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Rochester Police Beat December 2018 and January 2019

 

A stop was conducted on December 2nd at approximately 3:15 am, after the officer observed a vehicle commit a lane violation. The vehicle was occupied by two juveniles who admitted to having contraband in their possession. The officer cited the driver. Both occupants were escorted home and turned over into their parents’ custody.

On December 6th, an officer responded to the Rochester Intermediate School for a disturbance. After a referee had ejected a spectator out of a basketball game, witnesses stated the spectator began yelling at the referee and bumped into the referee’s wife. The referee then pushed the spectator as to escort him out of the building. The incident was documented.

An officer was dispatched to Cumberland Drive for an accident investigation on December 7th at 1:48 am. A driver was on his way home when his vehicle left the roadway traveling through a yard, over a concrete barrier of a driveway and into another driveway striking the two vehicles. One of the parked vehicles ended up in the yard and the other went into the garage door. The officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath. The driver had glossy eyes, slurred speech and slowed movements. Standard Field Sobriety Tests were administered and several signs of impairment were observed. A breath sample indicated a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.146%. Joshua Drendel of Rochester was cited for allegedly failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving under the influence of alcohol and having a BAC greater than 0.08%. Drendel was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

A traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle observed going 81 mph in a 55 mph on December 7th. During the stop it was discovered the driver had a suspended license. Talon Bonacorsi of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while licenses suspended and the alleged speeding violation. A valid driver arrived on scene to pick Bonacorsi and his vehicle.

On December 12th, a juvenile from Springfield reported she stole her foster mother’s vehicle and was parked at a residence in Rochester. The officer made contact with the juvenile until a Sangamon County Deputy could arrive on scene.

An officer conducted a stop on a vehicle observed crossing the fog-line several times on December 17th. During the stop, the officer discovered the driver was suspended and wanted on a Sangamon County Warrant. Prince Morton of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and arrested for the warrant. Morton was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Valid drivers picked up the vehicle from the scene.

On December 17th, an officer stopped a vehicle after running the registration and discovering the registered owner was wanted on an active Sangamon County Warrant. The stop revealed the driver, who was not the registered owner, as having a suspended driver’s license as well as having an active Sangamon County Warrant. Jeremy Cagel of Kinkaid was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and arrested for the warrant. Cagel was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Valid drivers arrived to pick up the vehicle from the scene.

Officers responded to the Rochester Junior High in reference to an assault. A juvenile had added a girl to his social media account upsetting his peer. The peer allegedly approached the juvenile’s brother and displayed a stock photo of a firearm on his phone while making a threat. A report was generated and assault charges were forwarded to Juvenile Probation.

On December 21st, officer responded to Maplehurst to take a criminal damage report. A resident explained that between 4 pm and 10 pm someone shot paintballs and struck his vehicle. The paintballs caused damage to the rear passenger taillight. A report was generated.

A vehicle was stopped for driving 40 mph in a 65 mph zone on December 26th. The driver stated she was having a tire issue. During the stop, it was revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Brenda Brown of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a written warning for impeding traffic. Valid drivers picked up Brown and her vehicle from the scene.

William Thomas of Pana was stopped and arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked on December 26th. Thomas was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

Alexander Buchanan of Edinburg was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on December 26th. A valid passenger drove from the scene.

Beth Schmitz of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on December 26th. Valid drivers picked up Schmitz and her vehicle from the scene.

On December 30th, an officer was contacted by an Uber driver who explained he dropped off two fares in the Rochester area. The second fare allegedly exited the Uber vehicle, walked into a garage, retrieved a crowbar and struck the vehicle with a crow bar. An investigation revealed the damage described was not consistent with the alleged attack. The case was closed and no charges were filed.

On January 2nd at approximately 3:30 am, an officer noticed a vehicle running in the parking lot of Rocket Fitness. The officer made contact with a juvenile who was sleeping in the back of the vehicle. During the stop, the juvenile gave the officer a false identity and several items of contraband were discovered. The juvenile was escorted home and parents were notified. Several alleged charges are being forwarded to North County Teen Court to see if they will accept this case.

On January 2nd, Officers responded to Water Street after receiving a phone call about a loud noise followed by people screaming. Someone had hit a trash can sitting on the shoulder of the roadway and then left the scene. Witnesses and physical evidence led the officers to a suspect. The individual, who claims he was in a rage, admitted to striking the garbage can with his vehicle. A report was forwarded to the States Attorney’s office for the alleged criminal damage charges.

January 3rd, Public Works reported a Quonset hut door had been damaged. It appeared someone was trying to break-in as there were several footprints were the door had been kicked and tool impressions were located by the hinges. No entry was made into the building. Public Works was able to fix the damage without additional cost. A report was generated.

An officer responded to the 3100 block of Route 29 to assist Illinois State Police with a single car roll-over accident involving lane blockage on January 4th. The vehicle struck a guardrail on the westbound side of Route 29, rolled over and landed facing west in the eastbound side of Route 29. There were no apparent injuries to the driver. It was revealed the driver was suspended and wanted on a warrant. Louis LaSalle of Springfield was arrested for the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Illinois State Police issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

On January 6th, a vehicle had struck a pole on Guale Road after being followed by a resident from a Rochester subdivision. The vehicle appeared suspicious to the resident as it had stopped in front multiple houses in his subdivision. The resident claimed to be trying to obtain a license plate and therefore followed the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stated he stopped in the subdivision to get something out of his car that had fallen between the seats. He didn’t know why the resident was following him and felt he was being chased. Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office handled the accident. The incident was documented.

John Stanley of Litchfield was stopped and arrested for a Christian County Warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail on January 15th. Stanley was also issued a citation for allegedly driving on an expired license that had expired in 1989.

On January 17th, Anthony Pendergrass of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a warning for an expired registration. Valid drivers transported Pendergrass and his vehicle from the scene.

On January 19th, Eric Leonard of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Joseph Badorski of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a written warning for an expired registration on January 20th. A passenger was able to drive the vehicle from the scene.

On January 20th, Aaron Boys of Rochester was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes and a valid driver picked up Boys from the scene.

On January 22nd, officers responded to a disturbance on Merlin. The resident had kicked her boyfriend out and was throwing his belongings in the driveway. The incident was verbal only. However, a laptop was broken during the altercation. Charges were forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s office for the alleged criminal damage.

A resident of Park Street was made aware his identity had been compromised after two iPhones were delivered via UPS. The resident contacted the Verizon Fraud department, who indicated someone had used the resident’s social security number to open an account. The incident was documented.

An officer initiated a stop, January 31st, when the vehicle’s registered owner showed as having an expired license. During the stop, it was revealed the passenger had a valid warrant for his arrest. Frank Winters II of Rochester was arrested for the Sangamon County Warrant on burglary charges and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The driver received a written warning for the allegedly expired driver’s license.

Criminal Reports 

Assault – 1; Curfew Violation – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 4; Disorderly Conduct – 2; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – 2; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Identity Theft – 2; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor – 1; Illegal Possession of Alcohol by a Minor – 1; Intimidation – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 1; Obstructing Justice – 1; Theft Under $500 – 1; Unlawful Restraining – ; Warrants – 7

Traffic Reports 

Accident Investigations – 7; Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 2; No Driver’s License – 4; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 9; Other Equipment Violations – 7; Other Moving Violations – 9; Reckless Driving – 1; Speeding – 30; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 17; Warnings Issued – 148

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls – 17; Assist Fire Department – 42; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 9; Assist Other Police Agency – 56; Assist Schools – 30; Building / Business Checks – 34; Burglar Alarms – 12; Civil/Citizen Assists – 20; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 1; Injured Person – 1; Recovered Stolen Property – 1; Runaway – 1; Motorist Assists – 19; Ordinance Violations – 4; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 25; Vacation Watches – 216