Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for the week of April 13-19

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.

Missouri woman whose shooting spurred local manhunt dies from wound

The Missouri woman, who police suspected a Worden man of shooting in the head, died of her injuries on Wednesday last week, two days after her alleged attacker was shot and killed by an Alton police officer.

Melissa McCart, 27, of Affton, Mo., was shot in the head on Sunday, April 12 and had been in critical condition up until she passed away, according to St. Louis County Police.

At the time of her shooting, McCart had had a restraining order against Isaac Jimenez, 27, of Worden.

Tactical units surrounded Jimenez’s Worden home April 12, but when they entered the home after an hours-long siege, he was not there. There was an area-wide search, which ended the next evening when Jimenez was reported trying to break into a home in Alton. Jimenez was approached by Alton police, who said Jimenez displayed a handgun and refused to comply with commands. Jimenez was shot and killed in the altercation, which is now being investigated by the Illinois State Police.

St. Louis County spokesman Sgt. Brian Schellman said that agency’s homicide investigation is active and ISP is cooperating with it.

Police: Truck in Clinton County

crash T-boned by second truck

Police have released details about a crash last week, Wednesday, in Clinton County. They say the driver of one pickup truck simply didn’t see the driver of another as he pulled out, causing a spectacular crash.

The accident happened on the morning of April 15 at the intersection of Jamestown and Goodings Ford roads near Breese.

According to Clinton County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Dan Travous, the driver of a Ford Ranger stopped at the intersection. But the Ranger’s driver failed to see a southbound pickup and pulled out into the intersection. The second pickup hit the Ranger broadside.

The collision caused the Ranger to roll at least twice before landing in the ditch at the left of the roadway.

The Ranger’s driver, who was alert and talking with rescue workers, had to be extricated and was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. He then was flown to St. Louis University Hospital.

There was no information about the hospitalized driver’s condition or if the second driver suffered any injuries.

Neither driver’s identity was being released by the sheriff’s department as of Friday, and no tickets have been issued in connection to the crash so far.

Highland teen faces felony drug charges

Highland police charged Ryan M. Unger, 18, of Highland on April 19 with felony delivery of cannabis. Police allege Unger twice sold cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school, once on Nov. 24, and once on Dec. 24, 2014. His bond was set at $10,000.

Granite City man charged with felony DUI

Casey W. Johnson, 24, of Granite City turned himself in to Madison County authorities on April 15 on a charge of felony driving under the influence of alcohol issued by Highland police.

The charge stems from a Nov. 15, 2014 incident when HPD pulled Johnson over at 1:42 a.m. near Broadway and Laurel. At that time, he was charged with misdemeanor DUI, driving while having a suspended/revoked license, illegal transportation of alcohol and three counts of improper lane usage.

The DUI charge was enhanced to a felony because of previous DUI convictions in October 2011 and April 2013 and because he was allegedly driving impaired while having a revoked license, according to the warrant for his arrest.

Johnson’s bond was set at $50,000, but he was released on his own recognizance by a judge.

HPD misdemeanor warrant arrests

• A juvenile, 16, of Pierron was arrested on April 14 on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of drug equipment.



• Natalie M. Zoledziewski, 34, of Highland was arrested on April 14 on warrant from Highland police for failure to appear in court on a theft charge. She posted bond and was released.



• Jacob D. Gleason, 20, of Cottage Hills was arrested on April 15 on a warrant from St. Clair County for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while having a suspended license. He posted bond.



• Cody A. Hudson, 22, of Highland was arrested on April 17 on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while having a suspended license. He was released by a judge on his own recognizance.



• Christopher A. Beard, 29, of Highland was arrested on April 18 on a warrant from St. Clair County for failure to appear in court on a charge of operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.



• Dale C. Myers, 45, of Highland was arrested on April 18 by HPD on misdemeanor warrants, one from Troy police for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and the other for from Collinsville police for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while having a revoked license. He was turned over to Troy police.



HPD citations, misdemeanors

April 12

• No tickets issued.



April 13

• Dakota E. Long, 21, of Highland was charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.



April 14

• Lawrence P. Koch, 78, of Highland was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to signal for a turn.



• Arti Gill, 43, of Highland was charged with theft of more than $500 for allegedly taking cash from the register at a Highland business.



• A juvenile, 17, of Alhambra was charged with speeding.



April 15

• No tickets issued.



April 16

• William E. Lloyd, 20, of Nashville, Ill., was charged with speeding.



April 17

• Joel D. Bradley, 29, of Highland and Kyle B. Turner, 29, of Highland, were each charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug equipment in the same incident.



• Demarrio L. Lampkins, 26, of Greenville was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.



April 18

• Andrew J. Devine, 58, of Trenton was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.



April 19

• Daniel J. Tupou, 19, of Highland was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly yelling profanity at a neighbor and telling him to go back inside his home. The incident allegedly occurred at 6:30 a.m.



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