Paw Paw man arrested on nationwide warrant

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PAW PAW — The Lee County Sheriff’s Office received information that an individual residing on Howlett Road in rural Paw Paw, was wanted on a nationwide warrant out of the State of Montana.  Thomas W. Jessberger, 48, formerly of Missoula, Mont., was wanted on a Violation of Conditional Release – Absconder warrant from the Montana Department of Corrections.  The original charges stem from an arrest for 15 counts of Cruelty to Animals. 

On the morning of Feb. 10, Lee County Sheriff Deputies conducted a traffic stop in the area of Howlett Road and Woodlawn Road. The driver, Jessberger, was taken into custody without incident. Jessberger was transported to the Lee County Jail where he is being held awaiting extradition. 

Jessberger was also charged with Driving While License Suspended and issued a court date.  

Citizens are reminded to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (815) 284-6631 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-Caught-U.  Callers can remain anonymous and receive rewards of up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.

All charges are merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.