Judge receives alarming voice messages

Friday, January 15, 2010 | 3:25 p.m. CST; updated 6:38 p.m. CST, Friday, January 15, 2010

COLUMBIA — A former Hartsburg man was arrested in Texas after he was linked to five "troubling" messages left on 13th Circuit Court Judge Kevin Crane's voice mail between Christmas and New Year's Day.

Maj. Tom Reddin with the Boone County Sheriff's Department said the first of the five messages was left in the late evening of Dec. 25, 2009.  The investigation began after Crane filed a report with the Boone County Sheriff's Department the next day.

The judge received more messages from the same caller in the morning hours of Jan. 1, 2010.

The investigation led authorities to believe Allen W. Hause, 55, was the unknown caller, Reddin said. A warrant for his arrest was obtained on Jan. 5. Hause was taken into custody on January 13 in Channelview, Texas, near Houston. Reddin did not know when he would be returned to Boone County.

Reddin said criminal suspects or defendants making threats against judges is unusual in Boone County. "This is the first of this kind of case in my memory, and I've worked here for 24 years," he said.

He would not describe the content of the messages or why the phone calls were made to Crane.

Staff at Crane's office declined to comment on the case or allow a reporter to speak to Crane.

Hause has a history of criminal activities that date back over 30 years that includes  property damage, resisting arrest, drug possession, and assault with weapons, Reddin said. But Hause had never been in Crane's courtroom in Boone County, though Crane did issue a warrant for Hause's arrest on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

Crane became a judge in 2006. Before that, he was chief prosecutor in Boone County from 1993 to 2006.

Hause had two other outstanding felony Missouri warrants: one from Boone County for failure to appear on the original charge of unlawful use of a weapon relating to an August 2006 domestic violence incident; another from Randolph County for failure to appear on the original charge of felony driving under revocation.

Hause's bond was set at $500,000 cash, Reddin said.

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