On Saturday 02/22/14 around 11:00 P.M. a Massac County Sheriff's Deputy stopped a vehicle near 145 and Country Club Rd. for a traffic violation. The Deputy detected that the driver, 46 year old Leonard Lawler of Paducah, was under the influence. Lawler was arrested for DUI. The Deputy located prescription medication in the vehicle that was not prescribed to Lawler. The Deputy also located a white powdery substance and drug paraphernalia on Lawler. Lawler was charged with DUI, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Massac County Detention Center pending bond.
On Saturday, 02/22/14, around 1:00 P.M. a Pulaski County Ambulance narrowly missed hitting a vehicle head on near Honeywell on US HWY 45. The vehicle was traveling towards the ambulance and swerved to miss it, causing the vehicle to crash into a ditch. The driver of the crashed vehicle got out and fled on foot. A Massac County Sheriff's Deputy located 50 year old Billy Butler of Metropolis not far from the crash site. The Deputy detected that Butler was under the influence of alcohol. Butler was arrested and charged with DUI and Resisting for fleeing from the scene. He later bonded from the Massac County Detention Center.
At the January 2014 meeting of the Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition , Board President Natalie Quint presented a check for $1,000.00 to Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder and Dispatcher Abby Kaylor to help with the Sheriff Willie Bear program for the 2014 school year. During the 2013 school year the sheriffs office handed out over 700 bears to Pre-K, Kindergarden and 1st grade students in Massac Unit 1 and Joppa Maple Grove school Dist. Abbey Kaylor , who is in charge of the program talks to the students about “choices” and uses the Massac County Sheriffs Office K-9 Balak and his handler Deputy Josh Wiley to help with the program. The program starts on February 19 at Franklin and Jefferson Schools. You can Learn more about the Sheriff Willie Bear Program by clicking here.
You can learn more about the Massac County Drug Awareness Coaltion by clicking here.
On February 06, 2014 Tim Riddle, Facility Manager of River Metals in Metropolis presented a check for $600.00 to Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder. The money will be used to promote the Spring 2014 P2D2 6th grade science class poster competition. The Massac County Sheriffs Office has been promoting the P2D2 project for almost 4 years and has to date collected over 200 pounds of prescription medication. Last year the Sheriffs Office gave each Massac County 6th grade science class $100.00 for competing in the contest. The Sheriffs Office also joined with the Massac County Soil and Water Conservation District to promote the project. Anyone having old or unused prescription medication can drop it off at the Massac County Sheriffs Office 24 hours a day , 7 days a week and it will be disposed off. You can learn about the Massac County P2D2 Program by clicking here.
The Brookport Bridge remains closed at this time. No word at this time on when it is to be opened. There has been no melting on the bridge surface. This has caused traffic to route across the I24 bridge. The construction on the I24 bridge has caused even more problems with the excess traffic. At noon today (02/06/14) we are seeing traffic backing up in both directions on I24. Please avoid using the I24 bridge if it all possible. The main roadways in Massac County are clear. However, we are seeing travel problems on the less used side roads. Thawing and refreezing is causing major travel problems on these less used roads.
The Massac County Sheriff's Department has been awarded $500 for a scholarship. Applications are available at the Massac County Sheriff's office, Massac County High School, Joppa High School, at the ISA website or by clicking the download link below. Applications must be completed and turned into the Massac County Sheriff's Office by March 15, 2014.
On 02/04/14 Deputies with the Massac County Sheriff's Department went to a residence in the 700 block of East 8th St. in Metropolis to search for 32 year old Alan L. Borders, Jr. of Metropolis. Borders was wanted on a Massac County Warrant for a Petition to Revoke on an original Theft charge. Borders was located and arrested. During the arrest, Deputies located a loaded pistol and numerous items of drug paraphernalia as well as numerous items of drug use. Deputies also located a switchblade knife and brass knuckles. John F. Mathis, 51, of Metropolis was arrested for possessing a weapon without a FOID card and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were lodged at the Massac County Detention Center.
On 01/27/14 School Officials alerted the Massac County Sheriff's Department of a child that had visible bruising. Investigators say they found obvious signs of injuries to the child. After conducting interviews, Investigators arrested 27 year old Samantha Fiori of Metropolis and charged her with Aggravated Domestic Battery. It was determined that Fiori was caring for the child at the time the injuries occurred. Illinois Department of Child and Family Services assisted with the investigation.
Massac County Sheriff's Investigators had been investigating two Vehicle Break-In's that had occurred in the early morning of 01/13/14 on Country Club Rd. and Massac Creek Rd.. On 01/17/14 two more vehicle break-in's occurred in the early morning hours on North Ave. near the Gallagher Subdivision area. In the break-in's, items stolen were child car seats, prescription medication and a digital camera. Today, 01/17/14, Deputies went to a residence on Barger Dr. in Metropolis to question 31 year old Megan Story of Metropolis. There, Investigators discovered 2 stolen child's car seats, the stolen camera and a stolen electric blanket. Megan Story was arrested for the vehicle break-in's. A search warrant was later executed and prescription medication not belonging to Story was located. Also located during the search were several items related to a Residential Burglary in Pope County that had occurred on 01/16/14. Pope County authorities assisted and recovered the stolen items. It was discovered that Megan Story was committing the Burglaries with her 8 month old son in her vehicle. Story was charged by Investigators with 4 counts of Burglary to a Motor Vehicle and possession of a Controlled Substance. It is expected that she will be charged with the Residential Burglary in Pope County within the week. Story is on probation at this time for Residential Burglary.
At approximately 11:30am 01/15/14, the Sheriffs Office received a anonymous report that Thomas McBride and Gabriel McBride were using drugs in front of children at 116 Lindsey addition in Metropolis. A check of local warrants showed that both Gabriel and Thomas McBride were wanted on warrants for Revocation of Probation for a Domestic Battery in Massac County. Upon deputies arrival they saw Gabriel McBride looking out the front door. Deputies approached both the front door and back door of the residence. As the deputies approached the rear door Gabriel ran out the back door and into the yard trying to escape. Two deputies were able to subdue McBride and place him under arrest. A search of the residence revealed drug paraphernalia but Thomas McBride was not in the residence. Gabriel McBride was transported to the Massac County Detention Center.