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Man on probation for thefts charged with trying to beat drug test

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A 22-year-old who received probation for residential burglaries and an auto theft in Wayne that were committed to fund a heroin habit, may have lost his chance to stay out of prison.

Evan A. Nelsen, formerly of Wayne and now of the 27W600 block of Timber Lane, West Chicago, was accused of bringing a honey container filled with someone else's urine to an Aug. 30 drug test that was required for his probation, according to a Kane County sheriff's report.

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He now faces a felony charge of attempting to evade/defraud a drug screen test, court records show.

The charge is punishable by up to three years in prison, though probation also is an option.

What Nelsen should probably be more worried about is violating the probation from felony thefts in Wayne that he pleaded guilty to in April.

According to court records, Nelsen was originally charged with residential burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, criminal trespass to vehicles and possession of a controlled substance. He told police last December he broke into two houses and stole a computer that he later sold to buy heroin, authorities said.

The most serious charge of residential burglary carried a prison term of four to 15 years.

Nelsen pleaded guilty to a reduced burglary charge that carried up to seven years in prison, records show. Probation also was an option, and Nelsen was given 30 months, along with 180 days in jail, and $3,235 in fines.

But if he violated his probation, a judge could resentence him to prison time. The felony charge for trying to foil the drug test would constitute a violation.

Nelsen was being held at the Kane County jail on $50,000 bail, and his next court date is Thursday.

Golf outing a hit: CASA Kane County, which provides specially trained, court appointed advocates for abused and neglected children, raised $185,000 in its 10th annual Golf for a Child Outing last month.

The event, held at the Royal Fox and St. Charles Country Clubs, drew 264 golfers.

Gary Hansberger of St. Charles also was honored for his support of CASA Kane County.

For more information about CASA, visit casakanecounty.org or call (630) 232-4484.

Victim service goes mobile: Illinois VINELink, a free service that victims can use to track the status of offenders, now has mobile apps for iPhones and Android-based smartphones.

VINE, which stands for Victim Information and Notification Everyday, is available in 46 states. People can sign up to get a telephone call or email notification when an offender's custody status changes.

Both apps are free. For more information, visit vinelink.com or call (866) 566-8439.

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