News of record: July 21, 2013

Crouse makes initial appearance

Kevin Crouse, 44, of 1316 1/2 Sixth Ave. S., who is charged with first-degree arson and possession of drug paraphernalia, made his initial appearance Saturday in Webster County Magistrate Court.

Magistrate Steve Kersten set bond at $25,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for July 31.

The charges stem from a incident Friday in which Crouse is accused of setting several objects on fire inside an apartment at 1316 1/2 Sixth Ave. S. He was arrested after texting Kristina Bockoven, 42, about setting the fires, according to the complaint.

In addition, Kersten ordered Crouse not to have any contact with Bockoven or the apartment complex.

First-degree arson is a class B felony.

The misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge was continued 180 days.

Magistrate Court



Attempted burglary, third-degree – Kory Siebken, 25, 1524 Fourth Ave. N., preliminary hearing scheduled for July 31.

Assault – Sabra Houdek, 43, Gowrie, $65 suspended, $60 court costs.