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Rochester Police Beat July 2017

  • On July 2nd, a vehicle was reported driving all over the roadway. An officer made contact with the vehicle at the Phillips 66 where it had pulled in because the vehicle had over heated. It was discovered the driver was fleeing from an alleged domestic battery that occurred outside Rochester Police Department’s jurisdiction. It was referred to the appropriated agency. Do to the emotional and physical stated of the driver, she was given a ride to a safe location for the evening.
  • On July 5th, an officer noticed a vehicle stopping for all the green lights and swerving on the roadway. Lillie Prindle of Springfield, an elderly female, was driving on a cancelled license. Prindle appeared confused and disoriented as to her location. Prindle was transported back to her home and her neighbors, who help care for her, were notified and helped get her settled in for the night.
  • On July 5th, a resident of Maplehurst approached an officer in regards to fireworks being set off by his neighbors the night prior. He noticed a dent in the hood of his vehicle and had burn marks on his new siding. There was a large firework casing found near his vehicle matching the dent. A report was generated to document the incident.
  • On July 6th, an officer noticed a young male walking around Woodlands at 3:00 am. He was walking to a friend’s house. Parents were notified and the juvenile was turned over to their custody. The incident was documented.
  • On July 9th, an officer responded to the 100 block of E. Mill in reference to a disturbance. After speaking with the parties involved it was determined to have been physical altercation between roommates. Jazmyn Jarrett was arrested for the alleged domestic battery. She was taken to Sangamon County Jail.
  • On July 10th, an officer responded to Willimantic Rd. to take report of an attempted burglary to a residence. The homeowner left between the hours of 10:10 am and 12:50 pm, returning to find her door jam broken, a window well cover broken and a screen removed from one of her windows. No entry was made to the residence and it did not appear anything was taken. A neighbor remembered seeing a silver Ford Focus but did not notice anyone in or around it. It is unable to determine if the vehicle was involved. A report was generated. There is no suspect information at this time.
  • On July 14th, officers responded to Mishawaka when a resident called stating there was a naked man in their neighbor’s yard and people were throwing things at him. On scene the officers discovered a battery had occurred following a dispute over an IPOD. The suspect, Chad Tozer, allegedly punched the victim in the face and shot at him with an air soft rifle. Contact was eventually made with Tozer; his right hand was swollen. Tozer was taken to St. John’s hospital to assess the injury and then escorted to the Sangamon County Jail.
  • On July 16th, an officer was called to Camelot Dr. to investigate criminal damage to a motor vehicle. Between 11 pm on July 15th and 10:30 am on the 16th subject(s) unknown used a large landscaping rock to break the rear window of a car. Three additional rocks were found around the vehicle. The estimated damage was $250. There is no suspect at this time.
  • On July 16th, an officer responded to the 200 block of E. Mill in reference to a hit and run that occurred to a mailbox. The homeowner heard the accident and went to her window. She saw her mailbox had been hit and a green Chevy Silverado was driving away. She noted the vehicle is one that frequents the area. On July 18th, the homeowner was able to provide a license plate number for the vehicle as she had seen it again. Officers located the vehicle on the 300 block of Park. The owner admitted to hitting the mailbox while on the way to the hospital after she broke her leg. She apologized and agreed to pay for the mailbox.
  • On July 17th, officers responded to Circle Dr. to investigate an animal ordinance violation. Chickens were visibly noticeable in a pen beside the driveway. The owner was given a verbal warning. She agreed to have them removed by the July 21st to avoid being fined. The chickens were removed and the enclosure was taken down.
  • On July 17th, officers were notified by a concerned resident on Mishawaka of a possible burglary in progress. Caller believed people were stealing stuff out of the residence while the homeowner was in jail. Officer’s responded as the vehicle was exiting the residence. They stopped the vehicle. The homeowner was in the back of the vehicle and he stated they were helping him move. During the stop, an officer observed a 6 pack of alcohol in between the driver and passenger seat; a couple of the bottles were open and had contents missing. A vehicle search was conducted where drug equipment was discovered. Lori Stancil of Springfield claimed all the contraband and alcohol was hers. Stancil was subsequently arrested for the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and transported to Sangamon County Jail. Crystal Rowland-Atkins of Pleasant Plains was cited for the illegal transportation of alcohol.
  • On July 17th, officers responded to the 500 block of Sattley St. for a disturbance. A verbal argument had taken place over a child’s welfare / custody. Custody was validated with legal documentation. The other party agreed to leave and contact their child another day.
  • On July 18th, an officer noticed a vehicle pulled over in the Rochester Public Works parking lot. A male and a female were outside of the vehicle. They had stopped to allow the female to urinate. Amy Watring of Mount Auburn appeared to have been intoxicated. Jon Bierbaun of Springfield stated he was the driver. Both Bierbaun’s and Watring’s drivers’ licenses came back suspended. Bierbaun was cited for driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked Bierbaun up from the scene and Watring was transported home.
  • On July 18th, an officer was dispatched to the 600 block of E. Main in reference to a domestic battery. Husband came home to overhear a phone conversation his wife was having that upset him. They had been arguing for a couple of hours before it became physical. Racheal Ehrhardt was arrested for the alleged domestic battery and transported to Sangamon County Jail.
  • On July 18th, Sally Samara of Springfield was cited for driving while license suspended. Her vehicle was tagged on the side of the road and she was transported to her residence.
  • On July 19th, an officer was notified of an illegal burn taking place in the 400 block of E. Mill. A verbal warning and a copy of the village burn ordinance was given to the resident. The resident extinguished the fire.
  • On July 20th, Nathan Follin of Rochester was stopped for a moving violation and cited for operating a vehicle while registration was suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and no valid driver’s license. His vehicle was towed and he was transported to his residence.
  • On July 25th, an officer was called to the 1300 block of Wyndmoor Dr. in reference to a fence that had been vandalized. Between the hours of 11:00 pm on the 24th and 6:00 am on the 25th the fence was spray painted in orange paint with the words “blood gang”. The damage is estimated at $100. A report has been generated. There are no suspects at this time.
  • On July 27th, Officers responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of Oak Hills Rd. When officers arrived, Tavin Benton was in the yard with a sword. He eventually put it down on the officer’s command. Benton allegedly battered his girlfriend and was subsequently arrested. He was transported to St. Johns for a medical evaluation and then to Sangamon County Jail. A report was forwarded to the States Attorney’s Office.
  • On July 27th, while on a patrol an officer recognized an individual he knew to be suspended. The information was verified when ran through his in-car computer. Nicole Manley of Edinburg was cited for driving while license suspended. She was also arrested for 2 warrants and transported to Sangamon County Jail.
  • On July 30th, officers responded to a 911 investigation and possible disturbance in the 100 block of Willow. Individuals at the residence appeared intoxicated and admitted to being in an argument. They advised the would be fine for the rest of the morning.
  • On July 30th, Jarrad Young of Springfield was cited for driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. His vehicle was driven from the scene by a valid driver.

Criminal Reports

Aggravated Assault - 1; Battery – 1; Domestic Battery – 3; Residential Burglary – 1; Theft of Mislaid Property – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 3; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor – 1; Warrants – 1

Traffic Reports 

Illegal Transportation of Alcoholic Liquor – 2; Accident Investigations – 8; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Offenses – 6; No Registration – 2; Revoked / Cancelled Registration – 1; No Drivers License – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 5; Speeding – 17; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 7; Warnings Issued – 40; Hit and Run – 2

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls – 6; Other Ordinance Violations – 2; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 12; Assist Other Police Agency – 35; Assist Fire Department – 10; Building / Business Checks – 16; Burglar Alarms – 6; Citizen Assists – 37; Disturbance – 10; Domestic Trouble – 3; Fingerprinting – 4; Lost articles – 3; Motorist Assists – 12; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 8; Curfew – 1; Vacation Watches – 161