Rochester Police Beat February 2019
- On February 1st, a stop was conducted on a vehicle that showed the registered owner as having a suspended driver’s license. The driver was not the registered owner but also had a suspended driver’s license. Megan Prickard of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Valid drivers picked up Prickard and her vehicle from the scene.
- A vehicle was stopped when the registration didn’t match the vehicle it was on. In addition, it was revealed the driver’s license was revoked. On February 2nd, David Wagenblast of Springfield was arrested and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, improper use of registration and no registration. Wagenblast was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.
- Two Rochester High School students got into an altercation through their school issued emails on February 8th. The students got upset with each other after one said something to the other’s girlfriend. This lead to threats of bodily harm being exchanged through their emails. Charges were forwarded for the alleged assault to Juvenile Probation.
- An officer stopped a vehicle after observing it make several lane violations on February 10th. The officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath. The driver had glossy eyes, slurred speech and slowed movements. Standard Field Sobriety Tests were administered and several signs of impairment were observed. A breath sample indicated a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.116%. Zaxxon Nation of Springfield was cited for the alleged improper lane use, driving under the influence of alcohol and having a BAC greater than 0.08%. Nation was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.
- On February 11th, an officer responded to an address off of E. Main for a criminal damage report. The night before, the homeowner had addressed an individual who had parked in his driveway without permission. The individual was upset and peeled out of the driveway on his departure. The incident had left ruts in the driveway and showered the homeowner’s vehicle with gravel that chipped several areas of paint and broke the windshield. The individual agreed to pay restitution for the incident.
- An officer stopped a vehicle with a suspended registration and a revoked registered owner on February 12th. Louis Neuf of Rochester was cited and arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked, operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended, and illegal transportation of alcohol. Neuf was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.
- An officer was contacted by a local business to take a theft of services and criminal damage report on February 15th. Two individuals, without memberships to the business, had accessed the business during non-business hours to utilize the equipment during the process property was damaged. The individuals agreed to pay restitution for the damage and the theft of services. A report was generated.
- On February 15th, an individual was allowed to call for a valid driver to pick her up from the scene at the conclusion of a traffic stop for not having a valid driver’s license. The individual picking her up was revealed to have an active warrant. Brian Hupp of Divernon was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.
- An individual notified an officer of a suspicious vehicle at approximately 11:30 p.m. on February 16th. The caller stated the individual had been parked in front of a construction site for the last 10 minutes and has been constantly turning the vehicle’s lights on and off. When the officer arrived they observed a sedan parked on the wrong side of the street approximately 3 feet away from the curb. They made contact with the driver who appeared disoriented, incoherent, and was slurring his speech. The officers noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, and vomit coming from the driver. Standard Field Sobriety Tests were administered and numerous signs of impairment were observed. A breath sample indicated a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.207%. Thomas Love of Springfield was cited for the alleged driving under the influence of alcohol and having a BAC greater than 0.08%. Love was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.
- After stopping a vehicle on February 17th for a headlight violation it was revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Ashley Gains of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and given a written warning for the headlight violation. Her passenger was valid and drove from the scene.
- Mark E. Staten of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on February 18th. Valid drivers picked up Staten and his vehicle.
- An officer responded to a disturbance on Magnolia February 24th. The individuals involved were having an argument over child custody. The incident was verbal only. The male half was instructed to leave as he was not a resident of the property. He was issued a no trespass warning and encouraged to seek out a custody agreement through the courts.
- On February 27th, an officer was contacted by the Springfield Police Department. They had recovered several stole items from a Springfield residence that were specific to an individual from Rochester. They were in the process of arresting the juvenile for the possession of stolen property. The Rochester resident, who had been out of town, was contacted and it was discovered his residence had been broken into during the last few days. The resident gave a detailed list of items missing and they matched the items found with the juvenile. Physical evidence at the crime scene was collected from the scene and sent to the Illinois State Police Forensic Lab for processing. Charges against the juvenile for the residential burglary were forwarded to Juvenile Probation.
Assault – 2; Burglary from Motor Vehicle – 1; Burglary Residential – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Deceptive Practices – 2; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Mischievous Conduct (No Money Loss) - 1 Violation of Orders of Protection – 1; Warrants – 1
Accident Investigations – 2; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – 2; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol BAC greater than 0.08% – 2; Expired Registration – 1; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Improper Use of Registration – 1; Leaving the Scene of an Accident – 1; No Driver’s License – 1; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 6; Speeding – 19; Suspended Registration – 2; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 5; Traffic Citations – 45: Warnings Issued – 136
Calls for Service
Animal Related Calls – 2; Assist Business Agency – 2; Assist Fire Department – 17; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 2; Assist Other Police Agency – 22; Assist Schools – 31; Building / Business Checks – 26; Burglar Alarms – 7; Civil/Citizen Assists – 2; Death by Natural Causes – 1; Disturbance – 1; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Mental Cases – 2; Motorist Assists – 14; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Ordinance Violations – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 9; Thorough Fare Obstructions – 2; Vacation Watches – 202
Posted on April 24, 2019
by Janelle Shea