January 2016 Police Beat

*On 01/09/16, at about 5:00p.m., officers were driving through the Village Park and noticed numerous tire tracks near the football and soccer fields. Due to recent weather conditions the area that had been driven through was wet and damage to the area was extensive. According to the report, the officers had recently observed a truck leaving the park and remembered the vehicle registration number. A short time later they located the driver of the truck, a male juvenile, who admitted to the damage. Arrangements have been made for the driver to repair the damaged area.

*A teenage male was stopped by an officer for reportedly travelling 53 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone on 01/11/16, at about 7:30p.m. The report indicates when the officer made contact with the driver he smelled what appeared to be a strong odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle. He also reported he found several items during a search of the vehicle which he noted as cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested and taken to the police department before being released to a family member.

*William Pritchett of Decatur was stopped on 01/13/16, at 9:45a.m. During the stop, the officer found that Pritchett was allegedly driving while his driver’s license was suspended.

*On 01/14/16, at 2:50p.m., an officer responded to Rochester High School as he was told the assistant principal was dealing with a student reference a disciplinary issue and she was requesting the police. The officer arrived and met with school personnel in the assistant principal’s office. The student, who was an eighteen-year-old senior, eventually emptied his pockets and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and cannabis. A report has been forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

*An officer was sent to the Rochester High School on 01/15/16, at 10:30a.m., as school administration was dealing with a high school student who had allegedly threatened a teacher’s aid and requested an officer speak with the student. According to the teacher’s aid, the student had made threatening remarks to her while in the classroom. The officer spoke to the student about the situation. The school requested a report documenting the incident be completed, but didn’t want any further legal action taken at this time.

*Police were called to a domestic disturbance on 01/15/16, at about 9:00p.m. in the 500 block of Burberry. A female resident had contacted the police stating she was concerned about her husband’s welfare. She told the officers her husband recently left the house after they had been involved in a disagreement. Due to past history, she was concerned for his safety. The male subject was eventually located and determined to be fine.

*Officers were sent to a residence in the 100 block of Cumberland in regards to a reported domestic disturbance on 01/17/16, at 5:15p.m. Responding officers were told a female subject had arrived at the residence and was causing a problem. She also was refusing to leave after being asked to do so by the occupants. When officers got on scene they learned the female had come to the residence to speak to her ex-husband about their children. The two became involved in an argument which prompted the request for police. After speaking with officers, the female was told she was not welcome at the residence and would have to leave.

*Officers were sent to the Village Park on 01/28/16, at about 4:15p.m., to meet with a subject who stated he had been battered. Officers arrived and met with the victim, an eighteen-year-old male subject, who reported he had just been struck in the face while he was sitting in his car. He identified the suspect for officers and reported he left the area about 5 minutes ago. The suspect, who is a sixteen-year-old male juvenile, and the victim have had ongoing problems. Officers noted the victim had a large amount of blood on his face, arms and hands. It appeared he may have had a tooth knocked out during the confrontation. The suspect was eventually located by the police and admitted to striking the victim. A report has been forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

*At about 12:15a.m., on 01/30/16, officers were sent to a residence in the 400 block of Karen Rose to take a battery report. Officers arrived and met with the complainant who stated, through a raised window, he had been battered while at the Sandbar Tavern in Springfield. He refused to come to the door to speak with officers about the situation. As officers were asking about his injuries he became angry, began cussing at the officers, and shut the window.

*On 01/31/16, at 3:00p.m., an officer was sent to the Rochester High School to meet with an individual whose children had found some property on school grounds. When the officer arrived he was given a large glass bong that smelled of burnt cannabis. The area where this was found also contained empty beer cans and liquor bottles. The glass bong was destroyed.

Criminal Reports
Aggravated Battery – 1; Assault – 1; Battery – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Damage to State Supported Property – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 2; Possession of Drug Equipment – 2; Telephone Harassment – 1

Traffic Reports
Accident Investigations – 2; No Valid License – 1; No Valid Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle –5; Speeding – 17; Suspended Registration – 1; Suspended / Revoked Drivers –1; Warnings Issued – 65

Calls for Service
Animal Related Calls –1; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 10; Assist Other Police Agency – 25; Building / Business Checks – 17; Burglar Alarms – 9; Citizen Assists – 56; Death Natural Causes – 1; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 4; Found Articles – 2; Mental Cases – 2; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Motorist Assists – 11; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 16; Vacation Watches -- 330