SOUTH ROXANA — The South Roxana Police Department has filed for charges through the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office on open felony investigations.
At approximately noon July 22, the South Roxana Police Department was involved in a high-speed pursuit that ended in Cottage Hills.
An officer on routine patrol noticed a vehicle parked on the shoulder of New Poag Road and Illinois 111. The driver appeared to be asleep. The officer stopped to perform a welfare check on the vehicle’s driver, Terry Smith.
When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed Smith was not asleep, but his head was slumped over as he appeared to be rolling a marijuana cigarette. The officer noticed what he believed to be a bag of cannabis on the suspect’s lap.
When the officer knocked on the car window, Smith saw him and sped away. The officer immediately contacted the Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network. Stop sticks were deployed, but Smith was able to navigate around them.
Smith was taken into custody outside of his residence in Cottage Hills without incident. A bag of suspected marijuana was recovered from Smith’s vehicle. Smith was issued numerous traffic citations and released pending formal review by the State’s Attorney’s Office. A felony warrant for aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer was issued with a bond set at $25,000.
Smith is not in custody but has an active warrant for his arrest.
On Aug. 10, a South Roxana senior citizen was the victim of credit card fraud. The victim had used her debit card Aug. 8 at the Dollar Tree store at 603 Wesley Drive in Wood River.
After the victim completed her shopping, she noticed a few days later her debit card was missing. She contacted the bank and noticed a fraudulent transaction on her debit card.
The police department contacted Dollar Tree store management about the incident. The store fully cooperated with the investigation and was able to determine a former employee by the name of James Govero, 26, was the clerk who worked the cash register when the victim purchased her item from the store.
The clerk did not return the victim’s debit card and was later observed through surveillance footage using the victim’s card to purchase items.
A warrant has been issued for his arrest for the charges of possession of a lost or mislaid debit card with a bond set at $20,000. Govero is not in custody and resides on Fourth Street in Cottage Hills.