Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for the week of May 9-15

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.

State police warn of phone scammers

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state.

An individual will call and claim to be associated with the ISP or the “Illinois Police.” The caller will then ask for a donation or advise you there is a warrant out for your arrest and you need to send money.

The caller ID may say “Illinois Police” or “Illinois State Police.” The phone number associated with the call is usually (618) 855-0185, but phone scammers have the ability to quickly change the phone number that is displayed on caller ID. Citizens should be wary of calls soliciting money regardless of what number is displayed, particularly if threats are made by the caller or they become pushy.

The ISP will never call to solicit money on behalf of the department or ask you to send money to us for any reason. The ISP encourages those that believe they have been the victim of a phone scam to call (800)243-0618 and report it to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

For information on the different types of phone scams and indicators of phone scams, visit the Illinois Attorney General website illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/phonescams.html or the Federal Trade Commission atconsumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts.

HPD misdemeanor warrant arrest

▪ Alison L. Kruep, 26, of Highland was arrested on May 11 on an HPD warrant for failure to appear in court on charges of driving while having a suspended license and retail theft. She was transported to the Madison County Courthouse.

HPD misdemeanors, citations, tickets

May 9-10

▪ No tickets issued.

May 11

▪ Timothy Iberg, 19, of Pocahontas was charged with a muffler violation.

May 12

▪ No tickets issued.

May 13

▪ Matthew K. Fox, 38, of Highland was charged with trespass to real property for allegedly entering MotoMart after having previously been told he was forbidden to be there.

May 14

▪ James Lautz, 25, of Highland was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol.

May 15

▪ No tickets issued.