On 08/03/14 the Massac County Sheriff's Office began an investigation involving child pornography. Deputies were lead to 21 year old Andrew Phillips of Brookport. Deputies
located images on a device that they believe to be nude children under the age of 18. Images that were also discovered on the device lead Deputies to believe that Phillips was sexually abusing a minor. Andrew Phillips was arrested and is being held at the Massac County Detention Center on charges of Aggravated Child Pornography and Aggravated
Criminal Sexual Abuse and is awaiting bond to be set. Phillips is a registered sex offender in Massac County. In November 2013, Phillips pled guilty to Possession of Child Pornography in Massac County Circuit Court.
We recently became aware of another Craigslist scam in the area. The scam is not a new one but we wanted to share it so that you can be better prepared if you find yourself in this situation. In this Craigslist scam, the buyer commits to buy the item the person has listed on Craigslist. The buyer then talks the seller into sending money for shipping, usually via Western Union. The buyer tells the seller that they will refund the money for shipping at the time the buyer pays the seller. We recommend using a service like PayPal to make transactions and never as a seller should you pay for something the seller is going to pay for. If you as a seller are responsible for setting up shipping, have the buyer pay the shipping up front. Scammers have become sophisticated enough that they can make their phone number appear as a legitimate business located at a legitimate address when in fact they are located on the other side of the planet. They can send and receive emails that look official from company's such as PayPal and Craigslist. Remember, if you feel uneasy about an online transaction, back out.
On 04/21/14 at around 4 P.M. Massac County Dispatch was notified by the Johnson County Sheriff's Department that a Johnson County Deputy was pursuing a stolen vehicle on Interstate 24 heading into Massac County. Deputies along with Officers from the Metropolis Police Department and Brookport Police Department along with Illinois State Troopers set up a block near the 37 mile marker. The vehicle being pursued was a stolen box truck. Authorities were able to get the stolen box truck stopped just before the I-24 bridge construction. 21 year old Ryan L. Baker from Plano, IL was taken into custody without incident. 19 year old Cameron T. Olson of Oswego, IL fled from the vehicle on foot. Olson was captured after a short foot chase. Both were taken into custody by Johnson County Deputies and lodged at the Massac County Detention Center. Johnson County Sheriff's Department handled the report and no charges are expected in Massac County. At the time of the arrest, Massac County was unaware of where the box truck was reported stolen.
Ryan L. Baker
Cameron T. Olson
Leonard M. Greenfield
On 03/21/14 Deputies went to a residence in the 1000 block of East 2nd St. looking for 40 year old Leonard M. Greenfield. Greenfield had an active Kentucky Department of Corrections Warrant. Once at the residence, Deputies located Greenfield. Greenfield fled out a window of the residence and led Deputies on a short foot chase. Greenfield was captured a block into the foot chase. Greenfield was lodged in the Massac County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Kentucky.
Illinois State Police say March 30 marks the 30th anniversary of the murder of 26-year-old Lisa Ann Carnes of Karnak, Illinois.
They say the murder remains unsolved.According to ISP, Carnes’ body was found in a field in rural Massac County near Macedonia Church Road and U. S. Highway 45. To date, hundreds of leads have been followed, and state police special agents continue to investigate the homicide.
Anyone who has information that may be helpful in solving this crime is asked to contact Illinois State Police Sergeant Chad Brown at 618-845-3740, extension 282.
Raymond M. Stangel
On 03/06/14 a Massac County Sheriff's Deputy stopped a vehicle just outside of Brookport for a traffic violation. The driver gave a name that tuned out to be false. After discovering that the driver was actually 28 year old Raymond M. Stangel of Paducah, the Deputy also discovered that Stangel did not have a driver's license. Raymond Stangel was arrested. During a search of the vehicle, the Deputy located what is believed to be a small amount of Crystal Methamphetamine, also known as "Ice". Stangel was charged with No Valid Driver's License, Obstructing Justice, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Investigators received of drug trafficking. Information was obtained of a drug sale in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store located on east 8th St. in Metropolis. Undercover Investigators began surveillance on the parking lot. Investigators witnessed what they believed to be a drug sale. Deputies stopped the vehicle and arrested 19 year old Cody Reed of Metropolis. Deputies located approximately 29 grams of Cannabis and currency used to make the drug sale. Cody Reed was charged with Delivery of Cannabis and was lodged in the Massac County Detention Center. Investigators seized currency and the vehicle belonging to Cody Reed.