In local police reports, a registered sex offender was arrested after he allegedly attended a trunk or treat Halloween event in Bethalto on Saturday where children were present. 35-year-old James Mellor, of the 100 block of Bambi Court in Cottage Hills, is charged with presence within a school zone by a child sex offender. Mellor has a 2011 conviction for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a then six year old.
Police on the SIU-Edwardsville campus issued an alert about four car burglaries outside residence halls this week. Two took place on the parking lots of Woodland Hall and two others outside Prairie Hall on Monday night. A suspect vehicle was identified as a white four-door sedan.