Police Blotter | 3/25/2015

(Editor’s note: All information in this report is gathered directly from area police agencies, county courts and emergency radio dispatch. The public is reminded that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

Columbia Police

March 16 –¬†Tressa D. Scott, 37, of Columbia, was arrested for DUI, illegal transportation of alcohol, improper lane usage and improper right turn on South Main Street at Madison.

March 17 –¬†Phillip C. Baldwin, 23, of Cahokia, was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant and for no seat belt on Columbia Lakes Drive at Brookfield Court.

March 20 –¬†Matthew D. Brawley, 23, of Columbia, was arrested for DUI, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia on Palmer Road at DD Road.

March 21 –¬†Charles R. McGill, 50, of Columbia, was arrested for DUI, no insurance, speeding, improper lane usage and driving while license suspended on I-255 eastbound.

March 22 –¬†Columbia Fire Department personnel responded shortly after noon to a yard fire that caught the rear of an attached garage on fire at 837 Eckert Lane. The homeowner was burning sticks and yard waste outside and left the fire unattended briefly before returning to find that an ember had strayed and ignited wooden siding on the garage. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and prevent major damage from occurring.

March 22 – Heather J. Sharp, 40, of Columbia, was arrested on a Monroe County failure to pay warrant stemming from a conviction on the original charge of retail theft.

March 23 –¬†Darryl W. Mason, 25, of East St. Louis, faces a charge of aggravated fleeing and eluding police following an incident that occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Mason failed to pull over his 2008 Cadillac SUV after a Columbia officer tried to stop Mason for driving 100 miles per hour on I-255. His vehicle experienced mechanical problems and he was forced to stop on Bayless Avenue near I-55 in St. Louis. He ran from police but was apprehended a short time later.

Monroe County Sheriff

March 20 –¬†Emergency personnel responded about 2:35 p.m. to a two-vehicle accident on Route 156 at South Meyer Avenue in Valmeyer with minor injuries reported. The roadway was blocked as a result of the crash. One of the vehicles involved, an SUV, sustained damage to the side of the vehicle. The other, a pickup truck, received front-end damage. No other details were available.

March 22 –¬†Rodney Dale, 34, of Prairie du Rocher, is charged with unlawful restraint after he allegedly blocked a female victim from trying to leave.

March 24 –¬†Deputies were called to Career Center of Southern Illinois, 6137 Beck Road near Red Bud, to arrest a student in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Waterloo Police

March 10 –¬†Clayton Merritt, 44, of Waterloo, was arrested for retail theft at Rural King after he allegedly stole a tool from the store.

March 11 –¬†Samantha Rachels, 19, of Waterloo, was arrested on a failure to appear warrant stemming from a traffic offense.

March 15 –¬†Brittany A. Hamilton, 22, of Waterloo was arrested on a failure to appear warrant stemming from a public conduct charge. She was also arrested March 2 for the theft of nine Vyvanse 30 milligram capsules at 29 Station West.

March 15 – Dimitri Hayes, 22, of Waterloo, was arrested on a petition to revoke court supervision.

March 18 –¬†Police are investigating four reports of thefts from unlocked motor vehicles in the areas of Louise Lane, Rachael Drive and Washington Street. Among the items taken were cash and personal property. Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call 939-3377. Police also urged residents to lock the doors of their vehicles when unattended.

March 24 –¬†Police were called to Waterloo High School to arrest a student in possession of marijuana.

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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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