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  • Rochester Police Beat June 2018

     

    • On June 3rd, a stop was initiated resulting in Bruce Berner of Springfield receiving a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended. A passenger in the vehicle with a valid driver’s license was able to drive the vehicle from the scene.
    • On June 4th, an officer responded to a disturbance on Lexington between a father and son. The father had disciplined the son by taking away his cell phone. The son retaliated by kicking objects in the residence causing significant damage. The parents also were concerned because their son has been smoking in the residence. Possible solutions were discussed with the parents.
    • During a traffic stop on June 5th, Meaka Knight of Jacksonville received citations for allegedly driving while licenses suspended, for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and for violating the child passenger protection act. The vehicle had four occupants in it and only three seats. The child passenger protection act ensures juveniles over the age of 8 and younger than 16 must be equipped with proper safety belts. The child was not in a seatbelt. Also during the stop, it was discovered one of the passengers, Tristen Stephenson of Jacksonville, was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear while driving on a suspended driver’s license. Tristen was arrested and transported to Sangamon County Jail. The officer transported the other 3 occupants into Springfield to meet their ride to Jacksonville.
    • Eric Lohse of Rochester was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on June 7th. Valid driver’s came to the scene to pick up Lohse and his vehicle.
    • An officer took a criminal damage report on Oak Hill rd on June 8th. It appeared a vehicle had hit the caller’s mailbox and left the scene. The mailbox had separated into several pieces that were lying across the driveway. A piece of a headlight and tire tracks were discovered on the scene.
    • On June 10th, an officer was dispatched to check on the welfare of an individual. The caller stated she was receiving suicidal messages from her ex-boyfriend after she kicked him out of her residence. The officer was able to locate the individual who stated he sent those texts out of anger. Through out the interaction, the individual did not exhibit any behaviors or indicate in anyway that he was a threat to himself or anyone else.
    • On June 4th and June 11th reports were filed with the Sangamon County States Attorney office against Dalton Felber of Rochester for the alleged violation of orders of protection.
    • Dalton Felber of Rochester was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended on June 13th.
    • A parent contacted the police department on June 15th, when it was discovered her juvenile daughter was sending inappropriate pictures of herself through social media. The incident is under investigation.
    • An officer responded to a residence on Water Street to take a harassing phone call report on June 15th. The complainant stated her ex’s mother keeps calling and leaving voicemails telling her to leave her son and the family alone. The ex’s mother denied placing the phone calls stating she was asleep. Both parties agreed they want nothing to do with the other party. Shortly after the ex’s mother called her again. The complainant was advised on how to obtain orders of protection.
    • Pepper Randle of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on June 16th. Randle was also arrested on Sangamon County warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. A valid driver picked up the vehicle from the scene.
    • On June 20th, Randy Spengler of Edinburg was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove from the scene.
    • Gregory Miller of Rochester was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on June 22nd. A passenger with a valid license drove from the scene.
    • On June 22nd, officers were notified of an identity theft from a resident of Camelot. The individual had a Verizon account opened using her full name, date of birth, and social security number. Verizon absolved her of any debt owed. A report has been generated.
    • On June 23rd, a resident reported her baby gate valued at $80 was taken out of her yard. There is no suspect information at this time. A report has been generated.
    • After initiating a stop on a vehicle for an expired registration, it was discovered the driver had a suspended driver’s license. Ashlee Cody of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and no valid registration on June 23rd.
    • An officer initiated a stop on a vehicle for speeding on June 24th. During the stop it was discovered the driver had a suspended driver’s license and a warrant for her arrest out of Macon County for failure to appear. Alize Mayes of Decatur was issued citations for allegedly speeding, driving while license suspended, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Mayes was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail for the warrant. The vehicle was left at the scene so the registered owner could pick up the vehicle.
    • On June 25th, officers were dispatched to E. Mill Street in reference to a dog bite. When officers arrived on scene, they observed the dog bite a juvenile in the leg. Officers attempted to catch the dog but were unsuccessful. They followed the dog to Park Street where the dog bit another juvenile. The dog eventually was cornered in a fenced in area and the officers were able to get it on a leash. In total, the dog had bitten 4 different juveniles; each of them on a bicycle. Contact was made with the owner, who advised the dog has an issue with bicycles. She was able to provide proof of vaccination for the dog. Animal Control arrived on scene and took custody of the dog. The owner was given a Village Ordinance Citation and fined. A report was forwarded to the Sangamon County States Attorney’s office for review to determine if the dog will be labeled as a “vicious animal”.

     

    Criminal Reports 

    Child Pornography – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Forgery – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Sex Offenses: Other – 1; Theft Under $500 – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 2; Warrants – 2

     

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 3; Illegal Parking – 1; No Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 6; Speeding – 9; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 8; Warnings Issued – 47

    Calls for Service

    Animal Bites – 1; Animal Related Calls – 15; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 15; Assist Fire Department – 15; Assist Other Police Agency – 19; Building / Business Checks – 15; Burglar Alarms – 9; Citizen Assists – 22; Civil Assists – 2; Death by Natural Causes – 1; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 1; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Loud Noise Complaint – 3; Mental Cases – 1; Motorist Assists – 3; Nuisance Phone Calls – 1; Ordinance Violations – 3; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 17; Vacation Watches – 34

  • Rochester Police Beat May 2018

     

    An officer conducted a stop on May 1st after running a registration and discovering the registered owner had an expired license. The driver stated he has been unable to get a valid driver’s license because he is suspended out of Flordia. Ryan Liebig of Mechanicsburg was issued citations for allegedly having no valid driver’s license and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver picked up Liebig and his vehicle from the scene.

    A stop was initiated after the registration revealed the registered owner as having an expired driver’s license on May 3rd. The registered owner of the vehicle was actually in the passenger seat. The driver came back as being suspended. He stated he should be reinstated. The officer gave the driver a warning giving him 10 days to get the error corrected and prove he was valid. On May 14th, Cody Angeli of Springfield was issued a citation for driving while license suspended.

    On May 4th an officer stopped a vehicle with an expired registration. It was also discovered the registered owner was suspended. Jeanie Graham of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a warning for the expired registration.

    Officers responded to a residence in reference to two individual showing up at the residence intoxicated on May 6th. Both individuals admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana. At one point one of the individuals (a juvenile) fell to the ground unresponsive and convulsing. EMS was started to check the juvenile out. It was discovered the juvenile had a blood alcohol level of .169. A report was filed with juvenile probation in reference to the alleged illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. The other individual’s blood alcohol level was .164. Zane Merreighn of Rochester was issued a notice to appear for illegal consumption by a minor.

    An officer responded to the Rochester High School on May 7th to investigate a male student who bought lunch for a low functioning female student in exchange for her under garments. He then went into the restroom and put on the undergarments. The incident was investigated and the States Attorney’s Office and the Child Advocacy Center were advised.

    On May 8th, an individual was contacted by someone claiming to be her boss via email. In the email, her personal cell phone number was requested and she supplied it. The next day she received a text from the number requesting she buy an iTunes gift card on her way into work. At this time, she realized the person was not her boss and reported the scam to the police department. She had not given any other personal information out and was advised to block the number.

    On May 10th, an officer initiated a stop of a vehicle after the registered owner came back with a driver’s license that expired 7 years prior. During the stop, cannabis was also discovered. The driver was issued a citation for allegedly having no valid driver’s license and issued an ordinance citation for the cannabis. A valid driver came to the scene to drive the vehicle.

    On May 11th, an officer was contacted by the Rochester Bank and Trust in reference to an individual depositing checks from a closed account and withdrawing money before the checks had cleared. The bank suffered a loss of $1100. The incident is currently being investigated.

    A stop was initiated on May 11th because the vehicle was observed with a cracked front windshield. It was discovered during the stop the driver was suspended. Dixie White of Saint Elmo was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of N. Walnut in reference to a disturbance. A mother returned home to find her house smelled like cannabis and four teenagers including her own were in the house and had been drinking. All four individual submitted to a preliminary breath test. Three of the individuals were juveniles and charges for illegal consumption are being forwarded to Juvenile Probation. The juveniles were released to the custody of their parents. The fourth individual, Zane Merreighn of Rochester was issued a notice to appear for illegal consumption. After refusing to leave the property, Merreighn was arrested for the alleged criminal trespass by the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    On May 12th, Julie A Thompson of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Valid drivers transported Thompson and her vehicle from the scene.

    An officer conducted a stop of a vehicle after discovering the registered owner was suspended on May 13th. The driver stated she knew she was suspended and didn’t have insurance but she needed to collect her paycheck from her boss. Laurisa Murray of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The officer gave her a ride to her residence.

    On May 14th, an officer was notified of an incident that happened earlier in the day at the Rochester Junior High School. The female juvenile stated a classmate had exposed his privates to her and her friends during class. He then continued to make lewd gestures and threats towards the female juveniles. The female didn’t notify the teacher at school. The Child Advocacy Center was notified and the incident is being investigated.

    A stop on a vehicle was conducted on May 18th after running the registration on a Blue Ford and getting a result for a Maroon Toyota. The driver stated he knew the plates didn’t belong on his vehicle and the registration sticker actually belonged on a trailer plate. During the stop, the driver was discovered to have a revoked driver’s license. Bobby G. Withers of Cantrall was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, no registration, and improper display of registration. Cantrall was transported to Sangamon County Jail and the vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    An officer was dispatched to Lancelot in reference to a theft over $500 on May 14th. While out of town for business, the homeowner’s hot tub was detached from the house and taken from her backyard. The individual stated her ex-husband took it. They had finalized their divorce in December and all property had been divided at that time. The ex-husband stated it was rightfully his because his mother gave it to them before they were married and his legal council advised him to take it while the ex-wife was out of town. He refused to give the tub back. Charges against Darren Barr of Springfield for the alleged theft were forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    Mikell Soffner of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on May 21st. A valid driver picked Soffner and his vehicle up from the scene.

    On May 22nd, Brittany Musser was stopped for an expired registration and during the stop it was discovered she was suspended. Musser was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and a warning for the expired registration. A valid driver transported Musser and the vehicle from the scene.

    An officer conducted a stop on May 24th after discovering the registered owner of the vehicle had an active warrant out of Sangamon County for failure to appear. Nicole Manley of Edinburg was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    Upon stopping a vehicle on May 25th for a taillight violation, officers discovered the passenger in the vehicle had an active warrant out of Montgomery County for failure to appear on aggravated fleeing and eluding charges. Rebecca Brooks of Springfield was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Pleasant Lane for a theft report on May 25th. The resident had been notified by the Lincoln Police Department his registration sticker was found on a vehicle they had stopped. The vehicle had been recently purchased from Riverton. The resident stated he hadn’t been to either Riverton or Lincoln as of recently. The time frame of the theft is unknown. The incident was documented.

    On May 26th, Jeffrey Rosinski of Pana was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver was with him and able to drive from the scene.

    A stop was conducted on a vehicle for an expired registration on May 28th. The driver was discovered to have a suspended driver’s license and a warrant out of Sangamon County for failure to appear. Lacey Myers of Taylorville was arrested for the warrant and issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Myers received a warning for the expired registration. She was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

     

    Criminal Reports 

    Arrest of Warrants – 3; Deceptive Practices – 2; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor – 2; Possessing a Controlled Substance – 2; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Sex Offenses: Other – 1; Sexual Exploitation of a Child – 1; Statutory Rape – 1; Theft Over $500 – 1; Theft Under $500 – 1

     

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 2; Distracted Driving / Cell Phone – 1; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Hit and Run – 1; Improper Use of Registration – 1; No Driver’s License – 7; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 12; Speeding – 8; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 18; Warnings Issued – 98

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 1; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 10; Assist Fire Department – 22; Assist Other Police Agency – 30; Assist Schools – 8; Building / Business Checks – 23; Burglar Alarms – 5; Cannabis Ordinance Violation – 5; Citizen Assists – 44; Civil Assists – 1; Disturbance – 3; Illegal Dumping – 1; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 2; Missing Person – 3; Motorist Assists – 8; Suicide Attempts – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 8; Traffic Control – 2; Vacation Watches – 41

  • Rochester Police Beat April 2018

    On April 1st, officers were contacted regarding a domestic battery that occurred a day prior. The adult female stated she was at home asleep when she was woken up by her mother and her step-father in a loud argument. She stated she went downstairs to tell them to stop yelling. Her step-father allegedly pushed her into the door jam, slammed the door, and held it shut pinning her arm and leg between the door and the door jam. Witness statements and injuries were consistent with her statements. Daniel Moore of Rochester was arrested for the alleged domestic battery and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Walnut for an accident that occurred shortly after 6:00 am on April 1st. A white jeep was traveling south bound on S. Walnut and had crossed over the center line striking a parked vehicle parked on the shoulder of the north bound lane. After investigating the incident and administering Field Sobriety test it was determined the driver was sleep deprived. Timothy Requarth of Rochester was cited allegedly for reckless driving and improper lane usage. Jostes towed the vehicle per owner’s request and the officer gave Requarth a ride to his residence.

    Officers were dispatched to Burberry Ln. on Sunday, April 1st for a disturbance. The married couple had been gong through a difficult time in their marriage and ended up in a verbal altercation during which items were thrown about the residence. The husband agreed to leave after he collected his laundry and the dog. The incident was documented.

    A mischievous conduct report was taken in regards to a resident of Walberta finding several roofing nails in his driveway on April 2nd. The resident had possible suspect information however didn’t want the officer to pursue the suspects because he felt it would cause more problems. A report was generated.

    After conducting a stop for an expired license plate on April 4th, Laurisa Murray of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license was suspended and arrested for an active warrant for failure to appear for driving while license suspended. Murray was also issued a written warning for the expired registration. She was transported to Sangamon County Jail.

    A stop was initiated on a vehicle when the registered owner came back as having an expired license on April 6th. The registered owner was discovered not to be in the vehicle but not the driver. The driver stated she didn’t have a driver’s license but was unsure as to why. The officer ran the driver and got a return showing her having a revoked license. Timmicka Lacy of Springfield was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The owner was allowed to drive from the scene.

    While conducting stationary patrol on April 8th, an officer ran a registration through the in-car computer in which both the registered owner’s driver’s license and the registration came back suspended. Andrea Rickman of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle with a suspended registration. The vehicle was towed by Jostes and a valid driver picked up Rickman and her passengers from the scene.

    On April 9th, officer’s responded to the Rochester Intermediate School in reference to indecent images of a student being shared via SnapChat and then showed to other students at the school. At this time, the incident is still under investigations. The Rochester Intermediate School handled the situation from their end.

    Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of N. Walnut in reference to a disturbance on April 10th. Two brothers were in a heated argument but stated it was only verbal. The father stated he wanted the one son to go to jail because he was punching walls again and he is tired of it. After getting everyone calmed down, it was decided the father would take his son to get some help. Later that afternoon, officers were dispatched back to the residence because the one son was supposedly threatening to harm himself and his family members. The officer discovered a knife on him. He was handcuffed, placed in the squad car and transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation. The incident was documented.

     While patrolling on April 12, an officer ran the registration of a vehicle through the in-car computer. The registration came back as suspended for a mandatory insurance violation and the registered owner showed as having a suspended driver’s license. Thomas Ray Jr. of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle while registration is suspended. The vehicle was towed by Jostes. A valid driver picked up Ray from the scene.

     Officers were out patrolling and noticed a vehicle being driven by an individual they knew to be revoked on April 12th. The license status was verified and the stop initiated. During the stop it was discovered that the individual was issued two licenses from the state of Illinois in a system glitch. One license was revoked and one was valid. The officer cited Zane Merreighn for allegedly driving while license is revoked. They stated they would get back with him after verifying the information with Secretary of State and if he is valid they would void the citation. It was confirmed Merreighn license is revoked. He was notified and informed of his court date.

    On April 16th, Rochester High School staff identified Zane Merreighn at the rear of the high school violating court orders stating Merreighn cannot be at the school. He had left by the time officers arrived. Witness statements from several members of the school staff and photographs from security cameras substantiated the claim. Merreighn was located on the corner of E. Main and John St. and subsequently arrested for the alleged violation of the orders of protection. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    While conducting stationary patrol on April 21st, an officer initiated a stop of a vehicle which showed the registered owner as suspended. Shenandoah Depew of Cowden was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and received a written warning for no proof of insurance. Valid drivers picked up Depew and her vehicle.

    On April 23rd, an officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Magnolia in reference to mischievous conduct. The complainant showed the officer where someone was placing meat in the trees on his property. The officer observed sausages hanging in the evergreen. The complainant was worried his dog would try to consume the meat and become sick. He gave the officer suspect information. An officer made contact with the neighbors. They stated they were unaware of any such activity in the area. They stated they do not have problems with any of their neighbors. They are polite to them and keep to themselves. A report was generated to document the incident.

    On April 25th, Dalton Felber of Rochester was arrested for allegedly violating orders of protection via text messages. Felber was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    While on patrol an officer ran a registration that came back with having a suspended registered owner. Stephen D. Harbour was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Valid drivers picked up Harbour and his vehicle.

    An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of E. Main in reference to criminal damage on April 25th. The homeowner stated sometime in the past week her back gate was damaged. Both hinges were broken off of the gate. She informed the officer that she had been having trouble with her neighbor in the past. The incident was documented.

    An officer responded to a residence on Arthur in reference to a dog bite on April 28th. The victim stated she was reaching over her fence to unlatch it from the outside when her neighbor’s dog jumped up and bit her arm. There was bruising where the bite had occurred along with broken skin and a hole in the long-sleeved shirt she was wearing. Sangamon County Animal Control was advised. The owner of the dog was able to show proof of vaccination and was instructed to keep the dog in the house for 10 days. The dog must then been cleared by a veterinarian. The owner was also issued an ordinance citation for the violation.

    On April 30th, officers responded to the 300 block of N. Park in reference to mischievous conduct. A male juvenile allegedly dumped rocks on the hood of a vehicle and was throwing rocks at two juvenile females. When he was approached by the father of the females he “flipped” him off. He then yelled through the residence’s window when the father went back inside. Officer’s spoke to both parties involved. A no trespass order was given to the male juvenile, who stated he was upset with the juveniles who live at that address because he feels they bully him. The incident was documented and forwarded to juvenile probation.

     Criminal Reports 

    Arrest on Warrants – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Suicide – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 2

     Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 4; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 4; Operating while Registration Suspended – 4; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding – 20; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 13; Warnings Issued – 74

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 4; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 3; Assist Fire Department – 14; Assist Other Police Agency – 19; Assist Schools – 15; Building / Business Checks – 27; Burglar Alarms – 5; Cannabis Ordinance Violation – 2; Citizen Assists – 23; Death Investigations – 1; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 2; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Loud Noise Complaint – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 4; Motorist Assists – 6; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Solicitor Complaints – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 8; Vacation Watches – 32

  • Rochester Police Beat March 2018

     

    On March 3rd, an officer initiated a stop for an expired registration. During the stop it was discovered the driver did not possess a driver’s license and was wanted on a Sangamon County warrant for failure to appear on resisting arrest. Darron Harris of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving without a license and given a warning for the expired registration. Harris was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

    An officer initiated a stop after noticing an expired registration and discovered the driver of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license. On March 3rd, Sheryce Long of Stonington was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Long received a warning for the expired registration. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

    An officer clocked a vehicle traveling 76 mph in a 55 mph zone on March 4th and initiated a stop. It was discovered the individual didn’t have an Illinois license but rather was suspended out of Missouri. Kiley Bailey of Naples was cited for allegedly speeding and driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    Officer’s responded to the 400 block of N. Walnut on March 4th for a disturbance. Two brothers were in an altercation due to one being upset with the other’s emotional outburst. It was decided it was best for one to leave the residence for the night. The father made arrangements and transported one of the brothers to a different location to allow things to cool down. A report was generated documenting the incident.

    On March 4th, officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Magnolia for a violation of orders of protection. The protected party stated she had missed a call from the individual she has an order of protection against. Contact was made with the individual who stated he accidently dialed her and he was in St. Louis. The complainant believed he may be staying with someone in Springfield. Sangamon County Deputies had been to the residence in Springfield and advised he was not there. A report was generated and charges on Daniel Gitt of St. Louis were forwarded to the States Attorney’s office for the alleged violation of orders of protection.

    An officer was contacted on March 6th concerning a dispute between neighbors. It was explained one of the neighbor had some tree work done which left ruts in the other neighbor’s driveway. In an attempt to fix the rut, the gravel had been raked. The owner of the driveway was upset and asked the officer to make contact with the neighbor and inform her not to be on his property in the future. The incident was documented.

    On March 9th, an officer was contacted by a business owner who was concerned she was a victim of slander directed at her professionally through social media. She explained that a civil agreement between her and another small business owner had fallen through. She believes her business received backlash from the other individual in retaliation. She stated she was being threatened and bullied on Facebook. The officer made contact with the other individual who claimed she was upset with the service she received and the business owner was not going to rectify the situation. She had made a review on the business page but it was taken down. She decided to make her review on her own private Facebook. Both individuals had family and friends disputing the details of the incident in the thread. After reviewing the post provided, it was determined to be a civil issue and not criminal. A report was generated and the post has since been taken down.

    An officer ran the registration of a vehicle through the in-car computer and received a return stating the registered owner was suspended. The driver of the vehicle stated he had been to court reference the status of his driver’s license and he should no longer be suspended. He was able to provide the officer paperwork however nothing stated his license was reinstated. On March 9th, Eric Compton of Auburn was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    On March 9th, after running a registration an officer stopped a vehicle because registered owner came back having a warrant. The driver was identified as the registered owner. Leigha Orr of Springfield was arrested on the Sangamon County warrant for failure to appear on illegal consumption, possession charges. Orr was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    The registered owner of a vehicle came back as suspended when the plate was ran through the in-car computer. On March 10th, Brianna Hoover of Pana was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver picked up Hoover and her vehicle from the scene.

    On March 10th an officer was dispatched to the 300 block of N. Park St. in reference to a vehicle theft. The owner stated that the vehicle disappeared from his driveway on March 4th. He didn’t want to report it stolen right away because he figured his son loaned it out. His son denied giving it to anyone to borrow. The vehicle was recovered March 11th by Springfield Police Department. At that time, the son (also a registered owner) came forward and stated he let an individual named Chris borrow the vehicle. The individual in possession of the vehicle was not Chris and was subsequently arrested for allegedly being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes Garage for the owner to retrieve at a later time. A report was generated.

    After receiving a complaint of reckless driving on Route 29 and then observing the vehicle, an officer initiated a stop at 2:37 am on March 18th. The vehicle was swerving all over the roadway crossing both the center and fog lines. Due to the observed infractions being outside of Rochester’s jurisdiction, Illinois State Police (ISP) took over the stop. The driver Scott Arkebauer of Morrisonville was taken into custody by ISP.

    Officers responded to Natick Circle in reference to a person with a weapon on March 17th. On scene officers found a domestic battery had occurred. The daughter was upset with her mother for smoking around her child in the residence. She took her child out of the room and then tried to come at her mother with a knife. Her mother and her brother were able to get the knife from her but during the altercation she had bit her mother several times breaking the skin. Brooke Spangler of Rochester was arrested for the alleged domestic battery and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The child was left at the residence in the care of its family. DCFS was contacted as protocol to check on the welfare of the child. The incident was documented.

    The registered owner of a vehicle came back as having a revoked driver’s license after the vehicle’s plate was ran through the in-car computer on March 18th. Tarren Davis of Springfield was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and taken to Sangamon County Jail. Valid drivers picked up the vehicle from the scene.

    On March 19th an officer ran a plate in which the registered owner showed as having a suspended driver’s license. After verifying the driver was the registered owner, Meghean Hoenig of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    On March 22nd, an officer initiated a stop on a vehicle with only one working headlight. It was discovered during the stop the driver had a suspended license out of Kansas and the vehicle had an expired registration. Mark Chandler of Dighton, Kansas was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Chandler received a warning for the expired registration and was able to get the second headlight working during the stop.

    Officers responded to Roanoke Drive in reference to a fight on March 24th. Three family members had been in a physical altercation due to high emotions after suffering over a recent loss of a family member; this was amplified by alcoholic beverages. Neither party could determine an aggressor nor wanted to press charges. The individuals apologized to each other and hugged. A sober driver took the individuals home. The incident was documented.

    Officers stopped a vehicle on March 26th after noticing the vehicle description from the registration and the vehicle itself were different. The driver stated she was unaware she had the wrong plates on her vehicle. She provided the officer with the correct registration for the vehicle she was driving. During the stop, the officers realized the driver’s license was revoked and the correct registration to the vehicle was suspended for a mandatory insurance violation. Melissa Krouse of Taylorville was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and cited for operating a vehicle while the registration is suspended. Krouse was transported to Sangamon County Jail and her vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    After observing a van turn off of Sattley north bound in the south bound lanes of Route 29, an officer conducted a traffic stop. The driver explained he was not from the area and accidently turned into the oncoming traffic which he corrected and was making efforts to notify the business whose grass he drove through in order to correct his mistake. After running the driver’s license, James Sidwell of Peoria was cited for allegedly driving while licenses suspended on March 27th.

    On March 28th, an officer initiated a stop on a vehicle after confirming the registered owner had a warrant for her arrest out of Adam’s County. Due to the situation and after discussing it with Adam’s County, Myreeshia Bullock of Taylorville was issued a Notice to Appear and issued a new court date.


    Criminal Reports 

    Domestic Battery – 1; Motor Vehicle Theft – 1; Unlawful use of a weapon – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 1; Warrants – 2

     

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 2; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Failure to Yield for Emergency Vehicle – 1; Illegal Parking – 1; No Driver’s License – 2; No Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Speeding – 11; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 9; Suspended / Revoked Registration – 1; Warnings Issued – 70

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 2; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 5; Assist Fire Department – 15; Assist Other Police Agency – 17; Assist Schools – 6; Building / Business Checks – 23; Burglar Alarms – 3; Citizen Assists – 22; Civil Assists – 2; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 1; Fights, Riots, Brawls – 1; Mental Cases – 1; Motorist Assists – 6; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Ordinance Violations – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 11; Vacation Watches – 78

  • February 2018 Police Beat

     

    An officer initiated a stop after clocking a vehicle traveling east bound on Route 29 going 71 mph in a 55 mph zone on February 1st. During the stop, it was discovered the driver had a suspended driver’s license. Jesse Webb of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and speeding. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    On February 2nd, an officer responded to the Rochester Junior High in reference to a battery. One of the students was upset with his teacher and began yelling at his peers. The student became combative and physically tried to move his teacher away from his activity. He then grabbed her arm and refused to let go. The school is handling the situation in-house but requested the incident be documented.

    On February 8th, officers responded to the Rochester High School regarding a .22 caliber bullet discovered in one of the classrooms lying on the floor. The high school and junior high school campuses were placed under a temporary lockdown as a safety precaution while the school staff searched the lockers for any other ammunition or weapons. No other law enforcement related contraband was found. An officer was placed at the school the remainder of the day. By the end of the day a student had come forward stating he believed the ammo to be his. He had been hunting the weekend before and accidentally left it in his pocket. He believes it must have fallen out of his pocket in class. The school addressed the issue with the student.

    An officer was contacted by a resident wanting to report a theft on February 9th. The resident stated she was in a relationship with an individual who had stolen property from her with the intent to pawn it. She had traveled to St. Louis with her father to retrieve the items from the ex-boyfriends possession. While in St. Louis, a domestic battery occurred. The resident and her father came back to Rochester before contacting the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office about the battery. The Rochester officer took the initial report for the theft. The battery was documented and contact was made with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. The resident claims, along with other property taken, her wedding ring from her first marriage was stolen. The ex-boyfriend is claiming she gave him the ring and told him to pawn it so he could use the money to get back on his feet. The incident was documented and pending investigation.

    An officer initiated a stop on a vehicle after the registered owner’s driver’s license came back as suspended on the in-car computer. On February 13th, Nathaniel Carver of Stonington was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    Officers were dispatched to a disturbance on Lancelot on February 12th. Officers met with a recently divorced couple who were in a verbal argument over possessions. The ex husband agreed to leave for the night and he stated would be out of the residence permanently by the 15th.

    On February 14th, an officer initiated a stop on a vehicle whose registered owner came back as having an expired driver’s license and an arrest warrant out of Christian County. Danielle Weinert of Taylorville was arrested on the warrant and turned over to Sangamon County Jail staff. Weinert was also issued citations for allegedly driving with no valid driver’s license and for no proof of insurance. A passenger with a valid driver’s license drove the vehicle home per Weinert’s request.

    On February 18th, an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Main in reference to an individual with lacerations on his wrist. A juvenile had become angry with his mother during a conversation about her job. He started to throw things and punched the glass out of the windows on a door causing lacerations to his wrist. The juvenile did not get physical with anyone in the house and stated his parents were not fighting. The juvenile was discharged from the hospital and into the care of an uncle who had agreed to take him in until things calmed down.

    On February 21st, an officer responded to the 500 block of Karen Rose in reference to a theft report. The resident explained her wedding/engagement ring was missing. She explained her sister had just had surgery and was staying with her while she recovered. She believes the sister was responsible for the ring’s disappearance. The sister was questioned. She stated she didn’t know there was a ring. Sister’s fiancé and son were also questioned. A report was generated to document the incident. The ring was located by the owner on February 26th.

    On February 15th, an officer was asked to take a report on an incident at the Rochester High School. Earlier in the day, a student allegedly made a threatening gesture towards a member of the school staff. The student made an “L” shaped gesture with his fingers that had resembled a gun. The staff member felt it was not done in a friendly manner and it made her uncomfortable. The juvenile stated he was saying hi because the staff member was looking at him and then continued to walk away. The high school addressed the incident and asked the police department to generate a report.

    An officer responded to the scene of an accident on Route 29 at West Main on February 22nd. A driver, now known as Chad Clark of Decatur, had rear-ended a stopped vehicle. During the incident, it was discovered that Clark had a suspended driver’s license. Clark was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

    Officer’s responded to Wildrose in reference to a disturbance on February 23rd. Family members were concerned for the mother’s well-being and were trying to get her to go to the hospital. She didn’t want to go and was not exhibiting any behaviors meeting the requirements to make her go involuntarily. She stated she was going to stay with a relative in Springfield for the evening. The family was advised that they could petition a judge to have her evaluated if they thought it was necessary. The incident was documented.

    On February 24th, officers were dispatched to Lexington Dr. for a report of a robbery. On arrival, it was discovered that a juvenile had met with some acquaintances intending to buy cigarillos from them. One of the acquaintances (also juvenile) allegedly got out of the vehicle, battered him and took his money. After speaking with all parties, an officer stood by while the money was returned to the alleged victim. The victim is not pursuing charges at this time. A report was generated to document the incident.

    Criminal Reports 

    Arrest on Warrants – 1; Battery; Simple – 1; Theft Over $500 – 2

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 3; Failure to Reduce Speed – 3; Failure to Yield from a Stop Sign – 1; No Driver’s License – 2; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 22; Speeding – 61; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 6; Warnings Issued – 162

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 5; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 4; Assist Fire Department – 6; Assist Other Police Agency – 23; Assist Schools – 12; Building / Business Checks – 14; Burglar Alarms – 6; Civil Assists – 21; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 2; Motorist Assists – 7; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 11; Vacation Watch – 18

  • Rochester Police Beat December 2017 / January 2018

     

    An officer was notified of a burn ordinance violation on December 1st. The fire was located in the 400 block of N. Walnut. The officer was unable to make contact with the homeowner so the Rochester Fire Department extinguished the fire. A note was left for the homeowner to call the department. The resident contacted the police department and was informed of the ordinance. The resident was very apologetic. They had recently moved into town and were unaware of the ordinance.

    On December 10th, a police officer responded to a call on Water Wheel in which a juvenile stated he was shot in the face, back and stomach with a BB gun during a game of Airsoft with the neighborhood kids. The juvenile had red marks on his face where he was allegedly shot. The parents asked to the officer to talk to the juvenile responsible and his parents. A report was generated.

    An officer initiated a stop, on December 14th, because the driver matched the description of the registered owner, who had a cancelled driver’s license. Andrew Escobar of Rochester was cited for allegedly driving without a valid driver’s license.

    An officer responded to a disturbance on Lancelot. On December 19th, after finalizing divorce preceding, a couple returned to their residence, where they got into an argument. The argument allegedly got physical; however, there were no injuries to substantiate the claim and statements from the involved parties and other witnesses were inconsistent with each other. It was decided the ex-husband would leave for the night to allow things to cool down. A report was generated.

    An officer responded to Natick Circle on December 20th in reference to an alleged battery. The complainant stated he was battered by a tow truck driver who was repossessing his vehicle. There were no injuries to substantiate his statement. The tow-truck driver stated the altercation never became physical. At this time, the alleged victim is not pressing charges. The incident was documented.

    A resident contacted the police department on December 26th after noticing four store credit cards had been opened in her name. Two purchases were made on a Lord & Taylor credit card totaling less than $500 and a coffee table was purchased from Kohl’s and delivered to her residence. A report was generated to enable the resident to freeze her accounts.

    An officer was dispatched to the Subway parking lot in reference to a hit and run. On December 29th at approximately 3:40 pm the victim parked at the Subway. There was a white van parked in the space in front of her vehicle. When the victim returned to her vehicle, she discovered it had been hit. There was white paint transfer and a small chunk missing out of her front bumper. The white van was gone. There were no witnesses or other information on the suspect vehicle at this time. Photographs were taken and a report generated.

    An officer initiated a stop on a vehicle January 1st after clocking it traveling 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. During the stop, it was discovered the driver of the vehicle had a revoked driver’s license. Jaylin Borrowman of Springfield was cited for allegedly speeding and driving while license revoked. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

    On January 1st an officer was dispatched to the 300 block of N. Park St. in reference to a stolen vehicle. The owner stated, at approximately 7:19 pm, he noticed headlights outside, looked out his window, and noticed his vehicle was missing. He stated he believed the individuals responsible knew his address because the vehicle had been stolen a couple weeks prior in Springfield. While on patrol, January 4th, the officer noticed the vehicle was at the residence. He spoke with the owner who advised the vehicle was returned during the afternoon. The individuals dropped off the vehicle and left at a high rate of speed. He stated his son was supposed to notify the police department but didn’t.

    On January 2nd, an officer responded to the 400 block of E. Mill in reference to a residential burglary. The home owners stated between the hours of 10:30 am and 1:00 pm someone broke into the residence and took several items of value. The front door to the residence was off its lower hinge and tilted inward. They had hosted a party at the residence a couple of days prior and believe someone who attended could be responsible. The owners provided the officer with possible suspect information. A report was generated and the incident is still under investigation.

    On January 6th, an officer was contacted by a resident on Arthur in reference to a domestic disturbance and criminal damage. She stated over the last couple of days she had been in an ongoing domestic disturbance with her boyfriend which was physical. After which, the boyfriend was asked to leave. He allegedly damaged parts of her residence and vehicle on his way out while verbally attacking her. He then drove past the residence several times and had sent threatening messages to her via texts. She did not wish to press charges at the time. She was advised to obtain an order of protection. Officers spoke with the boyfriend and advised him not to contact her and gave him a no trespass warning. The incident was documented.

    January 12th, an officer was notified of a single vehicle accident with property damage that occurred on John St. north of Route 29 in which witnesses believed the individual was trying to leave. When officers arrived, the vehicle and driver were still at the scene. The vehicle had been traveling north bound across Route 29 from Sattley to John St. He stated he didn’t notice a vehicle traveling on Route 29 and swerved to avoid a collision with it. He jumped over a curve, went through a bush, hit the side of a utility pole and then hit a block wall flowerbed. Several lines were hanging on the utility pole. Officers stood by until Ameren could fix the utility pole. Trent Matthews of Mount Auburn was cited for allegedly failing to yield at an intersection. Jostes towed the vehicle due to it being not drivable.

    On January 14th at approximately 11:52 pm, an officer was dispatched to a hit and run in the 900 block of Hillcrest. The homeowner stated her neighbor backed his vehicle into her front porch, damaged a brick pillar, and left the scene. When the officer arrived, the homeowner pointed out the vehicle. The driver was still in the vehicle and attempting to park it inside of his garage. With each attempt made, the vehicle struck the side of his garage. The driver stopped moving the vehicle when he noticed the officer’s presence. The officer noticed the driver had red glossy eyes, slow slurred speech and an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. The officer observed the driver and noticed several indications of being impaired. The officer attempted to administer each of the Standard Field Sobriety Test, but declared them complete when it became apparent it was too great of a safety hazard for the individuals well being. The subject was determined to be too impaired to be driving. Bradley Churchill of Rochester was taken to the Rochester Police Department where he submitted a breath sample. The sample was determined to have a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.176%. Churchill was cited for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, having a BAC greater than 0.08%, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Churchill was arrested and transported to Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    On January 17th, a Rochester School’s bus driver witnessed a hit and run. He stated a vehicle hit a light pole at the corner of Appalachian Trail and Osage Rd. The vehicle hit hard enough to cause significant damage to the vehicle and cause airbag deployment. The vehicle continued driving away from the scene down Osage Rd. The light pole suffered some damage as the glass covering of the light was dislodged and fell down into the street. Witnesses were able to describe the vehicle and a plate number was obtained. An officer located the vehicle in the high school parking lot and noticed damage to the vehicle consistent with the description. The driver and parents were contacted. The driver admitted to the accident. He said he lost control of his vehicle because of the snow and slid into the pole. He left the scene because he didn’t realize the light pole was damaged. After speaking to the driver about the importance of reporting accidents and the possible consequences of not reporting, the officer issued him a citation for allegedly driving too fast for conditions.

    On January 19th, an officer was notified of a violation of orders of protection. The individual stated she was contacted by her ex-boyfriend via text messages. Officers made contact with Dalton Felber of Rochester and subsequently arrested him for allegedly violation of OP. Felber was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    Officers responded to the 300 block of Parkview in reference to a disturbance on January 23rd. Two roommates were in a verbal altercation after a night of drinking. The female roommate started to throw things at the male after he came home and woke her up. Both parties agreed to leave each other alone for the evening and the female went to her room and locked the door. A report was generated.

    An officer initiated a stop on a vehicle after running a plate through the in-car computer and discovering the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license. The driver of the vehicle matched the description of the registered owner. On January 23rd, Quinton A. Lancaster of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    An officer was notified of an accident that occurred on Route 29 at approximately 7:00 pm on January 29th. The victim stated he was traveling northbound toward Springfield. A vehicle approached him from the rear with his brights on and traveling at a high rate of speed. He then stated the vehicle’s lights disappeared and he felt his vehicle get hit from the rear. The victim proceeded to Hilltop and turned around back to Rochester. The suspect vehicle followed him. Both vehicles met with the officer in Camelot. The suspect vehicle’s driver, now known as Walter Harbert of Taylorville, explained he left the hospital in Taylorville and was enroute to a Springfield hospital to have a laceration on his finger treated. EMS was started to evaluate the finger due to the significant bleeding that was occurring. During the exchange, officers noticed the Harbert’s eyes were red and glossy and he exhibited slow slurred speech. Harbert was asked if he had been drinking or if he was on any medication to cause signs of impairment. He replied he was not. He gave consent for the officers to search his vehicle. Inside the vehicle was a half empty bottle of vodka and Styrofoam cup believed to contain a mixed alcoholic beverage. Due to the severity of the injury, officers were unable to conduct field sobriety test before he was transported to the hospital. At the hospital, officers asked Harbert to submit to a blood test to obtain his Blood Alcohol Content. Harbert refused to submit. After being discharged from the hospital, Harbert was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence, illegal transportation of alcohol and was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Harbert was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle from the scene.

    An officer initiated a stop, at approximately 10:26 pm on January 31st, after noticing a vehicle with only one taillight. During the stop, the officer noticed the odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle. When asked about the smell the driver and passenger denied smelling or having any cannabis. The driver eventually relinquished rolled cannabis cigarette from the driver’s side door and a clear baggie containing green leafy substance from the center arm rest. They denied any other cannabis or contraband in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a digital scale and another container containing green leafy substance. Ayden Oldfield of Rochester was issued a warning for the taillight violation and civil citations for the alleged possession of cannabis (not more than 10 grams) and the possession of drug paraphernalia. The substance was taken back to the department where it was photographed and tested. The test yielded a positive result for cannabis. 

    Criminal Reports 

    Assault; simple – 1; Burglary Residential – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Trespass – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – 2; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Motor Vehicle Theft – 1; Possessing a Controlled Substance – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Unlawful Restraining – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 1

     

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 7; Failure to Yield at an Intersection – 2; Failure to Yield from a Stop Sign – 1; Hit and Run – 3; Improper Lane Usage – 1; No Driver’s License – 5; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 10; Speeding – 29; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 4; Warnings Issued – 67

    Calls for Service

    Abandoned Vehicle – 3; Animal Related Calls – 14; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 9; Assist Fire Department – 28; Assist Other Police Agency – 46; Assist Schools – 7; Building / Business Checks – 38; Burglar Alarms – 10; Citizen Assists – 35; Civil Assists – 1; Disturbance – 5; Domestic Trouble – 3; Lost or Recovered Articles – 3; Loud Noise Complaint – 3; Motorist Assists – 16; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Ordinance Violations – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 28; Vacation Watches – 114

  • 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

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