Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for Oct. 3-8

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.

Truck driver dies following accident near Troy

The driver of a northbound tractor-trailer that collided with the rear of a car driven by a 25-year-old Cahokia woman on I-55 near Troy on Saturday died at a St. Louis Hospital after being evacuated from the crash scene by helicopter, according to Illinois State Police.

Timothy Emerick of Vandalia, the owner of a trucking firm and the driver, died of his injuries, said Master Sgt. Mike Lewis. The driver of the car was also evacuated by helicopter and was treated and released, Lewis said. Her identity was not released.

“The investigation of the accident is pending,” said Lewis.

He said the crash blocked the interstate for about three hours.

Lewis said two helicopters were called to the crash scene near the 17.5-mile marker.

Lewis said the truck left the roadway and hit an embankment after the collision with the four-door sedan.

Traffic on the highway was shut down but vehicles were rerouted off U.S. 40.

Lewis credited the Maryville and Troy fire and rescue crews with quick action in treating the victims.

He did not have information on whether the drivers were wearing seat belts. He said there were no passengers in the vehicles.

Person injured in combine vs. motorcycle accident

A person was air-lifted from the scene of where a combine and motorcycle collided Friday evening in eastern Madison County.

The accident occurred around 5 p.m. near the intersection of Illinois Route 140 and Illinois Route 160.

Police said one person was taken by helicopter from the scene, but no further details were available.

Fire heavily damages Lebanon home

A fire heavily damaged a vacant home Saturday in Lebanon and no injuries were reported.

The fire caused about $75,000 in damages to the home at 414 E. Third St., said Capt. Adam Mueller of the Lebanon Fire Department.

Mueller said firefighters were called about 12:15 p.m. and had the blaze under control a short time later. He said firefighters had to spend about two hours getting all of the hot spots out.

Heavy smoke and some flames were showing when firefighters arrived at the single-story home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Mascoutah firefighters assisted Lebanon and O’Fallon firefighters covered Lebanon’s station during the blaze.

HPD misdemeanor warrant arrest

Marlise M. Boyer, 51, of Highland was arrested on Oct. 4 on a warrant for failure to appear in court on charges of driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound/drugs, making an improper U-turn, disregarding a traffic control device, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and driving while having a suspended license. She was also additionally charged by HPD with having an expired vehicle registration.

HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations

Oct. 3

▪ Stephanie Weis, 23, of Highland was charged with not having a valid vehicle registration.

▪ John Pruett, 22, of Pocahontas was charged with having an expried vehicle registration.

Oct. 4

▪ Julia Harrison, 41, of Springfield, Ill., was charged with not having a valid vehicle registration.

▪ Tara Garner, 25, of Highland was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Oct. 5-7

▪ No tickets issued.

Oct. 8

▪ Michael D. Frank, 19, of Highland was charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor, illegal transportation of alcohol, improper lane usage and speeding.

▪ Nathan Schuster, 22, of Pierron was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.