Rochester Police Beat July and August 2019
On July 5th an officer responded to an armed robbery that had just occurred in the Oak Hill subdivision. Individuals at a social gathering explained one of the attendees had invited the suspect. The suspect appeared to be leaving when he turned around and allegedly displayed a hand gun demanding everyone empty their pockets. He reportedly pressed the barrel of the firearm into the leg of one of the victims. After he collected several items, the individual got into the back seat of a silver Impala that drove off. The individual was identified as a resident of Springfield. Officers with the Springfield Police Department were able to assist in locating the suspect on his way back to his residents. The stolen possessions were recovered from within the suspects vehicle. The suspect and the driver were arrested on multiple charges and transported to the Sangamon County Juvenile Center.
A stop was conducted on July 7th, when an officer observed a vehicle going 94 mph in a 55 mph zone. During the stop, it was revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Marcy Eiskant of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and speeding. Valid drivers picked up Eiskant and her vehicle from the scene.
After clocking a vehicle traveling 77 mph in a 55 mph zone, an officer initiated a stop on July 23rd. During the stop, it was discovered the driver had a suspended driver’s license. Ashaun Gregory of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
Alexander Turney of Kincaid was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on July 23rd. The vehicle was picked up by valid drivers.
Rahman Henson of Springfield was stopped and arrested for driving while license revoked and cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle on July 24th. Henson was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. A passenger drove the vehicle from the scene.
On July 24th a stop was conducted after the officer observed a vehicle weaving and failing to signal. The driver was operating his vehicle as a Lyft. The officer conducted Standard Field Sobriety Test with the driver which indicated several clues of impairment. A blood draw was requested and refused by the driver. It was discovered the driver also had a warrant for his arrest out of Lasalle County. Bradley Vose of Springfield was arrested for the warrant and for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs. He was cited for the alleged improper lane usage and failure to signal. Vose was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The vehicle was towed and a ride was arranged for the passenger.
On July 26th an officer was notified by a resident that a burglary to a motor vehicle occurred in the Park Forest Hundred subdivision. During the investigation it was revealed the same suspect may have been responsible for car burglaries in Pawnee and Springfield as well. The incident is pending investigation.
A vehicle was stopped on July 27th when the officer noticed the registration came back to a different vehicle than the one it was currently on. The individual stated she had recently purchased the vehicle but was unable to provide documentation. Vikki Abernathy of Decatur was issued citations for allegedly having no registration, improper use of registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.
On August 1st Christopher Lush of Edinburg was stopped and arrested for a Christian County warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.
An officer conducted a stop on a vehicle for speed on August 3rd. During the stop it was revealed the registered owner, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was wanted on a warrant out of Sangamon County. Jasmine Bell of Lebanon was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.
Robert Dunham of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while licenses suspended on August 2nd. Valid drivers picked up Dunham and his vehicle from the scene.
On August 4th a stop was conducted on a vehicle with only one operable headlight. Prior to initiating the stop the officer noticed the vehicle was swerving. When the officer was finishing the stop the individual was having problems grabbing the paperwork being handed to him. He became increasingly confused about the equipment violation he was stopped for. The officer administered Standard Field Sobriety Test to the individual, where the driver displayed several more clues of impairment. A breath alcohol test indicated a blood alcohol level of 0.112%. Kory Wall of Edinburg was arrested and cited for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, having a BAC greater than .08 and the headlight violation. Wall was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.
On August 6th, Mandy Goss of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended. A valid driver picked Goss and her passengers up from the scene. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.
A stop was conducted on a vehicle after an officer noticed the registration came back to a different type of vehicle on August 8th. During the stop, it was revealed the vehicle had just been purchased and the plates had not yet been transferred. However, the driver’s license was suspended. Trevor Cross of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while licenses suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
On August 9th Julie Thompson of Pawnee was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended.
Jeremy Buford of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a warning for a speed violation on August 10th.
A stop was conducted on August 13th when the officer discovered the registered owner of a motorcycle was revoked and did not have the proper driver’s license classification to operate a motorcycle. Dustin Theivagt of Taylorville was issued citations for allegedly driving while license revoked and driving without a proper license.
Amanda Vanostran of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on August 15th. Valid drivers picked up Vanostran and her vehicle from the scene.
A stop was conducted after the officer had reason to believe the driver had a revoked driver’s license on August 16th. The vehicle made several sudden turns before finally coming to a stop in the middle of the road. The driver provided the officer with an identity but after verifying with the picture of the driver on the in-car computer it was determined to be false. The driver eventually revealed his true identity. Eric Black of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly driving while license revoked, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and illegal transportation of alcohol. Black was placed under arrest for two Sangamon County warrants and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.
On August 16th an officer observed a white Pontiac passenger car straddling the center lane on Oak Hill Rd. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle activating both lights and sirens. The vehicle continued to travel at speeds below the speed limit but would not stop. The officer noticed a white female with dark hair in the driver’s seat look back at the squad car several times using the side mirror. At this time, dispatch informed the officer the registered owner was revoked. The driver met the description of the registered owner. The vehicle continued to drive to Springfield. The vehicle stopped outside a residence in Lake Town Subdivision. The driver exited her vehicle and reportedly attempted to run inside. Kate Johnson of Springfield was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and fleeing and attempting to elude a peace officer. Johnson was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.
On August 23rd a stop on a vehicle with expired registration revealed the driver to have a suspended license and a Sangamon County warrant. Ashley Gaines of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Gaines was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail for the warrant.
On August 30th an officer was notified of a hit and run that happened at the Rochester Intermediate School parking lot. Witness saw a vehicle back out of a parking space and into the rear of the other vehicle. The driver got out of the vehicle checked for damages and drove off. Administration was able to view the accident on camera and a witness was able to identify the driver. The officer made contact with the individual at her home. The driver did not realize there was any damage. Both parties agreed to work out the cost of the damages.
An officer was dispatched to the St. Jude’s Church on August 31st at approximately 1:28 a.m. in reference to a suspicious person. Upon arrival the officer noticed a vehicle parked in the middle of the parking lot unoccupied and a slender male walking without a shirt on. The individual was stumbling, slurring his speech and appeared to be impaired. The individual (a juvenile) admitted to drinking. A preliminary breath test indicated a blood alcohol content of .142%. The individual was transported to his residence and parents were informed. Charges for zero tolerance and curfew were be forwarded to the North County Teen Court.
Armed Robbery – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Criminal Defacement of Property – 1; Curfew – 1; Domestic Battery – 2; Driving Under the Influence – 4; Forgery – 2; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Theft $500 and Over – 2; Theft from a Motor Vehicle – 2; Theft Under $500 – 4; Violation of Orders of Protection – 1; Warrants – 4
Citations Issued – 98; Warnings Issue – 146
Accident Investigations – 3; Equipment Violations – 1;Hit and Run – 2; No Driver’s License – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 12; Other Moving Violations – 6; Registration Violations – 5; Speeding – 50; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 17
Calls for Service
Animal Related Calls – 10; Assist Fire Department – 35; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 10; Assist Other Police Agency – 38; Assist Schools – 6; Building / Business Checks – 7; Burglar Alarms – 7; Civil/Citizen Assists – 40; Disturbance – 7; Domestic Trouble – 4; Lost or Recovered Articles – 4; Loud Noise Complaint – 3; Mental Cases – 1; Missing Persons – 2; Motorist Assists – 17; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 25; Vacation Watches – 75
Posted on October 30, 2019
by Sergeant Johnson