Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for Oct. 12-18

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.

Troy woman who was getaway driver in 2013 bank robbery is sentenced

The woman who was the getaway driver the day her husband robbed a bank in O’Fallon in May 2013 was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison, Southern Illinois U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton’s office announced on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

According to a statement, Denise K. Dodson, 45, of Troy will serve 70 months in prison followed by three years probation.

At noon on May 24, 2013, Dodson drove her husband, Steven Dodson, to the Scott Credit Union branch at 712 W. U.S. 50 so that he could commit a robbery. Court documents state Steven Dodson approached two credit union employees who were filling the outside ATM with cash and told them, “Get away, I have a gun.”

Steven Dodson left with $100,000 in cash and met Denise Dodson, who was waiting for him a short distance away from the bank. The two then fled.

Steven Dodson already was charged and convicted in connection with the robbery and was sentenced to 78 months in prison. The Dodsons owe $101,532 in restitution.

Greenville FCI inmate sentenced for pot possession

Anthony Cunningham, 29, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution located in Greenville, will be spending more time in prison for drug possession.

According to federal authorities, Cunningham swallowed five balloons of marijuana while in the prison visiting room. Federal inmates are prohibited from possessing marijuana.

Cunningham was sentenced on Oct. 19 to an additional eight months in federal prison, plus two years of supervised release after the prison sentence.

Mount Vernon woman killed in Clinton County crash

The victim of a fatal crash on Interstate 64 has been identified as a Mount Vernon woman.

Michele D. Baker, 36, was killed in a multi-car crash that happened on the interstate at just after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, according to Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss.

Baker was a passenger in an eastbound 2015 Toyota Corolla near milepost 35 when the car veered off the highway and struck a broken down 2012 Mack truck that was stopped on the shoulder, according to Illinois State Police reports. The Toyota was then struck by a third vehicle, a 2016 Mazda CX-5.

Baker was ejected from the vehicle in which she was riding, according to police. Moss said he pronounced her dead at the scene at 11:57 a.m. An autopsy is expected to take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The driver of the Toyota, identified only as a 44-year-old woman from Mount Vernon, was transported to a St. Louis hospital by helicopter. The driver of the Mazda, a 73-year-old male and his 70-year-old female passenger, both from Green Valley, Arizona, were transported by ambulance to a Washington County hospital. The identities of the other people involved in the crash were not revealed by police.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, according to police. No citations had been issued as of Wednesday.

Interstate 64 was closed for more than six hours in the aftermath of the crash, according to state police. First responders reported difficulty getting to the scene because of massive traffic backup caused by the accident.

HPD misdemeanor warrant arrests

▪ Jonathon O. Lingo, 39, of Salem, Ill., was arrested on an HPD warrant on Oct. 12 for failure to appear in court on a deceptive practices charge.

▪ Marcus A. Ware, 24, of Highland was arrested by HPD on Oct. 14 on a warrant from Collinsville police for failure to appear in court on a city ordinance violation charge of unlawful consumption of alcohol.

▪ Stephen M. Farris, 31, of Pinckneyville, Ill., was arrested by HPD on Oct. 16 on a warrant from Randolph County for failure to appear in court on charges of theft and DUI. Highland police also charged him with driving while having a suspended license.

HPD misdemeanor citations, tickets

Oct. 12-13

▪ No tickets issued.

Oct. 14

▪ Brittany M. Elliott, 26, of Highland was charged with having an expired vehicle registration.

Oct. 15-16

▪ No tickets issued.

Oct. 17

▪ Charles M. Wright, 22, of Mascoutah was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Oct. 18

▪ Kimberly L. Becker, 20, of Highland was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.