Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for April 27-May 3

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.

Coroner IDs man killed in weekend crash near Hamel

The Madison County Coroner’s Office identified the man killed in a crash Saturday afternoon near Hamel as a 24-year-old Pekin man.

According to a statement from the office, Damien G. Wall was driving a Chevy pickup south on Illinois 4 when he collided with a Werner Enterprises, Inc. tractor trailer that was traveling on Illinois 140 at 2 p.m. The crash site is about two miles east of Hamel and three miles west of Alhambra.

Wall, who died of head injuries, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:45 p.m., according to the statement. Investigators at the scene noted that he was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Toxicology test results are still pending, and an Illinois State Police investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

A memorial service is set to follow a 1:30 p.m. visitation Saturday at Bethesda Pentecostal Church of God, 1011 Veerman St., in Pekin. Abts Mortuary in Pekin is handling arrangements.

Wall is survived by his fiancee and a young son. His second child is due in September.

Highland man charged with felony retail theft

Highland police charged Jeffrey E. Ray, 25, of Highland with felony retail theft on April 30 for allegedly taking shoes, a flashlight and a head lamp from Walmart. The charge was enhanced to a felony due to Ray having a prior retail theft conviction on June 4, 2013.

Highland man faces felony drug charge

Highland police charged Austin J. Molkenbur, 21, of Highland on April 28 with felony possession of a controlled substance. No further information was available.

HPD misdemeanor warrant arrests

▪ Matthew K. Fox, 37, of Highland was was arrested on April 30 and on May 1 on warrants. The warrant on April 30 was from HPD for failure to appear in court on a retail theft charge. He was released by a judge on his own recognizance, but was arrested again the next day on another HPD warrant for failure to appear in court on a disorderly conduct charge. He was taken to jail.

▪ Jamie M. Blaylock, 29, of Highland was arrested on May 2 on a warrant from HPD for failure to appear in court on a retail theft charge. Blaylock was released by a judge on his own recognizance.

▪ Randy A. Koberczky, 47, of Greenville was arrested on May 3 on a warrant form the Bond County Sheriff’s Office for deceptive practices. He posted bond.

HPD citations, misdemeanors

April 27

▪ No tickets issued.

April 28

▪ Evan S. Kelley, 23, of Greenville was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage.

April 29

▪ No tickets issued.

April 30

▪ James E. Ponder, 18, of Pocahontas was charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor and resisting arrested for allegedly running from the officer.

May 1

▪ Di’Amond R. Bedford, 20, of St Louis, Mo., was charged with not having a valid driver’s license, improper lane usage, failure to signal for a turn, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and possession of cannabis.

May 2

▪ Katherine S. Davis, 32, of Highland was charged with retail theft for allegedly taking two key rings, one steel bangle, one badge reel and one brass pendant from Walmart.

▪ Mary K. Forhan, 24, of Highland was charged with improper lane usage and having an expired vehicle registration.

▪ Carol D. Hall, 52, of Donnellson was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.

May 3

▪ Nikita R. Burke, 24, of Highland was charged with battery for allegedly punching another woman in the face, causing her nose to bleed.

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