Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for Sept. 26-Oct.2

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 woman charged after man allegedly overdoses

A 36-year-old Troy woman pleaded not guilty Thursday in circuit court after Monroe County authorities accused her of giving heroin and fentanyl to a man, causing him to overdose and die.

The man, who died more than a month ago, was identified as Jason M. Yaekel, a 32-year-old from Columbia, according to Monroe County Deputy Coroner Bob Hill.

Columbia police arrested Julie N. Goleaner on Tuesday of last week on a charge of drug-induced homicide in connection with Yaekel’s death.

Police Chief Jerald Paul said she turned herself in at the police department without incident. Paul declined to comment on how Goleaner and Yaekel knew each other.

Hill said Yaekel died of acute heroin and fentanyl intoxication after 11 p.m. on Aug. 4. His death was ruled as “accidental” after an investigation. Yaekel was found unresponsive at his home by authorities, prompting an investigation by the coroner’s office, Columbia Police Department and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigators.

An obituary said Yaekel worked at Archview Metal Systems in Columbia and was a member of AFL-CIO Sheet Metal Workers Local 268 in Caseyville.

On Monday, Monroe State’s Attorney Kris Reitz charged Goleaner with drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony. According to charging documents, Reitz accused Goleaner of “knowingly delivering heroin and fentanyl” to Yaekel, which he injected into his body.

Goleaner has been arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charge on Thursday, according to the circuit clerk’s office.

A court order also said Judge Dennis Doyle denied Goleaner’s request for a bond reduction.

Goleaner remained in the Monroe County jail on Thursday with bail set at $100,000. She is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Monroe County Courthouse.

According to the circuit clerk’s office, Goleaner had been convicted previously in Monroe County on a drug possession charge in 2010. She was sentenced to two years of probation after the conviction.

Troy man charged with cyber stalking

Text messages and Facebook posts led to a felony cyber stalking charge being filed last week against a Troy man.

Clay A. Stephenson, 31, was charged on Sept. 28 in Madison County Circuit Court with one felony count of cyber stalking.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, officers of the Marine Police Department responded to a residence in Marine to investigate a complaint. The investigation revealed several text messages and Facebook messages were sent to the resident, some of which were of a harassing and threatening nature, according to a press release from the Marine Police Department.

On Sept. 28, the case was presented to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office and a felony warrant was issued for Stephenson’s arrest.

On Sept. 29, officers of the Marine Police Department responded to Stephenson’s residence in attempt to take him into custody, according to the press release, after several minutes passed, Stephenson finally came to the door of his residence and was taken into custody.

Stephenson is being held at the Madison County Jail. His bond was set at $25,000.

Man charged after Marine police dog sniffs out pot

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, officers of the Marine Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in reference to the driver speeding 50 mph in a 25 mph zone, in the 300 Block of S. Duncan St.

According to police, the driver, Todd M. Roberts, 36, of Smithton, failed to provide a valid driver’s license or proof of insurance. Further investigation revealed Roberts’ driver’s license was suspended for DUI. Roberts was taken into custody for driving while having a suspended license.

According to police, after Roberts was taken into custody, the Marine Police Department’s K-9, Paco, was deployed and located three freezer bags containing cannabis hidden in the rear of the vehicle.

Roberts was charged with felony driving while license is revoked and possession of cannabis, according to a press release from Marine police.

Roberts’ bond was set at $15,000.

HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations

Sept. 26

▪ Elliott Wisknasky, 27, of Trenton was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.

Sept. 27

▪ Two juvenile boys, both 14 of Highland, were charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor in the same incident.

Sept. 28

▪ A juvenile boy, 17, of Highland was charged with a muffler violation.

Sept. 29

▪ No tickets issued.

Sept. 30

▪ Jeffrey Widdows, 25, of Highland was charged with squealing tires.

▪ Brenton Kastelein, 25, of Highland was charged with speeding and driving without lights when required.

Oct. 1

▪ Heather Barnhart, 40, of Highland was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license.

Oct. 2

▪ Cameron M. McKee, 26, of Highland was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

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