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  • November 2017 Police Beat

    A local business contacted an officer in reference to a theft of services. Hoy Copelin of Taylorville wrote a check on September 13th to the business for services rendered. The check was allegedly returned for insufficient funds. The business contacted Copelin several times and was told by Copelin “he would have the money to them by tomorrow”. Copelin was given a deadline of October 17th. As of November 1st, payment was never made. A report was generated and forwarded to the States Attorney’s Office.

    Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of E. Mill for a domestic dispute on November 2nd. A neighbor called police after witnessing two males in a car yelling at a female who was crying. The driver of the vehicle was angry with his girlfriend for making him wait on her in the car. When she tried to talk to him, he told her to get off his car and allegedly hit the accelerator to intimidate her. The male also threatened the neighbor. He told the officer he was afraid the neighbor was going to harm him because the neighbor approached him. The boyfriend agreed to not go back to the scene. A report was generated.

    A resident of Katie Lane contacted police at 6:17 am on November 3rd in reference to a suspicious individual. The individual had rang the doorbell and banged on the front door of the residence before going back to his vehicle which he had moved in front of the residence. He sat in his vehicle for several minutes before leaving. The individual was described as black male in a blue shirt with braids or dreads. The male was driving an older dark SUV similar to a Ford Explorer. The male only approached the one residence and was not seen by any other vehicles. At 8:20 am, the same resident notified police his vehicle was parked on the road and was hit sometime in the night or early morning. His vehicle was parked on the street facing south directly in front of his residence. There was damage to the front bumper on the driver’s side. There was a blue/green paint transfer apparent on the vehicle. He believes the male from earlier and the accident may have been related. However, no contact information was left at the scene. A report was generated.

    An officer initiated a stop on November 3rd after running a license plate revealing the registered owner of the vehicle was suspended. Jessica Day of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured vehicle. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    After running a license plate though the in-car computer, an officer initiated a stop on November 3rd for the registered owner showing as having a suspended driver’s license. Seth Manning of Rochester was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured vehicle.

    On November 4th, an officer was dispatched to the 1600 block of Appalachian Trail to check on the welfare of a 6 year old who was allegedly left home alone to care for herself while her grandparents were at work and the mom was no where to be found. The child was at the residence along with her brother and cousin, who was babysitting them. The cousin was 15 years old, the residence was clean and the children were in good spirits. The grandparents were contacted at work and made aware of the complaint. The officer spoke with the complainant and explained the child appeared to be well taken care of. The incident was documented.

    An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Pleasant Ln. in reference to a neighbor dispute on November 7th. The resident stated she spoke with her neighbor about parking by her mailbox and repeatedly asked them to stay off of her property; she had put up a no parking sign. Shortly after the sign was ripped up and snapped in half. Recently, someone piled leaves on her property and a section of fence was bent and unhooked from the rest of the fence. She believes her neighbor is responsible for the piled up leaves, the broken fence and the previous incident with the sign. The officer spoke with the neighbor, who denied any involvement on all accounts. He stated he was unaware there was a problem but agreed to stay off of her property. The incident was documented.

    On November 9th, an officer contacted a resident of the 100 block of E. Mill St. after receiving a complaint that he constantly open burns on weekdays. The resident was unaware of the village ordinance and stated he would be compliant moving forward.

    An officer was notified of a disturbance in the 100 block of N. Walnut on November 9th at approximately 4:35 pm. A female was arguing with her ex-boyfriend and his friend. She had pulled over and called 911. She stated the males exited the vehicle and threw a soda at her car. She was given information on how to obtain an order of protection. The officer spoke with the males and informed them not to further contact the female. After running the individuals through the in-car computer, it was discovered one of the males had an active Sangamon County Warrant for failure to appear on larceny. Zane Merreign of Rochester was arrested for the warrant and transported to Sangamon County Jail.

    A local business was receiving scam phone calls on November 10th. The individual calling the business stated he was from Ameren and there was a problem with their payment. He stated they would be turning off the power in 45 minutes unless they fixed the problem. The officer informed the business this was possibly a scam. Usually, Ameren will give notices by mail first if the payment is behind.

    On November 12th, an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of E. Mill in reference to a disturbance. When the officer arrived three males were in a heated argument. One of the males, a neighbor, had intervened because he believed the other two were going to batter a juvenile, who had fled the scene prior to the officer’s arrival. The neighbor stated the argument never got physical. The officer issued a no trespass order as requested by the neighbor. As the officer was leaving, the juvenile arrived back on scene. The juvenile stated he believes if the neighbor didn’t step in he would have been hurt severely. The juvenile was informed on how to obtain an order of protection and told to speak with his parents about whether or not he wanted to press charges. A report was generated.

    On November 16th, an officer was contacted by a resident who was concerned his child was selling drugs at school. The father handed the officer a knife, lighter and a clear plastic bag containing pills. The juvenile stated he didn’t have the knife at school; he needed it after school. He did admit to selling drugs on school grounds but would not state who purchased them. The medication was confiscated and a report was generated and forwarded to Sangamon County Juvenile Probation. Rochester High School was notified of this investigation and is taking disciplinary actions.

    On November 17th, an officer initiated a stop on a vehicle when the registration came back on the in-car computer as being suspended. Thomas Hayes of Rochester was cited for allegedly operating a vehicle while the registration is suspended. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    On November 18th, a stop was made after the officer ran a registration on the in-car computer and discovered the registered owner was revoked. Andrew Heberling of Tayorville was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    On November 18th, an officer ran the registration of a vehicle through his in-car computer which came back with the registered owner of the vehicle being suspended. Alexander Clayborne of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    Officers responded to the Rochester Junior High School on November 20th after a student turned in ammunition to an administrator. The junior and senior high schools were placed under a soft lockdown for approximately ninety minutes. During this time, Rochester Police Department, Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office and staff from the Rochester Schools completed a thorough search of the premises, lockers and large carrying items. The search yielded no additional ammunition or weapons. Rochester Police Department remained on campus for the remainder of the day. A report was generated.

    An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park St. in reference to a harassing phone call on November 20th. The resident explained a year ago he purchased security software. He didn’t remember the name of the company but stated he was contacted by a restricted number stating the company was going out of business and was going to refund his money. The transfer was going to be divided in two installments. While completing the first transfer, the resident accidently typed the wrong amount. The company advised if he didn’t send the money back, he would be charged with fraud. The restricted number called several times and it appeared the caller had control of the resident’s computer and was able to see all of the banking information. He was advised to shut down the computer, not to answer the calls and contact his financial institution. A report was generated.

    An officer was dispatched to Parkview Dr. in reference to a burn ordinance violation on November 22nd. The fire was located behind the suspected residence on Pleasant Ln. The officer spoke with the resident, explained the ordinance and asked him to extinguish the fire.

    An officer initiated a stop on a vehicle in which the registration revealed a suspended registered owner. On November 23rd, Robert Clay of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    An officer was contacted on November 23rd by a resident who explained his 15 year old son had taken his vehicle without permission and damaged it. The juvenile admitted to driving the vehicle and was issued a citation for driving without a license. A report was generated for the motor vehicle theft and criminal damage; it is being forwarded to the Juvenile Probation Center.

    On November 25th, an officer made a stop on a vehicle that had a suspended registration and showed the registered owner as revoked. Melissa Krouse of Taylorville was arrested for allegedly driving while license was revoked and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    An officer informed a resident of the 200 block of E. Mill of the village burn ordinance on November 28th. The fire was extinguished by the homeowner.

     

    Criminal Reports 

    Arrest on Warrant – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Delivery or Possession with Intent to Deliver – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Motor Vehicle Theft – 1; Theft of Services – 1

     

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 2; Hit and Run – 1; No Driver’s License – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 3; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 2; Speeding – 7; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 12; Warnings Issued – 30

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 9; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 3; Assist Fire Department – 8; Assist Other Police Agency – 22; Assist Schools – 16; Building / Business Checks – 3; Burglar Alarms – 11; Citizen Assists – 18; Civil Assists – 1; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 2; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Motorist Assists – 4; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Ordinance Violations – 3; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 7; Vacation Watches – 42

  • Rochester Police Beat October 2017

     

    On October 2nd, an officer was approached by an individual concerning a theft that occurred in the Rochester Cemetery. Between September 30th and October 2nd, someone took two flower arrangements from his family members’ gravestones. A report was generated documenting the event.

    On October 4th, an officer stopped a vehicle for speeding 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. During the stop, it was discovered the driver’s license was suspended. Mohammed Alhubaishi of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and for speeding over the statutory limit. A cab transported Alhubaishi to his residence.

    On October 7th, an officer initiated a stop after running a registration through the in-car computer. The return showed the registered owner of the vehicle as being suspended. Justin Miller of Stonington was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid drive drove from the scene.

    On October 12th, an officer initiated a stop on a vehicle after running a registration through the in-car computer. The return showed the registration of the motor vehicle as suspended with a suspended registered owner. After initiating the stop, the officer became aware the driver was wanted on a warrant out of Sangamon County for failure to appear. Amanda Gunther of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and for the suspended registration. Gunther was arrested on the active warrant and transported to Sangamon County Jail. Her vehicle was towed by Jostes Towing.

    On October 14th, an officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Park St. in reference to a domestic disturbance. The homeowner stated her fiancé battered her then left in a silver Chevy. The officer noticed the vehicle at a different location. When the officer made contact with the fiancé it was discovered that the female had been in a physical altercation with another female. Witness statements and the evidence at that location were consistent with the injuries of the complainant. The fiancé stated the complainant was aggravated with him for talking with a female waitress earlier in the evening and he didn’t touch her. A report was generated documenting the incident.

    On October 14, an officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park St. in reference to a theft. The resident explained 171 1oz. silver leaf coins valued at $5,000 and a vehicle battery charger were taken from his residence. He last saw them when he checked on them in June. The victim was able to provide possible suspect information. A report was generated.

    On October 15th, an officer initiated a stop after running the registration through the in-car computer and discovering the registered owner was suspended. Benjamin Neff of Springfield was cited for driving while license suspended. A valid passenger in the vehicle drove from the scene.

    On October 19th, an officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Street to check on the welfare of a juvenile. The juvenile’s mother was arrested in Missouri on a warrant and temporary custody was given to the grandparents by Missouri’s Department of Family Services until the mother was released. A third party had been contacted by the mother from jail and asked to watch her kid. This third party believed the grandparents kidnapped the juvenile and they had been issued court orders to stay away from the juvenile. The officer discovered, after contacting numerous organizations, there were no court orders and the juvenile was being well taken care of by the grandparents. On October 20th, an agreement was met between the mother of the juvenile and the grandparents. The juvenile was to stay the weekend with her grandparents and be transported by them back to the mother on Sunday.

    On October 20th, an officer was contacted by the Rochester Junior High School in reference to juvenile who became upset and pushed a teacher. The juvenile was talked to about his actions and the consequences of those actions. The school administration made contact with his grandfather to pick him up for the day.

    On October 20th, an officer was contacted by a resident of Walberta concerning her neighbor’s cats. She stated there are several residing in the area that are friendly but agitate her dog and she is fearful they might get hit by a car given the close proximity to Route 29. The officer made contact with the cats’ owner and explained the complaint. The owner had two well cared for cats. He was not in violation of the animal ordinance. However, he stated he would work with his neighbor and limit the time the cats were allowed outside.

    On October 21st, an officer was dispatched to Melody Dr. in reference to a hit and run to a vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was outside in her friend’s backyard when she heard a loud noise from the street. She saw a small silver car take off down the street and onto West Main. Her vehicle suffered minor damage to the front bumper. The suspect vehicle may have paint transfer on the rear bumper of the vehicle. A report was generated.

    On October 23rd, Rochester High School contacted an officer about several parents in front of the Rochester Athletic Center fighting. Parents from the South East High School were in a heated verbal argument over the sign out sheet for their students. One parent decided the way another parent signed the sheet was rude and told him to apologize. When he didn’t an argument broke out between several parents where profanities were exchanged and each party felt threatened by the other. The parent pointed out as the “problem parent” had already left the scene prior to the officer’s arrival. A report was generated documenting the event.

     

    On several occasions officers have noticed individuals have been dumping trash off in and around the dumpsters at the Rochester Community Park often overflowing them with cumbersome objects. These dumpsters are not for personal trash. Subjects responsible may be fined.

     

    On October 23rd, an officer was contacted by a Detective from the Springfield Police Department in reference to juveniles at Rochester High School looking up inappropriate material using their school issued chromebook. He stated parents of RHS students reported their children had seen two of their peers looking up information which they believed to posed a threat to the students’ safety at the high school. RHS was contacted and the administration was able to view information on the students’ chromebooks. Materials inappropriate for school were discovered, however, it was determined there was no substantiated threat to the students safety. School administration interviewed both juveniles, notified parents and took disciplinary actions.

     

    On October 24th, an officer was contacted by a resident of Virginia Lane in reference to a motor vehicle burglary. The resident stated sometime late the night before or early in the morning someone got into his unlocked vehicle, rummaged through the glove box, and stole $50 in currency along with an iPhone charger.

     

    On October 24th, an officer was contacted by a resident of Maplehurst in reference to a motor vehicle burglary. The resident stated he went out to his vehicle and noticed the driver side door cracked open. The vehicle appeared to have been gone through. $1000 currency was taken from a bank envelope and a flash light was left behind at the scene. The flashlight and bank envelope were taken into evidence. Illinois State Police processed the vehicle for latent print and were successful in collecting a couple of latent fingerprints and footwear prints.

    On October 24th, an officer was notified that a resident of Camelot received a call from an automated caller who stated there is a discrepancy with their taxes and if they do not call back with in 24 hours, the local police would arrest them. The resident did not call them back and did not offer any information over the phone.

    These types of calls are scams. If someone contacts you like this, do not call them back and do not give out personal information. 

     

    On October 25th at 1:50 am, an officer noticed a vehicle parked at the end of the cul-de-sac on Roanoke. The vehicle was occupied by two juveniles. Parents were notified due to the curfew violation and juvenile were released to their care.

     

    On October 26th, officers were flagged down on Roanoke by a resident who stated her neighbor’s dog is allowed to run loose and repeatedly defecates in her yard. She has reportedly informed the dog’s owners. Subsequently, the dog has still been allowed to run loose and defecate in her yard. Attempts made to contact the owners but were unsuccessful. A copy of the Village Animal Ordinance and a note were left at the residence concerning the ordinance violation.

     

    On October 26th, a resident on Allegheny notified the police department that sometime between 7pm on Oct. 25th and 11am on Oct. 26th someone entered his unlocked vehicle and rummaged through the consoles. Approximately $5 in loose change was taken.

     

    On October 30th, a resident reported her identity had been stolen. She received a spam text on her cellular phone and shortly after the phone stopped working. After contacting her service provider it was discovered that someone went to a Best Buy, upgraded her phone and added a line to her account. Because of this, she checked her credit history and found on the same day someone opened a credit card account at Best Buy charging up $1,215 and another credit card account was opened at TJMaxx and charged $762. The credit card companies stated the transactions were all in-store purchases. However, they were unable to determine the location of the stores where the purchases were made. The victim is working to close the accounts and at this time hasn’t experienced any monetary loss. The incident was documented and the victim was provided with information regarding identity theft.

     

     

    Criminal Reports 

    Aggravated Assault – 1; Arrest on Warrant – 1; Battery – 1; Burglary to Motor Vehicle – 2; Cannabis: Possession of 30 grams or less – 1; Criminal Trespass to Vehicle – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Theft – 2

     

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 11; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Hit and Run – 1; Illegal Parking – 3; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 8; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 1; Speeding – 17; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 7; Warnings Issued – 47

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 4; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 3; Assist Fire Department – 8; Assist Other Police Agency – 24; Assist Schools – 4; Building / Business Checks – 5; Burglar Alarms – 2; Citizen Assists – 21; Disturbance – 2; Domestic Trouble – 1; Fights/ Riots/ Brawls – 1; Lost or Recovered Articles – 3; Mental Cases – 3; Motorist Assists – 4; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 5; Vacation Watches – 17; Wild Parties – 1

  • Rochester Police Beat September 2017

     

    On September 1st at approximately 3:14 am, an officer noticed a vehicle on West Main with only one working taillight. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop at East Main and John St. The vehicle continued onto 3 more roads before stopping at a residence on Park St. While talking with the driver, the officer smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath, and her eyes were red and glossy. Throughout the officer’s interaction with the driver, she showed several indications of being impaired. The officer administered Standard Field Sobriety Tests and determined the driver of being too impaired to be driving. Allison Ford of Rochester was taken to the Rochester Police Department where she submitted a breath sample. The sample was determined to have a blood alcohol content of 0.129%. Ford was cited for the equipment violation and for driving under the influence of alcohol with a BAC of greater than 0.08%. Ford was arrested and taken to Sangamon County Jail. Jostes Towing towed the vehicle.

    On September 1st, an officer spoke to a resident of Karen Rose; she stated several pieces of jewelry were taken from her residence sometime between August 25th and 27th. She believed the items were taken by somebody she knows who had access to the residence. A report was generated.

    On September 4th, officers were dispatched to a residence on Wyndmoor Dr. in reference to an attempted burglary. It appeared someone had tried to pry open the rear door to the garage leaving damage to the door frame. No entry was made into the residence. The homeowners believe it happened sometime between August 28th and September 4th during daytime hours. A report was generated. There are no suspects at this time.

    On September 5th, an officer was approached by a resident wanting to report he had responded to an email he received referencing a PayPal account. He had provided sensitive personal information in his response. The resident had contacted the bank and credit card company to inform them of the scam. At this time, it is unknown if the information was used to obtain fraudulent accounts. A report was generated documenting the event.

    On September 6th, officers responded to Woodland Trail in reference to a domestic battery. The wife had returned home to her husband who had been drinking. They engaged in a verbal argument in their garage that became physical. The husband had allegedly tried to choke his wife and they both fell over a bicycle during the altercation. Adam Saathoff was arrested for the alleged domestic battery and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    On September 8th, an officer responded to the 400 block of E. Main in reference to a theft. The residents explained they had family over for a party Labor Day weekend. During which, they believe their granddaughter stole their prescription medication, Hydrocodone. The granddaughter was caught at Chatham High school allegedly distributing medication. The officer was able to verify with the Chatham Police Department the granddaughter was allegedly distributing Hydrocodone and she had told school officials she got the prescription from her grandmother’s house. A report was generated and forwarded to Juvenile Probation.

    On September 9th, a resident of the 500 block of Karen Rose reported to officers, she thought someone had been in her residence. She stated when she entered her residence she noticed various drawers opened throughout the house and a laundry hamper was knocked over. The backdoor shades were opened and the door was unlocked. She believed it was secure when she left. The resident provided possible suspect information. It did not appear anything was taken from the home.

    On September 12th, an officer informed a resident on the 1000 block of Heathrow they were in violation of the village burn ordinance by having a burn barrel. The resident stated they will take the necessary measures to be in compliance with the ordinance.

    On September 13th, an officer made a stop on a vehicle after running the plate through the in-car computer and discovering the registration was suspended for a mandatory insurance violation. Paula Copelin of Edinburg was cited for allegedly operating a vehicle while registration suspended and operating an uninsured vehicle. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Jostes Towing. A valid driver picked up the occupants of the vehicle from the scene.

    On September 13th, officers were notified by a resident of the 500 block of Karen Rose reporting mischievous conduct. After only being gone from her home for a short while, she returned to find the front door was unlocked and the back door was left open. She secured her home before she left. Officers checked the residence. Nothing appeared to be missing. The resident provided possible suspect information. The incident was documented.

    On September 14th, an officer initiated a stop after running a license plate through the in-car computer and discovering the registered owner’s driver’s license was suspended. Matthew G. Johnson of Nokomis was cited for allegedly driving while license was suspended. Johnson and his vehicle were towed by Jostes until a valid driver could pick up the vehicle and Johnson.

    On September 16th, officers were contacted by a resident who stated she recently learned her son was receiving threatening messages from another resident of Rochester. She stated she reached out to the individual in an attempt to mediate a truce between the two and became the target of the threats as well. A report was generated and forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s office

    On September 18th, an officer initiated a stop after running a license plate through the in-car computer and discovering the registered owner’s driver’s license was suspended. Joshua Havener of Taylorville received a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked Havener and the vehicle up from the scene.

    On September 19th, an officer was approached by an individual in reference to the theft of his chainsaws. He stated he had two chainsaws in the bed of his pickup truck on September 1st. On the day of the theft, he had been running errands on the northeast side of Springfield. It is unknown where the theft occurred. The chain saws were value at $750 and $320. There is no suspect information at this time. A report was generated.

    On September 19th at 2:30pm, an officer responded to Guinevere Rd. in reference to a missing juvenile. The stepmother stated she had watched the juvenile walk down the road towards Rochester High School at 7:30 am. She was advised the juvenile never made it to school. After talking to the high school and various contacts, the juvenile was eventually located. Springfield Police Department found the juvenile sitting at a gas station on Toronto Rd. in Springfield at approximately 7:15 pm. The juvenile was transported back to her parents at their residence.

    On September 19th, an officer was contacted by an individual claiming her ex-husband posted inappropriate pictures of her on Facebook and sent similar pictures to a friend of hers via Messenger. The pictures were later removed from the Facebook account. Her ex-husband stated he was upset with her over a child custody battle and wanted to post the pictures to show “his side of things”. Charges are being pursued for the alleged Non-Consensual Dissemination of Private Sexual Images.

    On September 20th, an officer was dispatched to the St. John’s parking lot to check on the welfare of an elderly male sitting in his vehicle. When the officer arrived, Victor Marrow of Iowa was sitting in his vehicle viewing a map. He told the officer he needed directions to Cedar Falls, Iowa. Morrow’s driver’s license was clear and there were no indications he was missing. The officer gave him directions, writing them down on a piece of paper. Later, the officer observed Morrow still sitting in the parking lot and still needing directions to Iowa. The more the officer talked with Marrow the more his story became inconsistent. Morrow stated he had been living out of his truck and had not slept for two days. The officer spoke with Morrow’s ex-wife who claimed she has no contact with him. The officer decided Morrow needed to be evaluated for his safety. He was transported to Memorial Medical Center and released into the hospital’s care.

    On September 24th, an officer responded to the 500 block of Magnolia in reference to a disturbance. An engaged couple recently experienced a traumatic event in their relationship and emotions got out of control. The female party was taken to St. John’s Hospital for an evaluation. The male went to a family member’s residence with their child for a couple of days

    On September 24th, an officer was responding to a disturbance on Deer Creek in which one of the subjects allegedly fled the scene in a white Honda. The officer observed the suspect vehicle driving erratically and waving a metal object out of the window at the officer’s squad car. The officer followed the vehicle at a safe distance making observations of the individuals driving. The officer then decided the vehicle was endangering others and pursued the vehicle. The suspect’s driving appeared to be calming down and was heading back to the residence at which it started. When the officer reached the residence, the vehicle charged at three different squad cars not making contact. He started driving down the middle of W. Main, Route 29 and ended up on State St. The individual stopped his vehicle in the middle of State St. and held a knife up to his throat. The individual was eventually cuffed and transported to Memorial Medical Center for an evaluation. He was issued citations for fleeing and eluding a police officer and reckless driving. Rochester Police Department was assisted during this incident by Sangamon County Sherriff’s Officer, Springfield Police Department, and Illinois State Police.

    On September 25th, an officer was flagged down by a resident of E. Main St. in reference to a broken rear window of a vehicle. The resident reported the window suffered the damage sometime during the late hours of September 22nd. The window was completely shattered. Witnesses stated a group of juveniles were seen throwing rocks near the vehicle. The juveniles were located and interviewed. The parents agreed to pay for the damage.

    On September 26th, an officer was dispatched to Subway in reference to a hit and run. The individual stated while inside the Subway, she was notified her vehicle had been hit. She checked on her vehicle and discovered the passenger side of her vehicle had been damaged from the front quarter panel to the side door. It appeared the vehicle was damaged when someone backed out of the space next to her vehicle. No suspect vehicle was located. A report was generated.

    On September 29th, an officer initiated a stop after running a license plate through the in-car computer and discovering the registered owner’s driver’s license was suspended. Erik Moma of Moweaqua was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked up Moma and his vehicle from the scene.

    Criminal Reports

    Domestic Battery – 1; Aggravated Assault – 1; Residential Burglary – 1; Theft – 2; Sex Offense – 1; Deceptive Practices/Credit Cards – 1; Mischievous Conduct (no money loss) – 2

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 5; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Fleeing and Eluding a police officer – 2; Reckless Driving – 1; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – 2; No Registration – 1; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 3; No Drivers License – 5; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 5; Speeding – 17; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 5; Warnings Issued – 87; Hit and Run – 1

    Calls for Service

     Animal Related Calls – 10; Other Ordinance Violations – 2; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 2; Assist Other Police Agency – 31; Assist Fire Department – 8; Assist Schools – 12; Building / Business Checks – 5; Burglar Alarms – 3; Citizen Assists – 53; Runaway – 1; Mental Cases – 2; Disturbance – 6; Domestic Trouble – 2; Traffic Control – 1; Motorist Assists – 6; Suspicious Person / Vehicle –8 ; Vacation Watches – 79; Wild Parties – 1

  • Rochester Police Beat August 2017


     

    On August 3rd, Officers responded to the 100 block of E. Mill in reference to a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived they discovered a mother and daughter had been in an argument during which the daughter threw items out of a window. Officers confiscated a glass pipe the daughter had in her possession. The pipe allegedly contained the residue of burnt cannabis. The daughter made arrangements to stay somewhere else for the evening. A report was generated documenting the incident.

    On August 6th, an officer stopped a vehicle for having no registration light. Upon doing a check of her driver’s license through the in-car computer, it was discovered the driver, Shari L. Marley of Springfield, had a warrant for failure to appear on a retail theft case. Marley was subsequently arrested and transported to Sangamon County Jail.

    On August 7th, an officer stopped a vehicle after he observed it swerving all over the roadway on Oak Hills Rd. The driver allegedly provided the officer with a false name and date of birth. The juvenile driver was cited for driving with no valid driver’s license and given a notice to appear for obstructing identification. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

    On August 11th, an officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of Milldale in regards to a civil issue occurring between neighbors. Two different residents of Milldale stated their neighbor with the lot adjacent to theirs was trying to kill trees on their property. The neighbor allegedly hired a landscaping company to kill the trees. After talking with the neighbor, she agreed to stop trying to harm the trees. A report was generated. No criminal charges are being pursued at this time.

    On August 11th, an officer ran a license plate through the in-car computer which came back with the registered owner having a suspended and expired driver’s license. After verifying the driver matched the description of the register owner the officer initiated a traffic stop. Randy T. Spengler was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a warning for it being expired. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

    On August 12th, an officer was contacted by a citizen in regards to a hit and run that occurred to her vehicle. The vehicle was in front of her residence in the 200 block of N. Walnut and sometime, within the several days prior, it had been struck. The vehicle sustained damage to the rear driver’s side quarter panel. The damage is estimated at $500-$1000. There are no suspects at this time. A report has been generated.

    On August 13th, officers responded to the 400 block of N. Walnut in reference to a 9-1-1 call investigation. Upon arrival the officer found a male in the roadway acting aggressive. He was intoxicated and had been hitting tables and walls within his residence. He then went outside and started hitting street signs. There was no visible damage to the nearby signs. The officers were able to calm him down enough that he agreed to go inside and go to bed for the night.

    On August 13th, an officer was dispatched to Taft Dr. in reference to mischievous conduct. The resident explained the night before someone scattered blue sand, taken from his landscaping, around his backyard and around his vehicles in the front drive. No dollar loss has occurred. A report was generated.

    On August 15th, an officer stopped a vehicle because the registered owner’s information came back with a suspended driver’s license. The driver matched the description of the register owner. Michelle L. Nolting, of Springfield, was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and for no proof of insurance. The vehicle was towed by BP Towing and she was transported to her residence.

    On August 16th, an officer was dispatched to Appalachian Trail in reference to deceptive practices / identity theft. The resident stated an Old Navy Credit card was taken out in his name by using his social security number. Approximately $388.00 was charged to the credit card. The card has since been cancelled.

    On August 19th, an officer ran a vehicle registration through the in-car computer. The owner came back with an expired driver’s license from 2009. The driver, Melissa D. Krouse of Taylorville, provided the officer with 4 citations she had received for driving with an expired license. During the stop, the officer noticed an unlabeled pill bottle with various colored pills in it. The pills were taken to be tested. Krouse was cited for allegedly driving with an expired license and no proof of insurance. The vehicle was towed by Jostes Towing. A valid driver picked Krouse up from the scene.

    On August 20th, officers noticed a vehicle at the Rochester Community Park after the park closed. When the officers inspected the vehicle for occupants they noticed a bag in plain view allegedly containing what they believed to be drug paraphernalia and a burnt marijuana cigarette in the ashtray of the vehicle. The officers waited on the owners to return to the vehicle. They observed a vehicle pull up to the parked vehicle and drop off an occupant. The officers stopped both vehicles. The contraband was confiscated. Due to the individuals being juveniles, parents were notified and the juveniles were turned over into their custody. A report was generated.

    On August 20th, an officer stopped a vehicle because its registration was suspended and expired. The registered owner’s driver’s license was also suspended. Hannah K. McIntosh was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and her vehicle was towed. McIntosh was given a ride to her destination.

    On August 20th, officers were dispatched to Maplehurst subdivision in reference to several juveniles attempting to get into vehicles. The officers located the suspected vehicles and initiated a stop. The juveniles stated they were playing a joke on one of their friends where they made him get out of the vehicle, drove around the block and came back to pick him up. Parents were notified and picked up the juveniles due to it being after curfew.

    On August 24th, an officer was approached by a Rochester resident who stated his grandson had been in a fight with two boys at the bridge on Mill Street. All of the boys and their parents were talked with about the matter. It was unable to determine who started the fight or what it was over. The boys were instructed to stay away from each other.

    On August 25th, an officer stopped a vehicle because the registered owner came back as having suspended driver’s license. Tyson R. West of St. Paul, MN was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. His vehicle was moved to the police department parking lot until a valid driver could pick it up. A valid driver picked West up from the scene.

    On August 26th, an officer stopped a vehicle because the registration came back as suspended for a mandatory insurance violation and expired. During the stop it was discovered the driver’s license was suspended as well. Lisa Guinn-Kline of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly operating a vehicle while registration is suspended and driving while license suspended. The vehicle was towed by Jostes Towing. Kline was picked up from the scene by a valid driver.

    On August 26th, an officer was dispatched to Melody Dr. in reference to an illegal burn ordinance violation. The resident was given a verbal warning and asked to extinguish the fire.

    On August 26th, a Rochester resident approached an officer about criminal damage that had occurred to his vehicle. He stated it happened sometime between Sunday August 20th and Monday August 21st at 4:00 am when he noticed it. It appears an acidic substance was poured over the vehicle melting the paint and the plastic parts of the vehicle. He stated all 4 of the tires had the air let out of them. There is no suspect information at this time. A report was generated documenting the damage.

    On August 29th, officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of E. Main. Two individuals were in a verbal argument. There were no indications of it being physical. The parties were separated for the evening.

    On August 30th, an officer was approached by a resident who witnessed two vehicles driven by juveniles allegedly pass a school bus while it was loading students. According to the witness, the bus’ stop arm was extended and the caution lights were activated. The officer was provided with vehicle and driver description along with partial plates. The information obtained from the witness was confirmed by the school bus driver. Both individuals were issued citations for the alleged offense.

    Criminal Reports

    Burglary from a Motor Vehicle – 1; Deceptive Practices/Credit Cards – 1; Mischievous Conduct (no money loss) – 2; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Warrants – 1

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 3; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Failure to Yield at Intersection – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses – 4; No Registration – 1; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 3; No Drivers License – 6; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 4; Speeding – 9; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 8; Warnings Issued – 68; Hit and Run – 1

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 9; Other Ordinance Violations – 3; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 6; Assist Other Police Agency – 32; Assist Fire Department – 17; Assist Schools – 1; Building / Business Checks – 6; Burglar Alarms – 8; Citizen Assists – 28; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 7; Fingerprinting – 1; Motorist Assists – 11; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 7; Vacation Watches – 131

  • Rochester Police Beat July 2017

    • On July 2nd, a vehicle was reported driving all over the roadway. An officer made contact with the vehicle at the Phillips 66 where it had pulled in because the vehicle had over heated. It was discovered the driver was fleeing from an alleged domestic battery that occurred outside Rochester Police Department’s jurisdiction. It was referred to the appropriated agency. Do to the emotional and physical stated of the driver, she was given a ride to a safe location for the evening.
    • On July 5th, an officer noticed a vehicle stopping for all the green lights and swerving on the roadway. Lillie Prindle of Springfield, an elderly female, was driving on a cancelled license. Prindle appeared confused and disoriented as to her location. Prindle was transported back to her home and her neighbors, who help care for her, were notified and helped get her settled in for the night.
    • On July 5th, a resident of Maplehurst approached an officer in regards to fireworks being set off by his neighbors the night prior. He noticed a dent in the hood of his vehicle and had burn marks on his new siding. There was a large firework casing found near his vehicle matching the dent. A report was generated to document the incident.
    • On July 6th, an officer noticed a young male walking around Woodlands at 3:00 am. He was walking to a friend’s house. Parents were notified and the juvenile was turned over to their custody. The incident was documented.
    • On July 9th, an officer responded to the 100 block of E. Mill in reference to a disturbance. After speaking with the parties involved it was determined to have been physical altercation between roommates. Jazmyn Jarrett was arrested for the alleged domestic battery. She was taken to Sangamon County Jail.
    • On July 10th, an officer responded to Willimantic Rd. to take report of an attempted burglary to a residence. The homeowner left between the hours of 10:10 am and 12:50 pm, returning to find her door jam broken, a window well cover broken and a screen removed from one of her windows. No entry was made to the residence and it did not appear anything was taken. A neighbor remembered seeing a silver Ford Focus but did not notice anyone in or around it. It is unable to determine if the vehicle was involved. A report was generated. There is no suspect information at this time.
    • On July 14th, officers responded to Mishawaka when a resident called stating there was a naked man in their neighbor’s yard and people were throwing things at him. On scene the officers discovered a battery had occurred following a dispute over an IPOD. The suspect, Chad Tozer, allegedly punched the victim in the face and shot at him with an air soft rifle. Contact was eventually made with Tozer; his right hand was swollen. Tozer was taken to St. John’s hospital to assess the injury and then escorted to the Sangamon County Jail.
    • On July 16th, an officer was called to Camelot Dr. to investigate criminal damage to a motor vehicle. Between 11 pm on July 15th and 10:30 am on the 16th subject(s) unknown used a large landscaping rock to break the rear window of a car. Three additional rocks were found around the vehicle. The estimated damage was $250. There is no suspect at this time.
    • On July 16th, an officer responded to the 200 block of E. Mill in reference to a hit and run that occurred to a mailbox. The homeowner heard the accident and went to her window. She saw her mailbox had been hit and a green Chevy Silverado was driving away. She noted the vehicle is one that frequents the area. On July 18th, the homeowner was able to provide a license plate number for the vehicle as she had seen it again. Officers located the vehicle on the 300 block of Park. The owner admitted to hitting the mailbox while on the way to the hospital after she broke her leg. She apologized and agreed to pay for the mailbox.
    • On July 17th, officers responded to Circle Dr. to investigate an animal ordinance violation. Chickens were visibly noticeable in a pen beside the driveway. The owner was given a verbal warning. She agreed to have them removed by the July 21st to avoid being fined. The chickens were removed and the enclosure was taken down.
    • On July 17th, officers were notified by a concerned resident on Mishawaka of a possible burglary in progress. Caller believed people were stealing stuff out of the residence while the homeowner was in jail. Officer’s responded as the vehicle was exiting the residence. They stopped the vehicle. The homeowner was in the back of the vehicle and he stated they were helping him move. During the stop, an officer observed a 6 pack of alcohol in between the driver and passenger seat; a couple of the bottles were open and had contents missing. A vehicle search was conducted where drug equipment was discovered. Lori Stancil of Springfield claimed all the contraband and alcohol was hers. Stancil was subsequently arrested for the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and transported to Sangamon County Jail. Crystal Rowland-Atkins of Pleasant Plains was cited for the illegal transportation of alcohol.
    • On July 17th, officers responded to the 500 block of Sattley St. for a disturbance. A verbal argument had taken place over a child’s welfare / custody. Custody was validated with legal documentation. The other party agreed to leave and contact their child another day.
    • On July 18th, an officer noticed a vehicle pulled over in the Rochester Public Works parking lot. A male and a female were outside of the vehicle. They had stopped to allow the female to urinate. Amy Watring of Mount Auburn appeared to have been intoxicated. Jon Bierbaun of Springfield stated he was the driver. Both Bierbaun’s and Watring’s drivers’ licenses came back suspended. Bierbaun was cited for driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked Bierbaun up from the scene and Watring was transported home.
    • On July 18th, an officer was dispatched to the 600 block of E. Main in reference to a domestic battery. Husband came home to overhear a phone conversation his wife was having that upset him. They had been arguing for a couple of hours before it became physical. Racheal Ehrhardt was arrested for the alleged domestic battery and transported to Sangamon County Jail.
    • On July 18th, Sally Samara of Springfield was cited for driving while license suspended. Her vehicle was tagged on the side of the road and she was transported to her residence.
    • On July 19th, an officer was notified of an illegal burn taking place in the 400 block of E. Mill. A verbal warning and a copy of the village burn ordinance was given to the resident. The resident extinguished the fire.
    • On July 20th, Nathan Follin of Rochester was stopped for a moving violation and cited for operating a vehicle while registration was suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and no valid driver’s license. His vehicle was towed and he was transported to his residence.
    • On July 25th, an officer was called to the 1300 block of Wyndmoor Dr. in reference to a fence that had been vandalized. Between the hours of 11:00 pm on the 24th and 6:00 am on the 25th the fence was spray painted in orange paint with the words “blood gang”. The damage is estimated at $100. A report has been generated. There are no suspects at this time.
    • On July 27th, Officers responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of Oak Hills Rd. When officers arrived, Tavin Benton was in the yard with a sword. He eventually put it down on the officer’s command. Benton allegedly battered his girlfriend and was subsequently arrested. He was transported to St. Johns for a medical evaluation and then to Sangamon County Jail. A report was forwarded to the States Attorney’s Office.
    • On July 27th, while on a patrol an officer recognized an individual he knew to be suspended. The information was verified when ran through his in-car computer. Nicole Manley of Edinburg was cited for driving while license suspended. She was also arrested for 2 warrants and transported to Sangamon County Jail.
    • On July 30th, officers responded to a 911 investigation and possible disturbance in the 100 block of Willow. Individuals at the residence appeared intoxicated and admitted to being in an argument. They advised the would be fine for the rest of the morning.
    • On July 30th, Jarrad Young of Springfield was cited for driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. His vehicle was driven from the scene by a valid driver.

    Criminal Reports

    Aggravated Assault - 1; Battery – 1; Domestic Battery – 3; Residential Burglary – 1; Theft of Mislaid Property – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 3; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor – 1; Warrants – 1

    Traffic Reports 

    Illegal Transportation of Alcoholic Liquor – 2; Accident Investigations – 8; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses – 6; No Registration – 2; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 1; No Drivers License – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 5; Speeding – 17; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 7; Warnings Issued – 40; Hit and Run – 2

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 6; Other Ordinance Violations – 2; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 12; Assist Other Police Agency – 35; Assist Fire Department – 10; Building / Business Checks – 16; Burglar Alarms – 6; Citizen Assists – 37; Disturbance – 10; Domestic Trouble – 3; Fingerprinting – 4; Lost articles – 3; Motorist Assists – 12; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 8; Curfew – 1; Vacation Watches – 161

  • May / June Police Beat 2017

     Rochester Police Beat May/June 2017

    On May 4th, officers were notified by a parent of an identity theft that happened during a high school event. The daughter’s debit card information was used to purchase goods off the internet and sent to another student’s address. The purchase was cancelled before it was shipped and money was refunded. No charges were filed.

    On May 9th, an officer noticed a vehicle parked at the Rochester Community Park at approximately 2:12 am. He was able to locate two juveniles at the park in the pavilion. Both were turned over to their legal guardians.

    On May 11th, John Rosa of Taylorville was stopped for an expired and suspended registration. Rosa’s vehicle was towed and he received a citation for the violation.

    On May 13th, Melissa Beaston of Springfield was stopped for an expired registration. Beaston had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on several warrants. Beaston was issued a citation for driving while license suspended and was arrested for the warrants and transported to Sangamon County Jail.

    On May 14th, an officer responded to a residential burglary in the 400 block of Lexington where a firearm, firearm equipment and ammunition were taken. The investigation is ongoing.

    On May 14th, an officer was notified by a resident of Woodland drive they had received an intimidating letter in the mail. The anonymous letter claimed the recipient made racial comments towards a neighbor. The claim was not substantiated.

    On May 15th, officers stopped Ravyn England of Springfield for driving while license suspended. England gave the officers identification that was not hers. England was arrested for driving while license suspended and obstructing identification. She was cited for operating an uninsured vehicle. Her vehicle was driven from the scene by a valid driver and England was transported to Sangamon County Jail.

    On May 22nd, officer responded to the 400 block of Sattley in reference to a dog bite. A juvenile had attempted to retrieve a ball from between his fence and a fenced owned by a neighbor. The neighbor’s dog allegedly jumped up and bit the juvenile on the leg leaving an impression on the skin but not drawing any blood. Sangamon County Animal Control was notified for follow up.

    On May 26th, Dennis Shannon of Rochester was stopped for no registration light, one headlight and an expired registration. Shannon was cited for driving with suspended license plates, operating an uninsured vehicle and not having a driver’s license on his person. Shannon’s vehicle was towed from the scene.

    On May 27th, Richard Gallas of Riverton was cited for driving while license was suspended. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

    On May 27th, an officer responded to the 700 block of Burberry for a disturbance. Resident stated he met with a female to give her money he owed her when she began acting strange. They allegedly had physical altercation that continued on the roadway. He stated she cut him off and got out of her car to further the disturbance. It was determined to have taken place outside of our jurisdiction and referred to the appropriate agency.

    On May 29th, an officer responded to the 500 block of E. Main for a burglary to motor vehicle. The residence purse was taken from her vehicle and dumped in a neighbor’s yard in the 600 block of E. Main. All items of value were recovered.

    On May 29th, an officer responded to the 500 block of E. Mill for a burglary to motor vehicle. The resident noticed her purse had been dumped out in the passenger seat. The rear door was not latched. She was uncertain if the vehicle was locked the night before. Several identification cards for her and her family along with several debit and credit cards were taken.

    On May 30th, an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of E. Mill for a residential burglary. The resident had returned home from vacation and realized money was taken from a drawer in their kitchen. Their safe had been broken into but nothing else was taken.

    On May 31st, an officer ran a vehicle’s license plate through his in-car computer; the registration came back with the registered owner having a suspended driver’s license. Justin Miller of Stonington was cited for driving while license suspended. His passenger was valid and drove the vehicle from the scene.

    On June 3rd, an officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Pleasant Ln. for a motor vehicle theft. At 6:00 a.m. the resident noticed his vehicle was missing. A neighbor stated she heard the truck start up at 5:00 and take off down the road at a high rate of speed. Inside the vehicle was a briefcase and currency the resident had brought home from his business. The vehicle was not locked and the keys were contained with in the vehicle. At approximately, 1:40 p.m. the vehicle was recovered in a field in Springfield. The vehicle was taken back to Rochester Police Department to be processed for evidence. Partial prints were recovered off the vehicle by the Illinois State Police and the vehicle was released back to its owner. The investigation is on-going.

    On June 3rd, an officer responded to Taft Ln. for a burglary from motor vehicle. Resident stated sometime overnight unknown subject(s) entered three of their vehicles. One pair of “Beats” headsets was taken from one of the vehicle. No forced entry. Vehicles were unlocked.

    On June 3rd, an officer responded to Taft Ln. for a burglary from motor vehicle. Resident stated a purse and its’ contents of wallet, currency, credit cards were taken. No forced entry. Vehicle was unlocked.

    On June 3rd, an officer responded to the 400 block of E. Mill St. A vehicle was left unlocked and its glove box had been gone through. Nothing appeared to be missing.

    On June 3rd, an officer responded to the 400 block of E. Mill St. for a burglary to motor vehicle. The resident advised the vehicle was left unlocked and a camouflage camping bag filled with survival gear, a handheld GPS and a large knife had been taken.

    On June 4th, an officer was dispatched to Taft Ln. for a burglary to motor vehicle. The resident advised he was looking through is vehicle and noticed his Kabar stainless steel knife with leather sheath and handle was stolen. He noticed his glove box had been rummaged through but nothing else was missing. The resident believes his truck was left unlocked.

    On June 6th, an officer was dispatched to Karen Rose in reference to reckless driving. The individual verbally threatened his neighbors and hit a baseball at them. When officer arrived he threw the bat out of the garage and shut himself inside his house. Charges of aggravated assault, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct are being pursued.

    On June 7th, an officer was dispatched to the 4800 block of Oakhill Rd. to take an assault report. During a meeting, an employee made threatening statements and tried to lunge at another employee. The employee was terminated and told not to return to the property. No criminal charges are being pressed at this juncture.

    On June 8th at 2:32 a.m., an officer responded to a loud noise complaint on the 700 block of Heathrow. The officer made contact with the individuals informing them of the complaint and asked them to be courteous to their neighbors and take it in for the evening. The individuals complied.

    On June 10th, an officer was dispatched to Roanoke in reference to a hit and run on a mailbox. A paperboy had noticed a mailbox was damaged and a side mirror of a vehicle was with the mailbox. The neighbor’s vehicle was missing its’ driver’s side mirror. The owner of the vehicle stated he hit the mailbox and paid for the damages.

    On June 12th, an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of E. Mill in reference to a theft. A resident stated her Waste Management trash receptacle was taken from her residence. She was billed $90.00 for the lost container.

    On June 16th, an officer ran a vehicle’s license plate through his in-car computer. The registered owner came back with a suspended driver’s license. Deanna Durbin of Taylorville was cited for driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

    On June 18th, an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Twin Oaks in reference to a disturbance. A BMW followed an SUV to Twin Oaks after it was not allowed to merge at the Spaulding Dam Bridge. The driver wanted to address the SUV about this incident. The driver yelled about who would have paid if there had been an accident but no threat was made. Both parties were talked to about the incident and the proper way to handle it.

    On June 20th, an officer responded to Oak Grove to take a telephone harassment report. An individual alleged an acquaintance of hers compromised her Snapchat account and was sending past photo’s of her with degrading captions and calling her. She was advised to get an order of protection/no contact order. Snapchat was sent a request to deactivate the account.

    On June 27h, an individual came to the police department to make a report of illegal dumping in the 200 block of N. Walnut St. Allegedly on June 24th a black 4 door Volkswagen dumped a car’s load of trash into a dumpster on private property.

    On June 28th, an officer responded to the 100 block of E. Mill in reference to criminal damage. Storage units at an apartment building had been allegedly broken into. A witness stated there was a black truck with a masked individual in it. Several people were outside who did not notice a black truck or masked individual. Three of the four storage units suffered damage. Nothing appeared to be missing.

    On June 29th at approximately 9:30 p.m., an officer noticed two vehicles and several people in the Rochester High school back parking lot. Allegedly, five juveniles were gathered around a cooler in the back of a truck bed. A can of beer was in plain view on the tool box of the truck. All of the remaining beer was dumped out. Parents were notified and the juveniles were turned over to their parents’ custody. A report documenting the incident was generated.

     

    Criminal Reports

    Criminal Sexual Assault - 1; Assault -2; Burglary - 3; Burglary from Motor Vehicle- 8; Theft - 2; Motor Vehicle Thefts – 2; Identity Theft –3; Criminal Trespass to Vehicle – 2; Possession of Controlled Substance – 1; Possession of Marijuana – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Illegal Possession of Alcohol by a Minor – 1; Telephone Harassment – 2; False Police Reports – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Obstruction - 1; Mischievous conduct – 1

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 6; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses –6; No Registration – 3; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 4; No Drivers License – 3; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Speeding – 41; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 9; Traffic Details – 3; Warnings Issued –94; Illegal Parking -1; Hit and Run – 1; Reckless Driving – 2

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 12; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 17; Assist Other Police Agency – 59; Assist Schools – 7; Assist Fire Department – 25; Building / Business Checks – 58; Burglar Alarms – 9; Citizen Assists – 142; Disturbance – 12; Domestic Trouble – 3; Fingerprinting – 3 ; Lost articles – 5 ; Mental Cases – 2; Motorist Assists – 21; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 26; Runaway – 1; Curfew - 1; Vacation Watches – 163

  • Rochester Police Beat March/April 2017


    • On March 2nd officers responded to a complaint from a resident stating their neighbor owns more cats than the village ordinance allows and they were causing damage to his vehicles. Officers spoke with the owner of the cats and determined she was within the limits of the ordinance. The officers informed her of the complaint and provided a copy of the ordinance to both parties.
    • On March 4th while on patrol an officer noticed 3 vehicles at an intersection on Route 29 and one vehicle had their hazard lights activated. When the officer was able to turn around the other two vehicles had already left. The remaining vehicle had two flat tires. Witnesses informed the officer that a female had gotten out of the vehicle and into another vehicle. They stated they were going to go to the police department. No one appeared at the police department. The officer requested a tow truck to remove the vehicle from the road. During an inventory search of the vehicle prior to being towed the officer found a small amount of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The registered owner was cited for abandoning her vehicle on the highway and given a civil citation for the cannabis and paraphernalia.
    • On March 9th A resident in the 300 block of Park St. reported when they woke up they discovered someone had run over their mailbox. The tracks in the mud and position of the mailbox indicated it was a truck heading northbound on N. Park Street. The officer patrolled the area and checked for vehicles with signs indicating they were involved and did not locate anything suspicious.
    • On March 10th officers responded to a complaint to criminal damage to property by a resident in the 400 block of Sattley St. He reported his house had been “teepeed” and his vehicle had been scratched. He requested a report be completed to document the incident.
    • On March 10th officers responded to a hit and run at Route 29 and South Walnut Street. John Compardo reported while he was stopped at a stop light another vehicle had struck his vehicle and continued southbound towards Taylorville. Compardo could not give a driver description or registration information for the other vehicle.
    • On March 14th at approximately 12:33 am, officers responded to the 200 block of E. Main Street for a burglary in which many firearms were stolen. Two firearms have been recovered. The investigation is on going.
    • On March 17th officers were notified by the Village Manager that there was a complaint about a resident raising pigs in their backyard on Circle Drive. Officers arrived at the address on Circle Drive and confirmed there were 3 pigs being raised in a pen. There is a village ordinance prohibiting such activities. The owner was notified and officially warned in writing that he needed to have them removed. A subsequent contact involving the same incident will involve a citation.
    • On March 19th an officer was contacted regarding an incident involving neighbors and their dogs. One neighbor was walking her dog on the sidewalk in their neighborhood when she and her dog were “charged” by a more aggressive dog owned by another neighbor. The neighbor with the aggressive dog told the first neighbor that she needs to walk on the other side of the road and not on his sidewalk. The neighbor with the aggressive dog has an invisible fence which does not stop his dog from leaving the yard. The officer contacted that neighbor and explained that he must be able to keep his dog under control and on his property. The neighbor stated he would figure out a way to keep his dog from running through the fence.
    • On March 20th Heather Stengal was stopped for an expired vehicle registration. During the stop it was discovered that Heather’s driver’s license was suspended. She was cited for driving while license suspended and warned for her expired registration.
    • On March 22nd an officer ran the registration of a vehicle belonging to Wayne Piepenbrink. Piepenbrink had a warrant for his arrest from Sangamon county for contempt of court. The officer made contact with Piepenbrink and confirmed the warrant with Sangamon County Dispatch. Piepenbrink was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.
    • On March 22nd Eric Ausmus was cited for no driver’s license and operating an uninsured vehicle.
    • On March 24th officers were called to the Village Park on West Main for a criminal damage to property report. It appeared that someone had broken into one of the sheds belonging to the Public Works Department. A Public Works employee checked the building and said it did not look like anything was taken but the door frame and door were damaged.
    • On March 28th Luke Meiseman was arrested and taken to Sangamon County Jail for driving on a revoked driver’s license.
    • On March 31st officers met with Sally Zimmerman, the Branch Manager for Rochester Bank & Trust in reference to check fraud. Zimmerman stated that on the 24th a black female with black hair, wearing glasses, blue shirt, blue jacket and dark pants claiming to be Mia Dotkinska cashed a check for $999.00. Zimmerman was later notified by her corporate office the check was fraudulent. Rochester is one of several other locations this crime has taken place by the same individual. The investigation is on going.
    • On March 31st Arthur McClain III was cited for Driving While License Suspended. The officer allowed McClain to contact a valid driver to remove the vehicle from the scene.
    • On April 3rd a new Rochester resident contacted the police department after attempting set up an Ameren Illinois account. Ameren informed the resident an account in her name had already been created. The resident had never opened any accounts with Ameren before. The services in her name were for an address in Jacksonville, IL and had a current unpaid bill with a balance of over $400.00. The officer initiated an investigation and contacted Ameren to obtain their Identity Theft Affidavit for the resident. The officer then contacted Jacksonville Police Department and forwarded them the initial report along with the Ameren contact information to continue the investigation.
    • On April 7th while on routine patrol an officer noticed a vehicle parked on the shoulder of West Main St. The engine was still running and the vehicle had a flat tire on the right front side. When the officer approached the vehicle he saw that the driver, Jacob P. Barth was asleep in the driver seat and it appeared that he had been driving on the flat tire long enough there was no rubber left on the wheel. The officer was finally able to wake Mr. Barth and immediately noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. Throughout the officer’s interaction Mr. Barth he showed several indications of being impaired and when asked he admitted to drinking more than he should have. The officer had Mr. Barth perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and determined Mr. Barth was too impaired to be driving a vehicle. Mr. Barth was placed under arrest for DUI and taken to Sangamon County Jail where upon submitting a breath sample it was determined he had a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.153%. Mr. Barth was then cited for Driving Under the Influence and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with a BAC greater than 0.08%.
    • On April 13th a resident walking their dog on a leash was approached by dog acting aggressively and not on a leash. The owner of the leashed dog feared for his safety and the safety of his dog so he began making loud noises and kicked in the direction of the unleashed dog in an attempt to scare it away. According to the resident this has happened on several occasions. A verbal warning for violating the village’s leash ordinance was issued in accordance with the department policy to the owner of the unleashed dog. A second violation will result in a written warning and third and any subsequent violations will result in a monetary fine that will increase with each additional incident.
    • On April 15th an officer stopped Ernestus A. Drake for speeding 44MPH in a 30MPH zone. After checking the driver for a valid driver’s license the officer learned that Drake was wanted on an arrest warrant originating in Tennessee. Sangamon County dispatch informed the officer the warrant was valid. Drake was arrested and taken to Sangamon County Jail.
    • On April 16th an officer was dispatched for a criminal sexual assault. During the investigation it became clear the actual crime took place outside of Rochester PD jurisdiction. The officer completed the initial investigation and collected the evidence from the hospital in Springfield and forwarded the case to the responsible jurisdiction for further investigation.
    • On April 17th an officer was dispatched to 3 Walberta for a disturbance. The officer conducting the investigation concluded both parties were at fault, arrested both and each person was charged with domestic battery. They were transported to the Sangamon County Jail.
    • On April 20th Amanda M. Gunther was stopped for driving while her license was suspended. She was issued a citation for driving while license suspended and driving an uninsured vehicle.
    • On April 28th a Village of Rochester Public Works employee reported that 6 thermoplastic coated perforated trash receptacles with dome lids had been taken. The total value of the stolen property is $2,274.00.

    Criminal Reports

    Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Aggravated Battery – 0; Assault – 2; Fights – 1; Deceptive Practices– 2; Identity Theft – 3; Deceptive Practices, Credit Cards – 1; Possession of Controlled Substance – 0; Possession of Marijuana – 2; Telephone Harassment – 2; Theft – 2; Warrant Arrests – 2; Domestic Battery – 2; Criminal Tresspass – 1;

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 6; Improper Lane Usage – 2; Miscellaneous Offenses –8; No Registration – 3; No Drivers License – 3; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 12; Speeding – 31; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 9; Traffic Details – 0; Warnings Issued –49; Illegal Parking - 1; Hit and Run – 2; DUI -- 2

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 16; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 15; Assist Other Police Agency – 17; Assist Schools – 3; Assist Fire Department –1; Building / Business Checks – 14; Burglar Alarms –7; Citizen Assists – 45; Disturbance – 4; Domestic Trouble – 1; Fingerprinting – 0; Lost articles – 3; Mental Cases – 1; Motorist Assists – 9; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 13; Runaway – 1; Vacation Watches – 248;

  • Rochester Police Beat February 2017


    • On 02-04-17 at approximately 5:53pm an officer patrolling Illinois Route 29 witnessed a driver disobey two traffic control devices. The officer initiated a traffic stop and discovered the driver, Aaron C. Boys of Rochester, had a revoked driver’s license. Boys had a restricted driver’s permit but it did not cover the time frame for which Boys was driving. Boys was issued citations for disobeying a traffic control device and driving with a revoked driver’s license.
    • On 02-03-17 at approximately 3:27pm officers were dispatched to the Rochester High School for a student that was fighting with school staff. The student had missed school during the day and showed up for an after school event where he was “acting out.” The student became physical with his mother and grandmother as they tried to keep him from running out of the school while waiting for officer’s to arrive. The student did make it out of the school and begin to run but was eventually apprehended by officers. Due to past incidents involving this student he was subsequently taken to the Juvenile Detention Center where he was detained.
    • On 02-07-17 a Rochester resident reported that he had received a text message from his bank asking about a $100 withdraw from an ATM in California. The resident contacted the bank immediately to notify them the transactions were not authorized. $760 had already been withdrawn from the account using a card and PIN combination. The bank filed their own reports, issued new cards with chip technology and asked for a copy of the police report to be forwarded to them once completed.
    • On 02-10-17 at approximately 3:36am an officer patrolling Illinois Route 29 noticed a red Chevy pickup with no registration light making the temporary registration unreadable. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with Clay A. Samuelson. Samuelson’s driver’s license was suspended, he did not have valid insurance for the vehicle, and the registration on the truck was for a different vehicle. Samuelson was arrested and taken into custody for driving while his license was suspended. He was cited for DWLS, operating an uninsured vehicle, and operating a vehicle without valid registration. He was detained at the Sangamon County Jail and released on bail.
    • On 02-10-17 officers took a report of a missing wallet that was left at the Rochester Phillips 66 gas station at approximately 9:15pm. The owner went back to find it but was unsuccessful. The wallet contained his DL, FOID card and Scheels credit card.
    • On 2-13-17 an officer met with Tom Heuer who had found a children’s bike in his back yard. He stated it did not belong to any of his neighbors that he had made contact with. Heuer gave the bike to the police officer in case anyone claimed it or reported it missing. The bike is a red and blue children’s bike.
    • On 02-14-17 an officer was called to the Rochester High School by the administration to take a report on a Criminal Sexual Assault that occurred between two high school students. After taking the initial report the officer determined that the actual incident took place outside of Rochester Police Department’s jurisdiction. The officer completed the initial investigation by collecting statements from the administration and then forwarded the case to the agency for that jurisdiction.
    • On 02-14-17 a residential burglary was reported on Wildrose Drive. The resident had left a back door unsecured and a Dell computer and hard-drive valued at approximately $500 was allegedly stolen.
    • On 02-16-17 an officer patrolling Illinois Route 29 using moving radar locked in a vehicle’s speed at 73 MPH. The officer turned around and paced the vehicle as the speed limit changed from 55 to 45 MPH. The vehicle continued to exceed the speed limit by at least 10 MPH. The officer then initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the drier, Samantha R. Helton of Lincoln. Helton did not have a driver’s license on her at the time but claimed that she did have a valid license. Upon further investigation the officer determined that her license was in fact suspended. Helton was issued a citation for DWLS and warning for exceeding the speed limit.
    • On 02-17-17 an officer was dispatched the Rochester Post Office for property damage report. It appears that a delivery truck had made contact with the part of the building that hangs over the loading dock. At this time the responsible party has not been determined.
    • On 02-17-17 an officer was dispatched to a traffic accident that had occurred at the high school where the parking lot exits onto Illinois Route 29. A student had pulled out and made contact with the passenger side of a vehicle headed northbound on Route 29. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the vehicles. The student was issued a citation for failure to yield while turning left.
    • On 02-19-17 while patrolling Illinois Route 29 an officer ran the registration of a vehicle that belonged to Michael Droke of Taylorville. The officer then ran Droke’s name through the system to find his driver’s license information. The officer confirmed that Droke’s driver’s license was suspended. The officer confirmed that the driver matched the description on Droke’s driver’s license information and initiated a traffic stop. The driver confirmed he was Michael Droke and he was subsequently issued a citation for DWLS.
    • On 02-20-17 at least two people stopped at the Rochester Police Department to report their concerns of an elderly male, Raymond Carson, driving a conversion van the wrong way on Illinois Route 29. Raymond got turned around and made his way to the police department to ask for directions. The officer recognized that the Raymond appeared to be confused and did not realize he was in Rochester. After attempting for a significant period of time to contact a family member or caretaker the officer was unsuccessful. Raymond claimed to be homeless and living in his van. The officer determined it was not safe for Raymond to continue driving. After exhausting all other options the officer completed an Involuntary Admission into the Memorial Medical ER.
    • On 02-21-17 the Rochester Police Department was notified that a resident, Dalton C. Felber was wanted on a warrant issued by the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department. Dalton Felber was located and taken into custody at 4:38pm the same day.
    • On 02-21-17 the Rochester High School notified the police that a student had arrived at school under the influence of marijuana. The student admitted to being in possession of marijuana which was in their vehicle parked on school property. School administrators searched the student’s vehicle and located the contraband. The officer issued the student a civil citation for possession of approximately 2 grams of marijuana.
    • On 02-22-17 police were dispatched to a traffic crash that occurred at the intersection of Cardinal Hill Rd and Route 29. Unit 2 was rear ended by Unit 1 causing minor damage to the vehicles. Neither of the drivers were injured.
    • On 02-27-17 Nicole Manley was cited for driving while her license was suspended.
    • On 02-28-17 Sangamon County Dispatch notified the police that a vehicle was leaving Springfield heading into Rochester and was crossing over into the opposite lane. Callers were concerned the driver was intoxicated or experiencing a medical emergency. The officer located the vehicle and witnessed the reported driving behavior. The officer initiated a traffic stop and discovered the driver to be an elderly woman that appeared to be lost and could not locate her home. The driver was not intoxicated or having medical trouble. The officer assisted the driver in making it to her home safely. The officer requested a re-examination by the Secretary of State to ensure she is safe to continue driving. No citation was issued.
    • On 02-28-17 an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding. After checking the status of the driver’s license it was discovered that the driver was wanted on a warrant. The officer arrested Christina K. Wertz on a warrant for Failure to Appear for Traffic issued by Christian County.

    Criminal Reports

    Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Aggravated Battery – 1; Deceptive Practices– 2; Identity Theft – 1; Obstructing Justice – 1; Possession of Controlled Substance – 1; Possession of Marijuana – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrests – 3; Runaway– 1; Truancy– 1; Disorderly Conduct– 2;

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 3; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses –7; No Registration – 2; No Drivers License – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 6; Speeding – 9; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 10; Traffic Details – 4; Warnings Issued –58;

    Calls For Service

    Animal Related Calls – 9; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 23; Assist Other Police Agency – 23; Assist Schools – 8; Building / Business Checks – 13; Burglar Alarms – 10; Citizen Assists – 58; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 3; Fingerprinting – 4; Lost articles – 1; Mental Cases – 2; Motorist Assists – 7; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 8; Vacation Watches -- 327

  • Rochester Police Beat January 2017

    *Police were called on 01/01/17, at 7:55p.m., in reference to a disturbance between two neighbors. The complainant, who resides in the 200 block of East Main, reported a neighbor who lives in the 200 block of Mill Street had come over to their house yelling and swearing at them and accusing them of starting trouble. The complainant commented that the neighbor appeared to be highly intoxicated at the time. After speaking with the complainant, the officer went and spoke with the neighbor. The neighbor, who was reportedly intoxicated and very emotional, was told she was not welcome on the complainant’s property.

    *On 01/03/17, at about 11:40p.m., an officer made contact with Nicole Manley of Edinburg after learning there was a warrant issued for her arrest by Christian County authorities. Manley was arrested due to the valid warrant and was cited for allegedly driving while her license was suspended.

    *An officer reported stopping a vehicle after he observed several traffic violations including allegedly weaving in traffic on 01/07/17, at about 12:50a.m. An investigation into the stop resulted in the arrest of the driver, Travis Staab of Edinburg, for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol.

    *Officers responded to a reported domestic battery incident on 01/08/17, at about 4:15a.m. The complainant, who resides on Taft Drive, called 911 requesting officers to respond as his granddaughter had been battered at his house by her boyfriend. Officers arrived and located the suspect, Marcus Blakely, in the basement of the house. After being told he had struck and choked the victim, officers arrested Blakely for the alleged domestic battery. He was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *On 01/17/17, at 1:30a.m., officers were sent to a residence in the 100 block of Mill Street to check on the welfare of a female subject who had threatened suicide. Officers reported they arrived and found the female in her vehicle which was parked in the garage with the engine running. After speaking with the subject and her relatives, it was decided she would be transported to the hospital for an evaluation.

    *A vehicle which was stopped for a reported speeding violation on 01/18/17, at 3:50a.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver for allegedly driving while her license was suspended. The driver, who was identified as Myisha Wells of Springfield, received multiple citations for the alleged violations.

    *A vehicle was stopped on 01/18/17, at 12:45p.m., for a reported equipment violation. During the stop the officer learned that the driver, Trevor Thompson of Pana, was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Jackson County authorities. Thompson was taken to the Sangamon County Jail and released to their custody.

    *After receiving a call from the Assistant Principal Cassie Carey on 01/19/17, an officer went to the high school in reference to a report of a student possibly selling prescription medication to another student. The officer was told that while a school administrator was investigating a theft incident which had occurred in the locker room she came across information indicating a student was trying to buy adderall from another student. The officer spoke with the student and his parents at the police department. Further action is pending.

    *As an officer was patrolling in the Woodlands Subdivision on 01/23/17, at 2:40a.m., he noticed a young female who was running along the road. Due to the circumstances, he made contact with the person who told the officer she was fine and had decided to go for a late night jog. The officer then noticed the female got into a vehicle which had been parked on the side of the road and drove away. He stopped the vehicle as he reported the taillights on the vehicle were not working. During the stop the officer learned the driver was a 15 year-old juvenile who had taken her parent’s car without their knowledge. The parents were contacted and the minor was released to their custody.

    *On 01/23/17, at 10:30a.m., an officer received a phone call from the Assistant Principal at the high school. She reported a 16 year-old student had come to school smelling of burnt cannabis. The school was seeking assistance from the police department in dealing with the incident. An officer went to the school and spoke with the juvenile and her mother. The juvenile, who reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana, was also found to be in possession of Xanax, according to school authorities. A report has been forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 100 block of Water Street on 01/23/17, at 8:15p.m., in reference to a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived they met with the complainant who advised she and her daughter’s father had gotten into an argument. She reported she was concerned for her safety due to comments which had been made by the child’s father. After speaking with both parties, the incident was documented and they were advised to speak with their attorneys.

    *Officers met with a subject who resides in the Oak Mill Estates Subdivision on 01/26/17, at 6:00p.m. He wanted to report that he had numerous items stolen from his residence. The items which he reported as stolen included jewelry and clothes; which totaled in excess of $500. The complainant told officers he was sure that a recent house guest was the person responsible for committing the theft. Officers made contact with the guest who admitted he had been staying at the complainant’s home; however, left due to the situation. He claimed he had been given items by the complainant which he then pawned. The matter is pending as further information is being sought.

    *A former resident came to the police department on 01/26/17, at about 8:00p.m., to report that his grandmother had been battered earlier in the evening. The victim told police his grandmother and he had taken his children to their mother’s house which is located on Wildrose Street. He admitted while his grandmother and he were in the residence he asked the children’s mother a question which angered her. He reported that as his grandmother and he were leaving the residence the mother slammed the door striking his grandmother in the back. The officer spoke with all parties before forwarding a report to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    Criminal Reports

    Assault – 1; Battery – 1; Child Pornography – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Obstructing Justice – 1; Possession of Controlled Substance – 1; Possession of Marijuana – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrests – 3

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 5; DUI – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses – 3; No Drivers License – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 1; Operating While Registration Suspended – 1; Speeding – 7; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 3; Traffic Details – 2; Warnings Issued – 52

    Calls For Service

    Animal Related Calls – 6; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 17; Assist Other Police Agency – 26; Assist Schools – 16; Building / Business Checks – 16; Burglar Alarms – 9; Citizen Assists – 49; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 3; Fingerprinting – 4; Found Articles – 2; Mental Cases – 2; Motorist Assists – 7; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 12; Vacation Watches -- 324

  • OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2016 POLICE BEAT

    *After receiving a call from a citizen who had concerns about a person walking along Route 29 on 10/01/16, at 8:00a.m., an officer located a female subject who appeared to be confused. The female was able to provide the officer with her name, but not much of anything else that made sense. The officer eventually learned that the female subject was missing from a residence in Springfield. She was taken to the residence and left with her caretaker.

    *On 10/01/16, at about 4:10p.m., officers were sent to a disturbance in the 500 block of Mill Street. The resident had called stating a female subject was at her house yelling and screaming at her. After speaking with all parties, the female was asked to leave the area and not return.

    *A residential burglary was reported to the police on 10/08/16, from a house located in the 200 block of West Main. The victim told police he thought the incident may have occurred sometime between 10/06/16 and 10/08/16. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence. Taken during the incident were several pieces of electronic equipment and some jewelry. The loss was estimated at approximately $1200.

    *While checking on a suspicious vehicle report in the 600 block of South Walnut officers made contact with several juveniles who were smoking what the juveniles admitted was marijuana. During the contact with the subjects, officers retrieved a jar containing what appeared to be marijuana as well as other items described as drug paraphernalia. Parents were contacted and a report was forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 400 block of North Walnut Street on 10/14/16, at about 10:30p.m., in reference to a domestic disturbance. Officers arrived and were told a father and his 31 year-old son had gotten into an argument and the son reportedly threatened the father. After talking to all parties, it was decided a crime hadn’t occurred and the situation had settled down. The subjects were separated for the evening.

    *An officer was sent to a residence on Karen Rose Drive on 10/17/16, as the homeowner was concerned someone may have broken into the residence. The complainant returned home and found pry marks and damage to a rear door. When entering the garage he noticed the covering to the attic access had been moved. There was nothing reported as missing from the house at this time. Damage to the door was estimated at $180.

    *The police were called on 10/21/16, at about 4:00a.m., as a resident in the 300 block of Mill Street wanted her husband removed from the house. An officer arrived at the house and met with the male subject who stated his wife and he had gotten into a verbal argument due to some activities that had occurred in the past. The wife told the officer she was not comfortable with her husband staying with her in the house. After speaking with both parties, the husband decided he would go somewhere else for the evening.

    *A vehicle being driven by Nicholas Flannel of Taylorville was stopped on 10/24/16, at about 7:30p.m. During the stop, the officer learned Flannel was driving while his license was suspended. He was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and for failure to provide proof of insurance.

    *A vehicle was stopped on 10/25/16, at about 10:50p.m., as the driver reportedly failed to signal his intention to turn. During the stop of the vehicle, the driver reportedly admitted to the officer he had marijuana in the vehicle. The marijuana was seized and a report alleging possession of cannabis was forwarded to the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

    *A reported argument between two brothers where one allegedly threatened the other with a knife resulted in multiple officers being sent to a residence in the 400 block of North Walnut Street on 10/21/16, at 8:30p.m. When officers arrived they learned one of the parties had left the area. They spoke with the others at the scene and found that an argument had taken place, but no one had been threatened with a knife nor had any physical confrontation occurred. There was no basis for any criminal charges to be pursued.

    *On 10/27/16, at about 9:00p.m., an officer was contacted by a subject who stated his son’s car had been stolen from the Rochester High School parking lot. When officers spoke with the victim’s son he told them he believed he had his keys stolen sometime during his 1st hour class. After reviewing school surveillance video and speaking with others who had information, a juvenile female was interviewed by the police. The female reportedly admitted to officers that she stole the car from the school parking lot and drove it to her friend’s residence in Springfield. Her friend, a male juvenile, then reportedly wrecked the car in Springfield later the same evening totaling the vehicle. Reports have been forwarded to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities for processing.

    *Two vehicles were reported to have been burglarized sometime during the evening hours on 10/28/16, while the vehicles were parked at a residence on Taft Drive. The vehicles, which had been left unlocked, had been entered and items had been taken. The victim reported a duffel bag containing winter clothing, a Blackhawks jersey, and a watch were taken from the vehicles. The value of the property totaled $165.

    *An old shed located behind a residence in the 400 block of North Walnut was vandalized sometime prior to 10/31/16. It appeared a brick was thrown thru the 2 windows to the shed breaking out the glass. The complainant stated he had already planned to tear the shed down prior to the damage, but wanted the police to be made aware of the vandalism in the area.

    *On 11/01/16, an officer was sent to a residence in the 400 block of Parkview in reference to a criminal damage incident. The victim reported that a vehicle had driven through his yard tearing up the sod which had just been placed. He further stated that incident occurred sometime after 6:00p.m. on 10/31/16, and before 8:00a.m., on 11/01/16. Damage to the yard was estimated at $650. The police are asking anybody who may have seen this incident occur to contact the department.

    *At about 10:00p.m., on 11/02/16, officers were sent to a house in the 400 block of Lexington Drive for a reported domestic disturbance. Officers arrived and met with the three parties who were present. The report indicates the suspect grabbed and pushed the owner of the house who was reportedly an ex-girlfriend. The suspect, Jacob Freytag, was arrested for the alleged domestic battery.

    *Officers were called by employees at St. John’s Priority Care on 11/03/16, to check on the welfare of an elderly male who had appeared at their facility. Officers made contact with the male and found that he had travelled to the area from a Chicago suburb. The subject told police he left the Chicago area yesterday morning to travel to Marion, Illinois. He had gotten lost and spent the night in the Priority Care parking lot. A check of the subject through dispatch revealed he had been listed as a missing / endangered person from Highland Park, Illinois. Per instructions from his family, the male was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

    *An officer responded to a criminal damage to property incident on 11/12/16, at about 6:45p.m. The incident occurred at a residence on Guinevere Drive. The complainant told the officer he was sitting in his house when he heard something hit his window. He wasn’t sure if something had been thrown or shot at the window. When he looked outside he saw three juveniles running into a garage at a neighbor’s house. There was damage to the window pane and to the screen. After speaking with all parties the situation was resolved without any further legal action.

    *Officers responded to a residence in the 500 block of Burberry in reference to a domestic disturbance on 11/27/16. The complainant reported her husband and she had gotten into an argument last night which continued into the morning. She told the officers that nothing physically had occurred between them, but she feared the situation may escalate. Officers explained to her the process for obtaining an order of protection.

    *On 11/24/16, at 8:20a.m., an officer was sent to several residences in the 600 block of Magnolia Street in reference to property being damaged. Two victims had their mailbox damaged while two other victims had their vehicle damaged. It appears the damage occurred sometime after 9:00p.m. on 11/23/16, and before 7:00a.m., on 11/24/16.

    Criminal Incidents

    Assault – 2; Burglary from Motor Vehicle – 1; Criminal Damage to Property –4; Domestic Battery – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Identity Theft – 2; Motor Vehicle Theft – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 5; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 1; Residential Burglary – 1; Theft -- 1

    Traffic Incidents 

    Accident Investigations – 5; Failure to Reduce Speed – 4; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Violations – 4; No Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 10; Speeding – 22; Suspended / Revoked Driver’s License – 2; Warnings Issued – 78

     

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 6; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 27; Assist Other Police Agency – 57; Building / /Business Checks – 42; Burglar Alarm – 10; Citizen Assist – 110; Disturbance -- 17; Domestic Trouble – 6; Mischievous Conduct – 2; Motorist Assists – 7; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Noise Complainants – 5; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 23; Vacation Checks -- 188

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