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  • 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

  • Rochester Police Beat April 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     Criminal Reports 

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

     Traffic Reports 

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

    Calls for Service

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

  • Rochester Police Beat March 2018

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Criminal Reports 

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

     

    Traffic Reports 

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

    Calls for Service

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

  • February 2018 Police Beat

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Criminal Reports 

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

    Traffic Reports 

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

    Calls for Service

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

  • Rochester Police Beat December 2017 / January 2018

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Criminal Reports 

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

     

    Traffic Reports 

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

    Calls for Service

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

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