EDWARDSVILLE • A 42-year-old Collinsville man was being held on a charge of damaging government property Monday after he allegedly tried to back a truck up to a door of the Madison County Courthouse.
Roy L. Conger Jr. of the 400 block of South Jefferson Avenue in Collinsville allegedly damaged landscaping and concrete stairs at the courthouse, located at 155 North Main Street in Edwardsville. He was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Edwardsville police were called about 4:15 a.m. Police said the tractor-trailer truck had become stuck on the south steps of the courthouse. They said Conger left the scene but surrendered at the nearby Madison County Jail.
Court records show Conger had been involved in recent court wrangling over child support. His motion to reduce payments had been denied earlier this month.
Conger apparently sought a reduction based on loss of a job but Associate Judge Keith Jensen said in an order denying the motion that Conger's own actions caused the job loss.
On April 28, Conger's ex-wife obtained an emergency order of protection against him on behalf of herself and two children. Her petition cited a letter faxed by Conger to a state agency regarding a lien on a bank account.
"You take my ... money you better get a federal law agency like the F.B.I. on the case," the letter said. "You will hear about me and read about me. I promise that."
Conger wrote in the letter that he was bankrupt, had a $1,040 house payment and was required to pay $13,000 a year in child support.
The petition for an order of protection was withdrawn on May 12, prior to a hearing on a continuation of the order.