Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for Nov. 7-13

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 police charge truck driver with sexual assault

The Troy Police Department arrested Daryl Thompson, 59, of Dallas, Texas, for criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint. The charges stem from an incident report to the Troy Police Department Saturday, Nov. 5.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Thompson met the victim in Oklahoma City, Okla., and transported her to Troy. The investigation revealed Thompson physically forced the victim to participate in sexual acts against her will. Further, Thompson detained the victim in his semi-truck and prevented her from leaving until she was able to escape and beg nearby witnesses to call the police.

“To help the victim in this incident and saving her from what could have happened, was a great feeling for the Troy Police Department,” said Chief Brad Parsons. “With the support from many local groups, we were able to provide the victim with a place to sleep, food, clothing, and a safe way back to her family.”

Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony and carries a sentence of imprisonment of not less than four years and not more than 15 years. Unlawful restraint is a Class 4 felony and carries a sentence of imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than three years.

Thompson, who is an over-the-road truck driver, was taken into custody during the evening hours of Nov. 5 and is currently being held at the Madison County Jail on a $1.5 million bond.

Greenville prisoner hid pot in chip bag

Edward Powell, 35, a former inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution located in Greenville, pleaded guilty on Nov. 10 to an indictment charging him with possession of contraband by a federal Inmate.

The charge arose when, on May 8, 2016, a correctional officer monitoring the visiting room at FCI-Greenville noticed Powell and his visitor switch bags of chips. The visit was terminated and the bag of chips given to Powell was inspected. Eight small balloons containing marijuana were found inside the bag of chips handed to Powell. Powell was also placed in a dry cell where another two small balloons containing suspected marijuana were ultimately recovered. Federal inmates are prohibited from possessing marijuana.

Powell faces a term of imprisonment of not more than five years, a fine up to $250,000. In addition, Powell’s sentence on this offense must be served consecutively to the sentence he is currently serving.

Man charged with stealing scrap metal

Highland police arrested Brandon A. Smith, 26, of Pocahontas on Nov. 9 on warrants for felony theft.

Police allege Smith took less than $500 worth of scrap metal from Langhauser Sheet Metal in Highland on two separate occasions, May 3, 2106, and July 6, 2016. The charges were enhanced to felonies because Smith had a prior theft conviction on Sept. 9, 2015.

HPD warrant arrests

▪ Diane E. Reiman, 30, of Marine was arrested on Nov. 9 on a warrant from HPD for failure to appear in court on charges of driving while having a suspended license, having an expired vehicle registration and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Reiman was taken to jail

▪ Terry C. Martin, 42, of Mount Olive was arrested on Nov. 10 on a warrant from Macoupin County for domestic battery. Martin posted bond.

▪ Christopher E. Elkins, 33, of Livingston was arrested on Nov. 11 on a warrant from Madison County for failure to appear in court on traffic offenses. He posted bond.

▪ Travis L. Jones, 24, of Highland was was arrested on Nov. 12 on a warrant from Jersey County for trespassing. Jones was unable to post and was transported to the Madison County Jail.

HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations

Nov. 7

▪ No tickets issued.

Nov. 8

▪ Jimmie Smith, 18, of Highland was charged with failure to report an accident, having an obstructed windshield and failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Nov. 9

▪ No tickets issued.

Nov. 10

▪ Kristi Maples, 41, of Greenville was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and having a suspended vehicle registration.

Nov. 11

▪ No tickets issued.

Nov. 12

▪ Jason Fillingim, 30, of East Alton was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.

Nov. 13

▪ No tickets issued.