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JANUARY 2013 POLICE BEAT

*An officer stopped to check on a vehicle which was parked along the road in the 100 block of Roanoke Drive on 01/01/13, at about 10:15p.m.  The officer noticed the motor was running, however, no lights were on and the officer couldn’t tell if the vehicle was occupied.  As the officer approached the car he noticed the passenger door open and it appeared someone threw an object from the vehicle.  When the officer made contact with the occupants he noted he smelled what appeared to be burnt cannabis coming from inside the vehicle.  The investigation resulted in several items being seized and a report forwarded for alleged drug charges.

*On 01/02/13, at about 1:40p.m. an officer was sent to a residence in the 200 block of Water Street in reference to a domestic disturbance.  The report indicates that a daughter and her mother had possibly gotten into a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical situation between the two.  No injuries were reported and it was unclear what had actually taken place. Involved parties were asked to submit statements regarding the incident in an attempt to determine if charges were to be pursued.

*An officer observed a vehicle travelling northbound on Route 29 on 01/09/13, at 9:15p.m. with reportedly multiple equipment violations.  The vehicle which was being driven by Johnny Katcher of Taylorville, was eventually stopped on State Street.  Subsequent investigation revealed that the driver was allegedly driving on a revoked license and without insurance.  Reports indicate the driver appeared to have been drinking prior to being stopped.  He was arrested for an alleged DUI in addition to the other reported offenses.

*On 01/13/13, at about 11:45a.m. an officer was sent to an address in the 100 block of East Main.  The business owner called stating he believed he had a stolen gun in his possession.  The gun, which was determined to have been stolen during a burglary from a residence in Springfield, was turned over to the police.  Authorities with the Springfield Police Department were contacted and informed as to the recovery of the stolen property.

*Officers were sent to the Rochester Elementary School on 01/24/13, at about 3:00p.m. due to a disturbance created by a parent.  The school reported that the parent had come to pick up her child, but had refused to follow school pick-up policies.  When requested by school personnel to follow the policies she reportedly became defiant and caused a disturbance.  The matter is being reviewed by school administrators prior to further action being taken.

Criminal Incidents

Criminal Trespass to State Supported Property – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment; Theft – 1

Traffic Incidents

Accident Investigations – 7; DUI – 2; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 22; Other Miscellaneous Violations – 12; Speeding – 11; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 1; Warnings for Moving Violations – 84; Warnings for Equipment Violations – 62

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls – 2; Assist Other Police Agencies – 10; Assist Fire /Other Govt. Agencies – 18;  Building / Business Checks – 22; Burglar Alarm – 3; Citizen Assists – 34; Fingerprinting Duties – 4;  Disturbance – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 2; Motorist Assist –6; Suspicious Person – 2; Suspicious Vehicle – 3; Vacation Checks -- 261