Police Blotter 3/19/14

Columbia Police

March 11 – Sergio Morales-Garcia, 49, of Collinsville, is charged with felony obstructing justice after police said he provided CPD officer Jason Donjon with the false name of Eduardo Tello, preventing his arrest by Immigration and Customs. He was also cited for no valid license and disobeying a traffic signal.

Twila L. Lambert, 47, of Waterloo, was arrested for felony DUI, driving while license revoked, no insurance, speeding and obstructing identification following a traffic stop on Admiral Parkway at Bottom Avenue.

March 13 – Gina L. Spencer, 41, and Eric J. Spencer, 39, both of Columbia, were each arrested on St. Clair County warrants.

Illinois State Police

March 17 – Columbia police, fire and EMS assisted ISP at 9 a.m. with two separate crashes, one of which involved three vehicles, in the east- bound lanes of I-255 near the Columbia exit, in an area set up as a temporary construction zone. One person was transported to St. Anthony’s Medical Center. No other information was available.

Monroe County Sheriff

March 11 – Two separate reports of possible identity theft are under investigation, both of which involve taxes falsely filed using a local resident’s social security number. The first such incident was reported by a resident on Brand Lake Drive. The other was reported by a resident on Cedar Ridge Lane.

March 13 – Ryan Evans, 28, of Waterloo, was arrested for DUI on KK Road west of LRC Road, and cited for driving too fast for conditions.

March 14 – Samuel Dively of Cahokia was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant and for driving while suspended at Moore Street and HH Road.

Sarah Stanka, 30, of Waterloo, was arrested for DUI and failure to signal on North Main Street in Waterloo.
Matthew Rautmann of Waterloo was arrested on a Monroe County warrant on Marketplace Drive.

March 15 – Aaron Brigance, 19, of Valmeyer, was cited for unlawful possession of alcohol and illegal transportation of alcohol on Route 156 at Susewind Lane.

March 16 – The theft of a gold necklace in the 100 block of E. Back Street in Hecker is under investigation.

Waterloo Police

March 14 – Officers responded about 11:30 a.m. following early school dismissal to the front pavilion at Konarcik Park for a report of two male Waterloo High School students fighting. Upon police arrival, an estimated 50 vehicles were parked in the area where the fight occurred. The males, ages 14 and 15, were each issued city ordinance violations for public fighting.

March 15 – A vehicle rollover occurred about 2:45 a.m. in the area of North Moore Street at HH Road. Police said a 1999 Hyundai Accent driven by Brandon Fleeman, 20, of Waterloo, lost control and overturned. He refused medical transport at the scene. Fleeman was cited for reckless driving and no insurance. Speed was believed to be a factor in the crash.

March 16 – Police and fire responded to Pizza Hut, 903 N. Illinois Route 3, after it was evacuated about 6 p.m. due to a gas leak. An estimated 20 patrons were inside when the incident occurred. No serious injuries were reported. The restaurant reopened for normal business the next morning.

March 18 – Police were called to a home in the 400 block of South Market Street around 6:30 a.m., after a 37-year-old man had threatened the use of a firearm to harm himself or anyone approaching his home. South Market was shut down from Fourth Street to Front Street while police dealt with the matter. The man eventually agreed to be taken to an area hospital for evaluation. No injuries were reported in the incident.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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