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  • December 2014 Police Beat

    DECEMBER 2014 POLICE BEAT

    * Officers were sent to the Wyndmoor Subdivision on 12/01/14, at about 8:30p.m. as a citizen reported a suspicious vehicle in the area. The officers located the vehicle and made contact with the occupants. During the stop they learned one of the occupants, Brandon Poe of Dupo, was wanted on warrants which had been issued by several counties. One of the warrants out of Dekalb County was extraditable. Poe reportedly provided false information to the officers when he was contacted in an attempt to avoid arrest. Additional charges are pending.

    *A vehicle which was stopped on 12/04/14, at about 10:00p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver, Cheyenne Carey of Shelbyville. Carey was stopped for a reported expired registration sticker. During the stop the officer learned Carey was driving without a license and was wanted on warrants issued by Vermillion County and Christian County. She was issued citations for allegedly driving without a license and for failing to provide proof of insurance.

    *On 12/08/14, officer responded to the Rochester High School to assist with an ongoing investigation which had been initiated by school personnel. During the investigation it was discovered that several students had been in possession of marijuana, prescription medication and other pills. The students’ parents were contacted and informed the matter had been referred to the police. Several students were interviewed by the police and reports have been forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    *A vehicle which had been parked in the Rochester Station parking lot was damaged sometime between 8:00p.m. on 12/07/14, and 3:45p.m., on 12/08/14. There was a scratch on the passenger side of the vehicle which ran the length of the vehicle. The owner was going to take the vehicle to the body shop for an estimate on damages.

    *A resident in the 400 block of Parkview contacted the police on 12/09/14, at about 5:15p.m., in reference to a domestic problem. When police arrived the complainant informed them she wanted her mother removed from her property. The mother told police she was waiting to pick up her granddaughter, but agreed to wait elsewhere.

    *On 12/10/14, at about 8:15a.m., a vehicle being driven by Dillon Pearce of Chatham was stopped. During the stop the officer was informed Pearce’s driver’s license had been suspended.

    *Officers were again sent to a residence in the 400 block of Parkview on 12/11/14, at about 10:00a.m. in reference to an ongoing domestic problem. When officers arrived they found the complainant was in an argument with her husband and her mother. Officers noted the complainant was very upset about the situation. In order to keep the situation from escalating, officers encouraged one of the parties to leave for the evening. There was no evidence which indicated any criminal activity had occurred.

    *On 12/30/14, a vehicle which had been travelling southbound on Route 29 was stopped at about 11:30p.m. Reports indicate the officer made contact with the driver, Ashley Odell of Springfield, and discovered she has driving on a suspended license. She was cited for the alleged offense.

    Criminal Incidents
    Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 2; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 2; Obstructing a Peace Officer – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Warrant Arrest – 1

    Traffic Incidents
    Accident Investigations – 3; DUI – 1; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Failure to Yield – 1; No Drivers License – 2; No Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 9; Speeding – 7; Suspended / Revoked Driver’s License –6; Warnings Issued – 71

    Calls For Service
    Animal Related Calls – 5; Assist Other Police Agency – 18; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 9; Building / Business Checks – 15; Burglar Alarm – 8; Citizen Assist – 18; Disturbance -- 1; Domestic Trouble – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 3; Motorist Assists – 10; Prowler – 1; Suspicious Vehicle – 4; Person – 2; Vacation Checks -- 109


  • NOVEMBER 2014 POLICE BEAT

    *It appears sometime between 11/02/14, and 11/07/14, a coin operated soda machine was broken into on more than one occasion with approximately $400 having been stolen. The machine is located on the sidewalk just outside of the businesses in the 100 block of South John Street.

    *An officer was dispatched to Rochester High School on 11/05/14, at about 3:00p.m. He met with a school administrator who had a juvenile student in the office. During a search of the student school administrators had discovered what appeared to be marijuana along with other drug related items. A report documenting the incident was forwarded to the juvenile authorities.

    *A vehicle which had no operational taillights was stopped on 11/08/14, at about 6:15p.m. During the course of the stop, the officer learned that the driver of the vehicle, Fred Lomprez of Springfield, was allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *A vehicle parked at a residence in the 100 block of Deercreek was damaged sometime on 11/09/14. The victim stated when he went outside his residence on 11/10/14, he noticed the rear window had been shattered. Damage was estimated at $500.

    *Officers took a Residential Burglary report from a resident in the Woodlands Subdivision on 11/09/14. The report indicates the suspect(s) entered the residence by forcing open a door on the lower level. A large amount of cash was stolen from the residence. The scene was processed by a crime scene technician. The report indicates the investigation is continuing.

    *A resident of the 300 block of Park Street reported a bicycle theft on 11/17/14. She told police her daughter’s bicycle had been stolen sometime on 11/16/14. The bike was described as a black Dual Suspension Gauntlet valued at $100.

    *On 11/17/14, an officer noticed a vehicle travelling northbound on Route 29 with a registration sticker which had expired in 201l. The officer stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Kristen Schattschneider of Springfield. She received multiple citations and had her vehicle towed from the scene.

    *On 11/19/14, at approximately 1:00p.m. officers responded to an address in the 100 block of Deercreek in reference to a disturbance. The owner of the residence called police and reported that another family member was out of control damaging property in the house. Officers arrived and removed the juvenile family member from the residence. He was brought to the police department where alternative living arrangements were developed. A report has been forwarded to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities.

    *According to police reports, Candy Scott-Florey of Cowden was stopped on 11/20/14, at about 10:00a.m. She was arrested for allegedly driving on a revoked driver’s license.

    *An officer reported clocking a vehicle travelling 68 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone at about 1:20a.m., on 11/21/14. He further reported the driver was having difficulty keeping the vehicle in his own lane of travel nearly striking the curb on the edge of the road. An investigation into the stop resulted in the driver of the vehicle, Reginald Britton of Edinburg, being arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was issued several citations prior to being taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A vehicle being driven by John Manning of Taylorville was stopped on 11/21/14, at about 9:00p.m. During the stop, the officer learned Manning had a valid driver’s license issued out of California, but had an Illinois license which came back as revoked. He was issued citations for allegedly driving on a revoked license and operating a vehicle without insurance.

    *On 11/22/14, at 7:30p.m., a vehicle being driven by Kari Everist of Springfield was stopped. Everist was issued a citation for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *Alethea Toney, of Bellwood, was stopped by an officer on 11/23/14, at 6:30p.m. The report indicates the officer had clocked a vehicle Toney was driving at 74 miles per hour in a 55 zone. During the stop, the officer was notified that Toney’s driver’s license was suspended and she was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Tazewell County authorities. Toney was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A theft of an IPhone was reported to the police on 11/26/14. The victim stated her phone had been stolen from the high school sometime after school ended on 11/25/14. She set her phone on a table while attending a practice and when she went to retrieve the item it was gone. The IPhone was valued at $800.

    Criminal Reports
    Aggravated Battery – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Residential Burglary – 2; Resisting / Obstructing a Police Officer – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 3; Theft From Coin Operated Machine – 1; Warrant Arrests – 1

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 1; DUI – 1; Improper Use of Registration – 1; No Drivers License – 1; No Valid Registration – 5; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 3; Operating While Registration Suspended – 3; Speeding – 9; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 8; Warnings Issued – 72

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 5; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 21; Assist Other Police Agency – 31; Building / Business Checks – 23; Burglar Alarms – 7; Citizen Assists – 40; Death Natural Causes – 1; Disturbance – 1; Domestic Trouble – 2; Found Articles – 3; Missing Person – 1; Motorist Assists – 17; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 6; Vacation Watches -- 113


  • OCTOBER 2014 POLICE BEAT

    *An officer was dispatched to the Rochester High School on 10/01/14, at 11:55a.m., in reference to threats a female student had reportedly made to another student and to a family member. After meeting with school administration and the student’s mother, arrangements were made for the student to leave school with the mother in order to pursue additional help with the situation.

    *On 10/10/14, at 9:50a.m., an officer was sent to an address on Lancelot Drive to meet with the resident. The resident had called dispatch to report she had several items stolen from the house recently. The victim reported to police the following items were missing: 19 inch flat screen Visio television; IPAD mini with case; and a “Go Pro” camera. The victim was unable to give an exact date as to when the items may have been stolen, but did report the television was last seen in May of 2014. She suspects a family member may be responsible for the thefts of the items. The value of the property was estimated at $1950.00.

    *A resident from the 700 block of West Main Street reported to the police her car had had been damaged while it had been parked along the road in front of the residence. The victim stated she had parked her car sometime during the evening on 10/11/14, and then found the damage at about noon on 10/12/14. The driver’s side mirror had been torn away from the vehicle. Damage was estimated at $220.00.

    *Officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Deercreek in reference to a report of a domestic disturbance on 10/12/14, at about 4:30p.m. When officers arrived they learned that a juvenile subject had become angry and was damaging the house and threatening to harm himself. As officers were collecting information the subject ran from the residence. Officers eventually located him, and after a brief struggle, took him into custody. The subject was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

    *On 10/15/14, at 6:00p.m., an officer went to a residence in the 200 block of Oak Street to take a residential burglary report. The victim reported when she came home to her house this evening she noticed a Laptop computer was missing. She also reported that late last month she had approximately $1200.00 in cash stolen from the residence. It is believed a family member who is not allowed at the house may be responsible for the incidents. During the follow-up investigation, a search warrant was obtained for cell phones which belonged to possible suspects. The investigation is ongoing as one of the suspect(s) was recently returned to the Department of Corrections.

    *At 12:10a.m., on 10/16/14, an officer was sent to an address in the 300 block of West Main for a domestic disturbance. The officer arrived and met with the owner of the residence and a live-in female subject. The owner of the house reported the two had gotten into an argument after returning home from an evening of drinking and the female had taken his car keys. After speaking with both subjects, it was decided that no crimes had been committed.
    *An officer was met at the police department by a subject who resides in the 400 block of Water Street on 10/22/14, at 6:20p.m. The subject told police she found a dead animal which had been thrown in her backyard landing near her deck. Most of the animal was intact, however, the fur was missing and only the skull was remaining from the head. The officer reported it was difficult to tell the identity of the animal, but believes it may have been a small dog. The resident was not sure why someone would place the animal in her yard.

    *A traffic stop conducted on 10/25/14, at about 9:05p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver for multiple alleged offenses. The driver James Dentzman, of Springfield, was reported to have been driving on a suspended license and driving a vehicle with suspended registration.

    *After stopping a vehicle on 10/26/14, at approximately 2:55p.m., the officer was informed the driver was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Shelby County Authorities. The driver, Tony Webb Jr. from Newton, was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *Grace Beneky of Springfield was stopped on 10/26/14, at about 12:00a.m. while travelling southbound on Route 29. During the stop the officer learned that Beneky’s driver’s license had been suspended. She was issued a citation for the alleged violation.

    *A vehicle which was stopped on 10/28/14, at about 2:50p.m., for a reported lane violation resulted in the arrest of the driver for allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license and driving without insurance. She was ticketed for the reported violations.

    *At approximately 10:30p.m., on 10/29/14, a vehicle was stopped which had been travelling northbound on Route 29. During the stop the officer discovered the driver of the vehicle, Dawn Fitch of Louisville, was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Clay County Authorities. A passenger in the vehicle, Derek Britz of Edgewood, was also arrested as he had a valid warrant for his arrest which had also been issued by Clay County Authorities. Both subjects were taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *An officer was sent to an address on State Street on 10/31/14, at 8:15p.m., to meet with a subject who claimed he ex-husband had violated an order of protection. According to the victim, the order of protection prohibits the ex-husband from making any contact with her. She claimed he had attempted to contact her through a Facebook message. The officer documented the allegations and prepared a report for the complainant.

    Criminal Reports
    Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol – 1; Residential Burglary – 2; Resisting / Obstructing a Police Officer – 1; Theft – 3; Theft of Labor – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 1; Warrant Arrests – 3


    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 4; Improper Lane Usage – 2; Miscellaneous Offenses – 6; No Drivers License – 3; No Valid Registration – 5; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 6; Operating While Registration Suspended – 1; Speeding – 3; Suspended / Revoked Drivers – 3; Warnings Issued – 101

    Calls For Service
    Animal Related Calls – 2; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 13; Assist Other Police Agency – 27; Building / Business Checks – 25; Burglar Alarms – 4; Citizen Assists – 32; Disturbance – 2; Fingerprinting – 4; Found Articles – 2; Motorist Assists – 11; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 7; Vacation Watches -- 75


  • SEPTEMBER 2014 POLICE BEAT

    *The police were notified on 09/01/14, at about 11:45a.m., by a resident in the Oak Hills Subdivision who reported fraudulent activities having occurred on her credit card.  The victim stated when she realized her card had been taken from her wallet she began checking her statement.  Her statement indicated the card had been used at about 10:00a.m., on 09/01/14, with $300 having been withdrawn at an ATM in Springfield.  The investigation into the incident eventually resulted in the arrest of another family member who admitted to having stolen the card and then using the card without the owner’s permission.

    *A domestic battery report was taken on 09/04/14, regarding an incident which allegedly occurred on 08/28/14, in the 1000 block of Appalachian Trail, sometime after 10:00p.m.  An officer received a telephone call from a subject who stated she was calling from another state, but wanted to report she was battered by her boyfriend while she was visiting him in Rochester.  The complainant reported she was grabbed by her boyfriend and then thrown to the ground.  She further told the officer she had pictures of the injuries she had received as a result of the incident.  When the officer informed her it appeared she had been the victim of a domestic battery and asked her for additional information to further process this case she then wanted to rescind everything she had originally reported.  A report documenting the incident was completed.

    *A vehicle stop on 09/11/14, at about 8:30p.m., resulted in the driver being arrested in reference to multiple offenses.  Along with the driver, James Snell of Edinburg, being arrested for allegedly driving on a suspended license a report has been forwarded to the States Attorney’s Office regarding alleged drug violations.  During the stop, the driver gave the officer a bag containing a green leafy substance which tested positive for marijuana and other drug related items.

    *A vehicle was stopped for reportedly travelling 71 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone on 09/13/14, at 9:40a.m.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as Andre Silas of Springfield.  During the stop the officer learned that Silas had allegedly been driving on a revoked license.

    *A vehicle being driven by John Williams, of Pana, was stopped on 09/22/14, at about 5:10p.m. due to a reported license registration violation.  The officer was informed during the stop Williams was driving on a suspended license.  He was ticketed for the alleged violations and his vehicle was towed from the scene.

    *At 6:40p.m., on 09/24/14, officers were sent to a residence in the 100 block of Willow in regards to a disturbance.  The officers met with the female caller and were told her 13 year-old son had gotten into an argument with his younger brother and her.  When the officers went to speak to the 13 year-old they found he had left the residence.  Attempts to contact him were unsuccessful and a missing persons report was generated.  After several hours of searching for him by the police and his family, officers learned the juvenile had been located in a wooded area off of the bike trail.  He was brought to the police station and then released to his parents.

    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 500 block of Mill Street on 09/26/14, at 3:25a.m., in regards to an ongoing domestic situation.  The complainant reported to the police her ex-boyfriend had been calling and texting her for the past 2 hours.  She also reported he was making remarks about killing himself if she did not respond to him.  A report was completed documenting the problems mentioned by the complainant as she planned to seek an order of protection.  The suspect was contacted in order to check on his welfare and advise him to stop attempting to contact the victim.

    *An officer spoke to a resident in the 500 block of Sattley Street on 09/29/14. The resident told police that she noticed her mailbox along with 2 other mailboxes had been damaged.  She found the damage at about 5:00p.m. on 09/29/14.  It appeared the mailboxes were intentionally struck by a vehicle.  The mailboxes were damaged beyond repair.

    *A vehicle stop conducted on 09/29/14, at 9:50p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver.  During the investigation the officer learned the driver of the vehicle, Zachariah Geary, of Tovey, was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Montgomery County Authorities.

    Criminal Reports
    Battery – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Criminal Damage to Property –3; Deceptive Practices – 1; Possession of Cannabis 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Warrant Arrests -- 2

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 2; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Failure to Yield – 1; No Drivers License – 2; No Registration – 5; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 8;  Speeding –12; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 8; Too Fast for Conditions – 1; Traffic Sign Violations – 1; Warnings Issued – 101

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 6; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 4; Assist Other Police Agency – 19; Assist Own Agency – 23; Burglar Alarm Response – 5; Business / Building Checks – 35; Citizen Assists – 33; Disturbance – 4; Domestic Trouble – 1; Found Property – 3; Mental Cases – 1;   Missing Persons – 1; Motorist Assists – 16; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Suspicious Auto – 4; Suspicious Person – 2; Traffic Control / Detail – 9; Vacation Checks -- 72


  • AUGUST 2014 POLICE BEAT

    *As officers were patrolling in the Woodlands Subdivision at about 2:00a.m. on 08/03/14, they observed a vehicle parked along the road.They heard the engine running, but couldn’t tell if the vehicle was occupied.The report indicates the officers walked up to check on the situation and saw two subjects who appeared to be sleeping in the car.They also reported smelling what appeared to be marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.Officers woke the subjects up and began speaking with them.The subjects admitted to being in possession of marijuana.Parents were contacted and reports have been forwarded.

    *A resident from the 100 block of Roanoke contacted the police on 08/09/14, at 8:00a.m.He told the officer he had forgotten to close his overhead garage door the prior evening and when he checked the garage this morning he found his chainsaw had been stolen.The chainsaw was described as a 22 inch Craftsman saw in a black carrying case.The property was valued at $280.

    *Quentin Martin, of Springfield, was stopped on 08/09/14, at 10:30p.m., as he was driving near the intersection of Route 29 and Taft Lane.The officer found that the registration on the vehicle Martin was driving was suspended.Martin was issued a citation for the alleged offense and his vehicle was towed.

    * On 08/18/14, a resident from Woodland Trails called to report her son’s bicycle had been stolen.She believed the theft occurred sometime between 11:00p.m., on 08/16/14, and 12:00p.m., on 08/17/14.The bicycle, which was valued at $400, had been in the back of her son’s truck when it was taken.

    *Angela Spinner, of Pana, was stopped on 08/22/14, at 8:15p.m. while travelling on Route 29.The registration on Spinner’s vehicle had been reported as suspended due to an insurance violation.She was cited for the alleged offense and her vehicle was towed.

    *On 08/23/14, at 6:20p.m., a vehicle being driven by William Clotfelter of Plainfield was stopped.During the stop the officer learned the registration on Clotfelter’s vehicle was suspended. Clotfelter was given a ticket for the alleged suspension and had his vehicle towed.

    *An officer had contact with Zachary Roberts of Springfield on 08/24/14, at 4:30p.m.The officer was notified by dispatch Roberts was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities.He was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *The police were called on 08/25/14, at 6:00p.m., by a resident who lives in the 300 block of North Walnut.He reported he believed a family member who had been at the house earlier in the day stole some money and other things from the residence.An investigation into the reported theft as well as past thefts from the residence is continuing.

    *On 08/29/14, at 4:15p.m., officers made contact with Robert Tweed of Rochester.Tweed was arrested by the officers as they had learned he had a valid warrant for his arrest which had been issued by Texas authorities. Tweed was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *An officer made contact with Michael Robinson, of Rochester, in the Community Park on 08/28/14, at 7:15p.m. Robinson had just pulled into a parking space.During the contact the officer learned that Robinson’s drivers license was revoked.He was arrested for allegedly driving on a revoked license.

    *Zachary Krouse, of Taylorville, was arrested on 08/30/14, at about 3:00p.m.Officers discovered Krouse was wanted on a valid warrant which had been issued by Christian County authorities.

    *A traffic stop was conducted on a car being driven by David England of Springfield on 08/31/14, at 6:20p.m., due to an alleged equipment violation.During the stop the officer was advised that England’s drivers license was suspended.England was cited for the alleged suspension along with several other reported violations.

    Criminal Reports
    Criminal Trespass to Residence – 1; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol – 1; Possession of Cannabis 1; Possession of Drug Equipment – 2; Residential Burglary – 1; Theft – 2; Warrant Arrests -- 2

     

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 6; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Failure to Yield – 1; No Drivers License – 2; No Registration – 5; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 11; Operating While Registration Suspended – 3; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding – 9; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 5; Violation of Classification –1;Warnings Issued – 134

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 8; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 3; Assist Other Police Agency – 19; Assist Own Agency – 43; Burglar Alarm Response – 9; Business / Building Checks – 19; Citizen Assists – 35; Disturbance – 4; Domestic Trouble – 2; Found Property – 1;Missing Persons – 1; Motorist Assists – 16; Suspicious Auto – 8; Suspicious Person – 3; Traffic Control / Detail – 15; Vacation Checks -- 55


  • July 2014 Police Beat

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


  • MAY 2014 POLICE BEAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    May Criminal Reports

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

    Traffic Incidents

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


    Calls For Service

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

  • APRIL 2014 POLICE BEAT


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Criminal Reports

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

    Traffic Incidents

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

    Calls For Service

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

  • MARCH 2014 POLICE BEAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Criminal Incidents:

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


    Traffic Incidents:

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


    Calls for Service:

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

  • FEBRUARY 2014 POLICE BEAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Criminal Incidents:

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


    Traffic Incidents:

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


    Calls for Service:

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

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