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DECEMBER 2010 POLICE BEAT

*A vehicle being driven by Robert Ward of Springfield was stopped on 12/03/10 at 10:15a.m.  While issuing  Ward a citation for an alleged insurance violation officers were informed that he was driving on a revoked license.

*Christopher Cantrall of Springfield was arrested by officers on 12/03/10 at about 2:20p.m.  Officers had stopped Cantrall for allegedly driving on a suspended license and during the course of the stop learned that he was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities.

*On 12/07/10, a report was received by the police from a resident of the Maplehurst Subdivision reference a television set being from their front porch.  The victim reported that while he was out of town a television was delivered by UPS and placed on the front porch on 12/04/10.  When the victim returned home and checked on the status of the television he learned it had been delivered and now was missing.  It appears the theft of the television occurred sometime between 1:00p.m. on 12/04/10 and 5:00a.m. on 12/05/10.

*Officers were called to a residence in the 200 block of Mill Street on 12/09/10 reference a report of a domestic disturbance.  Officers arrived at the residence at about 9:20p.m.  They met with the parties involved and learned that the married couple residing together at the house have had ongoing problems.  When the male subject was told that his wife wanted a divorce he reportedly began breaking items in the residence.  Both parties were separated for the evening.

*On 12/13/10, an officer was sent to a residence in the 400 block of Pleasant Lane in reference to a report of a stolen vehicle.  As the officer was approaching the residence he observed a vehicle travelling on Oak Street without the headlights functioning.  The officer caught up to this vehicle and saw that it matched the description of the vehicle which had been reported as stolen.  A stop of this vehicle was conducted and the driver, a male juvenile, was taken into custody.  According to the report, an argument had taken place earlier in the evening between the suspect and another family member over cigarettes.  Witnesses stated that suspect grabbed the keys to the car and left with the vehicle.  The 15 year-old suspect was ticketed for allegedly driving without a license and then released into his mother’s custody as he did not have enough points to be taken to the juvenile detention center.  A report has been forwarded to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities.

*A vehicle being driven by Stephen Little was stopped on 12/19/10 at about 1:00a.m. for an alleged equipment violation.  According to the report, Little admitted to officers that his license had been suspended.

*The driver of a vehicle which was stopped on 12/19/10 at 8:55a.m. for an alleged speeding violation was eventually ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license.  During the course of the stop officers were informed that the driver, John Nichols of Lincoln, did not have a valid driver’s license.  He was ticketed for multiple violations.

*On 12/20/10, at 1:50a.m. officers were sent to a resident on Taft Drive.  Officers were advised of a medical problem at the address involving a 21 year old male subject.  Officers arrived at the residence and found the subject lying on the basement floor.  He was unconscious with labored breathing.  Rochester Emergency Medical Personnel arrived shortly after the officers had and began performing life-saving measures on the subject.  During the course of the investigation, officers were told the male subject had over-dosed on heroin.  The subject, who had been visiting a friend who lived at the residence, was transported to St John’s Hospital.

Criminal Incidents

Burglary—1; Deceptive Practices—1; Domestic Battery—1; Motor Vehicle Theft—1; Theft—1; Warrant Arrest—1

Traffic Incidents

Accident Investigations—7; Improper Lane Uasge—1; No Drivers License—3; No Registration—1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle—13; Speeding—25; Suspended/Revoked Drivers—6; Warnings—53

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls—3; Burglar Alarm—1; Business Checks—41; Curfew Violation—1; Citizen Assist—17; Disturbances—2;  Domestic Trouble—6;  Mischievous Conduct—1;  Motorist Assists—21; Suspicious Person—1; Suspicious Vehicle—3; Vacation Watch Checks—245