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Clay City man arrested for failure to return

Thursday, July 17, 2008

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A Clay City man failed to return to jail after being released to help his family following the June flooding.

According to Clay Circuit Court documents, attorney Ed McGlone filed a "hardship" motion on behalf of Timothy J. Steuerwald, 39, in Clay Circuit Court. The motion requested that Steuerwald be released from the Clay County Justice Center on June 25 in order to help his family replant 1,200-1,600 acres of lost crop due to water damage.

Steuerwald was serving a sentence for a conviction on several drug related charges stemming from a February arrest.

Approved by Circuit Judge Joseph Trout, Steuerwald was ordered to return to the CCJC on July 14.

However, when the day arrived, Steuerwald failed turn himself in to authorities.

According to officials, it is not Steuerwald's first offense. During the past few years, he has several prior probation violations and, in 2007, a prior separate instance of failing to return.

On Monday, CCJC Jail Commander Ken Rollings contacted the court and a warrant was issued for Steuerwald's arrest.

During Wednesday's booking process, Rollings told The Brazil Times that Steuerwald was inadvertently charged with "Escape," which is the charge category the class D felony charge of "failure to return for lawful detention" and similar types of charges are listed.

Officials want to assure the public that no inmate escaped from the CCJC, it is only a technical term used during the charging process.

Appearing before Clay Circuit Court Judge Trout Thursday for his initial hearing, Steuerwald said he would be hiring private counsel and a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf. A jury trial was schedule for 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Steuerwald remains incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed and a 15-day hold for probation violation.


Clarification

A clerical error led to the wrong information being provided to The Brazil Times in a story written for the July 18 edition about Timothy J. Steuerwald. At some point during the file transfer process from the Clay County Courthouse to the Clay County Justice Center, a page from Christopher Steuerwald's charging information was inadvertently placed in Timothy's file. According to court documentation, Timothy was incarcerated in February for a third incident of "failure to return to law enforcement," not for drug related charges as stated in the story.


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Did I read it right that this man who was in jail for several charges including "drug related" was released to help his family farm. You have got to be kidding me does the judge think this is Mayberry? I am here to tell the judge that we do not live in Mayberry even if Clay City claims to be the Mayberry of the Midwest. Why is this guy special? Why let him out to work? He comitted a crime why doesnt he pay. Sounds like if he didnt return when he was scheduled to he must need a little more time to clean up the flood water and replant the field. Geez give me a brake.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 9:57 PM

Let me think... I'm a judge and i hear the story this attorney is giving me... so I look at the man's criminal back ground and I see (and im quoting from the article) "During the past few years, he has several prior probation violations and, in 2007, a prior separate instance of failing to return." Now as a prudent Judge, no way would I have released this man. He has a history of not returning, and a history of breaking the rules of his probation when he is released! This man should have never been released in the first place and I will consider this incident during the next election.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Fri, Jul 18, 2008, at 2:07 AM

I'm sorry i do want to clarify that I am not a Judge, and that should have stated ... If I was a Judge....

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Fri, Jul 18, 2008, at 2:09 AM

Excellent work by our fine judges. If I was a police officer I wouldn't even want to bother making an arrest knowing that they're going to get let go so they can plant seeds for thier farm this summer.

*Awaits comments from people who will find this the police's fault anyway.

-- Posted by Pro Se on Fri, Jul 18, 2008, at 8:54 AM

No arguments from me. Do the crime do the time... or so it should be!

-- Posted by sassypants on Fri, Jul 18, 2008, at 9:34 AM

Dont you all know this happens often only they return so you dont hear about. But lets get real there whole farm waws flooded his parents are eldrey. I have No prob with Tim In jail go place for him. but we do what we need to get by

-- Posted by kd323 on Sat, Jul 19, 2008, at 10:24 AM

I have sympathy for this man's parents, but the fact is he broke the law. If people were aware "hey if I do this crime, my family will suffer", maybe they would think twice about the crime.

He needs to know that the people he committed the crime against (society) suffered because of it, and now it would seem the people closest to him would had suffed. Maybe if he had to live with that and know how it feels when your action causes pain and suffering to someone, he would have leaned his lesson.

Now he, and other criminals, know this county is lenient and if their family needs them, they will be there for them and not sitting in jail where they should be.

-- Posted by HoNeyLove on Sat, Jul 19, 2008, at 12:16 PM

Ok I was at the Clay City fair for the truck/tractor pull on June 25. ( Release date for the above person.) I hear the announcer say " The next driver is Tim Steuerwald " I look at the person next and said thought he was jail. We both just shrugged our shoulders and went on. So I guess what he was planting was the pull strip at the fair.

Just shrugging my shoulders .........even more now

-- Posted by averageguy on Sun, Jul 27, 2008, at 9:47 AM

Ok I was at the Clay City fair for the truck/tractor pull on June 25. ( Release date for the above person.) I hear the announcer say " The next driver is Tim Steuerwald " I look at the person next and said thought he was jail. We both just shrugged our shoulders and went on. So I guess what he was planting was the pull strip at the fair.

Just shrugging my shoulders .........even more now

-- Posted by averageguy on Sun, Jul 27, 2008, at 9:48 AM


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