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  • Police Beat March and April 2019

     

    On March 4th, an officer responded to a residence on W. Main in reference to runaway juvenile. The juvenile didn’t arrive home from school and was last seen at a friend’s house. The officer aired an attempt to locate on the juvenile, canvassed the town and checked addresses of the juvenile’s acquaintances in the area. After approximately two hours the juvenile was located and returned home. The incident was documented.

    An officer responded to the Rochester Intermediate School to assist with a student who was not compliant and threatening staff members on March 5th. The officer was able to talk with the student getting her to comply and wait for a member of Screening Assessments and Support Services to come to the school and speak with the student.

    An officer responded to Heathrow in reference to a domestic disturbance on March 14th. Both parties were reportedly physical with one another, although it was unclear who the aggressor was in the incident. Both parties were arrested and escorted to the Sangamon County Jail.

    Brandie Hurelbrink of Alanta, GA was stopped and cited for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A family member picked Hurelbrink up from the scene and the vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    On March 14th, an officer conducted a stop after observing a vehicle traveling 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. The vehicle was swerving from fog line to center line crossing it several times. During the contact the officer noticed the driver’s speech was slurred and his eyes were glossy. The individual was asked to exit his vehicle, which he reportedly refused. He was advised he was being placed under arrest and removed from the vehicle. The driver refused standard field sobriety. Vito Bavetta of Mechanicsburg was arrested for allegedly Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, issued a citation for alleged speed violation and a written warning for the alleged lane violation. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail and the vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    After stopping a vehicle for speed on March 16th, the officer discovered the driver was revoked. Reginald Grayson of Springfield was arrested and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked. Grayson received a written warning for the alleged speed offense. The owner of the vehicle was notified and picked up the vehicle from the scene.

    A hit and run accident was brought to the attention of an officer on March 16th. A vehicle parked on S. Walnut had been struck damaging its driver’s side mirror. The incident was believed to have occurred the night prior. Blood was also discovered on the mirror of the vehicle but a check revealed no injuries reported to the hospitals that could have been associated with the incident. Later that same day, the individual responsible for the accident contacted the victim and paid restitution for the damage. The individual had suffered a minor cut from the mirror when trying to pick it up from the roadway. The incident was documented.

    On March 17th, an officer observed a vehicle swerving, braking for green lights and driving below the posted speed limit. The officer initiated a stop on the vehicle and administered the Standard Field Sobriety Test. Several signs of impairment were observed. A breath sample indicated a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.08%. It was later revealed that medication could have been a contributing factor in the driver’s impairment. Brenda Caillier of Taylorville was arrested and cited for the alleged improper lane use, driving under the influence of alcohol. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    Kayla Waldrop of Taylorville was stopped for driving while license revoked on March 17th. Due to extenuating circumstances on the scene, Waldrop was issued a notice to appear for the alleged violation and was allowed to call for a ride. One of the individuals who arrived on scene to pick up Waldrop was discovered to have a valid warrant. Bradlee Melton of Edinburg was arrested for the warrant out of Macon County for failure to appear for retail theft charges. Melton was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    On March 18th, Ethan Peden of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly having no valid driver’s license, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Peden was arrested on a Christian County Warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Shaners towed the vehicle.

    Jessica Willings of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended on March 18th. A valid driver picked up Willings and her passenger. By-Rite towed the vehicle.

    On March 21st, an officer assisted the Rochester Junior High School with an incident in which several students used a Vape pen containing what was later revealed to be THC. Three of the students were transported by ambulance to the hospital. All were later released. A report was forwarded to Juvenile Probation.

    Dwayne Hull of Taylorville was stopped and was cited for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended on Saturday, March 23rd. His vehicle was towed by Jostes on April 1st.

    March 23rd and 24th, officers were alerted about an individual walking in the middle of traffic. Officers arrived on scene and were able to detain the individual until he could be transported to the hospital for evaluation.

    An officer conducted a stop on a vehicle on March 25th after observing it traveling 75 mph in a 55 mph zone. During the stop, it was revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Jamie Debrun of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and speeding. Debrun was picked up by a valid driver.

    A report was made on March 26th after being notified by a youth peewee soccer coordinator that someone had driven through the soccer fields leaving several ruts of varying depths. The soccer players had to temporarily move fields until public works could fix the damage.

    On March 31st, an officer was notified that someone had struck a light pole in the Oak Mill Estates subdivision and then had left. The officer arrived on scene and noticed the light pole was leaning and broken at the top. There were fresh tire tracks in the mud that led to a residence. The officer eventually was able to make contact with the resident who denied striking the pole. The resident did show the officer a vehicle which had substantial damage consistent with what would occur if it had struck a pole. The resident was cited for allegedly failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to report an accident.

    An officer initiated a stop on a vehicle that didn’t have its headlights on. The driver appeared to have slurred speech and jittery and jerky movements. There was an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. The Standard Field Sobriety Tests were administered and several signs of impairment were observed. The driver refused to provide a breath sample. On March 31st, Timothy Worthington of Springfield was arrested and cited for allegedly driving without headlights, obstructed registration, and driving under the influence of alcohol. Worthington was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. His vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    On April 3rd, an officer initiated a stop on a vehicle for a speeding violation. It was discovered the driver’s license was suspended. John Schnell of Springfield was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and a written warning for the alleged speed.

    Officers were notified of an alleged violation of orders of protection that occurred at the Rochester High School on April 5th. After reviewing video footage and receiving written statements from the victim and a witness, the individual who allegedly violated the orders was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    An officer assisted Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office by responding to a vehicle fire on April 6th that occurred on Cardinal Hill Rd. An individual was on his way home when he though he hit something but was unsure as to what. His family member following behind him noticed sparks and smoke coming out from under his vehicle. He was able to pull over and exit the vehicle. The vehicle was fully engulfed by the time emergency personnel arrived on scene. Rochester Fire Department extinguished the flames and Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office handled the report.

    On April 10th, two students from the junior high school were treated by EMS and then taken to the hospital after using a Dab/Vape pen provided to them by a peer. The Dab/Vape pen was tested and had a positive result for THC. A report was generated and forwarded to Juvenile Probation.

    Dwight Roemer of Assumption was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on April 15th. Roemer was also arrested for a warrant and taken to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    After observing a vehicle travelling 74 mph in a 55 mph zone on April 16th, it was discovered the driver’s license was suspended. Samuel Cooper of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver transported the Copper and his vehicle from the scene.

    Joseph Dudra of Pana was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on April 19th. A valid driver transported Dudra and his vehicle from the scene.

    A concerned citizen contacted the police department in regards to a vehicle headed into Rochester that was seen swerving all over the roadway on April 26th. The officer observed the vehicle swerving and initiated a stop. During the stop, it was discovered there were several medical issues that could be responsible for the driver’s behavior. The driver was cited for allegedly driving on a cancelled license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Transportation was arranged for the individual and the vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    Criminal Reports 

    Battery – 1; Child Pornography – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Domestic Battery – 2; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – 7; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Identity Theft – 1; Interfering with Judicial Procedures – 1; Intoxicating Compounds – 1; Reckless Conduct – 1; Runaway – 2; Theft $500 and Over – 1; Theft Under $500 – 1; Unlawful Use of a Weapon – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 2; Warrants – 3

    Traffic Reports 

    Citations Issued – 224; Warnings Issued – 386; Accident Investigations – 9; Hit and Run – 1; No Driver’s License – 5; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 11;

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 10; Assist Fire Department – 45; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 8; Assist Other Police Agency – 43; Assist Schools – 28; Building / Business Checks – 35; Burglar Alarms – 8; Civil/Citizen Assists – 27; Disturbance – 8; Domestic Trouble – 6; Lost or Recovered Articles – 2; Loud Noise Complaint – 2; Mental Cases – 11; Mischievous Conduct – 2; Motorist Assists – 21; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Ordinance Violations – 3; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 24; Vacation Watches – 171

  • Rochester Police Beat February 2019

     

    • On February 1st, a stop was conducted on a vehicle that showed the registered owner as having a suspended driver’s license. The driver was not the registered owner but also had a suspended driver’s license. Megan Prickard of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Valid drivers picked up Prickard and her vehicle from the scene.
    • A vehicle was stopped when the registration didn’t match the vehicle it was on. In addition, it was revealed the driver’s license was revoked. On February 2nd, David Wagenblast of Springfield was arrested and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, improper use of registration and no registration. Wagenblast was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.
    • Two Rochester High School students got into an altercation through their school issued emails on February 8th. The students got upset with each other after one said something to the other’s girlfriend. This lead to threats of bodily harm being exchanged through their emails. Charges were forwarded for the alleged assault to Juvenile Probation.
    • An officer stopped a vehicle after observing it make several lane violations on February 10th. The officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath. The driver had glossy eyes, slurred speech and slowed movements. Standard Field Sobriety Tests were administered and several signs of impairment were observed. A breath sample indicated a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.116%. Zaxxon Nation of Springfield was cited for the alleged improper lane use, driving under the influence of alcohol and having a BAC greater than 0.08%. Nation was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.
    • On February 11th, an officer responded to an address off of E. Main for a criminal damage report. The night before, the homeowner had addressed an individual who had parked in his driveway without permission. The individual was upset and peeled out of the driveway on his departure. The incident had left ruts in the driveway and showered the homeowner’s vehicle with gravel that chipped several areas of paint and broke the windshield. The individual agreed to pay restitution for the incident.
    • An officer stopped a vehicle with a suspended registration and a revoked registered owner on February 12th. Louis Neuf of Rochester was cited and arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked, operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended, and illegal transportation of alcohol. Neuf was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.
    • An officer was contacted by a local business to take a theft of services and criminal damage report on February 15th. Two individuals, without memberships to the business, had accessed the business during non-business hours to utilize the equipment during the process property was damaged. The individuals agreed to pay restitution for the damage and the theft of services. A report was generated.  
    • On February 15th, an individual was allowed to call for a valid driver to pick her up from the scene at the conclusion of a traffic stop for not having a valid driver’s license. The individual picking her up was revealed to have an active warrant. Brian Hupp of Divernon was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.
    • An individual notified an officer of a suspicious vehicle at approximately 11:30 p.m. on February 16th. The caller stated the individual had been parked in front of a construction site for the last 10 minutes and has been constantly turning the vehicle’s lights on and off. When the officer arrived they observed a sedan parked on the wrong side of the street approximately 3 feet away from the curb. They made contact with the driver who appeared disoriented, incoherent, and was slurring his speech. The officers noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, and vomit coming from the driver. Standard Field Sobriety Tests were administered and numerous signs of impairment were observed. A breath sample indicated a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.207%. Thomas Love of Springfield was cited for the alleged driving under the influence of alcohol and having a BAC greater than 0.08%. Love was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.
    • After stopping a vehicle on February 17th for a headlight violation it was revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Ashley Gains of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and given a written warning for the headlight violation. Her passenger was valid and drove from the scene.
    • Mark E. Staten of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on February 18th. Valid drivers picked up Staten and his vehicle.
    • An officer responded to a disturbance on Magnolia February 24th. The individuals involved were having an argument over child custody. The incident was verbal only. The male half was instructed to leave as he was not a resident of the property. He was issued a no trespass warning and encouraged to seek out a custody agreement through the courts.
    • On February 27th, an officer was contacted by the Springfield Police Department. They had recovered several stole items from a Springfield residence that were specific to an individual from Rochester. They were in the process of arresting the juvenile for the possession of stolen property. The Rochester resident, who had been out of town, was contacted and it was discovered his residence had been broken into during the last few days. The resident gave a detailed list of items missing and they matched the items found with the juvenile. Physical evidence at the crime scene was collected from the scene and sent to the Illinois State Police Forensic Lab for processing. Charges against the juvenile for the residential burglary were forwarded to Juvenile Probation.

    Criminal Reports 

    Assault – 2; Burglary from Motor Vehicle – 1; Burglary Residential – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Deceptive Practices – 2; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Mischievous Conduct (No Money Loss) - 1 Violation of Orders of Protection – 1; Warrants – 1

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 2; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – 2; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol BAC greater than 0.08% – 2; Expired Registration – 1; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Improper Use of Registration – 1; Leaving the Scene of an Accident – 1; No Driver’s License – 1; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 6; Speeding – 19; Suspended Registration – 2; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 5; Traffic Citations – 45: Warnings Issued – 136

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 2; Assist Business Agency – 2; Assist Fire Department – 17; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 2; Assist Other Police Agency – 22; Assist Schools – 31; Building / Business Checks – 26; Burglar Alarms – 7; Civil/Citizen Assists – 2; Death by Natural Causes – 1; Disturbance – 1; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Mental Cases – 2; Motorist Assists – 14; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Ordinance Violations – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 9; Thorough Fare Obstructions – 2; Vacation Watches – 202

  • Rochester Police Beat December 2018 and January 2019

     

    A stop was conducted on December 2nd at approximately 3:15 am, after the officer observed a vehicle commit a lane violation. The vehicle was occupied by two juveniles who admitted to having contraband in their possession. The officer cited the driver. Both occupants were escorted home and turned over into their parents’ custody.

    On December 6th, an officer responded to the Rochester Intermediate School for a disturbance. After a referee had ejected a spectator out of a basketball game, witnesses stated the spectator began yelling at the referee and bumped into the referee’s wife. The referee then pushed the spectator as to escort him out of the building. The incident was documented.

    An officer was dispatched to Cumberland Drive for an accident investigation on December 7th at 1:48 am. A driver was on his way home when his vehicle left the roadway traveling through a yard, over a concrete barrier of a driveway and into another driveway striking the two vehicles. One of the parked vehicles ended up in the yard and the other went into the garage door. The officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath. The driver had glossy eyes, slurred speech and slowed movements. Standard Field Sobriety Tests were administered and several signs of impairment were observed. A breath sample indicated a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.146%. Joshua Drendel of Rochester was cited for allegedly failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving under the influence of alcohol and having a BAC greater than 0.08%. Drendel was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    A traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle observed going 81 mph in a 55 mph on December 7th. During the stop it was discovered the driver had a suspended license. Talon Bonacorsi of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while licenses suspended and the alleged speeding violation. A valid driver arrived on scene to pick Bonacorsi and his vehicle.

    On December 12th, a juvenile from Springfield reported she stole her foster mother’s vehicle and was parked at a residence in Rochester. The officer made contact with the juvenile until a Sangamon County Deputy could arrive on scene.

    An officer conducted a stop on a vehicle observed crossing the fog-line several times on December 17th. During the stop, the officer discovered the driver was suspended and wanted on a Sangamon County Warrant. Prince Morton of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and arrested for the warrant. Morton was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Valid drivers picked up the vehicle from the scene.

    On December 17th, an officer stopped a vehicle after running the registration and discovering the registered owner was wanted on an active Sangamon County Warrant. The stop revealed the driver, who was not the registered owner, as having a suspended driver’s license as well as having an active Sangamon County Warrant. Jeremy Cagel of Kinkaid was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and arrested for the warrant. Cagel was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Valid drivers arrived to pick up the vehicle from the scene.

    Officers responded to the Rochester Junior High in reference to an assault. A juvenile had added a girl to his social media account upsetting his peer. The peer allegedly approached the juvenile’s brother and displayed a stock photo of a firearm on his phone while making a threat. A report was generated and assault charges were forwarded to Juvenile Probation.

    On December 21st, officer responded to Maplehurst to take a criminal damage report. A resident explained that between 4 pm and 10 pm someone shot paintballs and struck his vehicle. The paintballs caused damage to the rear passenger taillight. A report was generated.

    A vehicle was stopped for driving 40 mph in a 65 mph zone on December 26th. The driver stated she was having a tire issue. During the stop, it was revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Brenda Brown of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a written warning for impeding traffic. Valid drivers picked up Brown and her vehicle from the scene.

    William Thomas of Pana was stopped and arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked on December 26th. Thomas was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    Alexander Buchanan of Edinburg was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on December 26th. A valid passenger drove from the scene.

    Beth Schmitz of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on December 26th. Valid drivers picked up Schmitz and her vehicle from the scene.

    On December 30th, an officer was contacted by an Uber driver who explained he dropped off two fares in the Rochester area. The second fare allegedly exited the Uber vehicle, walked into a garage, retrieved a crowbar and struck the vehicle with a crow bar. An investigation revealed the damage described was not consistent with the alleged attack. The case was closed and no charges were filed.

    On January 2nd at approximately 3:30 am, an officer noticed a vehicle running in the parking lot of Rocket Fitness. The officer made contact with a juvenile who was sleeping in the back of the vehicle. During the stop, the juvenile gave the officer a false identity and several items of contraband were discovered. The juvenile was escorted home and parents were notified. Several alleged charges are being forwarded to North County Teen Court to see if they will accept this case.

    On January 2nd, Officers responded to Water Street after receiving a phone call about a loud noise followed by people screaming. Someone had hit a trash can sitting on the shoulder of the roadway and then left the scene. Witnesses and physical evidence led the officers to a suspect. The individual, who claims he was in a rage, admitted to striking the garbage can with his vehicle. A report was forwarded to the States Attorney’s office for the alleged criminal damage charges.

    January 3rd, Public Works reported a Quonset hut door had been damaged. It appeared someone was trying to break-in as there were several footprints were the door had been kicked and tool impressions were located by the hinges. No entry was made into the building. Public Works was able to fix the damage without additional cost. A report was generated.

    An officer responded to the 3100 block of Route 29 to assist Illinois State Police with a single car roll-over accident involving lane blockage on January 4th. The vehicle struck a guardrail on the westbound side of Route 29, rolled over and landed facing west in the eastbound side of Route 29. There were no apparent injuries to the driver. It was revealed the driver was suspended and wanted on a warrant. Louis LaSalle of Springfield was arrested for the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Illinois State Police issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

    On January 6th, a vehicle had struck a pole on Guale Road after being followed by a resident from a Rochester subdivision. The vehicle appeared suspicious to the resident as it had stopped in front multiple houses in his subdivision. The resident claimed to be trying to obtain a license plate and therefore followed the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stated he stopped in the subdivision to get something out of his car that had fallen between the seats. He didn’t know why the resident was following him and felt he was being chased. Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office handled the accident. The incident was documented.

    John Stanley of Litchfield was stopped and arrested for a Christian County Warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail on January 15th. Stanley was also issued a citation for allegedly driving on an expired license that had expired in 1989.

    On January 17th, Anthony Pendergrass of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a warning for an expired registration. Valid drivers transported Pendergrass and his vehicle from the scene.

    On January 19th, Eric Leonard of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

    Joseph Badorski of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a written warning for an expired registration on January 20th. A passenger was able to drive the vehicle from the scene.

    On January 20th, Aaron Boys of Rochester was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes and a valid driver picked up Boys from the scene.

    On January 22nd, officers responded to a disturbance on Merlin. The resident had kicked her boyfriend out and was throwing his belongings in the driveway. The incident was verbal only. However, a laptop was broken during the altercation. Charges were forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s office for the alleged criminal damage.

    A resident of Park Street was made aware his identity had been compromised after two iPhones were delivered via UPS. The resident contacted the Verizon Fraud department, who indicated someone had used the resident’s social security number to open an account. The incident was documented.

    An officer initiated a stop, January 31st, when the vehicle’s registered owner showed as having an expired license. During the stop, it was revealed the passenger had a valid warrant for his arrest. Frank Winters II of Rochester was arrested for the Sangamon County Warrant on burglary charges and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The driver received a written warning for the allegedly expired driver’s license.

    Criminal Reports 

    Assault – 1; Curfew Violation – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 4; Disorderly Conduct – 2; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – 2; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Identity Theft – 2; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor – 1; Illegal Possession of Alcohol by a Minor – 1; Intimidation – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Obstructing Justice – 1; Theft Under $500 – 1; Unlawful Restraining – ; Warrants – 7

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 7; Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 2; No Driver’s License – 4; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 9; Other Equipment Violations – 7; Other Moving Violations – 9; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding – 30; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 17; Warnings Issued – 148

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 17; Assist Fire Department – 42; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 9; Assist Other Police Agency – 56; Assist Schools – 30; Building / Business Checks – 34; Burglar Alarms – 12; Civil/Citizen Assists – 20; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 1; Injured Person – 1; Recovered Stolen Property – 1; Runaway – 1; Motorist Assists – 19; Ordinance Violations – 4; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 25; Vacation Watches – 216

  • Rochester Police Beat November 2018

    On November 1st, an officer was informed by a residence that he had found contraband in his son’s room. The officer was presented with five baggies of a brown chocolately substance, which tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). When the juvenile returned home, he was arrested for the alleged possession and the alleged intent to deliver a substance containing cannabis and taken to the juvenile detention center.

    An officer was contacted by the Springfield Police Department after a father had reported his son had a wallet in his possession that was not his on November 1st. The son admitted taking the wallet but refuse to give any more information. The Rochester officer made contact with the owner of the wallet and it was determined that it had been taken at the Rochester High School. A report of the alleged theft was forwarded to Juvenile Probation.

    On November 6th, an officer was informed of a hit and run that allegedly occurred in the Rochester High School Parking lot. The vehicle had a broken tail light and slight damage on the bumper including a white smear from another vehicle. The officer didn’t notice any vehicle that parked near the victim’s assigned spot with any damage. The officer, with help from the school resource officer, viewed camera footage of the vehicle and could not determine when and by whom the vehicle was hit. The incident was documented.

    On November 7th, an officer was contacted by a resident in Camelot, who was informed by her credit card institution that her credit information had been located on the Dark Web. They immediately cancelled her card and issued her a new one. Upon reviewing her statements she noticed four transactions between 10-11-18 and 10-20-18 totaling $329.99. Suspect information has been obtained and the case is still under investigation.

    Officers responded to a residence on Burberry when they received a call of an animal stuck in a fence. On November 8th, the officers arrived and discovered the coyote had freed itself, was injured and standing on the deck of the house. Sangamon County Animal Control was notified and arrived on scene taking custody of the coyote. They stated the injuries were not too extensive and the coyote would be able to return to the wild.

    On November 8th, officers were dispatched in reference to a theft at a residence on Guinevere. The resident believed her brother stole her son’s electric dirt bike from her garage a couple of months prior. She had received a message from him in October mentioning buying a new dirt bike. Her brother was located in the Sangamon County Jail but refused to speak with an officer. The incident was documented.

    On November 9th, Jeffery Medley of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Valid drivers picked up Medley and his vehicle from the scene.

    On November 14th, an officer responded to an accident in the Rochester High School parking lot. A pedestrian had run into the front of a moving vehicle and was flipped into the windshield. He was able to get off the vehicle and told the driver he was sorry. He was seen by the school nurse and was transported to the hospital. He later returned to school with no restrictions. A crash report was filed.

    On November 15th, an officer was dispatched to Water Street in reference to a hit and run. The officer observed a snow covered vehicle with major damage on the front driver’s side and several trees to the south of the vehicle broken and lying in the road impeding traffic. Several items of physical evidence have led to a possible suspect. The investigation is still ongoing.

    An officer was dispatched to a residence on Mill St. to take a criminal damage report on November 15th. The officer was informed the resident had a flat tire this morning and called Jostes to pick up the vehicle and fix the tire. Jostes noticed a large cut that appeared to have been caused by a knife or similar object. Suspect information was obtained from the victim and the incident is still under investigation.

    Dalton Felber of Rochester was arrested for a Christian County Warrant on November 16th. Felber was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    On November 20th, Jassen Tipps of Girard was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. The vehicle was driven from the scene by a valid driver.

    Antoinette Holloway of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on November 20th. A valid driver transported Holloway and her vehicle from the scene.

    A resident of Sattley reported a criminal trespass to her vehicle on November 22nd. The resident returned home at 6:30 pm the evening prior and believes she forgot to lock her vehicle. Nothing appeared to have been taken out of the vehicle but the content in the glove box were pulled out. The incident was documented.

    A stop was conducted, on November 24th, after an officer noticed a vehicle with an expired registration as of 2015. The driver stated he was borrowing the vehicle and was unaware it was expired. The driver was cited for allegedly driving a vehicle with no registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver picked up the individual from the scene and the vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    Thomas Swinson of Edinburg was stopped and arrested for a Cass County Warrant on November 24th. Swinson was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    November 24th, an officer stopped a vehicle after observing it going 85 mph in a 55 mph zone. It was revealed during the stop the driver’s license was suspended. Brande Gaiter of Springfield was cited for the alleged speed and for allegedly driving while license suspended. Valid drivers transported Gaiter and her vehicle from the scene.

    On November 26th, a resident of Park St. reported someone had used his name, address and social security number to open an account with Verizon. He is working with Verizon to get the situation investigated and resolved. A report was generated.

    On November 27th, a juvenile was taken into custody after his dad came home and discovered he had allegedly broken the refrigerator and stolen some alcohol out of it. The child was released into the custody of his mother. A report was generated and forwarded to Juvenile Probation.

    On November 29th, Amanda Vanostran of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked her up from the scene.

     Criminal Reports 

    Battery – 1; Cannabis: Possession over 30 grams – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Criminal Trespass to a Motor Vehicle – 2; Deceptive Practices – 2; Delivery or Possession with Intent to Deliver – 1; Obstructing Justice – 1; Theft $500 and Under – 3; Theft from a Motor Vehicle – 1; Warrants – 2 

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 9; Driver and Passenger Safety Laws – 2; Driving Too Fast for Conditions – 1; Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident – 1; Hit and Run – 2; No Driver’s License – 1; No Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 4; Speeding – 6; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 7; Warnings Issued – 53

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 9; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 5; Assist Fire Department – 18; Assist Other Police Agency – 20; Assist Schools – 11; Building / Business Checks – 12; Burglar Alarms – 4; Citizen Assists – 14; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 3; Mental Cases – 2; Missing Person – 1; Motorist Assists – 16; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Ordinance Violations – 3; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 15; Vacation Watches – 37

  • Rochester Police Beat October 2018

    On October 2nd, Trevor Cross of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended.

    An officer stopped a vehicle for a taillight violation on October 3rd. During the stop it was discovered the driver’s license had been suspended. Donald Foster of Edinburg was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Foster received a warning for the taillight violation. Valid drivers picked up Foster and his vehicle from the scene.

    On October 6th, an officer was contacted by a resident who claimed while inside her residence she heard a tree branch hit the pergola attached to her residence. She believed a tree service had cut the branch that hit the pergola. The officer did not see any signs of damage to the pergola caused by the tree work. It appeared the tree branches were all in the neighbor’s yard where the tree work was being done. The officer obtained insurance information from the tree company and notified the owner of the pergola to contact the department if she noticed any damage. A report was generated.

    On October 6th, Mathew Kuchar of Spaulding was stopped for allegedly driving while license suspended. During the stop, the officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath. The driver had glossy eyes and slurred speech and slowed movements. The officer administered the Standard Field Sobriety Tests and observed several signs of impairment. Kuchar submitted a breath sample which indicated a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.20%. Kuchar was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, driving under the influence of alcohol and having a BAC greater than 0.08%. The passenger in the vehicle was picked up by a valid driver and the vehicle was towed by Jostes. Kuchar was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    On October 6th, several items of value were taken from a construction site on Burberry Lane. The incident is still under investigation. A report was generated.

    An officer observed a vehicle traveling 67 mph in a 40 mph zone on October 7th. During the stop the officer discovered the passenger, Heidi Hahn of Decatur, was wanted on a warrant. At this time, the driver informed the officer that they were on their way to the hospital as Hahn was having stomach pain. The officer transported Hahn to Memorial Medical Center. Hahn then decided she didn’t wish to be seen and checked herself out. Hahn was arrested for the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The driver was cited for the alleged speeding violation.

    Jeff Lantz was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on October 9th. During the stop, it was revealed that the passenger had a valid warrant out of Sangamon County. Jimmie Grant Jr. of Springfield was arrested for the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Valid drivers picked up Lantz and his vehicle from the scene.

    On October 9th, an officer took a theft report for a resident who had her bank account hacked. She stated she had received an email that someone had changed her password on September 27th. The next morning she arrived at her bank to figure out what happened with her account. Once there she learned someone had hacked into her bank account and transferred $3000.00 into a new account in her name. She was also advised the suspects “ghosted” her debit card and withdrew an additional $1000.00. The bank is currently investigation this fraud case. A report was generated.

    On October 11th, an officer was contacted by the Menard County Sheriff’s Office reference an individual wanted for the violation of orders of protection (OP). The individual was possibly enroute to a residence in Rochester. Information was also obtained that the individual had a revoked license and was driving a specific vehicle. At approximately 2:03 pm, officers observed the vehicle at a stoplight on Route 29. An individual matching the description was observed driving the vehicle. The vehicle turned into a driveway off of Route 29 in an attempt to evade the officers. Charles Sebring of Tallula was given a notice to appear for allegedly driving while license revoked and transported to the Sangamon County Jail where the officers turned custody over to Menard County Sheriff’s Deputies for the alleged violation of OP. The passenger drove the vehicle from the scene.

    An officer noticed an abandoned vehicle on the shoulder of Route 29 on October 13th. The vehicle had a suspended registration due to an insurance violation. Jostes towed the vehicle. The owner contacted the department and was informed of the suspended registration.

    An officer stopped a vehicle after running the registration revealed the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license. The individual driving the vehicle was not the registered owner but had a revoked license and a warrant out of Christian County. Andrew Akers of Taylorville was cited for driving while license revoked and arrested for the warrant. Akers was transported to the Sangamon County Jail and Jostes towed the vehicle.

    On October 14th, after running a registration through the in-car computer, Latonya Billups of West Frankfort was arrested for a warrant out of Dewitt County and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    An officer was dispatched to a residence on Burberry in reference to a missing juvenile on October 16th. The mother explained she had sent him to his room as a disciplinary action. Two hours later the mother went to his room and he was absent. The officer checked with friends and was patrolling the area looking for the juvenile. Approximately 5 minutes later, the mother called stating the juvenile had returned home. The incident was documented.

    On October 17th an officer arrived on the scene of a disturbance occurring on Sattley St. Three family members were involved. One of which was standing in back of a vehicle preventing the others from leaving. The individual claimed she needed money and they would not give her any. She allegedly had lunged for a purse and was hitting the vehicle’s windows. The officer de-escalated the situation allowing the party of two to leave. They were informed on how to obtain orders of protection and the eviction process.

    On October 17th an officer met with an individual wanting to file a criminal damage report. The individual had left his combine on a vacant lot in Park Forest Place. When he arrived to pick it up, he noticed the door was ajar and fire extinguisher was missing. The fire extinguisher had been lodged in the combine blades, causing damage when the owner had turned it on. This incident is still under investigation. The Rochester Police Department is also investigating several incidents in the same area where residents have reported juveniles damaging the new construction. At one point the juveniles were confronted by a neighbor who stated they were throwing a sledge hammer into the walls.

    On October 17th, an officer was dispatched to Springfield where Sangamon County Deputies were out with two individual they had arrested for theft. The individuals were observed taking packages from residences. Several of the packages came from homes in Rochester. The packages were recovered and owners were notified. Charges were forwarded to the States Attorney’s office on Lomar Johnson of Springfield and Britney Foster of Mechanicsburg for the alleged thefts.

    On October 18th, the police department was contacted concerning criminal damage done at Oak Mill Estates construction sites. Mud had been tossed on the new construction at one of the sites and 3 lot signs had been destroyed. The complainant believes juveniles are responsible. All signs were replaced and mud cleaned before the officer’s arrival. The incident was documented.

    Ashley Bertoldi of Riverton was stopped and arrested for a warrant out of Sangamon County on October 22nd. Bertoldi was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. A passenger drove the vehicle from the scene.

    Christopher Hill of Mechanicsburg was stopped and arrested for a warrant out of Sangamon County and transported to the Sangamon County Jail on October 23rd.

    On October 23rd, an officer was dispatched to Park Forest Place Subdivision to take a motor vehicle theft report. The resident stated the vehicle was taken sometime between October 22nd in the afternoon and 7:00 a.m. October 23rd. The vehicle was later located at a vacant property in Springfield. Illinois State Police processed the vehicle for evidence and the vehicle was released back to its owner. The incident is still under investigation.

    Officers arrived on Taft Drive in reference to a disturbance on October 24th. A mother and son had been an altercation after the mother had taken away the sons cell phone and Xbox. A neighbor had stood by and witnessed the behaviors. The parties were separated. Several charges were forwarded to Juvenile Probation against the son.

    While patrolling an officer noticed the break lights on a vehicle had remained lit through several intersections. On October 26th, a stop was initiated to inform the driver of the possible mechanical problem with the vehicle. During the stop, it was revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Zachary Horton of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Horton received a warning for the alleged equipment violation. A valid driver picked Horton and the vehicle up from the scene.

    Devonta Childs of Springfield was stopped on October 27th and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A passenger with a valid license drove the vehicle from the scene.

    Joseph Bowen of Pawnee was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on October 27th. Valid drivers picked up Bowen and his vehicle.

    On October 27th, an officer conducted a stop on a vehicle after discovering the registered owner of the vehicle was revoked. Due to circumstances on the scene, Michael Gooden of Springfield was given a notice to appear for allegedly driving while license revoked. Valid drivers picked up Gooden and his vehicle.

    A resident informed an officer she had just come back from obtaining orders of protection (OP) at the court house. However, the OP had not been entered into the system nor had it been served. She had been notified by a neighbor the individual she got the OP against was on the premises of where she was staying. On October 29th, officers responded to the residence on Mill Street and met with the individual. Officers stood by with him until Sangamon County could process the OP and send a deputy out to serve him. He was given a ride to the police department while he arranged for a place to stay.

    On October 31st, David Sweetin of Pana was stopped and arrested for a Christian County Warrant and was booked into the Sangamon County Jail.

     

    Criminal Reports 

    Assault; simple – 1; Burglary Residential – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 3; Criminal Trespass – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – 1; Motor Vehicle Theft – 1; Theft Over $500 – 3; Theft $500 and Under – 4; Warrants – 7

     

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 8; Driver and Passenger Safety Laws – 1; Failure to Yield at an Intersection – 1; Illegal Parking – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Speeding – 22; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 19; Warnings Issued – 103

    Calls for Service

    Abandoned Vehicle – 1; Animal Related Calls – 8; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 2; Assist Fire Department – 29; Assist Other Police Agency – 29; Assist Schools – 20; Building / Business Checks – 27; Burglar Alarms – 7; Citizen Assists – 17; Civil Assists – 1; Disturbance – 8; Domestic Trouble – 7; Loud Noise Complaint – 1; Mental Cases – 1; Missing Persons – 2; Motorist Assists – 8; Neighborhood Trouble – 3; Ordinance Violations – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 12

  • Rochester Police Beat September 2018

     

    On September 1st, Jennifer Mattison of Petersburg was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Jostes.

    Officers responded to Willow Street in reference to a disturbance on September 4th. An argument was taking place between a boyfriend and girlfriend. The fight did not become physical at any point. The boyfriend agreed to leave for the evening to let things cool off.

    On September 5th, an officer was notified by public works employee of a person dumping trash into the park dumpsters. The individual was informed his actions were illegal and issued a warning. Subsequent offenses will result in a citation and fines.

    It was reported on September 6th by a resident of Park Forest Place that a license plate had been stolen off her vehicle sometime in the last month. The plate was entered into the state database listed as stolen. A report was generated.

    An officer was contacted by a business owner in reference to three customers being banned from the store on September 7th. The customers had come into the store on September 6th and taken merchandise. When the store contacted the individuals they agreed to return the merchandise if the cops were not notified. All of the merchandise was returned to the store and the customers were informed they were banned.

    On September 8th, an officer was dispatched to Route 29 at John St. in reference to a hit and run. A witness on scene told the officer a small white or gray two door vehicle was turning north on John St. from Route 29 and went over a curb striking a street sign. The witness also advised the vehicle had a flat tire when it left the scene. The suspect vehicle was not located. The scene was photographed and a report generated.

    On September 9th a pizza delivery driver reportedly flashed his brights at an oncoming truck to let them know their brights were on. The truck allegedly turned on blue and white flashing lights and pulled the driver over. The individual in the truck presented as a police officer and conducted a traffic stop. During which, he tried to “snatch” the delivery driver’s wallet and threatened to shoot him when confronted with a baton the delivery driver kept in the vehicle. The truck driver was described a male, 6’0”, thin, black hair, wearing glasses. There was also a passenger in the truck. The incident was documented.

    On September 11th, Hannah McIntosh of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Valid drivers picked McIntosh and her vehicle up from the scene.

    Our police department fields numerous calls every year about juveniles who have taken indecent photographs of themselves and posted it to social media after which these photos end up being shared by others. We would like to remind parents to please take time to talk to your kids about the dangers online and the repercussions of posting such pictures.

    On September 14th, Dwayne Hull of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating a vehicle while registration is suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Taylorville Towing towed the vehicle.

    Shelly Ray of Riverton was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on September 16th. A valid driver arrived on scene to take Ray and her vehicle home.

    On September 16th at approximately 11:58 pm, an officer conducted a stop after observing a vehicle making sudden jerky movements and then quickly turned into a driveway. The officer observed a male exit the vehicle and start towards the residence. The driver, now known as Jeremy Cashen of Nilwood, told the officer he was visiting his friend at the residence. The officer requested to meet the resident to verify Cashen’s story. At this time, Cashen informed the officer, he didn’t know anyone at the residence and he was driving on a suspended license. Cashen was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. The passenger in the vehicle, Ashley Swallows of Pekin, was arrested on a warrant out of Tazewell County for unlawful possession of a controlled substance. She was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    On September 17th, a stop was conducted on a vehicle after noticing the registration was expired. During the stop it was discovered the driver’s license was suspended. Courtney Wessing of Mechanicsburg was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and no registration. Jostes towed the vehicle and a valid driver picked Wessing up from the scene.

    At approximately 11:57 am on September 18th, an officer was informed by a resident of Mill Street that a bicycle, a cell phone, and a bicycle chain were in his front yard next to fresh blood on his front stoop. The items were photographed and taken back to the department. Officers were able to locate the owner, who had been riding his bike, fallen and broke his nose. He went to the emergency room and had left his belongings where the incident had happened.

    Officers were dispatched to Sattley St. for a possible burglary in progress at 4:54 am September 27th. The resident stated she woke up to find a black male crouching down in her bedroom closet peering out at her. There was no physical evidence indicating someone was in the residence. Officers discovered the residence was still secure from the inside other than the door she had to open. The yard surrounding the house was undisturbed as well. The officer provided extra patrol of the area the next couple of days.

    An officer conducted a stop on September 27th of a vehicle that’s registration came back expired in 2014 out of Texas. The vehicle registered to an individual not on scene and when asked the driver stated he purchased the vehicle a year ago but hadn’t bothered transferring the title. James Harris of Mount Auburn was cited for allegedly operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and no registration. The vehicle was towed by Nevell’s towing.

    On September 30th, Sharon Cartwright of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Valid drivers arrived on scene to transport Cartwright and her vehicle home.

     

    Criminal Reports 

    Child Pornography – 1; Forgery – 1; Impersonating a Police Officer – 1; Intimidation – 1; Possessing a Controlled Substance – 1; Retail Theft – 1; Theft Over $500– 1

     

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 6; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Hit and Run – 1; Illegal Parking – 1; No Registration – 3; Operating a motor vehicle with a Suspended Registration – 1; Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 6; Speeding – 3; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 12; Traffic Signal Violation – 4; Warnings Issued – 52

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 4; Assist Ambulance / Other Governmental Agency – 8; Assist Fire Department – 27; Assist Other Police Agency – 16; Assist Schools – 5; Building / Business Checks – 4; Burglar Alarms – 3; Citizen Assists – 15; Civil Assists – 1; Disturbance – 5; Domestic Trouble – 2; Illegal Dumping – 1; Lost or Recovered Articles – 4; Loud Noise Complaint – 2; Motorist Assists – 8; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Operation Friendship – 5; Ordinance Violations – 3; School Programs – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 11; Traffic Control – 12;Vacation Watches – 5

  • Rochester Police Beat August 2018

     

    On August 1st, an officer conducted a stop for illegal use of an electronic device. During the stop, it was discovered the driver was suspended and wanted on a warrant. Thomas J. Ray, Jr. of Springfield was arrested for the Christian County Warrant for failure to appear on traffic, issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a written warning for the alleged illegal use of an electronic communication device. Ray was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Valid drivers picked the vehicle up from the scene.

    An officer initiated a stop after running the registered owner of a vehicle through his computer and finding the registered owner was wanted on a warrant. On August 4th, Craig S. Schleyhahn of Springfield arrested on a Christian County Warrant for failure to appear for a felony burglary charge. Schleyhahn was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    An officer was called to the Rochester Community Park to take a report on criminal damage to property on August 7th. One of the storage shed’s doors had apparent shoe prints on it and the door frame was split. No entry was made. A report was generated.

    On August 10th, David W. Irvine of Springfield was stopped and subsequently cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. The officer gave Irvine a ride to his workplace.

    A resident of Oak Hills contacted the police department with regards to a civil dispute over lawn care on August 10th. The resident stated he only paid two thirds of his bill because a third of the work done by the lawn care service was unsatisfactory. Sod had been laid and was already dead. The owner of the service stated if the resident didn’t pay he would undo all of the work. Both parties were advised the situation is civil at this point and would have to be settled in court. The incident was documented.

    On August 10th, an officer ran the registration of a vehicle that came back stolen out of Springfield. Andrew White of Chatham was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. White was issued citation for allegedly being in possession of a stolen vehicle, driving with a revoked registration, failure to surrender revoked registration, and operating a vehicle with revoked title. The vehicle’s owner arrived on scene and took possession of the vehicle. White’s father took custody of the children occupants in the vehicle.

    Zachary G. Holloway of Edinburg was stopped and cited for allegedly driving on a cancelled license on August 10th. A valid driver picked up Holloway from the scene.

    An officer responded to a criminal damage in progress call at the Rochester Community Park on August 11th. Three juveniles were seen by the complainant taking the ceramic tiles off the wall of the playground and throwing them on the ground. The officer spoke with two of the juveniles who were still on scene. They stated a friend (that left prior to the officer’s arrival) noticed the tile on the ground and threw it. They claimed they were no where around him when he broke it on the ground. Parents of the known juveniles were contacted. They advised they would speak with their children. The officer was unable to obtain contact information for the third juvenile.

    On August 11th, an officer issued an animal ordinance citation and fine to a resident on Willow. The resident’s cat(s) allegedly had damaged a vehicle in the neighborhood. They were advised to keep their cats indoors to keep them from damaging other’s property.

    After stopping a vehicle for speeding on August 11th, the officer discovered the driver was suspended out of Kentucky. Jessica L. Franks of Taylorville was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and given written warnings for speeding and operating a vehicle with no proof of insurance.

    An officer stopped a vehicle, on August 12th, after recognizing the driver as a revoked driver from a previous encounter. George T. Bailey of Kincaid was arrested and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

    On August 14th, Kiara L. Sumner of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked up Sumner and her vehicle.

    On August 15th, Amanda M. Gunther of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. The officer gave Gunther a ride to her workplace.

    On August 15th, Randi L. Chamness of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked up Chamness and her vehicle.

    On August 16th, Eric B. Compton of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Compton was also issued a written warning for no proof of insurance. A valid driver transported Compton and his vehicle from the scene.

    Officers responded to a residence on E. Main Street in reference to a disturbance on August 16th. The officer’s spoke with the resident and her juvenile son who stated the individual that has been staying with them just received notice he is to be evicted from the residence. The individual allegedly started to threaten the juvenile with bodily harm. Zane P. Merreighn was arrested for the alleged assault and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    On August 17th, officers were notified of several burglaries to vehicles had occurred during the night prior in the Maplehurst and Wyndmoor subdivisions. Several items of value were taken including but not limited to a laptop, hard-drive, and Apple watch. All of the vehicles appeared to have been left unlocked. A report was generated and the incidents are still being investigated.

    Ann M. Sperry of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on August 18th. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    An officer stopped a vehicle for a suspended registration and discovered the operator’s driver’s license was also suspended. On August 18th, Andrea R. Buchanan of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    August 18th, an officer conducted a stop on a vehicle with a suspended registered owner. During the stop the officer noticed an open alcoholic beverage in the vehicle. The driver displayed no signs of impairment. Maurice G. Sanchez of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and illegal transportation of alcohol.

    Officers responded to a residence in the Wyndmoor subdivision in reference to a disturbance on August 19th. The wife had returned home to find her husband had tossed several items of furniture in the residence. She told the officer her husband was yelling at her, throwing things in the residence and gave her she a week to move out. The husband advised they have been arguing all week. He advised he would be okay but one of them should find somewhere else to go for the night. The wife agreed to take her children and stay the night with her parents. The officer advised the wife to seek an order of protection if she felt it was necessary. The incident was documented.

    A traffic stop was initiated on a vehicle with an expired registration on August 20th. During the stop, it was discovered the operator’s driver’s license was revoked out of Florida and she had a warrant out of Florida. Summer D. Deszell of Decatur was arrested for a felony warrant for fraud falsification of ownership to a pawn broker out of Florida, fugitive from justice and for allegedly driving while license revoked. Deszell was also cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. She was transported to the Sangamon County Jail and the vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    On August 21st, an officer was notified by a resident of Oak Hills subdivision of a disturbance. A juvenile had been dropped off with her great-grandparents while her father, the custodial parent, travelled out of stated to seek employment. The juvenile’s mother had shown up at the great-grandparent’s residence to take custody of the juvenile and was causing a problem. Neither party on scene had guardianship of the juvenile. It was determined to keep the juvenile with her great-grandparents where she appeared to be safe. The mother was issued a no trespass warning informing her if she was to return to the property she would be arrested. The grandparents were given information on obtaining an order of protection and advised to seek temporary guardianship if possible. The dad avoided contact with the police department during the incident. DCFS was notified of the situation and documented the call. A report was generated.

    After stopping a vehicle on August 21st for an expired registration, the officer discovered the driver was suspended. Kevin L. Feilding of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued written warnings for the expired registration and no proof of insurance.

    Robert B. Davis of Taylorville was stopped and cited allegedly for driving on a cancelled license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on August 22nd. A valid driver picked up Davis and his vehicle from the scene.

    Marva D. Steward of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on August 22nd. A valid driver picked up the vehicle from the scene.

    Tarren A. Davis of Springfield was stopped for driving while license revoke on August 22nd. Due to circumstances on scene, Davis was given a notice to appear for allegedly driving while license revoked and cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Valid drivers picked Davis and his vehicle up from the scene.

    On August 23rd, Alexandra M. Nelch of Chatham was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    A resident of Park Forest Hundred notified an officer he has been receiving threatening text from his sister’s boyfriend via text messages on August 24th. Upon reviewing the messages, it was determined there was no direct threat in the messages. He was advised to seek an order of protection and block the phone number. The incident was documented.

    Christopher J. Hill of Mechanicsburg was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on August 26th. A valid driver picked him up from the scene.

    Eric C. Kendrick, Jr. of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on August 26th. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    On August 26th, an officer conducted a stop of a vehicle with an expired registration of June of 2017. The officer noticed the registration plate had a sticker for 2019 registered to another vehicle. The driver stated she recently purchased the vehicle and provided a contact for the sale. The individual the officer was put in contact with was not the owner on the vehicle’s registration. During the stop it was also revealed the operator’s driver’s license was expired. The vehicle was towed and Desirae N. Kelly of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving with no valid driver’s license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

    On August 27th, Angel G. Blair of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked her up from the scene.

    Yashika N. Capler of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly having no valid driver’s license on August 28th. Capler was also cited for child passenger protection act due to allegedly having a passenger under 8 in the vehicle with no child safety seat present. A valid driver picked Capler up from the scene.

    An officer conducted a stop on a driver who allegedly disobeyed a traffic control device on August 30th. During the stop, it was revealed the driver had a suspended driver’s license. Coral L. Harrison of Tovey was cited for allegedly disobeying a traffic control device and driving while license suspended. A valid driver took Harrison to work.

    On August 31st, Corey V. Pope of Tower Hill was stopped and arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked. Pope was also cited for allegedly operating an uninsured motor vehicle. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    Criminal Reports 

    Assault; simple – 1; Burglary from Motor Vehicle – 3; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Drag Racing – 1; Fugitive from Justice – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Motor Vehicle Anti-Theft Laws– 1;Theft Under $500 – 2; Warrants – 3

     Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 6; Distracted Driving/Cellular Device – 1; Driver/Passenger Safety Laws – 3; No Driver’s License – 8; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 14; Speeding – 26; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 23; Traffic Signal Violation Citations – 11;Warnings Issued – 77

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 5; Assist Ambulance Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 5; Assist Business Agency – 1; Assist Fire Department – 15; Assist Other Police Agency – 36; Assist Schools – 1; Building / Business Checks – 40; Burglar Alarms – 9; Citizen Assists – 17; Civil Assists – 6; Disturbance – 2; Domestic Trouble – 2; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Missing Person – 1; Motorist Assists – 13; Ordinance Violations – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 12; Traffic Control – 10; Vacation Watches – 29

  • Rochester Police Beat July 2018

     

    On July 2nd, an officer responded to a residence on E. Mill Street in reference to a violation of orders of protection. The respondent’s daughter had gone over to the petitioner’s address. The respondent went to the sidewalk outside of the residence and asked to approach, at which the petitioner agreed. The respondent allegedly proceeded to raise her voice, make a scene and then leave the property. The respondent was issued a notice to appear for the violation and a report was forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    A resident of Park Forest Place notified an officer on July 2nd their license plate was stolen off of their vehicle. The theft is believed to have occurred sometime between June 27th and 29th. It is uncertain where the theft actually occurred. A report was generated.

    On July 3rd, a resident of Oak Hill Road informed officers a theft had occurred on her property. The resident allegedly caught her grandson and his friend earlier in the day taking property out of her home. When she confronted them, they set down the possessions and left the property. Later the resident heard noises coming from the living room and went to investigate. At that time, she noticed the possessions her grandson and friend were trying to take earlier were missing. The items were located behind a shed buried under some leaves. The resident stated she wished to press charges. Tavin Benton of Rochester and Anthony Rhodes of Pawnee were both arrested for the alleged Theft Over $500 and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    Archiebald Doe of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on July 7th.

    On July 8th, an officer initiated a stop on a vehicle after running the registration and discovering it was suspended for a mandatory insurance violation. Jacob Stanford of Kincaid was issued a citation for the alleged suspended registration and the vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    An officer noticed an individual he knew from previous encounters to have a suspended driver’s license driving a van on July 11th. The officer initiated a stop and cited Joshua Garner of Springfield for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    On July 14th, Marva Steward of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked her up from the scene.

    On July 16th, Linda Newingham of Kincaid was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver picked her up from the scene.

    On July 16th at approximately 10:30 pm, an officer was contacted by a Rochester resident who stated his wife, two children, his niece and two dogs didn’t return home after saying they were going to the Rochester Park around 7 pm. After searching the park and not finding the family the officer aired an attempt to locate for the family. The wife’s vehicle was eventually located unoccupied in a parking lot on Lake Sangchris by the Illinois State Police. The area was searched with combined teamwork from the Rochester Police Department, Rochester Fire Department, Edinburg Fire Department, Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police (Patrol, Air Ops, and K9) and the Illinois Conservation Police. The family was located and safely led out of the woods in the early morning hours of July 17th. The individuals explained they were out hiking on the trails and lost their way. After it got dark they decided to stop moving for the night and wait until sunrise to attempt to find their way again. They had noticed the headlights on a four-wheeler driven by the Conservation Police and started yelling allowing officers to find them and reunite them with their family.

    An officer responded to Briarwood Lane in reference to a theft that occurred on July 17th. The resident explained she hired a moving company to move her heavier belongings to her new residence. After they left, she noticed two pieces of jewelry missing valued at $26,000. On July 18th, the officer recovered the items from a pawn shop and obtained video of the individual who pawned them. On August 15th, Rochester Police Department along with the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Roosevelt Craig of Springfield on a Sangamon County Warrant for Class 2 Felony Theft.

    On July 18th, a resident reported she was the victim of deceptive practices. She stated she was on the computer when a pop-up froze it. It provided a number for her to call to get “Nextech” virus protection. She stated the individual had her purchasing various gift card to pay for the virus protection. When she provided them with the card numbers they told her they were not valid and to purchase more. Her bank was notified along with Google’s Fraud department. A report was generated.

    Megan Huntsley of Taylorville was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on July 18th. A valid driver picked her up from the scene.

    An officer initiated a stop on July 18th at approximately 11:20 pm for speeding. A juvenile was operating the vehicle and had 3 passengers in the vehicle with her. Until the age of 18, a driver is issued a graduated driver’s license. This restricts the juveniles driving times by excluding driving between the hours of 10 pm to 6 am on Sundays through Thursdays and 11 pm to 6 am on Fridays and Saturdays. The Graduated Drivers License also restricts the number of occupants allowed in a vehicle to only one unrelated teen passenger (siblings and children of the driver are exempt to this rule). Citations were written for allegedly speeding, possessing no valid driver’s license, and having more that one passenger under 20 in the vehicle. The citations and a report for the curfew violation were forwarded to North County Teen Court to see if they will accept this case.

    An officer noticed a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 29 on July 20th at 3:10 am. The vehicle stopped in the roadway and made a three point turnabout. After initiating the stop, the officer discovered the driver’s license was revoked. George Bailey of Kincaid was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    On July 23rd, Zane Merreighn of Rochester was arrested on a Sangamon County Warrant at his residence. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    Bradley Magruder of Springfield was stopped after an officer observed his vehicle speeding on July 25th. During the stop, it was discovered Magruder’s driver’s license was suspended. Magruder was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and speeding. Valid drivers picked up the vehicle and the driver from the scene.

    An officer responded to a call in reference to a dog bite on July 25th. The individual stated that while walking her Maltese on E. Mill they passed a yard with a Boxer in it. The Boxer broke its chain and attacked the Maltese. The owner of the Maltese claimed she was trying to separate the dogs and was bitten as well. The Maltese was brought to the animal hospital and underwent emergency surgery. The Maltese later succumbed to its injuries. The owner of the Boxer was issued a citation for the impoundment of dogs that have bitten persons or other domesticated animals. A report was generated and Sangamon County Animal Control investigated the incident.

    On July 26th, Angela Yager of Springfield was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on driving while license suspended. Yager also received a written warning for allegedly having an expired registration.

    On July 27th, Cecil Funk of Riverton was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and cited for allegedly operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Funk was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    Brian Carter of Rochester was arrested on a Sangamon County Warrant for failure to appear on driving while license suspended and transported to the Sangamon County Jail on July 30th.

    On July 31st, a resident reported to an officer forty-one DVD’s allegedly had been taken from her home over the last year. Possible suspect information was provided by the resident. A report was generated.

    An officer initiated a stop of a vehicle with a suspended registration on July 31st. Jane Rosa of Taylorville was issued citations for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while the registration was suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

     

    Criminal Reports 

    Deceptive Practices – 1; Theft Over $500 – 1; Theft Under $500 – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 1; Warrants – 4

     

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 6; Driver and Passenger Safety Laws – 3; Failure to Yield at an Intersection – 1; Failure to Yield for a Emergency Vehicle – 1; Illegal Parking – 3; Improper Lane Usage – 1; No Driver’s License – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 10; Speeding – 8; Suspended Registration – 4; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 14; Warnings Issued – 73

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 3; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 11; Assist Fire Department – 12; Assist Other Police Agency – 20; Building / Business Checks – 7; Burglar Alarms – 7; Citizen Assists – 11; Curfew – 1; Disturbance – 4; Domestic Trouble – 2; Lost or Recovered Articles – 2; Mental Cases – 3; Missing Persons – 1; Motorist Assists – 3; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Ordinance Violations – 4; Person Down – 1;Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 14; Vacation Watches – 36

  • 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

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