Wood River Police Department

  • Agency: Wood River Police Department
  • Address: 111 Wood River Avenue, Wood River, 62095 IL
  • Chief: William Webber (Chief of Police)
Phone: 618-251-3113
Fax: 618-251-3112

Wood River Police Department is located at 111 Wood River Avenue, Wood River, 62095 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is William Webber. The Wood River Police Department phone number is 618-251-3113.

Wood River Police Department News

UPDATE...OWNER LOCATED. This dog was found in the 12th St area of Wood River. If you know the owner or are the owner please contact our department at 618-251-3113. Thank you

***UPDATE*** Only 17 minutes after posting Cheyenne found her way home! ********************************************** Help us locate Cheyenne. Cheyenne is a 4 month old Beagle. She was last seen wearing a purple collar with pink flowers. Anyone with information about Cheyenne please call the Wood River PD 618-251-3114.

PRESS RELEASE November 5, 2018 The Wood River Police Association will be holding a raffle to honor those who have died in the line of duty and to raise funds for an Officer Down Memorial in front of the new Wood River Police Department. The facility is nearing completion and is expected to be open in early 2019. ​Eight winners of the raffle will have the privilege of being the “First Inmate’s” at the new Wood River City Jail. Before the building is opened, for public business, the winner’s will meet at the new police department with officer’s. The winner’s will be given a tour of the building and the new city jail. The winner’s will have a mugshot which will be framed. The winner’s will then be given the “First Meal.” The meal will be pizza with Wood River Police Personnel. ​Two officers have died in the line of duty in the City of Wood River. The Officer Down Memorial will be built to honor their sacrifice. ​ Chief of Police Samuel Thompson, age 54, was shot and killed, on December 6, 1912, while attempting to arrest a man. When Chief Thompson encountered the man, near Ferguson Avenue and Second Street, the man opened fire with a shotgun, striking Chief Thompson. Despite being mortally wounded, Chief Thompson returned fire and killed the suspect. Chief Thompson had served with the Wood River Police Department as chief for nearly two years. ​Village Marshal John Phipps, age 58, succumbed to rabies, on January 25, 1916, after being bit by a rabid dog. The dog had bitten a young girl. Marshal Phipps attempted to capture the dog and was also bit. After showing symptoms of the disease, he was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Alton, Illinois, where he later died. ​The Officer Down Memorial will also honor other officers who have died in the line of duty. Wood River Police Officer Aaron Burns’ brother, Officer Evan Burns, was killed in the line of duty while working for the Caruthersville (MO.) Police Department, on August 16, 2011. Patrolman Evan Burns was struck and killed by a stolen vehicle while attempting to deploy spike strips during a pursuit. Deputies from the Pemiscot County (MO.) Sheriff's Office had started pursuing a stolen SUV on I-55 that was being driven by a man wanted for an assault. The vehicle exited at Highway 84 and started driving towards Caruthersville. Patrolman Burns and another officer began to setup spike strips on the roadway. When the stolen vehicle approached, the driver struck the first police car, injuring the officer, and then rammed the SUV broadside into Patrolman Burns' vehicle, killing him. Patrolman Burns had served with the Caruthersville Police Department for two years. He is survived by a son, who was one year old at the time of Officer Burns’ death. Raffle tickets are $10.00 each. The tickets can be purchased at the Wood River Police Department, 111 N. Wood River, Ave., Wood River, Illinois, 62095. Officer’s with the police department will also have tickets. The drawing will be held at the Wood River Police Department, at noon, on January 10, 2019. Winners will be notified. The event will take place at the new police department at 6:00 p.m., on January 16,2019

Trick or Treating for the City of Wood River is tonight and tomorrow from 6pm-8pm. Motorists please watch for pedestrians and parents please provide your child with a flashlight or something reflective so they are easily seen. Everyone have fun and be safe!

UPDATE: DOG HAS BEEN RETURNED TO IT’S OWNER. This dog was found in the 600 Block of Leslie. Please contact the Wood River Police Department if you have any information that can help reunite this pup with its family. WOOD RIVER PD # 618-251-3114.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Washington Park Police Department and the family of Auxiliary Officer Ricardo Davis. RIP Auxiliary Officer Davis.

Below is the schedule and line-up for today's Wood River Halloween Parade. Please give all emergency vehicles and participating floats plenty of room on the sides of the roadways to maneuver the parade route. Thank you!


Press Release October 24, 2018 On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, the following two people were taken into custody on felony drug charges: WILLIAM J. BARNERD WHITE/MALE AGE: 52 40 ECKHARD APT. D WOOD RIVER, ILLINOIS CT. 1-UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF METHAMPHETIMINE CT.2-UNLAWFUL DELIVEROF METHAMPHETIMINE BOND: $80,000.00 KIMBERLY A. MCADAMS WHITE/FEMALE AGE: 45 98 CARSTENS WOOD RIVER, ILLINOIS CT.1-UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CT. 2-UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE BOND: $80,000.00 The charges were brought forth after a drug investigation by the Wood River Police Department Drug Unit. Two separate investigations resulted in the charges. The investigations were unrelated to each other. The criminal charges were issued on October 23, 2018, after the facts of the case were presented to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. Search warrants for each defendant’s residence were also prepared. The warrants and criminal informations was presented to the Honorable Judge Neil Schroeder and bond was set for each. At approximately 8:30 a.m., on today’s date, the search warrants were executed simultaneously. The search warrants were executed by officers from the Wood River Police Department and the ILEAS Tactical Response Team. Barnerd was taken into custody at his residence. A female, Rachel D. Thompson, was taken into custody at the residence on an outstanding warrant from the Village of Roxana. McAdams was taken into custody at her residence. All of the individuals were taken into custody without incident. Barnerd and McAdams were taken to the Wood River Police Department pending a transfer to the Madison County Jail. Contact Person: Chief Brad Wells


Today Officer Alfaro participated in a truck or treat at Walmart.

Found Dog. This dog was brought into the Wood River PD. If this is your dog, contact our department at 618-251-3113. Thank you

Congratulations to Wood River Police Department Cadet Lucas Wells. Cadet Wells became Officer Wells this morning after being sworn in as a part time officer for the Village of Hartford.

We would like to welcome our newest member, Officer Carl Butler. Officer Butler was sworn in at last nights City Council meeting. Welcome aboard Officer Butler.

Officer Alfaro participated in National Walk to School Day with several students from Lewis and Clark Junior High and Elementary Schools. They walked from the police department to the school this morning. We love supporting and partnering with our schools and community!

We would like to welcome our newest member, Officer Aaron Burns was sworn in tonight at the City Council meeting.

Press Release September 17, 2018 The following individual was charged today with ROBBERY: RONALD D. MOTTLEY BLACK/MALE DOB: 03/09/1983 LKA: 1531 PINE STREET ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI The Wood River Police Department received a report of a ROBBERY from the Verizon Wireless, 623 Wesley Drive, Wood River, Illinois, on Friday, September 14, 2018, at 11:37 a.m. The police department received a 911 call from an employee from the store reporting the incident. The suspect was reported to be wearing a Hardee’s Restaurant Uniform, Hat, Apron. A check of the area was done, but the suspect was not immediately located. A crime scene technician from the Illinois State Police was requested to process the crime scene, and a police canine from the Collinsville Police Department was requested in an attempt to track the suspect. Investigators with the Wood River Police Department were told the suspect entered the store and made inquiries about IPhone’s. While the employee was assisting the suspect, he was able take two phones from the employee. He ran from the store. The suspect ran south towards the south end of the business complex. Investigators were able to identify the suspect through a canvas of area businesses. The facts of this case were presented to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office today. The warrant and criminal information was signed by the Honorable Judge Neil Schroeder. Bond was set at $60,000.00. Mottley is not in custody. Police are actively searching for him.

We’d like to thank the Bethalto Church of God for providing dinner for the night shift this evening. Thank you!

Illinois Department Of Trandportation has been made aware that the traffic lights at 143 and 255 are out.

ATTENTION KENDALL HILL RESIDENTS ****UPDATE 1:17pm 9/15/18**** BOIL ORDER IS LIFTED *************************************************************************** We have spoken with Public Works Director Steve Palen. He advised that the boil order is still in effect. He advised they should hear sometime around 1:00Pm Stay turned, and we will post any changes right here.

We are seeking assistance identifying these subjects. If you have any information please contact us at 618-251-3114.

***UPDATE*** Wesley is now open. Rock Hill Road @ Wesley in both directions is still closed. There is still a gas service interruption in Heritage Trails, Ameren is unable to provide a estimated time of when service may be restored. We thank you for your patience. Have a great day and be safe! Construction crews ruptured a gas line on Wesley Dr. @ Rock Hill Rd. The intersection is closed. The intersection of Rock Hill Rd. @ Old Alton-Edw. Rd is also closed. Gas interruptions are possible in the Heritage Trails Subdivision. Please watch this page for updates.

Our Cadet located these two dogs running loose on 5th Street a short time ago. If you are or know the owners, please contact the Wood River Police Department at 251-3114. As always, thank you for your help.