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  • JULY 2014 POLICE BEAT

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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


  • MAY 2014 POLICE BEAT

    *A truck being driven by Fred Rutherford of Springfield was stopped on 05/01/14, at about 6:30p.m. During the stop the officer learned that Rutherford’s driver’s license was revoked. Rutherford was arrested for the alleged violation and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A report was taken on 05/05/14, and again on 05/22/14 in regards to vandalism incidents which have occurred at the Village Park. Someone used green spray paint to paint graffiti on the inside of the men’s bathroom and used black spray paint to paint graffiti on garbage cans and park benches. Along with the incidents at the park, there have also been multiple reports of vandalism in the Wyndmoor Subdivision. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department by telephone or via the tip-line found on the Department’s website.

    *A resident on Gunivere reported he had approximately $1,000 worth of tools stolen from his his house in early May. The victim told police he believed he knew who may have taken the items, but he did not want the police to make contact with the subject. The victim stated he was planning to buy a lawnmower from the subject and he was concerned if the police contacted him he may refuse to sell the mower. The victim was told to contact the police if he wanted to pursue this matter.

    *On 05/07/14, a Village employee reported he had his laptop computer stolen from his office in late March. The computer, a Dell Inspiron, was valued at $300.

    *Tiffany Moore, of Tower Hill, was the driver of a vehicle which was stopped on 05/16/14, at 6:20p.m. During the stop, the officer learned that Moore was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Macon County Authorities. Moore was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A vehicle was stopped for a reported equipment violation on 05/18/14, at about 9:30p.m. The stop led to a search of the vehicle and of the driver, William Hills of Canton. Hills was eventually placed under arrest for alleged marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    *Brendan Barone, of Deerfield, was stopped on 05/22/14, at 9:45a.m. for an alleged speeding violation. As officers were talking to Barone one of them observed what turned out to be a bag of marijuana in the vehicle. Barone was eventually arrested for the alleged possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    *A vehicle being driven by Sally Sarver of Pana was stopped on 05/23/14, at about 7:55a.m. as the registration on the vehicle had reportedly been suspended. Sarver was issued a citation for the alleged offense and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

    *A resident in the 100 block of Mill Street contacted the police on 05/23/14 to report her vehicle had been damaged. The victim reported that her taillight had been busted out sometime between 7:00a.m. and 5:30p.m. on this date.

    *A vehicle which had been travelling northbound on Route 29 was stopped on 05/24/14, at 9:00p.m. After being stopped for an equipment violation the driver of the car, Genna Moore of Springfield, was informed the registration on her vehicle had been suspended for a reported insurance violation. Moore was ticketed for the alleged suspension.

    *The stop of a motorist on 05/25/14 at 6:15a.m., for a reported expired registration sticker resulted in the eventual arrest of the driver for multiple violations. After stopping the vehicle the officer made contact with the driver, Thomas Hansen of Springfield, and reported Hansen displayed signs which indicated he had been drinking. According to the report, Hansen admitted to drinking and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. Additionally, during the stop the officer noted Hansen was in possession of suspected marijuana. He was arrested for the alleged DUI and possession of cannabis.

    *On 05/31/14, at about 11:30p.m., an officer was conducting a vehicle stop at Route 29 and Rocket Drive. As the officer was talking with the driver of the stopped vehicle he noticed a red van approaching his location. The driver of the van failed to change lanes and came very close to the officer and the stopped vehicle. The officer concluded the stop he was on, and caught up to and stopped the red van. As the officer made contact with the driver of the van, Gregory McDaniel of Lincoln, he noted McDaniel displayed slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and had an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. Subsequent investigation into the stop resulted in the arrest of McDaniel for various alleged violations including DUI and driving on a revoked license.

    May Criminal Reports
    Criminal Damage to Property – 3; Criminal Defacement of Property – 2; Criminal Sexual Abuse –1; Possession of Cannabis – 2; Possession of a Controlled Substance – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 3; Theft – 2; Warrant Arrest – 1

    Traffic Incidents
    Accident Investigation – 2; DUI – 2; Hit and Run –1; Illegal Parking – 4; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 2; Improper Lane Usage – 2 No Registration – 19; Miscellaneous Violations –11; No Valid Driver’s License – 11; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 28; Operating While Registration Suspended – 7; Speeding – 63; Suspended / Revoked License – 5; Warnings -- 147

    Calls For Service
    Animal Calls – 15; Assist Other Police Agencies – 17; Burglar Alarm – 7; Citizen Assists – 31; Disturbance – 2; Domestic Trouble – 1; Loud Noise Complaints –4; Mental Cases – 1; Motorist Assist – 17; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; School Programs – 5; Solicitor Complaints – 3; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 7; Vacation Watches -- 87

  • APRIL 2014 POLICE BEAT


    *Officers were dispatched to the Rochester High School on 04/01/14, as school was starting. Dispatch notified the officers a 15 year-old male juvenile was out of control and breaking out windows. When the officers arrived the student was walking in the hallway with a school administrator.The juvenile was escorted to the principal’s office, prior to being removed from the school and taken to the police department. A report regarding the incident was forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    *A vehicle stop conducted on 04/05/14, at about 2:50p.m., resulted in the arrest of Danielle Rousey of Springfield, for allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license.

    *On 04/06/14, an officer was sent to a residence on Potomac Drive in regards to a reported residential burglary. The resident reported he arrived home from work and found that numerous items had been taken from the residence. There were no signs of forced entry.The officer learned that the victim was involved in an ongoing domestic situation. After the officer made contact with several others who were familiar with the situation, it was discovered that the items had been removed from the residence by another family member, and the incident didn’t appear to be a criminal matter at this time.The victim was advised to contact his attorney for assistance.

    *An officer reported stopping a vehicle on 04/06/14, at about 3:30p.m. as he noticed the person driving the vehicle matched the registered owner who had an expired driver’s license. During the stop, the driver of the vehicle handed the officer a pipe and other drug paraphernalia which she stated had been used for smoking crack cocaine. Other than the traffic citation, no additional charges have been filed as yet.

    *A construction site on Potomac Drive was the location of a theft which was reported to the police on 04/06/14, at 8:30p.m. Approximately $200 worth of construction materials were stolen from the site sometime between 8:00p.m. on 04/05/14, and 8:30p.m. on 04/06/14.

    *A vehicle which was pulled over for a reported non-functioning headlight resulted in the arrest of the driver for allegedly driving on a revoked license. Antonio Haynes, of Springfield, was cited for driving on a revoked license on 04/12/14, at 11:45p.m. He was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *Michael Fuller, of Riverton, was stopped by the police on 04/14/14, and on 04/15/14. The police report indicates he was given citations on both occasions for allegedly driving on a suspended the license. The stop on 04/15/14, resulted in his vehicle being towed.

    *At 11:40 a.m. on 04/15/14, officers were sent to the Rochester Junior High School to a reported disturbance. Officers arrived and learned a junior high school student had become angry while in a classroom. He was asked to leave the classroom and go to the office. School personnel reported he continued to cause problems after leaving the classroom. They reported he punched a filing cabinet damaging the cabinet and threw his Chromebook, damaging the device. He was escorted out of the school by the police. A report was sent to the juvenile authorities.

    *A vehicle being driven by a subject wanted on a warrant was stopped on 04/16/14 at 7:40p.m. The report indicates the officer was behind the vehicle on Route 29 when the vehicle pulled into the Camelot subdivision. The officer waited a short time for the vehicle to come out of the subdivision and then stopped the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Josephine Reding, of Marsielles, was found to be wanted on a warrant which had been issued by LaSalle County authorities. Reding was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A resident on Wyndmoor Drive reported to the police on 04/23/14, his pool liner had been damaged in early April. Suspect(s) sliced the liner in 3 different areas causing approximately $300 in damages.

    *Steven Rosinski, of Pana, was stopped by the police on 04/23/14, at3:00p.m. During the stop, the officer learned Rosinski was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Christian County authorities.

    *On 04/28/14, at about 9:10p.m.an officer was checking on a reported suspicious vehicle which was in the Rochester Village Park parking lot. The officer noticed the vehicle was occupied and made contact with the driver. As the driver rolled down the window, the officer reported smelling marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The three juveniles who were in the car admitted they had been smoking marijuana and turned over the remaining marijuana to the officer. Parents were notified and arrangements were made to transport the juveniles to the parents. Reports have been forwarded to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities.

    Criminal Reports
    Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Damage to State Supported Property – 3; Criminal Trespass to Residence – 1; Identity Theft – 1;Possession of Cannabis – 1; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 1; Residential Burglary – 1; Theft – 2; Violation of Order of Protection – 1; Warrants -- 2

    Traffic Incidents
    Accident Investigation – 5; Hit and Run –2; Illegal Parking – 3; Improper Lane Usage – 2 No Registration – 18; Miscellaneous Violations –9; No Valid Drivers License – 6; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 14; Speeding – 21; Suspended / Revoked License – 9;Warnings -- 120

    Calls For Service
    Animal Calls – 5; Assist Other Police Agencies – 25; Burglar Alarm – 9;Business / Building Checks – 12; Citizen Assists – 41; Disturbance – 2; Domestic Trouble – 5; Loud Noise Complaints –2; Mental Cases – 2; Motorist Assist – 13; Neighborhood Trouble – 4; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 10; Vacation Watches -- 110

  • MARCH 2014 POLICE BEAT

    *Juanita Vargas of Pana, was stopped on 03/01/14, at about 3:15p.m.while traveling on Route 29. The original stop was for an alleged suspended registration due to a mandatory insurance violation. As the officer made contact with the driver he reported he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. After explaining to the driver what he had smelled, she handed to him a jar of suspected marijuana. The driver was cited for the alleged registration suspension, her vehicle was then towed and she was informed a report would be forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    *On 03/03/14, at about 4:30p.m., a citizen called dispatch and advised them a Dodge Caravan was headed northbound on Route 29 and was swerving all over the road. When the citizen called dispatch the van was on Route 29 in the Breckenridge area. An officer located the vehicle as it entered Rochester and eventually stopped the vehicle due to several reported violations. An investigation into the stop led to the arrest of the driver, Dorothy Price of Springfield, for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

    *An officer reported making a stop on a vehicle after observing several moving violations on 03/08/14, at 7:25p.m. As the officer made contact with the driver, who was a sixteen-year-old male subject, he reportedly smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Drug paraphernalia and cannabis residue were found during a search of the vehicle. The suspect’s parents were called and he was released to them. A report will be forwarded to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities.

    *A residence in the 1300 block of Wyndmoor was vandalized sometime during the first week of March. The victim reported the incident on 03/11/14. The suspects used orange spray paint and painted the letters “KKK” on the northeast side of the house. There were several other incidents of orange spray paint being painted on signs and on a fence in the Wyndmoor subdivision.

    *An officer was approached by a resident on 03/16/14, at about 2:40p.m. She told the officer that she had approached her son-in-law in the Subway parking lot in an attempt to get her daughter’s car from him when a disturbance occurred. The complainant reported during the disturbance she was nearly struck by a vehicle in which her son-in-law was a passenger. Officers made contact with the parties involved in the incident and were able to assist the complainant in recovering the vehicle. The complainant did not wish to pursue any charges regarding the parking lot incident.

    *An officer reported observing a vehicle travelling southbound on Route 29 at a high rate of speed at about 7:30p.m., on 03/19/14. The officer caught up to the vehicle and while travelling behind the vehicle, reported observing the vehicle nearly strike the center median and then cross over the fog line. A stop on the vehicle was initiated and the officer made contact with the driver, Christine Norris of Taylorville. Norris was eventually arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

    *An officer stopped a vehicle on 03/21/14, at about 6:10p.m.while travelling on Route 29. The officer reported that the license plate and the vehicle did not match. An investigation into the stop resulted in the driver of the vehicle, David England of Springfield, being cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance and improper use of registration.

    *Eric Dodson of Springfield, was stopped on 03/23/14, at 1:20p.m. Dodson was issued a citation for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *At about 11:00p.m. on 03/22/14, officers were sent to an apartment in the 100 block of East Main Street. Dispatch had advised that the complainant stated it appeared a door had been kicked in. Officers arrived and met with the tenant who reported the incident had occurred earlier in the evening and she believed her ex-boyfriend had come over and kicked the door in. No further information was obtained to substantiate the tenant’s claim.

    *After being stopped on 03/29/14, Rachel Pace of Effingham, was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail. While an officer was in the process of issuing Pace a ticket for an alleged insurance violation, he was informed that she was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Effingham County Authorities.

    *A stop on a vehicle for a reported lane violation on 03/31/14, resulted in the arrest of the driver, Jose Delgadillo, for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    Criminal Incidents:
    Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Criminal Defacement of Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 2; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 2; Warrant Arrest --1

    Traffic Incidents:
    Accident Investigations – 6; DUI – 3; Hit and Run – 1; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 2; No Drivers License – 4; No Registration – 10; Operating Uninsured Vehicle – 20; Other Offenses –7; Registration Violations – 2; Speeding – 19; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 7; Warnings Issued – 145

    Calls for Service:
    Animal Related Calls – 5; Assist OtherPoliceAgency – 15; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 23; Building / Business Checks – 25; Burglar Alarm – 8; Citizen Assists – 26; Domestic Trouble – 2; Loud Noise Complaints – 2; Motorist Assists / Traffic Control – 11; Neighborhood Trouble – 3; Suspicious Person – 2; Suspicious Vehicle – 2; Vacation Checks -- 214

  • FEBRUARY 2014 POLICE BEAT

    *A stop on a vehicle for an expired registration sticker on 02/05/14, at about 10:30 p.m. resulted in the arrest of the driver, Lex Patkus, of Springfield. Officers learned he was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Christian County authorities.

    *A vehicle which was travelling on Route 29 on 02/07/14, at 11:45 p.m.,being driven by Brett Clark of Shelbyville was stopped by police. Clark was reported to have been driving while his license was suspended. He was given a ticket for the alleged violation.

    *Danielle Coady of Taylorville was stopped on 02/21/14, while driving on Route 29 at about 5:25 p.m. Officers reported Coady had been driving on a suspended driver’s license. She was ticketed for the alleged offense.

    *A report was taken from a resident on Woodland Trails on 02/21/14 when the resident learned someone had opened a credit card account in his name. The victim was notified that a $982.00 charge had been made on the card. The proper authorities were notified in reference to the fraudulent activity and the victim did not experience any monetary loss.

    *The police department was notified by school authorities on 02/21/14, that a juvenile student may have violated the terms of a no contact court order. After obtaining a statement from school personnel and speaking with all parties involved in the situation, a report was forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    * On 02/23/14, the department received several calls from residents in the Wyndmoor subdivision regarding vandalism incidents which had occurred. All three calls involved suspect(s) using orange colored spray paint to deface property. A vinyl fence had been damaged with orange paint in the 400 block of Heathrow, the word “crips” was painted on a sign in an empty lot on Burberry, and a small playhouse which was in a backyard of a Heathrow residence also had the word “crips” painted on a side.

    *An officer went to an apartment in the 100 block of East Main searching for a subject who was wanted on a warrant. The officer located Daniel Blissett at the apartment and informed him he was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Christian County Authorities. He was taken to the Sangamon County Jail after being arrested.

    *An officer reported stopping a vehicle on 02/27/14, at about 11:30 p.m. as he observed the vehicle weaving while travelling on Route 29. An investigation into the stop resulted in the arrest of the driver, Michael Wicker of Taylorville, for multiple violations. Wicker was ticketed for the following alleged violations: driving while license revoked; improper lane usage; and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to the Sangamon County Jail and released into their custody.

    Criminal Incidents:
    Criminal Defacement of Property – 3; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Possession of Controlled Substances – 1; Violation of Order of Protection – 1; Warrant Arrest – 2

    Traffic Incidents:
    Accident Investigations – 3; DUI – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 4; Speeding – 5; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 3; Warnings Issued – 88

    Calls for Service:
    Animal Related Calls – 3; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 19; Assist OtherPoliceDepartment – 15; Burglar Alarm – 2; Citizen Assists – 41; Domestic Trouble – 2; Motorist Assist – 20; Suspicious Vehicle – 4; Vacation Checks -- 241

  • JANUARY 2014 POLICE BEAT

    *An officer responded to the Rochester High School during the afternoon of 01/09/14, as school administrators had found that a student was in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. The officer met with a school administrator and the juvenile at the school. According to the report, the student had been in possession of suspected marijuana, a couple of pills and a pipe. He was reportedly suspended from the school for the violation along with having a report sent by the police department to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities.

    *An individual who is involved in the construction of a house on Willimantic stopped by the police department at 8:20 a.m. on 01/11/14. He reported that he had received a phone call from a person who lives next door to the house which he is building. The neighbor told him at about 3:00 a.m. this morning a truck pulled into the drive of the house. The truck stayed in the driveway for about 10 minutes before it left. An officer went to the house with the complainant to check and make sure nothing had been stolen or damaged. Based on shoe prints which were found in the mud it appears two subjects got out of the truck and walked all around the house. The prints went up to each window and door of the house. All windows and doors had been locked and it did not appear any entry to the house had been made. The suspicious truck was described as an older white Ford pick-up with a white camper shell.

    *A citizen notified police on 01/19/14, at about 9:00 a.m.reporting he had observed a male subject who was outside in the 700 block Heathrow and the subject appeared to be having mental issues or a medical problem. An officer responded and made contact with the subject. He noted the subject appeared to be confused and disoriented. The male subject repeatedly made comments to the officer indicating he wanted to kill himself. EMS personnel were called to the scene and the subject, who was from the Bloomington/Normal area, was taken to the hospital. Officers eventually made contact with family members to make them aware of the incident.

    *On 01/20/14, at about 8:00 p.m. an officer had contact with Bradley Alton of Springfield. Alton had reportedly come to pick up a vehicle which had been towed. A check of Alton’s driver’s license revealed that he was wanted on a Sangamon County warrant. He was taken to the Sangamon County Jail and released to their custody.

    *Police officers were called to an accident scene on 01/20/14, at about 3:30 p.m. When officers arrived they noted that the traffic light control box had been struck along with a power pole. Power lines were lying in the Subway and True Value Hardware parking lots.The vehicle which was involved in the accident was found parked in the Village Market parking lot with only the driver in the vehicle. Officers were told that there had been other passengers in the truck, one of which appeared to be injured, but they had left the scene. Three of the passengers were eventually located at an address on Walberta Drive. The driver of the vehicle and 2 of the passengers experienced injuries requiring treatment by EMS. According to the report, the driver of the vehicle, David Wright, was ticketed for the following alleged violations: Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Improper Lane Usage and Reckless Driving. The report has been forwarded to the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office with possible court action pending.

    *Two mailboxes in the Woodland Subdivision were run over by a vehicle sometime before 11:00 a.m. on 01/23/14. A resident called police stating she heard a loud noise at about 10:50 a.m. outside of her residence. When she looked outside she saw two mailboxes and pole had been struck. The officer noted that based on the tire tracks which were left in the snow the suspect vehicle was a larger vehicle, possibly a truck. The resident estimated the damage to the decorative pole and mailboxes at $500.00.

    *An officer stopped to check on the driver of a vehicle who had turned his hazard lights on and pulled into the turn lane at Route 29 and South Walnut on 01/25/14, at about 9:30 p.m. The driver, identified as Sean Dickerson, explained he had stopped in the turn lane as the vehicle he was driving had run out of gas. A check of his driver’s license indicated his driving privileges were suspended. He was cited for the alleged offense.

    *On 01/28/14, an officer was sent to an address near the intersection of Woodland Trail and Edgewood Place in the Woodland Subdivision in reference to a bicycle which a resident had found. The resident told police the bike had been in front of her house for about one week. The bike was brought back to the police department and has yet to be claimed.

    *The police were called on 01/28/14, in reference to a reported domestic disturbance which had occurred at a residence in the 100 block of North Walnut. A female resident told officers that her male roommate and she had gotten into an argument as he was moving some of his items out of the apartment. During the argument, the male reportedly damaged some of the victim’s property. The incident was documented as the female was planning to pursue further action against the male subject.

    *The newer concession stand at the Rochester Football Field was heavily damaged sometime between 4:00 p.m. on 01/24/14, and 6:00 p.m. on 01/28/14. Suspect(s) made entry to the building and began damaging items. The glass doors on the coolers used for storing beverages were smashed leaving glass fragments scattered about, Gatorade and soda bottles were emptied onto the floor, the televisions and speaker equipment appeared damaged, paper towel dispenser had been torn from the wall, several cabinets were destroyed, an AM/FM tuner rack was damaged, along with reported damages to numerous other items. At some point the suspect(s) used the fire extinguishers which were in the building and discharged them throughout the interior of the building covering much of the equipment. In addition to the concession stand damages, there were damages noted to the ticket booth building. The entry door had been kicked in and two exterior lights had been smashed. Estimates on the damages are still being gathered, but it is anticipated to be in excess of $5,000.00. An evidence technician was called in to process the scene. At this time the incident is still pending investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Rochester Police Department and/or the Rochester School District.

    Criminal Incidents:
    Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Damage to State Supported Property – 1; Criminal Defacement of Property – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment –1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrest – 1

    Traffic Incidents:
    Accident Investigations – 7; DUI – 2; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Improper Lane Usage – 2; No Valid Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding –4; Suspended / Revoked Driver’s License – 2; Warning Tickets – 94

    Calls for Service:
    Animal Related Calls – 3; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 6; Assist Other Police Agency – 14; Burglar Alarm – 5; Business Checks – 14; Citizen Assist – 39; Domestic Trouble – 2; Mental Cases – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Missing Person –1; Motorist Assist – 31;Suspicious Auto / Person – 4; Vacation Checks -- 186


  • DECEMBER 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *A resident in the 900 block of Hillcrest contacted the police on 12/05/13. He reported that between 7:00p.m. on 12/04/13, and 6:30a.m., on 12/05/13, someone drove thru his yard running over several landscaping lights. Damage was estimated at $50.

    *On 12/07/13, at 8:00a.m., an officer was checking the Village Park area when he noticed the public restrooms had been spray painted with graffiti. The graffiti covered the exterior walls and the doors. The officer noted the graffiti was in black spray paint and consisted of various symbols and drawings.

    *Officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 100 block of East Main on 12/08/13, at3:40a.m.in regards to a disturbance between a male and a female subject. The female subject reported that the male had become intoxicated and had been texting his ex-girlfriend, and she then kicked him out of the apartment. The male became angry and kicked the door causing damage to the door. Arrangements were made for the male subject to leave the residence. The victim wanted a report forwarded reference the alleged criminal damage.

    *On 12/13/13, at about 1:00a.m. an officer spotted a vehicle traveling southbound on Route 29 in the northbound lanes. The officer caught up to the car, which was reportedly being driven by Jessica Frosting, of Taylorville, and got her to stop. The subsequent investigation into the stop resulted in the arrest of Frosting for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. Frosting was taken to the Sangamon County Jail and released to their custody.

    *A vehicle reportedly travelling 68 miles per hour in a 55 zone on Route 29 was stopped on 12/17/13, at 7:30 a.m. A juvenile male subject was driving the vehicle with a female juvenile in the passenger seat. An investigation into the stop revealed that the passenger was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A report was forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    *A stop of a vehicle for an expired vehicle registration resulted in the arrest of the driver for driving on a suspended license. On 12/17/13, at about6:30p.m., Allison Lebshier, of Edinburg, was stopped for allegedly driving with a temporary registration which was expired. The officer later learned that Lebshier’s driver’s license had been suspended. She was cited for the alleged offenses.

    *A vehicle being driven on Route 29 by Courtney Farley, of Springfield, was stopped on 12/20/13, at about 2:30a.m., after the officer learned that Farley was driving on a suspended license. Farley was issued a ticket for the alleged violation.

    *On 12/23/13, an officer had contact with a female subject named Christine Ice. A check of her name through dispatch revealed that Ice had an outstanding arrest warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities. Ice was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A vehicle with a registration sticker which had expired in 2012 was stopped on 12/26/13, at 6:30p.m. The officer reported that the driver of the vehicle, Amy Damery, of Blue Mound, had been travelling northbound on Route 29 before being stopped. A check of Damery’s driver’s license indicated her license was currently suspended. She was issued citations for the alleged suspended license and failure to provide proof of insurance.

    *On 12/28/13, a resident who lives in the 100 block of Roanoke reported that her tire swing from the front yard had been stolen. The tire swing had hung from a large tree in the front yard. It appeared the suspect(s) cut the rope and removed the swing. The tire was a very large tractor tire valued at $200 to $300.

    *An officer was sent to the Village Market on 12/29/13, at 5:15p.m.in reference to a theft. After speaking with the employees the officer learned that the suspect took several items from store shelves and then left without paying for the merchandise. The officer made contact with the suspect, Dalton Jackson, of Springfield, and arrested him for the alleged retail theft. Jackson was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A pizza delivery employee on his way to deliver a pizza was travelling on Oak Hill Road at about 10:30p.m. on 12/31/13, when he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree. An officer was called to the scene for the accident report. During the course of the investigation, the officer reported he was informed that the driver of the vehicle, Andrew Miller of Springfield, had been driving on a suspended driver’s license. Miller was cited for the alleged offense.

    Criminal Incidents:
    Criminal Damage to Property –4; Possession of Cannabis – 2; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 2; Retail Theft – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 2; Warrant Arrest – 1

    Traffic Incidents:
    Accident Investigations – 7; DUI – 1; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Hit and Run – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; No Registration – 4; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 15; Operating While Registration Suspended – 2; Speeding – 11; Suspended / Revoked Driver’s License – 7; Warnings Issued – 140

  • OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *Officers responded to 447 State Street on 10/04/13, at about1:00a.m.in reference to a disturbance.When they arrived they found a male subject lying unconscious and face down on the ground.Officers learned that the subject, who was found to be highly intoxicated, had started a fight with a friend of his after the parties had pulled into the Village Market parking lot.Officers were told by the subject’s wife that during the fight her husband had passed out.All parties agreed that the friend had acted in self defense.EMS personnel examined the subject, who had been unconscious, prior to him leaving the scene.

    *A resident of the 100 block of Mill Street called the police on 10/08/13, at about10:00p.m.as she wanted her boyfriend, who had reportedly been living in the residence for the past two months,removed.She told police that the two had been arguing and she now wanted him out of the residence.The male subject gathered some property and left without incident.

    *An officer made a stop on a vehicle due to an alleged equipment violation on 10/18/13, at8:20p.m.The report indicates the driver of the vehicle, James Fishburn of Palmer, was arrested as he was wanted on a warrant issued by Christian County authorities.

    *A Criminal Damage report was taken on 10/28/13.Unknown subject(s) vandalized the doors to the Village Park restrooms by marking the doors with graffiti.Damage was estimated at $150.

    *At about 6:00a.m. on 10/30/13, an officer had contact with a Meghan Woods of Rochester.The officer discovered that Woods had a valid warrant for her arrest which had been issued by Montgomery County authorities.

    *An officer was sent to a residence in the 200 block of East Main Street as the resident had called for the police as she had reportedly been battered. Police arrived and made contact with the victim who claimed she had been struck by a female suspect.During the course of the investigation, conflicting information was given by the parties.The incident was documented with statements being taken and has been forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    *An apartment located in the 100 block of East Main was burglarized on 11/11/13, between the hours of 9:40a.m. and 12:00p.m.Taken in the burglary were various pieces of electronic equipment and several video games.It appears a rear door had been kicked in allowing the suspect(s) entry.The total loss of property was valued at $1500.The investigation is ongoing.

    * A vehicle being driven by Christopher Schaeffer of Shipman was stopped on 11/16/13, at about1:30a.m.The officer reported stopping Schaeffer due to an alleged improper lane usage violation.According to the police report, the officer believed Schaeffer may have been driving while he was under the influence of alcohol and asked him to consent to field sobriety testing.The report indicates Schaeffer refused to do any testing, and was then arrested for an alleged DUI.

    * On 11/18/13, the Department received several calls from residents of the Park Forest Hundred Subdivision reference vehicle burglaries.In one incident a garage remote control device was taken from an unlocked car which had been parked in the drive.Additionally, 3 pairs of sunglasses, a cell phone charger, and other miscellaneous items were stolen from another unlocked vehicle.These incidents occurred on Allegheny Drive and on Roanoke Drive.

    *On 11/19/13, a subject who resides on Maplehurst Drive reported she was the victim of a theft.According to the resident, in August she noticed $150 in cash was missing from her residence and then most recently she found that some jewelry was gone.The victim contacted the owner of the cleaning service she has hired and explained the situation to her.The owner began to investigate the matter and reported to the victim that one of her employees has stolen items from other homes in Springfield.The SpringfieldPoliceDepartment has been investigating those incidents; therefore, this report was forwarded to their Department.

    *After a reported argument turned into a physical confrontation a resident from the 100 block of East Mill called police stating that she had been battered.An officer responded to the incident and met with the victim who reported she had been choked by a male subject.The report indicates the victim had visible signs of having been battered.Information was obtained and arrested in connection with the alleged domestic battery was Daniel Stauffer.

    *Arrested during the months of October and November for allegedly driving on a suspended / revoked driver’s license:

    Kody Campbell; Hilary Cloe; Justin Cota; Danielle Durham; Donald Foster; Diana Ingersoll; Gregory Jones; Lawrence McMasters; Alyshia Rightnowar; Julie Thompson; Marilyn Wankel; Alexis Witty


    Criminal Incidents:
    Battery – 1; Burglary – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2;Domestic Battery – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Identity Theft – 1; Intimidation – 1; Obstructing Justice – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Residential Burglary – 1; Theft – 2; Warrant Arrests – 2

    Traffic Incidents:
    Accident Investigations – 4; DUI – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses – 46; No Valid Driver’s License – 8; No Registration – 29; Operating Uninsured Vehicle – 39; Operating While Registration Suspended – 2; Revoked Registration – 2; Speeding – 49; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 12; Warnings – 263;


    Calls for Service:
    Animal Calls – 3; Assist OtherPoliceAgencies – 27; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 12; Burglar Alarm – 17; Business Checks – 41; Citizen Assist – 61; Disturbance – 2; Domestic Trouble – 2; Mental Cases – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Missing Persons – 3; Suspicious Persons – 6; Suspicious Vehicles – 5; Vacation Checks -- 99

  • SEPTEMBER 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *A vehicle being driven by Linda Hughes, of Springfield, was stopped on 09/02/13, at 3:00 p.m. Hughes was ticketed for allegedly driving while her license was suspended.

    *A stop of a vehicle on 09/03/13, at 6:10 p.m. resulted in the driver being arrested for allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license. Joshua Dempsey, of Taylorville, was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and failure to provide proof on insurance.

    * On 09/03/13, at about 7:30p.m. a vehicle which had been traveling on Route 29 was stopped due to a reported registration violation. During the course of the stop, the officer reported he observed what appeared to be cannabis on the floor of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and a plastic bag which appeared to contain cannabis was found. Payne Butchek, of Edinburg, was arrested for alleged possession of cannabis.

    *Brandi Hughes, of Morrisonville, was stopped on 09/04/13, at10:15 p.m. The officer noted that she was stopped due to a problem with her headlights. During the course of the stop, the officer learned that Hughes’ driver’s license was reported as being suspended. Hughes was ticketed for the alleged suspended license violation.

    *An officer had contact with Angela Mills, of Taylorville, on 09/04/13, at 11:10 p.m. Mills had been stopped on Route 29 when the officer learned that her driver’s license was suspended. Mills received a ticket for the alleged violation.

    *At 12:15 a.m., on 09/05/13, officers were dispatched to a report of a reckless driver traveling on Route 29. Officers eventually caught up to the vehicle as it pulled into a driveway to a residence on Park Street. When officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Daniel Richardson, they reported Richardson appeared to having been drinking alcohol. An investigation into the stop eventually led to the arrest of Richardson for an alleged driving under the influence of alcohol.

    *What appeared to have begun as a family problem turned into a telephone harassment report being filed with the police on 09/08/13, at 5:30p.m. The complainant came into the police department and reported to an officer she had been receiving numerous phone calls from another family member. The caller had left several voice mail messages were she challenged the complainant to a fight. The officer spoke to all subjects and was able to resolve the issue for the night.

    *Officers made contact with Robert Bly on 09/13/13, at 6:40 p.m. Bly was informed that there was an active warrant for his arrest which had been issued by Sangamon County Authorities. Bly was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *An officer was sent to a residence in the 100 block of Willow on 09/17/13, regarding a person who was bitten by a dog. The resident told the officer that her son had been bitten by the neighbor’s dog. The victim had small puncture wounds on his leg. After checking on the boy, the officer located the neighbor and the dog. Sangamon County Animal Control was contacted for the investigation.

    *A resident in the 100 block of Wildrose called the police as she found she had several items stolen from her garage. She reported missing from her garage a Stihl chainsaw and a Toro electric hedge trimmer. The victim stated she was not sure when the items were taken but remembered seeing them last on 09/11/13. The tools were estimated at $400.

    *David Burris, of Riverton was stopped on 09/21/13 due to a reported registration violation. Along with the reported expired registration, Burris was also allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license.

    *The Rochester State Bank and the Rochester Police Department received numerous calls from citizens on 09/24/13, reference phone calls which the complainants had received. According to the complainants, when they answered the call they received an automated message which supposedly was from the Rochester State Bank. The message indicated the complainants debit card had been deactivated and they now needed to supply banking information to reactivate the cards. The bank reported that they had not made any such calls and that this was a scam. At this time, the bank administrators did not believe that anyone’s card had been compromised.

    *Officers were sent to an apartment in the 100 block of Mill Street on 09/24/13, at 9:20p.m., in regards to a domestic disturbance. Officers were told by the complainant that she had been arguing with her boyfriend and she was fearful that the situation was going to escalate. The report indicated officers could find no evidence that a crime had occurred. After speaking to both parties, officers were able to resolve the situation for the evening.

    *A vehicle being driven by a juvenile was stopped on 09/29/13, at about 2:30 a.m. due to an alleged equipment violation. The officer found there were 4 passengers in the vehicle and they too were juveniles. The officer reported that as he spoke with the juveniles he smelled what appeared to be burnt marijuana. During the course of the investigation the juveniles admitted to having smoked marijuana prior to the stop. Paperwork was completed and they were later released to parents.

    *On 09/29/13, an officer was sent to the Wyndcrest Assisted Living Center to take a theft report. The victim, who is a resident of the facility, reported that she had numerous pieces of jewelry stolen from her apartment. The loss was estimated to be in excess of $3000. At this time the investigation is ongoing.

    Criminal Incidents
    Assault – 2; Burglary - 1; Burglary (Residential) – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 4; Possession of Drug Equipment – 2; Reckless Conduct – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrest – 1

    Traffic Incidents
    Accident Investigations – 4; DUI – 1; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; No Drivers License – 2; No Registration – 8; Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 11; Speeding – 23; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 7; Warnings – 147

    Calls for Service
    Animal related calls – 5; Assist other Police Agency – 19; Assist Government Agency – 5; Building / Business Check – 28;Burglar Alarm – 4; Citizen Assist – 60; Death Natural Causes – 1; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 2; Loud Noise Complaints – 2;Mischievous Conduct – 1; Missing Person – 1; Motorist Assists – 13; Suicide – 1; Suspicious Auto / Person – 4; Vacation Checks -- 68

  • AUGUST 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *A vehicle stop on 08/01/13, at about 6:00p.m. resulted in the arrest of the driver, Joseph Jiannoni. During the course of the stop the officer learned that Jiannoni was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County Authorities.

    *Officers responded to an address on Woodhaven Drive, Springfield, to take a burglary to vehicle report on 08/07/13.The victim reported that while his vehicle was parked in the Rochester High School parking lot someone threw a brick through one of the windows.The suspect then entered the vehicle and took about $40 from the center console area.

    *A resident in the Grove Park Subdivision contacted the police on 08/22/13, at about 3:00p.m. in reference to a disturbance that had occurred.The officers were told a juvenile subject who resides at the residence had battered two other family members.Prior to leaving the residence, officers made arrangements for another family member who resides elsewhere to come get the juvenile suspect. A referral report has been sent to the juvenile authorities.

    *Tasha Tirpak, of Taylorville, was stopped on 08/24/13, at about11:55p.m. During the stop the officer was informed that Tirpak was allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license.

    *At approximately 4:15a.m. on 08/25/13, a Rochester officer was dispatched to a residence in the Oak Hills Subdivision in reference to a suicidal subject. The complainant had reported to dispatch that a family member was intoxicated and was threatening to kill himself. The complainant also told dispatch that the subject was looking in the residence for a gun. The officer arrived in the subdivision and proceeded towards the residence. As he neared the residence he observed a male subject in a driveway carrying a handgun. The officer made contact with the subject and began instructing the subject to put down the gun. After several minutes of dialogue between the two, the subject eventually put the gun down. He was taken into custody and transported to the hospital.

    *On 08/28/13, at about 8:45a.m., officers were sent to the Principal’s office at the Rochester High School. Officers arrived and were told by school administrators that several students had been taken out of class as it appeared they were under the influence of drugs. After discussing the situation with school authorities and the students, it was learned that the students had been smoking marijuana prior to entering school. Two of the students admitted to having marijuana in a vehicle which was parked in the school lot and another student admitted he had a small amount of marijuana in his pocket. All three students were taken into custody and transported to the police station. The incident has been referred to the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

    Criminal Incidents
    Aggravated Assault – 1; Battery – 1; Burglary from Vehicle – 1; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 3; Reckless Conduct – 1; Unlawful Use of Weapon – 1; Warrant Arrest – 1

    Traffic Incidents
    Accident Investigations – 1; Cancelled / Revoked Registration – 1; Flee / Attempt to Elude – 1; Hit and Run – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 2; No Drivers License – 4; No Registration – 3; Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Speeding – 19; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 1; Warnings – 127

    Calls for Service
    Animal related calls – 6; Assist other Police Agency – 11; Assist Government Agency – 7; Building / Business Check – 53; Burglar Alarm – 4; Citizen Assist – 47; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 2; Lost / Found Articles – 2; Loud Noise Complaints – 2; Mental Cases – 2; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Missing Person – 2; Motorist Assists – 8; Suspicious Auto / Person – 2; Vacation Checks -- 91


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