Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for the week of Feb. 8-14

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.

HPD helps detain people wanted by St. Louis police

Highland police helped detain a vehicle and several people on Thursday of last week wanted by St. Louis police in connection with a carjacking and kidnapping.

Several witnesses reported police, with weapons drawn, surrounding a vehicle at Casey’s General Store.

Highland Police Sgt. Gary Sellers said St. Louis police had put out an alert on the vehicle.

“The came into Highland and decided to turn into Casey’s,” Sellers said. “We conducted a stop and put them into custody and waited for St. Louis city (police).”

No further information was available.

Crash closes area near Highland Elementary School

A traffic accident closed an area around Highland Elementary School for most of the day Tuesday.

The driver of a car lost control and struck a utility pole on Poplar near 19th Street about 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday, said Highland Police Sgt. Gary Sellers.

The utility pole was severed, Sellers said. Workers barricaded the area beginning around 7 a.m. to keep drivers and pedestrians from the area while the pole was being replaced. Work was expected to be completed about 2 p.m., Sellers said.

Police were not releasing name of the driver. The driver was injured in the crash.

HPD misdemeanor warrant arrests

▪ Matthew W. Girardier, 31, of Highland was arrested on Feb. 8 on a Highland warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while having a suspended/revoked license. HPD additionally charged him with driving while having a suspended/revoked license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. He posted bond.

▪ Jacob D. Luna, 27, of St. Jacob was arrested on Feb. 10 on a warrant from St. Clair County for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while having a suspended/revoked license. HPD additionally charged him with driving while having a suspended/revoked license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. He posted bond.

▪ Dillyn G. Riechmann, 25, of Highland was arrested on Feb. 12 on a warrant from Highland police for domestic battery. HPD additionally charged him with possession of cannabis. He posted bond.

▪ Joseph L. Daniels, 33, of Keyesport was arrested on Feb. 14 on a warrant from Highland police for failure to appear in court on charges of theft and possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to jail.

HPD misdemeanors, citations, tickets

Feb. 8

▪ Justin N. Richter, 24, of New Baden and Dakota L. Sergerson, 19, of Edwardsville were charged with theft in the same incident for allegedly trying to take unspecified items from Walmart.

Feb. 9

▪ Matthew K. Fox, 38, of Highland was charged with criminal trespass to property for allegedly entering Schuette’s Market after having been told he was forbidden there.

Feb. 10

▪ Rande T. Sussenbach, 45, of Pittsburg, Ill., was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

▪ Tyler J. Marshall, 24, of Trenton was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license.

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Feb. 11

▪ No tickets issued.

Feb. 12

▪ Arlin J. Sneed, 51, of Highland was issued a city nuisance ordinance citation for having an inoperable vehicle on his property after receiving notice to remove or repair it.

▪ William C. Nickels, 25, of Brownstown was charged with retail theft for allegedly taking two bottles of Jägermeister, one stocking cap, one men’s T-shirt from Walmart.

Feb. 13

▪ John M. Boedeker Sr., 27, of Collinsville was charged with retail theft for allegedly taking an assortment of clothing and three wrist watches having a total value of $143.98 from Walmart. He was also charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Feb. 14

▪ Larry M. Smith, 34, of St. Jacob was charged with domestic battery for allegedly punching a female victim in the face.

▪ Matthew K. Fox, 38, of Highland was charged with criminal trespass to property for allegedly entering Schuette’s Market.

▪ A juvenile, 17, of Highland was charged with violation of driver’s license restrictions.

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