Sanford Schmidt

EDWARDSVILLE - Jeremiah D. Theiss, 44, of the first block of Matterhorn Drive, Glen Carbon, was charged Monday with two counts of being a child sex offender in a school zone, two counts of public indecency, and a count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Theiss, a child sex offender,...
EDWARDSVILLE - Authorities have charged a Glen Carbon man with criminal sexual assault after an alleged act of forcible sexual penetration. Craig D. Phelps, 59, of the first block of Squire Drive, is accused of digital penetration of a woman, 54, on July 10. He is also charged with three counts...
EDWARDSVILLE - Authorities have filed suit in circuit court in pursuit of money and a vehicle after a suspect told a complex story of how he got nearly $53,000. Suspect Jieshi Li, 45, of Pennsylvania, was charged after state police stopped a Nissan Pathfinder on Interstate 70 near Marine becaus...
GODFREY - Authorities are seeking to take possession of more than $5,000 from a man found asleep at the wheel after a traffic crash. Documents alleged Lance R. Gardner, 32, of the first block of Mareta Place, Alton, was charged with unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance...
EDWARDSVILLE - The suspected killer of prominent Edwardsville attorney Randy Gori allegedly kept a detailed “to-do” list that included burning Gori’s house down with his victims in it, Assistant State’s Attorney Jake Harlow said in court Thursday. The hearing was before...
EAST ALTON - Police have obtained five catalytic converters and a reciprocating saw after finding a man in an “inhabitable” home in the 200 block of Kingshighway in East Alton. A sworn statement on file in the court system states police visited the home after complaints of illegal...
ALTON - Markell Taylor, 21, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder and was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. He may get a day off his sentence for each “good” day he serves. Killed was Keron W. Hickman, 23, of Alton. The shooting occurred on Aug. 26, 2019,...
ALTON - Melvin Hamler, 23, of the 700 block of Silver Street, Alton, was charged Wednesday with aggravated unlawful use of weapons. He allegedly carried a loaded handgun in a vehicle on Tuesday. The gun was uncased and immediately accessible, a charging document claims. Bail was set at $15,000...
EDWARDSVILLE - Jordan M. Williams, 27, of Edwardsville, was charged Monday with disarming a police officer and aggravated battery. The charging document claims he attempted to take a service weapon from an officer. He is also accused of biting the officer in the arm. Bail was set at $50,000. Ma...
GLEN CARBON - An ex-Glen Carbon police officer has filed suit against the village and its police chief claiming a fog used to kill the COVID-19 virus made him sick. Bronson Painter also claims wrongful discharge for pursuing a workman's comp claim and for making regular complaints about the fogging...