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MAY 2014 POLICE BEAT

*A truck being driven by Fred Rutherford of Springfield was stopped on 05/01/14, at about 6:30p.m. During the stop the officer learned that Rutherford’s driver’s license was revoked. Rutherford was arrested for the alleged violation and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

*A report was taken on 05/05/14, and again on 05/22/14 in regards to vandalism incidents which have occurred at the Village Park. Someone used green spray paint to paint graffiti on the inside of the men’s bathroom and used black spray paint to paint graffiti on garbage cans and park benches. Along with the incidents at the park, there have also been multiple reports of vandalism in the Wyndmoor Subdivision. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department by telephone or via the tip-line found on the Department’s website.

*A resident on Gunivere reported he had approximately $1,000 worth of tools stolen from his his house in early May. The victim told police he believed he knew who may have taken the items, but he did not want the police to make contact with the subject. The victim stated he was planning to buy a lawnmower from the subject and he was concerned if the police contacted him he may refuse to sell the mower. The victim was told to contact the police if he wanted to pursue this matter.

*On 05/07/14, a Village employee reported he had his laptop computer stolen from his office in late March. The computer, a Dell Inspiron, was valued at $300.

*Tiffany Moore, of Tower Hill, was the driver of a vehicle which was stopped on 05/16/14, at 6:20p.m. During the stop, the officer learned that Moore was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Macon County Authorities. Moore was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

*A vehicle was stopped for a reported equipment violation on 05/18/14, at about 9:30p.m. The stop led to a search of the vehicle and of the driver, William Hills of Canton. Hills was eventually placed under arrest for alleged marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

*Brendan Barone, of Deerfield, was stopped on 05/22/14, at 9:45a.m. for an alleged speeding violation. As officers were talking to Barone one of them observed what turned out to be a bag of marijuana in the vehicle. Barone was eventually arrested for the alleged possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

*A vehicle being driven by Sally Sarver of Pana was stopped on 05/23/14, at about 7:55a.m. as the registration on the vehicle had reportedly been suspended. Sarver was issued a citation for the alleged offense and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

*A resident in the 100 block of Mill Street contacted the police on 05/23/14 to report her vehicle had been damaged. The victim reported that her taillight had been busted out sometime between 7:00a.m. and 5:30p.m. on this date.

*A vehicle which had been travelling northbound on Route 29 was stopped on 05/24/14, at 9:00p.m. After being stopped for an equipment violation the driver of the car, Genna Moore of Springfield, was informed the registration on her vehicle had been suspended for a reported insurance violation. Moore was ticketed for the alleged suspension.

*The stop of a motorist on 05/25/14 at 6:15a.m., for a reported expired registration sticker resulted in the eventual arrest of the driver for multiple violations. After stopping the vehicle the officer made contact with the driver, Thomas Hansen of Springfield, and reported Hansen displayed signs which indicated he had been drinking. According to the report, Hansen admitted to drinking and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. Additionally, during the stop the officer noted Hansen was in possession of suspected marijuana. He was arrested for the alleged DUI and possession of cannabis.

*On 05/31/14, at about 11:30p.m., an officer was conducting a vehicle stop at Route 29 and Rocket Drive. As the officer was talking with the driver of the stopped vehicle he noticed a red van approaching his location. The driver of the van failed to change lanes and came very close to the officer and the stopped vehicle. The officer concluded the stop he was on, and caught up to and stopped the red van. As the officer made contact with the driver of the van, Gregory McDaniel of Lincoln, he noted McDaniel displayed slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and had an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Subsequent investigation into the stop resulted in the arrest of McDaniel for various alleged violations including DUI and driving on a revoked license.


May Criminal Reports

Criminal Damage to Property – 3; Criminal Defacement of Property – 2; Criminal Sexual Abuse –1; Possession of Cannabis – 2; Possession of a Controlled Substance – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 3; Theft – 2; Warrant Arrest – 1

Traffic Incidents

Accident Investigation – 2; DUI – 2; Hit and Run –1; Illegal Parking – 4; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 2; Improper Lane Usage – 2 No Registration – 19; Miscellaneous Violations –11; No Valid Driver’s License – 11; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 28; Operating While Registration Suspended – 7; Speeding – 63; Suspended / Revoked License – 5; Warnings -- 147


Calls For Service

Animal Calls – 15; Assist Other Police Agencies – 17; Burglar Alarm – 7; Citizen Assists – 31; Disturbance – 2; Domestic Trouble – 1; Loud Noise Complaints –4; Mental Cases – 1; Motorist Assist – 17; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; School Programs – 5; Solicitor Complaints – 3; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 7; Vacation Watches -- 87