Highland News Leader

Highland area police briefs for Aug. 22-29

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.

Man charged with breaking into cars

Highland police arrested Dalton G. Higgs, 21, of Altamont, Ill., was arrested on Aug. 28 on a warrant charging him with felony burglary to motor vehicles.

Police allege that Higgs broke into 1997 Ford Escort, a 2010 Dodge Ram, a 2016 Ford Mustang and a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado in Highland on July 13 with the intent to commit theft.

Hunters fined, banned from parks for theft

Three duck hunters from the metro-east have pleaded guilty more than a year after being accused of stealing a bicycle and a duck decoy cart in November 2014 from a state park at Carlyle Lake, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Authorities identified father and son as 49-year-old Michael Kortkamp and 21-year-old Robert Kortkamp. A third suspect, 20-year-old Andrew Lawrence, was also identified by police. The three suspects were taken into custody in July 2015. The Kortkamps pleaded guilty to charges related to theft, while Lawrence pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Fayette County Circuit Court.

A judge issued a three-year ban on the Kortkamps from entering properties owned or managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Kortkamps were fined $295 apiece and ordered to pay $795.75 apiece in court costs, while Lawrence was fined $90 and ordered to pay $559.50 in court costs.

The stolen bicycle and decoy cart were returned to their owners, according to IDNR.

HPD misdemeanor warrant arrests

▪ Daniel J. Tupo, 28, of Highland was arrested on Aug. 22 on a warrant from HPD for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card. He was taken to jail.

HPD misdemeanors, tickets, citations

Aug. 22

▪ Amy Jo Rogers, 44, and Jamie L. Bricker Mitchell, 45, both of Highland, were charged with disorderly conduct in the same incident for allegedly fighting in public.

Aug. 23

▪ No tickets issued.

Aug. 24

▪ Maria Hart, 35, of Highland was charged with not having a valid vehicle registration.

Aug. 25-27

▪ No tickets issued.

Aug. 28

▪ Tony Hereford, 21, of Highland was charged with driving while having a suspended/revoked license.