March 30

A Metropolis sergeant observed a white Mercury on Devers Road and U.S. 45. The Sergeant recognized the driver as Ben E. Anderson, 53, of Brookport. The sergeant was aware Anderson had a suspended driver’s license. A computer check confirmed this. A traffic stop was conducted. Anderson could not provide proof of insurance. Anderson was charged with driving while license suspended and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Anderson was released on bond.

April 8, 2020

Metropolis officers responded to the 800 block of Ferry Street. The caller stated a subject was laying on the ground. Upon arrival, officers located Kevin S. Middendorf, 56, Jacksonville, on the ground. He had a head injury. EMS was called and transported him to Massac Memorial Hospital. A computer check revealed he was wanted on a warrant. The warrant was issued by Morgan County for failure to appear. Due to the circumstances, Morgan County advised their judge issue him an I-bond with a new court date. Middendorf was released from the hospital.

Also on April 8, Massac County Sheriff’s Deputies went to an address in the 5200 block of Marion Road Deputies had been searching for Jeremy J. Stevens. Stevens was wanted on numerous warrants by the Massac County State’s Attorney including possession of meth, two counts aggravated battery and domestic battery, possession of a weapon by a felon and domestic battery and unlawful restraint.

When deputies arrived at the address, Stevens fled on foot into a wooded area. Deputies pursued Stevens through the wooded area for several minutes. A deputy was able to catch him. Stevens was combative with the deputy and attempted to punch the deputy. The deputy was able to defend himself and physically took Stevens to the ground. Stevens continued to struggle with the deputy. Another deputy arrived and used a taser on Stevens. Stevens was then restrained and transported to a local hospital for treatment. A stolen firearm was located nearby. Additional charges are pending.

“Metropolis officers responded to 54 domestic disturbance type calls in the month of March. As the COVID-19 stay at home order stays in effect, we ask that you show some patience with your residents. If need be, practice some ‘social distancing’ inside the home as well. Some estimates keep us in this condition through the month of May. We can get through this. Contrary to rumors, the Metropolis Police Department is not conducting roadblocks, enacting a curfew or conducting traffic stops just to see where you are going. We are expecting you to adhere to the Governor’s orders and stay home unless you are out for essential business. Thank you and be safe, “ said Metropolis Police Chief Harry Masse.

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