Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs: May 26-June 1

Brandon Switzer
Brandon Switzer

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.

Man shot during burglary sentenced to prison

A judge sentenced a Troy man, who was shot in the chest during a 2015 home burglary near Marine, to nine years in prison for burglarizing the residence just west of Highland.

Court documents indicate Brandon E. Switzer pleaded guilty to two counts of residential burglary. In an agreement with prosecutors, three other charges were dropped including theft under $500 and two counts of criminal damage to property.

The two residential burglary charges are Class 1 felonies and carry a minimum sentence of four years in prison. He was sentenced to nine years for both charges; however, the sentences will run concurrently.

The burglary occurred just after midnight Nov. 20, 2015 in the 12000 block of Mayer Road, which is just east of Marine and five miles west of Highland.

Madison County Sheriff’s Department Capt. T. Mike Dixon said a resident in the home called 911 to report he had shot then 29-year-old Switzer, who was breaking into the residence.

Switzer’s gunshot wound was not life threatening.

ISP warns of phone scam

The Illinois State Police is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state. An individual will call and claim to be associated with ISP. The caller will state that they are asking for donations for officers who have died in the line of duty. The phone number most often associated with the call is (312)-789-5176; however, phone scammers have the ability to quickly change the phone number that is displayed on caller ID. Citizens should be wary of calls soliciting money regardless of what number is displayed, particularly if threats are made by the caller or they become pushy.

ISP will never call to solicit money on behalf of the department or ask you to send money to us for any reason. The ISP encourages those who believe they have been the victim of a phone scam to call (800)-243-0618, and report it to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

For information on the different types of phone scams and indicators of phone scams, please visit the Illinois Attorney General website or the Federal Trade Commission at the following addresses:

▪  illinoisattorneygeneral.gov

▪  consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

Marine PD charges Ohio man with meth possession

David O. Martinez Herrera, 32, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was charged May 31 in Madison County Circuit Court with unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

On Tuesday, May 30, officers of the Marine Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the 100 block of W. Division Street on a vehicle for allegedly displaying expired registration. During the stop, the department’s K-9, Dixie, found drugs in the vehicle, according to a press release, and Martinez was taken into custody.

On Wednesday, May 31, the case was presented to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office and a felony warrant was issued. Martinez’s bond was set at $15,000.

HPD warrant arrests

▪ Hailene M. Clark, 48, of Collinsville was arrested by HPD on May 26 on a warrant from Collinsville police for resisting/interfering with an arrest and possession of a controlled substance. Clark was released to the Collinsville Police Department.

▪ Travis A. Tiek, 40, of Alton was arrested May 28 on an HPD warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of criminal trespass to land. He was taken to the Madison County Jail.

HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations

May 26

▪ No tickets issued.

May 27

▪ Andrew M. Jansen, 43, of Highland was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

May 28

▪ No tickets issued.

May 29

▪ Ronald Garrett, 49, of St. Louis, was charged with improper use of registration.

▪ A juvenile, 17, of Pocahontas was charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol, fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, not having a valid driver’s license, improper passing within 100 feet of a railroad crossing, failure to signal, and driving without lights.

May 30

▪ Matthew J. Wiese, 38, of Pierron was charged with driving without a valid license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and criminal trespass to property.

May 31

▪ No tickets issued.

June 1

▪ Matthew J. Heldenbrand, 33, of Highland was charged with having a loud muffler.

▪ Amber J. Adkins, 23, of Highland was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

▪ Amber M. Price, 30, of Highland was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a child safety restraint violation and improper parking on a roadway.

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