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  • 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 $760 had already been withdrawn from the account using a card and PIN combination.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

  • MARCH 2016 POLICE BEAT

    ROCHESTER POLICE BEAT
    MARCH 2016

    *A vehicle was stopped on 03/01/16, at 6:45p.m., for an alleged expired registration sticker. During the stop a check on the passenger’s driving status was completed. The check revealed the passenger, Joseph Ferreri of Pana, was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Christian County Authorities.

    *On 03/04/16, at 8:05a.m., an officer was sent to the Baptist Church in reference to a suspicious vehicle call. When the officer met with the complainant he was told 3 teenage males arrived on the church grounds in 2 different vehicles. The males got out of their vehicles and were seen crouched down behind a shed. When the officer checked the area behind the shed she found containers of what appeared to be cannabis and drug paraphernalia buried in some leaves. The officer eventually located the teenagers who admitted the items belonged to them. Referrals on all three were forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    *On 03/06/16, at about 2:45a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 300 block of Park Street in reference to a disturbance. When the officer arrived he observed two male subjects in a verbal argument. The officer got out of his squad car and was immediately approached by one of the subjects. As the subject approached the officer he made numerous verbal threats to the officer. The subject, later identified as Erick Gudgel, then turned his attention away from the officer and towards the male subject. He then attacked the male punching and kicking him before being separated by the officer. As the officer was taking the suspect into custody he began to struggle with the officer and was eventually tased. Gudgel was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail in reference to multiple alleged charges.

    *A stop of a vehicle on 03/08/16, at 7:15p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver, William Havener of Riverton. Havener was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Morgan County Authorities.

    *On 03/11/16, a subject who was initially stopped for an alleged speeding violation was eventually arrested on a valid warrant which had been issued Sangamon County Authorities. The driver of the vehicle, Sidney Bell-Young of Peoria, had been stopped for allegedly travelling 64 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone. An investigation into the stop revealed Young was reportedly driving without a valid driver’s license and had a warrant issued for her arrest due to a past incident. She was cited for the above violations and taken to the Sangamon County Jail due to the warrant.

    *Emily Roach, of Pana, was stopped on 03/13/16, at about 9:30p.m. The stop was due to an alleged equipment violation and was conducted on Route 29 at Cardinal Hill Road. During the stop, the officer was informed that Roach was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Edgar County Authorities.

    *Officers were sent to a residence on Taft Drive on 03/14/16, at about 11:00p.m., for a reported vehicle theft. When the officer arrived he was told that after a verbal dispute a teenager had left the area in his father’s car without permission. The parent didn’t want to file a theft report, but needed police assistance in having the car returned. A short time later the son returned home in the car to get some items. The car was left with the father while the teenager went to stay with a friend.

    *An individual came to the police department on 03/16/16, as he was concerned for his elderly sister’s well being. He reported his sister resides on Walberta Road with other family members. He commented his sister is handicapped and he didn’t believe she was being cared for properly. An officer went to check on the subject’s welfare. Due to his observations while inside the residence the matter was referred to the Illinois Adult Protective Services.

    *An accident report was taken on 03/21/16, at 5:45p.m., in the 300 block of Cumberland Drive. The accident involved 2 teenage male subjects both of whom admitted they are involved in playing the game of “assassin” involving local high school students. The at fault party admitted he was attempting to prevent the other driver from getting out of his driveway when the collision occurred. Both vehicles were damaged during the collision.

    *When an officer stopped a vehicle in reference to an alleged expired registration sticker he learned the driver was driving on a revoked driver’s license. The driver, identified as Joseph Traylor of Springfield, was arrested for the violation on 03/24/16, at 4:15p.m.

    *On 03/28/16, at 10:10p.m., Desra Nevins of Edinburg was stopped for allegedly driving on a suspended license. She was ticketed for the alleged offense.

    *An officer was sent to the Rochester Intermediate School on 03/31/16, at about 3:30p.m. They were told school staff members were having difficulty with a student. The student had run from staff members and had kicked a hole in a wall. The officer spoke to both the student and his parent about the incident. The school requested a report be completed documenting the situation.

    Criminal Reports
    Aggravated Battery – 1; Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Criminal Damage to State Supported Property – 1; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 3; Possession of Drug Equipment – 3; Resisting / Obstructing a Peace Officer – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrest – 3

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 4; No Child Restraint – 1; No Valid Driver’s License – 2; No Valid Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 4; Speeding – 37; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 4; Traffic Detail – 2; Warnings Issued – 93

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 6 ; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 9; Assist Other Police Agency – 25; Building / Business Checks – 28; Burglar Alarms – 3; Citizen Assists – 74; Disturbance – 2; Domestic Trouble – 3; Fingerprinting Duties – 2; Mischievous Conduct – 2; Motorist Assists – 16; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Noise Complaints – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 14; Vacation Watches -- 305


  • FEBRUARY 2016 POLICE BEAT

    FEBRUARY 2016 POLICE BEAT

    *When a subject came to the police department on 02/01/16, to see about retrieving her vehicle she was informed she had active warrants for her arrest. Lisa Mulvaney, of Edinburg, was arrested on an active warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities and a warrant which had been issued by Christian County authorities. She was taken to the Sangamon County Jail and released to their custody.

    *An officer was sent to the Rochester Intermediate School on 02/01/16, at about 12:20p.m. The school had requested assistance dealing with a student who had reportedly become angry and stomped on a teacher’s foot. He then began running through the hallways before he was caught. The officer was told by the student’s guardian that the juvenile has had ongoing behavior issues. The guardian asked about any assistance which may be available for help with the child, therefore a report was completed and forwarded to juvenile authorities.

    *On 02/03/16, at 7:40p.m., a vehicle being driven by Brittany Carron of Decatur was stopped. During the stop the officer was informed Carron didn’t have a valid license. She was issued a citation for the reported violation.

    *A father of a 15-year-old male contacted the police on 02/04/16, at about 5:00p.m., reporting he had not seen nor heard from his son since early in the morning. Officers checked with the school and found the juvenile had been in school all day. They eventually located him near the river on the Lost Bridge Bike Trail. He was given a ride by officers to his father’s residence.

    *A vehicle which had been parked along the road near the 600 block of Magnolia was damaged sometime prior to 02/09/16. The owner reported to the police a taillight lens had been broken and there was a hole in the dashboard above the stereo. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $200.

    *After being stopped by an officer on 02/11/16, at about 11:15p.m., the driver, Rahman Henson, reportedly fled from the scene. The police report indicates the officer stopped the vehicle on Route 29 and made contact with the driver recognizing him from a previous contact. While the officer was checking on Henson’s license status Henson pulled back onto Route 29 leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. Dispatch was notified of the situation and put out a broadcast. Henson was eventually located by a Springfield officer in the 1500 block of South 8th Street. The Rochester officer went to the scene and arrested Henson. He was issued citations for allegedly: driving while revoked; fleeing or attempting to elude; and operating an uninsured vehicle.

    *The owner of a business located in the 100 block of Mill Street contacted the police to report a disturbance on 02/12/16. The complainant stated a male subject came to his business to talk about a past bill. According to the complainant, the subject became very aggressive demanding payment. The subject eventually walked out and was not let back in by the owner. After speaking with the complainant the officer contacted the male subject who had come to the business. The officer told him if he returned to the property he would be trespassing as the owner stated he was no longer welcome at the business. A report was completed documenting the incident.

    *Officers were sent to a residence on Edgewood Place in reference to a complaint about a juvenile drinking party on 02/14/16, at 8:15p.m. When the officers arrived they could see numerous juveniles standing just inside the residence. When they knocked on the door several juveniles took off running as one juvenile came to the door and opened the door. As the door opened officers smelled what appeared to be burnt cannabis. The officers eventually located the juvenile who was hosting the party and learned the owners of the residence were out of town. During the course of the investigation a small amount of cannabis and several bottles of alcohol were located. The owners of the residence were contacted as were the parents of the juveniles who were present. The juveniles were eventually released to adults.

    *On 02/16/16, at 6:15p.m., the police were notified by a resident from Lexington Drive of a possible deceptive practices incident. The resident stated he had been trying to sell some items on Craigslist for $75. A subject who identified himself as Kevin Patton contacted the resident indicating he wanted to purchase the items. He told the seller he was in the military and in the process of moving, therefore; he needed him to ship the items to him. The seller stated he recently received a check from this person for $1450 with the account holder’s name being American Association of Petroleum Geologists. A message was sent requesting the seller to cash the check immediately, and then take $125 from the total while sending the remaining amount to the buyer via Western Union. A call was placed to the account holder and they confirmed this was a recent scam they have been dealing with for the past 2 weeks.

    *Gary Tarrant of Pana was stopped on 02/18/16, at 9:50p.m. Tarrant was issued citations for allegedly driving on a suspended license and failure to provide proof of insurance.

    *An officer was sent to an apartment complex in the 100 block of Mill Street in reference to a report of a suspicious person on 02/21/16, at 9:15a.m. The officer had been told an Asian male subject was seen getting into a resident’s vehicle after knocking on apartment doors. The complainant didn’t recognize the person and felt the situation should be checked. When the officer arrived he located the male subject who was sitting in another person’s truck. The male stated after a night of drinking he slept in the truck, and was now trying to locate the owner of the vehicle because he needed a ride to Springfield. The subject was given a ride to Springfield by the officer.

    *A vehicle being driven by Charles Hocq of Springfield was stopped on 02/28/16, at about 7:15p.m. The officer eventually determined Hocq was allegedly driving without a license. He was ticketed for the offense and had to contact a valid driver to come retrieve the vehicle.

    *On 02/29/16, a resident from the 500 block of Parkview Streets contacted the department to report he had 2 trailer ramps stolen while the trailer was parked at the mini-warehouse storage facility in Rochester. The victim was not sure when the incident occurred, but thought it had been within the last 3 weeks.

    *A stop of a vehicle on 02/29/16, at 10:30a.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver, Daniel Fallin of Taylorville, for allegedly driving on a suspended license.


    Criminal Reports
    Aggravated Battery – 1; Burglary to Vehicle – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 2; Identity Theft – 1; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Theft – 2; Warrant Arrests – 2

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 3; Fleeing / Attempting to Elude – 1; No Drivers License – 2; No Valid Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 6; Operating While Registration Suspended – 4; Speeding – 21; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 8; Traffic Details – 2; Warnings Issued – 67

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 3; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 17; Assist Other Police Agency – 30; Building / Business Checks – 35; Burglar Alarms – 12; Citizen Assists – 36; Disturbance – 2; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Missing Person – 1; Motorist Assists – 14; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 9; Vacation Watches -- 414


  • JANUARY 2016 POLICE BEAT

    January 2016 Police Beat

    *On 01/09/16, at about 5:00p.m., officers were driving through the Village Park and noticed numerous tire tracks near the football and soccer fields. Due to recent weather conditions the area that had been driven through was wet and damage to the area was extensive. According to the report, the officers had recently observed a truck leaving the park and remembered the vehicle registration number. A short time later they located the driver of the truck, a male juvenile, who admitted to the damage. Arrangements have been made for the driver to repair the damaged area.

    *A teenage male was stopped by an officer for reportedly travelling 53 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone on 01/11/16, at about 7:30p.m. The report indicates when the officer made contact with the driver he smelled what appeared to be a strong odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle. He also reported he found several items during a search of the vehicle which he noted as cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested and taken to the police department before being released to a family member.

    *William Pritchett of Decatur was stopped on 01/13/16, at 9:45a.m. During the stop, the officer found that Pritchett was allegedly driving while his driver’s license was suspended.

    *On 01/14/16, at 2:50p.m., an officer responded to Rochester High School as he was told the assistant principal was dealing with a student reference a disciplinary issue and she was requesting the police. The officer arrived and met with school personnel in the assistant principal’s office. The student, who was an eighteen-year-old senior, eventually emptied his pockets and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and cannabis. A report has been forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    *An officer was sent to the Rochester High School on 01/15/16, at 10:30a.m., as school administration was dealing with a high school student who had allegedly threatened a teacher’s aid and requested an officer speak with the student. According to the teacher’s aid, the student had made threatening remarks to her while in the classroom. The officer spoke to the student about the situation. The school requested a report documenting the incident be completed, but didn’t want any further legal action taken at this time.

    *Police were called to a domestic disturbance on 01/15/16, at about 9:00p.m. in the 500 block of Burberry. A female resident had contacted the police stating she was concerned about her husband’s welfare. She told the officers her husband recently left the house after they had been involved in a disagreement. Due to past history, she was concerned for his safety. The male subject was eventually located and determined to be fine.

    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 100 block of Cumberland in regards to a reported domestic disturbance on 01/17/16, at 5:15p.m. Responding officers were told a female subject had arrived at the residence and was causing a problem. She also was refusing to leave after being asked to do so by the occupants. When officers got on scene they learned the female had come to the residence to speak to her ex-husband about their children. The two became involved in an argument which prompted the request for police. After speaking with officers, the female was told she was not welcome at the residence and would have to leave.

    *Officers were sent to the Village Park on 01/28/16, at about 4:15p.m., to meet with a subject who stated he had been battered. Officers arrived and met with the victim, an eighteen-year-old male subject, who reported he had just been struck in the face while he was sitting in his car. He identified the suspect for officers and reported he left the area about 5 minutes ago. The suspect, who is a sixteen-year-old male juvenile, and the victim have had ongoing problems. Officers noted the victim had a large amount of blood on his face, arms and hands. It appeared he may have had a tooth knocked out during the confrontation. The suspect was eventually located by the police and admitted to striking the victim. A report has been forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    *At about 12:15a.m., on 01/30/16, officers were sent to a residence in the 400 block of Karen Rose to take a battery report. Officers arrived and met with the complainant who stated, through a raised window, he had been battered while at the Sandbar Tavern in Springfield. He refused to come to the door to speak with officers about the situation. As officers were asking about his injuries he became angry, began cussing at the officers, and shut the window.

    *On 01/31/16, at 3:00p.m., an officer was sent to the Rochester High School to meet with an individual whose children had found some property on school grounds. When the officer arrived he was given a large glass bong that smelled of burnt cannabis. The area where this was found also contained empty beer cans and liquor bottles. The glass bong was destroyed.

    Criminal Reports
    Aggravated Battery – 1; Assault – 1; Battery – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Damage to State Supported Property – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 2; Possession of Drug Equipment – 2; Telephone Harassment – 1

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 2; No Valid License – 1; No Valid Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle –5; Speeding – 17; Suspended Registration – 1; Suspended / Revoked Drivers –1; Warnings Issued – 65

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls –1; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 10; Assist Other Police Agency – 25; Building / Business Checks – 17; Burglar Alarms – 9; Citizen Assists – 56; Death Natural Causes – 1; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 4; Found Articles – 2; Mental Cases – 2; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Motorist Assists – 11; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 16; Vacation Watches -- 330


  • October Police Beat

    *A vehicle which was stopped on 10/01/15, at about 6:15p.m., was reportedly clocked travelling 70 miles per hour while in a 55 miles per hour zone. The driver, Corey Ford of Springfield, was given a warning ticket for an alleged speeding violation and was cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license.
    *Eric Christine of Edinburg was stopped on 10/06/15, at about 9:00p.m. Christine was issued a citation for reportedly driving on a suspended license.
    *A stop of a vehicle which occurred on 10/11/15, at about 4:00p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver Farid Hernandez of Springfield. Hernandez was ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license.
    *A high school administrator contacted the police on 10/16/15, stating she had two students in her office who she believed were under the influence of marijuana. An officer responded to the school and met with a school administrator, the two students suspected of drug usage, and their parents. After a brief meeting with the students where legal consequences were discussed the students left the school with their parents.
    *An individual who resides in the 400 block of Heathrow called to report she had been a victim of a theft. The resident stated sometime in mid-October someone stole several items from her purse. She was not sure when the incident occurred nor did she know where her purse was when the items were stolen. The victim was concerned as her driver’s license and social security card were missing.
    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 100 block of John Street for a domestic disturbance at 2:30a.m., on 10/22/15. The complainant told the officers she was trying to sleep, but her intoxicated boyfriend kept waking her up to argue with her. Officer s assisted with making arrangements to keep the subjects apart until the male had sobered up. There was no evidence that a crime had occurred.
    *Tracey Ridgeway of Springfield was stopped by an officer on 10/25/15, at 5:15p.m. During the stop the officer was informed there was a valid warrant for Ridgeway’s arrest which had been issued by Sangamon County Authorities. Ridgeway was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.
    *On 10/27/15, at 12:35a.m., an officer observed a vehicle parked near a dumpster in the back lot of the Phillips 66 station. As the officer got near the vehicle he noticed a female subject who was sitting inside. The female reportedly told the officer her tires were low, however, all four tires appeared to be fine. During the course of the investigation the officer reportedly discovered the female subject was in possession of marijuana and other drugs. The investigation eventually resulted in the arrest of the female, Gerrie Crenshaw, for alleged drug charges.
    *A resident who lives near the intersection of Camelot and Pellinor had an object strike his house on 10/28/15, at about 6:00p.m. When he checked to see if any damage had occurred he found a small hole in a window. It is unknown what type of object struck the window or who may have caused the damage.
    *An officer met with an employee of the Rochester State Bank on 10/30/15, after the bank had received a counterfeit $20 bill. The employee stated the counterfeit bill came from a customer who didn’t realize it was a fake bill. The officer contacted the Secret Service’s Office notifying them of the situation. Per their request the item was sent to their office for follow-up investigation.
    *A burglary report was taken on 10/30/15, at 7:15p.m. The victim, who resides in the 400 block of North Walnut Street, reported she had several tools stolen from an outbuilding. She was not sure when the items were taken, but indicated she had not used the tools in the past two months. The list of stolen items included a compound miter saw and a socket set. The tools were valued at $250.
    *Officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress call on 10/31/15, at 2:45 p.m. The officers were told by dispatch that two juvenile females had just come out of the church on Vernon Drive and were seen carrying a television. When the complainant was spotted by the juveniles they reportedly dropped the television set and took off running. After speaking with subjects who were associated with the church, it was determined that the juveniles hadn’t entered the building and the television set which had been dropped on the sidewalk didn’t belong to the church. The officers were unable to locate the juveniles and were unable to determine the owner of the television. The television set, an older model 13 inch Sharp brand, shattered when it hit the pavement.
    *At 9:15p.m., on 10/31/15, an officer was sent to the area of Parkview Drive and Old Timbers Drive in reference to a complaint of reckless driving. The complainant reported a subject in a maroon car drove through the area squealing tires and travelling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle struck a basketball standard which was near the road and then left the area. A short time later an officer spotted a maroon vehicle which had damage to the front end. A stop was conducted on the vehicle and during the course of the investigation the juvenile driver admitted to the reckless driving allegation. His mother was contacted and she arrived on scene. The juvenile was released into her custody.

    Criminal Reports
    Burglary – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 3; Criminal Damage to State Supported Property – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Possession of a Controlled Substance – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 2; Warrant Arrest --- 1
    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 6; Improper Lane Usage – 1; No Valid License – 1; No Valid Registration –1; Operation of Uninsured Vehicle – 3; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding –20; Suspended / Revoked Drivers –6; Warnings Issued – 69
    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls –7 ; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 25; Assist Other Police Agency – 31 ; Building / Business Checks – 15; Burglar Alarms –13; Citizen Assists – 47; Disturbance – 2; Domestic Trouble – 2; Mental Cases – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Motorist Assists – 19; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 26; Traffic Control – 2; Vacation Watches -- 137


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