Two Carlyle men are in the Clinton County Jail on $100,000 bail each for an alleged armed home invasion and burglary last week.
Blake A. Nottmeyer, 18, and Lawrence E. Cooper, 25, were both arrested last Tuesday for armed robbery, a Class X felony.
According to the information on the court document, filed Dec. 1, Nottmeyer and Cooper allegedly committed the offense of armed robbery, in that, while armed with a firearm, knowingly took property from another person, including a wallet and U.S. currency, by threatening the imminent use of force.
Armed robbery is a Class X felony, for which 15 years shall be added to the term of imprisonment imposed by the court.
According to a press release prepared by Andy Brethorst of the Carlyle Police Department, on Nov. 29 at approximately 7:27 p.m., officers with the Carlyle Police Department and deputies with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a home in the 200 block of Fairfax Street for a report of a home invasion involving bodily injury.
“Four persons of interest were detained shortly after the incident occurred,” the release stated, adding that three persons were ultimately placed under arrest for their involvement with the incident — two adult males and one juvenile male.
Search warrants were executed and multiple items of evidentiary value were seized during the course of the investigation.
The investigation is still ongoing at this time.
Nottmeyer and Cooper are scheduled to appear in court Dec. 21 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.
A 36-year-old Belleville man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday morning in Clinton County Circuit Court to residential burglary last December in Clinton County.
Steven J. Kuklinski’s case was scheduled to go before a jury trial Dec. 5, however, he instead entered his guilty plea before Judge Stan Brandmeyer.
Per the plea, Kuklinski pleaded guilty to two residential burglary charges, both Class 1 felonies, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison on both counts, to be served concurrently, or at the same time. In addition, he was also ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution costs to one of the victims and $22,288 in restitutions cost to the other victim,
He was give credit for serving 128 days in the Clinton County Jail.
Kuklinski and a co-defendant, Rachel E. Pisarski, 26, of Belleville, were both charged for their role in the Clinton County burglaries.
Kuklinski was initially charged June 17 with two counts of Class 1 felony residential burglary, two counts of Class 2 felony conspiracy and two counts of Class 4 felony criminal damage to property.
According to reports, on Dec. 18 and Dec. 30, 2015, Kuklinski allegedly conspired with co-defendant Pisarski and entered two residences — one on County Line Road in Mascoutah and the other on Covey Lane in Damiansville — with the intent to commit a theft. In addition, Kuklinski allegedly damaged a door and frame and other property in excess of $300.
However, as part of the plea, Kuklinski was only convicted of the two residential burglary counts and the rest of the charges were dismissed.
Kuklinski was eligible for extended term sentencing and was sentenced as a Class X felony offender.
According to the charge, Kuklinski was previously and separately charged, tried and convicted of the offense of residential burglary in Clinton County Case in 2002 and of the offense of residential burglary in Randolph County in 2009. “Therefore, the defendant, a person over the age of 21 years, upon conviction for this Class I felony, having twice been convicted in any state or federal court of an offense that contains the same elements as an offense now classified as a Class 2 or greater felony separately brought and tried and arising out of a different series of acts, shall be sentenced as a Class X offender,” the count states.
Pisarski was charged June 7 with two counts of residential burglaries, both Class 2 felonies.
On Dec. 18, 2015, Pisarski allegedly conspired with Kuklinski, went to a residence located on County Line Road in Mascoutah and Kuklinski entered said residence with the intent to commit a theft. On Dec. 30, 2015, Pisarski went to a residence located on Covey Lane in Damiansville with Kuklinski and he entered said residence with the intent to commit a theft.
Pisarski has since pleaded guilty to both residential burglaries. She was sentenced on June 15 to jail for 14 days, credit for seven days time already served, and 48 months probation.
She was ordered to not have any contact with the victims and to testify truthfully if Kuklinski’s case went to trial.
Kuklinski and Pisarski were also involved in a Dec. 9, 2015, burglary to a home near Lively Grove in Washington County.
A press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department stated that on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, a residential burglary occurred near Lively Grove. Taken was jewelry and cash and after an extensive investigation, the two were arrested and charged.
In the Washington County case, Kuklinski was charged with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, and theft of over $10,000, a Class 2 felony. He is currently being held in the Washington County Jail with bail set at $100,000. His court case is still pending. He is scheduled for a status hearing in the Washington County case on Dec. 13 at 9 a.m.
Pisarski was charged with residential burglary, a Class 2 felony. She has since pleaded guilty and was sentenced (with credit for time served) to 150 days in jail, 48 months probation, and ordered to pay a $500 fine.
The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the investigation, along with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, New Baden Police Department, Trenton Police Department and Smithton Police Department.
It was a tale of two halves in the annual clash between Mater Dei and Central in girls basketball on Monday.
The Mater Dei Lady Knights erased a 9-point halftime lead to emerge victorious on the road with a 47-35 win over their crosstown rivals.
Central’s zone defense had the Lady Knights stymied in the first 16 minutes as MD managed just five field goals and six turnovers.
“We didn’t hit shots and we didn’t rebound well,” said Mater Dei head coach Dave Kohnen. “We didn’t match up well with our defense, but I thought we did a much better job of that in the second half.”
Faye Meissner, seeing her first action of the season, scored five quick points before returning to the bench for the rest of the game as CHS led 5-4.
Clarece Jansen and Ally Fehrmann each had buckets with a charity stripe deliver from Fehrmann which gave the Cougars a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Cougars started the second quarter with a 9-2 run highlighted by a 3-pointer from Olivia Wesselmann as the lead grew to 19-9.
A pair of buckets from MD’s Kierra Winkeler kept the Lady Knights in striking distance before a pair of free throws and a runner from Kelsey Gerdes got them within 24-15 at the break.
“We just were not hitting shots,” said Kohnen. “We had some good looks, they just didn’t fall.”
Things went south from there for the Cougars as Mater Dei outscored the host squad 32-11 in the second half which featured 12 turnovers from CHS.