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  • JULY 2015 POLICE BEAT

    JULY POLICE BEAT

    *At about 4:00p.m., on 07/02/15, the police were contacted about a mailbox which had been destroyed in the Woodlands Subdivision. The officer went to the scene and determined the mailbox had been struck by a car as there were pieces of a bumper near the damaged mailbox. Officers were able to locate the vehicle and the subject who had been driving. The driver admitted to striking the mailbox and leaving the scene without making notification. She also stated she had been on her cell phone at the time of the accident. The driver, a juvenile, was issued citations for using a cell phone while operating a vehicle and for leaving the scene of an accident.

    *On 07/04/15, at about 9:00p.m., officers who were working the 4th of July carnival were informed by dispatch of a subject who was believed to be in attendance at the carnival and had made threats to another person about hurting himself. Officers located the subject and questioned him about the situation. They decided to contact his parents and release him into their custody.

    *On 07/07/15, at approximately 3:00p.m., police were advised of a subject driving a white van recklessly southbound on Route 29. An officer eventually caught up to the van and conducted a stop. An investigation into the stop resulted in the driver of the vehicle, Donald Foster of Edinburg, being ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license and operating a vehicle without insurance.

    *Dawn Dudra of Pana was issued multiple citations on 07/11/15, at 7:15p.m. Dudra was cited for allegedly driving while her license was suspended and driving without insurance.

    *A subject driving a vehicle with a reported suspended registration was stopped on 07/18/15, at about 8:00p.m. During the stop the officer learned the driver of the vehicle, Lacey Shanle of Edinburg, was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities.

    *A vehicle which was northbound on Route 29 near Taft Drive was clocked on radar travelling a reported 74 miles per hour on 07/19/15, at about 5:00p.m. The car, which was being driven by Christopher Warner of Springfield, was stopped near the intersection of Route 29 and Tuxhorn Road. Warner was arrested for allegedly driving on a revoked license.

    *Two citations were issued to Jodee Carey of Kincaid on 07/22/15, at about 4:00p.m. An officer stopped a vehicle being driven by Carey and reported Carey was driving without insurance and on a suspended license. She was ticketed for both alleged offenses.

    *A reported violation of the Village Animal Ordinance occurred on 07/22/15. The complainant advised he was walking his dog near the intersection of North Walnut Street and Circle Drive when two other dogs came out of a yard and attacked his dog. The complainant’s dog had been bitten on the back and the tail by the other dogs. The officer was able to identify the owner of the dogs, and then issued him an animal ordinance citation due to the violations.

    *A vehicle being driven by John Esslinger was stopped on 07/25/15, at 6:00p.m. Esslinger, of Springfield, was ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *A female resident contacted the police on 07/28/15, and reported she was assaulted while walking on the Lost Bridge Trail on 07/26/15, at approximately 7:00p.m. According to the victim, a teenage male subject who was riding a bicycle passed her going in the opposite direction while on the trail. This same subject passed her again a short time later; however, as he passed this time he grabbed the female’s buttocks nearly knocking her to the ground. When she exited the trail she saw the subject sitting on a bench and she recognized him. The 16 year-old male was eventually interviewed by the police, and according to the report, admitted to the incident. The report has been forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 400 block of Pleasant Lane on 07/28/15, at 7:00p.m., to meet with a subject who claimed she was being threatened. When officers arrived they learned the threats had been received by the victim from a Facebook message. The message indicated the victim would be hurt if money which was owed was not paid. When the officers began asking questions to gather additional information, the victim stated she wanted the police to be aware of the incident, but didn’t want an investigation to occur.

    *On 07/28/15, at about 9:00p.m., a vehicle being driven by Jacob Miller of Taylorville was stopped. Miller was cited for allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license.
    *A vehicle being driven by Cory Scribner of Pana was stopped on 07/29/15, at 5:45p.m. During the stop, the officer learned Scribner didn’t have a valid driver’s license and he had a valid warrant for his arrest which had been issued by Shelby County authorities.

    Criminal Reports
    Aggravated Battery – 1; Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Sexual Abuse – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrest -- 2

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 5; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Improper Use of /registration – 1; No Valid License – 3; No Valid Registration –8; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Operation While Registration Suspended – 6; Speeding –10; Suspended / Revoked Drivers –7; Traffic Detail – 3; Warnings Issued – 77

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls –9 ; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 22; Assist Other Police Agency – 19 ; Building / Business Checks – 15; Burglar Alarms –7; Citizen Assists – 39; Death Natural Causes –1; Disturbance – 1; Found Articles – 4; Mental Cases – 1; Mischievous Conduct –2; Motorist Assists – 21; Neighborhood Trouble – 3; Noise Complaints – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle –21; Vacation Watches -- 187

     

  • JUNE 2015 POLICE BEAT

    *A resident from Merlin Drive contacted the police on 06/04/15, in reference to an ongoing problem she has had with an ex-family member. The complainant has received numerous threatening text messages from the suspect. Copies of the messages were obtained and a report was completed. The victim was referred to the States Attorney’s Office to seek an order of protection.

    *A vehicle parked in the 400 block of Parkview Drive was damaged sometime during the evening hours on 06/04/15. The victim reported he found the driver’s side window had been shattered when he went to go to work at 7:00a.m., on 06/05/15. Damage was estimated at $200.

    *A vehicle which was stopped on 06/05/15, at about 8:00p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver, Jamale Rhone of Springfield. During the stop the officer was advised Rhone’s driver’s license was suspended.

    *Dylan Blanford of Taylorville had been travelling on Route 29 on 06/06/15, at 5:30p.m. when he was stopped by an officer. Blanford was issued a citation for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *Officers were sent to a report of a disturbance at a business in the 200 block of South Walnut on 06/13/15, at 1:00p.m. Upon their arrival they were informed by an employee of the business that 2 male subjects had come into the business and had threatened one of the other employees. She also reported the 2 male subjects were still in the parking lot. Officers located the subjects as they were preparing to leave the area. After speaking to all who were reportedly involved in the confrontation it was decided a report would be completed, but due to the circumstances no arrests would be made. However, during the investigation of the incident it was reported one of the subjects, Archiebald Doe of Springfield, had driven to the business without a valid license. Doe was cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license and operating without insurance.

    *Phillip Ray of Springfield was stopped on 06/13/15, at 7:40p.m. Ray was issued citations for allegedly driving on a suspended license and operating a vehicle without insurance.

    *A vehicle driven by Rachel Stark of Springfield was stopped on 06/14/15, at 6:50p.m. Stark was issued a ticket for allegedly driving while her license was suspended.

    *On 06/15/15, a vehicle which was stopped resulted in the arrest of the driver, Tyronne Jackson of Springfield. The officer learned during the stop that Jackson was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County Authorities. He was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *An officer responded to a business in the 400 block of State Street on 06/21/15, at 11:30a.m., as an employee called in to report a suspicious person in the business. The complainant reported the person had been in the business for over an hour and was simply staring off into the distance. The officer made contact with the individual and learned she was going through some emotional / mental issues. He eventually contacted the adult female’s mother and made arrangements for her to pick up her daughter. She was picked up by the mother who was planning to take her daughter to the hospital for an evaluation.

    *Approximately $100 worth of damage was done to the restroom of the comfort station located at West Main and Route 29. The north and east walls of the restroom had been spray painted with black paint. The damage was done sometime before 10:30p.m., on 06/21/15.

    *Reginald Brooks of Springfield was stopped on 06/21/15. Brooks was cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    Criminal Reports
    Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Criminal Damage to State Supported Property – 1; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Deceptive Practices –1; Identity Theft – 2; Stalking –1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 2; Warrant Arrest -- 1

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 5; Failure to Reduce Speed – 4; Hi and Run – 1; Improper Use of /registration – 1; No Valid License – 2; No Valid Registration – 5; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 6; Operation While Registration Suspended – 3; Speeding – 5; Suspended / Revoked Drivers –7; Traffic Detail – 2; Warnings Issued – 65

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 8 ; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 21; Assist Other Police Agency – 22 ; Building / Business Checks – 20; Burglar Alarms – 7; Citizen Assists – 40; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 1; Found Articles – 3; Mental Cases – 1; Motorist Assists – 21; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Noise Complaints – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle –147; Vacation Watches -- 89


  • MAY 2015 POLICE BEAT

    *After stopping a vehicle which had been travelling southbound on Route 29 on 05/02/15, at 12:20a.m., the investigating officer was told the driver was currently driving on a suspended license. The driver, Dylan Blanford of Taylorville, was ticketed for the alleged offense.

    * A subject came to the police department on 05/02/15, at 12:30p.m., to report a theft of gasoline. The victim told the officer he went to the Phillips 66 station and filled up a 5 gallon gas can. He went inside the store and paid for the gas, and then left without placing the can back into his truck. When he returned to the store a short time later he found that the gas can had been stolen. On 05/22/15, officers located the subject who had taken the container. He admitted to taking the container telling the officer the same thing had happened to him in the past. The container was refilled and returned to the victim.

    *A vehicle being driven by Nicholas Hartwick of Springfield was stopped on 05/04/15, at 1:40p.m. A check of Hartwick’s driver’s license revealed he was currently wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County Authorities. He was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *An officer stopped a vehicle which had been travelling on Route 29 on 05/05/15, at about 11:30a.m. The officer reported the vehicle was being driven by Timothy Dean of Taylorville. Dean was cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *Scott Miller was stopped on 05/05/15, at 5:45p.m., at the intersection of East Main and Water Streets. Miller received a citation for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *Julianna Scott of Taylorville was stopped on 05/05/15, at 2:40p.m., while travelling on Route 29. Scott was ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *A subject who was mowing grass in the 300 block of Park Street reported he left his string trimmer in the front yard while he was mowing in the back, and when he returned to the front the trimmer was gone. The trimmer was described as an orange colored Stihl string trimmer valued at $200. The incident occurred on 05/06/15, at approximately 1:00p.m.

    *A residential burglary was reported to the police on 05/06/15, at 7:45p.m. The victim, who resides in the 200 block of Water Street, told police he had three bicycles taken from an attached garage along with cash which had been taken from inside the residence. After speaking with the victim and with several neighbors, officers gained information as to a suspect. He was contacted and admitted he had come to the residence from Springfield and had stolen the items. A report has been forwarded to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities.

    *On 05/08/15, at approximately 8:00p.m., officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence on Penacook Street. Officers learned that the complainant’s teenage son had become angry and began damaging the house. According to the report, the teenager became angry when his mother took some electronic equipment from him. Arrangements were made for the juvenile to stay with a friend’s family for the evening and a report was sent to the juvenile authorities.

    *Several officers were dispatched to a residence on Taft Drive on 05/13/15, at 1:00a.m., for a reported burglary in progress. Officers arrived and met with the owner of the residence who told them he heard someone trying to get into his house through the front door. The resident went to the door and found it was unlocked. When he looked outside he saw someone standing in the road. After a short period of time the resident observed a male subject come back to the door, and begin pulling on the door handle. When the resident yelled at him he took off running. The subject, who turned out to be a juvenile, was eventually located by the officers. He told the officers his girlfriend, who lives at the residence, gave him permission to come into the house after her parents had gone to bed. He explained when he saw the owner of the house at the front door he took off running. Officers spoke to all of the parents about the situation and then released the male subject into the custody of his father.

    *On 05/18/15, at 5:40p.m., a vehicle being driven by Crystal Parks of Sterling was stopped. The police report indicates Parks was issued citations for driving while her vehicle registration was suspended. While the officer was checking her driver’s license status he was informed Parks was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Whiteside County Authorities. She was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *Beau Jarman of Hillsboro was stopped on 05/19/15, at 2:10p.m. Jarman was issued a citation for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *Steel chains and steel clevises were stolen from a construction site at 200 Ebel Drive sometime after 5:00p.m., on 05/21/15, and prior to 8:00a.m., on 05/22/15. An employee with Prairie State Plumbing and Heating reported the incident to the police estimating the equipment at $1800.

    *Keith Merrick of Springfield was stopped while travelling on Route 29 on 05/24/15, at 8:50p.m. Merrick was cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *An officer was sent to the Rochester Intermediate School on 05/27/15, in reference to an incident which had occurred at 9:00a.m., that day. School personnel advised a student had become angry and threw several chairs striking another student causing a minor injury to the student.

    *James Snell of Edinburg was stopped on 05/27/15, at 5:45p.m. Snell was issued a citation for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *Courtney Jackson of Springfield was stopped on05/27/15, at 9:21p.m. Jackson was issued a citation for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    Criminal Reports
    Assault – 1; Battery – 1; Burglary – 1; Burglary to Vehicle – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – ; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 3; Warrant Arrest -- 2

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 5; Failure to Reduce Speed – 4; Improper Use of /registration – 1; No Valid License – 1; No Valid Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 6; Operation While Registration Suspended – 3; Other Miscellaneous Incidents – 7; Speeding – 6; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 9; Traffic Detail – 2; Warnings Issued – 58

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 8 ; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 23; Assist Other Police Agency – 17 ; Building / Business Checks – 16; Burglar Alarms – 12; Citizen Assists – 29; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 3; Motorist Assists – 18; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Noise Complaints – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 7; Vacation Watches -- 89




  • APRIL 2015 POLICE BEAT

    POLICE BEAT APRIL 2015

    *As employees of a towing service were attempting to re-possess a vehicle, which had been owned by a female resident in the 400 block of Pleasant Lane, the female jumped into the car preventing the employees from taking the car. Prior to the officer’s arrival the female had been trying to drive her vehicle off the tow dolly causing damage to her vehicle and the tow truck. When the officer arrived the female got out of her vehicle and turned over the keys. After checking the repossession paperwork and noting that it was valid, the tow company took the vehicle.

    *A burglary to a vehicle was reported on 04/03/15. The victim stated he left his vehicle parked in the parking lot of Beginning Steps Daycare and when he went to get back into his vehicle he noticed items were missing. Taken from the truck were 2 pairs of sunglasses, a checkbook and miscellaneous change.

    *At 7:50p.m., on 04/05/15, a vehicle being driven by Keith Weller of Palmer was stopped. During the stop the officer learned that Weller was driving on a revoked driver’s license. He was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *On 04/16/15, at 8:20a.m., officers were notified about a person driving recklessly on State Street near Route 29. The vehicle was located in the True Value parking lot and was being driven by an elderly female. The female told the officer she had been driving fine even though the officer had received multiple reports of her reckless driving. As the officer was talking with the driver 2 other subjects, who were familiar with the driver, arrived and arranged to get her home safely.

    *Police and EMS personnel were sent to the Rochester High School on 04/17/15. A female high school student was having stomach pain along with repeated bouts of vomiting. After being transported to the hospital, it was determined the student had come to school with an extremely high blood alcohol content.

    *An officer was sent to John and East Main on 04/18/15, at 7:30a.m., as a resident had called in stating she noticed a parked vehicle that appeared to have been damaged. The officer found the vehicle parked in the business area of John Street and noted the driver’s side and passenger’s side window had been smashed. The owner of the vehicle was located and she told the officer she has been going through some recent problems with her ex-boyfriend. Officers made contact with him and he admitted to causing the damage. The victim didn’t want to pursue charges against him at this time.

    *Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Mill Street on 2 separate occasions on 04/18/15, due to a disturbance between a male and a female. The subjects had been living together, but were in the process of separating when they began arguing about property. The officers assisted the parties in resolving the situation for the evening.

    *A resident of the Woodlands Subdivision contacted the police on 04/19/15. She stated sometime last night subject(s) spray painted obscene drawings on the mat of their trampoline. The graffiti was done with white spray paint damaging a large area of the mat.

    *On 04/20/15, a citizen reported he had his shotgun stolen from the bed of his pick-up truck while the truck was parked at a business in the 400 block of State Street. The victim said he went into the business at about 11:50a.m. and returned to his vehicle ten minutes later. At that time he noticed his 12 gauge shotgun and case had been stolen from the bed of his truck. The gun was valued at $250.

    *A resident who had been walking her dog on South Walnut Street on 04/21/15, reported to police her dog was attacked by another dog. She believed the dog responsible for the attack belonged to someone who lived in the 500 block of South Walnut. An officer was able to make contact with the owner of the dog who admitted his dog had left the yard and went after the other dog. The owner, who agreed to take care of all vet expenses, was served with an animal ordinance violation.

    *After pumping $40 worth of gasoline into the tank of a white Dodge Caravan a white male subject got into the van and drove away without paying for the fuel. The incident occurred on 04/11/15, at 2:15p.m. The vehicle was occupied by a white female passenger and was seen leaving southbound on Route 29.

    *An officer stopped a vehicle on 04/23/15, at 10:00p.m. due to an expired registration sticker. During the course of the stop the officer learned the driver, who was from Springfield, had an unserved order of protection issued against him in Macoupin County. The subject was served with a short form order of protection and given a written warning for the expired sticker.

    *On 04/25/15, at 1:30p.m., an officer met with a subject who was watching a residence for a homeowner in the 200 block of Wildrose. The subject told the officer she had been periodically checking on the residence while the owners were out of town. She reported sometime between 8:00p.m. on 04/23/15 and 12:30p.m. on 04/25/15, a window to a vehicle which had been parked in the driveway had been shattered. It was not immediately apparent how the damage had occurred.

    *A resident who lives in the 100 block of Twin Oaks reported to the police on 04/28/15, her car had been damaged while parked in the school parking lot on the West Main campus. The owner reported she noticed a large scratch on both doors on the driver’s side. She stated she parked the car in the lot located between the two schools from 5:30p.m., until 6:40p.m. When she returned to her car she noticed the damage.

    *Amber Tyler, of Pana, was stopped on 04/29/15, at 6:25a.m. During the stop officers were informed Tyler was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Montgomery County Authorities. She was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *After stopping the driver of a pick-up truck on 04/30/15, at about 12:40p.m., dispatch reported that the driver of the vehicle was driving on a suspended driver’s license. The driver, Aron Kretzer, was issued a citation for the alleged suspension violation.

    Criminal Reports
    Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 3; Deceptive Practices – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol – 1; Theft – 2; Warrant Arrest -- 1

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 2; No Valid Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 4; Operation While Registration Suspended – 1; Parking Violations –1; Speeding – 11; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 5; Traffic Detail – 2; Warnings Issued – 76

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 7 ; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 18; Assist Other Police Agency – 25; Building / Business Checks – 40; Burglar Alarms – 1; Citizen Assists – 24; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 3; Mental Cases – 2; Motorist Assists – 14; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; School Programs – 6; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 7; Vacation Watches -- 142


  • Village Public Hearing

    Village of Rochester

    PUBLIC HEARING
    Monday, May 4, 2015
    7:00 pm


    Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing, to share information
    with the community regarding interest in bringing a pharmacy to the
    Village of Rochester, will be held in the Rochester Village Hall
    Community Room, #1 Community Drive, Rochester, IL at 7:00 pm on
    Monday, May 4, 2015.

    A. J. Lipka, Community Pharmacy Specialist for TelePharm, will
    be available to present his company, TelePharm.  His company has
    looked at the demographics of Rochester and has interest in opening a
    pharmacy in the Village of Rochester. He will be available to answer
    any questions for the board and citizens present.

    Dated this 27th day of April, 2015

    Deborah R Elderton
    Village Manager

    Stacia Munroe
    Village Clerk

    Publication Date:
    Rochester Times on Thursday, April 30, 2015


  • MARCH 2015 POLICE BEAT

    *On 03/02/15, at about 11:30p.m., an officer was sent to a residence in the 500 block of Sawmill Court in reference to a violation of an order of protection. The officer arrived at the residence and met with the victim who reported her ex-boyfriend, Billy Collins, had contacted her which is a violation of her order of protection. The officer confirmed all the information and eventually arrested Collins for the alleged violation.

    *Mara Miller, of Taylorville, was stopped on 03/08/15, at about 11:00p.m. As a result of the stop Miller was issued a ticket for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *During the course of a stop conducted on 03/13/15, at 8:55a.m., an officer discovered that the license plates on the stopped vehicle did not match the vehicle. When the officer checked the driver’s information he found that the driver currently had a revoked license. The driver, Cornelius Roberts of Springfield, was arrested for allegedly driving on a revoked license. He was taken to the Sangamon County Jail and the car was towed.

    *Joseph Allen, of Springfield, was stopped on 03/15/15, at about 2:15p.m. The police report indicates officers learned Allen had been driving on a suspended license. Allen was cited for the alleged violation.

    *Citations were issued to a Danny Sizemore of Springfield on 03/18/15, at about 4:00p.m. for multiple violations. According to reports, during the course of a vehicle stop officers learned Sizemore was allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license as well as failing to provide proof of valid insurance.

    *On 03/19/15, at 10:15p.m., an officer was dispatched to check on the welfare of a motorist who had stopped along Route 29 near Braner Road. The officer made contact with the driver who reportedly told the officer she was in extreme pain and did not want to live any longer. Due to the circumstances the subject was eventually transported to the hospital for an evaluation.

    *The police department was notified on 03/20/15 that a water meter located on North Park Street had been stolen and the meter base had been damaged. The cost to replace the meter was estimated at $1500.

    *A disturbance was reported to the police on 03/22/15, at 11:40a.m. Officers were sent to the Baptist Church parking lot to meet with an individual who had reportedly gotten into an argument with her boyfriend. Officers met with the female subject who told them her boyfriend and she had gotten into an argument in a residence in the 100 block of Willow Road. Officers spoke to all parties and received conflicting information about what had occurred. It was agreed the parties would separate for the time being and arrangements were made for the female to be taken to family in Springfield.

    *On 03/23/15, at approximately 11:00a.m., an officer was sent to check on the welfare of subject who lived in the 400 block of Lexington Drive. Information received from a delivery person and from neighbors indicated the subject hadn’t been seen for an extended period of time which was reported as unusual. Due to the concerns for the subject officers went to the residence and eventually made entry in order to check on the well being of the resident. The subject was not in the house, but officers eventually spoke with a friend who confirmed he was all right.

    *At approximately 10:20a.m., on 03/25/15, reports indicate a vehicle travelling westbound on West Main Street was clocked at 41 miles per hour in a 30 zone. The vehicle was pulled over and contact was made with the driver, Dennis Shannon of Springfield. Shannon was issued citations for the alleged speeding violation and for allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license.

    *A vehicle which was stopped on 03/29/15, at about 8:45p.m., resulted in the driver receiving multiple citations. The driver, Kimberly Moran of Creve Coeur, was reportedly driving a vehicle with suspended registration. The officer was also told she was currently driving on a suspended license. She received citation for both alleged violations and had her vehicle towed from the scene of the stop.




    Criminal Reports
    Domestic Battery – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Damage to State Supported Property – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Identity Theft – 3; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 1; Violations of Orders of Protection –1

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 3; Improper Use of Registration – 1; No Drivers License – 3; No Valid Registration – 3; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 4; Operation While Registration Suspended – 5; Parking Violations –3; Speeding – 11; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 10; Traffic Detail – 3; Warnings Issued – 87

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 8; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 19; Assist Other Police Agency – 19; Building / Business Checks – 20; Burglar Alarms – 6; Citizen Assists – 30; Disturbance – 2; Domestic Trouble – 4; Lost / Found Articles –3; Missing Person – 1; Mental Cases – 5; Motorist Assists – 22; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 3; Vacation Watches -- 274


  • FEBRUARY 2015 POLICE BEAT

    *At about 1:00a.m., on 02/03/15, an officer stopped a vehicle as it reportedly failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of West Main and Oak Hill. As the officer spoke with the driver of the vehicle he reported observing several opened beer bottles on the floorboard behind the driver’s seat. A passenger in the vehicle, Denise McGrew of Springfield, admitted the bottles belonged to her. McGrew was ticketed for an alleged illegal consumption of alcohol violation.

    *On 02/04/15, at about 10:30p.m., a vehicle which had been travelling northbound on Route 29 was stopped. During the stop the officer was informed by dispatch the registration on the vehicle was revoked. Crystal Johnson, of Springfield, was issued a citation for the alleged violation and her vehicle was towed.

    *A report was taken on 02/05/15, in regards to damage to two mailboxes which were located near the entrance of Maplehurst Subdivision. The damage occurred sometime during the late evening hours on 02/04/15, or early morning hours on 02/05/15. The damage was estimated at $50.

    *Officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Twin Oaks on 02/08/15, in reference to a possible animal ordinance violation. When officers met with the owner of the dog they learned the dog had gotten out of the fenced area earlier, but was now in the residence. Officers later learned the dog had attacked another dog while it was loose. The dog which had been attacked had several bite marks in the neck area and had been bleeding. After making contact with Sangamon County Animal Control, the owner of the dog was issued a citation reference the violation.

    *A vehicle was stopped on 02/09/15, at about 3:30p.m., as an officer reported clocking the vehicle at 50 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone. The officer noted that during the course of the stop he smelled what appeared to be marijuana. When he asked the driver, a male juvenile, if he had anything illegal in the car, the driver handed the officer a small amount of marijuana. The driver’s mother was contacted and informed of the situation. Citations were issued for the alleged offenses.

    *Hector Lopez, of Jacksonville, was stopped on 02/11/15, at 4:30p.m. During the stop the officer learned that Lopez’s Illinois driver’s license had been cancelled. He was cited for the alleged offense and an individual with a valid drivers license drove the car from the scene.

    *An officer was dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of North Walnut on 02/12/15, at about 11:30p.m., as a parent had called dispatch and reported their 11 year-old son was missing. After arriving, officers learned the juvenile became angry after an argument and left the home. He was located a short time later at a relative’s house.

    *A vehicle which was parked at the owner’s home in the 400 block of East Main was damaged sometime before 02/16/15. The vehicle, a 1993 Chevrolet truck had numerous deep scratches on one side of the truck. Damage to the truck was estimated at $2450.00.

    *Jessica Link, of Springfield, was stopped on 02/18/15, for reportedly making an illegal turn. As the officer was checking Link’s driving status he learned she had allegedly been driving on a suspended license.

    *A resident in the 500 block of Sattley contacted the police on 02/20/15, to report his home had been burglarized. According to the resident he arrived home and found a pane of glass from one his doors had been removed and was lying on the floor. As he checked his house he noticed two television sets had been stolen and several tools from the garage were missing. A crime scene technician was called to process the scene. At this time the case is still under investigation.

    *Officers were sent to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Cumberland on 02/21/15, at 12:40a.m. Officers arrived and learned that an argument had taken place between the resident and her boyfriend. Both subjects, who had been drinking, had calmed down by the time officers arrived. After speaking with both parties, it was decided the two would separate for the night.

    *An officer was sent to the Rochester Junior High School on 02/23/15, at 2:40p.m. to meet with a school administrator. When he arrived he was informed a junior high student had been in possession of a bottle of alcohol which she claimed she had received from another student. Parents were contacted and informed of what had occurred. Disciplinary action is being taken by school authorities.

    *A vehicle was stopped on 02/24/15, at 1:40p.m., due to a reported equipment violation. According to the police report, the driver of the car, Lacey Swinburne of Taylorville, was driving on a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities. After the car was towed, Swinburne was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *On 02/26/15, at 8:30a.m., an officer met with a resident in the 500 block of Sawmill Court. The resident requested to speak with the officer to discuss a domestic problem she has been having with her ex-boyfriend. She stated she recently broke up with the ex-boyfriend and had him leave her house. When she got home today she found various items in the house had been disturbed. She also found a window had been unlocked and it appeared whoever had been in the residence entered through this window. The resident wanted the police to contact the ex-boyfriend and tell him he was no longer welcome at her house. Due to the past history related by the resident, the officer encouraged her to seek an order of protection against the ex-boyfriend.

    *The stop of a vehicle on 02/27/15, at 8:45a.m., resulted in the arrest of a passenger, Lisa Fowler of Springfield. During the stop officers discovered Fowler was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities. She was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    Criminal Reports
    Aggravated Battery – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Sexual Abuse – 1; ; Deceptive Practices – 1; Illegal Consumption/Possession of Alcohol – 4; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Residential Burglary – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrests – 2

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 3; Hit and Run – 1; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Improper Use of Registration – 1; No Drivers License – 3; Cancelled / Revoked Registration – 5; No Valid Registration – 3; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 5; Speeding – 7; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 7; Traffic Detail – 3; Warnings Issued – 72

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 9; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 21; Assist Other Police Agency – 17; Building / Business Checks – 20; Burglar Alarms – 5; Citizen Assists – 34; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 8; Hold-up Alarm – 1; Missing Person – 1; Motorist Assists – 10; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 5; Vacation Watches -- 289


  • JANUARY 2015 POLICE BEAT

    *A vehicle which was stopped for a reported registration violation on 01/02/15, resulted in the arrest of the driver, Brittany Owen of Springfield. The officer cited Owen for allegedly driving while her registration was suspended and driving while her license was suspended.

    *A car driven by Brian Arterbridge, of Belleville, was stopped on 01/08/15, at about 12:45p.m. Police reports indicate after having stopped Arterbridge, the officer learned his driver’s license was suspended. Arterbridge was ticketed for the alleged offense.

    *An officer was sent to a reported domestic disturbance at a residence on Twin Oaks on 01/08/15, at 6:20p.m. Dispatch had advised officers a subject at this residence was intoxicated and combative. Officers arrived and made contact with the subject who was highly intoxicated and unable to care for himself. Due to the subject’s present condition and his medical history he was transported to the hospital.

    *On 01/10/15, an officer met with a subject who reported she just learned someone used her credit card in November to make on-line purchases which she had not authorized. The purchases totaled in excess of $500. The victim reported the incident to the credit card company, who then instructed her to obtain a police report from the local police department. She was told once she forwarded the report to them they would remove the unauthorized charges and have their fraud department begin an investigation.

    *Officers were sent to a residence on Guinevere on 01/13/15, at 9:40p.m., as dispatch advised there was a disturbance occurring between a father and his 17 year-old son. When officers arrived they learned the pair had gotten into a physical altercation, but neither subject had been injured nor displayed any signs of having been struck. After speaking with both parties, it was decided the son would go stay with a friend for the evening.

    *A vehicle being driven by Marlin Thompson of Springfield was stopped on 01/17/15, at about 5:00p.m. The officer noted Thompson was stopped as his registration sticker had expired. During the stop the officer learned Thompson’s driver’s license was expired and he was wanted on a warrant which had been issued out of Livingston County.

    *On 01/26/15, at about 12:05a.m., officers were sent to a residence in the 500 block of Mill Street. Officers were told by dispatch that the complainant had called in stating someone drove by his residence and fired a gun from the vehicle. He described the vehicle as an older model red truck. Officers were not able to find any evidence of a gun having been fired, but the complainant’s story was confirmed by another neighbor who told police he thought it was a handgun which had been fired. Officers followed up with information which was provided by the complainant, but the situation remains unresolved.

    *An officer stopped a vehicle on 01/26/15, at 1:45p.m. During the stop the driver of the vehicle was identified as Fernando Zavala who provided the officer with a Mexican driver’s license. Zavala was eventually turned over to a Customs Enforcement Agent who reported Zavalz was in the United States illegally.

    *Kathleen Miller, of Pana, was stopped on 01/26/15, at 5:45p.m. Miller was ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *At about 7:30p.m., on 01/26/15, a vehicle being driven by Aracely Rodiguez of Springfield was stopped. The report indicates Rodiguez had been driving on a suspended driver’s license.

    *An officer was sent to the Rochester Elementary School on 01/28/15, at 7:45a.m., to meet with a parent of an elementary student. The parent told the officer her child had taken a smoking device from the home and got onto the school bus with the device this morning. When the child arrived for school the device was eventually removed from him. Due to the current situation and past family history the matter was referred to the Department of Children and Family Services.

    Criminal Incidents
    Deceptive Practices – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Illegal Entry – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 1; Unlawful Use of a Weapon – 1; Warrant Arrest – 1

    Traffic Incidents
    Accident Investigations – 7; No Drivers License – 1; No Registration – 14; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 9; Operating While Registration Suspended – 3; Speeding – 5; Suspended / Revoked Driver’s License –9; Warnings Issued – 76

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 1; Assist Other Police Agency – 21; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 8; Building / Business Checks – 14; Burglar Alarm – 6; Citizen Assist – 27; Disturbance -- 1; Domestic Trouble – 5; Loud Noise Complaints – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 2; Motorist Assists – 10; Suspicious Vehicle – 4; Vacation Checks -- 312


  • December 2014 Police Beat

    DECEMBER 2014 POLICE BEAT

    * Officers were sent to the Wyndmoor Subdivision on 12/01/14, at about 8:30p.m. as a citizen reported a suspicious vehicle in the area. The officers located the vehicle and made contact with the occupants. During the stop they learned one of the occupants, Brandon Poe of Dupo, was wanted on warrants which had been issued by several counties. One of the warrants out of Dekalb County was extraditable. Poe reportedly provided false information to the officers when he was contacted in an attempt to avoid arrest. Additional charges are pending.

    *A vehicle which was stopped on 12/04/14, at about 10:00p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver, Cheyenne Carey of Shelbyville. Carey was stopped for a reported expired registration sticker. During the stop the officer learned Carey was driving without a license and was wanted on warrants issued by Vermillion County and Christian County. She was issued citations for allegedly driving without a license and for failing to provide proof of insurance.

    *On 12/08/14, officer responded to the Rochester High School to assist with an ongoing investigation which had been initiated by school personnel. During the investigation it was discovered that several students had been in possession of marijuana, prescription medication and other pills. The students’ parents were contacted and informed the matter had been referred to the police. Several students were interviewed by the police and reports have been forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    *A vehicle which had been parked in the Rochester Station parking lot was damaged sometime between 8:00p.m. on 12/07/14, and 3:45p.m., on 12/08/14. There was a scratch on the passenger side of the vehicle which ran the length of the vehicle. The owner was going to take the vehicle to the body shop for an estimate on damages.

    *A resident in the 400 block of Parkview contacted the police on 12/09/14, at about 5:15p.m., in reference to a domestic problem. When police arrived the complainant informed them she wanted her mother removed from her property. The mother told police she was waiting to pick up her granddaughter, but agreed to wait elsewhere.

    *On 12/10/14, at about 8:15a.m., a vehicle being driven by Dillon Pearce of Chatham was stopped. During the stop the officer was informed Pearce’s driver’s license had been suspended.

    *Officers were again sent to a residence in the 400 block of Parkview on 12/11/14, at about 10:00a.m. in reference to an ongoing domestic problem. When officers arrived they found the complainant was in an argument with her husband and her mother. Officers noted the complainant was very upset about the situation. In order to keep the situation from escalating, officers encouraged one of the parties to leave for the evening. There was no evidence which indicated any criminal activity had occurred.

    *On 12/30/14, a vehicle which had been travelling southbound on Route 29 was stopped at about 11:30p.m. Reports indicate the officer made contact with the driver, Ashley Odell of Springfield, and discovered she has driving on a suspended license. She was cited for the alleged offense.

    Criminal Incidents
    Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 2; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 2; Obstructing a Peace Officer – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Warrant Arrest – 1

    Traffic Incidents
    Accident Investigations – 3; DUI – 1; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Failure to Yield – 1; No Drivers License – 2; No Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 9; Speeding – 7; Suspended / Revoked Driver’s License –6; Warnings Issued – 71

    Calls For Service
    Animal Related Calls – 5; Assist Other Police Agency – 18; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 9; Building / Business Checks – 15; Burglar Alarm – 8; Citizen Assist – 18; Disturbance -- 1; Domestic Trouble – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 3; Motorist Assists – 10; Prowler – 1; Suspicious Vehicle – 4; Person – 2; Vacation Checks -- 109


  • NOVEMBER 2014 POLICE BEAT

    *It appears sometime between 11/02/14, and 11/07/14, a coin operated soda machine was broken into on more than one occasion with approximately $400 having been stolen. The machine is located on the sidewalk just outside of the businesses in the 100 block of South John Street.

    *An officer was dispatched to Rochester High School on 11/05/14, at about 3:00p.m. He met with a school administrator who had a juvenile student in the office. During a search of the student school administrators had discovered what appeared to be marijuana along with other drug related items. A report documenting the incident was forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    *A vehicle which had no operational taillights was stopped on 11/08/14, at about 6:15p.m. During the course of the stop, the officer learned that the driver of the vehicle, Fred Lomprez of Springfield, was allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *A vehicle parked at a residence in the 100 block of Deercreek was damaged sometime on 11/09/14. The victim stated when he went outside his residence on 11/10/14, he noticed the rear window had been shattered. Damage was estimated at $500.

    *Officers took a Residential Burglary report from a resident in the Woodlands Subdivision on 11/09/14. The report indicates the suspect(s) entered the residence by forcing open a door on the lower level. A large amount of cash was stolen from the residence. The scene was processed by a crime scene technician. The report indicates the investigation is continuing.

    *A resident of the 300 block of Park Street reported a bicycle theft on 11/17/14. She told police her daughter’s bicycle had been stolen sometime on 11/16/14. The bike was described as a black Dual Suspension Gauntlet valued at $100.

    *On 11/17/14, an officer noticed a vehicle travelling northbound on Route 29 with a registration sticker which had expired in 201l. The officer stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Kristen Schattschneider of Springfield. She received multiple citations and had her vehicle towed from the scene.

    *On 11/19/14, at approximately 1:00p.m. officers responded to an address in the 100 block of Deercreek in reference to a disturbance. The owner of the residence called police and reported that another family member was out of control damaging property in the house. Officers arrived and removed the juvenile family member from the residence. He was brought to the police department where alternative living arrangements were developed. A report has been forwarded to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities.

    *According to police reports, Candy Scott-Florey of Cowden was stopped on 11/20/14, at about 10:00a.m. She was arrested for allegedly driving on a revoked driver’s license.

    *An officer reported clocking a vehicle travelling 68 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone at about 1:20a.m., on 11/21/14. He further reported the driver was having difficulty keeping the vehicle in his own lane of travel nearly striking the curb on the edge of the road. An investigation into the stop resulted in the driver of the vehicle, Reginald Britton of Edinburg, being arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was issued several citations prior to being taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A vehicle being driven by John Manning of Taylorville was stopped on 11/21/14, at about 9:00p.m. During the stop, the officer learned Manning had a valid driver’s license issued out of California, but had an Illinois license which came back as revoked. He was issued citations for allegedly driving on a revoked license and operating a vehicle without insurance.

    *On 11/22/14, at 7:30p.m., a vehicle being driven by Kari Everist of Springfield was stopped. Everist was issued a citation for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *Alethea Toney, of Bellwood, was stopped by an officer on 11/23/14, at 6:30p.m. The report indicates the officer had clocked a vehicle Toney was driving at 74 miles per hour in a 55 zone. During the stop, the officer was notified that Toney’s driver’s license was suspended and she was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Tazewell County authorities. Toney was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A theft of an IPhone was reported to the police on 11/26/14. The victim stated her phone had been stolen from the high school sometime after school ended on 11/25/14. She set her phone on a table while attending a practice and when she went to retrieve the item it was gone. The IPhone was valued at $800.

    Criminal Reports
    Aggravated Battery – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Residential Burglary – 2; Resisting / Obstructing a Police Officer – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 3; Theft From Coin Operated Machine – 1; Warrant Arrests – 1

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 1; DUI – 1; Improper Use of Registration – 1; No Drivers License – 1; No Valid Registration – 5; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 3; Operating While Registration Suspended – 3; Speeding – 9; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 8; Warnings Issued – 72

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 5; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 21; Assist Other Police Agency – 31; Building / Business Checks – 23; Burglar Alarms – 7; Citizen Assists – 40; Death Natural Causes – 1; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 2; Found Articles – 3; Missing Person – 1; Motorist Assists – 17; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 6; Vacation Watches -- 113


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