Rochester Police Beat April 2018

On April 1st, officers were contacted regarding a domestic battery that occurred a day prior. The adult female stated she was at home asleep when she was woken up by her mother and her step-father in a loud argument. She stated she went downstairs to tell them to stop yelling. Her step-father allegedly pushed her into the door jam, slammed the door, and held it shut pinning her arm and leg between the door and the door jam. Witness statements and injuries were consistent with her statements. Daniel Moore of Rochester was arrested for the alleged domestic battery and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Walnut for an accident that occurred shortly after 6:00 am on April 1st. A white jeep was traveling south bound on S. Walnut and had crossed over the center line striking a parked vehicle parked on the shoulder of the north bound lane. After investigating the incident and administering Field Sobriety test it was determined the driver was sleep deprived. Timothy Requarth of Rochester was cited allegedly for reckless driving and improper lane usage. Jostes towed the vehicle per owner’s request and the officer gave Requarth a ride to his residence.

Officers were dispatched to Burberry Ln. on Sunday, April 1st for a disturbance. The married couple had been gong through a difficult time in their marriage and ended up in a verbal altercation during which items were thrown about the residence. The husband agreed to leave after he collected his laundry and the dog. The incident was documented.

A mischievous conduct report was taken in regards to a resident of Walberta finding several roofing nails in his driveway on April 2nd. The resident had possible suspect information however didn’t want the officer to pursue the suspects because he felt it would cause more problems. A report was generated.

After conducting a stop for an expired license plate on April 4th, Laurisa Murray of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license was suspended and arrested for an active warrant for failure to appear for driving while license suspended. Murray was also issued a written warning for the expired registration. She was transported to Sangamon County Jail.

A stop was initiated on a vehicle when the registered owner came back as having an expired license on April 6th. The registered owner was discovered not to be in the vehicle but not the driver. The driver stated she didn’t have a driver’s license but was unsure as to why. The officer ran the driver and got a return showing her having a revoked license. Timmicka Lacy of Springfield was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The owner was allowed to drive from the scene.

While conducting stationary patrol on April 8th, an officer ran a registration through the in-car computer in which both the registered owner’s driver’s license and the registration came back suspended. Andrea Rickman of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle with a suspended registration. The vehicle was towed by Jostes and a valid driver picked up Rickman and her passengers from the scene.

On April 9th, officer’s responded to the Rochester Intermediate School in reference to indecent images of a student being shared via SnapChat and then showed to other students at the school. At this time, the incident is still under investigations. The Rochester Intermediate School handled the situation from their end.

Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of N. Walnut in reference to a disturbance on April 10th. Two brothers were in a heated argument but stated it was only verbal. The father stated he wanted the one son to go to jail because he was punching walls again and he is tired of it. After getting everyone calmed down, it was decided the father would take his son to get some help. Later that afternoon, officers were dispatched back to the residence because the one son was supposedly threatening to harm himself and his family members. The officer discovered a knife on him. He was handcuffed, placed in the squad car and transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation. The incident was documented.

 While patrolling on April 12, an officer ran the registration of a vehicle through the in-car computer. The registration came back as suspended for a mandatory insurance violation and the registered owner showed as having a suspended driver’s license. Thomas Ray Jr. of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle while registration is suspended. The vehicle was towed by Jostes. A valid driver picked up Ray from the scene.

 Officers were out patrolling and noticed a vehicle being driven by an individual they knew to be revoked on April 12th. The license status was verified and the stop initiated. During the stop it was discovered that the individual was issued two licenses from the state of Illinois in a system glitch. One license was revoked and one was valid. The officer cited Zane Merreighn for allegedly driving while license is revoked. They stated they would get back with him after verifying the information with Secretary of State and if he is valid they would void the citation. It was confirmed Merreighn license is revoked. He was notified and informed of his court date.

On April 16th, Rochester High School staff identified Zane Merreighn at the rear of the high school violating court orders stating Merreighn cannot be at the school. He had left by the time officers arrived. Witness statements from several members of the school staff and photographs from security cameras substantiated the claim. Merreighn was located on the corner of E. Main and John St. and subsequently arrested for the alleged violation of the orders of protection. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

While conducting stationary patrol on April 21st, an officer initiated a stop of a vehicle which showed the registered owner as suspended. Shenandoah Depew of Cowden was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and received a written warning for no proof of insurance. Valid drivers picked up Depew and her vehicle.

On April 23rd, an officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Magnolia in reference to mischievous conduct. The complainant showed the officer where someone was placing meat in the trees on his property. The officer observed sausages hanging in the evergreen. The complainant was worried his dog would try to consume the meat and become sick. He gave the officer suspect information. An officer made contact with the neighbors. They stated they were unaware of any such activity in the area. They stated they do not have problems with any of their neighbors. They are polite to them and keep to themselves. A report was generated to document the incident.

On April 25th, Dalton Felber of Rochester was arrested for allegedly violating orders of protection via text messages. Felber was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

While on patrol an officer ran a registration that came back with having a suspended registered owner. Stephen D. Harbour was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Valid drivers picked up Harbour and his vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of E. Main in reference to criminal damage on April 25th. The homeowner stated sometime in the past week her back gate was damaged. Both hinges were broken off of the gate. She informed the officer that she had been having trouble with her neighbor in the past. The incident was documented.

An officer responded to a residence on Arthur in reference to a dog bite on April 28th. The victim stated she was reaching over her fence to unlatch it from the outside when her neighbor’s dog jumped up and bit her arm. There was bruising where the bite had occurred along with broken skin and a hole in the long-sleeved shirt she was wearing. Sangamon County Animal Control was advised. The owner of the dog was able to show proof of vaccination and was instructed to keep the dog in the house for 10 days. The dog must then been cleared by a veterinarian. The owner was also issued an ordinance citation for the violation.

On April 30th, officers responded to the 300 block of N. Park in reference to mischievous conduct. A male juvenile allegedly dumped rocks on the hood of a vehicle and was throwing rocks at two juvenile females. When he was approached by the father of the females he “flipped” him off. He then yelled through the residence’s window when the father went back inside. Officer’s spoke to both parties involved. A no trespass order was given to the male juvenile, who stated he was upset with the juveniles who live at that address because he feels they bully him. The incident was documented and forwarded to juvenile probation.

 Criminal Reports 

Arrest on Warrants – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Suicide – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 2

 Traffic Reports 

Accident Investigations – 4; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 4; Operating while Registration Suspended – 4; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding – 20; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 13; Warnings Issued – 74

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls – 4; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 3; Assist Fire Department – 14; Assist Other Police Agency – 19; Assist Schools – 15; Building / Business Checks – 27; Burglar Alarms – 5; Cannabis Ordinance Violation – 2; Citizen Assists – 23; Death Investigations – 1; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 2; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Loud Noise Complaint – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 4; Motorist Assists – 6; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Solicitor Complaints – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 8; Vacation Watches – 32