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Attorney wanted on drug charges arrested

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A northern Indiana attorney wanted in Noble County on various drug charges was arrested late Wednesday, according to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department.

Jon A. Criss, 43, faces charges of Class D felonies possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance, and Class A misdemeanors possession of marijuana and possession of a synthetic drug. The charges stem from items allegedly recovered during the execution of a search warrant of Criss’ home on July 17, according to a release from the sheriff’s department.  

When the charges were filed by Noble County Prosecutor Steven Clouse Wednesday afternoon, Criss’ whereabouts were not known, but a tip led to his arrest later in the day. The sheriff’s department release says he was arrested without incident at his home.

Criss' initial hearing was held Wednesday, in which the judge set his bond at $75,000, Clouse said. During the hearing, the state submitted evidence that Criss turned in his own obituary to the Kendallville News Sun this week. Clouse said the state argued that one who falsifies his own obituary is intending to fleat and not be caught.

Criss intends to represent himself, and his pretrial conference and omnibus date are set for September 18.

Criss was admitted to practice in 1994. According to the roll of attorneys, he was suspended in June; the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission filed a petition July 24 against Criss for failure to cooperate with the disciplinary process.

 

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