Grundy County Sheriff: Indictment handed down, drug charges, fire investigation, burglary charges dismissed


Grundy County Sheriff Rodney Herring reports a Grand Jury has returned indictments against an inmate currently held at the detention center.

31-year-old David Wayne Manus of Trenton remains charged with enticement of a child, sexual misconduct by indecent exposure, and kidnapping of a child.

These are the same charges as filed by the prosecuting attorney following an incident in late October. Authorities said a nine year old girl had gotten into a vehicle driven by Manus at a school bus stop near Main and Crowder. She was driven to the Mockingbird Hill access road and then let out of the vehicle on Cedar Street.

Sheriff Herring explained the grand jury indictments allow for the cases to proceed to Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court, bypassing the usual procedure of a defendant having, or waiving, a preliminary hearing in associate division of circuit court. Bond for David Manus is 100 thousand dollars cash.

The warrant information shows Barbara Spencer’s signature as foreman of the grand jury that had convened in a secret session earlier this month.

In other news from the sheriff’s office, 24 year old Brandy Lynn Purscell of Trenton faces felony charges of possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine – Bond is 15 thousand dollars with Ms. Purscell to appear Tuesday, March 22, in the Associate Division of circuit court.

Burglary charges against two suspects from last year have been dismissed in Grundy County Circuit Court. The prosecuting attorney’s office filed papers to dismiss second degree burglary charges on 38 year old Scott Virtue of Ridgeway and 36 year old Jason Miles of Green Ridge, Missouri.

They originally were charged stemming from an incident at Coon’s Manufacturing of Spickard in February to April period of last year. Preliminary hearings had been scheduled for Tuesday, March 22nd, in the associate court but were canceled with the dropping of the charges.

In relation to a story published this morning on KTTN.

The Grundy County sheriff’s office is working with a state fire marshal representative as they jointly investigate a suspicious weekend house fire at Spickard.

Sheriff Rodney Herring said some type of accelerant was used to ignite the fire at 206 South 6th Street.

The blaze was discovered by the owner in the early morning hours of Saturday. Damage was to the exterior of the house which authorities said was being remodeled. A spokesman for the Spickard fire protection district listed the owner as Terry Duncan.