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  • Rochester Police Beat March and April 2020

     

    An officer was contacted on March 13th reference a hit and run. The owner stated her vehicle was struck by another vehicle sometime on March 12th outside of her residence in the Lexington Heights Subdivision. Her vehicle had been legally parked on the side of the road. The driver’s side door has significant damage. A report was generated.

    Velma Copeland of Kincaid was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on March 28th. Copeland was given a ride to her destination.

    On April 1st, an officer conducted a stop for a speeding violation. It was revealed during the stop, the driver’s license was suspended. Cory Embree of Chatham was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license is suspended and issued a written warning for speed and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A passenger drove from the scene.

    A stop was conducted, April 1st, on a vehicle for an expired registration of November 2018. It was revealed the vehicle was just purchased and due to the pandemic it was not yet transferred. The driver however admitted to having a suspended driver’s license and an active warrant. Matthew Brinkley of Springfield was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a notice to appear for the traffic warrant.

    A residential burglary was reported on April 2nd. The resident stated a known acquaintance went into her residence and took her television. The individual admitted to taking the television but was unable to return it as it was already sold to someone else. Formal charges were forwarded to Sangamon County State’s Attorney on Cody Hodkins of Springfield.

    On April 6th at approximately 11:00 p.m., a juvenile female was reported to have run away from her home. The officer checked several of the juvenile’s friends’ residences but she was not located. At approximately 4:54 a.m., the juvenile was dropped off at a residence in Springfield. Her guardians were notified.

    A hit and run was reported on April 7th. It was reported someone allegedly struck a building while in the parking lot of the business. An employee of a nearby business was able to provide suspect information but camera footage eliminated the possibility. The incident has been documented.

    A motor vehicle theft and several car burglaries occurred between 9:00 p.m. on April 10th and 07:00 a.m. on April 11th. There was no apparent forced entry to any of the vehicles. The vehicle and several items (along with items taken outside of Rochester) were recovered during the investigation and have all been returned to the owners. Several suspects have been identified and formal charges are being pursued.

    On April 15th, Lorenzo Harrington of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A passenger in the vehicle drove from the scene.

    A stop was conducted for speed on April 15th. During the stop, the officer observed the odor of cannabis being emitted from within the vehicle. Several items of contraband were discovered during a search of the vehicle. The individual was issued an ordinance citation for the alleged violations. A warning was issued for the alleged speed.

    Donnell Treadway was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on April 24th. A valid driver picked up Treadway and her passenger.

    On April 25th, an officer was traveling behind a vehicle and observed the vehicle make a sudden turn into a business parking lot, travel around back of the building and park. The business was closed during this time and the officer initiated contact with the suspicious vehicle. The driver was identified and revealed to have a suspended driver’s license. Jeri Woodson of Bullpit was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked Woodson and her passengers up from the scene.

    Anthony Harris of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on April 25th.

    An officer conducted a stop on a vehicle without a registration displayed on April 29th. The driver was able to produce necessary documentation proving a recent purchase of the vehicle. While conducting this stop, a second vehicle pulled over as they were traveling together. The driver of the second vehicle had approached the officer during the stop and exhibited several indicators of impairment including slurred speech, red glossy eyes and the smell of alcoholic beverage was emitting from his breath. The officer also noticed an open alcoholic beverage in the cup holder of the second vehicle. The driver refused all Standard Field Sobriety Tests and the Breathalyzer Test. Evan Smith of Earlville was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol, and driving on revoked license. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    An officer was notified of a hit and run that occurred in a business parking lot on April 29th. The individual reported his vehicle was backed into and the other driver left the scene. The individual was able to provide a description of the vehicle and its occupants. The officer was able to get a phone number for the suspect due to them calling the business prior to arrival. Contact was made and the suspect stated he was unaware he struck a vehicle. Information was exchanged and an accident report was completed.

     

    Criminal Reports 

    Aggravated Battery – 1; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Motor Vehicle Theft – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Possession of Stolen Property – 1; Theft $500 and Over – 1; Theft from a Motor Vehicle – 12; Theft Under $500 – 1; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon – 1; Unlawful Restraining – 1; Warrants – 1

     

    Traffic Reports

    Citations Issued – 38; Warnings Issue – 68  

    Accident Investigations – 5; Hit and Run – 5; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7 ; Other Moving Violations – 1; Speeding – 21; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 8

    Calls for Service

    Abandoned Vehicle – 1; Animal Related Calls – 12; Assist Fire Department – 32 ; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 1; Assist Other Police Agency – 51; Assist Schools – 1; Building / Business Checks – 96; Burglar Alarms – 13; Civil/Citizen Assists – 33; Disturbance – 9; Domestic Trouble – 1; Lost or Recovered Articles – 4; Loud Noise Complaint – 1; Mental Cases – 4; Missing Persons – 1; Motorist Assists – 1; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Ordinance Violations – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 32; Vacation Watches – 227

  • Rochester Police Beat January and February 2020

     Rochester Police Beat January and February 2020 

    On January 5th, a stop was conducted after an officer witnessed a turn signal violation. It was realized during the stop the driver’s license was suspended and the vehicle contained cannabis. James Cloe of Pana was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and adult use of cannabis in a motor vehicle. Cloe received a written warning for the turn signal violation.

    An officer noticed two females walking on Route 29 at approximately 3:45 am on January 6th. The females stated they were walking to Pana from Springfield. The officer made a call for them and arranged for a ride to meet them at the police station so they would not have to be in the cold. During the interaction, it was discovered that one of the females had a warrant for failure to appear on dangerous drug charges out of Shelby County. Kasey Cantrell was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    A stop was conducted on January 8th after the registered owner was revealed to have an expired driver’s license and a warrant out of Christian County for failure to appear. Mysti Ficas of Springfield was cited for allegedly having an expired driver’s license for more than one year and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver arrived on scene to pick up Ficas’ vehicle and her children. Ficas was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail for the warrant.

    Beth Schmitz of Pana was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on January 8th. Valid drivers picked up Schmitz and her vehicle from the scene.

    Arturo Ortega of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked on January 8th. Valid drivers picked up Ortega and his vehicle.

    Russell Edwards of Witt was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while licenses suspended on January 14th.

    On January 15th, an officer was notified by a citizen that a truck was stuck in a field off of Cardinal Hill Rd. Officers responded to the scene. The vehicle was stuck up to its bumper in the mud and there was blood and dirt smeared on the siding of a nearby residence. The front door to the residence had been broken in and blood had dripped throughout the entry way. While on scene, an individual exited the residence. The suspect was detained while officers secured the house. It appeared no one was in the residence at the time it was broken into and the blood came from an injury on the suspect’s hand. Sangamon County Sherriff’s office took over the investigation as it was in their jurisdiction.

    A resident reported his truck was struck by another vehicle while it was parked on the street in front of their residence sometime during the evening of January 16th. An officer spoke with neighbors and didn’t locate any damage on their vehicles. A report was generated documenting the incident.

    A stop conducted on January 17th for speed revealed the driver to have an active warrant out of Clay County. Deborah Sizemore of Taylorville was arrested for the warrant, cited for allegedly operating an uninsured motor vehicle and given a warning for the speeding violation.

    January 18th, a resident notified police of a suspicious person in the Maplehurst subdivision. The homeowner answered the door to a male who stated he was there to fix her fireplace. When she advised the man that her fireplace was in working order, he told her he was coming in. The homeowner was able to shut him out before he made entry. The man was described as 60-70 years of age with wrinkly skin and wild black and grey hair. He was driving a dark colored pick-up truck. The area was canvassed but the individual was not located.

    Angela Sharp of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver picked up Sharp from the scene.

    Alexis Hutchens of Bulpitt was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on January 28th.

    On January 28th, officers responded to an aircraft emergency near White Timber Road. The aircraft was engulfed in flames upon their arrival. Several Rochester Officers and Sangamon County Deputies attempted to control the flames. Members of the Rochester Fire and Rescue team arrived and were able to extinguish the fire. The investigation was turned over the appropriate jurisdictions. We want to commend the tremendous response of numerous law enforcement agencies and the efforts by our brothers and sisters in the Rochester Fire and Rescue.

    On February 1st, an officer was requested to check on the welfare of an individual who has a history of depression and overdoses. The cell phone of the individual had led the officer to a subdivision in Rochester. The individual was eventually located 4 hours later in front of a residence. The individual was incoherent, cold wet and muddy. Empty pill bottles were found around where the individual had been located. The individual was transported to the hospital.

    On February 5th, while out patrolling an officer noticed a vehicle unusually parked in a cul-de-sac. While making contact with the occupants, the officer noticed the smell of burnt cannabis coming from the vehicle. A vehicle search resulted in the seizure of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The driver was issued a village ordinance citation for the alleged violation.

    While conducting stationary patrol on February 10th, an officer ran the registration to a vehicle and discovered the registered owner of the vehicle was revoked. Joseph A. Hamilton of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license revoked and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    While investigating an accident on February 13th, the officer discovered one of the drivers was wanted on a Logan County Warrant for failure to appear on a traffic offense. Michelle Duboff of Springfield was arrested for the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    A juvenile was doing donuts in the school parking lot at approximately 8 pm on February 17th. This activity ended when his vehicle collided with the fence near the high school track. An accident report was completed. The juvenile was issued a citation for allegedly squealing tires.

    On February 21st, the operator of a motor home with a Missouri registration was seen attempting to take the air compressor from the gas station. After several individuals yelled at him he drove off east bound on Route 29. The driver didn’t pay for his fuel valued at $90.47. A report has been generated.

    While on patrol on February 22nd, officers observed a vehicle traveling on Oak Hills road with an expired registration. Officers made contact with the driver who had pulled over and opened the hood of the vehicle. He stated he was test driving the vehicle and it was making weird noises. The driver was known as an individual with a suspended license. Archiebald Doe of Springfield was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and a written warning for the expired registration. A valid driver picked up Doe from the scene.

     

    Criminal Reports 

    Cannabis 30g or less -3; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Deceptive Practices – 5; Domestic Battery – 3; Harassment by Telephone – 3; Interfere with Judicial Procedures – 1; Theft $500 and Over – 1; Under $500 – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 1; Warrants – 4

     

    Traffic Reports

    Citations Issued – 67; Warnings Issue – 305 

    Accident Investigations – 12; No Driver’s License – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 15; Other Moving Violations – 6; Registration Violations – 3; Speeding – 33; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 9

    Calls for Service

    Aircraft Emergency – 1; Animal Related Calls – 6; Assist Fire Department – 24; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 18; Assist Other Police Agency – 39; Assist Schools – 7; Building / Business Checks – 47; Burglar Alarms – 10; Civil/Citizen Assists – 27; Disturbance – 9; Domestic Trouble – 1; Lost or Recovered Articles – 4; Loud Noise Complaint – 2; Mental Cases – 3; Missing Persons – 1; Motorist Assists – 30; Ordinance Violations – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 27; Truancy – 1; Vacation Watches – 367

  • Rochester Police Beat November and December 2019

     

    On November 7th, Eric Street of Staunton was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended.

    On November 10th, an officer was dispatched to Maxheimer road to assist a motorist that had become stuck in a ditch. The individual stated he was lost and didn’t realize the ditch was so deep when he went to turn around. The driver exhibited several indications that he was impaired including slurred speech and an uneven gait. Standard Field Sobriety Test were administered and revealed several more clues of impairment. A breathalyzer indicated a BAC of .273%. Gary English of Springfield was cited and arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and having a BAC greater than .08%. English was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    On November 19th, officers made contact with and arrested Derek Powers of Springfield on a Sangamon County Warrant for failure to appear. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    Several juveniles in the school district were discovered to have been involved in creating several network “outages” at the school. On November 11th, the students were all interviewed and most admitted to their involvement. The school handled discipline within its system. Charges have been forwarded to Juvenile Probation.

    Eddie Cousins of Kinkaid was stopped, cited and arrested for allegedly driving while license suspended on November 28th. The vehicle was towed by Springfield Welding.

    A vehicle was observed speeding and swerving over the center lane of route 29 on November 28th at approximately 3:00 a.m. The driver showed several indications of impairment. He had slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol was being emitted from his breath. The driver refused to take the Standard Field Sobriety Test. Aaron Knoblock of Springfield was cited and arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on a suspended license, speeding, criminal damage to government supported property, and possession of adult use cannabis. Knoblock was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Shaners towed the vehicle.

    An officer conducted a stop for no registration light on December 7th. During the stop, the driver provided a false identity. After uncovering the real identity of the driver, it was revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Shea Hovey of Rochester was arrested for allegedly obstructing identification, cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, issued a warning for no registration light, and given a village ordinance citation for the alleged possession of drug paraphernalia. Hovey was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    A robbery occurred at Head West Subs on December 7th. Rochester Police Officers were dispatched to the business at approximately 5:20 p.m. The suspect had entered and approached the front counter. He had his face partially covered and was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head. The suspect displayed a large gray revolver which was located in his waistband and motioned for the employee to open the cash drawer. The suspect left the business with $53.00.  A month long investigation culminated in the arrest of Joseph P Bimmerle of Rochester. January 10th, Rochester Police Department with assistance from the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bimmerle pursuant to an arrest warrant for multiple charges including aggravated robbery. He was taken into custody at his residence and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Bond was set at $250,000.

    On December 9th, Billy Cunningham of Pleasant Plains was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    Carly Castle of Taylorville was stopped and issued a citation for allegedly driving while registration is suspended on December 10th.

    A stop conducted on a vehicle for speeding, December 12th, revealed the driver to have a suspended driver’s license and a warrant. Eric Christine of Edinburg was arrested for the warrant, issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and given a written warning for speeding. Christine was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    On December 12th, an officer conducted a stop on a vehicle observed making several moving violations. During the stop, the driver exhibited several indications of impairment. She was having difficulties following instructions, becoming increasingly confused as to her location and gave the officer several inconsistent answers to questions. Standard field sobriety tests were administered and the officer observed several more indicators of impairment. The breathalyzer test resulted in a blood alcohol content of 0.258% with the legal limit being 0.08%. Ashley Eubanks of Rochester was arrested and cited for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol, having a BAC greater that 0.08%, illegal transportation of alcohol and disregard for a stop sign. Eubanks was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    An officer responded to call in reference to a vehicle in the ditch off of Route 29 on December 23rd. The driver stated a deer ran out in front of his vehicle and he swerved to miss it. Robert Brandt of Auburn was discovered to allegedly have a suspended driver’s license and was cited. Pate Towing towed the vehicle.

    On December 26th, Todd Malensky of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked. Valid drivers picked up Malensky and his vehicle.

     

    Criminal Reports 

    Aggravated Computer Tampering – 1; Armed Robbery – 1; Child Pornography – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Defacement of Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – 3; Forgery – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Identity Theft – 1; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Obstructing Justice – 1; Stalking – 1; Theft $500 and Over – 4; Theft Under $500 – 2; Violation of Orders of Protection – 2; Warrants – 2

     

    Traffic Reports

    Citations Issued – 60; Warnings Issue – 209 

    Accident Investigations – 15; DUI – 3, Equipment Violations – 1;Hit and Run – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 11; Other Moving Violations – 1; Registration Violations – 2; Speeding – 26; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 8

    Calls for Service

    Abandoned Vehicle – 1; Animal Related Calls – 9; Assist Fire Department – 31; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 2; Assist Other Police Agency – 41; Assist Schools – 12; Building / Business Checks – 32; Burglar Alarms – 12; Civil/Citizen Assists – 39;Death Investigations (non-criminal) – 1; Disturbance – 8; Lost or Recovered Articles – 2; Loud Noise Complaint – 3; Mental Cases – 3; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Motorist Assists – 11; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Ordinance Violations – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 21; Vacation Watches – 39

  • Rochester Police Beat September and October 2019

    On September 1st, Eric Christine of Edinburg was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked up Christine and his vehicle from the scene.

    An officer was dispatched to E. Mill to investigate juveniles jumping a fence at a vacant residence. When the officer pulled up, a juvenile wearing a blue and black hoodie was present leaning against the stop sign near the residence. When the officer approached the residence, the juvenile took off north bound. The officer was able to make contact with the juvenile, who stated he was walking to a friend’s house. He admitted to being at the residence stating he was trying to locate his friend that has family at that residence. The officer went back to the residence and met with the property’s owner. While walking through the residence, it was noticed that the front window’s screen had been cut, the window air conditioning units were all turned on and the back door was unsecured. Photos from a neighbor show two white juveniles on the property prior to the officer’s arrival and a third male who stayed in a red sedan. All parties were identified. The individual encountered on scene admitted he had been to the house to acquire some cannabis “dabs”. He entered the residence through the window and when he noticed the house was vacant he exited through the back door. The other juvenile was merely at the residence looking for him and never made entry. All juveniles involved were issued a no trespass warning for the property. Charges for the alleged criminal trespass to a residence and criminal damage to property were forwarded to the Sangamon County States Attorney’s Office.

    While on patrol at approximately 12:55 a.m. on September 3rd, an officer noticed a white male subject looking in the windows of the gas station. The officer got out with the individual, who appeared to be impaired. The individual was identified as a juvenile resident of Rochester. His parents were contacted and the juvenile was transported home. Items of contraband found on the juvenile were confiscated. Charges for the possession of drug paraphernalia and the violation of curfew were forwarded to the North County Teen Court.

    An officer was dispatched for a wrong way driver on Route 29 on September 3rd. The officer was able to locate the vehicle in a parking lot off of S. Walnut street. The vehicle was unoccupied and improperly parked. The officer made contact with the driver who admitted to driving the wrong way down Route 29. Due to several moments of confusion during their interaction, the officer became increasing worried that the individual was not able to operate the motor vehicle safely at that time. A family member was contacted to pick up the individual and the vehicle from the scene. The incident was documented and the report was forwarded to Secretary of State to re-evaluate the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle.

    On September 9th, an officer conducted a stop after a vehicle was observed traveling at a high rate of speed and tailgating other motorists. During the stop, it was revealed the driver had four warrants for her arrest out of Sangamon County, Pike County, Adams County and Scott County. Latasha Dotts of Springfield was arrested for the warrants and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. A valid driver picked up her vehicle from the scene.

    On September 9th, Dee Stockton of Palmer was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid passenger drove from the scene.

    Tiffany Cypress of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on September 10th. A valid driver picked her up from the scene.

    Kevin Williams of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on September 11th. Williams was also issued a written warning for an expired registration.

    On September 16th, an officer was notified that an adult male resident was missing. The male has dementia and suffers from PTSD. Family had been notified by personnel at Busch Stadium that the male was in St. Louis. The St. Louis Police made contact with the male and made arrangements with the family to get him home safely. His vehicle was eventually recovered by the St. Louis County bicycle patrol in November.

    On September 19th, an officer conducted a stop after observing a vehicle make several lane violations. The vehicle came to a complete stop in the middle of the left lane of Route 29. The driver was instructed to move the stop over to the right shoulder. The officer conducted Standard Field Sobriety Tests which produced several clues for establishing impairment. The driver was offered and accepted to take the PBT which indicated a BAC of 0.000%. The driver consented to a blood draw and urine specimen for testing. Melody Galassi of Springfield was issued citations for the alleged lane violations and driving while under the influence of drug. Her vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    On September 21st, Sean Fatheree of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Valid drivers picked up Fatheree and his vehicle from the scene.

    A stop was conducted, on September 25th, after an officer observed a lane violation. During the stop, it was revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Archiebald Doe of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and given a written warning for the lane violation.

    A stop was conducted on October 6th because a vehicle appeared to have a mechanical issue as the break lights were constantly on for several miles. The driver explained she recently had work done on her vehicle by a family member. The officer issued a warning for the equipment violation but was advised by dispatch during the stop that the driver had an active warrant out of Christian County for failure to appear on driving while license suspended charge. Angela Rogers of Springfield was issued a citation for allegedly operating an uninsured motor vehicle and arrested for the Christian County Warrant. Rogers was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    Officers made contact with Billie Lacy of Rochester and arrested her for an active warrant out of Sangamon County for failure to appear on October 7th. She was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    On October 9th, a pedestrian stopped by the Rochester Police Department to notify an officer of a suspicious package on E. Main. Someone had left a small black oval pouch sitting on top of a fire hydrant. Inside this pouch were several small plastic bags containing various street drugs. The drugs were identified as Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Marijuana.

    On October 11th, officers took numerous reports of burglaries to motor vehicles in the Eastgate Meadows, Lexington Heights and Oak Mill Estates subdivisions. Photographs of the three suspects have been obtained but have yet to be identified. The incidents are still under investigation.

    On October 12th at approximately 12:00 a.m., officers noticed a vehicle parked at one of the businesses. They checked in with the motorist who had a flat tire. While out with the motorist, it was revealed the driver had an active warrant out of Christian County. Brett Peters of Springfield was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    Nathan Follin of Rochester was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on October 15th.

    A vehicle was stopped on October 23rd, when the registered owner’s license showed as being expired. The passenger was revealed to have an active warrant out of Cass County for failure to appear on traffic charges. Adrian Cave of Springfield was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    An officer conducted a stop on a vehicle after observing it commit a lane violation on October 25th. Amanda James of Springfield was cited for the alleged improper lane usage and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. She was also cited and arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked. James was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    A stop was conducted October 26th on a juvenile who has a Graduated Driver’s License with a restriction of only 1 passenger. The juvenile had three passengers in his vehicle all between the ages of 13 and 14 years of age and none of them related to the driver. The officer could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle uncovered a sports bag containing five clear plastic bags of a green leafy substance and several other paraphernalia items. The juveniles’ parents were contacted. A report has been forwarded to Juvenile Probation for possession with the intent to deliver.

    On October 26th while performing a consent search of a vehicle, an officer located a black leather case containing several gold necklaces, earrings and a gold watch. When asked, a juvenile admitted to taking his mothers jewelry. He stated he planned to pawn it to have money to see his girlfriend. He was also in possession of 2 Juul vape pens. Parents were notified and the case is being referred to North County Teen Court.

    Officers responded to a medical call on October 28th. During the call the individual was acting suspicious and had provided the officers and EMS with a false name. It was discovered the individual had an active warrant for his arrest. After refusing medical treatment, Jacob Catalano of Springfield was arrested on the warrant for failure to appear on burglary and dangerous drug charges. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    On October 31st, Alexander Kessinger-Thompson of Ramsey was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Valid drivers arrived on scene to pick up Kessinger-Thompson and his vehicle.

    An officer observed a vehicle swerving all over the roadway traveling on Route 29 at approximately 9:45 p.m. on October 31st. The officer was able to catch up to the vehicle to initiate a stop. The vehicle refused to stop, accelerated to high speeds while still swerving and entered onto I-55 North. The officer terminated pursuit due to the safety of other motorist on the roadway but notified other officers in the areas where the vehicle appeared to be headed. The vehicle was located by the Grandview Police Department on the interstate ramp from I-55 North to I-72 East. The vehicle had hit a guard rail and an individual was seen fleeing from the vehicle. Several alcoholic beverages were located with in the vehicle. The officer observed the individual had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath along with several indicators of impairment. Standard Field Sobriety test were offered and refused. During the incident, it was also uncovered that the individual’s license was revoked. Brandon Basden of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane usage, illegal transportation of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while revoked, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Basden was transported and booked into the Sangamon County Jail for the alleged aggravated DUI, driving while licenses revoked, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and hit and run. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

     

    Criminal Reports 

    Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Criminal Trespass – 2; Criminal Trespass to a Motor Vehicle – 2; Domestic Battery – 1; Driving Under the Influence– 4; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Theft $500 and Over – 2; Theft from a Motor Vehicle – 11; Theft Under $500 – 2; Warrants – 5

     

    Traffic Reports 

    Citations Issued – 49; Warnings Issue – 138 

    Accident Investigations – 12; DUI – 4; Hit and Run – 1; No Driver’s License – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 10; Other Moving Violations – 9; Speeding – 11; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 10

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 8; Assist Fire Department – 27; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 6; Assist Other Police Agency – 34; Assist Schools – 26; Building / Business Checks – 6; Burglar Alarms – 5; Civil/Citizen Assists – 31; Curfew – 1; Death Investigations – 2; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 2; Illegal Dumping – 3; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Mental Cases – 2; Mischievous Conduct (no money loss) – 3; Missing Persons – 3; Motorist Assists – 18; Suicide – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 21; Vacation Watches – 57

  • Rochester Police Beat July and August 2019

     Rochester Police Beat July and August 2019

     

    On July 5th an officer responded to an armed robbery that had just occurred in the Oak Hill subdivision. Individuals at a social gathering explained one of the attendees had invited the suspect. The suspect appeared to be leaving when he turned around and allegedly displayed a hand gun demanding everyone empty their pockets. He reportedly pressed the barrel of the firearm into the leg of one of the victims. After he collected several items, the individual got into the back seat of a silver Impala that drove off. The individual was identified as a resident of Springfield. Officers with the Springfield Police Department were able to assist in locating the suspect on his way back to his residents. The stolen possessions were recovered from within the suspects vehicle. The suspect and the driver were arrested on multiple charges and transported to the Sangamon County Juvenile Center.

    A stop was conducted on July 7th, when an officer observed a vehicle going 94 mph in a 55 mph zone. During the stop, it was revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Marcy Eiskant of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and speeding. Valid drivers picked up Eiskant and her vehicle from the scene.

    After clocking a vehicle traveling 77 mph in a 55 mph zone, an officer initiated a stop on July 23rd. During the stop, it was discovered the driver had a suspended driver’s license. Ashaun Gregory of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

    Alexander Turney of Kincaid was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on July 23rd. The vehicle was picked up by valid drivers.

    Rahman Henson of Springfield was stopped and arrested for driving while license revoked and cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle on July 24th. Henson was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. A passenger drove the vehicle from the scene.

    On July 24th a stop was conducted after the officer observed a vehicle weaving and failing to signal. The driver was operating his vehicle as a Lyft. The officer conducted Standard Field Sobriety Test with the driver which indicated several clues of impairment. A blood draw was requested and refused by the driver. It was discovered the driver also had a warrant for his arrest out of Lasalle County. Bradley Vose of Springfield was arrested for the warrant and for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs. He was cited for the alleged improper lane usage and failure to signal. Vose was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The vehicle was towed and a ride was arranged for the passenger.

    On July 26th an officer was notified by a resident that a burglary to a motor vehicle occurred in the Park Forest Hundred subdivision. During the investigation it was revealed the same suspect may have been responsible for car burglaries in Pawnee and Springfield as well. The incident is pending investigation.

    A vehicle was stopped on July 27th when the officer noticed the registration came back to a different vehicle than the one it was currently on. The individual stated she had recently purchased the vehicle but was unable to provide documentation. Vikki Abernathy of Decatur was issued citations for allegedly having no registration, improper use of registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    On August 1st Christopher Lush of Edinburg was stopped and arrested for a Christian County warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    An officer conducted a stop on a vehicle for speed on August 3rd. During the stop it was revealed the registered owner, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was wanted on a warrant out of Sangamon County. Jasmine Bell of Lebanon was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    Robert Dunham of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while licenses suspended on August 2nd. Valid drivers picked up Dunham and his vehicle from the scene.

    On August 4th a stop was conducted on a vehicle with only one operable headlight. Prior to initiating the stop the officer noticed the vehicle was swerving. When the officer was finishing the stop the individual was having problems grabbing the paperwork being handed to him. He became increasingly confused about the equipment violation he was stopped for. The officer administered Standard Field Sobriety Test to the individual, where the driver displayed several more clues of impairment. A breath alcohol test indicated a blood alcohol level of 0.112%. Kory Wall of Edinburg was arrested and cited for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, having a BAC greater than .08 and the headlight violation. Wall was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    On August 6th, Mandy Goss of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended. A valid driver picked Goss and her passengers up from the scene. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    A stop was conducted on a vehicle after an officer noticed the registration came back to a different type of vehicle on August 8th. During the stop, it was revealed the vehicle had just been purchased and the plates had not yet been transferred. However, the driver’s license was suspended. Trevor Cross of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while licenses suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

    On August 9th Julie Thompson of Pawnee was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended.

    Jeremy Buford of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a warning for a speed violation on August 10th.

    A stop was conducted on August 13th when the officer discovered the registered owner of a motorcycle was revoked and did not have the proper driver’s license classification to operate a motorcycle. Dustin Theivagt of Taylorville was issued citations for allegedly driving while license revoked and driving without a proper license.

    Amanda Vanostran of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on August 15th. Valid drivers picked up Vanostran and her vehicle from the scene.

    A stop was conducted after the officer had reason to believe the driver had a revoked driver’s license on August 16th. The vehicle made several sudden turns before finally coming to a stop in the middle of the road. The driver provided the officer with an identity but after verifying with the picture of the driver on the in-car computer it was determined to be false. The driver eventually revealed his true identity. Eric Black of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly driving while license revoked, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and illegal transportation of alcohol. Black was placed under arrest for two Sangamon County warrants and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    On August 16th an officer observed a white Pontiac passenger car straddling the center lane on Oak Hill Rd. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle activating both lights and sirens. The vehicle continued to travel at speeds below the speed limit but would not stop. The officer noticed a white female with dark hair in the driver’s seat look back at the squad car several times using the side mirror. At this time, dispatch informed the officer the registered owner was revoked. The driver met the description of the registered owner. The vehicle continued to drive to Springfield. The vehicle stopped outside a residence in Lake Town Subdivision. The driver exited her vehicle and reportedly attempted to run inside. Kate Johnson of Springfield was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and fleeing and attempting to elude a peace officer. Johnson was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    On August 23rd a stop on a vehicle with expired registration revealed the driver to have a suspended license and a Sangamon County warrant. Ashley Gaines of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Gaines was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail for the warrant.

    On August 30th an officer was notified of a hit and run that happened at the Rochester Intermediate School parking lot. Witness saw a vehicle back out of a parking space and into the rear of the other vehicle. The driver got out of the vehicle checked for damages and drove off. Administration was able to view the accident on camera and a witness was able to identify the driver. The officer made contact with the individual at her home. The driver did not realize there was any damage. Both parties agreed to work out the cost of the damages.

    An officer was dispatched to the St. Jude’s Church on August 31st at approximately 1:28 a.m. in reference to a suspicious person. Upon arrival the officer noticed a vehicle parked in the middle of the parking lot unoccupied and a slender male walking without a shirt on. The individual was stumbling, slurring his speech and appeared to be impaired. The individual (a juvenile) admitted to drinking. A preliminary breath test indicated a blood alcohol content of .142%. The individual was transported to his residence and parents were informed. Charges for zero tolerance and curfew were be forwarded to the North County Teen Court.

     

    Criminal Reports 

    Armed Robbery – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Defacement of Property – 1; Curfew – 1; Domestic Battery – 2; Driving Under the Influence – 4; Forgery – 2; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Theft $500 and Over – 2; Theft from a Motor Vehicle – 2; Theft Under $500 – 4; Violation of Orders of Protection – 1; Warrants – 4

     

    Traffic Reports

    Citations Issued – 98; Warnings Issue – 146 

    Accident Investigations – 3; Equipment Violations – 1;Hit and Run – 2; No Driver’s License – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 12; Other Moving Violations – 6; Registration Violations – 5; Speeding – 50; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 17

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 10; Assist Fire Department – 35; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 10; Assist Other Police Agency – 38; Assist Schools – 6; Building / Business Checks – 7; Burglar Alarms – 7; Civil/Citizen Assists – 40; Disturbance – 7; Domestic Trouble – 4; Lost or Recovered Articles – 4; Loud Noise Complaint – 3; Mental Cases – 1; Missing Persons – 2; Motorist Assists – 17; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 25; Vacation Watches – 75

  • Rochester Police Beat May and June 2019

     

    A stop was conducted on May 2nd after an officer observed a vehicle traveling over the posted speed limit and making several lane violations. The officer noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath. The driver exhibited several other indicators of impairment including slurred speech and slowed movements. Upon exiting the vehicle the driver stumbled several times and had an unsteady gait. The driver refused to participate in the standard field sobriety test. Nolan Mason of Rochester was arrested and cited for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, disregard for a stop sign and improper traffic lane usage. Mason was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    A stop was conducted on a vehicle with no working taillights and an expired registration on May 4th. During the stop, it was revealed the driver was suspended. Donald Foster of Edinburg was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued warnings for the alleged taillight violation and the expired registration. A valid driver picked Foster and his vehicle up from the scene.

    On May 7th, a vehicle was stopped after the officer noticed the driver talking on her cell phone. The stop revealed the driver’s license was revoked. Rebecca Stone of Springfield was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked, issued a citation for allegedly having no proof on insurance and issued a warning for using the cell phone while driving. Stone was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    On May 10th, an officer noticed a vehicle with registration expired as June of 2009. During the stop, it was revealed the driver’s license was suspended and the registration sticker had been altered. Sheena Spencer of Coffeen, IL was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, improper display of license sticker, failure to transfer title and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

    After observing a vehicle run a red-light and make several other lane violations, a stop was conducted on May 11th. The individual showed no other indicators of impairment but was having difficulties seeing with the rain. It was revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Angela Gonzalez of Springfield was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and written warnings for expired registration and improper lane usage. A valid driver picked up Gonzalez and her vehicle.

    On May 12th, an officer noticed a vehicle traveling significantly slow on Route 29. The vehicle was also observed making several lane and signaling violations. Making contact with the driver, the officer noticed a handgun under the driver’s leg in the front seat. The firearm was recovered by the officer without incident. The individual displayed several indications of being impaired. Several items of contraband were discovered with in the vehicle including LSD, DMT and several items of paraphernalia. At this time, standard field sobriety test were not conducted due to concern for the individuals safety and he refused a blood draw. It was revealed during the stop the firearm was stolen out of Green Valley. Rigdon Clayton of Green Valley was arrested for the alleged unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a stolen registration sticker and driving under the influence of drug. Clayton was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.

    On May 14th, a vehicle with an expired registration was stopped. It was revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. Tyler Smidt of New Berlin was issued citation for allegedly driving while license is suspended, and issued a warning for the expired registration.

    Tanya Wilson of Springfield was stopped on May 14th and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a warning for no proof of insurance. A valid driver picked up Wilson and her vehicle from the scene.

    Victor Gasparini was stopped on May 18th and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and no proof of insurance. It was noticed by the officer during the stop that Gasparini had used registration from another vehicle he owned and attached it to the one he was driving. The vehicle was towed to Jostes until valid registration can be obtained on the vehicle.

    Courtney Davidson of Springfield was stopped on May 21st and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked. A valid driver picked Davidson up from the scene. The vehicle was towed by Taylor Brothers.

    After running a registration and noticing the vehicle information didn’t match the vehicle, an officer conducted a stop on May 22nd. Lindsey Gumadas of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, improper display of registration, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes. A valid driver picked up Gumadas up from the scene.

    On May 30th, William Thomas of Pana was stopped and arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and a valid warrant. When running the passenger to make sure he was valid and could drive the vehicle from the scene, it was revealed he had a warrant as well. Cody Brantley of Pana was arrested on a Christian County warrant. With a Sangamon County Sheriff’s Deputy’s assistance both individuals were transported to the Sangamon County Jail. A valid driver picked up the vehicle from the scene.

    On June 1st, Eric Christine of Edinburg was stopped and arrested for allegedly driving while license suspended. The vehicle was picked up from the scene by a valid driver.

    On June 5th, an officer investigated an underage gathering after one of the juveniles ended up in the hospital from ingesting too much Xanax. The juveniles were reportedly smoking marijuana, and taking Xanax at a home with no supervision. The incident was documented and DCFS was notified to investigate the lack of supervision further.

    An officer conducted a stop on a vehicle after clocking it traveling 72 in a 55 mph zone on June 11th. During the stop, it was revealed the driver’s license was revoked. Eric Black of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license revoked, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and speeding. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    Todd Hodges of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on June 20th. A valid driver picked up Hodges and his vehicle from the scene.

    June 24th, an officer responded to a residential burglary in the 400 block of E. Mill. Between the hours of 10:15p.m. and 12:40 a.m. someone entered the residence through the back door which was unlocked and took several items of value including large electronics. The resident stated he had recently been in an argument with some acquaintances of his and he believes they could be responsible. The incident is under investigation.

    On June 28th, Cathy Stout of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    On June 28 an officer was dispatched to Camelot subdivision for a motor vehicle theft. A resident reported he was approached by a black male who was in need of assistance with his vehicle. The resident was unable to help and went back inside his home. Shortly after, the resident’s dogs started barking and the resident discovered the black male had stolen his vehicle out of his garage. The garage and vehicle were both unsecure and the keys were in the ignition. The individual took off down Route 29 where he eventually crashed into a telephone pole in Taylorville. It was revealed that the original vehicle the individual was driving had also been reported as stolen. Charles Deberry of Decatur was apprehended by the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office and taken to the Sangamon County Jail. Illinois State Police handled the accident and processed the vehicle. Our department forwarded charges for the alleged 2 counts of possession of a stolen vehicle. Deberry faces additional charges from other departments.

    Mathew Minard of Hoopeston was cited for allegedly driving while license revoked on June 29th. A valid driver drove from the scene.

    During an investigation on June 29th, officers received information about two stolen firearms. After conducting numerous interviews, it was determined that several juveniles were involved and various crimes were committed related to the possession and unlawful discharge of the stolen firearms. The juvenile who allegedly stole one of the firearms was taken into custody. Charges were forwarded to Juvenile Probation for all the subjects involved. One of the firearms was recovered by our department. The Springfield Police Department Street Crimes Unit recovered the other stolen firearm after serving a search warrant.

    Criminal Reports 

    Battery – 1; Burglary Residential – 1; Child Pornography – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Deceptive Practices – 5; Domestic Battery – 1; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – 1; Driving Under the Influence of Drug – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Intoxicating Compound – 1; Motor Vehicle Theft – 1; Possession of a Controlled Substance – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Possession of Stolen Property – 1; Theft $500 and Over – 1; Theft from a Motor Vehicle – 4; Theft Under $500 – 2; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon – 1; Warrants – 1

     

    Traffic Reports 

    Citations Issued – 71; Warnings Issue – 319

    Accident Investigations – 6; Reckless Driving – 1; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 15

    Calls for Service

    Abandoned Vehicle – 1; Animal Related Calls – 15; Assist Fire Department – 39; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 9; Assist Other Police Agency – 35; Assist Schools – 15; Building / Business Checks – 36; Burglar Alarms – 10; Civil/Citizen Assists – 34; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 3; Fingerprinting – 2; Fires – 1; Lost or Recovered Articles – 2; Loud Noise Complaint – 1; Mental Cases – 3; Missing Persons – 1; Motorist Assists – 18; Neighborhood Trouble – 4; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 43; Thoroughfare Obstructions – 5; Vacation Watches – 91

  • Police Beat March and April 2019

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Criminal Reports 

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

    Traffic Reports 

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

    Calls for Service

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

  • Rochester Police Beat February 2019

     

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

    Criminal Reports 

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

    Traffic Reports 

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

    Calls for Service

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

  • Rochester Police Beat December 2018 and January 2019

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Criminal Reports 

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

    Traffic Reports 

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

    Calls for Service

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

  • Rochester Police Beat November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     Criminal Reports 

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

    Traffic Reports 

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

    Calls for Service

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

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