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  • Rochester Police Beat August 2017


     

    On August 3rd, Officers responded to the 100 block of E. Mill in reference to a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived they discovered a mother and daughter had been in an argument during which the daughter threw items out of a window. Officers confiscated a glass pipe the daughter had in her possession. The pipe allegedly contained the residue of burnt cannabis. The daughter made arrangements to stay somewhere else for the evening. A report was generated documenting the incident.

    On August 6th, an officer stopped a vehicle for having no registration light. Upon doing a check of her driver’s license through the in-car computer, it was discovered the driver, Shari L. Marley of Springfield, had a warrant for failure to appear on a retail theft case. Marley was subsequently arrested and transported to Sangamon County Jail.

    On August 7th, an officer stopped a vehicle after he observed it swerving all over the roadway on Oak Hills Rd. The driver allegedly provided the officer with a false name and date of birth. The juvenile driver was cited for driving with no valid driver’s license and given a notice to appear for obstructing identification. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

    On August 11th, an officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of Milldale in regards to a civil issue occurring between neighbors. Two different residents of Milldale stated their neighbor with the lot adjacent to theirs was trying to kill trees on their property. The neighbor allegedly hired a landscaping company to kill the trees. After talking with the neighbor, she agreed to stop trying to harm the trees. A report was generated. No criminal charges are being pursued at this time.

    On August 11th, an officer ran a license plate through the in-car computer which came back with the registered owner having a suspended and expired driver’s license. After verifying the driver matched the description of the register owner the officer initiated a traffic stop. Randy T. Spengler was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a warning for it being expired. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

    On August 12th, an officer was contacted by a citizen in regards to a hit and run that occurred to her vehicle. The vehicle was in front of her residence in the 200 block of N. Walnut and sometime, within the several days prior, it had been struck. The vehicle sustained damage to the rear driver’s side quarter panel. The damage is estimated at $500-$1000. There are no suspects at this time. A report has been generated.

    On August 13th, officers responded to the 400 block of N. Walnut in reference to a 9-1-1 call investigation. Upon arrival the officer found a male in the roadway acting aggressive. He was intoxicated and had been hitting tables and walls within his residence. He then went outside and started hitting street signs. There was no visible damage to the nearby signs. The officers were able to calm him down enough that he agreed to go inside and go to bed for the night.

    On August 13th, an officer was dispatched to Taft Dr. in reference to mischievous conduct. The resident explained the night before someone scattered blue sand, taken from his landscaping, around his backyard and around his vehicles in the front drive. No dollar loss has occurred. A report was generated.

    On August 15th, an officer stopped a vehicle because the registered owner’s information came back with a suspended driver’s license. The driver matched the description of the register owner. Michelle L. Nolting, of Springfield, was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and for no proof of insurance. The vehicle was towed by BP Towing and she was transported to her residence.

    On August 16th, an officer was dispatched to Appalachian Trail in reference to deceptive practices / identity theft. The resident stated an Old Navy Credit card was taken out in his name by using his social security number. Approximately $388.00 was charged to the credit card. The card has since been cancelled.

    On August 19th, an officer ran a vehicle registration through the in-car computer. The owner came back with an expired driver’s license from 2009. The driver, Melissa D. Krouse of Taylorville, provided the officer with 4 citations she had received for driving with an expired license. During the stop, the officer noticed an unlabeled pill bottle with various colored pills in it. The pills were taken to be tested. Krouse was cited for allegedly driving with an expired license and no proof of insurance. The vehicle was towed by Jostes Towing. A valid driver picked Krouse up from the scene.

    On August 20th, officers noticed a vehicle at the Rochester Community Park after the park closed. When the officers inspected the vehicle for occupants they noticed a bag in plain view allegedly containing what they believed to be drug paraphernalia and a burnt marijuana cigarette in the ashtray of the vehicle. The officers waited on the owners to return to the vehicle. They observed a vehicle pull up to the parked vehicle and drop off an occupant. The officers stopped both vehicles. The contraband was confiscated. Due to the individuals being juveniles, parents were notified and the juveniles were turned over into their custody. A report was generated.

    On August 20th, an officer stopped a vehicle because its registration was suspended and expired. The registered owner’s driver’s license was also suspended. Hannah K. McIntosh was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and her vehicle was towed. McIntosh was given a ride to her destination.

    On August 20th, officers were dispatched to Maplehurst subdivision in reference to several juveniles attempting to get into vehicles. The officers located the suspected vehicles and initiated a stop. The juveniles stated they were playing a joke on one of their friends where they made him get out of the vehicle, drove around the block and came back to pick him up. Parents were notified and picked up the juveniles due to it being after curfew.

    On August 24th, an officer was approached by a Rochester resident who stated his grandson had been in a fight with two boys at the bridge on Mill Street. All of the boys and their parents were talked with about the matter. It was unable to determine who started the fight or what it was over. The boys were instructed to stay away from each other.

    On August 25th, an officer stopped a vehicle because the registered owner came back as having suspended driver’s license. Tyson R. West of St. Paul, MN was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. His vehicle was moved to the police department parking lot until a valid driver could pick it up. A valid driver picked West up from the scene.

    On August 26th, an officer stopped a vehicle because the registration came back as suspended for a mandatory insurance violation and expired. During the stop it was discovered the driver’s license was suspended as well. Lisa Guinn-Kline of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly operating a vehicle while registration is suspended and driving while license suspended. The vehicle was towed by Jostes Towing. Kline was picked up from the scene by a valid driver.

    On August 26th, an officer was dispatched to Melody Dr. in reference to an illegal burn ordinance violation. The resident was given a verbal warning and asked to extinguish the fire.

    On August 26th, a Rochester resident approached an officer about criminal damage that had occurred to his vehicle. He stated it happened sometime between Sunday August 20th and Monday August 21st at 4:00 am when he noticed it. It appears an acidic substance was poured over the vehicle melting the paint and the plastic parts of the vehicle. He stated all 4 of the tires had the air let out of them. There is no suspect information at this time. A report was generated documenting the damage.

    On August 29th, officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of E. Main. Two individuals were in a verbal argument. There were no indications of it being physical. The parties were separated for the evening.

    On August 30th, an officer was approached by a resident who witnessed two vehicles driven by juveniles allegedly pass a school bus while it was loading students. According to the witness, the bus’ stop arm was extended and the caution lights were activated. The officer was provided with vehicle and driver description along with partial plates. The information obtained from the witness was confirmed by the school bus driver. Both individuals were issued citations for the alleged offense.

    Criminal Reports

    Burglary from a Motor Vehicle – 1; Deceptive Practices/Credit Cards – 1; Mischievous Conduct (no money loss) – 2; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Warrants – 1

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 3; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Failure to Yield at Intersection – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses – 4; No Registration – 1; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 3; No Drivers License – 6; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 4; Speeding – 9; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 8; Warnings Issued – 68; Hit and Run – 1

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 9; Other Ordinance Violations – 3; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 6; Assist Other Police Agency – 32; Assist Fire Department – 17; Assist Schools – 1; Building / Business Checks – 6; Burglar Alarms – 8; Citizen Assists – 28; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 7; Fingerprinting – 1; Motorist Assists – 11; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 7; Vacation Watches – 131

  • Rochester Police Beat July 2017

    • On July 2nd, a vehicle was reported driving all over the roadway. An officer made contact with the vehicle at the Phillips 66 where it had pulled in because the vehicle had over heated. It was discovered the driver was fleeing from an alleged domestic battery that occurred outside Rochester Police Department’s jurisdiction. It was referred to the appropriated agency. Do to the emotional and physical stated of the driver, she was given a ride to a safe location for the evening.
    • On July 5th, an officer noticed a vehicle stopping for all the green lights and swerving on the roadway. Lillie Prindle of Springfield, an elderly female, was driving on a cancelled license. Prindle appeared confused and disoriented as to her location. Prindle was transported back to her home and her neighbors, who help care for her, were notified and helped get her settled in for the night.
    • On July 5th, a resident of Maplehurst approached an officer in regards to fireworks being set off by his neighbors the night prior. He noticed a dent in the hood of his vehicle and had burn marks on his new siding. There was a large firework casing found near his vehicle matching the dent. A report was generated to document the incident.
    • On July 6th, an officer noticed a young male walking around Woodlands at 3:00 am. He was walking to a friend’s house. Parents were notified and the juvenile was turned over to their custody. The incident was documented.
    • On July 9th, an officer responded to the 100 block of E. Mill in reference to a disturbance. After speaking with the parties involved it was determined to have been physical altercation between roommates. Jazmyn Jarrett was arrested for the alleged domestic battery. She was taken to Sangamon County Jail.
    • On July 10th, an officer responded to Willimantic Rd. to take report of an attempted burglary to a residence. The homeowner left between the hours of 10:10 am and 12:50 pm, returning to find her door jam broken, a window well cover broken and a screen removed from one of her windows. No entry was made to the residence and it did not appear anything was taken. A neighbor remembered seeing a silver Ford Focus but did not notice anyone in or around it. It is unable to determine if the vehicle was involved. A report was generated. There is no suspect information at this time.
    • On July 14th, officers responded to Mishawaka when a resident called stating there was a naked man in their neighbor’s yard and people were throwing things at him. On scene the officers discovered a battery had occurred following a dispute over an IPOD. The suspect, Chad Tozer, allegedly punched the victim in the face and shot at him with an air soft rifle. Contact was eventually made with Tozer; his right hand was swollen. Tozer was taken to St. John’s hospital to assess the injury and then escorted to the Sangamon County Jail.
    • On July 16th, an officer was called to Camelot Dr. to investigate criminal damage to a motor vehicle. Between 11 pm on July 15th and 10:30 am on the 16th subject(s) unknown used a large landscaping rock to break the rear window of a car. Three additional rocks were found around the vehicle. The estimated damage was $250. There is no suspect at this time.
    • On July 16th, an officer responded to the 200 block of E. Mill in reference to a hit and run that occurred to a mailbox. The homeowner heard the accident and went to her window. She saw her mailbox had been hit and a green Chevy Silverado was driving away. She noted the vehicle is one that frequents the area. On July 18th, the homeowner was able to provide a license plate number for the vehicle as she had seen it again. Officers located the vehicle on the 300 block of Park. The owner admitted to hitting the mailbox while on the way to the hospital after she broke her leg. She apologized and agreed to pay for the mailbox.
    • On July 17th, officers responded to Circle Dr. to investigate an animal ordinance violation. Chickens were visibly noticeable in a pen beside the driveway. The owner was given a verbal warning. She agreed to have them removed by the July 21st to avoid being fined. The chickens were removed and the enclosure was taken down.
    • On July 17th, officers were notified by a concerned resident on Mishawaka of a possible burglary in progress. Caller believed people were stealing stuff out of the residence while the homeowner was in jail. Officer’s responded as the vehicle was exiting the residence. They stopped the vehicle. The homeowner was in the back of the vehicle and he stated they were helping him move. During the stop, an officer observed a 6 pack of alcohol in between the driver and passenger seat; a couple of the bottles were open and had contents missing. A vehicle search was conducted where drug equipment was discovered. Lori Stancil of Springfield claimed all the contraband and alcohol was hers. Stancil was subsequently arrested for the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and transported to Sangamon County Jail. Crystal Rowland-Atkins of Pleasant Plains was cited for the illegal transportation of alcohol.
    • On July 17th, officers responded to the 500 block of Sattley St. for a disturbance. A verbal argument had taken place over a child’s welfare / custody. Custody was validated with legal documentation. The other party agreed to leave and contact their child another day.
    • On July 18th, an officer noticed a vehicle pulled over in the Rochester Public Works parking lot. A male and a female were outside of the vehicle. They had stopped to allow the female to urinate. Amy Watring of Mount Auburn appeared to have been intoxicated. Jon Bierbaun of Springfield stated he was the driver. Both Bierbaun’s and Watring’s drivers’ licenses came back suspended. Bierbaun was cited for driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked Bierbaun up from the scene and Watring was transported home.
    • On July 18th, an officer was dispatched to the 600 block of E. Main in reference to a domestic battery. Husband came home to overhear a phone conversation his wife was having that upset him. They had been arguing for a couple of hours before it became physical. Racheal Ehrhardt was arrested for the alleged domestic battery and transported to Sangamon County Jail.
    • On July 18th, Sally Samara of Springfield was cited for driving while license suspended. Her vehicle was tagged on the side of the road and she was transported to her residence.
    • On July 19th, an officer was notified of an illegal burn taking place in the 400 block of E. Mill. A verbal warning and a copy of the village burn ordinance was given to the resident. The resident extinguished the fire.
    • On July 20th, Nathan Follin of Rochester was stopped for a moving violation and cited for operating a vehicle while registration was suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and no valid driver’s license. His vehicle was towed and he was transported to his residence.
    • On July 25th, an officer was called to the 1300 block of Wyndmoor Dr. in reference to a fence that had been vandalized. Between the hours of 11:00 pm on the 24th and 6:00 am on the 25th the fence was spray painted in orange paint with the words “blood gang”. The damage is estimated at $100. A report has been generated. There are no suspects at this time.
    • On July 27th, Officers responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of Oak Hills Rd. When officers arrived, Tavin Benton was in the yard with a sword. He eventually put it down on the officer’s command. Benton allegedly battered his girlfriend and was subsequently arrested. He was transported to St. Johns for a medical evaluation and then to Sangamon County Jail. A report was forwarded to the States Attorney’s Office.
    • On July 27th, while on a patrol an officer recognized an individual he knew to be suspended. The information was verified when ran through his in-car computer. Nicole Manley of Edinburg was cited for driving while license suspended. She was also arrested for 2 warrants and transported to Sangamon County Jail.
    • On July 30th, officers responded to a 911 investigation and possible disturbance in the 100 block of Willow. Individuals at the residence appeared intoxicated and admitted to being in an argument. They advised the would be fine for the rest of the morning.
    • On July 30th, Jarrad Young of Springfield was cited for driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. His vehicle was driven from the scene by a valid driver.

    Criminal Reports

    Aggravated Assault - 1; Battery – 1; Domestic Battery – 3; Residential Burglary – 1; Theft of Mislaid Property – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 3; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor – 1; Warrants – 1

    Traffic Reports 

    Illegal Transportation of Alcoholic Liquor – 2; Accident Investigations – 8; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses – 6; No Registration – 2; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 1; No Drivers License – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 5; Speeding – 17; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 7; Warnings Issued – 40; Hit and Run – 2

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 6; Other Ordinance Violations – 2; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 12; Assist Other Police Agency – 35; Assist Fire Department – 10; Building / Business Checks – 16; Burglar Alarms – 6; Citizen Assists – 37; Disturbance – 10; Domestic Trouble – 3; Fingerprinting – 4; Lost articles – 3; Motorist Assists – 12; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 8; Curfew – 1; Vacation Watches – 161

  • May / June Police Beat 2017

     Rochester Police Beat May/June 2017

    On May 4th, officers were notified by a parent of an identity theft that happened during a high school event. The daughter’s debit card information was used to purchase goods off the internet and sent to another student’s address. The purchase was cancelled before it was shipped and money was refunded. No charges were filed.

    On May 9th, an officer noticed a vehicle parked at the Rochester Community Park at approximately 2:12 am. He was able to locate two juveniles at the park in the pavilion. Both were turned over to their legal guardians.

    On May 11th, John Rosa of Taylorville was stopped for an expired and suspended registration. Rosa’s vehicle was towed and he received a citation for the violation.

    On May 13th, Melissa Beaston of Springfield was stopped for an expired registration. Beaston had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on several warrants. Beaston was issued a citation for driving while license suspended and was arrested for the warrants and transported to Sangamon County Jail.

    On May 14th, an officer responded to a residential burglary in the 400 block of Lexington where a firearm, firearm equipment and ammunition were taken. The investigation is ongoing.

    On May 14th, an officer was notified by a resident of Woodland drive they had received an intimidating letter in the mail. The anonymous letter claimed the recipient made racial comments towards a neighbor. The claim was not substantiated.

    On May 15th, officers stopped Ravyn England of Springfield for driving while license suspended. England gave the officers identification that was not hers. England was arrested for driving while license suspended and obstructing identification. She was cited for operating an uninsured vehicle. Her vehicle was driven from the scene by a valid driver and England was transported to Sangamon County Jail.

    On May 22nd, officer responded to the 400 block of Sattley in reference to a dog bite. A juvenile had attempted to retrieve a ball from between his fence and a fenced owned by a neighbor. The neighbor’s dog allegedly jumped up and bit the juvenile on the leg leaving an impression on the skin but not drawing any blood. Sangamon County Animal Control was notified for follow up.

    On May 26th, Dennis Shannon of Rochester was stopped for no registration light, one headlight and an expired registration. Shannon was cited for driving with suspended license plates, operating an uninsured vehicle and not having a driver’s license on his person. Shannon’s vehicle was towed from the scene.

    On May 27th, Richard Gallas of Riverton was cited for driving while license was suspended. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

    On May 27th, an officer responded to the 700 block of Burberry for a disturbance. Resident stated he met with a female to give her money he owed her when she began acting strange. They allegedly had physical altercation that continued on the roadway. He stated she cut him off and got out of her car to further the disturbance. It was determined to have taken place outside of our jurisdiction and referred to the appropriate agency.

    On May 29th, an officer responded to the 500 block of E. Main for a burglary to motor vehicle. The residence purse was taken from her vehicle and dumped in a neighbor’s yard in the 600 block of E. Main. All items of value were recovered.

    On May 29th, an officer responded to the 500 block of E. Mill for a burglary to motor vehicle. The resident noticed her purse had been dumped out in the passenger seat. The rear door was not latched. She was uncertain if the vehicle was locked the night before. Several identification cards for her and her family along with several debit and credit cards were taken.

    On May 30th, an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of E. Mill for a residential burglary. The resident had returned home from vacation and realized money was taken from a drawer in their kitchen. Their safe had been broken into but nothing else was taken.

    On May 31st, an officer ran a vehicle’s license plate through his in-car computer; the registration came back with the registered owner having a suspended driver’s license. Justin Miller of Stonington was cited for driving while license suspended. His passenger was valid and drove the vehicle from the scene.

    On June 3rd, an officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Pleasant Ln. for a motor vehicle theft. At 6:00 a.m. the resident noticed his vehicle was missing. A neighbor stated she heard the truck start up at 5:00 and take off down the road at a high rate of speed. Inside the vehicle was a briefcase and currency the resident had brought home from his business. The vehicle was not locked and the keys were contained with in the vehicle. At approximately, 1:40 p.m. the vehicle was recovered in a field in Springfield. The vehicle was taken back to Rochester Police Department to be processed for evidence. Partial prints were recovered off the vehicle by the Illinois State Police and the vehicle was released back to its owner. The investigation is on-going.

    On June 3rd, an officer responded to Taft Ln. for a burglary from motor vehicle. Resident stated sometime overnight unknown subject(s) entered three of their vehicles. One pair of “Beats” headsets was taken from one of the vehicle. No forced entry. Vehicles were unlocked.

    On June 3rd, an officer responded to Taft Ln. for a burglary from motor vehicle. Resident stated a purse and its’ contents of wallet, currency, credit cards were taken. No forced entry. Vehicle was unlocked.

    On June 3rd, an officer responded to the 400 block of E. Mill St. A vehicle was left unlocked and its glove box had been gone through. Nothing appeared to be missing.

    On June 3rd, an officer responded to the 400 block of E. Mill St. for a burglary to motor vehicle. The resident advised the vehicle was left unlocked and a camouflage camping bag filled with survival gear, a handheld GPS and a large knife had been taken.

    On June 4th, an officer was dispatched to Taft Ln. for a burglary to motor vehicle. The resident advised he was looking through is vehicle and noticed his Kabar stainless steel knife with leather sheath and handle was stolen. He noticed his glove box had been rummaged through but nothing else was missing. The resident believes his truck was left unlocked.

    On June 6th, an officer was dispatched to Karen Rose in reference to reckless driving. The individual verbally threatened his neighbors and hit a baseball at them. When officer arrived he threw the bat out of the garage and shut himself inside his house. Charges of aggravated assault, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct are being pursued.

    On June 7th, an officer was dispatched to the 4800 block of Oakhill Rd. to take an assault report. During a meeting, an employee made threatening statements and tried to lunge at another employee. The employee was terminated and told not to return to the property. No criminal charges are being pressed at this juncture.

    On June 8th at 2:32 a.m., an officer responded to a loud noise complaint on the 700 block of Heathrow. The officer made contact with the individuals informing them of the complaint and asked them to be courteous to their neighbors and take it in for the evening. The individuals complied.

    On June 10th, an officer was dispatched to Roanoke in reference to a hit and run on a mailbox. A paperboy had noticed a mailbox was damaged and a side mirror of a vehicle was with the mailbox. The neighbor’s vehicle was missing its’ driver’s side mirror. The owner of the vehicle stated he hit the mailbox and paid for the damages.

    On June 12th, an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of E. Mill in reference to a theft. A resident stated her Waste Management trash receptacle was taken from her residence. She was billed $90.00 for the lost container.

    On June 16th, an officer ran a vehicle’s license plate through his in-car computer. The registered owner came back with a suspended driver’s license. Deanna Durbin of Taylorville was cited for driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

    On June 18th, an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Twin Oaks in reference to a disturbance. A BMW followed an SUV to Twin Oaks after it was not allowed to merge at the Spaulding Dam Bridge. The driver wanted to address the SUV about this incident. The driver yelled about who would have paid if there had been an accident but no threat was made. Both parties were talked to about the incident and the proper way to handle it.

    On June 20th, an officer responded to Oak Grove to take a telephone harassment report. An individual alleged an acquaintance of hers compromised her Snapchat account and was sending past photo’s of her with degrading captions and calling her. She was advised to get an order of protection/no contact order. Snapchat was sent a request to deactivate the account.

    On June 27h, an individual came to the police department to make a report of illegal dumping in the 200 block of N. Walnut St. Allegedly on June 24th a black 4 door Volkswagen dumped a car’s load of trash into a dumpster on private property.

    On June 28th, an officer responded to the 100 block of E. Mill in reference to criminal damage. Storage units at an apartment building had been allegedly broken into. A witness stated there was a black truck with a masked individual in it. Several people were outside who did not notice a black truck or masked individual. Three of the four storage units suffered damage. Nothing appeared to be missing.

    On June 29th at approximately 9:30 p.m., an officer noticed two vehicles and several people in the Rochester High school back parking lot. Allegedly, five juveniles were gathered around a cooler in the back of a truck bed. A can of beer was in plain view on the tool box of the truck. All of the remaining beer was dumped out. Parents were notified and the juveniles were turned over to their parents’ custody. A report documenting the incident was generated.

     

    Criminal Reports

    Criminal Sexual Assault - 1; Assault -2; Burglary - 3; Burglary from Motor Vehicle- 8; Theft - 2; Motor Vehicle Thefts – 2; Identity Theft –3; Criminal Trespass to Vehicle – 2; Possession of Controlled Substance – 1; Possession of Marijuana – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Illegal Possession of Alcohol by a Minor – 1; Telephone Harassment – 2; False Police Reports – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Obstruction - 1; Mischievous conduct – 1

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 6; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses –6; No Registration – 3; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 4; No Drivers License – 3; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Speeding – 41; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 9; Traffic Details – 3; Warnings Issued –94; Illegal Parking -1; Hit and Run – 1; Reckless Driving – 2

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 12; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 17; Assist Other Police Agency – 59; Assist Schools – 7; Assist Fire Department – 25; Building / Business Checks – 58; Burglar Alarms – 9; Citizen Assists – 142; Disturbance – 12; Domestic Trouble – 3; Fingerprinting – 3 ; Lost articles – 5 ; Mental Cases – 2; Motorist Assists – 21; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 26; Runaway – 1; Curfew - 1; Vacation Watches – 163

  • Rochester Police Beat March/April 2017


    • On March 2nd officers responded to a complaint from a resident stating their neighbor owns more cats than the village ordinance allows and they were causing damage to his vehicles. Officers spoke with the owner of the cats and determined she was within the limits of the ordinance. The officers informed her of the complaint and provided a copy of the ordinance to both parties.
    • On March 4th while on patrol an officer noticed 3 vehicles at an intersection on Route 29 and one vehicle had their hazard lights activated. When the officer was able to turn around the other two vehicles had already left. The remaining vehicle had two flat tires. Witnesses informed the officer that a female had gotten out of the vehicle and into another vehicle. They stated they were going to go to the police department. No one appeared at the police department. The officer requested a tow truck to remove the vehicle from the road. During an inventory search of the vehicle prior to being towed the officer found a small amount of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The registered owner was cited for abandoning her vehicle on the highway and given a civil citation for the cannabis and paraphernalia.
    • On March 9th A resident in the 300 block of Park St. reported when they woke up they discovered someone had run over their mailbox. The tracks in the mud and position of the mailbox indicated it was a truck heading northbound on N. Park Street. The officer patrolled the area and checked for vehicles with signs indicating they were involved and did not locate anything suspicious.
    • On March 10th officers responded to a complaint to criminal damage to property by a resident in the 400 block of Sattley St. He reported his house had been “teepeed” and his vehicle had been scratched. He requested a report be completed to document the incident.
    • On March 10th officers responded to a hit and run at Route 29 and South Walnut Street. John Compardo reported while he was stopped at a stop light another vehicle had struck his vehicle and continued southbound towards Taylorville. Compardo could not give a driver description or registration information for the other vehicle.
    • On March 14th at approximately 12:33 am, officers responded to the 200 block of E. Main Street for a burglary in which many firearms were stolen. Two firearms have been recovered. The investigation is on going.
    • On March 17th officers were notified by the Village Manager that there was a complaint about a resident raising pigs in their backyard on Circle Drive. Officers arrived at the address on Circle Drive and confirmed there were 3 pigs being raised in a pen. There is a village ordinance prohibiting such activities. The owner was notified and officially warned in writing that he needed to have them removed. A subsequent contact involving the same incident will involve a citation.
    • On March 19th an officer was contacted regarding an incident involving neighbors and their dogs. One neighbor was walking her dog on the sidewalk in their neighborhood when she and her dog were “charged” by a more aggressive dog owned by another neighbor. The neighbor with the aggressive dog told the first neighbor that she needs to walk on the other side of the road and not on his sidewalk. The neighbor with the aggressive dog has an invisible fence which does not stop his dog from leaving the yard. The officer contacted that neighbor and explained that he must be able to keep his dog under control and on his property. The neighbor stated he would figure out a way to keep his dog from running through the fence.
    • On March 20th Heather Stengal was stopped for an expired vehicle registration. During the stop it was discovered that Heather’s driver’s license was suspended. She was cited for driving while license suspended and warned for her expired registration.
    • On March 22nd an officer ran the registration of a vehicle belonging to Wayne Piepenbrink. Piepenbrink had a warrant for his arrest from Sangamon county for contempt of court. The officer made contact with Piepenbrink and confirmed the warrant with Sangamon County Dispatch. Piepenbrink was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.
    • On March 22nd Eric Ausmus was cited for no driver’s license and operating an uninsured vehicle.
    • On March 24th officers were called to the Village Park on West Main for a criminal damage to property report. It appeared that someone had broken into one of the sheds belonging to the Public Works Department. A Public Works employee checked the building and said it did not look like anything was taken but the door frame and door were damaged.
    • On March 28th Luke Meiseman was arrested and taken to Sangamon County Jail for driving on a revoked driver’s license.
    • On March 31st officers met with Sally Zimmerman, the Branch Manager for Rochester Bank & Trust in reference to check fraud. Zimmerman stated that on the 24th a black female with black hair, wearing glasses, blue shirt, blue jacket and dark pants claiming to be Mia Dotkinska cashed a check for $999.00. Zimmerman was later notified by her corporate office the check was fraudulent. Rochester is one of several other locations this crime has taken place by the same individual. The investigation is on going.
    • On March 31st Arthur McClain III was cited for Driving While License Suspended. The officer allowed McClain to contact a valid driver to remove the vehicle from the scene.
    • On April 3rd a new Rochester resident contacted the police department after attempting set up an Ameren Illinois account. Ameren informed the resident an account in her name had already been created. The resident had never opened any accounts with Ameren before. The services in her name were for an address in Jacksonville, IL and had a current unpaid bill with a balance of over $400.00. The officer initiated an investigation and contacted Ameren to obtain their Identity Theft Affidavit for the resident. The officer then contacted Jacksonville Police Department and forwarded them the initial report along with the Ameren contact information to continue the investigation.
    • On April 7th while on routine patrol an officer noticed a vehicle parked on the shoulder of West Main St. The engine was still running and the vehicle had a flat tire on the right front side. When the officer approached the vehicle he saw that the driver, Jacob P. Barth was asleep in the driver seat and it appeared that he had been driving on the flat tire long enough there was no rubber left on the wheel. The officer was finally able to wake Mr. Barth and immediately noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. Throughout the officer’s interaction Mr. Barth he showed several indications of being impaired and when asked he admitted to drinking more than he should have. The officer had Mr. Barth perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and determined Mr. Barth was too impaired to be driving a vehicle. Mr. Barth was placed under arrest for DUI and taken to Sangamon County Jail where upon submitting a breath sample it was determined he had a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.153%. Mr. Barth was then cited for Driving Under the Influence and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with a BAC greater than 0.08%.
    • On April 13th a resident walking their dog on a leash was approached by dog acting aggressively and not on a leash. The owner of the leashed dog feared for his safety and the safety of his dog so he began making loud noises and kicked in the direction of the unleashed dog in an attempt to scare it away. According to the resident this has happened on several occasions. A verbal warning for violating the village’s leash ordinance was issued in accordance with the department policy to the owner of the unleashed dog. A second violation will result in a written warning and third and any subsequent violations will result in a monetary fine that will increase with each additional incident.
    • On April 15th an officer stopped Ernestus A. Drake for speeding 44MPH in a 30MPH zone. After checking the driver for a valid driver’s license the officer learned that Drake was wanted on an arrest warrant originating in Tennessee. Sangamon County dispatch informed the officer the warrant was valid. Drake was arrested and taken to Sangamon County Jail.
    • On April 16th an officer was dispatched for a criminal sexual assault. During the investigation it became clear the actual crime took place outside of Rochester PD jurisdiction. The officer completed the initial investigation and collected the evidence from the hospital in Springfield and forwarded the case to the responsible jurisdiction for further investigation.
    • On April 17th an officer was dispatched to 3 Walberta for a disturbance. The officer conducting the investigation concluded both parties were at fault, arrested both and each person was charged with domestic battery. They were transported to the Sangamon County Jail.
    • On April 20th Amanda M. Gunther was stopped for driving while her license was suspended. She was issued a citation for driving while license suspended and driving an uninsured vehicle.
    • On April 28th a Village of Rochester Public Works employee reported that 6 thermoplastic coated perforated trash receptacles with dome lids had been taken. The total value of the stolen property is $2,274.00.

    Criminal Reports

    Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Aggravated Battery – 0; Assault – 2; Fights – 1; Deceptive Practices– 2; Identity Theft – 3; Deceptive Practices, Credit Cards – 1; Possession of Controlled Substance – 0; Possession of Marijuana – 2; Telephone Harassment – 2; Theft – 2; Warrant Arrests – 2; Domestic Battery – 2; Criminal Tresspass – 1;

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 6; Improper Lane Usage – 2; Miscellaneous Offenses –8; No Registration – 3; No Drivers License – 3; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 12; Speeding – 31; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 9; Traffic Details – 0; Warnings Issued –49; Illegal Parking - 1; Hit and Run – 2; DUI -- 2

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 16; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 15; Assist Other Police Agency – 17; Assist Schools – 3; Assist Fire Department –1; Building / Business Checks – 14; Burglar Alarms –7; Citizen Assists – 45; Disturbance – 4; Domestic Trouble – 1; Fingerprinting – 0; Lost articles – 3; Mental Cases – 1; Motorist Assists – 9; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 13; Runaway – 1; Vacation Watches – 248;

  • Rochester Police Beat February 2017


    • On 02-04-17 at approximately 5:53pm an officer patrolling Illinois Route 29 witnessed a driver disobey two traffic control devices. The officer initiated a traffic stop and discovered the driver, Aaron C. Boys of Rochester, had a revoked driver’s license. Boys had a restricted driver’s permit but it did not cover the time frame for which Boys was driving. Boys was issued citations for disobeying a traffic control device and driving with a revoked driver’s license.
    • On 02-03-17 at approximately 3:27pm officers were dispatched to the Rochester High School for a student that was fighting with school staff. The student had missed school during the day and showed up for an after school event where he was “acting out.” The student became physical with his mother and grandmother as they tried to keep him from running out of the school while waiting for officer’s to arrive. The student did make it out of the school and begin to run but was eventually apprehended by officers. Due to past incidents involving this student he was subsequently taken to the Juvenile Detention Center where he was detained.
    • On 02-07-17 a Rochester resident reported that he had received a text message from his bank asking about a $100 withdraw from an ATM in California. The resident contacted the bank immediately to notify them the transactions were not authorized. $760 had already been withdrawn from the account using a card and PIN combination. The bank filed their own reports, issued new cards with chip technology and asked for a copy of the police report to be forwarded to them once completed.
    • On 02-10-17 at approximately 3:36am an officer patrolling Illinois Route 29 noticed a red Chevy pickup with no registration light making the temporary registration unreadable. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with Clay A. Samuelson. Samuelson’s driver’s license was suspended, he did not have valid insurance for the vehicle, and the registration on the truck was for a different vehicle. Samuelson was arrested and taken into custody for driving while his license was suspended. He was cited for DWLS, operating an uninsured vehicle, and operating a vehicle without valid registration. He was detained at the Sangamon County Jail and released on bail.
    • On 02-10-17 officers took a report of a missing wallet that was left at the Rochester Phillips 66 gas station at approximately 9:15pm. The owner went back to find it but was unsuccessful. The wallet contained his DL, FOID card and Scheels credit card.
    • On 2-13-17 an officer met with Tom Heuer who had found a children’s bike in his back yard. He stated it did not belong to any of his neighbors that he had made contact with. Heuer gave the bike to the police officer in case anyone claimed it or reported it missing. The bike is a red and blue children’s bike.
    • On 02-14-17 an officer was called to the Rochester High School by the administration to take a report on a Criminal Sexual Assault that occurred between two high school students. After taking the initial report the officer determined that the actual incident took place outside of Rochester Police Department’s jurisdiction. The officer completed the initial investigation by collecting statements from the administration and then forwarded the case to the agency for that jurisdiction.
    • On 02-14-17 a residential burglary was reported on Wildrose Drive. The resident had left a back door unsecured and a Dell computer and hard-drive valued at approximately $500 was allegedly stolen.
    • On 02-16-17 an officer patrolling Illinois Route 29 using moving radar locked in a vehicle’s speed at 73 MPH. The officer turned around and paced the vehicle as the speed limit changed from 55 to 45 MPH. The vehicle continued to exceed the speed limit by at least 10 MPH. The officer then initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the drier, Samantha R. Helton of Lincoln. Helton did not have a driver’s license on her at the time but claimed that she did have a valid license. Upon further investigation the officer determined that her license was in fact suspended. Helton was issued a citation for DWLS and warning for exceeding the speed limit.
    • On 02-17-17 an officer was dispatched the Rochester Post Office for property damage report. It appears that a delivery truck had made contact with the part of the building that hangs over the loading dock. At this time the responsible party has not been determined.
    • On 02-17-17 an officer was dispatched to a traffic accident that had occurred at the high school where the parking lot exits onto Illinois Route 29. A student had pulled out and made contact with the passenger side of a vehicle headed northbound on Route 29. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the vehicles. The student was issued a citation for failure to yield while turning left.
    • On 02-19-17 while patrolling Illinois Route 29 an officer ran the registration of a vehicle that belonged to Michael Droke of Taylorville. The officer then ran Droke’s name through the system to find his driver’s license information. The officer confirmed that Droke’s driver’s license was suspended. The officer confirmed that the driver matched the description on Droke’s driver’s license information and initiated a traffic stop. The driver confirmed he was Michael Droke and he was subsequently issued a citation for DWLS.
    • On 02-20-17 at least two people stopped at the Rochester Police Department to report their concerns of an elderly male, Raymond Carson, driving a conversion van the wrong way on Illinois Route 29. Raymond got turned around and made his way to the police department to ask for directions. The officer recognized that the Raymond appeared to be confused and did not realize he was in Rochester. After attempting for a significant period of time to contact a family member or caretaker the officer was unsuccessful. Raymond claimed to be homeless and living in his van. The officer determined it was not safe for Raymond to continue driving. After exhausting all other options the officer completed an Involuntary Admission into the Memorial Medical ER.
    • On 02-21-17 the Rochester Police Department was notified that a resident, Dalton C. Felber was wanted on a warrant issued by the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department. Dalton Felber was located and taken into custody at 4:38pm the same day.
    • On 02-21-17 the Rochester High School notified the police that a student had arrived at school under the influence of marijuana. The student admitted to being in possession of marijuana which was in their vehicle parked on school property. School administrators searched the student’s vehicle and located the contraband. The officer issued the student a civil citation for possession of approximately 2 grams of marijuana.
    • On 02-22-17 police were dispatched to a traffic crash that occurred at the intersection of Cardinal Hill Rd and Route 29. Unit 2 was rear ended by Unit 1 causing minor damage to the vehicles. Neither of the drivers were injured.
    • On 02-27-17 Nicole Manley was cited for driving while her license was suspended.
    • On 02-28-17 Sangamon County Dispatch notified the police that a vehicle was leaving Springfield heading into Rochester and was crossing over into the opposite lane. Callers were concerned the driver was intoxicated or experiencing a medical emergency. The officer located the vehicle and witnessed the reported driving behavior. The officer initiated a traffic stop and discovered the driver to be an elderly woman that appeared to be lost and could not locate her home. The driver was not intoxicated or having medical trouble. The officer assisted the driver in making it to her home safely. The officer requested a re-examination by the Secretary of State to ensure she is safe to continue driving. No citation was issued.
    • On 02-28-17 an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding. After checking the status of the driver’s license it was discovered that the driver was wanted on a warrant. The officer arrested Christina K. Wertz on a warrant for Failure to Appear for Traffic issued by Christian County.

    Criminal Reports

    Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Aggravated Battery – 1; Deceptive Practices– 2; Identity Theft – 1; Obstructing Justice – 1; Possession of Controlled Substance – 1; Possession of Marijuana – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrests – 3; Runaway– 1; Truancy– 1; Disorderly Conduct– 2;

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 3; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses –7; No Registration – 2; No Drivers License – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 6; Speeding – 9; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 10; Traffic Details – 4; Warnings Issued –58;

    Calls For Service

    Animal Related Calls – 9; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 23; Assist Other Police Agency – 23; Assist Schools – 8; Building / Business Checks – 13; Burglar Alarms – 10; Citizen Assists – 58; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 3; Fingerprinting – 4; Lost articles – 1; Mental Cases – 2; Motorist Assists – 7; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 8; Vacation Watches -- 327

  • Rochester Police Beat January 2017

    *Police were called on 01/01/17, at 7:55p.m., in reference to a disturbance between two neighbors. The complainant, who resides in the 200 block of East Main, reported a neighbor who lives in the 200 block of Mill Street had come over to their house yelling and swearing at them and accusing them of starting trouble. The complainant commented that the neighbor appeared to be highly intoxicated at the time. After speaking with the complainant, the officer went and spoke with the neighbor. The neighbor, who was reportedly intoxicated and very emotional, was told she was not welcome on the complainant’s property.

    *On 01/03/17, at about 11:40p.m., an officer made contact with Nicole Manley of Edinburg after learning there was a warrant issued for her arrest by Christian County authorities. Manley was arrested due to the valid warrant and was cited for allegedly driving while her license was suspended.

    *An officer reported stopping a vehicle after he observed several traffic violations including allegedly weaving in traffic on 01/07/17, at about 12:50a.m. An investigation into the stop resulted in the arrest of the driver, Travis Staab of Edinburg, for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol.

    *Officers responded to a reported domestic battery incident on 01/08/17, at about 4:15a.m. The complainant, who resides on Taft Drive, called 911 requesting officers to respond as his granddaughter had been battered at his house by her boyfriend. Officers arrived and located the suspect, Marcus Blakely, in the basement of the house. After being told he had struck and choked the victim, officers arrested Blakely for the alleged domestic battery. He was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *On 01/17/17, at 1:30a.m., officers were sent to a residence in the 100 block of Mill Street to check on the welfare of a female subject who had threatened suicide. Officers reported they arrived and found the female in her vehicle which was parked in the garage with the engine running. After speaking with the subject and her relatives, it was decided she would be transported to the hospital for an evaluation.

    *A vehicle which was stopped for a reported speeding violation on 01/18/17, at 3:50a.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver for allegedly driving while her license was suspended. The driver, who was identified as Myisha Wells of Springfield, received multiple citations for the alleged violations.

    *A vehicle was stopped on 01/18/17, at 12:45p.m., for a reported equipment violation. During the stop the officer learned that the driver, Trevor Thompson of Pana, was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Jackson County authorities. Thompson was taken to the Sangamon County Jail and released to their custody.

    *After receiving a call from the Assistant Principal Cassie Carey on 01/19/17, an officer went to the high school in reference to a report of a student possibly selling prescription medication to another student. The officer was told that while a school administrator was investigating a theft incident which had occurred in the locker room she came across information indicating a student was trying to buy adderall from another student. The officer spoke with the student and his parents at the police department. Further action is pending.

    *As an officer was patrolling in the Woodlands Subdivision on 01/23/17, at 2:40a.m., he noticed a young female who was running along the road. Due to the circumstances, he made contact with the person who told the officer she was fine and had decided to go for a late night jog. The officer then noticed the female got into a vehicle which had been parked on the side of the road and drove away. He stopped the vehicle as he reported the taillights on the vehicle were not working. During the stop the officer learned the driver was a 15 year-old juvenile who had taken her parent’s car without their knowledge. The parents were contacted and the minor was released to their custody.

    *On 01/23/17, at 10:30a.m., an officer received a phone call from the Assistant Principal at the high school. She reported a 16 year-old student had come to school smelling of burnt cannabis. The school was seeking assistance from the police department in dealing with the incident. An officer went to the school and spoke with the juvenile and her mother. The juvenile, who reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana, was also found to be in possession of Xanax, according to school authorities. A report has been forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 100 block of Water Street on 01/23/17, at 8:15p.m., in reference to a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived they met with the complainant who advised she and her daughter’s father had gotten into an argument. She reported she was concerned for her safety due to comments which had been made by the child’s father. After speaking with both parties, the incident was documented and they were advised to speak with their attorneys.

    *Officers met with a subject who resides in the Oak Mill Estates Subdivision on 01/26/17, at 6:00p.m. He wanted to report that he had numerous items stolen from his residence. The items which he reported as stolen included jewelry and clothes; which totaled in excess of $500. The complainant told officers he was sure that a recent house guest was the person responsible for committing the theft. Officers made contact with the guest who admitted he had been staying at the complainant’s home; however, left due to the situation. He claimed he had been given items by the complainant which he then pawned. The matter is pending as further information is being sought.

    *A former resident came to the police department on 01/26/17, at about 8:00p.m., to report that his grandmother had been battered earlier in the evening. The victim told police his grandmother and he had taken his children to their mother’s house which is located on Wildrose Street. He admitted while his grandmother and he were in the residence he asked the children’s mother a question which angered her. He reported that as his grandmother and he were leaving the residence the mother slammed the door striking his grandmother in the back. The officer spoke with all parties before forwarding a report to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    Criminal Reports

    Assault – 1; Battery – 1; Child Pornography – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Obstructing Justice – 1; Possession of Controlled Substance – 1; Possession of Marijuana – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrests – 3

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 5; DUI – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses – 3; No Drivers License – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 1; Operating While Registration Suspended – 1; Speeding – 7; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 3; Traffic Details – 2; Warnings Issued – 52

    Calls For Service

    Animal Related Calls – 6; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 17; Assist Other Police Agency – 26; Assist Schools – 16; Building / Business Checks – 16; Burglar Alarms – 9; Citizen Assists – 49; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 3; Fingerprinting – 4; Found Articles – 2; Mental Cases – 2; Motorist Assists – 7; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 12; Vacation Watches -- 324

  • OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2016 POLICE BEAT

    *After receiving a call from a citizen who had concerns about a person walking along Route 29 on 10/01/16, at 8:00a.m., an officer located a female subject who appeared to be confused. The female was able to provide the officer with her name, but not much of anything else that made sense. The officer eventually learned that the female subject was missing from a residence in Springfield. She was taken to the residence and left with her caretaker.

    *On 10/01/16, at about 4:10p.m., officers were sent to a disturbance in the 500 block of Mill Street. The resident had called stating a female subject was at her house yelling and screaming at her. After speaking with all parties, the female was asked to leave the area and not return.

    *A residential burglary was reported to the police on 10/08/16, from a house located in the 200 block of West Main. The victim told police he thought the incident may have occurred sometime between 10/06/16 and 10/08/16. There were no signs of forced entry to the residence. Taken during the incident were several pieces of electronic equipment and some jewelry. The loss was estimated at approximately $1200.

    *While checking on a suspicious vehicle report in the 600 block of South Walnut officers made contact with several juveniles who were smoking what the juveniles admitted was marijuana. During the contact with the subjects, officers retrieved a jar containing what appeared to be marijuana as well as other items described as drug paraphernalia. Parents were contacted and a report was forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 400 block of North Walnut Street on 10/14/16, at about 10:30p.m., in reference to a domestic disturbance. Officers arrived and were told a father and his 31 year-old son had gotten into an argument and the son reportedly threatened the father. After talking to all parties, it was decided a crime hadn’t occurred and the situation had settled down. The subjects were separated for the evening.

    *An officer was sent to a residence on Karen Rose Drive on 10/17/16, as the homeowner was concerned someone may have broken into the residence. The complainant returned home and found pry marks and damage to a rear door. When entering the garage he noticed the covering to the attic access had been moved. There was nothing reported as missing from the house at this time. Damage to the door was estimated at $180.

    *The police were called on 10/21/16, at about 4:00a.m., as a resident in the 300 block of Mill Street wanted her husband removed from the house. An officer arrived at the house and met with the male subject who stated his wife and he had gotten into a verbal argument due to some activities that had occurred in the past. The wife told the officer she was not comfortable with her husband staying with her in the house. After speaking with both parties, the husband decided he would go somewhere else for the evening.

    *A vehicle being driven by Nicholas Flannel of Taylorville was stopped on 10/24/16, at about 7:30p.m. During the stop, the officer learned Flannel was driving while his license was suspended. He was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and for failure to provide proof of insurance.

    *A vehicle was stopped on 10/25/16, at about 10:50p.m., as the driver reportedly failed to signal his intention to turn. During the stop of the vehicle, the driver reportedly admitted to the officer he had marijuana in the vehicle. The marijuana was seized and a report alleging possession of cannabis was forwarded to the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

    *A reported argument between two brothers where one allegedly threatened the other with a knife resulted in multiple officers being sent to a residence in the 400 block of North Walnut Street on 10/21/16, at 8:30p.m. When officers arrived they learned one of the parties had left the area. They spoke with the others at the scene and found that an argument had taken place, but no one had been threatened with a knife nor had any physical confrontation occurred. There was no basis for any criminal charges to be pursued.

    *On 10/27/16, at about 9:00p.m., an officer was contacted by a subject who stated his son’s car had been stolen from the Rochester High School parking lot. When officers spoke with the victim’s son he told them he believed he had his keys stolen sometime during his 1st hour class. After reviewing school surveillance video and speaking with others who had information, a juvenile female was interviewed by the police. The female reportedly admitted to officers that she stole the car from the school parking lot and drove it to her friend’s residence in Springfield. Her friend, a male juvenile, then reportedly wrecked the car in Springfield later the same evening totaling the vehicle. Reports have been forwarded to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities for processing.

    *Two vehicles were reported to have been burglarized sometime during the evening hours on 10/28/16, while the vehicles were parked at a residence on Taft Drive. The vehicles, which had been left unlocked, had been entered and items had been taken. The victim reported a duffel bag containing winter clothing, a Blackhawks jersey, and a watch were taken from the vehicles. The value of the property totaled $165.

    *An old shed located behind a residence in the 400 block of North Walnut was vandalized sometime prior to 10/31/16. It appeared a brick was thrown thru the 2 windows to the shed breaking out the glass. The complainant stated he had already planned to tear the shed down prior to the damage, but wanted the police to be made aware of the vandalism in the area.

    *On 11/01/16, an officer was sent to a residence in the 400 block of Parkview in reference to a criminal damage incident. The victim reported that a vehicle had driven through his yard tearing up the sod which had just been placed. He further stated that incident occurred sometime after 6:00p.m. on 10/31/16, and before 8:00a.m., on 11/01/16. Damage to the yard was estimated at $650. The police are asking anybody who may have seen this incident occur to contact the department.

    *At about 10:00p.m., on 11/02/16, officers were sent to a house in the 400 block of Lexington Drive for a reported domestic disturbance. Officers arrived and met with the three parties who were present. The report indicates the suspect grabbed and pushed the owner of the house who was reportedly an ex-girlfriend. The suspect, Jacob Freytag, was arrested for the alleged domestic battery.

    *Officers were called by employees at St. John’s Priority Care on 11/03/16, to check on the welfare of an elderly male who had appeared at their facility. Officers made contact with the male and found that he had travelled to the area from a Chicago suburb. The subject told police he left the Chicago area yesterday morning to travel to Marion, Illinois. He had gotten lost and spent the night in the Priority Care parking lot. A check of the subject through dispatch revealed he had been listed as a missing / endangered person from Highland Park, Illinois. Per instructions from his family, the male was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

    *An officer responded to a criminal damage to property incident on 11/12/16, at about 6:45p.m. The incident occurred at a residence on Guinevere Drive. The complainant told the officer he was sitting in his house when he heard something hit his window. He wasn’t sure if something had been thrown or shot at the window. When he looked outside he saw three juveniles running into a garage at a neighbor’s house. There was damage to the window pane and to the screen. After speaking with all parties the situation was resolved without any further legal action.

    *Officers responded to a residence in the 500 block of Burberry in reference to a domestic disturbance on 11/27/16. The complainant reported her husband and she had gotten into an argument last night which continued into the morning. She told the officers that nothing physically had occurred between them, but she feared the situation may escalate. Officers explained to her the process for obtaining an order of protection.

    *On 11/24/16, at 8:20a.m., an officer was sent to several residences in the 600 block of Magnolia Street in reference to property being damaged. Two victims had their mailbox damaged while two other victims had their vehicle damaged. It appears the damage occurred sometime after 9:00p.m. on 11/23/16, and before 7:00a.m., on 11/24/16.

    Criminal Incidents

    Assault – 2; Burglary from Motor Vehicle – 1; Criminal Damage to Property –4; Domestic Battery – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Identity Theft – 2; Motor Vehicle Theft – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 5; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 1; Residential Burglary – 1; Theft -- 1

    Traffic Incidents 

    Accident Investigations – 5; Failure to Reduce Speed – 4; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Violations – 4; No Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 10; Speeding – 22; Suspended / Revoked Driver’s License – 2; Warnings Issued – 78

     

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 6; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 27; Assist Other Police Agency – 57; Building / /Business Checks – 42; Burglar Alarm – 10; Citizen Assist – 110; Disturbance -- 17; Domestic Trouble – 6; Mischievous Conduct – 2; Motorist Assists – 7; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Noise Complainants – 5; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 23; Vacation Checks -- 188

  • AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2016

    *Officers were contacted on 08/03/16, and told a male subject had repeatedly violated a valid order of protection by attempting to contact the petitioner. Officers eventually located the male subject identified as Bradley Vose and he was arrested for the alleged violations.

     

    *A stop of a vehicle on 08/06/16, at about 5:30p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver, John Stivers of Pana. The officer reported Stivers was allegedly driving on a suspended license.

     

    *An anonymous complaint was received on 08/07/16, reference a resident who was raising chickens on their property. An officer spoke to the resident and informed them this was a village ordinance violation. The resident, who was not aware of the ordinance, stated she would locate a new place for the chickens. The police department has received several calls this past month from other residents who have asked about the possibility of raising chickens while living in the village. The current village ordinance states, “no person shall keep within the village any cattle, horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, or other livestock.”

    *A vehicle stop made on 08/12/16, at about 9:30p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver for allegedly driving while his license was suspended. The driver, who was identified as Dalton Felber, was stopped while travelling near the intersection of Mill and Pleasant. He was ticketed for the reported violation.

    *A resident in the 500 block of Sattley Street reported she had over $500 in jewelry stolen from her home. The incident was reported on 08/15/16, but it appears the jewelry may have been stolen sometime in July of 2016. There were no signs that the house was ever broken into and burglarized. The victim did mention there have been several people working in the house throughout the past month.

    *An officer was sent to an apartment in the 100 block of Mill Street on 08/14/16, at about 11:00p.m. A resident of the apartment complex told the officer she went outside at about 10:00p.m., when she heard a loud crackling noise coming from an area where she had parked her car. She discovered the rear window to her vehicle had been struck and had shattered. Damage was estimated at $400.

    *On 08/22/16, a vehicle being driven by Rachel Neece of Kincaid was stopped at about 12:00p.m. During the course of the stop, the officer was advised that Neece was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities. She was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *Multiple officers were sent to a report of a disturbance occurring at a business in the 300 block of East Main on 08/25/16, at 7:30p.m. The officers reported the owner of the business called because a customer was creating a scene. The customer reportedly began arguing with employees, threatened the owner, and then left before police arrived. The complainant wanted the employee served notice he was not to return to the property.

    *Alexandria Otey, of Taylorville, was reportedly stopped on 08/25/16, at 12:45a.m. Otey was cited for allegedly driving while her license was suspended and driving without proof of insurance.

    *Officers were sent to the 400 block of Park Street reference a domestic disturbance on 09/05/16, at about 10:00p.m. When they tried to speak with the male subject, identified as Kyle Raufer of Springfield, the report indicates he became angry and began yelling at the officers. He allegedly struck one of the officers resulting in his arrest for Aggravated Battery.

    *On 09/07/16, at about 9:30a.m., a vehicle being driven by Richard Williams of Springfield was stopped for an alleged expired license plate. Williams received citations for the reported registration violation and for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *An officer was sent to the 300 block of Mill Street in reference to an animal problem on 09/15/16, at 4:00p.m. The complainant stated to the officer that the neighbor’s dogs had attacked his dog causing injuries to his dog. The caller’s dog had a small laceration to the belly. The neighbor was cited for a violation of the animal ordinance.

    *A vehicle being driven by Jesse Cody of Springfield was stopped on 09/17/16, at 8:25p.m. The report indicates the vehicle was stopped as it matched the description of a vehicle which had been used in a felony theft which occurred in Christian County. After being ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license, Cody and his passenger were arrested by authorities from Christian County.

    *On 09/22/16, at 9:45p.m., officers made contact with Rachel Cooke of Springfield. Officers had been informed that Cooke had a valid warrant for her arrest which had been issued by authorities from Arizona. Cooke was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A criminal damage to property and theft report was taken on 09/24/16, at about 9:00a.m. Unknown suspects had gone into one of the wash bays at Jostes Car Wash and broke into the coin machine. The suspects damaged the machine and stole the coin box. The owner estimated his loss at $200.

    Later the same day the victim contacted the police with information reference the suspects. The police eventually made contact with the suspects who admitted to the damage and returned several pieces of property. The victim decided to have the subjects pay the $200 in restitution rather than pursuing charges.

    Criminal Reports

    Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Criminal Trespass to Property – 2; Deceptive Practices – 3; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Identity Theft – 2; Theft – 2; Theft From Coin Operated Machine – 1: Warrant Arrest -- 2

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 8; Hit and Run – 1; No Valid Registration – 3; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 12; Operation While Registration Suspended – 1; Speeding – 17; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 10; Warnings Issued – 73

     

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 17; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 56; Assist Other Police Agency – 42; Building / Business Checks – 25; Burglar Alarms – 8; Citizen Assists – 82; Disturbance – 8; Domestic Trouble – 8; Mischievous Conduct – 8; Motorist Assists – 10; Neighborhood Trouble – 4; Noise Complaints – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 28; Vacation Watches -- 113

  • JULY 2016 POLICE BEAT

    *An employee with a heating and air conditioning company reported they had several pieces of equipment stolen while they were working in the 4800 block of Oak Hills Road on 06/30/16. The employee stated they left the job for lunch and when they returned they were missing a recovery machine and a recovery tank estimated at $1100. A subject who had been in the area when the incident occurred reported he hadn’t seen anybody take the items, but had seen a vehicle in the area and was able to provide a description of the vehicle. Officers eventually located that vehicle and spoke to the owner. He reported to police that his partner had picked up the items as he was told they were no longer serviceable. The items have been returned to the owner and charges are pending.

    *Officers made contact with Andrew Holke of Rochester on 07/01/16, as the license plate on his truck was expired. A check of Holke’s driving status revealed he was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities. Holke was arrested on the valid warrant and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *On 07/02/16, an officer was sent to a residence in the 500 block of Karen Rose Drive in reference to a medical call. When the officer arrived he found there wasn’t a need for medical assistance, but there had been a domestic disturbance at the residence. The report indicated 2 subjects who were at the residence had gotten into an argument about their upcoming wedding. The officer was told one of the subjects had been yelling and screaming causing the other party to retreat to a bedroom. The individual then started throwing things around the house. After talking with everybody at the house it was determined that the incident was only a verbal altercation and a crime had not been committed. The subjects agreed to stay away from one another for the rest of the evening.

    *The police were dispatched to the 500 block of East Main Street in reference to an animal problem on 07/14/16, at 7:00a.m. When the officer arrived he was told that two dogs had attacked a cat and had acted viciously towards the complainant. The officer was able to catch the dogs, remove them from the area eventually releasing them to Sangamon County Animal Control. He was able to identify the owner of the dogs and made contact with them. The owners were cited for various animal ordinance violations.

    *A subject who returned to an address in the 100 block of Wildrose was arrested on 07/16/16, at about 2:30p.m., due to an alleged violation of an order of protection. An officer reported he observed Bradley Vose leaving the protected address on Wildrose on 07/16/16. He made contact with Vose and determined he was in violation of the order of protection.

    *On 07/19/16, at approximately 8:00a.m., a subject came to the police department to report he was the victim of an identity theft. The victim stated that someone had recently opened a credit card using his name, date of birth and social security number. The account was recently closed and at this time the victim hasn’t experienced any monetary loss. The incident was documented in a report and the victim was provided with some information regarding identity theft protection.

    *Multiple officers were sent to an address on Burberry on 07/20/16, in reference to a disturbance. Officers arrived and were told that one of the subjects present was having some emotional / mental issues and was intoxicated. As the officers were talking with this subject he left the residence and went to a neighbor’s house. Eventually the subject was taken to the hospital for an evaluation due to comments which he had allegedly made earlier in the day to family members.

    *A vehicle stop was conducted on 07/23/16, at 6:50p.m., due to the vehicle having an expired registration. The officer made contact with the driver, Reid Patrick, who told the officer he had recently purchased the vehicle. Further investigation into the stop resulted in the driver being cited for the following alleged violations: failure to transfer title and driving on an expired license. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

    *Toni Budds of Pana was stopped on 07/24/16, at about 2:00a.m. Budds was ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license and failing to provide proof of insurance.

    *A vehicle which was stopped on 07/24/16, at about 9:00p.m., was occupied by a sixteen-year-old male who had been reported as a missing person by another police agency. The juvenile’s parents were contacted; however, they were on vacation and unable to assume custody of the minor. After contacting social service agencies and other family members, the juvenile was eventually released to a grandparent.

    *After allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign, the driver of a green suv was stopped at Route 29 and East Main on 07/29/16, at about 9:00p.m. The driver of the vehicle, Henry Bly, was given a warning for the reported violation, but was cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    Criminal Reports

    Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Warrants -- 1

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 2; Hit and Run – 1; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; NoValid License – 1; No Valid Registration –4; Operation of Uninsured Vehicle – 6; Operation While Registration Suspended – 2; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding – 4; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 3; Title Violations – 2; Traffic Detail – 6; Warnings Issued – 37

     

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 13 ; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 14; Assist Other Police Agency – 28 ; Building / Business Checks – 15; Burglar Alarms – 9; Citizen Assists – 52; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 3; Found Articles – 1; Mental Cases – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Motorist Assists – 6; Neighborhood Trouble – 10; Noise Complaints – 3; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 15; Vacation Watches -- 82

  • MAY AND JUNE 2016 POLICE BEAT

    *A vehicle being driven by Haiden Fox of Taylorville was stopped on 05/03/16, at 6:00p.m.  An investigation into the stop revealed Fox was allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license.  He was issued citations for the reported suspension and for allegedly driving without insurance.

    *Adeola Babington of Springfield was stopped on 05/06/16, at about 6:00p.m.  She was issued a citation for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

     *On 05/07/16, an Officer made a vehicle stop on a subject as he reported the vehicle had an equipment violation.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jeremy Key of Decatur.  Key was arrested for allegedly driving while his license was revoked.  He was given a written warning for the equipment violation.

    *The mother of a young female contacted the police on 05/12/16, to report her daughter was battered by several other females while playing in a church playground area.  The victim had some redness in her upper arm area.  Although the mother didn’t know the names of the other girls, an officer eventually made contact with 3 other young females who had been involved in the incident.  The parents of all the children were spoken to in an effort to resolve the problem. 

    *Adam Wingo, of Tovey, was stopped on 05/17/16, at 7:30p.m.  Wingo was issued a ticket for allegedly driving on a revoked driver’s license. 

    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 300 block of West Main Street on 05/19/16, at approximated 12:10a.m.  Officers were sent to the residence due to a reported domestic disturbance.  During the course of the investigation, a female subject reported that the male subject she went into the male roommate’s bedroom to remove the dogs from the room.  She said that the male woke up and began to yell at her, then grabbed her and pushed her into the wall.  The male subject, who was identified as David McGuire, was eventually arrested on domestic battery charges. 

    *A vehicle which reportedly drove onto the shoulder of the road before returning was stopped on 05/30/16, at about 3:15a.m.  The driver of the vehicle, Brandon Ott of Springfield, told the officer he veered off the road as he was adjusting his phone.  When the officer checked Ott’s driver’s license status he was told Ott’s license was suspended.  He was issued a ticket for the alleged violation. 

    *A vehicle was stopped on 05/31/16, at about 9:0015a.m., for reportedly travelling 42 miles per hour in a 30 zone.  A stop of the vehicle was conducted and the officer reported the driver of the vehicle, Dolan Wort of Pewauked, Wisconsin, was allegedly driving on a suspended license.  Wort was ticketed for the violation.

    *Carlton Coleman of Springfield, was stopped on 05/23/16, at 7:50p.m.  The officer reported Coleman had made an illegal change which resulted in the stop.  During the stop the officer was told that Coleman was driving on a suspended license.  He was ticketed for the alleged offense.

    *A vehicle which was stopped on 06/01/16, at 11:50a.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver, Julia Galluzzio, for reportedly driving while her license was suspended.  She was also issued a citation for an alleged insurance violation.

    *On 06/02/16, an Officer noted he clocked a vehicle going 41 miles per hour in a 30 zone on West Main Street.  The vehicle was eventually stopped on Melody Drive.  The officer reported there were 4 teenagers in the vehicle.  After talking with the teens, two of them admitted they had consumed alcohol.  The two were cited for illegal consumption of alcohol.  All of them were eventually released to parents. 

    *Officers were sent to the 100 block of Mill Street in response to a report of several juveniles in a fight.  The officer arrived and made contact with 4 juveniles who had been in a fight.  Another male juvenile was seen running from the scene and reportedly had a large knife in his waistband.  This subject was eventually caught by officers who also located a knife a short distance from where he was apprehended.  When questioned, the juvenile admitted the knife was his and said he carries the knife for protection.  The report was forwarded to the juvenile authorities for further processing. 

    *A resident in the 400 block of South Walnut had a tree which had recently been planted damaged.  Several branches had been ripped off the tree and were on the ground.  Although there are no suspects at this time, the victim stated several neighborhood kids are constantly running through his yard.  The tree was valued at $300. 

    *On 06/13/16, a resident reported her car had been damaged while it had been parked in a driveway at a friend’s house on Penacook.  She parked the vehicle there the night of 06/12/16, and found that a rear tire had been punctured when she went to get into the car the next morning.  The damage was estimated at $75. 

    *Officers were sent to an address on Penacook on 06/13/16, at 3:00p.m., in regards to a domestic disturbance.  Officers arrived and found a mother and her 16 year-old son arguing.  The teenager had told dispatch he was being kicked out the house by his mother.  Officers arranged for the teenager to go stay with a family friend until the situation could be resolved.

    *A missing person report was taken on 06/22/16.  A 15 year-old subject called the police at 9:00p.m., stating she had not seen her mother since 8:30a.m.  The reporting officer met with the teenager and collected the information needed for the report.  At 5:30p.m., on 06/23/16, the subject was located. 

     

     

     

    Criminal Reports

    Battery – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Damage to Poperty – 3; Criminal Sexual Abuse – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Identity Theft – 2; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft Over $500 – 1

    Traffic Reports 

    Accident Investigations – 10; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Improper Use of Registration – 1; No Child Restraint – 1; No Drivers License – 2; No Valid Registration – 4; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 13; Speeding – 32; Squealing of Tires – 1; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 11; Traffic Detail – 4; Warnings Issued – 113

     

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 16; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency –  41; Assist Other Police Agency – 48; Building / Business Checks – 53; Burglar Alarms – 20; Citizen Assists – 152;  Disturbance – 7; Domestic Trouble – 5; Lost / Found Articles – 1; Missing Person – 2; Motorist Assists – 23; Neighborhood Trouble – 6; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 25; Vacation Watches -- 189

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