Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for Sept. 12-18

Editor’s note: The following incidents were listed among the official reports of local law enforcement agencies and court clerks. Readers are reminded that an arrest or charge does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination.

Troy alderman pleads guilty to felony drug charge

Troy Alderman Allen Dyer pleaded guilty this month to a class C felony drug possession charge nearly a year after his arrest in Missouri.

He will be on probation for five years. His plea resulted in a suspended sentence, which means that if he completes probation without getting in trouble, he will have no conviction on his record.

Troy Mayor Al Adomite said in a statement submitted to the Belleville News-Democrat that he offered Dyer the opportunity to resign. Dyer, 56, said he plans to remain in his position as alderman.

“I fought hard to be here, and I’ll fight hard to keep it,” Dyer said in an interview Friday. “I don’t want to give up and just walk away.”

Adomite is seeking the advice of the state’s attorney.

“I have asked Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons for an official opinion in regard to Mr. Dyer’s continued qualifications for municipal office,” Adomite said in his statement.

Dyer and his wife Stacy were arrested Sept. 9, 2015, by Maryland Heights, Mo., police on a charge of “possession of a controlled substance,” other than “35 grams or less of marijuana,” according to court records.

Because there was no sentence, Dyer said he has not been convicted of anything.

“I’m not a bad guy. I’ve worked for the same company 38 years,” Dyer said. “... I’ve done everything I can to make everything right, and I think one mistake doesn’t quite define who I am.”

He said there were things happening in their personal life that led up to the Dyers arrest.

“This has just been a really trying year for us,” Dyer said. “It was a weak moment.”

Dyer’s current term on the Troy City Council expires in 2019. He is a member of the Administrative and Community Services Committee and the Public Works Committee.

“If it hadn’t been for the fact that I was an alderman, this would be a non-issue,” Dyer said.

Troy bar damaged by fire

Firefighters from several agencies responded to a bar fire in downtown Troy early Monday morning.

The fire began around 9 a.m. Smoke could be seen seeping out from the doorways and roof, but flames were not visible at the bar, My Brother’s Place, located at 117 E. Market St. No one was injured.

The bar owner said at the scene that no one was inside when the fire broke out. He declined to comment further.

Troy Fire Chief Rick McCurdy said the cause of the fire had not been determined by late Monday morning. The chief said firefighters believed the fire started toward the kitchen area of the bar. McCurdy said the inside was damaged as a result of the fire.

“There’s still a little bit of smoke inside the building and we’re going to do a walk-through. We have state fire marshals coming down,” McCurdy said.

Maryville, Glen Carbon, O’Fallon and Collinsville fire departments were called to help as well as Troy Police Department and Ameren Illinois.

Woman faces felony heroin charge

Highland police charged Kari N. Haldeman, 35, of Granite City was with felony possession of less than 15 grams of heroin on Sept. 12.

HPD also charged her possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruction. Police allege she had in her possession multiple hypodermic syringes and needles adapted for drug use, as well as two metal spoons with scorch marks on the bottoms. Police also said Haldeman intentionally furnished false and date of birth to a peace officer.

At the time of her arrest by HPD, Haldeman was also wanted on two warrants from other jurisdictions. She was wanted in St. Clair County on a felony larceny charge and by Collinsville police on a misdemeanor larceny charge.

HPD misdemeanor warrant arrests

▪ Justin M. Lawson, 27, of Highland was arrested on Sept. 14 on a warrant from HPD for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of cannabis. He was taken before a judge.

HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations

Sept. 12

▪ No tickets issued.

Sept. 13

▪ Sean A. Beyers, 19, of Highland was charged with battery for allegedly punching another person in the face.

Sept. 14

▪ Matthew K. Fox, 38, of Highland was charged with criminal trespass to property for allegedly being at Schuette’s Market after having previously been told by management he was forbidden to be there.

Sept. 15

▪ A juvenile boy, 14, of Highland was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly throwing a rock that damaged a vehicle after getting into a verbal argument with another juvenile.

▪ Bradley Crites, 26, of Edwardsville was charged having an expired vehicle registration.

Sept. 16-17

▪ No tickets issued.

Sept. 18

▪ Adam Kohler, 27, of Highland was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol.

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