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Rochester Police Beat July 2018

 

On July 2nd, an officer responded to a residence on E. Mill Street in reference to a violation of orders of protection. The respondent’s daughter had gone over to the petitioner’s address. The respondent went to the sidewalk outside of the residence and asked to approach, at which the petitioner agreed. The respondent allegedly proceeded to raise her voice, make a scene and then leave the property. The respondent was issued a notice to appear for the violation and a report was forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

A resident of Park Forest Place notified an officer on July 2nd their license plate was stolen off of their vehicle. The theft is believed to have occurred sometime between June 27th and 29th. It is uncertain where the theft actually occurred. A report was generated.

On July 3rd, a resident of Oak Hill Road informed officers a theft had occurred on her property. The resident allegedly caught her grandson and his friend earlier in the day taking property out of her home. When she confronted them, they set down the possessions and left the property. Later the resident heard noises coming from the living room and went to investigate. At that time, she noticed the possessions her grandson and friend were trying to take earlier were missing. The items were located behind a shed buried under some leaves. The resident stated she wished to press charges. Tavin Benton of Rochester and Anthony Rhodes of Pawnee were both arrested for the alleged Theft Over $500 and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

Archiebald Doe of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on July 7th.

On July 8th, an officer initiated a stop on a vehicle after running the registration and discovering it was suspended for a mandatory insurance violation. Jacob Stanford of Kincaid was issued a citation for the alleged suspended registration and the vehicle was towed by Jostes.

An officer noticed an individual he knew from previous encounters to have a suspended driver’s license driving a van on July 11th. The officer initiated a stop and cited Joshua Garner of Springfield for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

On July 14th, Marva Steward of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked her up from the scene.

On July 16th, Linda Newingham of Kincaid was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver picked her up from the scene.

On July 16th at approximately 10:30 pm, an officer was contacted by a Rochester resident who stated his wife, two children, his niece and two dogs didn’t return home after saying they were going to the Rochester Park around 7 pm. After searching the park and not finding the family the officer aired an attempt to locate for the family. The wife’s vehicle was eventually located unoccupied in a parking lot on Lake Sangchris by the Illinois State Police. The area was searched with combined teamwork from the Rochester Police Department, Rochester Fire Department, Edinburg Fire Department, Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police (Patrol, Air Ops, and K9) and the Illinois Conservation Police. The family was located and safely led out of the woods in the early morning hours of July 17th. The individuals explained they were out hiking on the trails and lost their way. After it got dark they decided to stop moving for the night and wait until sunrise to attempt to find their way again. They had noticed the headlights on a four-wheeler driven by the Conservation Police and started yelling allowing officers to find them and reunite them with their family.

An officer responded to Briarwood Lane in reference to a theft that occurred on July 17th. The resident explained she hired a moving company to move her heavier belongings to her new residence. After they left, she noticed two pieces of jewelry missing valued at $26,000. On July 18th, the officer recovered the items from a pawn shop and obtained video of the individual who pawned them. On August 15th, Rochester Police Department along with the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Roosevelt Craig of Springfield on a Sangamon County Warrant for Class 2 Felony Theft.

On July 18th, a resident reported she was the victim of deceptive practices. She stated she was on the computer when a pop-up froze it. It provided a number for her to call to get “Nextech” virus protection. She stated the individual had her purchasing various gift card to pay for the virus protection. When she provided them with the card numbers they told her they were not valid and to purchase more. Her bank was notified along with Google’s Fraud department. A report was generated.

Megan Huntsley of Taylorville was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on July 18th. A valid driver picked her up from the scene.

An officer initiated a stop on July 18th at approximately 11:20 pm for speeding. A juvenile was operating the vehicle and had 3 passengers in the vehicle with her. Until the age of 18, a driver is issued a graduated driver’s license. This restricts the juveniles driving times by excluding driving between the hours of 10 pm to 6 am on Sundays through Thursdays and 11 pm to 6 am on Fridays and Saturdays. The Graduated Drivers License also restricts the number of occupants allowed in a vehicle to only one unrelated teen passenger (siblings and children of the driver are exempt to this rule). Citations were written for allegedly speeding, possessing no valid driver’s license, and having more that one passenger under 20 in the vehicle. The citations and a report for the curfew violation were forwarded to North County Teen Court to see if they will accept this case.

An officer noticed a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 29 on July 20th at 3:10 am. The vehicle stopped in the roadway and made a three point turnabout. After initiating the stop, the officer discovered the driver’s license was revoked. George Bailey of Kincaid was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

On July 23rd, Zane Merreighn of Rochester was arrested on a Sangamon County Warrant at his residence. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

Bradley Magruder of Springfield was stopped after an officer observed his vehicle speeding on July 25th. During the stop, it was discovered Magruder’s driver’s license was suspended. Magruder was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and speeding. Valid drivers picked up the vehicle and the driver from the scene.

An officer responded to a call in reference to a dog bite on July 25th. The individual stated that while walking her Maltese on E. Mill they passed a yard with a Boxer in it. The Boxer broke its chain and attacked the Maltese. The owner of the Maltese claimed she was trying to separate the dogs and was bitten as well. The Maltese was brought to the animal hospital and underwent emergency surgery. The Maltese later succumbed to its injuries. The owner of the Boxer was issued a citation for the impoundment of dogs that have bitten persons or other domesticated animals. A report was generated and Sangamon County Animal Control investigated the incident.

On July 26th, Angela Yager of Springfield was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on driving while license suspended. Yager also received a written warning for allegedly having an expired registration.

On July 27th, Cecil Funk of Riverton was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and cited for allegedly operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Funk was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

Brian Carter of Rochester was arrested on a Sangamon County Warrant for failure to appear on driving while license suspended and transported to the Sangamon County Jail on July 30th.

On July 31st, a resident reported to an officer forty-one DVD’s allegedly had been taken from her home over the last year. Possible suspect information was provided by the resident. A report was generated.

An officer initiated a stop of a vehicle with a suspended registration on July 31st. Jane Rosa of Taylorville was issued citations for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while the registration was suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

 

Criminal Reports 

Deceptive Practices – 1; Theft Over $500 – 1; Theft Under $500 – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 1; Warrants – 4

 

Traffic Reports 

Accident Investigations – 6; Driver and Passenger Safety Laws – 3; Failure to Yield at an Intersection – 1; Failure to Yield for a Emergency Vehicle – 1; Illegal Parking – 3; Improper Lane Usage – 1; No Driver’s License – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 10; Speeding – 8; Suspended Registration – 4; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 14; Warnings Issued – 73

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls – 3; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 11; Assist Fire Department – 12; Assist Other Police Agency – 20; Building / Business Checks – 7; Burglar Alarms – 7; Citizen Assists – 11; Curfew – 1; Disturbance – 4; Domestic Trouble – 2; Lost or Recovered Articles – 2; Mental Cases – 3; Missing Persons – 1; Motorist Assists – 3; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Ordinance Violations – 4; Person Down – 1;Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 14; Vacation Watches – 36