ALTON -- A Tecumseh, Mo., teen-ager has been arrested and charged with felony burglary following a break-in at the Koshkonong School.
Daniel R. Baird, 17, is in the Oregon County jail awaiting a court hearing. His bond was set at $4,500.
After a call from Koshkonong School officials informing the Oregon County Sheriff's Office that the school had been broken into and several items taken, Sheriff Tim Ward said he spotted a Mercury Grand Marquis parked along County Road 377.
Ward said he saw checks written to the Koshkonong FFA inside the car's backseat. He said he also saw a yellow envelope lying near the right rear door that had "Koshkonong FFA money" written on it.
A state trooper then arrived with Baird in the car. The trooper had stopped to assist him. Baird admitted burglarizing the school and said two others were with him, according to authorities. He told Ward that one of the others went inside the school and he waited outside. The other two have not been identified because they have not been charged in the incident. Baird has a court date set Feb. 9.
An Alton man, Buddy J. McIntire, 22, has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon. Oregon County Chief Deputy Eric King said the charge stems from an incident at an Alton bar.
King said McIntire and his girlfriend were arguing outside the bar, located on the Alton Court Square, when other bar patrons told McIntire to leave. Witnesses at the scene said McIntire went home and came back to the bar with a sword. By the time King arrived McIntire had fled the scene. He was later arrested by officers of the Alton Police Department.