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  • AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2016

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Criminal Reports

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

    Traffic Reports 

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

     

    Calls for Service

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

  • JULY 2016 POLICE BEAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Criminal Reports

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

    Traffic Reports 

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

     

    Calls for Service

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

  • MAY AND JUNE 2016 POLICE BEAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

     

    Criminal Reports

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

    Traffic Reports 

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

     

    Calls for Service

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

  • MARCH 2016 POLICE BEAT

    ROCHESTER POLICE BEAT
    MARCH 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • FEBRUARY 2016 POLICE BEAT

    FEBRUARY 2016 POLICE BEAT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


  • JANUARY 2016 POLICE BEAT

    January 2016 Police Beat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • October Police Beat

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

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


  • September 2015 Police Beat

    SEPTEMBER 2015 POLICE BEAT

    *A large amount of cash was reported stolen from a business in the 100 block of East Main Street. It is believed the theft occurred between 09/05/15, and 09/08/15. There was no sign of forced entry to the building during this time nor was there any evidence indicating someone had been in the building after business hours. The owners were continuing to check with employees in an attempt to obtain additional information.

    *A vehicle being driven by Katherine Riley of Springfield was stopped on 09/08/15, at about 5:20p.m. During the stop the officer learned that Riley was allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license.

    *The restroom facilities on Ebel Drive at the Community Park were damaged by fire on 09/08/15. When the public works employees inspected the facility on 09/09/15, they found that a fire had been started in the men’s restroom and spread to the women’s side before extinguishing itself. There was noticeable damage in the men’s restroom and smoke damage on the women’s side. Damage was estimated to be in excess of $500.

    *Police were notified of extensive damage to several grassy areas at the north park near the water tower on 09/09/15. It appeared someone had driven a truck through the grassy area causing large ruts. In many areas the ruts were 12 to 18 inches deep. The damage to the park was estimated to be in excess of $500. Shortly after being notified of the incident, a truck was seen at the high school which was covered in mud. When officers spoke with the juvenile subject who owned the truck he admitted he had driven through the park after a recent rain. The juvenile and his parents agreed to make restitution for the damages.

    *On 09/14/15, at 7:00p.m., officers were sent to a residence in the 100 block of Mill Street to meet with a subject in reference to a car accident. The resident told officers her vehicle was struck sometime between 9:30p.m. and 10:30p.m., on 09/13/15, causing damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle. When the resident spoke to a subject, whom she identified as Carey Clemons, Clemons admitted to her she had backed into her vehicle. Officers eventually made contact with Clemons. Due to the circumstances surrounding the accident, Clemons was cited for the following alleged violations: operating an uninsured motor vehicle; driving without a valid license; no valid registration; and leaving the scene of an accident.

    *A vehicle being driven by Keith Westbrook of Taylorville was stopped on 09/13/15, at about 11:20p.m. During the stop the officer learned that Westbrook’s driver’s license had been suspended. He was cited for the alleged violation.

    *On 09/19/15, at 1:45a.m., a vehicle which was being driven by Anna Robinson of Staunton was stopped. Robinson was ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *A resident on Lancelot Drive reported to the police on 09/19/15, that the exterior of his house had been damaged recently. He recalled hearing a loud noise outside of his residence several days ago, but didn’t think there was a problem. When he was walking around his house today he noticed extensive damage to a window in the area where the noise had originated. It appeared a large object had struck the window damaging the frame and the stone ledge directly under the window.

    *The owner of Jostes Car Wash contacted the police on 09/22/15, to file a report. He stated sometime within the past several days three of the coin boxes were broken into and coins were stolen from the boxes. Total loss was estimated at $450 due to damages and lost money.

    *The police were notified on 09/25/15, at 8:00p.m. that a subject’s vehicle had been burglarized while it had been parked at the Community Park. The victim reported she parked her vehicle at the Community Park in order to use the bike trail. When she returned to her car she noticed her purse was missing from the vehicle. The victim reported she had a cell phone and $1000 in cash in her purse at the time it was taken. It appeared entry to the vehicle was made thru an unlocked back door.

    *An altercation between several juveniles occurred on 09/25/15, in the high school parking lot. Officers were notified of the incident by one of the juvenile’s parents after the juvenile had returned home. The juvenile admitted to officers he had made comments on Facebook about another individual which angered that person. The juvenile stated he was confronted by the subject and several of her friends in the high school parking lot. He reported he was punched by several of them before being able to run to a friend’s house. The juvenile did not appear to have any injuries and stated he did not need medical attention. Neither the juvenile nor his parent wanted any legal action taken. The officer went to spoke to the other parties in an attempt to resolve the situation.

    *Several vehicles were burglarized on 09/25/15, and 09/26/15. The vehicles had been parked at a residence in the 400 block of East Main Street when the burglaries occurred. It appears all of the vehicles were unlocked as there were no signs of forced entry. Property missing from the vehicles included: a purse containing various credit cards; face plate from a CD player; and miscellaneous coins.

    *Officers were sent to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Mill Street on 09/27/15, at 7:20p.m. An individual kicked in a door to gain entrance to a residence as he was reportedly concerned about another family member who was inside the residence. The situation was eventually sorted out and officers learned the incident was part of ongoing family difficulties. Two juveniles, including the one who had kicked in the door, were allowed to leave the scene with another family member. It was determined no physical altercation had occurred.

    *Two houses located in the 700 block of Heathrow were egged sometime during the night of 09/29/15. Both houses had egg yolk stains and egg shells on the front of the house. It appears the victims will be able to remove the egg mess without any permanent damage having been done.

    Criminal Reports
    Aggravated Battery – 1; Arson – 1; Battery – 1; Burglary to Vehicle – 1; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 3; Criminal Damage to State Supported Property – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Residential Burglary – 1; Theft – 2; Theft form Coin Operated Machine – 1; Unlawful Use of a Weapon

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 5; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Hit and Run – 2; Improper Use of /registration – 1; No Valid License – 1; No Valid Registration –8; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle –2; Operation While Registration Suspended – 2; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding –3; Suspended / Revoked Drivers –6; Warnings Issued – 44

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls – 5 ; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 11; Assist Other Police Agency – 22 ; Building / Business Checks – 22; Burglar Alarms –9; Citizen Assists – 43; Disturbance – 1; Mental Cases – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Missing Person 1; Motorist Assists – 12; Neighborhood Trouble – 5; Suspicious Auto – 9; Suspicious Vehicle – 10; Traffic Details – 5; Vacation Watches -

  • AUGUST 2015 POLICE BEAT

                                                                         AUGUST POLICE BEAT

    *Officers were contacted on 08/01/15, at 8:15p.m., in reference to a disturbance which had occurred at the Phillips 66 Station. When they arrived they met with an adult male who claimed he was battered by a female subject while at the station. According to the victim, he made a comment to the female which made her angry. He reported she struck him 4 to 5 times in the back of his head. The female subject had left the area by the time officers had arrived. A report has been forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    *On 08/03/15, two individuals came to the police department to report they were victims of a forgery. The couple stated they wrote their 31 year-old granddaughter a check for $150.00 back in June. They recently received their bank statement and noticed the check was changed from $150.00 to $750.00. An investigation into the incident resulted in the police obtaining an arrest warrant for the suspect, Deirdre Ferry. She was eventually arrested on the warrant on 08/11/15.

    *When the owners of a residence in the 200 block of Cumberland returned home on 08/03/15, they discovered their house had been burglarized. The victim reported she had been running errands earlier in the day and returned home about 1:00p.m. After returning home, they found several items had been taken from the house. Reported missing were: one XBOX; one IPAD; cash; and numerous silver pieces. The loss was estimated to be in excess of $3000.00. The suspect(s) may have entered the house through an unlocked door. At this time the investigation is ongoing.

    *Numerous tools were reported stolen from a garage in the 400 block of Mill Street. The victim, who had been unable to secure the garage due to recent construction, told police the theft occurred sometime between 08/04/15, and 08/06/15. The loss was estimated at $400.

    *A vehicle being driven by Nathaniel Raynes of Springfield was stopped on 08/06/15, at 12:00a.m. Raynes was issued a citation for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *On 08/06/15, at 3:45p.m., a vehicle being driven by Timothy Morrisey was stopped. The report indicates Morrisey was arrested for driving on a revoked license.

    *Haratio Austin of Springfield was stopped for an alleged speeding violation on 08/09/15, at about 10:00p.m. A check of Austin’s driver’s license revealed he was currently driving on a suspended license.

    *A vehicle which had been parked at a residence in the 400 block of East Main was damaged sometime after 12:00a.m., on 08/11/15. The owner of the vehicle reported his 1993 Chevrolet Truck had been keyed on the driver’s side door.

    *A resident in the 100 block of Cumberland contacted the police on 08/13/15. He reported he believed an ex-girlfriend had been inside his residence without his permission and had tampered with things in the residence. He said nothing had been damaged or stolen. The complainant told the police his ex-girlfriend and he were currently awaiting a court’s decision in regards to custody of their children. It was decided the incident would be documented, but not forwarded at this time.

    *Christopher Rice of Pana was stopped on 08/14/15, at 5:45p.m., for an alleged speeding violation. During the stop, the officer was informed Rice’s driver’s license was currently revoked. Police reports indicate he was cited for both alleged violations.

    *On 08/16/15, at about 11:00a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle being driven by James Luetzow of Taylorville for an alleged speeding violation. A check of Luetzow’s driver’s license status indicated he was currently driving on a suspended license. He received tickets for both alleged offenses.

    *A subject who was allegedly driving on a revoked license was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail on 08/19/15, at 3:30p.m. James Seagle, of Mechanicsburg, was travelling on Route 29 when he was stopped. During the stop, officers learned Seagle had a revoked driver’s license.

    *On 08/21/15, officers were notified of a subject who was staying with her sister in the Rochester area and had an outstanding arrest warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County Authorities in 2000. Officers located the subject wanted on the warrant, Carey Clemons, at an address in the 100 block of Mill Street. She was taken into custody and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

    *A stop of a vehicle for a registration violation on 08/27/15, at 5:40p.m., resulted in the arrest of the driver for allegedly driving on a suspended license. Stephanie Rutherford of Loami was issued a ticket for the reported suspension and given a warning for the expired registration.

    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 100 block of Potomac on 08/28/15, at 2:30p.m. The complainant had called dispatch telling the operator that her mother had not been taking her medication and was hitting herself in the face. Officers spoke with the subject’s mother who admitted to them she didn’t want to keep on living. The subject was transported to the hospital for an evaluation.

    *Officers stopped a vehicle on 08/28/15, at about 1:45a.m., and learned the driver of the vehicle was reportedly driving on a suspended license. Aequilla Brown was issued a citation for allegedly driving while her license was suspended.

    *A disturbance was reported to the police on 08/28/15, at about 8:00p.m. Officers were sent to an apartment complex in the 100 block of Mill Street. They arrived and met with the two parties who had been in a disturbance. The report indicates the two subjects, who happened to be sisters, appeared to be highly intoxicated and admitted to the police they had been drinking and arguing all afternoon. The two continued yelling at each other while the police were present. They eventually calmed down and were separated for the evening.

    Criminal Reports
    Aggravated Battery – 1; Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Trespass to Residence – 1; Forgery – 1; Residential Burglary – 1; Theft – 3; Warrant Arrest --1


    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 4; Fleeing / Attempting to Elude Police – 1; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Improper Use of /registration – 1; No Valid License – 1; No Valid Registration –8; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle –5; Operation While Registration Suspended – 2; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding –9; Suspended / Revoked Drivers –10; Warnings Issued – 69

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls –10 ; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 15; Assist Other Police Agency – 24 ; Building / Business Checks – 8; Burglar Alarms –11; Citizen Assists – 42; Disturbance – 3; Health Hazard – 1; Mental Cases – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 5; Missing Person 1; Motorist Assists – 7; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 11; Vacation Watches -- 177



  • JULY 2015 POLICE BEAT

    JULY POLICE BEAT

    *At about 4:00p.m., on 07/02/15, the police were contacted about a mailbox which had been destroyed in the Woodlands Subdivision. The officer went to the scene and determined the mailbox had been struck by a car as there were pieces of a bumper near the damaged mailbox. Officers were able to locate the vehicle and the subject who had been driving. The driver admitted to striking the mailbox and leaving the scene without making notification. She also stated she had been on her cell phone at the time of the accident. The driver, a juvenile, was issued citations for using a cell phone while operating a vehicle and for leaving the scene of an accident.

    *On 07/04/15, at about 9:00p.m., officers who were working the 4th of July carnival were informed by dispatch of a subject who was believed to be in attendance at the carnival and had made threats to another person about hurting himself. Officers located the subject and questioned him about the situation. They decided to contact his parents and release him into their custody.

    *On 07/07/15, at approximately 3:00p.m., police were advised of a subject driving a white van recklessly southbound on Route 29. An officer eventually caught up to the van and conducted a stop. An investigation into the stop resulted in the driver of the vehicle, Donald Foster of Edinburg, being ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license and operating a vehicle without insurance.

    *Dawn Dudra of Pana was issued multiple citations on 07/11/15, at 7:15p.m. Dudra was cited for allegedly driving while her license was suspended and driving without insurance.

    *A subject driving a vehicle with a reported suspended registration was stopped on 07/18/15, at about 8:00p.m. During the stop the officer learned the driver of the vehicle, Lacey Shanle of Edinburg, was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities.

    *A vehicle which was northbound on Route 29 near Taft Drive was clocked on radar travelling a reported 74 miles per hour on 07/19/15, at about 5:00p.m. The car, which was being driven by Christopher Warner of Springfield, was stopped near the intersection of Route 29 and Tuxhorn Road. Warner was arrested for allegedly driving on a revoked license.

    *Two citations were issued to Jodee Carey of Kincaid on 07/22/15, at about 4:00p.m. An officer stopped a vehicle being driven by Carey and reported Carey was driving without insurance and on a suspended license. She was ticketed for both alleged offenses.

    *A reported violation of the Village Animal Ordinance occurred on 07/22/15. The complainant advised he was walking his dog near the intersection of North Walnut Street and Circle Drive when two other dogs came out of a yard and attacked his dog. The complainant’s dog had been bitten on the back and the tail by the other dogs. The officer was able to identify the owner of the dogs, and then issued him an animal ordinance citation due to the violations.

    *A vehicle being driven by John Esslinger was stopped on 07/25/15, at 6:00p.m. Esslinger, of Springfield, was ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

    *A female resident contacted the police on 07/28/15, and reported she was assaulted while walking on the Lost Bridge Trail on 07/26/15, at approximately 7:00p.m. According to the victim, a teenage male subject who was riding a bicycle passed her going in the opposite direction while on the trail. This same subject passed her again a short time later; however, as he passed this time he grabbed the female’s buttocks nearly knocking her to the ground. When she exited the trail she saw the subject sitting on a bench and she recognized him. The 16 year-old male was eventually interviewed by the police, and according to the report, admitted to the incident. The report has been forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

    *Officers were sent to a residence in the 400 block of Pleasant Lane on 07/28/15, at 7:00p.m., to meet with a subject who claimed she was being threatened. When officers arrived they learned the threats had been received by the victim from a Facebook message. The message indicated the victim would be hurt if money which was owed was not paid. When the officers began asking questions to gather additional information, the victim stated she wanted the police to be aware of the incident, but didn’t want an investigation to occur.

    *On 07/28/15, at about 9:00p.m., a vehicle being driven by Jacob Miller of Taylorville was stopped. Miller was cited for allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license.
    *A vehicle being driven by Cory Scribner of Pana was stopped on 07/29/15, at 5:45p.m. During the stop, the officer learned Scribner didn’t have a valid driver’s license and he had a valid warrant for his arrest which had been issued by Shelby County authorities.

    Criminal Reports
    Aggravated Battery – 1; Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Sexual Abuse – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Telephone Harassment – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrest -- 2

    Traffic Reports
    Accident Investigations – 5; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Improper Use of /registration – 1; No Valid License – 3; No Valid Registration –8; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Operation While Registration Suspended – 6; Speeding –10; Suspended / Revoked Drivers –7; Traffic Detail – 3; Warnings Issued – 77

    Calls for Service
    Animal Related Calls –9 ; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 22; Assist Other Police Agency – 19 ; Building / Business Checks – 15; Burglar Alarms –7; Citizen Assists – 39; Death Natural Causes –1; Disturbance – 1; Found Articles – 4; Mental Cases – 1; Mischievous Conduct –2; Motorist Assists – 21; Neighborhood Trouble – 3; Noise Complaints – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle –21; Vacation Watches -- 187

     

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