Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for the week of April 20-26

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.

Area men face felony drug charges

Highland police charged James E. Ponder, 18, of Pocahontas on April 20 with felony delivery of cannabis. Police allege Ponder sold more than 2.5 grams of a substance containing cannabis and within 1,000 feet of a school on Nov. 21, 2014.

HPD also charged Austin E. Goldsborough, 18, of Highland on April 21 with felony delivery of cannabis. Police allege Goldsborough sold more than 2.5 grams of a substance containing cannabis and within 1,000 feet of a school on Dec. 10, 2014.

In a separate incident, Highland police charged Nathan B. Shires, 37, of Highland on April 23 with felony possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing a substance containing less than 15 grams of heroin. He was additionally charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a hypodermic, improper lane usage and obstruction of a peace officer. The charges stem from a traffic stop around 12:39 a.m. on April 13 near Broadway and Cardinal Lane.

Iowa man dies after fall from Clinton County water tower

A 31-year-old man died Monday afternoon after he fell from the Damiansville water tower.

According to the Clinton County Coroner’s Office, Dustin L. Spilman, of Ventura, Iowa, was a part of a crew hired to paint the water tower of the small town that’s just southeast of New Baden and south of Albers along Interstate 64 in southwestern Clinton County.

According to Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss, the workers with Elgin, Iowa-based Central Tank Coating first notified sheriff’s deputies of the fall at 1:53 p.m. Spilman was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, where he was pronounced dead at 2:29 p.m.

“Apparently this gentleman was working his way to the top (of the water tower) to finish his area for the day,” Moss said. He said both other workers were on the ground and that one didn’t see Spilman fall.

The other worker, Moss said, “looked up and saw (Spilman) coming down.”

It’s about 100 feet from the top of the water tower to the ground, Moss said.

Moss said it wasn’t clear what caused Spilman to fall or whether he was wearing his safety harness at the time.

An autopsy will be performed on Spilman Tuesday morning at the same time as Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators meet with representatives from Central Tank Coating in Damiansville.

HPD felony warrant arrest

Timothy J. Simon, 30, of Marine was arrested on April 20 on a felony warrant for probation violation. He was denied bond and was turned over to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

HPD misdemeanor warrant arrest

▪ Cory M. Knotts, 27, of Highland was arrested on April 24 on a warrant from Madison police for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while having a suspended license. HPD additionally charged him with driving while having a suspended/revoked license. He posted bond.

HPD citations, misdemeanors

April 20

▪ No tickets issued.

April 21

▪ Kyle C. Dockins, 27, of Highland was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license.

April 22

▪ Daniel J. Tupou, 27, of Highland was charged with battery for allegedly punching and kicking another person in the head and torso. The incident allegedly occurred on April 19 around 1:41 a.m. near 315 Broadway.

▪ Becky M. Brannon, 39, of Alhambra was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.

April 23

▪ No tickets issued.

April 24

▪ Justin L. Simm, 32, of Highland was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license.

▪ Amanda C. Zeller, 25, of Livingston was charged with speeding.

April 25

▪ No tickets issued.

April 26

▪ No tickets issued.

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