By Karen Hall
A man who allegedly committed crimes here over 14 years ago was brought all the way back from Oregon last month to answer to the charges against him.
Lorin Michael Jacobs, 33, of Milwaukie, Ore. was booked into Marshall County Jail on March 25, and is being held on a $200,000 bond. Jacobs was booked into his local jail in Oregon - Clackamas County Jail - on March 10.
A computer check evidently revealed to Oregon law enforcement that Jacobs had outstanding warrants in Tennessee.
"We keep these (warrants) current, and we catch them every so often," said Circuit Court Clerk Elinor Foster.
According to his file in Foster's office, Jacobs was indicted by the grand jury in February 1998. Allegedly, he broke into two local homes on Feb. 5, 1998. From Ernest Braden he took $800 and a 1987 Chevrolet pickup truck, and from Randy and Mary Ellen Crosslin he took a set of keys and a telephone, and a 1995 Pontiac, at that time worth more than $10,000.
Jacobs made his first appearance in a Marshall County court last week. He filled out an affidavit of indigency, and Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler appointed the Public Defender's Office to represent him.
In the affidavit Jacobs states he is unemployed, with no assets and no sources of income. He does have two children, a boy and a girl.
Jacobs was born in Oregon, and there is no explanation currently available as to how he came to be in Marshall County in 1998.
Indictment does not mean a person is guilty. That's determined by a trial, or by a guilty plea.