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SYCAMORE – A Genoa woman who police say has been arrested eight times in the past two months was accused Thursday of having a tank spewing propane near a lighter.
Carrie A. Jones, 31, of the 500 block of West First Street in Genoa, was charged with possession of explosives or explosive or incendiary devices, a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
She also was charged with intoxicating compounds, a Class C misdemeanor punishable by not more than 30 days in jail, and resisting a peace officer, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by less than one year in jail.
According to court documents, police found Jones huffing propane from a Coleman tank in the back seat of a car about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, with the car doors locked. When an officer asked her to open the door, she refused; once the officer pried the door open, she moved to another part of the car and continued huffing.
Jones, who had to be forcibly removed from the car by police, had defeated the safety valve on the tank, allowing propane to spew out. Cigarettes and a lighter were in close proximity, according to court documents.
Prosecutor Nicholas Gaeke with the DeKalb County State’s Attorney Office said Jones is currently on supervision for unlawful use of intoxicating compounds. She also has nine pending misdemeanor charges, he said, including criminal damage to property and criminal trespass.
Gaeke requested a $250,000 bond for Jones, based on the threat she poses to herself and the community, and Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert set bond at that amount.
“She’s a danger to herself and the public,” said Genoa Police Chief Ty Lynch, adding that he was pleased she has been charged with offenses that should keep her in jail for some time.
Jones will next appear in court Wednesday.