O'Fallon Progress

O’Fallon and Shiloh crime briefs

Editor’s Note: Local O’Fallon, Illinois and Shiloh, Illinois residents or outside residents coming into contact with O’Fallon, Ill., or Shiloh, Ill., police are listed in this column of crime briefs. All persons are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law. All information is provided by the O’Fallon, Ill., or Shiloh, Ill., police and the St. Clair County Circuit Clerk’s office and confirmed with local law enforcement agencies.


Belleville man involved in car crash turns himself in after warrant issued

A 20-year-old Belleville man charged with driving under the influence, drug possession and leaving the scene of a crash was taken into custody on Wednesday, Nov. 30, after turning himself in to the St. Clair County Jail.

The Shiloh Police Department said in a news release that a warrant had been issued Nov. 29 for the man identified as George W. Kinder.

Kinder’s bail was set at $50,000. He posted bond shortly after his arrest last week and was released, according to the jail.

The warrant stemmed from a September vehicle crash in Shiloh at the intersection of Hartman Lane and Thouvenot Lane. The suspect vehicle left the scene after the crash, and Swansea police later stopped the vehicle in Belleville. A Shiloh police officer responded to the scene and took the suspect into custody.

After an investigation, authorities submitted the case to the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.

Unlawful possession of a controlled substance is a Class 4 felony, and driving under the influence is a Class A misdemeanor. Leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage is a Class A misdemeanor.

Local man faces cocaine charge

Charges of felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance and felony driving while having a suspended license were filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court on Dec. 2 against Terry L. Barton, 54, of the 100 block of Kathy Drive in Shiloh.

According to court documents, Barton allegedly had less than 15 grams of a substance containing cocaine on Nov. 30. Court documents also allege that Barton was driving a 1995 GMC Safari on North Illinois Street in Fairview Heights on Nov. 30, while his license was revoked. Barton has a previous conviction in St. Clair County, from Jan. 16, 2008, for driving while license revoked on Jan. 16, 2008.

Both charges are Class 4 felonies.

Warrants were issued to the Fairview Heights Police Department.


Man charged with felony retail theft

An O’Fallon man is facing a felony retail theft charge for allegedly taking merchandise from Walmart.

According to charges filed on Nov. 30 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, William C. Bowen, 33, of the 200 block of Meadow Brook Drive in O’Fallon allegedly took a jacket and baseball cap from the O’Fallon Walmart, 1530 West Highway 50, on Nov. 29.

The merchandise had a total value of less than $300. However, the charge was enhanced to a felony, because Bowen had a prior theft conviction on July 17, 2003, according to court documents.

A warrant was issued to the O’Fallon Police Department.