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JANUARY 2011 POLICE BEAT

*On 01/01/11, at about 11:00p.m., while conducting a business check an officer found that a vending machine which was located in front of the Village Market had been broken into.  The machine was damaged and the coin box was missing.  The total loss was reported to be $370.00.

*William Bacon of Springfield was stopped on 01/09/11 at about 6:15p.m. The officer reported the vehicle Bacon was driving was stopped due to an equipment violation.  A check of Bacon’s driver’s license revealed his license was currently suspended.

*On 01/17/11, at about 2:30a.m. an officer was sent to check on a report of a slumped driver on Route 29 just north of town.  The officer located the vehicle and eventually made contact with the driver, who was identified as Heath Bilyeu of Assumption.  Based on the investigation which followed the driver was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

*A vehicle stop conducted on 01/19/11 at 5:25p.m. resulted in the arrest of the driver, Andrew Kent of Springfield.  Kent had been stopped for an alleged speeding violation and a check of his driver’s license indicated he was wanted on a warrant. The warrant had been issued by Mason County authorities.

*At 8:30a.m. on 01/27/11, an officer was sent to the Rochester High School in reference to a report of a student being in possession of cannabis.  The officer met with school administrators and was given a plastic bag which contained what appeared to be cannabis.  The student was eventually arrested and taken to the Rochester Police Department.  A report has been forwarded to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities.

*The driver of a vehicle who was originally stopped for a reported equipment violation was eventually arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol.  The driver, who was identified as Tracey Sidles of Springfield, had been travelling northbound on Route 29 on 01/27/11, at about 6:45p.m.  As officers made contact with Sidles they reported he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.  He was eventually arrested and cited for the alleged DUI and driving without a valid license.

*Warren Duncan, of Springfield, was stopped for an alleged equipment violation on 01/29/11 at about 4:50p.m.  As officers spoke to Duncan concerning the violation, he informed the officers that he was currently driving on a suspended license.

Criminal Incidents:

Battery – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Identity Theft –1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Theft from Coin Operated Machine –1; Warrant Arrest –1

Traffic Related Incidents:

Accident Investigations – 5; DUI – 2; Improper Backing – 1; Improper Use of Registration – 1; No Valid Driver’s License – 2; No Valid Registration – 4; Operation of Uninsured Vehicle – 27; Operation While Registration Suspended – 2; Revoked/Cancelled Registration – 2; Speeding – 33; Suspended/Revoked License – 8; Warnings Issued – 175