Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for June 21-28

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.

Sheriff turns in 1,500 lbs. of unwanted prescription drugs

On June 10, deputies from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office made their third drop off in regard to the recent “Rx 4 Safety” prescription drug initiative.

Sheriff John D. Lakin, in partnership with all the police chiefs of Madison County, in this third collection, have collected 1,500 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications, 120 pounds of which was collected by Highland police.

These medications have been disposed of at a federally regulated location, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Since implementation of the Rx 4 Safety program in April 2015, the sheriff’s office has disposed more than 4,000 pounds of medication.

Secured drop-off bins are located at the following police departments: Alton, Bethalto, Collinsville, East Alton, Edwardsville, Granite City, Highland, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Roxana, SIU-E, Troy, and Wood River. These bins were provided by CVS Pharmacy, Republic Waste and the American Water Company. These locations are available to the citizens 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Citizens don’t have to wait for a specific date to get these items out of their homes.

Items that will be accepted are any over-the-counter medications, vitamins, liquids, narcotics, cough syrup, prescription medicines, hormones, painkillers, antibiotics, ointments, oils, and any unidentified pills.

Things that cannot be accepted are oxygen tanks, asthma inhalers, mercury thermometers, hearing aids, household waste, and sharps or needles.

HPFD truck damaged by field fire

A Highland-Pierron fire truck was damaged on June 20 while firefighters were battling a wheat stubble fire in a field near Metcalf Road and Illinois Route 143 in Bond County.

The fire began when a bearing on a straw baler caught fire and ignited the stubble. High winds helped spread the flames, which overtook firefighters. They were all able to get away uninjured. However, the fire damaged the body on one side of the department’s tanker truck. Hoses on the truck were also damaged, and some plastic items melted.

The baler was not damaged in the fire.

Hillsboro man faces felony meth charge

Highland police charged Casey R. Ness, 39, of Hillsboro on June 21 with felony possession of a controlled substance for allegedly having less than 5 grams of methamphetamine. HPD also charged Ness with possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations

June 21

▪ Amy L. Woolford, 28, of Smithboro was charged with theft for allegedly clothing and sunglasses from Walmart.

June 22

▪ No tickets issued.

June 23

▪ Paul Murray, 48, of Evansville was charged with failure to yield when pulling out from a private drive.

June 24

▪ Nicholas Frey, 27, of Highland was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license.

June 25-27

▪ No tickets issued.