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Circuit Court: March 23, 2012
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FELONIES• A complaint was filed Thursday, March 22, against Douglas William Axelson, 26, Brodhead, on a felony charge of physical abuse of a child and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. The complaint indicates Axelson slapped a 16-year-old male in the face with an open hand and head-butted him in the eye, causing swelling and a goose egg, during a disturbance Tuesday, March 20, outside a residence in the 600 block of East Exchange Street in Brodhead.MISDEMEANORS• Sherri K. Downs, 42, Orangeville, Ill., pleaded no contest Monday, March 19, to writing a worthless check of $214.07 to Suisse Haus in Monroe in October 2009. The charge was originally filed as a Class A misdemeanor but downgraded to an ordinance violation.