Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs: Jan. 26-Feb. 1

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.

Phone scammers targeting Highland, police say

Highland police warned residents Wednesday that scammers were targeting the area by telling people they owe money to the IRS or Ameren.

These scammers have called both individuals and businesses, according to a post on the agency’s Facebook page. They are also reportedly calling both cell phones and landlines, as well as emailing residents.

If someone gets the call and dials the number they’re instructed to call back, the post read, they will reach an automated message that says something like “City of Highland, disconnect service.”

“In any instance, if you receive a call or mail from someone stating they are with a business and you owe money, do not pay them until you have determined that they are that business and you do owe money,” agency officials wrote in the post. “Unfortunately, this requires more than just calling the number back, since they tend to say whatever they believe they need to to get you to pay.”

If a person believes they may actually owe money to the Ameren Illinois they can call 800-755-5000, and if they believe they owe money to the IRS, they can call 800-829-1040.

If someone determines they received a scam call, police are asking them to report the scams. For Ameren scams people can call 800-552-7583 and if it is an IRS scam they can call 800-366-4484 or report it online at www.tigta.gov.

Man dies in Greenville trailer fire

A 35-year-old Greenville man died in a fire Saturday night when his mobile home caught fire.

The man was identified by authorities as Justin D. Fadden. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters were page out around 11:12 p.m. Saturday to the 1500 block of Lilac Lane in Greenville and were on scene for more than five hours. Mulberry Grove firefighters provided mutual aid.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

HPD warrant arrests

▪  Trevor A. Harrison, 23, of Nokomis, was arrested Jan. 28 on a warrant from Madison County for failure to appear in court on a burglary charge. HPD additionally charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis. He was turned over to county authorities.

▪  Ryan M. Unger, 21, of Highland, was arrested Jan. 29 on three warrants. He was wanted by Highland police on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. He was wanted by Troy police on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs, and he was wanted by Collinsville police on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Madison County Jail.

▪  Angel K. Roles, 29, of Highland, was arrested Jan. 30 on a fugitive from justice warrant from St. Louis County Police in Missouri for failure to appear in court on a possession of heroin charge. HPD additionally charged her with possession of less than 15 grams of heroin.

HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations

Jan. 26

▪  Kylee L. Pratt, 19, of Highland, was charged with unlawful consumption/possession of alcohol by a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.

▪  Michael B. Dauderman, 27, of Alhambra, was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and having an expired vehicle registration.

▪  Amy L. Pisaneschi, 50, of Highland, was charged with not having a valid vehicle registration.

▪  Rachel E. Perry, 25, of Louisville, Kentucky, was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and having an expired vehicle registration.

▪  Susan D. Wells, 24, of Highland, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

▪  A juvenile, 16, of Highland, was charged with disobeying a stop/yield sign.

▪  Scott A. Cooper, 32, of Highland, was charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, illegal transportation of alcohol and driving without lights when required.

Jan. 27

▪  Logan A. Spellmeyer, 29, of Highland, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and improper use of registration.

▪  Benjamin L. King, 31, of Highland, was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol.

▪  Robert Reynolds II, 24, of Highland, was charged with squealing tires and disobeying a stop/yield sign.

▪  Kyle R. Littlefield, 24, of Alhambra, was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Jan. 28

▪  A juvenile boy, 16, of Highland, was charged with theft for allegedly exerting unauthorized control of a U.S. Bank debit card to make multiple purchases of a value less than $300.

Jan. 29

▪  Joseph R. Nelson, 26, of Highland, was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Jan. 30

▪  Two juvenile boys, a 16-year-old from Highland and a 17-year-old from Pocahontas, were charged with possession of tobacco by a minor.

Jan. 31

▪  Aaron L. Butler, 30, of New Baden, was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly raising his voice, using vulgar language and curse words, and threatened the clerk at Spin to Win. Butler also allegedly came within close proximity to the clerk and alarm her that she placed her hand on the business’s panic button.

▪  Clayton R. Wilke, 25, of Highland, was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.

▪  Kristan D. Payne, 29, of Highland, was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.

▪  Rodney A. Wheeler, 48, of Troy, was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.

Feb. 1

▪  A juvenile, 17, of Highland, was charged with unlawful sale of tobacco to a minor.

▪  Hannah N. Dawson, 20, of Highland, was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and having an expired vehicle registration.

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