Beardstown man flees after appearance in Pike County court, found 30 minutes later hiding under porch

PITTSFIELD, Ill. — A Beardstown man unsuccessfully tried to escape from an escort by a deputy with the Pike County Sheriff’s Department. Christopher A. Africh, 51, was ordered in custody on the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 23 in lieu of a $6,000 bond during an appearance in criminal court at the Pike County Courthouse. As…

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