February 2018 Police Beat


An officer initiated a stop after clocking a vehicle traveling east bound on Route 29 going 71 mph in a 55 mph zone on February 1st. During the stop, it was discovered the driver had a suspended driver’s license. Jesse Webb of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and speeding. A valid driver drove from the scene.

On February 2nd, an officer responded to the Rochester Junior High in reference to a battery. One of the students was upset with his teacher and began yelling at his peers. The student became combative and physically tried to move his teacher away from his activity. He then grabbed her arm and refused to let go. The school is handling the situation in-house but requested the incident be documented.

On February 8th, officers responded to the Rochester High School regarding a .22 caliber bullet discovered in one of the classrooms lying on the floor. The high school and junior high school campuses were placed under a temporary lockdown as a safety precaution while the school staff searched the lockers for any other ammunition or weapons. No other law enforcement related contraband was found. An officer was placed at the school the remainder of the day. By the end of the day a student had come forward stating he believed the ammo to be his. He had been hunting the weekend before and accidentally left it in his pocket. He believes it must have fallen out of his pocket in class. The school addressed the issue with the student.

An officer was contacted by a resident wanting to report a theft on February 9th. The resident stated she was in a relationship with an individual who had stolen property from her with the intent to pawn it. She had traveled to St. Louis with her father to retrieve the items from the ex-boyfriends possession. While in St. Louis, a domestic battery occurred. The resident and her father came back to Rochester before contacting the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office about the battery. The Rochester officer took the initial report for the theft. The battery was documented and contact was made with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. The resident claims, along with other property taken, her wedding ring from her first marriage was stolen. The ex-boyfriend is claiming she gave him the ring and told him to pawn it so he could use the money to get back on his feet. The incident was documented and pending investigation.

An officer initiated a stop on a vehicle after the registered owner’s driver’s license came back as suspended on the in-car computer. On February 13th, Nathaniel Carver of Stonington was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver drove from the scene.

Officers were dispatched to a disturbance on Lancelot on February 12th. Officers met with a recently divorced couple who were in a verbal argument over possessions. The ex husband agreed to leave for the night and he stated would be out of the residence permanently by the 15th.

On February 14th, an officer initiated a stop on a vehicle whose registered owner came back as having an expired driver’s license and an arrest warrant out of Christian County. Danielle Weinert of Taylorville was arrested on the warrant and turned over to Sangamon County Jail staff. Weinert was also issued citations for allegedly driving with no valid driver’s license and for no proof of insurance. A passenger with a valid driver’s license drove the vehicle home per Weinert’s request.

On February 18th, an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Main in reference to an individual with lacerations on his wrist. A juvenile had become angry with his mother during a conversation about her job. He started to throw things and punched the glass out of the windows on a door causing lacerations to his wrist. The juvenile did not get physical with anyone in the house and stated his parents were not fighting. The juvenile was discharged from the hospital and into the care of an uncle who had agreed to take him in until things calmed down.

On February 21st, an officer responded to the 500 block of Karen Rose in reference to a theft report. The resident explained her wedding/engagement ring was missing. She explained her sister had just had surgery and was staying with her while she recovered. She believes the sister was responsible for the ring’s disappearance. The sister was questioned. She stated she didn’t know there was a ring. Sister’s fiancé and son were also questioned. A report was generated to document the incident. The ring was located by the owner on February 26th.

On February 15th, an officer was asked to take a report on an incident at the Rochester High School. Earlier in the day, a student allegedly made a threatening gesture towards a member of the school staff. The student made an “L” shaped gesture with his fingers that had resembled a gun. The staff member felt it was not done in a friendly manner and it made her uncomfortable. The juvenile stated he was saying hi because the staff member was looking at him and then continued to walk away. The high school addressed the incident and asked the police department to generate a report.

An officer responded to the scene of an accident on Route 29 at West Main on February 22nd. A driver, now known as Chad Clark of Decatur, had rear-ended a stopped vehicle. During the incident, it was discovered that Clark had a suspended driver’s license. Clark was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Officer’s responded to Wildrose in reference to a disturbance on February 23rd. Family members were concerned for the mother’s well-being and were trying to get her to go to the hospital. She didn’t want to go and was not exhibiting any behaviors meeting the requirements to make her go involuntarily. She stated she was going to stay with a relative in Springfield for the evening. The family was advised that they could petition a judge to have her evaluated if they thought it was necessary. The incident was documented.

On February 24th, officers were dispatched to Lexington Dr. for a report of a robbery. On arrival, it was discovered that a juvenile had met with some acquaintances intending to buy cigarillos from them. One of the acquaintances (also juvenile) allegedly got out of the vehicle, battered him and took his money. After speaking with all parties, an officer stood by while the money was returned to the alleged victim. The victim is not pursuing charges at this time. A report was generated to document the incident.

Criminal Reports 

Arrest on Warrants – 1; Battery; Simple – 1; Theft Over $500 – 2

Traffic Reports 

Accident Investigations – 3; Failure to Reduce Speed – 3; Failure to Yield from a Stop Sign – 1; No Driver’s License – 2; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 22; Speeding – 61; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 6; Warnings Issued – 162

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls – 5; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 4; Assist Fire Department – 6; Assist Other Police Agency – 23; Assist Schools – 12; Building / Business Checks – 14; Burglar Alarms – 6; Civil Assists – 21; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 2; Motorist Assists – 7; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 11; Vacation Watch – 18