Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs: April 28-May 3

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.

Water rescues reported in Bond, Clinton counties

Breese fire and ambulance personnel rescued occupants from a vehicle in a flooded roadway Thursday morning, May 4. Authorities said the motorist was in water on Highline Road, southwest of Breese.

There were multiple occupants in the vehicle, all of whom were safely rescued. They called for help about 6:30 a.m. May 4 and reported that water was starting to come into the vehicle.

Fire officials said the road has since been barricaded.

On Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3, Pocahontas-Old Ripley firefighters were called to reports of people trapped in vehicles in flood waters on Dolls Orchard Road near Pocahontas. All the people were rescued without any injuries being reported.

On Friday around 4:30 p.m., a man and his two dogs became trapped in flood waters after on Hazel Dell Road near Greenville. The man and dogs were all OK after being rescued by Greenville firefighters.

HPD warrant arrests

▪ Dawn Beard, 43, of Highland was arrested by HPD on April 28 on a warrant from Macoupin County for failure to appear in court on a DUI charge. Highland police additionally charged her with with illegal transportation of alcohol and obstructing identification for allegedly giving the officer an incorrect name. She posted bond and was released.

▪ Aaron L. Butler, 30, of New Baden was arrested by HPD on May 2 on a warrant from Clinton County for disorderly conduct. He was turned over to Clinton County authorities.

HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations

April 28

▪ Kristin DePalma, 22, of Highland was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

▪ Todd Sparks, 29, of Manchester, Missouri was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia.

▪ A juvenile girl, 16, of Highland and Kevin J. King, 19, of Pocahontas were both charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor in the same incident.

April 29

▪ Matthew K. Fox, 39, of Highland was charged with criminal trespass to property for allegedly entering the Circle K after having previously been told by management he was forbidden to be there.

▪ Betty Franklin, 70, of Greenville was charged with disobeying a traffic control device.

▪ John Bowers, 27, of Pocahontas was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

▪ Benjamin Melosi, 23, of Highland was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.

April 30

▪ Dale R. Kimme, 59, of Highland was charged with having an unrestrained animal.

May 1

▪ Destiny M. Stambaugh, 22, of Hoyleton and Tiffany C. Bittle, 18, of Beckemeyer were each charged with theft in the same incident for allegedly taking a number of personal and cosmetic items from Walmart.

▪ Wesley Pike, 25, of Highland was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license.

May 2

▪ Jessica Kempfer, 27, of New Baden was charged with operation of an insured motor vehicle.

May 3

▪ Drew J. Voss, 18, of Highland was charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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