Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs: Feb. 8-20

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 charged with holding woman at knifepoint

Highland police charged Justin M. Unger, 26, of Highland, on Feb. 19 with aggravated unlawful restraint, a felony. Police allege that Unger detained the female victim while armed a knife. Police allege Unger refused to allow the victim to leave the residence by threatening to harm her with the knife.

Marine man faces weapon charge

Highland police charged Joseph S. Viviano, 31, of Marine, on Feb. 10 with unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly having a semi-automatic pistol that was immediately accessible and not in a proper case in his vehicle. HPD also charged him with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

HPD charge two with felony theft

Highland police recently charged two people with felony retail theft in separate incidents.

Gregory M. Washburn, 31, of Highland, was arrested Feb. 12 on a warrant charging him with felony retail theft over $300 for allegedly taking a 65-inch television from Walmart. The charge was also enhanced since Washburn has a previous conviction for retail theft on Aug. 25, 2010.

HPD additionally charged Washburn with resisting arrest for allegedly running from an officer who was attempting to take him into custody.

On Feb. 15, in a separate incident, Highland police charged Derek J. Stinnett, 33, of Collinsville with felony retail theft for allegedly taking luggage valued at less than $300 from Walmart. However, the charge was enhanced to felony due to Stinnett having a prior burglary conviction on Jan. 16, 2015, police said.

HPD additionally charged Stinnett with unlawful use of identification card for allegedly possessing two identification cards that did not belong to the him, one being suspended out of Illinois and one revoked out of Missouri.

Woman faces felony drug charge

Patricia M. Brown, 21, of Highland, was charged by Highland police with felony possession of a controlled substance for allegedly having less than 15 grams of a substance containing hydrocodone and benzodiazepine.

HPD warrant arrests

Travis R. Bequette, 37, of Summerfield, was arrested Feb. 10 on an HPD warrant for failure to appear in court on a retail theft charge. Highland police also additionally charged him with forgery for allegedly, according to the police, delivering to Woodforest Bank "a document apparently capable of defrauding another."

Lawrence S. Tyson, 27, of St. Louis, was arrested by HPD on Feb. 12 on a warrant from St. Clair County for failure to appear in court on a speeding charge.

Travis A. Walker, 26, of Highland, was arrested by HPD on Feb. 13 on a warrant from Washington County for failure to appear in court on traffic charges. He was taken to the Madison County Jail.

Heather M. Murphy, 43, of Highland, was arrested on Feb. 14 on an HPD warrant for failure to appear in court on a retail theft charge. She was taken to the Madison County Jail.

John R. Hargis, 27, of Granite City, was arrested by HPD on Feb. 14 on a warrant out of St. Clair County. The charges were not immediately clear, and Highland police had no further details.

Edwin C. Reed Jr., 35, of Highland, was arrested Feb. 17 on a warrant from Madison County for failure to appear in court on a theft charge. He was taken to the Madison County Jail.

Jarod M. Downes, 27, of St. Jacob, was arrested Feb. 19 on an HPD warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while having a suspended license.

Alexis R.A. Little, 21, of Des Moines, Iowa, was arrested by HPD on Feb. 19 on a warrant from Bond County charging violation of court supervision. Little posted bond and was released.

HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations

Feb. 8

No tickets issued.

Feb. 9

Jamie L. Van Winkle, 31, of Highland, was charged with improper lane usage and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Chelsey E. Henschen, 26, of Edwardsville, was charged with making an improper turn and improperly crossing the street as a pedestrian.

Feb. 10

Kody W.T. Whitehead, 21, of Alton, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kelsey L. Perkins, 25, of Granite City, was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Feb. 11

Theresa M. Peek, 37, of Breese, was charged with theft for allegedly taking one package of Gillette razors and two pop sockets phone stands from Walmart.

Elizabeth M. Porter, 18, of St. Charles, Missouri, was charged with not having an valid vehicle registration and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Feb. 12

Annie L. Lawrence, 36, of Greenville, was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Feb. 13

No tickets issued.

Feb. 14

Tiama L. Dent, 45, of Granite City, was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, disobeying a traffic control device and driving while having a suspended/revoked license.

Elizabeth J. Watkins, 48, of Highland, was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle

Feb. 15

A juvenile boy, 16, of Collinsville, was charged with possession of tobacco by a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Aaron M. McCracken, 31, of Pocahontas, was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Feb. 16-19

No tickets issued.

Feb. 20

Martha J. Edmonds, 30, of Lebanon, was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.

A juvenile, 17, of Highland, was charged with possession of tobacco by a minor.

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