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  • Village Public Hearing

    Village of Rochester

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


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

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

    Dated this 27th day of April, 2015

    Deborah R Elderton
    Village Manager

    Stacia Munroe
    Village Clerk

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


  • MARCH 2015 POLICE BEAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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


  • FEBRUARY 2015 POLICE BEAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • JANUARY 2015 POLICE BEAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • December 2014 Police Beat

    DECEMBER 2014 POLICE BEAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • NOVEMBER 2014 POLICE BEAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • OCTOBER 2014 POLICE BEAT

    *An officer was dispatched to the Rochester High School on 10/01/14, at 11:55a.m., in reference to threats a female student had reportedly made to another student and to a family member. After meeting with school administration and the student’s mother, arrangements were made for the student to leave school with the mother in order to pursue additional help with the situation.

    *On 10/10/14, at 9:50a.m., an officer was sent to an address on Lancelot Drive to meet with the resident. The resident had called dispatch to report she had several items stolen from the house recently. The victim reported to police the following items were missing: 19 inch flat screen Visio television; IPAD mini with case; and a “Go Pro” camera. The victim was unable to give an exact date as to when the items may have been stolen, but did report the television was last seen in May of 2014. She suspects a family member may be responsible for the thefts of the items. The value of the property was estimated at $1950.00.

    *A resident from the 700 block of West Main Street reported to the police her car had had been damaged while it had been parked along the road in front of the residence. The victim stated she had parked her car sometime during the evening on 10/11/14, and then found the damage at about noon on 10/12/14. The driver’s side mirror had been torn away from the vehicle. Damage was estimated at $220.00.

    *Officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Deercreek in reference to a report of a domestic disturbance on 10/12/14, at about 4:30p.m. When officers arrived they learned that a juvenile subject had become angry and was damaging the house and threatening to harm himself. As officers were collecting information the subject ran from the residence. Officers eventually located him, and after a brief struggle, took him into custody. The subject was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

    *On 10/15/14, at 6:00p.m., an officer went to a residence in the 200 block of Oak Street to take a residential burglary report. The victim reported when she came home to her house this evening she noticed a Laptop computer was missing. She also reported that late last month she had approximately $1200.00 in cash stolen from the residence. It is believed a family member who is not allowed at the house may be responsible for the incidents. During the follow-up investigation, a search warrant was obtained for cell phones which belonged to possible suspects. The investigation is ongoing as one of the suspect(s) was recently returned to the Department of Corrections.

    *At 12:10a.m., on 10/16/14, an officer was sent to an address in the 300 block of West Main for a domestic disturbance. The officer arrived and met with the owner of the residence and a live-in female subject. The owner of the house reported the two had gotten into an argument after returning home from an evening of drinking and the female had taken his car keys. After speaking with both subjects, it was decided that no crimes had been committed.
    *An officer was met at the police department by a subject who resides in the 400 block of Water Street on 10/22/14, at 6:20p.m. The subject told police she found a dead animal which had been thrown in her backyard landing near her deck. Most of the animal was intact, however, the fur was missing and only the skull was remaining from the head. The officer reported it was difficult to tell the identity of the animal, but believes it may have been a small dog. The resident was not sure why someone would place the animal in her yard.

    *A traffic stop conducted on 10/25/14, at about 9:05p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver for multiple alleged offenses. The driver James Dentzman, of Springfield, was reported to have been driving on a suspended license and driving a vehicle with suspended registration.

    *After stopping a vehicle on 10/26/14, at approximately 2:55p.m., the officer was informed the driver was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Shelby County Authorities. The driver, Tony Webb Jr. from Newton, was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *Grace Beneky of Springfield was stopped on 10/26/14, at about 12:00a.m. while travelling southbound on Route 29. During the stop the officer learned that Beneky’s driver’s license had been suspended. She was issued a citation for the alleged violation.

    *A vehicle which was stopped on 10/28/14, at about 2:50p.m., for a reported lane violation resulted in the arrest of the driver for allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license and driving without insurance. She was ticketed for the reported violations.

    *At approximately 10:30p.m., on 10/29/14, a vehicle was stopped which had been travelling northbound on Route 29. During the stop the officer discovered the driver of the vehicle, Dawn Fitch of Louisville, was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Clay County Authorities. A passenger in the vehicle, Derek Britz of Edgewood, was also arrested as he had a valid warrant for his arrest which had also been issued by Clay County Authorities. Both subjects were taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *An officer was sent to an address on State Street on 10/31/14, at 8:15p.m., to meet with a subject who claimed he ex-husband had violated an order of protection. According to the victim, the order of protection prohibits the ex-husband from making any contact with her. She claimed he had attempted to contact her through a Facebook message. The officer documented the allegations and prepared a report for the complainant.

    Criminal Reports
    Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol – 1; Residential Burglary – 2; Resisting / Obstructing a Police Officer – 1; Theft – 3; Theft of Labor – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 1; Warrant Arrests – 3


    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 4; Improper Lane Usage – 2; Miscellaneous Offenses – 6; No Drivers License – 3; No Valid Registration – 5; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 6; Operating While Registration Suspended – 1; Speeding – 3; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 3; Warnings Issued – 101

    Calls For Service
    Animal Related Calls – 2; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 13; Assist Other Police Agency – 27; Building / Business Checks – 25; Burglar Alarms – 4; Citizen Assists – 32; Disturbance – 2; Fingerprinting – 4; Found Articles – 2; Motorist Assists – 11; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 7; Vacation Watches -- 75


  • SEPTEMBER 2014 POLICE BEAT

    *The police were notified on 09/01/14, at about 11:45a.m., by a resident in the Oak Hills Subdivision who reported fraudulent activities having occurred on her credit card.  The victim stated when she realized her card had been taken from her wallet she began checking her statement.  Her statement indicated the card had been used at about 10:00a.m., on 09/01/14, with $300 having been withdrawn at an ATM in Springfield.  The investigation into the incident eventually resulted in the arrest of another family member who admitted to having stolen the card and then using the card without the owner’s permission.

    *A domestic battery report was taken on 09/04/14, regarding an incident which allegedly occurred on 08/28/14, in the 1000 block of Appalachian Trail, sometime after 10:00p.m.  An officer received a telephone call from a subject who stated she was calling from another state, but wanted to report she was battered by her boyfriend while she was visiting him in Rochester.  The complainant reported she was grabbed by her boyfriend and then thrown to the ground.  She further told the officer she had pictures of the injuries she had received as a result of the incident.  When the officer informed her it appeared she had been the victim of a domestic battery and asked her for additional information to further process this case she then wanted to rescind everything she had originally reported.  A report documenting the incident was completed.

    *A vehicle stop on 09/11/14, at about 8:30p.m., resulted in the driver being arrested in reference to multiple offenses.  Along with the driver, James Snell of Edinburg, being arrested for allegedly driving on a suspended license a report has been forwarded to the States Attorney’s Office regarding alleged drug violations.  During the stop, the driver gave the officer a bag containing a green leafy substance which tested positive for marijuana and other drug related items.

    *A vehicle was stopped for reportedly travelling 71 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone on 09/13/14, at 9:40a.m.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as Andre Silas of Springfield.  During the stop the officer learned that Silas had allegedly been driving on a revoked license.

    *A vehicle being driven by John Williams, of Pana, was stopped on 09/22/14, at about 5:10p.m. due to a reported license registration violation.  The officer was informed during the stop Williams was driving on a suspended license.  He was ticketed for the alleged violations and his vehicle was towed from the scene.

    *At 6:40p.m., on 09/24/14, officers were sent to a residence in the 100 block of Willow in regards to a disturbance.  The officers met with the female caller and were told her 13 year-old son had gotten into an argument with his younger brother and her.  When the officers went to speak to the 13 year-old they found he had left the residence.  Attempts to contact him were unsuccessful and a missing persons report was generated.  After several hours of searching for him by the police and his family, officers learned the juvenile had been located in a wooded area off of the bike trail.  He was brought to the police station and then released to his parents.

    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 500 block of Mill Street on 09/26/14, at 3:25a.m., in regards to an ongoing domestic situation.  The complainant reported to the police her ex-boyfriend had been calling and texting her for the past 2 hours.  She also reported he was making remarks about killing himself if she did not respond to him.  A report was completed documenting the problems mentioned by the complainant as she planned to seek an order of protection.  The suspect was contacted in order to check on his welfare and advise him to stop attempting to contact the victim.

    *An officer spoke to a resident in the 500 block of Sattley Street on 09/29/14. The resident told police that she noticed her mailbox along with 2 other mailboxes had been damaged.  She found the damage at about 5:00p.m. on 09/29/14.  It appeared the mailboxes were intentionally struck by a vehicle.  The mailboxes were damaged beyond repair.

    *A vehicle stop conducted on 09/29/14, at 9:50p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver.  During the investigation the officer learned the driver of the vehicle, Zachariah Geary, of Tovey, was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Montgomery County Authorities.

    Criminal Reports
    Battery – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Criminal Damage to Property –3; Deceptive Practices – 1; Possession of Cannabis 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Warrant Arrests -- 2

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 2; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Failure to Yield – 1; No Drivers License – 2; No Registration – 5; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 8;  Speeding –12; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 8; Too Fast for Conditions – 1; Traffic Sign Violations – 1; Warnings Issued – 101

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 6; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 4; Assist Other Police Agency – 19; Assist Own Agency – 23; Burglar Alarm Response – 5; Business / Building Checks – 35; Citizen Assists – 33; Disturbance – 4; Domestic Trouble – 1; Found Property – 3; Mental Cases – 1;   Missing Persons – 1; Motorist Assists – 16; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Suspicious Auto – 4; Suspicious Person – 2; Traffic Control / Detail – 9; Vacation Checks -- 72


  • AUGUST 2014 POLICE BEAT

    *As officers were patrolling in the Woodlands Subdivision at about 2:00a.m. on 08/03/14, they observed a vehicle parked along the road.They heard the engine running, but couldn’t tell if the vehicle was occupied.The report indicates the officers walked up to check on the situation and saw two subjects who appeared to be sleeping in the car.They also reported smelling what appeared to be marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.Officers woke the subjects up and began speaking with them.The subjects admitted to being in possession of marijuana.Parents were contacted and reports have been forwarded.

    *A resident from the 100 block of Roanoke contacted the police on 08/09/14, at 8:00a.m.He told the officer he had forgotten to close his overhead garage door the prior evening and when he checked the garage this morning he found his chainsaw had been stolen.The chainsaw was described as a 22 inch Craftsman saw in a black carrying case.The property was valued at $280.

    *Quentin Martin, of Springfield, was stopped on 08/09/14, at 10:30p.m., as he was driving near the intersection of Route 29 and Taft Lane.The officer found that the registration on the vehicle Martin was driving was suspended.Martin was issued a citation for the alleged offense and his vehicle was towed.

    * On 08/18/14, a resident from Woodland Trails called to report her son’s bicycle had been stolen.She believed the theft occurred sometime between 11:00p.m., on 08/16/14, and 12:00p.m., on 08/17/14.The bicycle, which was valued at $400, had been in the back of her son’s truck when it was taken.

    *Angela Spinner, of Pana, was stopped on 08/22/14, at 8:15p.m. while travelling on Route 29.The registration on Spinner’s vehicle had been reported as suspended due to an insurance violation.She was cited for the alleged offense and her vehicle was towed.

    *On 08/23/14, at 6:20p.m., a vehicle being driven by William Clotfelter of Plainfield was stopped.During the stop the officer learned the registration on Clotfelter’s vehicle was suspended. Clotfelter was given a ticket for the alleged suspension and had his vehicle towed.

    *An officer had contact with Zachary Roberts of Springfield on 08/24/14, at 4:30p.m.The officer was notified by dispatch Roberts was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities.He was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *The police were called on 08/25/14, at 6:00p.m., by a resident who lives in the 300 block of North Walnut.He reported he believed a family member who had been at the house earlier in the day stole some money and other things from the residence.An investigation into the reported theft as well as past thefts from the residence is continuing.

    *On 08/29/14, at 4:15p.m., officers made contact with Robert Tweed of Rochester.Tweed was arrested by the officers as they had learned he had a valid warrant for his arrest which had been issued by Texas authorities. Tweed was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *An officer made contact with Michael Robinson, of Rochester, in the Community Park on 08/28/14, at 7:15p.m. Robinson had just pulled into a parking space.During the contact the officer learned that Robinson’s drivers license was revoked.He was arrested for allegedly driving on a revoked license.

    *Zachary Krouse, of Taylorville, was arrested on 08/30/14, at about 3:00p.m.Officers discovered Krouse was wanted on a valid warrant which had been issued by Christian County authorities.

    *A traffic stop was conducted on a car being driven by David England of Springfield on 08/31/14, at 6:20p.m., due to an alleged equipment violation.During the stop the officer was advised that England’s drivers license was suspended.England was cited for the alleged suspension along with several other reported violations.

    Criminal Reports
    Criminal Trespass to Residence – 1; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol – 1; Possession of Cannabis 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 2; Residential Burglary – 1; Theft – 2; Warrant Arrests -- 2

     

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 6; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Failure to Yield – 1; No Drivers License – 2; No Registration – 5; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 11; Operating While Registration Suspended – 3; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding – 9; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 5; Violation of Classification –1;Warnings Issued – 134

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 8; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 3; Assist Other Police Agency – 19; Assist Own Agency – 43; Burglar Alarm Response – 9; Business / Building Checks – 19; Citizen Assists – 35; Disturbance – 4; Domestic Trouble – 2; Found Property – 1;Missing Persons – 1; Motorist Assists – 16; Suspicious Auto – 8; Suspicious Person – 3; Traffic Control / Detail – 15; Vacation Checks -- 55


  • July 2014 Police Beat

    *While conducting stationary patrol an officer observed a tan pickup truck pass him traveling southbound on Route 29 on 07/01/14, at about 5:40p.m. The officer noted the vehicle’s front and rear license plates did not match. After the officer caught up to the truck he turned on his lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The driver of the truck continued travelling southbound refusing to pull to the side of the road. The officer was using the lights and siren in an attempt to make a stop on the truck. Additionally, the officer noted the driver of the truck had his window down and appeared to glance in his rear view mirror on several occasions. The officer terminated his attempt to pull the vehicle over after following the truck for approximately two miles. Although neither of the license plates were registered to the driver, the officer eventually identified the driver, Ryan Nergenah, of Virginia, Illinois. On 07/07/14, officers made contact with Nergenah at his place of employment and cited him for the following alleged violations: fleeing or attempting to elude; driving while license is revoked; no valid registration; operating an uninsured motor vehicle; and other title violations. Court action is pending.

    *A vehicle which had been parked off the road in the 500 block of Mill Street was damaged sometime between 11:30p.m., on 06/30/14 and 7:30a.m. on 07/01/14. The rear window of the truck appeared to have been hit with an object causing the glass to shatter. Damages were estimated at $600.

    *A residence under construction on Potomac Drive was vandalized sometime during the first week of July. The victim reported the incident to the police on 07/06/14. Once inside the house the suspect(s) spray painted several areas of the residence and damaged the cover to a hot tub.

    *An officer was sent to the area of West Main Street and Oak Hill Road on 07/07/14, at about 6:45p.m. in reference to a report of a reckless driver. Sangamon County Dispatch had received multiple calls from citizens who were reporting they were run off the road by a male subject driving a white SUV. The officer observed a white SUV parked in a garage in the 200 block of Cumberland Drive, and before he got out of his squad car a citizen approached him identifying the vehicle in the garage as the suspect vehicle. As the officer approached the garage he was met by the driver of the vehicle, Dan Stanton. The police report indicates Stanton told the officer he had just arrived home. An investigation into the incident resulted in the arrest of Stanton for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

    *On 07/09/14, a resident in the 200 block of North Walnut reported to the police she had gasoline siphoned from her vehicle sometime the previous evening. She had recently filled her gas tank and noticed when she got into her car the gauge indicated the tank was only half full. She estimated she lost $35 in gasoline.

    *A resident from Mishawaka Drive found his rear car window had been had been shattered when he went to get into his car on 07/14/14. The incident is believed to have occurred sometime prior to 11:30a.m. on 07/14/14.
    *Michelle Woerman, of Quincy, was stopped on 07/20/14, at about 7:40p.m. During the stop the officer learned that the registration on the vehicle Woerman was driving had been suspended. She was cited for the alleged violation and her vehicle was towed.


    Criminal Reports:
    Contempt of Court – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 4; Criminal Damage to Vehicle – 2; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Theft – 1

    Traffic Reports:
    DUI – 1; Fleeing / Attempt to Elude Police – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 2; Improper Use of Registration; No Drivers License – 5; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 8; Operating While Registration Suspended – 3; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding – 11; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 11; Warnings Issued – 136

    Calls for Service:
    Animal Related Calls – 6; Assist Other Police Agency – 10; Assist Own Agency – 33; Burglar Alarm Response – 13; Business / Building Checks – 10; Citizen Assists – 36; Found Property – 2; Loud Noise Complaints – 1; Motorist Assists – 9; Suspicious Auto – 2; Suspicious Person – 4; Traffic Control / Detail – 2; Vacation Checks -- 85

    Case Updates:
    *Beginning in February of 2014, the police department has taken a string of criminal damage to property / vandalism reports where suspect(s) used orange spray paint to damage property. Several cases reported from the Wyndmoor and Park Forest Subdivisions have been resolved. Three juvenile suspects have been identified as having been responsible for the damages and reports have been sent to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities


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