Womens charges dismissed
By Joe Baker, Senior Editor
By Joe Baker
Charges against two area women, Judy Trost of Pecatonica and Nancy Siergiej of Stockton, have been dropped. The pair was arrested last Oct. 1 and charged with obstruction of justice.
Jo Daviess County States Attorney Glen Weber accused them of making comments about a house fire in Stockton in which a man died. Dennis Broshous was found dead in the ruins of the building.
Obstruction of justice is a Class 4 felony under Illinois law. Had the pair been convicted, they could have been sentenced to one to three years in prison.
Weber alleged the two told members of the Broshous family that the Sept. 22 fire was arson and that it was set by Jo Daviess County deputies. The fire has since been declared arson, but no arrests have been made.
Weber said the case was dismissed with leave to reinstate. It can be reinstated until Sept. 30, 2005. We feel to continue the prosecution of these two women would compromise a more serious arson case. It creates a problem. It is a very difficult investigation. The investigation he referred to is the fire in which Broshous died.
The two women denied the allegations. Trost said her conversation with a Broshous family member concerned the 1998 death of Ed Crowley, a member of the Hanover Police Department and a security guard at Apple Canyon Lake.