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COVID-19: Jasper Co. State’s Attorney charges man with Reckless Conduct for violating Doc’s medical advice –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On March 27, 2020

Newton, IL. (ECWd) –

The Jasper County State’s Attorney issued a Press Release today indicating a man was charged with Reckless Conduct, a Class A Misdemeanor, after he allegedly ignored medical advice to self-isolate and therefore showed a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others.

The man apparently bragged about traveling around Jasper County on his Facebook account when some people noticed and called the authorities with a complaint.

We are working on obtaining the name of the individual charged and will publish it when we find out.


I hope that everyone in Jasper County is doing well during these unique and truly unprecedented times. The Jasper County State’s Attorney’s office continues to focus on mindful prosecution and the safety of our citizens. To that end, we continue to investigate crime and now are diligently working with the Jasper County Health Department and local law enforcement to monitor compliance with COVID-19 safety precautions.

On March 25, 2020, a joint investigation by the Jasper County Health Department and the Jasper County State’s Attorney’s office began to address concerns that a non-Jasper County resident had entered Jasper County and violated medical advice to self-isolate. That investigation concluded that an individual that does not reside in Jasper County had presented to a medical professional in his/her home county on March 22, 2020, and was exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and told that he/she should self-isolate until April 5, 2020. That individual was not tested for COVID-19 but was still ordered to self-isolate as a continued precaution against the potential spread of COVID-19. On March 25, 2020, that individual entered into a Jasper County business and was clearly not self-isolating. On March 27, 2020, after the conclusion of the investigation, charges were filed for Reckless Conduct, a Class A Misdemeanor. The charges allege that the individual ignored medical advice to self-isolate and therefore showed a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others. The healthcare provider that handled the care for the individual has been contacted and local law enforcement in the individual’s county of residence have been given the investigative file. Prosecution for the allegations that occurred in Jasper County will be handled by the Jasper County State’s Attorney’s office.

Statements made herein are based upon probable cause. All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

I am not releasing this information in order to cause panic, which is why names and locations have been excluded, however, I want Jasper County residents to know that public health is something I take very seriously and blatant acts of disregard for others safety will not be tolerated. Stay safe, stay healthy, wash your hands, and lets all continue to pray and care for each other.

Chad M. Miller
Jasper County States Attorney
100 W. Jourdan
Newton, IL 62448
(618) 783-3115

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  • John Q. Public
    Posted at 19:53h, 27 March

    Sounds entirely appropriate. I hope it sends a message to others who don’t give a crap about others. They should do the same thing to restaurant cooks who go to the bathroom and fail to wash their hands before returning to the kitchen.

  • Cindy
    Posted at 02:05h, 28 March

    Welcome to the new world order. Your country has gone Communist. The tyranny will NOT stop. Every single right you ever thought you had is gone. This IS the beast system rising.

  • Slightly Sightful
    Posted at 09:19h, 12 April

    The HIPPA forms are now to be sold in the toilet paper isle of your supermarkets. Stay away from health care, or find the industry as the Judas who will sell your demise to the Caiphus that is the authorities.