The Madison County Jail is currently holding 30-year-old Christopher M. Harke of Granite City on the charge of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He previously had the charge of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in St. Louis in January of 2013. His bail is set at $50,000.
The Alton Fire Department responded to a storage unit fire on Friday night. The Fire Department received a call at 11:20 p.m. Friday to respond to Riverbend Storage, 3216 E. Broadway. The blaze damaged nearly half of its storage units causing about $20,000 in damages, according to fire officials. The fire was started from a candle that fell over as a man was in his unit. The Alton Police Department questioned the man and no charges have been filed. There is no word yet on whether the other tenants will take legal action. Four storage units suffered total property loss.