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  • JUNE 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *An officer got out with the driver of a vehicle who had pulled to the shoulder of Route 29 at2:00a.m. on 06/01/13.  Prior to locating the vehicle, the officer had received information from dispatch that driver of a vehicle matching the description of the one he was with had been driving recklessly.  The officer reported that upon making contact with the driver, the driver appeared to be confused and was unable to provide the officer with information. However, the officer reported no signs of alcohol impairment or drug usage by the driver. The officer eventually learned the driver’s name and address.  He was able to contact a subject at the address and learned that the driver suffers from dementia and had been missing from the residence since early in the day.  The officer returned him to his residence.

    *On 06/09/13, at 8:00p.m. an officer was sent to a residence in the 400 block of Park Street in reference to an incident that had occurred earlier in the evening.  The victim reported that at 7:00p.m. her ex-husband’s girlfriend had battered her in front of her children. According to the report, the suspect called the victim a name and then approached her and battered her.  A report was forwarded to the States Attorney’s Office.

    *Officers were sent to a residence on Merlin Drive on 06/10/13, at 1:30p.m. in reference to a domestic dispute between two teenagers.  The mother of a female subject called police reporting that her nineteen-year-old daughter was attempting to break-up with her boyfriend.  The boyfriend had become angry and pushed his way into the residence.  When he was denied entry by the mother, he began running through the neighborhood.  He eventually came back to the residence and met with the police.  His father was called to the scene to take the youth home.  A report was taken, but the victim was undecided as to how they wanted to pursue the matter.

    *An officer who was travelling on Route 29 on 06/14/13, at about 3:30a.m. stopped a vehicle which had been travelling in front of him for several alleged violations.  As the officer made contact with the driver, Marcy Calandro of Taylorville, he reported she displayed signs of being impaired.  The stop resulted in the arrest of Calandro for an alleged DUI.

    *Officers responded to a residence on Melody Drive on 06/14/13, as the victim wanted to report a residential burglary.  Officers met with the victim and learned that she had attended a funeral earlier in the day.  When she got home at about 3:30p.m., she found that a rear bedroom window had been opened and several items in the house had been moved. She also reported that $120 cash had been taken from an envelope.  It appears the burglary occurred sometime between 11:30a.m. and 3:30p.m. on 06/14/13.  A neighbor reported seeing a dark colored car pull into the driveway, and a male occupant then got out of the vehicle and approached the residence.  The subject was described as a male subject in his mid-thirties wearing a dark hat with what appeared to be a military insignia on the front of the hat.  The neighbor was leaving his residence at the time, and therefore, did not know what the subject did or how long he stayed at the residence.

    *A fight which was reported to the police on 06/16/13, resulted in the arrest of Luke Short for an alleged battery.  Police were called to the 400 block of Pleasant Lane at about12:15p.m.  Upon arrival the officer noted that two subjects appeared to be fighting while one subject was attempting to separate the two.  After the parties were separated, the officer was told by several witnesses that Short had come from his residence to the street and confronted the victim.  The two exchanged words and then Short reportedly spit on the subject.  He was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail for the alleged offense.

    *A stop of a vehicle on 06/19/13, at about 5:40p.m. resulted in the arrest of the driver of the vehicle, Jason Ross, as he reportedly provided false information to the officer.  Ross had been pulled over due to an alleged registration violation.  According to the report, the driver did not have his driver’s license in his possession and provided the officer with his brother’s name and date of birth.  The officer eventually learned that the driver was actually Jason Ross and Jason’s drivers license was suspended.  He was arrested due to the alleged violations.

    *On 06/30/13, at about 9:00p.m. an officer stopped to check on a motorist who had pulled onto the shoulder of Route 29 near Camelot Drive.  The officer made contact with the driver of the vehicle who pointed out that there were people outside of a vehicle which was parked on the other side of Route 29 and they appeared to be fighting.  The officer crossed over to the other side of Route 29 and observed three people standing outside of a vehicle.  As he spoke to the subjects he learned that a female, who was identified as Nicole Hunt of Taylorville, had become angry at a male passenger who she claimed was her boyfriend.  The driver of the vehicle reported that he pulled to the side of the road as Hunt had become out of control.  Hunt and the male subject got out of the vehicle and Hunt allegedly attacked the male.  She was arrested for the alleged domestic battery.

    Criminal Incidents

    Battery – 2; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Domestic Battery –1; Obstructing Justice – 1; Residential Burglary – 1; Telephone Harassment –2; Warrant Arrests -- 1

    Traffic Incidents

    Accident Investigations – 7; DUI – 2;  Failure to Reduce Speed – 2;  Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; No Valid Drivers License – 1; Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 2; Speeding – 8; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 2; Warnings -- 107

    Calls For Service

    Animal Related Calls – 4; Assist Fire / Governmental Agency – 13; Assist Other Police Agencies – 16; Burglar Alarm – 5; Business / Building Checks – 39; Citizen Assist – 54; Domestic Disturbance – 2;  Mischievous Conduct – 2; Motorist Assists – 12; Noise Complaints – 2; Suspicious Vehicle – 3; Vacation Checks – 72

     

  • FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *A stop of a vehicle on 02/03/13, at about 10:30p.m.  resulted in the arrest of the driver, Lindsay Kras of Springfield.  During the stop officers were notified that Kras was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities.

    *On 02/05/13, at about 10:30p.m. officers learned of an active arrest warrant on a resident which had been issued by Morgan County authorities.  Officers made contact with the subject, Nathan Follin, who was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *Responding to an anonymous tip, officers went to a residence on Guinevere Drive and met with the owner on 02/09/13.  According to the report, officers explained the reason for their presence and then were let into the house by the owner.  A consent search of the residence was conducted and suspected drug paraphernalia and cannabis was located.  The owner of the residence was arrested due to various alleged drug related offenses.

    *On 02/10/13, at about 12:30a.m. an officer reported that he observed a vehicle commit several traffic violations while the vehicle was travelling on Cardinal Hill Road.  A stop of the vehicle was eventually conducted and the officer made contact with the driver, Travis Pierceall, of rural Rochester.  An investigation resulted in the arrest of Pierceall for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and operation of a vehicle without insurance.  A cab had to be called to transport the subject’s family home following his arrest.

    *The manager of Frosty Treats reported to the police on 02/13/13, that his business had been burglarized sometime between 02/01/13 and 02/13/13. According to the manager, suspect(s) got into the business through a window and entered the garage area.  Several power tools and a battery charger were reported to have been stolen.  Value of the stolen items was estimated to be $440.

    *A subject came to the police department on 02/27/13, to report a problem he had been having with an ex-employee.  The victim reported he had to fire an employee on 02/08/13.  Since that time, he had received several phone calls from this subject where the caller had threatened to harm the victim. Information regarding the origin and nature of the calls was documented and the report has been forwarded to the States Attorneys Office.

    *On 03/02/13, at about 5:05p.m. a vehicle driven by Nicholas Todt of Springfield was stopped.  Prior to the stop, the officer had been informed that Todt’s drivers license was currently suspended.  Todt was cited for the alleged violation.

    *The driver of a vehicle which had allegedly been speeding was stopped on 03/03/13, at 10:45p.m.  During the stop, the officer learned that the vehicle registration had been suspended.  The officer reportedly cited the driver of the vehicle, Yue Zhang of Taylorville, for the violation and had the vehicle towed.

    *A resident in the 200 block of Wildrose contacted the police on 03/10/13.  He reported that someone drove through his yard and struck his fence damaging his fence.  The victim believed the incident occurred sometime during the evening on 03/09/13.  Damage to the fence was estimated at $70.

    *Elizabeth Keller of Springfield was stopped on 03/17/13, at about 7:30p.m. Keller was ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license and for not having proof of insurance.

    *A vehicle was stopped on 03/19/13, at about 5:45p.m. as the vehicle’s registered owner reportedly had a suspended drivers license.  The officer reported that the subject driving the car matched the description of the registered owner.  Following the stop of the vehicle, the officer was informed by the driver that his drivers license was suspended.  The driver, Michael Wilson, received a ticket for the alleged violation.

    *A vehicle with suspended registration was stopped on 03/23/13, at about 5:30p.m.  The registered owner of the vehicle, Nicole Watson of Springfield, received a citation for the alleged suspended registration and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

    *An officer reportedly recorded a vehicle speeding on Route 29 on 03/26/13, at about 11:50p.m.  The vehicle was eventually stopped on Route 29 at South Walnut Street.  The report indicates that an investigation into the stop revealed that the driver, Russell Boblitt, appeared to have been driving under the influence of alcohol.  Following the investigation, the driver was arrested for the alleged DUI violation.

    *A vehicle stop on 03/28/13, at about 6:05p.m. for an alleged speeding violation resulted in the recovery of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.  The subjects involved in the possession of the illegal substances were both juveniles.  They were released to parents and a report has been forwarded to the States Attorneys Office.

    *A subject who resides in the 500 block of East Main reported a theft to the police on 03/31/13.  The theft appears to have occurred while the victim was away from the residence with the loss estimated to be $1500.  This disposition of this case is pending as the investigation is ongoing.

    Criminal Incidents for February and March

    Assault – 1; Burglary – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 2; Drug Related Offenses3; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Theft – 5;  Warrant Arrests-1

    Traffic Incidents for February and March

    Accident Investigations – 3; DUI – 2; Failure to Yield – 3; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; No Drivers License / Registration – 3; Operating Vehicle Without Insurance – 24; Other Miscellaneous Violations – 12; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 4; Speeding – 16; Suspended / Revoked License – 6; Warnings for Equipment Violations – 143; Warnings for Moving Violations - 130

    Calls for Service

    Animal Calls – 7; Assist Governmental Agencies – 20; Assist Other Police Agencies – 25; Burglar Alarm – 13; Building / Business Checks – 39; Citizen Assists – 58; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 1; Fingerprinting Duties – 6; Motorist Assists – 12; Recovered Property -3; Suspicious Persons – 1; Suspicious Vehicles – 6; Vacation Checks -195

     

  • JANUARY 2013 POLICE BEAT

    *An officer stopped to check on a vehicle which was parked along the road in the 100 block of Roanoke Drive on 01/01/13, at about 10:15p.m.  The officer noticed the motor was running, however, no lights were on and the officer couldn’t tell if the vehicle was occupied.  As the officer approached the car he noticed the passenger door open and it appeared someone threw an object from the vehicle.  When the officer made contact with the occupants he noted he smelled what appeared to be burnt cannabis coming from inside the vehicle.  The investigation resulted in several items being seized and a report forwarded for alleged drug charges.

    *On 01/02/13, at about 1:40p.m. an officer was sent to a residence in the 200 block of Water Street in reference to a domestic disturbance.  The report indicates that a daughter and her mother had possibly gotten into a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical situation between the two.  No injuries were reported and it was unclear what had actually taken place. Involved parties were asked to submit statements regarding the incident in an attempt to determine if charges were to be pursued.

    *An officer observed a vehicle travelling northbound on Route 29 on 01/09/13, at 9:15p.m. with reportedly multiple equipment violations.  The vehicle which was being driven by Johnny Katcher of Taylorville, was eventually stopped on State Street.  Subsequent investigation revealed that the driver was allegedly driving on a revoked license and without insurance.  Reports indicate the driver appeared to have been drinking prior to being stopped.  He was arrested for an alleged DUI in addition to the other reported offenses.

    *On 01/13/13, at about 11:45a.m. an officer was sent to an address in the 100 block of East Main.  The business owner called stating he believed he had a stolen gun in his possession.  The gun, which was determined to have been stolen during a burglary from a residence in Springfield, was turned over to the police.  Authorities with the Springfield Police Department were contacted and informed as to the recovery of the stolen property.

    *Officers were sent to the Rochester Elementary School on 01/24/13, at about 3:00p.m. due to a disturbance created by a parent.  The school reported that the parent had come to pick up her child, but had refused to follow school pick-up policies.  When requested by school personnel to follow the policies she reportedly became defiant and caused a disturbance.  The matter is being reviewed by school administrators prior to further action being taken.

    Criminal Incidents

    Criminal Trespass to State Supported Property – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment; Theft – 1

    Traffic Incidents

    Accident Investigations – 7; DUI – 2; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 22; Other Miscellaneous Violations – 12; Speeding – 11; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 1; Warnings for Moving Violations – 84; Warnings for Equipment Violations – 62

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 2; Assist Other Police Agencies – 10; Assist Fire /Other Govt. Agencies – 18;  Building / Business Checks – 22; Burglar Alarm – 3; Citizen Assists – 34; Fingerprinting Duties – 4;  Disturbance – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 2; Motorist Assist –6; Suspicious Person – 2; Suspicious Vehicle – 3; Vacation Checks -- 261

     

  • JULY AND AUGUST 2012 POLICE BEAT

    *On 07/13/12, a resident in the 400 block of Lexington reported that her mailbox was struck by a vehicle and damaged.  She believes the incident may have occurred at about 2 a.m. as she heard a loud noise at that time.  It appears the vehicle which damaged the mailbox was blue in color.  The damage was estimated at $50.

    *At about 9p.m. on 07/13/12, an officer was approached by a female subject who stated her ex-boyfriend had damaged several items of her clothing.  It was reported that the female and the ex-boyfriend had gotten into an argument while at the male’s residence in the 400 block of Pleasant Lane.  The victim stated that while she was away from the residence the male subject damaged her clothing items by setting them on fire.  The victim stated that she lost approximately $900 worth of clothing.  A report was completed and forwarded to the States Attorney’s Office.

    *Robert Templeton, of Springfield, was stopped on 07/31/12 for an alleged equipment violation.  During the course of the stop, the officer reported that he found that Templeton did not have a valid Illinois driver’s license.  Additional reports indicate that the subject’s California license had been suspended.

    *A vehicle which was reported to be swerving as it traveled northbound on Route 29 was stopped on 08/04/12 at about 12:40a.m.  As the officer made contact with the driver he reportedly observed several indicators which led him to believe the driver was impaired.  After several field sobriety tests were conducted, the driver, Mitchell Flowers of Springfield, was arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol.

    *Two separate domestic incidents occurred at the same residence in the 200 block of Water Street during the month of August.  In both cases it was reported that a fourteen year old girl had been battered by her mother.  On 08/11/12 and on 08/25/12, the mother was arrested for domestic battery, taken to the Sangamon County Jail, and a referral to the Department of Children and Family Services was completed.

    *A male subject who was walking in the 500 Block of Mill Street was attacked by two dogs on 08/13/12.  The dogs, which had gotten away from the owner, belong at 533 Mill Street.  Before the owner could get the dogs back under his control, the victim was bitten on the hand and the shoulder.  He was transported to the hospital for treatment.  Sangamon County Animal Control was contacted and an officer arrived on scene.  The owner had to produce appropriate paperwork for the dogs and had to confine them for a 10 day period before being examined by a veterinarian.  Additionally, the owner was fined due to being in violation of the Village Animal Control Ordinance.

    *A Criminal Damage to Property incident was reported to the police on 08/20/12.  An employee with the Bank and Trust Company told police that at approximately 2:00p.m. on 08/19/12, two male subjects damaged an exterior wall.  The subjects, who were on bicycles, rode their bikes into the wall leaving numerous black marks on the wall.  Damage was estimated at $300.

    *Leonard Robbins of Mount Olive, was stopped by an officer on 08/21/12 at 11:15a.m.  The officer reported that rocks were spilling from the truck Robbins was driving.  A computer check of Robbins’ driver’s license revealed that his license was suspended.  He was cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license and for operating without proof of insurance.

    *A citizen notified police on 08/25/12, that she had contact with two juveniles who told her they were homeless.  Officers made contact with the juveniles in the 4800 block of Oak Hills Road at about 5:00p.m.  They were told by both subjects, a male and a female, that they were homeless.  Officers found that the female juvenile had been reported as missing by the Taylorville Police, while the male juvenile was a ward of the Department of Children and Family Services.  The female was placed back with her parents while the male was turned over to a representative with the Department of Children and Family Services.

    Criminal Incidents

    Criminal Damage to Property – 3; Domestic Battery – 2; Theft Under $500 – 2

    Traffic Incidents

    Accident Investigations – 4; DUI – 1; Hit and Run – 1; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 5; No Drivers License – 2; No Registration – 2; Operation of an Uninsured Vehicle – 13; Speeding – 31; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 1; Warning Tickets – 120

    Calls for Service

    Animal Calls – 8; Assist Other Police – 41; Assist  Other Governmental Agency – 20; Burglar Alarm – 6; Business Checks – 122; Citizen Assists – 75; Loud Noise Complaints – 2; Motorist Assists – 34; Neighborhood Trouble – 4; Ordinance Violations – 5;  Suspicious Person – 2; Suspicious Vehicle – 7;  Vacation Checks – 403

     

  • MAY AND JUNE 2012 POLICE BEAT

    *A vehicle being driven by Thomas Swinson of Taylorville was stopped on 05/05/12 at 1:50p.m. for an alleged speeding violation.  During the stop the officer it was reported that Swinson was driving on a suspended driver’s license.

    *Steven Yocius, of Springfield, was stopped on 05/11/12 at 9:45a.m.  Yocius was ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *On 05/10/12, at 6:00p.m. officers were sent to a residence in the 500 block of Oak Hills Road.  The complainant told officers that her grandson had come home and had become angry.  She reported that he threw things around the residence and punched several holes in a wall before leaving.  The complainant did not want to pursue charges, but wanted officers to inform her grandson that he could not return to the residence.

    *A dog belonging to a subject who resides in the 100 block of Willow Street bit an individual on 05/13/12 at about 7:30p.m.  The victim reported she was walking her dog when two pit bulls came running towards her dog and she.  One of the pit bulls bit her on her leg.  She was treated at the hospital and released.  The owner of the dogs, Brad Heinrich, was cited for the reported violations of the animal ordinance.

    *On 05/21/12, at about 8:00p.m. a subject reported that her son’s bicycle had been stolen while he had been playing in the Community Park.  He had placed the bike in the grass while he played on the playground equipment.  When he returned to retrieve the bicycle it was gone.  The bike was described as a 16 inch yellow Honda Hummer bicycle valued at $200.

    *A resident of the 400 block of Mill Street reported to police that he had several checks stolen from his residence sometime during the month of May.  Although the checks were from a closed account, the suspect was still able to cash the checks totaling $350.  The victim was able to provide the police with suspect information.  Following an investigation, a report was forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    *Following a vehicle stop on 05/26/12 at about 10:30 a.m. the driver of the vehicle, Jessica Cox, of Virginia, was arrested.  It was reported that Cox was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Greene County authorities.

    *A vehicle being driven by Gene Sagle, of Berry, was stopped on Route 29 on 05/28/12, at 5:00p.m. Officers had been alerted by another motorist of erratic driving being displayed by Sagle.  Sagle was eventually arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

    *A resident of North Walnut Street reported that her car had been burglarized and several items had been stolen.  The burglary occurred sometime around May 28th as the car was parked in the driveway of the resident.  There were no signs of forced entry as the doors had been left unlocked.  Stolen from the vehicle were a laptop computer, an IPad II, and a black carrying case.  An investigation into this burglary eventually resulted in suspect information.  The computer and IPad were recovered and returned to the owner.  A report was forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    *Brenda Roach, of Mechanicsburg, was stopped on 05/30/12, at 7:40a.m.  Roach was cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *A vehicle being driven by Joshua Willard of Pawnee was stopped on 06/04/12, at 2:00p.m.  Officers were told that Willard had been driving while his license was revoked.

    *On 06/08/12, at 11:10a.m. a vehicle being driven by Helen Shride of Taylorville.  Shride was eventually taken into custody as officers learned that she was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities.

    *James Beall, of Springfield, was cited for allegedly driving on a revoked license on 06/10/12, at 10:00a.m.

    Criminal Incidents

    Burglary from Vehicle – 1; Burglary from Residence – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Forgery – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Identity Theft – 1; Illegal Possession of Alcohol – 1; Theft – 2; Violation of Order of Protection – 1; Warrant Arrest – 2

    Traffic Incidents

    Accident Investigations – 5; DUI – 2; Hit and Run – 1; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Operating Uninsured Vehicle – 29; Miscellaneous Violations – 5; No Drivers License – 1; No Registration – 2; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding – 30; Suspended/Revoked Drivers – 12; Warnings – 141

    Calls For Service

    Animal Related Calls – 7; Assist Other Police Agencies – 39; Assist Other Govt. Agency – 19; Building /Business Checks – 112; Burglar Alarm – 7; Citizen Assist – 65; Disturbance – 9; Mischievous Conduct – 2; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; School Programs – 5; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 10; Vacation Watches -- 359

    Reminder:

    During the past several weeks officers who have been working the late night shifts have observed numerous open garage doors throughout the community.  The department would like to encourage residents to secure their overhead garage doors and side doors before going to bed.  The last time we had a rash of burglaries in the community suspects gained entry to the residences through unlocked/unsecured garage doors.  Many of these incidents occurred during the late night/early morning hours.

    Thank you for your help with this issue!

     

  • MARCH AND APRIL 2012 POLICE BEAT

    *Several subjects who were yelling at about 1:00a.m. on 03/03/12 in the 200 block of East Main resulted in an anonymous call to dispatch.  An officer was sent to the area and eventually located a male and a female who were in an argument.  The two had recently returned home and had not yet made it into the residence.  The parties were separated, with the male subject eventually leaving for the evening.

    *A stop on a motorist for an alleged expired registration sticker resulted in the arrest of the driver for reportedly driving on a suspended license on 03/03/12.  The driver, Christy Hazelwood, of Clay, Kentucky was cited for multiple violations.

    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 400 block of Pleasant Lane on 03/05/12, at 2:00p.m.  The victim, who was no longer at the residence, called the police and reported that her ex-boyfriend had just damaged several items which belonged to her 2 year old daughter.  A report reference the incident was taken and forwarded to the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

    *An officer was sent to a residence in the 100 block of Allegheny on 03/07/12, at about 1:30a.m. in reference to a reported disturbance.  The officer arrived and found that the married couple had been arguing and one of the parties became concerned and called the police.  The situation was resolved for the evening as one of the subjects decided to go stay elsewhere for the evening.

    *An officer received a telephone call at the police department on 03/22/12, at about 12:30p.m in regards to an issue involving some young children.  The caller reported he was concerned for the safety of two young children who were living with their father in the 500 block of Mill Street.  The officer collected information from the caller and from several other sources.  Contact with the Department of Children and Family Services was made and they then followed-up with their investigation.

    *On 04/04/12, a vehicle driven by Rusty Easley of Springfield was stopped.  Rusty was allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *A vehicle driven by Samantha Overton of Taylorville was stopped on 04/13/12 at about 11:00a.m.  It was reported that Overton had been driving while her license was suspended.

    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 100 block of East Main at about 10:35p.m. on 04/14/12.  The officer reported that a male and female subject had returned home from an evening of drinking and began arguing.  When the male subject decided it was early and he wanted to go back to the bar, the female became further enraged.  She eventually called the police.  Officers arrived and spoke with both parties who decided to part ways for the evening.

    *Rhonda Rouse, of Adair, was stopped on 04/18/12, at about 9:30a.m.  It was discovered that Rouse’s driving privileges had been suspended since 2005.  She was ticketed for the alleged violation.

    *On 04/23/12, at about 10:35a.m. a vehicle being driven by Bradley Spent of Oreana was stopped.  Spent was allegedly driving on a suspended license.  When Spent’s wife, Candice, came to pick up her husband the officer discovered that she was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Effingham County Authorities.  She was taken to the Sangamon County Jail and released to them.

    March and April Animal Ordinance Violations:

    03/16/12 – 300 block of North Walnut

    03/16/12 – Circle Drive

    03/16/12 – 300 block of North Walnut

    03/17/12 -- Circle Drive

    03/19/12 – 100 block of Willow Road

    03/25/12 – 400 block of Lexington

    04/18/12 – 500 block of Sawmill Court

    04/19/12 – 300 block of Cumberland

    04/28/12 – 400 block of Lexington

    Criminal Incidents:

    Burglary --  1; Criminal Damage to Property – 3; Deceptive Practices – 1; Domestic Battery – 2; Hate Crime – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Reckless Conduct – 1; Telephone Harassment – 2; Theft Under $500 – 1; Warrant Arrest – 2

    Traffic Incidents:

    Accident Investigation – 8; Failure to Yield – 3;  Improper Use of Registration – 1; No Drivers License – 2; No Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 15; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 11; Speeding –33; Warnings – 174

    Calls For Service:

    Animal Related Calls – 10; Assist Other Police Agencies – 38; Assist Other Agencies – 17; Building Checks – 23; Burglar Alarm – 7; Business Checks – 107; Citizen Assists – 80; Disturbance – 9; Domestic Trouble – 2; Loud Noise Complaints –4; Motorist Assists – 27;  Neighborhood Trouble – 2;  Recovered Property – 2;  Suspicious Person – 4; Suspicious Vehicle – 6; Vacation Checks -- 410

     

  • JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2012 POLICE BEAT

    *A vehicle stop on 01/04/12 at about 3:45p.m. resulted in the arrest of a juvenile subject for alleged possession of drug equipment.  Following the stop of the vehicle a canine search was eventually conducted.  During the search, the juvenile subject admitted he had drug equipment which he had recently used to smoke marijuana hidden under the front seat.

    *An officer was patrolling on East Main Street on 01/16/12 at about 7:00p.m. when he saw 2 male subjects who appeared to be tampering with a car wash/rinse selector box in one of the car wash bays at Jostes Car Wash.  Further investigation into the incident by the officer revealed that the subjects had damaged the box.  The subjects stated they were trying to retrieve a quarter which they had placed in the box.  The situation was resolved by the subjects paying $104 in restitution for the damages.

    *Officers were called to the Rochester High School at 2:15p.m. on 01/18/12 in reference to a reported fight which had taken place between two females.  Investigation into the incident revealed that a 15 year-old female student walked up behind another female student and struck her multiple times while in the school cafeteria.  The two students had been in a verbal altercation prior to the battery taking place.  A police report regarding this incident has been forwarded to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities.

    *On 01/19/12, at 8:30p.m. an officer was sent to #1 Rocket Drive in reference to a battery that had reportedly taken place on school grounds.  The female victim reported that she had attended her son’s wrestling match at Rochester High School.  While she was attempting to leave, she was allegedly attacked by another female subject.  Reports indicate that the battery may have resulted from an ongoing domestic situation between the victim and the suspect.   Statements were gathered by the officer and due to conflicting information an arrest was not made that evening.  Reports have been forwarded to the Sangamon County States Attorney’s Office.

    *A member of the Rochester First Baptist Church notified police on 01/29/12, that unknown suspect(s) had spray painted an exterior brick wall.  It appears this occurred sometime after 4:00p.m., on 01/28/12 and before 9:00a.m., on 01/29/12.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police.

    *A vehicle stop which occurred on 01/29/12, at about 6:30p.m. resulted in the arrest of the driver, Jodi Stewart of Tremont.  Stewart had allegedly been driving while her license was suspended.

    *The following animal ordinance violations occurred in January:  01/03/12 – warning to resident on Virginia Lane for barking dogs; 01/07/12 – warning to resident on Pleasant Lane for barking dogs; 01/24/12 – warning to resident on Deercreek for barking dogs

    *A vehicle was stopped on 02/13/12, at 5:20p.m. due to an expired registration sticker.  The stop eventually resulted in the arrest of the driver, Ashley Richno of Mechanicsburg, as she was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Montgomery County Authorities.

    *An officer observed a vehicle in the Community Park on 02/13/12 at 8:45p.m. parked in the lot near the basketball courts.  He approached the vehicle to notify the occupants that the park was closed. When the driver of the vehicle rolled his window down the officer could smell the odor of burnt cannabis coming from inside of the vehicle.  During the investigation into the incident a female subject admitted that they had been smoking marijuana in the vehicle and the marijuana belonged to her.  A report was forwarded to the States Attorney’s Office.

    *On 02/24/12, at about 8:30p.m. an officer was called to the high school as school authorities had a subject in an office who was in possession of marijuana.  The juvenile male subject was eventually arrested and taken from the school.  A report was forwarded to the juvenile authorities alleging several drug law violations.

    *Dosean Harvell, of Springfield, was stopped on 02/25/12 at 12:30a.m. and ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *An officer was called to the Phillips 66 station on 02/26/12 at 11:20a.m. by an off-duty Illinois State Police Administrator.  The ISP administrator told the officer he witnessed a subject get out of a vehicle which had pulled into the station and then begin to urinate in public.  The officer who had arrived on scene made contact with the subject and the other occupants of the vehicle.  Bennie Lacy, of Springfield, was arrested for multiple violations.  Additionally, occupants of the vehicle in which he was travelling were also cited for alleged violations.

    *Jennifer Blair, of Jacksonville, was stopped on 02/26/12, at 5:00p.m. and cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *The following animal ordinance violations occurred in February:  02/10/12 – a warning was given to a resident on Chase Haven for failure to keep animal within premises of owner.

     

    Criminal Incidents in January / February

    Aggravated Battery – 1; Battery – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Criminal Defacement of Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Forgery – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 2; Possession of Drug Equipment – 3; Manufacture with Intent to Deliver – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Warrant Arrests – 1

    Traffic Incidents in January / February

    Accident Investigations – 9; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 2; Miscellaneous Violations – 4; No Drivers License – 4; No Valid Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 25; Speeding – 31; Suspended / Revoked Drivers; 7; Warnings for Equipment Violations – 181; Warnings for Moving Violations – 149

    Calls for Service January / February

    Animal Related Calls – 8; Assist Other Police Agency – 32; Assist Other Agency – 25; Burglar Alarm – 10; Business Checks – 119; Citizen Assists – 101; Curfew – 2; Domestic Trouble – 2; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Motorist Assists – 17; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Suspicious Person – 3; Suspicious Vehicle – 7; Vacation Watch Checks -- 704

     

  • NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER POLICE BEAT

    *Officers were called to a residence on Sattley Drive on 12/02/11, at about 4:00p.m. in reference to a theft report.  A male subject told the officer that his girlfriend had stolen $800 from him and his mother.  The victim reported that his mother and he had been doing some construction work and had earned $800.  They then asked the suspect, whom the victim referred to as his girlfriend of one week, to hold the money for them.  He went on to report that after the two of them got into an argument she left without giving the money back to him.  Additional information from the victim has not been received as yet for the investigation to continue.

    *On 12/08/11, an officer was sent to Rochester High School to meet with a school administrator.  The administrator wanted to report that there had been a theft which had occurred in the boy’s locker room earlier in the day.  It was reported that a suspect went through another student’s wallet and took $30 from the wallet.  The school had received information of a possible suspect.  Investigation into the incident resulted in the arrest of a 17 year-old student for this alleged incident.  The suspect was also connected to a theft which had been reported in November.  The incident in November involved the suspect allegedly stealing $200 from the victim.  Again, the incident occurred in the boy’s locker room and involved the suspect going through other student’s wallets.

    *A vehicle being driven by Christopher Wessling of Taylorville was stopped on 12/14/11, at about 1:00p.m. Wessling was eventually cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

    *A burglary to a motor vehicle report was taken on 12/17/11.  The victim reported that numerous items were stolen from his car sometime after 9:00p.m. on 12/16/11.  Stolen items include several articles of clothing, a backpack, and some electronic equipment.  The total loss was estimated at $630.  It appears suspect(s) entered the victim’s unlocked car while it was parked in his driveway in the 100 block of Roanoke.

    *A car which had been parked in a driveway on Maplehurst Drive was burglarized sometime during the early morning hours of 12/21/11.  Reported stolen from the vehicle was an I-Pod, Garmin GPS Unit, and approximately $15 in change.  Total loss was estimated at $215.  The victim stated the vehicle had been left unlocked while parked in the driveway.

    *On 12/23/11, at about 3:30p.m. an officer was sent to a residence in the 400 block of Lexington in reference to an animal problem.  The officer arrived and met with a Sangamon County Animal Control Officer who had also been called to the scene.  They learned that a small dog from a residence on Pleasant Lane had been attacked by other dogs.  The small dog had been taken to the Vet Clinic with serious injuries.  An investigation into this incident resulted in a resident being cited for an alleged violation of the Village’s Animal Ordinance Policy.

    *On 12/28/11, the Police Department was notified that a delivery person had been bitten by a dog at a residence on Taft Drive.  At this time the incident is pending further investigation before any enforcement action is taken.

    *A vehicle being driven by Aaron Steele of Taylorville was stopped on 11/03/11, at 6:25p.m.  The officer reported that Steele’s driver’s license was suspended at the time of the stop.  Steele was cited for the alleged violation.

    *Police reports indicate that a ticket for driving on a suspended license was issued to Shermita Gibson, of Springfield, on 11/09/11, at 12:25p.m.

    *On 11/12/11, officers had contact with Cheryl Allen, of Springfield.  During the contact, officers were told that Allen was presently wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Morgan County authorities.  Allen was taken into custody and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *James Mitchell, of Moweaqua, was arrested by police on 11/13/11, at 9:40a.m.  Mitchell was found to be wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Macon County authorities.  He was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A theft report was taken from a resident on Gilson Drive on 11/14/11.  The resident reported that suspect(s) took a steel beam which had been dropped off at his house by a lumber company.  The victim stated the theft occurred sometime between 11:30a.m. and 2:30P.M. ON 11/14/11.  Loss was estimated at $400.

    *A vehicle being driven by Kevin Fields of Mechanicsburg was stopped due to an equipment violation.  During the course of the stop, an officer learned that Fields had allegedly been driving on a suspended license.  Fields was cited for the alleged offense.

    *Officers reported that on 11/27/11, at about 1:30a.m. they were travelling behind a vehicle which was going southbound on South Walnut Streets.  Reports indicate the driver of the vehicle, Joseph Jiannoni, was stopped for improper lane usage.  An investigation into the stop eventually resulted in his arrest for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol.

    Criminal Incidents

    Aggravated Battery – 1; Burglary from Motor Vehicle – 2; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Defacement of Property – 2; Disorderly Conduct – 2; Theft Under $500 – 4; Theft Over $500 – 1; Warrant Arrests – 3

    Traffic Related Incidents

    Accident Investigations – 12; DUI – 2; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2;  No Child Restraint – 2; No Drivers License – 1; No Registration – 7; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 26; Operating While Registration Suspended – 4; Other Violations – 6; Seat Belt Violation – 2; Speeding – 22; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 8; Warnings for Equipment Violations – 163; Warnings for Moving Violations – 172

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 6; Assist Other Police Agencies – 42; Assist Other Governmental Agencies – 17; Building /Business Checks – 107; Burglar Alarm – 15; Citizen Assists – 87; Disturbances – 3; Domestic Trouble – 1; Loud Noise Complaints – 8; Mental Cases – 2; Motorist Assists – 23; Suspicious Person – 7; Suspicious Vehicle – 9; Vacation Checks -- 379

  • SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER POLICE BEAT

    *On 09/06/11, a vehicle driven by Ryan Prentice of Rochester was stopped.  Prentice was ticketed for allegedly driving while his license was suspended.

    *Branden Vaughn, of Pawnee, was stopped on 09/07/11 while travelling on Route 29.  During the course of the stop officers learned that Vaughn had allegedly been driving while his license was suspended.  He was cited for the reported offense.

    *A stop conducted on 09/08/11, resulted in the driver, Ashley Chelbus of Taylorville, being ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license.  Chelbus was also cited as she reportedly was unable to provide proof of insurance on her vehicle.

    *A check on the registration of a vehicle revealed that the owner, Edith Moore of Mount Auburn, had her driving privileges suspended.  Moore was eventually stopped by an officer on 09/13/11, and ticketed for the alleged violation.

    *An officer was sent to a residence on Taft Drive on 09/13/11 at 7:55p.m. for a reported dog bite.  The officer met with the victim and the dog owner.  The victim stated she had been delivering flyers to residences in the neighborhood and was bit as she was leaving one of the houses.  There was not any visible injury suffered by the victim.  Sangamon County Animal Control was contacted and they came to the scene.

    *On 09/19/11, at about 4:30p.m. an officer was sent to an address in the Park Forest Subdivision in reference to a possible overdose.  The officer arrived at the residence and met with the person who had called.  The officer learned that a relative had shown up at the caller’s house and there was concern for the relative’s mental state due to his recent behavior.  An ambulance was contacted and the subject was transported to the hospital for an evaluation.

    *Jacob Miller of Taylorville was stopped on 09/30/11, for allegedly driving while his registration was expired.  During the course of the stop, it was discovered that Miller was also reportedly driving on a suspended license.  Miller was ticketed for the alleged violations.

    *Sangamon County Dispatch received a call on 09/30/11, at about 10:00p.m. in reference to a subject who had reportedly taken some pills and was threatening suicide.  Officers, along with EMS personnel, were sent to a residence in the Park Forest Subdivision to check on the subject.  Contact was made with subjects who were present at the residence.  The patient, who was conscious and alert at the time, was eventually transported to the hospital for further care.

    * On 10/01/11 at about 12:30p.m. a vehicle being driven by Melvin Tyus of Effingham was stopped.  It was reported that Tyus was stopped due to his registration sticker being expired.  During the stop, it was learned that Tyus was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by authorities with Effingham County.  Tyus was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A burglary to a motor vehicle incident was reported to the police on 10/07/11.  The incident occurred in the 100 block of East Main sometime after 7:00p.m. on 10/06/11.  The victim stated that the vehicle had been parked in the garage.  Suspect(s) reportedly entered the unlocked     garage and made entry into the unlocked car.  Two pairs of sunglasses and two prescription bottles were taken.

    *A resident in the Camelot Subdivision contacted the police on 10/06/11 at about 12:05p.m. when she realized someone had entered her house while she was home.  The victim told police that while she was in her bedroom she heard someone enter the house through the back door.  She yelled to the person, asking who was there, but received no response.  She then heard someone leave through the front door.  She reportedly looked out of her window and observed a white male get into an S-10 Chevrolet truck.  The victim recognized the vehicle and the suspect and followed the vehicle while contacting the police.  Officers arrived and took a 16 year-old juvenile into custody for the alleged burglary.  The victim’s property was recovered from the suspect.  Reports have been forwarded to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities.

    *Two criminal damage to property incidents which occurred in the Wyndmoor Subdivision were reported during the month of October.  The first incident was reported on 10/01/11, while the second was on 10/31/11.  In both cases blue spray paint was used to paint graffiti on various items.

    *A hit and run accident was reported to the police on 10/10/11.  The incident occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m. at several locations in the Meadows Subdivision.  The suspect vehicle struck 2 parked vehicles, a brick light fixture standard, a trailer and several mailboxes before leaving the subdivision.  Substantial damage was sustained to the victim’s vehicles as well as the suspect vehicle evident by the trail of debris left by the suspect vehicle.  The noise from the crash awakened one of the victims who immediately went outside to see what had occurred.  Officers arrived, but were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.  The following day a report came in of a vehicle parked along Route 29 about 6 miles south of town which had extensive front end damage.  According to reports, this vehicle was eventually linked to the accident scene.  The suspect vehicle was registered to Timothy Lynch of Springfield.  Lynch was eventually ticketed for several alleged violations.

    *A burglary to a motor vehicle which reportedly occurred on 09/22/11, was reported to the police on 10/13/11.  The victim stated he was doing some construction work at an address on Vernon Drive on 09/22/11.  He claimed he later noticed several tools were missing and believes that the burglary happened between 11:30a.m. and 12:30p.m. on 09/22/11.  More than $5000 in tools has been reported as stolen.

    *An officer stopped to assist a motorist on 10/16/11, at about 2:00p.m. on Route 29.  The officer reported that he observed a vehicle parked on the shoulder of the road and he stopped to check on the motorist.  A check of the vehicle registration revealed that the owner had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities.  Robert Schnoor, of Springfield, was arrested in reference to the outstanding warrant.

    *Darlene Hobbs, of Edinburg, was stopped on 10/19/11, at 12:25p.m. and ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *Hoy Copelin, of Taylorville, was cited on 10/24/11, at 1:45p.m. for reportedly driving on a suspended license.

    *Several citations were issued to Melissa Ellis, of Boring, Oregon, on 10/28/11, at 11:40a.m.  Ellis was reportedly stopped for an alleged speeding violation.  During the stop, the officer was informed that the subject’s driver’s license out of Oregon had been suspended.

    *A stop of a vehicle on 10/29/11, at 12:00p.m. resulted in the arrest of the driver, Jacob Gideon.  Police reports indicate Gideon had an outstanding warrant for his arrest which had been issued by Christian County authorities.

    September and October Criminal Incidents:

    Burglary from Motor Vehicle – 1; Criminal Defacement – 2; Deceptive Practices – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Residential Burglary – 1; Telephone Harassment – 3; Violation of Orders of Protection -- 2; Warrant Arrests – 3

    September and October Traffic Incidents:

    Accident Investigations – 6; Hit and Run – 1;  Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Violations – 5; No Drivers License – 1; No Registration – 10; Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 29; Operating While Registration Suspended – 5; Seat Belt Violations – 6; Speeding – 62; Suspended/Revoked Drivers License – 17; Warnings for Equipment Violations – 142; Warnings for Moving Violations – 190

    September and October Calls For Service:

    Animal Related Calls – 11; Assist Other Police Agencies – 31; Assist Other Governmental Agencies – 26; Building Checks – 23; Burglar Alarms – 21; Business Checks – 144; Citizen Assists – 87; Disturbance – 2;  Domestic Trouble – 3; Loud Noise Complaints – 2; Mental Cases – 3; Mischievous Conduct – 4; Motorist Assists -- 18 Suspicious Auto / Person – 6; Traffic Control – 6; Vacation Checks -- 315

     

  • JUNE AND JULY 2011 POLICE BEAT

    Criminal Incidents / Reports

    Aggravated Assault – 2; Assault – 1; Battery – 5; Criminal Damage to Property – 5; Domestic Battery – 4; Identity Theft – 1; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol – 1; Resisting / Obstructing a Peace Officer – 1; Theft Under – 1; Theft Over – 3; Warrant Arrests – 4

    Traffic Incidents / Reports

    Accident Investigations – 3; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Improper Use of Registration – 1; Miscellaneous Traffic Offenses – 5; No Drivers License – 4; No Registration – 9; Operation of Uninsured Vehicle – 42; Operation While Registration Suspended – 5; Seat Belt Violation – 9; Speeding – 52; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 16; Warnings for Equipment Violations – 132; Warnings for Moving Violations – 159; Zero Tolerance – 1

    Calls for Service

    Animal Related Calls – 9; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 29; Assist Other Police Agency – 34 Building / Business Checks – 198; Burglar Alarm – 21; Citizen Assists – 112; Curfew – 1; Disturbance – 6; Domestic Trouble – 5; Mental Cases – 4; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Motorist Assists – 47; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Suspicious Auto – 6; Suspicious Person – 12; Vacation Checks - 367

     

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