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JULY AND AUGUST 2012 POLICE BEAT

*On 07/13/12, a resident in the 400 block of Lexington reported that her mailbox was struck by a vehicle and damaged.  She believes the incident may have occurred at about 2 a.m. as she heard a loud noise at that time.  It appears the vehicle which damaged the mailbox was blue in color.  The damage was estimated at $50.

*At about 9p.m. on 07/13/12, an officer was approached by a female subject who stated her ex-boyfriend had damaged several items of her clothing.  It was reported that the female and the ex-boyfriend had gotten into an argument while at the male’s residence in the 400 block of Pleasant Lane.  The victim stated that while she was away from the residence the male subject damaged her clothing items by setting them on fire.  The victim stated that she lost approximately $900 worth of clothing.  A report was completed and forwarded to the States Attorney’s Office.

*Robert Templeton, of Springfield, was stopped on 07/31/12 for an alleged equipment violation.  During the course of the stop, the officer reported that he found that Templeton did not have a valid Illinois driver’s license.  Additional reports indicate that the subject’s California license had been suspended.

*A vehicle which was reported to be swerving as it traveled northbound on Route 29 was stopped on 08/04/12 at about 12:40a.m.  As the officer made contact with the driver he reportedly observed several indicators which led him to believe the driver was impaired.  After several field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver, Mitchell Flowers of Springfield, was arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol.

*Two separate domestic incidents occurred at the same residence in the 200 block of Water Street during the month of August.  In both cases it was reported that a fourteen year old girl had been battered by her mother.  On 08/11/12 and on 08/25/12, the mother was arrested for domestic battery, taken to the Sangamon County Jail, and a referral to the Department of Children and Family Services was completed.

*A male subject who was walking in the 500 Block of Mill Street was attacked by two dogs on 08/13/12.  The dogs, which had gotten away from the owner, belong at 533 Mill Street.  Before the owner could get the dogs back under his control, the victim was bitten on the hand and the shoulder.  He was transported to the hospital for treatment.  Sangamon County Animal Control was contacted and an officer arrived on scene.  The owner had to produce appropriate paperwork for the dogs and had to confine them for a 10 day period before being examined by a veterinarian.  Additionally, the owner was fined due to being in violation of the Village Animal Control Ordinance.

*A Criminal Damage to Property incident was reported to the police on 08/20/12.  An employee with the Bank and Trust Company told police that at approximately 2:00p.m. on 08/19/12, two male subjects damaged an exterior wall.  The subjects, who were on bicycles, rode their bikes into the wall leaving numerous black marks on the wall.  Damage was estimated at $300.

*Leonard Robbins of Mount Olive, was stopped by an officer on 08/21/12 at 11:15a.m.  The officer reported that rocks were spilling from the truck Robbins was driving.  A computer check of Robbins’ driver’s license revealed that his license was suspended.  He was cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license and for operating without proof of insurance.

*A citizen notified police on 08/25/12, that she had contact with two juveniles who told her they were homeless.  Officers made contact with the juveniles in the 4800 block of Oak Hills Road at about 5:00p.m.  They were told by both subjects, a male and a female, that they were homeless.  Officers found that the female juvenile had been reported as missing by the Taylorville Police, while the male juvenile was a ward of the Department of Children and Family Services.  The female was placed back with her parents while the male was turned over to a representative with the Department of Children and Family Services.

Criminal Incidents

Criminal Damage to Property – 3; Domestic Battery – 2; Theft Under $500 – 2

Traffic Incidents

Accident Investigations – 4; DUI – 1; Hit and Run – 1; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 5; No Drivers License – 2; No Registration – 2; Operation of an Uninsured Vehicle – 13; Speeding – 31; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 1; Warning Tickets – 120

Calls for Service

Animal Calls – 8; Assist Other Police – 41; Assist  Other Governmental Agency – 20; Burglar Alarm – 6; Business Checks – 122; Citizen Assists – 75; Loud Noise Complaints – 2; Motorist Assists – 34; Neighborhood Trouble – 4; Ordinance Violations – 5;  Suspicious Person – 2; Suspicious Vehicle – 7;  Vacation Checks – 403