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Bureau County grand jury returns 10 indictments

The Bureau County Courthouse.
The Bureau County Courthouse.

PRINCETON — The following cases were considered by the Bureau County grand jury on March 13.

• John H. Gladney, 49, of Merrillville, Ind., was indicted for the Class 2 felony offense of theft. The defendant is accused of obtaining control over certain property belonging to an Iowa company, having a value in excess of $10,000 but less than $100,000, knowing the items to be stolen and intending to deprive the company permanently of the use of the property. A trooper from the Illinois State Police, District 17, testified before the grand jury. The defendant is free from custody after posting bond in the amount of $20,000, 10 percent to apply.

P. Nathaniel Boe Jr., 27, of Chicago was indicted for the Class 2 felony offense of theft. The defendant is accused of obtaining control over certain property belonging to an Iowa company, having a value in excess of $10,000 but less than $100,000, knowing the items to be stolen and intending to deprive the company permanently of the use of the property. A trooper from the Illinois State Police, District 17, testified before the grand jury. The defendant is free from custody after posting bond in the amount of $5,000, 10 percent to apply.

• Demetrius T. Johnson, 31, of Litchfield Park, Ariz., was indicted for the Class X felony offense of unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine). He is accused of possessing with the intent to deliver, more than 900 grams a substance containing methamphetamine. An agent from the Tri-DENT Drug Task Force testified before the grand jury. This defendant is in custody of the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of bond in the amount of $1,000,000, 10 percent to apply.

• Robert M. Knettle, 34, of Spring Valley was indicted for the Class 4 felony offense of unlawful possession of a credit/debit card. He is accused of using someone else’s credit/debit card without permission with the intent to use the card. An officer from Spring Valley Police Department testified before the grand jury. This defendant is free from custody after posting bond in the amount of $5,000, 10 percent to apply.

• Yuri K. Smith, 44, of Sacramento, Calif., was indicted for the Class 2 felony offense of unlawful possession with the intent to deliver cannabis. He is accused of possessing more than 500 grams but less than 2,000 grams of a substance containing cannabis with the intent to deliver. A trooper from the Illinois State Police, District 50, testified before the grand jury. The defendant is free from custody after posting bond in the amount of $50,000, 10 percent to apply.

• Phouvanh Borihanh, 51, of Anchorage, Alaska, was indicted for the Class X felony offense of unlawful possession with the intent to deliver cannabis. He is accused of possessing more than 5,000 grams of a substance containing cannabis with the intent to deliver. A trooper from the Illinois State Police, District 50, testified before the grand jury. This defendant is in custody of the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of bond in the amount of $750,000, 10 percent to apply.

• Christopher P. Purba, 58, of Elk Grove, Calif., was indicted for the Class X felony offense of unlawful possession with the intent to deliver cannabis. He is accused of possessing more than 5,000 grams of a substance containing cannabis with the intent to deliver. A trooper from the Illinois State Police, District 50, testified before the grand jury. This defendant is in custody of the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of bond in the amount of $750,000, 10 percent to apply.

• Nicholas S. Bouslog, 39, Prince­ton was charged with five additional counts of the felony offense of child pornography: one count Class X, one count Class 1 and three counts Class 2. He is accused of disseminating a photograph of a child, under the age of 13 years, in a pose involving lewd exhibition of the unclothed genitals; possessing a photograph of a child, under the age of 13 years, in a sex act; possessing a film of a child under the age of 13 years, in a sex act; possessing a film of a child under the age of 13 years, in poses involving lewd exhibition of the unclothed genitals; and photographing a child under the age of 18 years in a pose involving a lewd exhibition of the unclothed genitals. He is further charged with the Class 2 felony offense of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He is accused of committing an act of sexual conduct with a person under 13 years of age in that he touched said minor’s breast for the purpose of self-gratification or arousal. A special agent from the Illinois State Police testified before the grand jury. This defendant is in custody of the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of bond in the amount of $175,000, 10 percent to apply.

• Manuel Lira, 20, of Elgin was indicted for the Class 4 felony offense of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. The defendant is accused of failing to stop after a uniformed DePue Police officer, driving an official police vehicle, displayed flashing red and blue lights signaling for the defendant to pull over and in an attempt to elude the police officer drove 21 miles per hour over the legal speed limit. A DePue Police officer testified before the grand jury. The defendant is free from custody after posting bond in the amount of $30,000, 10 percent to apply.

• Cole M. Lowande, 21, of Prince­ton was indicted for the Class 2 felony offense of aggravated battery. The defendant is accused of making physical contact of an insulting and provoking nature in that he graced the officer around the neck and placed him in a headlock. A Prince­ton Police officer testified before the grand jury. The defendant is free from custody after posting bond in the amount of $10,000, 10 percent to apply.

These indictments were presented to the grand jury by Bureau County State’s Attorney Geno Caffarini, First Assistant State’s Attorney Thomas Briddick and Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Anderson. The indictments on Smith, Johnson and Lira were returned before Judge Marc Bernabei; the indictments on Knettle, Boe, Gladney, Boprihanh, Purba, Lowande and Bouslog were returned before Judge Hollerich. There were no suppressed cases.

These indictments are only accusations against the defendants. They are presumed innocent until proved guilty.

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