Rochester Police Beat August 2017


On August 3rd, Officers responded to the 100 block of E. Mill in reference to a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived they discovered a mother and daughter had been in an argument during which the daughter threw items out of a window. Officers confiscated a glass pipe the daughter had in her possession. The pipe allegedly contained the residue of burnt cannabis. The daughter made arrangements to stay somewhere else for the evening. A report was generated documenting the incident.

On August 6th, an officer stopped a vehicle for having no registration light. Upon doing a check of her driver’s license through the in-car computer, it was discovered the driver, Shari L. Marley of Springfield, had a warrant for failure to appear on a retail theft case. Marley was subsequently arrested and transported to Sangamon County Jail.

On August 7th, an officer stopped a vehicle after he observed it swerving all over the roadway on Oak Hills Rd. The driver allegedly provided the officer with a false name and date of birth. The juvenile driver was cited for driving with no valid driver’s license and given a notice to appear for obstructing identification. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

On August 11th, an officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of Milldale in regards to a civil issue occurring between neighbors. Two different residents of Milldale stated their neighbor with the lot adjacent to theirs was trying to kill trees on their property. The neighbor allegedly hired a landscaping company to kill the trees. After talking with the neighbor, she agreed to stop trying to harm the trees. A report was generated. No criminal charges are being pursued at this time.

On August 11th, an officer ran a license plate through the in-car computer which came back with the registered owner having a suspended and expired driver’s license. After verifying the driver matched the description of the register owner the officer initiated a traffic stop. Randy T. Spengler was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a warning for it being expired. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

On August 12th, an officer was contacted by a citizen in regards to a hit and run that occurred to her vehicle. The vehicle was in front of her residence in the 200 block of N. Walnut and sometime, within the several days prior, it had been struck. The vehicle sustained damage to the rear driver’s side quarter panel. The damage is estimated at $500-$1000. There are no suspects at this time. A report has been generated.

On August 13th, officers responded to the 400 block of N. Walnut in reference to a 9-1-1 call investigation. Upon arrival the officer found a male in the roadway acting aggressive. He was intoxicated and had been hitting tables and walls within his residence. He then went outside and started hitting street signs. There was no visible damage to the nearby signs. The officers were able to calm him down enough that he agreed to go inside and go to bed for the night.

On August 13th, an officer was dispatched to Taft Dr. in reference to mischievous conduct. The resident explained the night before someone scattered blue sand, taken from his landscaping, around his backyard and around his vehicles in the front drive. No dollar loss has occurred. A report was generated.

On August 15th, an officer stopped a vehicle because the registered owner’s information came back with a suspended driver’s license. The driver matched the description of the register owner. Michelle L. Nolting, of Springfield, was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and for no proof of insurance. The vehicle was towed by BP Towing and she was transported to her residence.

On August 16th, an officer was dispatched to Appalachian Trail in reference to deceptive practices / identity theft. The resident stated an Old Navy Credit card was taken out in his name by using his social security number. Approximately $388.00 was charged to the credit card. The card has since been cancelled.

On August 19th, an officer ran a vehicle registration through the in-car computer. The owner came back with an expired driver’s license from 2009. The driver, Melissa D. Krouse of Taylorville, provided the officer with 4 citations she had received for driving with an expired license. During the stop, the officer noticed an unlabeled pill bottle with various colored pills in it. The pills were taken to be tested. Krouse was cited for allegedly driving with an expired license and no proof of insurance. The vehicle was towed by Jostes Towing. A valid driver picked Krouse up from the scene.

On August 20th, officers noticed a vehicle at the Rochester Community Park after the park closed. When the officers inspected the vehicle for occupants they noticed a bag in plain view allegedly containing what they believed to be drug paraphernalia and a burnt marijuana cigarette in the ashtray of the vehicle. The officers waited on the owners to return to the vehicle. They observed a vehicle pull up to the parked vehicle and drop off an occupant. The officers stopped both vehicles. The contraband was confiscated. Due to the individuals being juveniles, parents were notified and the juveniles were turned over into their custody. A report was generated.

On August 20th, an officer stopped a vehicle because its registration was suspended and expired. The registered owner’s driver’s license was also suspended. Hannah K. McIntosh was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and her vehicle was towed. McIntosh was given a ride to her destination.

On August 20th, officers were dispatched to Maplehurst subdivision in reference to several juveniles attempting to get into vehicles. The officers located the suspected vehicles and initiated a stop. The juveniles stated they were playing a joke on one of their friends where they made him get out of the vehicle, drove around the block and came back to pick him up. Parents were notified and picked up the juveniles due to it being after curfew.

On August 24th, an officer was approached by a Rochester resident who stated his grandson had been in a fight with two boys at the bridge on Mill Street. All of the boys and their parents were talked with about the matter. It was unable to determine who started the fight or what it was over. The boys were instructed to stay away from each other.

On August 25th, an officer stopped a vehicle because the registered owner came back as having suspended driver’s license. Tyson R. West of St. Paul, MN was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. His vehicle was moved to the police department parking lot until a valid driver could pick it up. A valid driver picked West up from the scene.

On August 26th, an officer stopped a vehicle because the registration came back as suspended for a mandatory insurance violation and expired. During the stop it was discovered the driver’s license was suspended as well. Lisa Guinn-Kline of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly operating a vehicle while registration is suspended and driving while license suspended. The vehicle was towed by Jostes Towing. Kline was picked up from the scene by a valid driver.

On August 26th, an officer was dispatched to Melody Dr. in reference to an illegal burn ordinance violation. The resident was given a verbal warning and asked to extinguish the fire.

On August 26th, a Rochester resident approached an officer about criminal damage that had occurred to his vehicle. He stated it happened sometime between Sunday August 20th and Monday August 21st at 4:00 am when he noticed it. It appears an acidic substance was poured over the vehicle melting the paint and the plastic parts of the vehicle. He stated all 4 of the tires had the air let out of them. There is no suspect information at this time. A report was generated documenting the damage.

On August 29th, officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of E. Main. Two individuals were in a verbal argument. There were no indications of it being physical. The parties were separated for the evening.

On August 30th, an officer was approached by a resident who witnessed two vehicles driven by juveniles allegedly pass a school bus while it was loading students. According to the witness, the bus’ stop arm was extended and the caution lights were activated. The officer was provided with vehicle and driver description along with partial plates. The information obtained from the witness was confirmed by the school bus driver. Both individuals were issued citations for the alleged offense.

Criminal Reports

Burglary from a Motor Vehicle – 1; Deceptive Practices/Credit Cards – 1; Mischievous Conduct (no money loss) – 2; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Warrants – 1

Traffic Reports 

Accident Investigations – 3; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Failure to Yield at Intersection – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses – 4; No Registration – 1; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 3; No Drivers License – 6; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 4; Speeding – 9; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 8; Warnings Issued – 68; Hit and Run – 1

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls – 9; Other Ordinance Violations – 3; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 6; Assist Other Police Agency – 32; Assist Fire Department – 17; Assist Schools – 1; Building / Business Checks – 6; Burglar Alarms – 8; Citizen Assists – 28; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 7; Fingerprinting – 1; Motorist Assists – 11; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 7; Vacation Watches – 131