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Published: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 11:13 a.m. CDT

LEE COUNTY

Wednesday

COCAINE CASE: Laurie L. Moser, 49, of Dixon; charged with possession of cocaine. Police say a search of her Chicago Avenue home on Oct. 21 turned up nearly 3 pounds of marijuana, about a gram of cocaine, pipes and guns. The cocaine belonged to Moser, the other items belonged to her son, Dustin L. Jones, 29, police say.

On the docket: Arraignment, in which a defendant is formally charged with an offense.

UNLAWFUL USE OF BUILDING CASE: Stephanie M. Phillips, 22, of Dixon; charged with unlawful use of a building and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Police say she allowed co-defendant Daniel D. Walker, 22, to sell drugs out of her apartment in September.

On the docket: Arraignment.

PROSTITUTION CASE: Christine R. Shaw, 23, of Rockford; charged with misdemeanor prostitution. Police say she arranged to meet an undercover officer at a Dixon hotel on Nov. 2 and perform a sex act in exchange for $200.

On the docket: First appearance.

Thursday

DRUG CASE: Tina L. Cartuccio, 35, of Amboy; charged with possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. A raid on Cartuccio’s Amboy house on Oct. 13 turned up heroin, cocaine, spoons with drug residue, and hypodermic needles, police say.

She also is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of a controlled substance. Police say she sold cocaine to an informant in August 2010.

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

ARMED ROBBERY CASE: Jacob N. Cecil, 33, of Dixon; charged with armed robbery, carrying a concealed gun, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, and unlawful use of weapons. Police say he robbed two convenience stores with a sawed-off shotgun in June 2006.

Cecil pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 60 years in prison, but his attorney successfully argued that he was not properly informed at the time of his plea that he would have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole, and so he is getting a new trial.

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

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

SEX ABUSE CASE: Nikos M. Kastrinsios, 39, of Dixon; charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and possession of child pornography. Police say he had oral sex with a boy younger than 17 in December, and that a search of his home turned up child pornography.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

DRUG CASE: Daniel D. Walker, 22, of Dixon; charged with two counts each of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park; unlawful delivery of a controlled substance; and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Police say Walker sold cocaine to an informant in September.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

SEX ASSAULT CASE: Daniel B. Weeden, 28, of Amboy; charged with 16 counts of criminal sexual assault and 16 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Police say he sexually assaulted a boy between 13 and 17 in September, November and December 2010, and in June.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

CHILD PORN CASE: Amos D. Whitmer, 40, of Oregon; charged with two 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 Ogle County.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

WHITESIDE COUNTY

Tuesday

SHOOTING CASE: Pedro T. Galindo, 18, of Sterling; charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm. Police say he shot at a 24-year-old man and an occupied car in the parking lot of Rock Falls Liquor on April 29. The man was not injured.

On the docket: Hearing on a motion for a new trial, and sentencing.

ARMED ROBBERY CASE: Joshua E. Messenger, 24, of Rock Falls; charged with armed robbery. Police say Messenger and Scott Denning – both masked – robbed a Sterling gas station May 22 at knifepoint.

Denning, 39, drowned when the two jumped into the Rock River while making their escape, police said.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

Wednesday

DRUG CASE: Juan P. Amezola, 33, of Dixon; charged with delivery of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, delivery of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church, and delivery of between 15 and 100 grams of cocaine. Police say Amezola sold roughly $5,600 worth of cocaine to an informant in 2009.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

DRUG CASE: Rogelio Amezola, 35, of Sterling; charged with delivery of between 100 and 400 grams of cocaine. Police say he sold 173 grams of cocaine to an informant in May.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

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 a 26-year-old Sterling man several times on Feb. 25.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

DRUG/RESISTING CASE: James A. Brown, 36, of Chicago; charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting or obstructing a peace officer. Police say Brown ran away from officers after bailing out of a car that had left the scene of an apparent fight on Oct. 18. When he was arrested, he had a plastic bag containing a trace amount of cocaine, police said.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

BURGLARY/THEFT CASE: Michael D. Clardie, 57, of Sterling; charged with eight counts of burglary and five counts of theft by deception. Police say Clardie stole from several area businesses between May and June under the guise that he was raising money for local schools.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

DRUG CASE: Dominique A. Contreras, 32, of Rock Falls; charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver between 50 and 300 grams within 1,000 feet of a church and possession with intent to deliver 500 to 2,000 grams of marijuana. Police say a raid on Contreras’ home on Sept. 28 turned up more than $6,000 in marijuana, psilocybin, mushrooms, and cocaine.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

FLEEING CASE: Bryant Cotton, 29, of Chicago; charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, and three counts of disregarding a stop sign. On Oct. 18, Cotton left the scene of a fight and led officers on a high-speed chase through Sterling and Dixon, police say.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

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 selling the company’s food products to local restaurants.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

THEFT CASE: James F. Driscoll, 52, of Fulton; charged with aggravated unlawful possession of stolen vehicles; six counts of possession of a vehicle without a vehicle identification number; nine counts of possession of a stolen vehicle; and five counts of theft. Police say they recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stolen farm equipment at his Fulton property on March 25.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

DRUG CASE: Michael A. Fox, 30, of Chicago; charged with unlawful delivery of between 1 and 15 grams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park and possession of between 1 and 15 grams of cocaine. Police say they found 7.2 grams of crack cocaine, a digital scale, and plastic bags on Sept. 8 in a raid of his Sixth Avenue house in Rock Falls.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

DRUG CASE: David A. Gabler, 31, of Sterling; charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia and a hypodermic needle and syringe, both misdemeanors. Police say they pulled Gabler over on May 9 and found less than 15 grams of cocaine in the car, a needle and other drug paraphernalia.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

SEX ABUSE CASE: Robin J. Hoffman, 25, of Ashton; charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Police say Hoffman had sexual contact with a juvenile between the ages of 13 and 16 in July.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

SEX ABUSE CASE: Steven J. Guzman, 32, of Sterling; charged with five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Police say Guzman was abusing a child between the ages of 13 and 17 in March and September.

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.

MOB ACTION CASE: Clayton T. Huett and Trent R. Houzenga, both 20 and of Morrison, and Brandon W. Adams, 21, of Tampico; all charged with mob action. Police say that on Sept. 17, the three went to a Morrison apartment with Thomas J. O’Neal and beat up a 22-year-old man.

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, possession of firearm ammunition by a felon, possession of firearm ammunition without a Firearm Owner’s ID card and possession of a firearm without a FOID card, both misdemeanors.

A search of Knapp’s apartment in October 2010 turned up a gun, bullets, and a bulletproof vest, according to police.

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 child died 5 days later.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

HOME INVASION/BATTERY CASE: Thomas J. O’Neal, 18, of Morrison; charged with home invasion and aggravated battery. Police say that on Sept. 17, O’Neal pushed his way into a Morrison man’s apartment and beat him with a socket wrench wrapped in a handkerchief.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

THEFT CASE: Christian M. Padilla, 20, of Sterling; charged with possession of burglary tools, theft and obstructing justice, all felonies, and illegal consumption of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following a disturbance on Sept. 16, police say Padilla was found with several stolen electronics items and drug paraphernalia.

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 and misdemeanor DUI. Police say Reyna, who had been drinking at a party on April 30, was backing out of a driveway when he hit two pedestrians, a tree, a mailbox, and a landscaping boulder.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

RAPE/BATTERY CASE: Clifford J. Saxby, 20, of Sterling; charged with criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. Police say he raped a pregnant woman in February.

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.

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.

HOME INVASION/ROBBERY CASE; Johnny R. Ward, 36, and Joshua M. McCranie, 19, both of Rock Falls; charged with home invasion and robbery. Police say they went to the hotel room of a 46-year-old Rock Falls man on Oct. 7, beat him with an unopened can of soda, and stole his wallet.

On the docket: Pretrial conference.

Thursday

DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM CASE: Lee C. Benters, 26, of Sterling; charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card, a misdemeanor. On Nov. 20, Benters fired a single shot during a disagreement with people at his home in rural Sterling, police say.

On the docket: Preliminary hearing.

ARMED ROBBERY CASE: James D. Bopes, 36, of Rock Falls; charged with armed robbery, aggravated battery to a peace officer and aggravated assault to a peace officer, and resisting a peace officer and unlawful use of weapons, both misdemeanors. Co-defendant Lisa M. Montanez, 32, also of Rock Falls, is charged with armed robbery and resisting a peace officer, a misdemeanor. Bopes, armed with a medieval-style sword, and Montanez threatened a couple at a Rock Falls hotel on Nov. 19, and took their money, police say.

On the docket: Preliminary hearing.

Friday

SHOOTING CASE: Jeremy L. Williams, 19, of Rochelle; charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm. Police say Williams and another man shot up a house at 1207 Second Ave. in Sterling on Nov. 6, after they were told to leave a party at that house.

On the docket: Motion to reduce his $500,000 bond.

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