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Two Face New Felony Charges in Marion County Court

By Bruce Kropp

Bond has been set at $30,000 for a 27-year-old Salem man charged in Marion County Court with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and a misdemeanor charge for leaving the scene of an unrelated accident with vehicle damage. Kevin Simon of West Whitaker turned himself into the sheriff's department after walking away from the two recent accidents.

Simon was told by Judge Sherrie Tungate if he is found guilty of the felony charge of leaving the personal injury accident he will face a mandatory prison term because of his past felony convictions. Those earlier convictions on methamphetamine and criminal damage to property charges will also make Simon eligible for an extended term sentence. Simon indicated he would hire his own attorney. He was scheduled for a first appearance with an attorney on December 12th.

A passenger in Simon's truck, 29-year-old Eric Childers of Church Road, was treated for injuries at Salem Township Hospital following a crash on Church Road last month. No one was injured in the second wreck when a car Simon was driving crashed into the roadside ditch and hit a culvert on Red Stripe Road west of Farthing Road in rural Odin.

Bond was set at $20,000 for a 37-year-old Patoka woman arrested for alleged unlawful possession of methamphetamine and possession of a meth precursor. Trina Organ of West Clinton was the driver of a car involved in a Monday morning traffic stop in Sandoval. State's Attorney Matt Wilzbach released a passenger in the car, 33-year-old Amanda Redman of North Marion in Central City, without being charged because Organ said the meth found in the car belonged to her.

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