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  • JANUARY 2014 POLICE BEAT

    *An officer responded to the Rochester High School during the afternoon of 01/09/14, as school administrators had found that a student was in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. The officer met with a school administrator and the juvenile at the school. According to the report, the student had been in possession of suspected marijuana, a couple of pills and a pipe. He was reportedly suspended from the school for the violation along with having a report sent by the police department to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities.

    *An individual who is involved in the construction of a house on Willimantic stopped by the police department at 8:20 a.m. on 01/11/14. He reported that he had received a phone call from a person who lives next door to the house which he is building. The neighbor told him at about 3:00 a.m. this morning a truck pulled into the drive of the house. The truck stayed in the driveway for about 10 minutes before it left. An officer went to the house with the complainant to check and make sure nothing had been stolen or damaged. Based on shoe prints which were found in the mud it appears two subjects got out of the truck and walked all around the house. The prints went up to each window and door of the house. All windows and doors had been locked and it did not appear any entry to the house had been made. The suspicious truck was described as an older white Ford pick-up with a white camper shell.

    *A citizen notified police on 01/19/14, at about 9:00 a.m.reporting he had observed a male subject who was outside in the 700 block Heathrow and the subject appeared to be having mental issues or a medical problem. An officer responded and made contact with the subject. He noted the subject appeared to be confused and disoriented. The male subject repeatedly made comments to the officer indicating he wanted to kill himself. EMS personnel were called to the scene and the subject, who was from the Bloomington/Normal area, was taken to the hospital. Officers eventually made contact with family members to make them aware of the incident.

    *On 01/20/14, at about 8:00 p.m. an officer had contact with Bradley Alton of Springfield. Alton had reportedly come to pick up a vehicle which had been towed. A check of Alton’s driver’s license revealed that he was wanted on a Sangamon County warrant. He was taken to the Sangamon County Jail and released to their custody.

    *Police officers were called to an accident scene on 01/20/14, at about 3:30 p.m. When officers arrived they noted that the traffic light control box had been struck along with a power pole. Power lines were lying in the Subway and True Value Hardware parking lots.The vehicle which was involved in the accident was found parked in the Village Market parking lot with only the driver in the vehicle. Officers were told that there had been other passengers in the truck, one of which appeared to be injured, but they had left the scene. Three of the passengers were eventually located at an address on Walberta Drive. The driver of the vehicle and 2 of the passengers experienced injuries requiring treatment by EMS. According to the report, the driver of the vehicle, David Wright, was ticketed for the following alleged violations: Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Improper Lane Usage and Reckless Driving. The report has been forwarded to the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office with possible court action pending.

    *Two mailboxes in the Woodland Subdivision were run over by a vehicle sometime before 11:00 a.m. on 01/23/14. A resident called police stating she heard a loud noise at about 10:50 a.m. outside of her residence. When she looked outside she saw two mailboxes and pole had been struck. The officer noted that based on the tire tracks which were left in the snow the suspect vehicle was a larger vehicle, possibly a truck. The resident estimated the damage to the decorative pole and mailboxes at $500.00.

    *An officer stopped to check on the driver of a vehicle who had turned his hazard lights on and pulled into the turn lane at Route 29 and South Walnut on 01/25/14, at about 9:30 p.m. The driver, identified as Sean Dickerson, explained he had stopped in the turn lane as the vehicle he was driving had run out of gas. A check of his driver’s license indicated his driving privileges were suspended. He was cited for the alleged offense.

    *On 01/28/14, an officer was sent to an address near the intersection of Woodland Trail and Edgewood Place in the Woodland Subdivision in reference to a bicycle which a resident had found. The resident told police the bike had been in front of her house for about one week. The bike was brought back to the police department and has yet to be claimed.

    *The police were called on 01/28/14, in reference to a reported domestic disturbance which had occurred at a residence in the 100 block of North Walnut. A female resident told officers that her male roommate and she had gotten into an argument as he was moving some of his items out of the apartment. During the argument, the male reportedly damaged some of the victim’s property. The incident was documented as the female was planning to pursue further action against the male subject.

    *The newer concession stand at the Rochester Football Field was heavily damaged sometime between 4:00 p.m. on 01/24/14, and 6:00 p.m. on 01/28/14. Suspect(s) made entry to the building and began damaging items. The glass doors on the coolers used for storing beverages were smashed leaving glass fragments scattered about, Gatorade and soda bottles were emptied onto the floor, the televisions and speaker equipment appeared damaged, paper towel dispenser had been torn from the wall, several cabinets were destroyed, an AM/FM tuner rack was damaged, along with reported damages to numerous other items. At some point the suspect(s) used the fire extinguishers which were in the building and discharged them throughout the interior of the building covering much of the equipment. In addition to the concession stand damages, there were damages noted to the ticket booth building. The entry door had been kicked in and two exterior lights had been smashed. Estimates on the damages are still being gathered, but it is anticipated to be in excess of $5,000.00. An evidence technician was called in to process the scene. At this time the incident is still pending investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Rochester Police Department and/or the Rochester School District.

    Criminal Incidents:
    Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Damage to State Supported Property – 1; Criminal Defacement of Property – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment –1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrest – 1

    Traffic Incidents:
    Accident Investigations – 7; DUI – 2; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Improper Lane Usage – 2; No Valid Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding –4; Suspended / Revoked Driver’s License – 2; Warning Tickets – 94

    Calls for Service:
    Animal Related Calls – 3; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 6; Assist Other Police Agency – 14; Burglar Alarm – 5; Business Checks – 14; Citizen Assist – 39; Domestic Trouble – 2; Mental Cases – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Missing Person –1; Motorist Assist – 31;Suspicious Auto / Person – 4; Vacation Checks -- 186


  • DECEMBER 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *A resident in the 900 block of Hillcrest contacted the police on 12/05/13. He reported that between 7:00p.m. on 12/04/13, and 6:30a.m., on 12/05/13, someone drove thru his yard running over several landscaping lights. Damage was estimated at $50.

    *On 12/07/13, at 8:00a.m., an officer was checking the Village Park area when he noticed the public restrooms had been spray painted with graffiti. The graffiti covered the exterior walls and the doors. The officer noted the graffiti was in black spray paint and consisted of various symbols and drawings.

    *Officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 100 block of East Main on 12/08/13, at3:40a.m.in regards to a disturbance between a male and a female subject. The female subject reported that the male had become intoxicated and had been texting his ex-girlfriend, and she then kicked him out of the apartment. The male became angry and kicked the door causing damage to the door. Arrangements were made for the male subject to leave the residence. The victim wanted a report forwarded reference the alleged criminal damage.

    *On 12/13/13, at about 1:00a.m. an officer spotted a vehicle traveling southbound on Route 29 in the northbound lanes. The officer caught up to the car, which was reportedly being driven by Jessica Frosting, of Taylorville, and got her to stop. The subsequent investigation into the stop resulted in the arrest of Frosting for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. Frosting was taken to the Sangamon County Jail and released to their custody.

    *A vehicle reportedly travelling 68 miles per hour in a 55 zone on Route 29 was stopped on 12/17/13, at 7:30 a.m. A juvenile male subject was driving the vehicle with a female juvenile in the passenger seat. An investigation into the stop revealed that the passenger was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A report was forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    *A stop of a vehicle for an expired vehicle registration resulted in the arrest of the driver for driving on a suspended license. On 12/17/13, at about6:30p.m., Allison Lebshier, of Edinburg, was stopped for allegedly driving with a temporary registration which was expired. The officer later learned that Lebshier’s driver’s license had been suspended. She was cited for the alleged offenses.

    *A vehicle being driven on Route 29 by Courtney Farley, of Springfield, was stopped on 12/20/13, at about 2:30a.m., after the officer learned that Farley was driving on a suspended license. Farley was issued a ticket for the alleged violation.

    *On 12/23/13, an officer had contact with a female subject named Christine Ice. A check of her name through dispatch revealed that Ice had an outstanding arrest warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities. Ice was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A vehicle with a registration sticker which had expired in 2012 was stopped on 12/26/13, at 6:30p.m. The officer reported that the driver of the vehicle, Amy Damery, of Blue Mound, had been travelling northbound on Route 29 before being stopped. A check of Damery’s driver’s license indicated her license was currently suspended. She was issued citations for the alleged suspended license and failure to provide proof of insurance.

    *On 12/28/13, a resident who lives in the 100 block of Roanoke reported that her tire swing from the front yard had been stolen. The tire swing had hung from a large tree in the front yard. It appeared the suspect(s) cut the rope and removed the swing. The tire was a very large tractor tire valued at $200 to $300.

    *An officer was sent to the Village Market on 12/29/13, at 5:15p.m.in reference to a theft. After speaking with the employees the officer learned that the suspect took several items from store shelves and then left without paying for the merchandise. The officer made contact with the suspect, Dalton Jackson, of Springfield, and arrested him for the alleged retail theft. Jackson was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A pizza delivery employee on his way to deliver a pizza was travelling on Oak Hill Road at about 10:30p.m. on 12/31/13, when he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree. An officer was called to the scene for the accident report. During the course of the investigation, the officer reported he was informed that the driver of the vehicle, Andrew Miller of Springfield, had been driving on a suspended driver’s license. Miller was cited for the alleged offense.

    Criminal Incidents:
    Criminal Damage to Property –4; Possession of Cannabis – 2; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 2; Retail Theft – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 2; Warrant Arrest – 1

    Traffic Incidents:
    Accident Investigations – 7; DUI – 1; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Hit and Run – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; No Registration – 4; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 15; Operating While Registration Suspended – 2; Speeding – 11; Suspended / Revoked Driver’s License – 7; Warnings Issued – 140

  • OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *Officers responded to 447 State Street on 10/04/13, at about1:00a.m.in reference to a disturbance.When they arrived they found a male subject lying unconscious and face down on the ground.Officers learned that the subject, who was found to be highly intoxicated, had started a fight with a friend of his after the parties had pulled into the Village Market parking lot.Officers were told by the subject’s wife that during the fight her husband had passed out.All parties agreed that the friend had acted in self defense.EMS personnel examined the subject, who had been unconscious, prior to him leaving the scene.

    *A resident of the 100 block of Mill Street called the police on 10/08/13, at about10:00p.m.as she wanted her boyfriend, who had reportedly been living in the residence for the past two months,removed.She told police that the two had been arguing and she now wanted him out of the residence.The male subject gathered some property and left without incident.

    *An officer made a stop on a vehicle due to an alleged equipment violation on 10/18/13, at8:20p.m.The report indicates the driver of the vehicle, James Fishburn of Palmer, was arrested as he was wanted on a warrant issued by Christian County authorities.

    *A Criminal Damage report was taken on 10/28/13.Unknown subject(s) vandalized the doors to the Village Park restrooms by marking the doors with graffiti.Damage was estimated at $150.

    *At about 6:00a.m. on 10/30/13, an officer had contact with a Meghan Woods of Rochester.The officer discovered that Woods had a valid warrant for her arrest which had been issued by Montgomery County authorities.

    *An officer was sent to a residence in the 200 block of East Main Street as the resident had called for the police as she had reportedly been battered. Police arrived and made contact with the victim who claimed she had been struck by a female suspect.During the course of the investigation, conflicting information was given by the parties.The incident was documented with statements being taken and has been forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    *An apartment located in the 100 block of East Main was burglarized on 11/11/13, between the hours of 9:40a.m. and 12:00p.m.Taken in the burglary were various pieces of electronic equipment and several video games.It appears a rear door had been kicked in allowing the suspect(s) entry.The total loss of property was valued at $1500.The investigation is ongoing.

    * A vehicle being driven by Christopher Schaeffer of Shipman was stopped on 11/16/13, at about1:30a.m.The officer reported stopping Schaeffer due to an alleged improper lane usage violation.According to the police report, the officer believed Schaeffer may have been driving while he was under the influence of alcohol and asked him to consent to field sobriety testing.The report indicates Schaeffer refused to do any testing, and was then arrested for an alleged DUI.

    * On 11/18/13, the Department received several calls from residents of the Park Forest Hundred Subdivision reference vehicle burglaries.In one incident a garage remote control device was taken from an unlocked car which had been parked in the drive.Additionally, 3 pairs of sunglasses, a cell phone charger, and other miscellaneous items were stolen from another unlocked vehicle.These incidents occurred on Allegheny Drive and on Roanoke Drive.

    *On 11/19/13, a subject who resides on Maplehurst Drive reported she was the victim of a theft.According to the resident, in August she noticed $150 in cash was missing from her residence and then most recently she found that some jewelry was gone.The victim contacted the owner of the cleaning service she has hired and explained the situation to her.The owner began to investigate the matter and reported to the victim that one of her employees has stolen items from other homes in Springfield.The SpringfieldPoliceDepartment has been investigating those incidents; therefore, this report was forwarded to their Department.

    *After a reported argument turned into a physical confrontation a resident from the 100 block of East Mill called police stating that she had been battered.An officer responded to the incident and met with the victim who reported she had been choked by a male subject.The report indicates the victim had visible signs of having been battered.Information was obtained and arrested in connection with the alleged domestic battery was Daniel Stauffer.

    *Arrested during the months of October and November for allegedly driving on a suspended / revoked driver’s license:

    Kody Campbell; Hilary Cloe; Justin Cota; Danielle Durham; Donald Foster; Diana Ingersoll; Gregory Jones; Lawrence McMasters; Alyshia Rightnowar; Julie Thompson; Marilyn Wankel; Alexis Witty


    Criminal Incidents:
    Battery – 1; Burglary – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2;Domestic Battery – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Identity Theft – 1; Intimidation – 1; Obstructing Justice – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Residential Burglary – 1; Theft – 2; Warrant Arrests – 2

    Traffic Incidents:
    Accident Investigations – 4; DUI – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses – 46; No Valid Driver’s License – 8; No Registration – 29; Operating Uninsured Vehicle – 39; Operating While Registration Suspended – 2; Revoked Registration – 2; Speeding – 49; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 12; Warnings – 263;


    Calls for Service:
    Animal Calls – 3; Assist OtherPoliceAgencies – 27; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 12; Burglar Alarm – 17; Business Checks – 41; Citizen Assist – 61; Disturbance – 2; Domestic Trouble – 2; Mental Cases – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Missing Persons – 3; Suspicious Persons – 6; Suspicious Vehicles – 5; Vacation Checks -- 99

  • SEPTEMBER 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *A vehicle being driven by Linda Hughes, of Springfield, was stopped on 09/02/13, at 3:00 p.m. Hughes was ticketed for allegedly driving while her license was suspended.

    *A stop of a vehicle on 09/03/13, at 6:10 p.m. resulted in the driver being arrested for allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license. Joshua Dempsey, of Taylorville, was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and failure to provide proof on insurance.

    * On 09/03/13, at about 7:30p.m. a vehicle which had been traveling on Route 29 was stopped due to a reported registration violation. During the course of the stop, the officer reported he observed what appeared to be cannabis on the floor of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and a plastic bag which appeared to contain cannabis was found. Payne Butchek, of Edinburg, was arrested for alleged possession of cannabis.

    *Brandi Hughes, of Morrisonville, was stopped on 09/04/13, at10:15 p.m. The officer noted that she was stopped due to a problem with her headlights. During the course of the stop, the officer learned that Hughes’ driver’s license was reported as being suspended. Hughes was ticketed for the alleged suspended license violation.

    *An officer had contact with Angela Mills, of Taylorville, on 09/04/13, at 11:10 p.m. Mills had been stopped on Route 29 when the officer learned that her driver’s license was suspended. Mills received a ticket for the alleged violation.

    *At 12:15 a.m., on 09/05/13, officers were dispatched to a report of a reckless driver traveling on Route 29. Officers eventually caught up to the vehicle as it pulled into a driveway to a residence on Park Street. When officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Daniel Richardson, they reported Richardson appeared to having been drinking alcohol. An investigation into the stop eventually led to the arrest of Richardson for an alleged driving under the influence of alcohol.

    *What appeared to have begun as a family problem turned into a telephone harassment report being filed with the police on 09/08/13, at 5:30p.m. The complainant came into the police department and reported to an officer she had been receiving numerous phone calls from another family member. The caller had left several voice mail messages were she challenged the complainant to a fight. The officer spoke to all subjects and was able to resolve the issue for the night.

    *Officers made contact with Robert Bly on 09/13/13, at 6:40 p.m. Bly was informed that there was an active warrant for his arrest which had been issued by Sangamon County Authorities. Bly was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *An officer was sent to a residence in the 100 block of Willow on 09/17/13, regarding a person who was bitten by a dog. The resident told the officer that her son had been bitten by the neighbor’s dog. The victim had small puncture wounds on his leg. After checking on the boy, the officer located the neighbor and the dog. Sangamon County Animal Control was contacted for the investigation.

    *A resident in the 100 block of Wildrose called the police as she found she had several items stolen from her garage. She reported missing from her garage a Stihl chainsaw and a Toro electric hedge trimmer. The victim stated she was not sure when the items were taken but remembered seeing them last on 09/11/13. The tools were estimated at $400.

    *David Burris, of Riverton was stopped on 09/21/13 due to a reported registration violation. Along with the reported expired registration, Burris was also allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license.

    *The Rochester State Bank and the Rochester Police Department received numerous calls from citizens on 09/24/13, reference phone calls which the complainants had received. According to the complainants, when they answered the call they received an automated message which supposedly was from the Rochester State Bank. The message indicated the complainants debit card had been deactivated and they now needed to supply banking information to reactivate the cards. The bank reported that they had not made any such calls and that this was a scam. At this time, the bank administrators did not believe that anyone’s card had been compromised.

    *Officers were sent to an apartment in the 100 block of Mill Street on 09/24/13, at 9:20p.m., in regards to a domestic disturbance. Officers were told by the complainant that she had been arguing with her boyfriend and she was fearful that the situation was going to escalate. The report indicated officers could find no evidence that a crime had occurred. After speaking to both parties, officers were able to resolve the situation for the evening.

    *A vehicle being driven by a juvenile was stopped on 09/29/13, at about 2:30 a.m. due to an alleged equipment violation. The officer found there were 4 passengers in the vehicle and they too were juveniles. The officer reported that as he spoke with the juveniles he smelled what appeared to be burnt marijuana. During the course of the investigation the juveniles admitted to having smoked marijuana prior to the stop. Paperwork was completed and they were later released to parents.

    *On 09/29/13, an officer was sent to the Wyndcrest Assisted Living Center to take a theft report. The victim, who is a resident of the facility, reported that she had numerous pieces of jewelry stolen from her apartment. The loss was estimated to be in excess of $3000. At this time the investigation is ongoing.

    Criminal Incidents
    Assault – 2; Burglary - 1; Burglary (Residential) – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 4; Possession of Drug Equipment – 2; Reckless Conduct – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrest – 1

    Traffic Incidents
    Accident Investigations – 4; DUI – 1; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; No Drivers License – 2; No Registration – 8; Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 11; Speeding – 23; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 7; Warnings – 147

    Calls for Service
    Animal related calls – 5; Assist other Police Agency – 19; Assist Government Agency – 5; Building / Business Check – 28;Burglar Alarm – 4; Citizen Assist – 60; Death Natural Causes – 1; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 2; Loud Noise Complaints – 2;Mischievous Conduct – 1; Missing Person – 1; Motorist Assists – 13; Suicide – 1; Suspicious Auto / Person – 4; Vacation Checks -- 68

  • AUGUST 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *A vehicle stop on 08/01/13, at about 6:00p.m. resulted in the arrest of the driver, Joseph Jiannoni. During the course of the stop the officer learned that Jiannoni was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County Authorities.

    *Officers responded to an address on Woodhaven Drive, Springfield, to take a burglary to vehicle report on 08/07/13.The victim reported that while his vehicle was parked in the Rochester High School parking lot someone threw a brick through one of the windows.The suspect then entered the vehicle and took about $40 from the center console area.

    *A resident in the Grove Park Subdivision contacted the police on 08/22/13, at about 3:00p.m. in reference to a disturbance that had occurred.The officers were told a juvenile subject who resides at the residence had battered two other family members.Prior to leaving the residence, officers made arrangements for another family member who resides elsewhere to come get the juvenile suspect. A referral report has been sent to the juvenile authorities.

    *Tasha Tirpak, of Taylorville, was stopped on 08/24/13, at about11:55p.m. During the stop the officer was informed that Tirpak was allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license.

    *At approximately 4:15a.m. on 08/25/13, a Rochester officer was dispatched to a residence in the Oak Hills Subdivision in reference to a suicidal subject. The complainant had reported to dispatch that a family member was intoxicated and was threatening to kill himself. The complainant also told dispatch that the subject was looking in the residence for a gun. The officer arrived in the subdivision and proceeded towards the residence. As he neared the residence he observed a male subject in a driveway carrying a handgun. The officer made contact with the subject and began instructing the subject to put down the gun. After several minutes of dialogue between the two, the subject eventually put the gun down. He was taken into custody and transported to the hospital.

    *On 08/28/13, at about 8:45a.m., officers were sent to the Principal’s office at the Rochester High School. Officers arrived and were told by school administrators that several students had been taken out of class as it appeared they were under the influence of drugs. After discussing the situation with school authorities and the students, it was learned that the students had been smoking marijuana prior to entering school. Two of the students admitted to having marijuana in a vehicle which was parked in the school lot and another student admitted he had a small amount of marijuana in his pocket. All three students were taken into custody and transported to the police station. The incident has been referred to the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

    Criminal Incidents
    Aggravated Assault – 1; Battery – 1; Burglary from Vehicle – 1; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 3; Reckless Conduct – 1; Unlawful Use of Weapon – 1; Warrant Arrest – 1

    Traffic Incidents
    Accident Investigations – 1; Cancelled / Revoked Registration – 1; Flee / Attempt to Elude – 1; Hit and Run – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 2; No Drivers License – 4; No Registration – 3; Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Speeding – 19; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 1; Warnings – 127

    Calls for Service
    Animal related calls – 6; Assist other Police Agency – 11; Assist Government Agency – 7; Building / Business Check – 53; Burglar Alarm – 4; Citizen Assist – 47; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 2; Lost / Found Articles – 2; Loud Noise Complaints – 2; Mental Cases – 2; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Missing Person – 2; Motorist Assists – 8; Suspicious Auto / Person – 2; Vacation Checks -- 91


  • JULY 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *On 07/03/13, an officer was sent to a residence in the 100 block of Willow Road as the complainant had called stating her 52 year-old mother was missing.  The officer met with the complainant at about 11:00p.m. and learned that her mother had been missing since5:00p.m. on 07/02/13.   The complainant had become concerned because her mother hadn’t taken her medication with her, she was possibly going to meet with a person who recently had some mental issues, and she had turned off her cell phone.  After talking with other family members, contacting several other police agencies and checking with the subject’s cell phone carrier the officer eventually obtained a possible location in Iowa for the female. An officer from Burlington, Iowa made contact with the female and reported everything appeared to be alright.  The female was instructed to contact her daughter in Rochester.

    *A check on the welfare of a pedestrian walking along Route 29 on 07/08/13, at about4:00p.m., resulted in the arrest of the pedestrian when officers learned he was wanted on a warrant.  Richard Ritz, of Springfield, was walking from Springfield to Edinburg when officers made contact with him while he was in Rochester.  Officers were planning to help him get to his destination; however, they were informed he was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Montgomery County authorities.  Ritz was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A vehicle which was stopped on 07/09/13, at 5:25p.m., due to a reported registration violation resulted in the arrest of the driver, Scott Clemons of Springfield, for allegedly driving with a suspended license.  He was also issued other citations for allegedly driving without insurance and the registration violation.

    *While checking on a reported suspicious vehicle travelling on Oak Hill Road on 07/11/13, at3:30p.m., an officer observed a subject picking up mail from the roadway.  The subject told the officer that the mail did not belong to her but appeared to have been thrown out in the area.  The officer found other pieces of mail along the road in this area.  The addresses on the envelopes corresponded with addresses in the Woodlands Subdivision.  It appears the mail was stolen from various mailboxes in the subdivision.  Victims were contacted as was the Post Master at the Rochester Post Office.  The Postal Service has assigned an inspector to investigate the situation.

    *The manager of the Phillips 66 station reported to the police on 07/13/13, at about4:20p.m. that he believed an employee had been stealing from the store.  There was evidence that indicated the employee had stolen a 6 pack of beer from the business on 07/12/13.  An investigation into the matter led to the arrest of Matthew Crowder, of Springfield, for the alleged theft.

    *A resident of the 100 block of Willow Road had her tires slashed sometime between10:00p.m. on 07/14/13, and 3:00p.m. on 07/15/13.  The incident occurred while the vehicle was parked in her driveway.  Both passenger side tires had been damaged.

    *Officers and EMS personnel responded to the Lost Bridge Bike Trail at West Main and Route 29 on 07/17/13, at about 4:15p.m. due to a report of a missing person.  An officer met with the complainant and learned that the complainant could not locate his 46 year-old son named Michael.  The officer was told that Michael was autistic and unable to communicate verbally with anyone.  They had been riding together on the trail, but Michael had gone ahead of his father with instructions to wait for him at the watering station on the trail.  The two have ridden the trail numerous times and this was common; however, Michael had not waited for him today.  He began searching for him but was not able to locate him.  The responding units along with help from other agencies began conducting a search of the area.  Michael was eventually located by EMS personnel at about 6:00p.m., as he was walking in the area of Cardinal Hill Road and Johnson Road (his bicycle, a red older style Schwinn was never located).  He was treated for heat related issues before being transported by ambulance to the hospital.  Michael was later released and is doing fine.  The Rochester Police Department would like to thank EMS personnel, Sangamon County Deputies and Dispatchers, and the personnel from the other agencies who helped with the search.

    *A vehicle traveling on Route 29 on 07/23/13, at about 5:30p.m. was stopped.  The driver, Karolyn Arnold of Taylorville, was cited for allegedly driving while her license was suspended.

    *Robert Tobin, of Taylorville, was stopped on 07/23/13, at about 9:00p.m. for an alleged equipment violation.  Tobin was eventually arrested for allegedly driving with a suspended license.

    *Officers were sent to 6 Willimantic on 07/25/13,  at about 9:30p.m.  Dispatch reported that a female subject was down and not breathing.  Officers and EMS personnel arrived on scene and declared that the subject had died.  The coroner’s office was called and personnel surveyed the scene.  At that time it appeared to all on scene that the death was not a result of foul play.  However, an autopsy conducted at a later date revealed that death was a result of a homicide.  A multi-agency investigation has been launched and is ongoing.  The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department is the lead agency conducting the investigation.

    *A vehicle driven by Joshua Nelson of Springfield was stopped on 07/28/13, at about2:30a.m., for an alleged improper turn.  As the officer had contact with Nelson he reported smelling what he believed to be marijuana.  During a search of the vehicle the officer found a plastic bag which contained a substance believed to be marijuana, along with items which were reported to be drug paraphernalia.  A report has been forwarded to the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

    *On 07/29/13, at 8:05p.m., a vehicle being driven by Michael Lamb of Springfield was stopped for a reported expired registration violation.  Lamb was cited for the alleged violation along with allegedly driving on a suspended license and failure to provide proof of insurance.

    Criminal Incidents

    Battery – 2; Burglary from Motor Vehicle – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Murder – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 1; Retail Theft—1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrests – 1

    Traffic Incidents

    Accident Investigations – 2; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; No Drivers License – 5; No Registration – 4; Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 8; Speeding – 15; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 3; Warnings – 86

    Calls for Service

    Animal related calls – 3; Assist other Police Agency – 14; Assist Government Agency – 3; Building / Business Check – 31;  Burglar Alarm – 6; Citizen Assist – 48; Domestic Trouble – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Missing Person – 2; Motorist Assists – 6; Noise Complaints – 2; Suspicious Auto / Person – 4; Vacation Checks -- 79

     

  • JUNE 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *An officer got out with the driver of a vehicle who had pulled to the shoulder of Route 29 at2:00a.m. on 06/01/13.  Prior to locating the vehicle, the officer had received information from dispatch that driver of a vehicle matching the description of the one he was with had been driving recklessly.  The officer reported that upon making contact with the driver, the driver appeared to be confused and was unable to provide the officer with information. However, the officer reported no signs of alcohol impairment or drug usage by the driver. The officer eventually learned the driver’s name and address.  He was able to contact a subject at the address and learned that the driver suffers from dementia and had been missing from the residence since early in the day.  The officer returned him to his residence.

    *On 06/09/13, at 8:00p.m. an officer was sent to a residence in the 400 block of Park Street in reference to an incident that had occurred earlier in the evening.  The victim reported that at 7:00p.m. her ex-husband’s girlfriend had battered her in front of her children. According to the report, the suspect called the victim a name and then approached her and battered her.  A report was forwarded to the States Attorney’s Office.

    *Officers were sent to a residence on Merlin Drive on 06/10/13, at 1:30p.m. in reference to a domestic dispute between two teenagers.  The mother of a female subject called police reporting that her nineteen-year-old daughter was attempting to break-up with her boyfriend.  The boyfriend had become angry and pushed his way into the residence.  When he was denied entry by the mother, he began running through the neighborhood.  He eventually came back to the residence and met with the police.  His father was called to the scene to take the youth home.  A report was taken, but the victim was undecided as to how they wanted to pursue the matter.

    *An officer who was travelling on Route 29 on 06/14/13, at about 3:30a.m. stopped a vehicle which had been travelling in front of him for several alleged violations.  As the officer made contact with the driver, Marcy Calandro of Taylorville, he reported she displayed signs of being impaired.  The stop resulted in the arrest of Calandro for an alleged DUI.

    *Officers responded to a residence on Melody Drive on 06/14/13, as the victim wanted to report a residential burglary.  Officers met with the victim and learned that she had attended a funeral earlier in the day.  When she got home at about 3:30p.m., she found that a rear bedroom window had been opened and several items in the house had been moved. She also reported that $120 cash had been taken from an envelope.  It appears the burglary occurred sometime between 11:30a.m. and 3:30p.m. on 06/14/13.  A neighbor reported seeing a dark colored car pull into the driveway, and a male occupant then got out of the vehicle and approached the residence.  The subject was described as a male subject in his mid-thirties wearing a dark hat with what appeared to be a military insignia on the front of the hat.  The neighbor was leaving his residence at the time, and therefore, did not know what the subject did or how long he stayed at the residence.

    *A fight which was reported to the police on 06/16/13, resulted in the arrest of Luke Short for an alleged battery.  Police were called to the 400 block of Pleasant Lane at about12:15p.m.  Upon arrival the officer noted that two subjects appeared to be fighting while one subject was attempting to separate the two.  After the parties were separated, the officer was told by several witnesses that Short had come from his residence to the street and confronted the victim.  The two exchanged words and then Short reportedly spit on the subject.  He was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail for the alleged offense.

    *A stop of a vehicle on 06/19/13, at about 5:40p.m. resulted in the arrest of the driver of the vehicle, Jason Ross, as he reportedly provided false information to the officer.  Ross had been pulled over due to an alleged registration violation.  According to the report, the driver did not have his driver’s license in his possession and provided the officer with his brother’s name and date of birth.  The officer eventually learned that the driver was actually Jason Ross and Jason’s drivers license was suspended.  He was arrested due to the alleged violations.

    *On 06/30/13, at about 9:00p.m. an officer stopped to check on a motorist who had pulled onto the shoulder of Route 29 near Camelot Drive.  The officer made contact with the driver of the vehicle who pointed out that there were people outside of a vehicle which was parked on the other side of Route 29 and they appeared to be fighting.  The officer crossed over to the other side of Route 29 and observed three people standing outside of a vehicle.  As he spoke to the subjects he learned that a female, who was identified as Nicole Hunt of Taylorville, had become angry at a male passenger who she claimed was her boyfriend.  The driver of the vehicle reported that he pulled to the side of the road as Hunt had become out of control.  Hunt and the male subject got out of the vehicle and Hunt allegedly attacked the male.  She was arrested for the alleged domestic battery.

    Criminal Incidents

    Battery – 2; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Domestic Battery –1; Obstructing Justice – 1; Residential Burglary – 1; Telephone Harassment –2; Warrant Arrests -- 1

    Traffic Incidents

    Accident Investigations – 7; DUI – 2;  Failure to Reduce Speed – 2;  Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; No Valid Drivers License – 1; Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 2; Speeding – 8; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 2; Warnings -- 107

    Calls For Service

    Animal Related Calls – 4; Assist Fire / Governmental Agency – 13; Assist Other Police Agencies – 16; Burglar Alarm – 5; Business / Building Checks – 39; Citizen Assist – 54; Domestic Disturbance – 2;  Mischievous Conduct – 2; Motorist Assists – 12; Noise Complaints – 2; Suspicious Vehicle – 3; Vacation Checks – 72

     

  • FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *A stop of a vehicle on 02/03/13, at about 10:30p.m.  resulted in the arrest of the driver, Lindsay Kras of Springfield.  During the stop officers were notified that Kras was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities.

    *On 02/05/13, at about 10:30p.m. officers learned of an active arrest warrant on a resident which had been issued by Morgan County authorities.  Officers made contact with the subject, Nathan Follin, who was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *Responding to an anonymous tip, officers went to a residence on Guinevere Drive and met with the owner on 02/09/13.  According to the report, officers explained the reason for their presence and then were let into the house by the owner.  A consent search of the residence was conducted and suspected drug paraphernalia and cannabis was located.  The owner of the residence was arrested due to various alleged drug related offenses.

    *On 02/10/13, at about 12:30a.m. an officer reported that he observed a vehicle commit several traffic violations while the vehicle was travelling on Cardinal Hill Road.  A stop of the vehicle was eventually conducted and the officer made contact with the driver, Travis Pierceall, of rural Rochester.  An investigation resulted in the arrest of Pierceall for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and operation of a vehicle without insurance.  A cab had to be called to transport the subject’s family home following his arrest.

    *The manager of Frosty Treats reported to the police on 02/13/13, that his business had been burglarized sometime between 02/01/13 and 02/13/13. According to the manager, suspect(s) got into the business through a window and entered the garage area.  Several power tools and a battery charger were reported to have been stolen.  Value of the stolen items was estimated to be $440.

    *A subject came to the police department on 02/27/13, to report a problem he had been having with an ex-employee.  The victim reported he had to fire an employee on 02/08/13.  Since that time, he had received several phone calls from this subject where the caller had threatened to harm the victim. Information regarding the origin and nature of the calls was documented and the report has been forwarded to the States Attorneys Office.

    *On 03/02/13, at about 5:05p.m. a vehicle driven by Nicholas Todt of Springfield was stopped.  Prior to the stop, the officer had been informed that Todt’s drivers license was currently suspended.  Todt was cited for the alleged violation.

    *The driver of a vehicle which had allegedly been speeding was stopped on 03/03/13, at 10:45p.m.  During the stop, the officer learned that the vehicle registration had been suspended.  The officer reportedly cited the driver of the vehicle, Yue Zhang of Taylorville, for the violation and had the vehicle towed.

    *A resident in the 200 block of Wildrose contacted the police on 03/10/13.  He reported that someone drove through his yard and struck his fence damaging his fence.  The victim believed the incident occurred sometime during the evening on 03/09/13.  Damage to the fence was estimated at $70.

    *Elizabeth Keller of Springfield was stopped on 03/17/13, at about 7:30p.m. Keller was ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license and for not having proof of insurance.

    *A vehicle was stopped on 03/19/13, at about 5:45p.m. as the vehicle’s registered owner reportedly had a suspended drivers license.  The officer reported that the subject driving the car matched the description of the registered owner.  Following the stop of the vehicle, the officer was informed by the driver that his drivers license was suspended.  The driver, Michael Wilson, received a ticket for the alleged violation.

    *A vehicle with suspended registration was stopped on 03/23/13, at about 5:30p.m.  The registered owner of the vehicle, Nicole Watson of Springfield, received a citation for the alleged suspended registration and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

    *An officer reportedly recorded a vehicle speeding on Route 29 on 03/26/13, at about 11:50p.m.  The vehicle was eventually stopped on Route 29 at South Walnut Street.  The report indicates that an investigation into the stop revealed that the driver, Russell Boblitt, appeared to have been driving under the influence of alcohol.  Following the investigation, the driver was arrested for the alleged DUI violation.

    *A vehicle stop on 03/28/13, at about 6:05p.m. for an alleged speeding violation resulted in the recovery of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.  The subjects involved in the possession of the illegal substances were both juveniles.  They were released to parents and a report has been forwarded to the States Attorneys Office.

    *A subject who resides in the 500 block of East Main reported a theft to the police on 03/31/13.  The theft appears to have occurred while the victim was away from the residence with the loss estimated to be $1500.  This disposition of this case is pending as the investigation is ongoing.

    Criminal Incidents for February and March

    Assault – 1; Burglary – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 2; Drug Related Offenses3; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Theft – 5;  Warrant Arrests-1

    Traffic Incidents for February and March

    Accident Investigations – 3; DUI – 2; Failure to Yield – 3; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; No Drivers License / Registration – 3; Operating Vehicle Without Insurance – 24; Other Miscellaneous Violations – 12; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 4; Speeding – 16; Suspended / Revoked License – 6; Warnings for Equipment Violations – 143; Warnings for Moving Violations - 130

    Calls for Service

    Animal Calls – 7; Assist Governmental Agencies – 20; Assist Other Police Agencies – 25; Burglar Alarm – 13; Building / Business Checks – 39; Citizen Assists – 58; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 1; Fingerprinting Duties – 6; Motorist Assists – 12; Recovered Property -3; Suspicious Persons – 1; Suspicious Vehicles – 6; Vacation Checks -195

     

  • JANUARY 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *An officer stopped to check on a vehicle which was parked along the road in the 100 block of Roanoke Drive on 01/01/13, at about 10:15p.m.  The officer noticed the motor was running, however, no lights were on and the officer couldn’t tell if the vehicle was occupied.  As the officer approached the car he noticed the passenger door open and it appeared someone threw an object from the vehicle.  When the officer made contact with the occupants he noted he smelled what appeared to be burnt cannabis coming from inside the vehicle.  The investigation resulted in several items being seized and a report forwarded for alleged drug charges.

    *On 01/02/13, at about 1:40p.m. an officer was sent to a residence in the 200 block of Water Street in reference to a domestic disturbance.  The report indicates that a daughter and her mother had possibly gotten into a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical situation between the two.  No injuries were reported and it was unclear what had actually taken place. Involved parties were asked to submit statements regarding the incident in an attempt to determine if charges were to be pursued.

    *An officer observed a vehicle travelling northbound on Route 29 on 01/09/13, at 9:15p.m. with reportedly multiple equipment violations.  The vehicle which was being driven by Johnny Katcher of Taylorville, was eventually stopped on State Street.  Subsequent investigation revealed that the driver was allegedly driving on a revoked license and without insurance.  Reports indicate the driver appeared to have been drinking prior to being stopped.  He was arrested for an alleged DUI in addition to the other reported offenses.

    *On 01/13/13, at about 11:45a.m. an officer was sent to an address in the 100 block of East Main.  The business owner called stating he believed he had a stolen gun in his possession.  The gun, which was determined to have been stolen during a burglary from a residence in Springfield, was turned over to the police.  Authorities with the Springfield Police Department were contacted and informed as to the recovery of the stolen property.

    *Officers were sent to the Rochester Elementary School on 01/24/13, at about 3:00p.m. due to a disturbance created by a parent.  The school reported that the parent had come to pick up her child, but had refused to follow school pick-up policies.  When requested by school personnel to follow the policies she reportedly became defiant and caused a disturbance.  The matter is being reviewed by school administrators prior to further action being taken.

    Criminal Incidents

    Criminal Trespass to State Supported Property – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment; Theft – 1

    Traffic Incidents

    Accident Investigations – 7; DUI – 2; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 22; Other Miscellaneous Violations – 12; Speeding – 11; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 1; Warnings for Moving Violations – 84; Warnings for Equipment Violations – 62

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 2; Assist Other Police Agencies – 10; Assist Fire /Other Govt. Agencies – 18;  Building / Business Checks – 22; Burglar Alarm – 3; Citizen Assists – 34; Fingerprinting Duties – 4;  Disturbance – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 2; Motorist Assist –6; Suspicious Person – 2; Suspicious Vehicle – 3; Vacation Checks -- 261

     

  • 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

     

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