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OCTOBER 2014 POLICE BEAT

*An officer was dispatched to the Rochester High School on 10/01/14, at 11:55a.m., in reference to threats a female student had reportedly made to another student and to a family member. After meeting with school administration and the student’s mother, arrangements were made for the student to leave school with the mother in order to pursue additional help with the situation.

*On 10/10/14, at 9:50a.m., an officer was sent to an address on Lancelot Drive to meet with the resident. The resident had called dispatch to report she had several items stolen from the house recently. The victim reported to police the following items were missing: 19 inch flat screen Visio television; IPAD mini with case; and a “Go Pro” camera. The victim was unable to give an exact date as to when the items may have been stolen, but did report the television was last seen in May of 2014. She suspects a family member may be responsible for the thefts of the items. The value of the property was estimated at $1950.00.

*A resident from the 700 block of West Main Street reported to the police her car had had been damaged while it had been parked along the road in front of the residence. The victim stated she had parked her car sometime during the evening on 10/11/14, and then found the damage at about noon on 10/12/14. The driver’s side mirror had been torn away from the vehicle. Damage was estimated at $220.00.

*Officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Deercreek in reference to a report of a domestic disturbance on 10/12/14, at about 4:30p.m. When officers arrived they learned that a juvenile subject had become angry and was damaging the house and threatening to harm himself. As officers were collecting information the subject ran from the residence. Officers eventually located him, and after a brief struggle, took him into custody. The subject was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

*On 10/15/14, at 6:00p.m., an officer went to a residence in the 200 block of Oak Street to take a residential burglary report. The victim reported when she came home to her house this evening she noticed a Laptop computer was missing. She also reported that late last month she had approximately $1200.00 in cash stolen from the residence. It is believed a family member who is not allowed at the house may be responsible for the incidents. During the follow-up investigation, a search warrant was obtained for cell phones which belonged to possible suspects. The investigation is ongoing as one of the suspect(s) was recently returned to the Department of Corrections.

*At 12:10a.m., on 10/16/14, an officer was sent to an address in the 300 block of West Main for a domestic disturbance. The officer arrived and met with the owner of the residence and a live-in female subject. The owner of the house reported the two had gotten into an argument after returning home from an evening of drinking and the female had taken his car keys. After speaking with both subjects, it was decided that no crimes had been committed.
*An officer was met at the police department by a subject who resides in the 400 block of Water Street on 10/22/14, at 6:20p.m. The subject told police she found a dead animal which had been thrown in her backyard landing near her deck. Most of the animal was intact, however, the fur was missing and only the skull was remaining from the head. The officer reported it was difficult to tell the identity of the animal, but believes it may have been a small dog. The resident was not sure why someone would place the animal in her yard.

*A traffic stop conducted on 10/25/14, at about 9:05p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver for multiple alleged offenses. The driver James Dentzman, of Springfield, was reported to have been driving on a suspended license and driving a vehicle with suspended registration.

*After stopping a vehicle on 10/26/14, at approximately 2:55p.m., the officer was informed the driver was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Shelby County Authorities. The driver, Tony Webb Jr. from Newton, was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

*Grace Beneky of Springfield was stopped on 10/26/14, at about 12:00a.m. while travelling southbound on Route 29. During the stop the officer learned that Beneky’s driver’s license had been suspended. She was issued a citation for the alleged violation.

*A vehicle which was stopped on 10/28/14, at about 2:50p.m., for a reported lane violation resulted in the arrest of the driver for allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license and driving without insurance. She was ticketed for the reported violations.

*At approximately 10:30p.m., on 10/29/14, a vehicle was stopped which had been travelling northbound on Route 29. During the stop the officer discovered the driver of the vehicle, Dawn Fitch of Louisville, was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Clay County Authorities. A passenger in the vehicle, Derek Britz of Edgewood, was also arrested as he had a valid warrant for his arrest which had also been issued by Clay County Authorities. Both subjects were taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

*An officer was sent to an address on State Street on 10/31/14, at 8:15p.m., to meet with a subject who claimed he ex-husband had violated an order of protection. According to the victim, the order of protection prohibits the ex-husband from making any contact with her. She claimed he had attempted to contact her through a Facebook message. The officer documented the allegations and prepared a report for the complainant.

Criminal Reports
Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol – 1; Residential Burglary – 2; Resisting / Obstructing a Police Officer – 1; Theft – 3; Theft of Labor – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 1; Warrant Arrests – 3


Traffic Reports
Accident Investigations – 4; Improper Lane Usage – 2; Miscellaneous Offenses – 6; No Drivers License – 3; No Valid Registration – 5; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 6; Operating While Registration Suspended – 1; Speeding – 3; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 3; Warnings Issued – 101

Calls For Service
Animal Related Calls – 2; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 13; Assist Other Police Agency – 27; Building / Business Checks – 25; Burglar Alarms – 4; Citizen Assists – 32; Disturbance – 2; Fingerprinting – 4; Found Articles – 2; Motorist Assists – 11; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 7; Vacation Watches -- 75