Union County State's Attorney's Office

Sheriff and State’s Attorney Remind Public To Have a Safe Independence Day

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Joint Release from Union County Sheriff and Union County State’s Attorney

June 26, 2017

Sheriff and State’s Attorney Remind Public To Have a Safe Independence Day

Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel and Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds want to remind the public to have a safe Independence Day next week.  The Union County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police and municipal police departments will be patrolling for drunk drivers.  Everyone who will be drinking is reminded to choose a designated driver.  First time DUI offenders are subject to thousands of dollars in fines and court costs, jail time and loss of driver’s license for six months.  Repeat offenders can be subject to up to $25,000 in fines, a felony conviction and prison time.

Driving drunk is not worth the consequences.  Have a safe and enjoyable holiday – Don’t drink and drive.

States Attorney Files Action Against Opioid Manufacturers

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June 26, 2017

States Attorney Files Action Against Opioid Manufacturers

Union County State’s Attorney, Tyler R. Edmonds, today filed a lawsuit against five prescription opioid manufacturers and their related companies.  The lawsuit is brought on behalf of the People of the State of Illinois, the People of Union County and Union County government.  The lawsuit alleges that the pharmaceutical companies made numerous misrepresentations about the risk, benefits, and adverse effects of opioids for the purpose of increasing profits.  The suit claims that the pharmaceutical companies’ misrepresentations were in violation of both the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act and the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

State’s Attorney Edmonds explained why he filed the lawsuit:  “Throughout the country there is an opioid addiction crisis.  Illinois and Union County are no different.  This addiction crisis crosses all socioeconomic classes and includes your neighbors, friends, family members, and co-workers.  All too often this opioid addiction leads to illicit drug use, crime, overdose and death.  We believe that the evidence will show that this crisis was brought about by opioid manufacturers’ drive for profits at the expense of people.  Opioid manufacturers through a coordinated, sophisticated and deceptive marketing campaign have led prescribers and consumers to believe that opioids were not addictive, addiction was easy to overcome, and prolonged use of opioids was appropriate for even low-level pain.  The representations of the opioid manufacturers are not supported by, and in most instances are directly contrary to, the scientific evidence.  We need to do everything we can to stop this crisis, and one of the ways to do that is to hold the opioid manufacturers responsible for their actions.”

The Companies named in the lawsuit include:

  • Purdue Pharma, which sold OxyContin, MS Contin, Dilaudid, Dilaudid-HP Butrans, Hyslingla ER, and Targiniq ER
  • Endo Health Solutions, which sold Percocet, Percodan, Opana, Opana ER, and Zydone
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and its subsidiary Cephalon, which sold Actiq and Fentora
  • Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which sold Duragesic, Nucynta ER, and Nucynta
  • Allergan, which sold Kadian, Norco, and several generic opioids

The lawsuit is seeking the following remedies:

  • injunctive relief preventing further deceptive practices;
  • restitution of money acquired as a result of deceptive acts;
  • disgorgement of profits which are the result of deceptive acts;
  • civil penalties of $50,000.00 per violation of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act;
  • civil penalties of $10,000.00 for violations of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act against individuals over 65 years of age;
  • fees and cost of the suit.

Thomas Lech, Ann Callis, former Chief Judge of the Madison County Circuit Court, and Greg Jones of the Law Firm of Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. have been appointed special assistant state’s attorneys to assist in the prosecution of the suit.

Media – For more information the Union County State’s Attorney’s Office at telephone 618-833-7216

Jonesboro Woman Sentenced to Prison for Methamphetamine Manufacturing

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June 23, 2017

Jonesboro Woman Sentenced to Prison for Methamphetamine Manufacturing

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Polly A. Quintana (DOB 10/23/1965) of Jonesboro has been sentenced to six (6) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on one (1) count of Participation in Methamphetamine Manufacturing, a Class 1 Felony.  Quintana will also serve a two (2) year term of Mandatory Supervised Release (formerly parole).  Quintana was arrested in January 2017 after an investigation by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Union County Drug Task Force showed Quintana had manufactured methamphetamine at a rural Jonesboro residence between January and June of 2016.

Media: Please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833-5500 for any available booking photographs.

Jury Finds Anna Man Guilty of Burglary

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June 13, 2017

Jury Finds Anna Man Guilty of Burglary

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Daniel Jacob Bible (DOB 08/29/1983) of Anna, Illinois was found guilty today by a Union County Jury on one (1) count of Burglary, a Class 2 Felony.  Bible entered into a private office at a Jonesboro business with the intent to commit a theft in January 2017.  The case was investigated by the Jonesboro Police with assistance from the Union County Sheriff’s Office.  A sentencing hearing has been set for August 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.  The Class 2 Felony carries a maximum penalty of seven (7) years on prison.  Bible remains in custody at the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro.

Media: Please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833-5500 for any available booking photographs.

Anna Woman Sentenced to Prison for Methamphetamine Manufacturing

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May 16, 2017

Anna Woman Sentenced to Prison for Methamphetamine Manufacturing

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Sharon M. Sargent (DOB 02/13/1958) of Anna has been sentenced to six (6) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on one (1) count of Participation in Methamphetamine Manufacturing, a Class “1” Felony.  Sargent will also serve a two (2) year term of Mandatory Supervised Release (formerly parole).  Sargent was arrested in January 2017 after an investigation by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Union County Drug Task Force showed Sargent had manufactured methamphetamine at a rural Jonesboro residence between January and June of 2016.

Media: Please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833-5500 for any available booking photographs.

State’s Attorney calls for Funding of Kids’ Programs to Prevent Crime

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May 1, 2017

State’s Attorney calls for Funding of Kids’ Programs to Prevent Crime
Joins Law Enforcement Leaders to meet with Illinois Lawmakers and Governor in Springfield

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds joined prosecutors, police chiefs and sheriffs from throughout Illinois last week to meet with leaders in Springfield about the impact of the ongoing state budget impasse on programs for children that prevent crime.

“We know investing in our youth not only leads to better social outcomes, it saves taxpayers money,” Edmonds said. “We see kids that are abused and neglected – those kids often end up behind in school and end up in juvenile delinquency and ultimately end up in criminal court. That is costing taxpayers in our communities tremendously.  We really know that in the short term and in the long term, this is a very good investment in taxpayer dollars and also leads to much safer and healthier communities throughout the state.”

The group met with Governor Bruce Rauner and three legislative leaders last week: House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, Senate President John Cullerton and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno. The group also met with several other legislators who play a key role setting the state budget.

The law enforcement leaders represented over 300 law enforcement leaders who are members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois, an anti-crime organization that advocates for evidence-based investments in programs for kids that are proven to cut crime and violence.

The lack of a state budget has forced dozens of non-profit agencies across Illinois to cut back significantly on staffing and important services, and many have already gone out of business.  Included are many programs for kids and youth – programs that law enforcement leaders consider key to protecting public safety:

  • Redeploy Illinois – which provides cheaper and more effective alternatives to prison for juvenile offenders and significantly reduces recidivism. The steady decline in our State’s juvenile prison population is in jeopardy as 24 counties have been forced to drop out of Redeploy.
  • Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Services – which provides crisis-intervention and family-reunification help for about 7,000 youths, including runaways, kids deemed beyond parents’ control, and those in immediate physical danger. During the budget impasse, more than half of these programs have cut staff and/or access to services.  Law enforcement depends on these agencies as safe places to refer unaccompanied at-risk youth.
  • Teen REACH – after-school programs representing safe and educational alternatives to the streets. Without a full-year budget 15,000 at-risk youth will lose access to safe spaces during the “prime time for juvenile crime.”
  • “Parent-coaching” programs – help for the new parents of at-risk infants and toddlers, reducing child abuse and neglect, among other positive results. These home-visting programs are shutting down statewide – risking the loss of $40 million in federal funding for services helping 6,000 families statewide.

Edmonds and other Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois members also voiced support for legislation pending in Springfield which would reduce the expulsion of at-risk kids from pre-school.  The legislation, HB 2663, would create uniform statewide standards regarding pre-school expulsion and ensure that educators have the resources and information to help all kids thrive in early learning classrooms.

State’s Attorney Edmonds serves as co-chair of FIGHT CRIME: INVEST IN KIDS ILLINOIS, the state office of a national, non-profit, bipartisan, anti-crime organization of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, leaders of law enforcement organizations, and victims of crime.  It has over 300 members in Illinois.

Edmonds - Rauner

Springfield Press Conf April 2017

Kruger Edmonds

Edmonds TV interview

Edmonds at podium

Indiana Man Sentenced to Prison for Burglary

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April 13, 2017

Indiana Man Sentenced to Prison for Burglary

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Dejun Deneil Booker (DOB 09/26/1980) of Indiana has been sentenced to nine (9) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to two (2) counts of Burglary, both Class 2 Felonies.  Booker burglarized a tavern near Ware in the early morning hours of September 5, 2016.  Booker was arrested the following day by Union County Sheriff’s Deputies after an extensive search in the vicinity of Morgan School Road.  During the search, Booker also burglarized a vehicle at a residence on Morgan School Road.   The following agencies assisted the Union County Sheriff’s Office with the search:  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Illinois Conservation Police, Anna Police Department, Jonesboro Police Department, and Cobden Police Department.

Media: Please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833-5500 for any available booking photographs.

Anna Woman Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver

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April 5, 2017

Anna Woman Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Daneille A. Mrozek (DOB 01/26/1994) formerly of 745 McCloud Loop in rural Anna, has been sentenced to three (3) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after admitting a petition to revoke probation on one (1) count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, a Class 2 Felony.  Mrozek was arrested in May of 2015 after an investigation by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Union County Drug Task Force showed Mrozek had participated in the sale of heroin from the McCloud Loop residence in March, April and May of 2015.  She was arrested again in February 2017 after the filing of a Petition to Revoke Probation.

Media: Please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833-5500 for any available booking photographs.

Two Sentenced to Prison for Jonesboro Home Invasion

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March 31, 2017

Two Sentenced to Prison for Jonesboro Home Invasion

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Brooke T. Stanton (DOB 11/09/1995) of Anna and Devin James Salyers (DOB 06/21/1996) of Anna have both pleaded guilty for their roles in a December 2016 home invasion and robbery in Jonesboro.  Stanton was sentenced to fourteen (14) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one (1) count of Home Invasion, a Class X Felony and will serve three (3) years of Mandatory Supervised Release (formerly known as Parole).  Salyers was sentenced to ten (10) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and three (3) years of Mandatory Supervised Release, on one (1) count of Home Invasion, a Class X Felony.

A third person remains in juvenile detention and is charged with Home Invasion and Armed Robbery.

The case was investigated by the Jonesboro Police Department with assistance from the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police Division of Forensic Services.  Two Rivers Child Advocacy Center in Anna facilitated interview of the minor victim.

Media: Please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833-5500 for any available booking photographs.

State’s Attorney Releases 2016 Annual Report

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February 24, 2016

State’s Attorney Releases 2016 Annual Report

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today the release of the State’s Attorney’s Office 2016 Annual Report.  Highlights of the report include:

  • 3376 total cases filed; 251 felonies filed; 54 sentenced to Prison
  • Collected over $300,000 in fines and fees from criminal defendants including over $37,000 in restitution to crime victims
  • Provided services and assistance to over 570 crime victims
  • Office expenditures almost $13,000 under budget

The report also includes a variety of information regarding case filings and outlines the structure, staffing and funding of the office.  The Annual Report may be accessed in PDF format on the Union County State’s Attorney website at www.unioncountyil.gov/sa

A copy of the Annual Report is attached to this release.

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