Huge arrest in October drunk-driving crash; Edwards charges filed
WHITE/EDWARDS COs.—After what seemed like an interminable wait while the investigation was going on, there have finally been ten people charged in Edwards County with providing the alcohol that lead to a fatal crash last October at the old Casebier Farms corner in south Pond Creek (the White County portion north of Burnt Prairie).
Jessica Brown, 16, and her boyfriend Evan Ibbotson, 18, died when the truck Ibbotson was driving crashed and rolled at a dangerous corner in Pond Creek where the old Casebier Farms used to be located. With them and severely injured was Ben Jostes, 24, formerly an Albion boy and now living in St. Jacob, who was among those arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Alcohol to a Minor.
Also charged with the same unlawful delivery are Kody J. Bailey, 23 of Bone Gap, Michael T. Gill, 22 of Ellery, Anson A. Rutger, 23 of Albion, and Brandi Wayland, 22, and Nathan Wayland, 24, both of Albion. Brandy Wayland is charged with two counts of unlawful delivery.
Brian W. Winter, 19 of Ellery and Ernest J. Fisher, 18 of Ellery, have been charged with Unlawful Possession of Alcohol by a Minor; Winter has been charged with two counts, ostensibly one each to Brown and Ibbotson. A juvenile has been charged with two counts of Obstruction of Justice, probably for lying to police all along, and a second juvenile has been charged with Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Alcohol by a Minor. When we get those names we’ll bring them to you.
The incident happened in the early morning hours of Oct. 17. It was our understanding that there was a drinking party going on not far from the crash location, and all the kids mentioned were attending. We were told that one of the males at the party was giving Jessica a hard time, and she had asked to go home to get away from him. Unfortunately her boyfriend had reportedly been drinking as well, which likely resulted in the crash. There’s been no indication of why they were in the remote area they were when the crash occurred.
There’s a distinct problem in Edwards with underage drinking, despite all the government-supported ‘programs’ designed to address it. Some kids just don’t care. We’ve often said that if these ‘programs’ were instead things that could give kids something to do besides sports—drama group, gamers club, gardening society, young writers guild, hell even a chess club for god’s sake, something that gives these kids a sense of self besides drinking, drugs and sex, as displayed on the MySpaces of many—this aimlessness and “oh-we’re-bored-we-don’t-have-nuthin-ta-do” mentality might not have such a foothold. But no; it’s gotta be up to the government to direct our kids, a la Project Success (and we see how well THAT worked out for Sheila Colbert, didn’t we?)
When we find out more on these charges and kids, we’ll let you know; all counts currently appear to be misdemeanors.
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