Cases appearing in Edgar County Circuit Court

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Individuals appearing before the bench for the Jan. 2 criminal and traffic call in Edgar County Circuit Court included:

 

In custody

-Ernest E. Boyd, 46, Rock Island, appeared in custody. Boyd’s unresolved Class 2 felony possession of child photography by a sex offender and a Class 4 felony grooming charges were continued for a pretrial conference. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Angela D. Eslinger, 37, Vermilion, appeared in custody and denied a petition to revoke her conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery conviction. Despite objection by the state, Eslinger was granted a personal recognizance bond and was ordered to abstain from consuming alcohol or illicit drugs. She was remanded to custody pending release processing.

-John Cody Hollingsworth, 27, Paris, appeared in custody. His unresolved charges of a Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery, a Class 4 felony aggravated driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound, a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs and a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery were continued for a pretrial conference. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Tracy E. Luster, 49, Brocton, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class A misdemeanor violating a bail bond. The public defender was appointed and Luster pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand. Bond was set at $1,500 and he was ordered to have no contact with the apparent victim. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference. Luster was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Ronald Parker, 18, Paris, appeared in custody. He told the court he will hire a private attorney for his unresolved Class X felony armed robbery, a Class A misdemeanor aggravated assault and a Class A misdemeanor possession of a weapon charges. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference, and Parker was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Clayton S. Rhoads, 19, Paris, appeared in custody and his unresolved charges of a Class 1 felony residential burglary, a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor theft along with a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery conviction were continued for a pretrial conference.

In another matter, a preliminary hearing for Rhoads’ Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe charges was held. Probable cause was determined and he pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Blake B. Sawyer, 32, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery, a Class 4 felony criminal trespassing and a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery charges. Bond was reduced to $10,000 from the original bond of $20,000 with a specific order he is to have no contact with the apparent victim or the victim’s residence. Sawyer was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Austin D. Toler, 32, Paris, appeared in custody. His charges of a Class X felony armed robbery and three counts of a Class 2 felony robbery were continued for the preliminary hearing. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

 

Charges

-David M. Beaver, 37, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Barbara Gallagher, 32, Paris, was charged with a Class 3 felony aggravated battery and a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery. The case went to the public defender and continued for the preliminary hearing.

-James D. Hoge, 73, Paris, was charged and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor battery charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Bailey T. Timmer, 23, Paris, was charged with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine. The public defender was appointed. The matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

-Jacob E. White, 34, Terre Haute, Ind., was charged with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine, a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. He told the court he will hire an attorney. The matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

 

Guilty Pleas

-Cayden S. Petticrew, 19, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor resisting a police officer. He was sentenced to four days in jail with good conduct credit to apply, one year of conditional discharge, a $400 fine, court costs and various state fees.

-Megan L. Smith, 27, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery. She was sentenced to four days in jail with good conduct credit to apply with credit for two days previously served, one year of conditional discharge, a $400 fine, court costs and various state fees. She was also ordered to obtain counseling per an evaluation and to have no contact with the apparent victim.

 

Not guilty pleas

-Roger D. Baugh Jr., 36, Paris, was present for the preliminary hearing. Probable cause was founded to formally charge him with three counts of a Class 2 felony burglary, a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe. He pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand and the public defender was appointed per his request. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Benjamin B. Boddy, 19, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand following his preliminary hearing to a Class 3 felony criminal damage to government property and a Class A misdemeanor reckless driving charges. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

-Kimberly L. Hall, 45, Paris, pleaded not guilty  with a jury trial demand to a Class 4 felony theft charge. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

 

Other matters

-Howard P. Kiser III, 45, Villa Grove, filed a petition to rescind statutory summary suspension to contest the mandatory suspension of his driver's license for his unresolved Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs charge. The motion to rescind was granted. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

 

Warrants

Warrants were ordered when the following individuals failed to answer the court call: Kylee J. Beaven, 32, Paris; Ryan Jelks, 35, Urbana; James R. Sewell, 47, Martinsville; Vern A. Stone, 54, Shirkieville, Ind.; and Lasha M. Hillyer Watson, 34, Paris.