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Rochester Police Beat August 2018

 

On August 1st, an officer conducted a stop for illegal use of an electronic device. During the stop, it was discovered the driver was suspended and wanted on a warrant. Thomas J. Ray, Jr. of Springfield was arrested for the Christian County Warrant for failure to appear on traffic, issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a written warning for the alleged illegal use of an electronic communication device. Ray was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Valid drivers picked the vehicle up from the scene.

An officer initiated a stop after running the registered owner of a vehicle through his computer and finding the registered owner was wanted on a warrant. On August 4th, Craig S. Schleyhahn of Springfield arrested on a Christian County Warrant for failure to appear for a felony burglary charge. Schleyhahn was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

An officer was called to the Rochester Community Park to take a report on criminal damage to property on August 7th. One of the storage shed’s doors had apparent shoe prints on it and the door frame was split. No entry was made. A report was generated.

On August 10th, David W. Irvine of Springfield was stopped and subsequently cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. The officer gave Irvine a ride to his workplace.

A resident of Oak Hills contacted the police department with regards to a civil dispute over lawn care on August 10th. The resident stated he only paid two thirds of his bill because a third of the work done by the lawn care service was unsatisfactory. Sod had been laid and was already dead. The owner of the service stated if the resident didn’t pay he would undo all of the work. Both parties were advised the situation is civil at this point and would have to be settled in court. The incident was documented.

On August 10th, an officer ran the registration of a vehicle that came back stolen out of Springfield. Andrew White of Chatham was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. White was issued citation for allegedly being in possession of a stolen vehicle, driving with a revoked registration, failure to surrender revoked registration, and operating a vehicle with revoked title. The vehicle’s owner arrived on scene and took possession of the vehicle. White’s father took custody of the children occupants in the vehicle.

Zachary G. Holloway of Edinburg was stopped and cited for allegedly driving on a cancelled license on August 10th. A valid driver picked up Holloway from the scene.

An officer responded to a criminal damage in progress call at the Rochester Community Park on August 11th. Three juveniles were seen by the complainant taking the ceramic tiles off the wall of the playground and throwing them on the ground. The officer spoke with two of the juveniles who were still on scene. They stated a friend (that left prior to the officer’s arrival) noticed the tile on the ground and threw it. They claimed they were no where around him when he broke it on the ground. Parents of the known juveniles were contacted. They advised they would speak with their children. The officer was unable to obtain contact information for the third juvenile.

On August 11th, an officer issued an animal ordinance citation and fine to a resident on Willow. The resident’s cat(s) allegedly had damaged a vehicle in the neighborhood. They were advised to keep their cats indoors to keep them from damaging other’s property.

After stopping a vehicle for speeding on August 11th, the officer discovered the driver was suspended out of Kentucky. Jessica L. Franks of Taylorville was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and given written warnings for speeding and operating a vehicle with no proof of insurance.

An officer stopped a vehicle, on August 12th, after recognizing the driver as a revoked driver from a previous encounter. George T. Bailey of Kincaid was arrested and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

On August 14th, Kiara L. Sumner of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked up Sumner and her vehicle.

On August 15th, Amanda M. Gunther of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. The officer gave Gunther a ride to her workplace.

On August 15th, Randi L. Chamness of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked up Chamness and her vehicle.

On August 16th, Eric B. Compton of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Compton was also issued a written warning for no proof of insurance. A valid driver transported Compton and his vehicle from the scene.

Officers responded to a residence on E. Main Street in reference to a disturbance on August 16th. The officer’s spoke with the resident and her juvenile son who stated the individual that has been staying with them just received notice he is to be evicted from the residence. The individual allegedly started to threaten the juvenile with bodily harm. Zane P. Merreighn was arrested for the alleged assault and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

On August 17th, officers were notified of several burglaries to vehicles had occurred during the night prior in the Maplehurst and Wyndmoor subdivisions. Several items of value were taken including but not limited to a laptop, hard-drive, and Apple watch. All of the vehicles appeared to have been left unlocked. A report was generated and the incidents are still being investigated.

Ann M. Sperry of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on August 18th. Jostes towed the vehicle.

An officer stopped a vehicle for a suspended registration and discovered the operator’s driver’s license was also suspended. On August 18th, Andrea R. Buchanan of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended. Jostes towed the vehicle.

August 18th, an officer conducted a stop on a vehicle with a suspended registered owner. During the stop the officer noticed an open alcoholic beverage in the vehicle. The driver displayed no signs of impairment. Maurice G. Sanchez of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and illegal transportation of alcohol.

Officers responded to a residence in the Wyndmoor subdivision in reference to a disturbance on August 19th. The wife had returned home to find her husband had tossed several items of furniture in the residence. She told the officer her husband was yelling at her, throwing things in the residence and gave her she a week to move out. The husband advised they have been arguing all week. He advised he would be okay but one of them should find somewhere else to go for the night. The wife agreed to take her children and stay the night with her parents. The officer advised the wife to seek an order of protection if she felt it was necessary. The incident was documented.

A traffic stop was initiated on a vehicle with an expired registration on August 20th. During the stop, it was discovered the operator’s driver’s license was revoked out of Florida and she had a warrant out of Florida. Summer D. Deszell of Decatur was arrested for a felony warrant for fraud falsification of ownership to a pawn broker out of Florida, fugitive from justice and for allegedly driving while license revoked. Deszell was also cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. She was transported to the Sangamon County Jail and the vehicle was towed by Jostes.

On August 21st, an officer was notified by a resident of Oak Hills subdivision of a disturbance. A juvenile had been dropped off with her great-grandparents while her father, the custodial parent, travelled out of stated to seek employment. The juvenile’s mother had shown up at the great-grandparent’s residence to take custody of the juvenile and was causing a problem. Neither party on scene had guardianship of the juvenile. It was determined to keep the juvenile with her great-grandparents where she appeared to be safe. The mother was issued a no trespass warning informing her if she was to return to the property she would be arrested. The grandparents were given information on obtaining an order of protection and advised to seek temporary guardianship if possible. The dad avoided contact with the police department during the incident. DCFS was notified of the situation and documented the call. A report was generated.

After stopping a vehicle on August 21st for an expired registration, the officer discovered the driver was suspended. Kevin L. Feilding of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued written warnings for the expired registration and no proof of insurance.

Robert B. Davis of Taylorville was stopped and cited allegedly for driving on a cancelled license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on August 22nd. A valid driver picked up Davis and his vehicle from the scene.

Marva D. Steward of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on August 22nd. A valid driver picked up the vehicle from the scene.

Tarren A. Davis of Springfield was stopped for driving while license revoke on August 22nd. Due to circumstances on scene, Davis was given a notice to appear for allegedly driving while license revoked and cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Valid drivers picked Davis and his vehicle up from the scene.

On August 23rd, Alexandra M. Nelch of Chatham was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver drove from the scene.

A resident of Park Forest Hundred notified an officer he has been receiving threatening text from his sister’s boyfriend via text messages on August 24th. Upon reviewing the messages, it was determined there was no direct threat in the messages. He was advised to seek an order of protection and block the phone number. The incident was documented.

Christopher J. Hill of Mechanicsburg was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on August 26th. A valid driver picked him up from the scene.

Eric C. Kendrick, Jr. of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on August 26th. A valid driver drove from the scene.

On August 26th, an officer conducted a stop of a vehicle with an expired registration of June of 2017. The officer noticed the registration plate had a sticker for 2019 registered to another vehicle. The driver stated she recently purchased the vehicle and provided a contact for the sale. The individual the officer was put in contact with was not the owner on the vehicle’s registration. During the stop it was also revealed the operator’s driver’s license was expired. The vehicle was towed and Desirae N. Kelly of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving with no valid driver’s license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

On August 27th, Angel G. Blair of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked her up from the scene.

Yashika N. Capler of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly having no valid driver’s license on August 28th. Capler was also cited for child passenger protection act due to allegedly having a passenger under 8 in the vehicle with no child safety seat present. A valid driver picked Capler up from the scene.

An officer conducted a stop on a driver who allegedly disobeyed a traffic control device on August 30th. During the stop, it was revealed the driver had a suspended driver’s license. Coral L. Harrison of Tovey was cited for allegedly disobeying a traffic control device and driving while license suspended. A valid driver took Harrison to work.

On August 31st, Corey V. Pope of Tower Hill was stopped and arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked. Pope was also cited for allegedly operating an uninsured motor vehicle. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

Criminal Reports 

Assault; simple – 1; Burglary from Motor Vehicle – 3; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Drag Racing – 1; Fugitive from Justice – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Motor Vehicle Anti-Theft Laws– 1;Theft Under $500 – 2; Warrants – 3

 Traffic Reports 

Accident Investigations – 6; Distracted Driving/Cellular Device – 1; Driver/Passenger Safety Laws – 3; No Driver’s License – 8; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 14; Speeding – 26; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 23; Traffic Signal Violation Citations – 11;Warnings Issued – 77

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls – 5; Assist Ambulance Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 5; Assist Business Agency – 1; Assist Fire Department – 15; Assist Other Police Agency – 36; Assist Schools – 1; Building / Business Checks – 40; Burglar Alarms – 9; Citizen Assists – 17; Civil Assists – 6; Disturbance – 2; Domestic Trouble – 2; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Missing Person – 1; Motorist Assists – 13; Ordinance Violations – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 12; Traffic Control – 10; Vacation Watches – 29