Exeter couple charged with multiple forgeries

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kovanda, Homewood facing more charges after investigation

Two Exeter residents charged with burglary and stealing are now facing separate charges of forgeries after an investigation by the Barry County Sheriff's Department.

Preston Kovanda, 25, has been charged with five counts of forgery, and Megan Homewood, 28, has been charged with four counts of forgery, all class C felonies.

The charges stem from an investigation into the couple after being originally arrested in February for allegedly breaking into a woman's home on Farm Road 1085 and stealing tools and frozen meats.

The two are accused of breaking through three doors to gain access to the home, but were chased away when the 73-year-old homeowner brandished a pistol and forced them to flee.

Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly said three children were removed from the couple's home at 201 Oak St. in Exeter, and investigators also found a small amount of methamphetamine, less than a gram. Possession charges have not been filed against either of the two.

Investigators said the forgery charges were added after a search turned up evidence the couple forged a number of checks used at Walmart stores in Cassville and Monett, as well as a check-cashing business in Monett. Further forgery charges may also be filed in other counties for alleged forgeries in Republic, Aurora and Springfield.

Kovanda and Homewood are being held in the Barry County jail on $60,000 bonds. They have both been granted public defenders in the burglary and stealing case, and will each appear in court on March 20 at 9 a.m., with Judge Victor Head presiding.

The original charges include: first-degree burglary, a class B felony, and stealing, a class A misdemeanor. According to Missouri Revised Statue, a class B felony carries between 5-15 years in prison, and a class A misdemeanor carries up to one year.

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