A bond reduction has been denied for a Breese woman who was charged in Clinton County Circuit Court with stealing over $146,000 from her employer. Laura A. Koch, 46, of North Fifth Street in Breese appeared in court last Thursday with public defender Stewart Freeman before Judge William Becker.
Koch is being held in the Clinton County Jail on $100,000 bond after being charged earlier this month with theft in excess of $100,000, a Class 1 felony.
During the Nov. 19 bond reduction hearing, Judge Becker denied the reduction, stating that the amount of bail fit the nature of the crime.
According to court documents filed Nov. 6, Koch allegedly stole $146,190.28 from Baer Heating & Cooling and American Way Storage in Iuka.
Between July 1, 2013, and Oct. 31, 2015, Koch allegedly committed the offense of theft in that she knowingly obtained unauthorized control over property belonging to Baer Heating & Cooling and American Way Storage in Iuka.
It was reported that over the course of two years, Koch allegedly wrote herself checks and cashed them at a bank in Breese. She was eventually caught after the business’s bank noticed funds missing from the account and “suspicious activity” was flagged by the bank.
After a review, it was determined that money was not authorized for that period of time.
Although the businesses are located in Marion County, Koch is being charged in Clinton County because she cashed the checks in Breese, and since the crime was committed in Clinton County, charges were filed there.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for next Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.
A Centralia man’s jury trial has once again been delayed in his case against an alleged sexual assault of a female victim last December on a back road in Clinton County. Zackary K. Schilling, 19, of Centralia appeared in Clinton County Circuit Court Nov. 19 with his attorney, Steve Quinn, before Judge William Becker.
Schilling, who was scheduled to go to jury trial next Tuesday, Dec. 1, appeared in court and his jury trial was once again continued into the new year.
This is the fourth attempt for a jury trial in Schilling’s case.
Schilling and a co-defendant, Jacob A. Kriegel, 21, of Aviston, have both been accused of sexually assaulting a female last December.
They were both charged Dec. 15, 2014, with committing three different sex acts against the victim’s will while in a vehicle in the early morning hours of Dec. 14, 2014, in Clinton County.
The incident was reported to sheriff’s deputies when the victim showed up later that day at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese for treatment.
At the Nov. 19 pretrial hearing, Schilling’s attorney asked for another continuance, with the delay attributed to the defendant.
Another pretrial hearing has been set for both Kriegel and Schilling for Jan. 7, 2016, at 9 a.m., with a jury trial beginning Jan. 19, 2016, at 8:30 a.m.
During a previous preliminary hearing, Detective Charlie Becherer of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department testified that the victim, referred to as Jane Doe, and her friend went to a party on Beaver Road in Clinton County in the evening hours of Dec. 13, 2014. The two women saw Schilling and Kriegel at the party and the two men asked the women if they wanted to take a ride to Germantown.
The one woman declined, however, the alleged victim said that she would go.
After interviewing the alleged victim — Jane Doe — Becherer said that Kriegel was driving Schilling’s truck on the back roads.
At some point, Becherer reported, Schilling started to fondle the victim’s breast and then removed her shirt.
At that point they were on Tune Road (near Breese) and both Schilling and Kriegel allegedly committed various sex acts on the victim.
The Mater Dei Knights football team saw their brilliant postseason run come to a close Saturday after a 48-20 loss to undefeated Althoff in the Class 4A semifinals. The defeat was the second of the season at Lindenwood-Belleville for the Knights against the Crusaders.
On a blustery afternoon, the Crusaders compiled 445 yards of total offense while the Knights managed 228 total yards.
The Knights hung with Althoff early in the contest before the Crusaders scored three touchdowns in a 27 second span early in the second half to put the game away.
With the win, the Crusaders will challenge undefeated Chicago Phillips on Friday evening in the Class 4A State championship game in De Kalb.
“It means the world,” Althoff junior linebacker Bryson Strong said. “We worked our butts off all summer and I’m just extremely blessed. We’re going to execute and do everything we need to do next week to make sure we come home with a ring.”
On their second possession of the game, the Knights got on the board when quarterback Colin Schuetz hit Josh Haberer for a 75-yard touchdown connection.
After missing the extra point against a stiff wind, the Knights led 6-0 midway through the first quarter.
On the ensuing drive, the Knights had the Crusaders on a third down and 19 situation.
However, Jaylon Bester busted through the MD line and gained 26 yards to extend the drive.
Two plays later, AHS quarterback Jordan Augustine ran in from 15 yards to give the host team the lead for good at 7-6.
After stopping the MD offense on the next drive, Augustine capped off a 10-play drive with a 1-yard score early in the second quarter to give AHS a 14-6 lead.
Bester added a 7-yard score later in the frame to give Althoff a 21-6 lead at the break.
“You have to take your hats off to them,” Mater Dei head coach Jim Stiebel said. “They made some plays in critical situations and then obviously the special-teams debacle didn’t help us. They made some key plays in third-and-long situations all day long.”
After halftime is where things went south for the Knights after CJ Coldon scored on the Crusaders’ third play of the half when he ran in from 20 yards out.
Althoff recovered an onside kick and scored one play later when Malik Easley scored from 48 yards out to make the score 35-6.
On the Knights’ ensuing possession, Schuetz was picked off by Jeremy Savannah who ran the turnover in from 42-yards out to extend the lead to 42-6.
Later in the quarter, Augustine found Jordan Goodwin on a 39-yard touchdown with 81 seconds left in the third quarter to get the running clock.
Mater Dei showed their heart by scoring a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
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