B. Gibson, 46, of Sterling, charged with felony possession of more than 500 grams of marijuana; and production of fewer than five plants and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

Police say they found 546 grams of marijuana worth $7,800 in his home on June 26.

On the docket: First appearance.

Thursday

THEFT CASE: Troy J. Morgan, 31, of Sterling; charged with six counts of felony theft and two counts of misdemeanor theft. Police say a search of Morgan's home in January turned up numerous stolen scrap items.

On the docket: Preliminary hearing.

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