Alorton police officer accused of domestic battery

News-DemocratApril 24, 2014 

— An Alorton police officer was arrested early Tuesday at his residence in connection with a domestic battery complaint.

William T. Miller IV, 63, of 4817 McCasland Ave., Alorton, was charged with one count of domestic battery.

The arrest warrant alleges Miller grabbed the 47-year-old female victim by the neck.

The investigation was started after an Alorton police supervisor called Illinois State Police and requested assistance at the residence of an off-duty Alorton police officer who was suspected of possible domestic battery, said Calvin Dye Jr., a spokesman for Illinois State Police.

Bond for Miller was set at $5,000. He posted that bond and walked out of St. Clair County Jail at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Miller was fired from Centreville in 2007 and hired in Alorton under former Alorton Mayor Randy McCallum. But, in 2011, former St. Clair County Sheriff Mearl Justus lead the effort that got Miller suspended because he was not a certified police officer according the Illinois State Training Board standards. Former Alorton Police Chief Thomas Howard rehired Miller after he took a required refresher course.

Alorton Mayor JoAnn Reed would only comment on the way the arrest was handled. "I believe our officers acted professionally and responsibly," she said. "Our officers are to be commended for their response and actions to involve Illinois State Police because the investigation involved one of our officers."St. Clair County State's Attorney Kelly was pleased with the way the case against Miller was handled. He said turning the investigation over to Illinois State Police was the right thing to do.

"Frankly, in the past, the Alorton Police Department might not have handled it this way. They should be commended," Kelly said.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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