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MARCH 2016 POLICE BEAT

ROCHESTER POLICE BEAT
MARCH 2016

*A vehicle was stopped on 03/01/16, at 6:45p.m., for an alleged expired registration sticker. During the stop a check on the passenger’s driving status was completed. The check revealed the passenger, Joseph Ferreri of Pana, was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Christian County Authorities.

*On 03/04/16, at 8:05a.m., an officer was sent to the Baptist Church in reference to a suspicious vehicle call. When the officer met with the complainant he was told 3 teenage males arrived on the church grounds in 2 different vehicles. The males got out of their vehicles and were seen crouched down behind a shed. When the officer checked the area behind the shed she found containers of what appeared to be cannabis and drug paraphernalia buried in some leaves. The officer eventually located the teenagers who admitted the items belonged to them. Referrals on all three were forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

*On 03/06/16, at about 2:45a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 300 block of Park Street in reference to a disturbance. When the officer arrived he observed two male subjects in a verbal argument. The officer got out of his squad car and was immediately approached by one of the subjects. As the subject approached the officer he made numerous verbal threats to the officer. The subject, later identified as Erick Gudgel, then turned his attention away from the officer and towards the male subject. He then attacked the male punching and kicking him before being separated by the officer. As the officer was taking the suspect into custody he began to struggle with the officer and was eventually tased. Gudgel was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail in reference to multiple alleged charges.

*A stop of a vehicle on 03/08/16, at 7:15p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver, William Havener of Riverton. Havener was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Morgan County Authorities.

*On 03/11/16, a subject who was initially stopped for an alleged speeding violation was eventually arrested on a valid warrant which had been issued Sangamon County Authorities. The driver of the vehicle, Sidney Bell-Young of Peoria, had been stopped for allegedly travelling 64 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone. An investigation into the stop revealed Young was reportedly driving without a valid driver’s license and had a warrant issued for her arrest due to a past incident. She was cited for the above violations and taken to the Sangamon County Jail due to the warrant.

*Emily Roach, of Pana, was stopped on 03/13/16, at about 9:30p.m. The stop was due to an alleged equipment violation and was conducted on Route 29 at Cardinal Hill Road. During the stop, the officer was informed that Roach was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Edgar County Authorities.

*Officers were sent to a residence on Taft Drive on 03/14/16, at about 11:00p.m., for a reported vehicle theft. When the officer arrived he was told that after a verbal dispute a teenager had left the area in his father’s car without permission. The parent didn’t want to file a theft report, but needed police assistance in having the car returned. A short time later the son returned home in the car to get some items. The car was left with the father while the teenager went to stay with a friend.

*An individual came to the police department on 03/16/16, as he was concerned for his elderly sister’s well being. He reported his sister resides on Walberta Road with other family members. He commented his sister is handicapped and he didn’t believe she was being cared for properly. An officer went to check on the subject’s welfare. Due to his observations while inside the residence the matter was referred to the Illinois Adult Protective Services.

*An accident report was taken on 03/21/16, at 5:45p.m., in the 300 block of Cumberland Drive. The accident involved 2 teenage male subjects both of whom admitted they are involved in playing the game of “assassin” involving local high school students. The at fault party admitted he was attempting to prevent the other driver from getting out of his driveway when the collision occurred. Both vehicles were damaged during the collision.

*When an officer stopped a vehicle in reference to an alleged expired registration sticker he learned the driver was driving on a revoked driver’s license. The driver, identified as Joseph Traylor of Springfield, was arrested for the violation on 03/24/16, at 4:15p.m.

*On 03/28/16, at 10:10p.m., Desra Nevins of Edinburg was stopped for allegedly driving on a suspended license. She was ticketed for the alleged offense.

*An officer was sent to the Rochester Intermediate School on 03/31/16, at about 3:30p.m. They were told school staff members were having difficulty with a student. The student had run from staff members and had kicked a hole in a wall. The officer spoke to both the student and his parent about the incident. The school requested a report be completed documenting the situation.

Criminal Reports
Aggravated Battery – 1; Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Criminal Damage to State Supported Property – 1; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 3; Possession of Drug Equipment – 3; Resisting / Obstructing a Peace Officer – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrest – 3

Traffic Reports
Accident Investigations – 4; No Child Restraint – 1; No Valid Driver’s License – 2; No Valid Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 4; Speeding – 37; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 4; Traffic Detail – 2; Warnings Issued – 93

Calls for Service
Animal Related Calls – 6 ; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 9; Assist Other Police Agency – 25; Building / Business Checks – 28; Burglar Alarms – 3; Citizen Assists – 74; Disturbance – 2; Domestic Trouble – 3; Fingerprinting Duties – 2; Mischievous Conduct – 2; Motorist Assists – 16; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Noise Complaints – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 14; Vacation Watches -- 305