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JANUARY 2014 POLICE BEAT

*An officer responded to the Rochester High School during the afternoon of 01/09/14, as school administrators had found that a student was in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. The officer met with a school administrator and the juvenile at the school. According to the report, the student had been in possession of suspected marijuana, a couple of pills and a pipe. He was reportedly suspended from the school for the violation along with having a report sent by the police department to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities.

*An individual who is involved in the construction of a house on Willimantic stopped by the police department at 8:20 a.m. on 01/11/14. He reported that he had received a phone call from a person who lives next door to the house which he is building. The neighbor told him at about 3:00 a.m. this morning a truck pulled into the drive of the house. The truck stayed in the driveway for about 10 minutes before it left. An officer went to the house with the complainant to check and make sure nothing had been stolen or damaged. Based on shoe prints which were found in the mud it appears two subjects got out of the truck and walked all around the house. The prints went up to each window and door of the house. All windows and doors had been locked and it did not appear any entry to the house had been made. The suspicious truck was described as an older white Ford pick-up with a white camper shell.

*A citizen notified police on 01/19/14, at about 9:00 a.m.reporting he had observed a male subject who was outside in the 700 block Heathrow and the subject appeared to be having mental issues or a medical problem. An officer responded and made contact with the subject. He noted the subject appeared to be confused and disoriented. The male subject repeatedly made comments to the officer indicating he wanted to kill himself. EMS personnel were called to the scene and the subject, who was from the Bloomington/Normal area, was taken to the hospital. Officers eventually made contact with family members to make them aware of the incident.

*On 01/20/14, at about 8:00 p.m. an officer had contact with Bradley Alton of Springfield. Alton had reportedly come to pick up a vehicle which had been towed. A check of Alton’s driver’s license revealed that he was wanted on a Sangamon County warrant. He was taken to the Sangamon County Jail and released to their custody.

*Police officers were called to an accident scene on 01/20/14, at about 3:30 p.m. When officers arrived they noted that the traffic light control box had been struck along with a power pole. Power lines were lying in the Subway and True Value Hardware parking lots.The vehicle which was involved in the accident was found parked in the Village Market parking lot with only the driver in the vehicle. Officers were told that there had been other passengers in the truck, one of which appeared to be injured, but they had left the scene. Three of the passengers were eventually located at an address on Walberta Drive. The driver of the vehicle and 2 of the passengers experienced injuries requiring treatment by EMS. According to the report, the driver of the vehicle, David Wright, was ticketed for the following alleged violations: Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Improper Lane Usage and Reckless Driving. The report has been forwarded to the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office with possible court action pending.

*Two mailboxes in the Woodland Subdivision were run over by a vehicle sometime before 11:00 a.m. on 01/23/14. A resident called police stating she heard a loud noise at about 10:50 a.m. outside of her residence. When she looked outside she saw two mailboxes and pole had been struck. The officer noted that based on the tire tracks which were left in the snow the suspect vehicle was a larger vehicle, possibly a truck. The resident estimated the damage to the decorative pole and mailboxes at $500.00.

*An officer stopped to check on the driver of a vehicle who had turned his hazard lights on and pulled into the turn lane at Route 29 and South Walnut on 01/25/14, at about 9:30 p.m. The driver, identified as Sean Dickerson, explained he had stopped in the turn lane as the vehicle he was driving had run out of gas. A check of his driver’s license indicated his driving privileges were suspended. He was cited for the alleged offense.

*On 01/28/14, an officer was sent to an address near the intersection of Woodland Trail and Edgewood Place in the Woodland Subdivision in reference to a bicycle which a resident had found. The resident told police the bike had been in front of her house for about one week. The bike was brought back to the police department and has yet to be claimed.

*The police were called on 01/28/14, in reference to a reported domestic disturbance which had occurred at a residence in the 100 block of North Walnut. A female resident told officers that her male roommate and she had gotten into an argument as he was moving some of his items out of the apartment. During the argument, the male reportedly damaged some of the victim’s property. The incident was documented as the female was planning to pursue further action against the male subject.

*The newer concession stand at the Rochester Football Field was heavily damaged sometime between 4:00 p.m. on 01/24/14, and 6:00 p.m. on 01/28/14. Suspect(s) made entry to the building and began damaging items. The glass doors on the coolers used for storing beverages were smashed leaving glass fragments scattered about, Gatorade and soda bottles were emptied onto the floor, the televisions and speaker equipment appeared damaged, paper towel dispenser had been torn from the wall, several cabinets were destroyed, an AM/FM tuner rack was damaged, along with reported damages to numerous other items. At some point the suspect(s) used the fire extinguishers which were in the building and discharged them throughout the interior of the building covering much of the equipment. In addition to the concession stand damages, there were damages noted to the ticket booth building. The entry door had been kicked in and two exterior lights had been smashed. Estimates on the damages are still being gathered, but it is anticipated to be in excess of $5,000.00. An evidence technician was called in to process the scene. At this time the incident is still pending investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Rochester Police Department and/or the Rochester School District.

Criminal Incidents:

Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Damage to State Supported Property – 1; Criminal Defacement of Property – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment –1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrest – 1

Traffic Incidents:

Accident Investigations – 7; DUI – 2; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Improper Lane Usage – 2; No Valid Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding –4; Suspended / Revoked Driver’s License – 2; Warning Tickets – 94

Calls for Service:

Animal Related Calls – 3; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 6; Assist Other Police Agency – 14; Burglar Alarm – 5; Business Checks – 14; Citizen Assist – 39; Domestic Trouble – 2; Mental Cases – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Missing Person –1; Motorist Assist – 31;Suspicious Auto / Person – 4; Vacation Checks -- 186