Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for Oct. 9-15

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.

Highland man charged with sexual abuse

Highland police charged Joshua D. Crawford, 38, of Highland on Oct. 6 with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Police allege that Crawford used his fingers and tongue to improper touching of a teenage female victim. Police said the incidents occurred between March 1 and July 1, 2016. Crawford’s bond was set at $90,000.

Man gets 35 years for armed robbery in Aviston

A 22-year-old Trenton man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for an armed robbery last year in Aviston during which he shot a man.

James Blair was sentenced on Oct. 6 in Clinton County Circuit Court after having been found guilty in August of multiple felonies, including armed robbery, aggravated battery with the discharge of a firearm, aggravated battery, and aggravated assault.

Authorities alleged Blair shot a 27-year-old Aviston man in the leg during April 25, 2015 robbery in which he took cash and designer jeans. The victim survived his gunshot wound. Blair was also alleged to have pointed the gun at two other people.

Lebanon bank robbed

Police said an unidentified man entered Regions Bank in Lebnaon just after 1 p.m. Thursday wearing a mask and displaying a silver, semiautomatic handgun. The man demanded cash from a teller and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

The man went to a nearby vehicle that was described as a blue SUV and fled the scene, police said.

Police Chief David Roth said the suspect is described as a black male, either 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2, weighs approximately 220 pounds and may be bald. He was wearing a ball cap that was white on top and a dark color on the bill that apparently had a sticker on it. The mask appears to be the type painters use to prevent inhalation of dust or fumes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lebanon Police Department at (618) 537-6131.”

HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations

Oct. 9

▪ No tickets issued.

Oct. 10

▪ Sierra L. Burnett, 29, of Highland was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

▪ Kyle Brooks, 29, of Herrin, Ill., was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license and having a suspended vehicle registration.

Oct. 11

▪ Artemio Vasquez, 35, of Breese was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license.

Oct. 12

▪ No tickets issued.

Oct. 13

▪ Joseph Daniels, 33, of Highland was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license.

Oct. 14-15

▪ No tickets issued.