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Rochester Police Beat March 2018

 

On March 3rd, an officer initiated a stop for an expired registration. During the stop it was discovered the driver did not possess a driver’s license and was wanted on a Sangamon County warrant for failure to appear on resisting arrest. Darron Harris of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving without a license and given a warning for the expired registration. Harris was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

An officer initiated a stop after noticing an expired registration and discovered the driver of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license. On March 3rd, Sheryce Long of Stonington was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Long received a warning for the expired registration. A valid driver drove the vehicle from the scene.

An officer clocked a vehicle traveling 76 mph in a 55 mph zone on March 4th and initiated a stop. It was discovered the individual didn’t have an Illinois license but rather was suspended out of Missouri. Kiley Bailey of Naples was cited for allegedly speeding and driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove from the scene.

Officer’s responded to the 400 block of N. Walnut on March 4th for a disturbance. Two brothers were in an altercation due to one being upset with the other’s emotional outburst. It was decided it was best for one to leave the residence for the night. The father made arrangements and transported one of the brothers to a different location to allow things to cool down. A report was generated documenting the incident.

On March 4th, officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Magnolia for a violation of orders of protection. The protected party stated she had missed a call from the individual she has an order of protection against. Contact was made with the individual who stated he accidently dialed her and he was in St. Louis. The complainant believed he may be staying with someone in Springfield. Sangamon County Deputies had been to the residence in Springfield and advised he was not there. A report was generated and charges on Daniel Gitt of St. Louis were forwarded to the States Attorney’s office for the alleged violation of orders of protection.

An officer was contacted on March 6th concerning a dispute between neighbors. It was explained one of the neighbor had some tree work done which left ruts in the other neighbor’s driveway. In an attempt to fix the rut, the gravel had been raked. The owner of the driveway was upset and asked the officer to make contact with the neighbor and inform her not to be on his property in the future. The incident was documented.

On March 9th, an officer was contacted by a business owner who was concerned she was a victim of slander directed at her professionally through social media. She explained that a civil agreement between her and another small business owner had fallen through. She believes her business received backlash from the other individual in retaliation. She stated she was being threatened and bullied on Facebook. The officer made contact with the other individual who claimed she was upset with the service she received and the business owner was not going to rectify the situation. She had made a review on the business page but it was taken down. She decided to make her review on her own private Facebook. Both individuals had family and friends disputing the details of the incident in the thread. After reviewing the post provided, it was determined to be a civil issue and not criminal. A report was generated and the post has since been taken down.

An officer ran the registration of a vehicle through the in-car computer and received a return stating the registered owner was suspended. The driver of the vehicle stated he had been to court reference the status of his driver’s license and he should no longer be suspended. He was able to provide the officer paperwork however nothing stated his license was reinstated. On March 9th, Eric Compton of Auburn was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove from the scene.

On March 9th, after running a registration an officer stopped a vehicle because registered owner came back having a warrant. The driver was identified as the registered owner. Leigha Orr of Springfield was arrested on the Sangamon County warrant for failure to appear on illegal consumption, possession charges. Orr was taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

The registered owner of a vehicle came back as suspended when the plate was ran through the in-car computer. On March 10th, Brianna Hoover of Pana was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver picked up Hoover and her vehicle from the scene.

On March 10th an officer was dispatched to the 300 block of N. Park St. in reference to a vehicle theft. The owner stated that the vehicle disappeared from his driveway on March 4th. He didn’t want to report it stolen right away because he figured his son loaned it out. His son denied giving it to anyone to borrow. The vehicle was recovered March 11th by Springfield Police Department. At that time, the son (also a registered owner) came forward and stated he let an individual named Chris borrow the vehicle. The individual in possession of the vehicle was not Chris and was subsequently arrested for allegedly being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes Garage for the owner to retrieve at a later time. A report was generated.

After receiving a complaint of reckless driving on Route 29 and then observing the vehicle, an officer initiated a stop at 2:37 am on March 18th. The vehicle was swerving all over the roadway crossing both the center and fog lines. Due to the observed infractions being outside of Rochester’s jurisdiction, Illinois State Police (ISP) took over the stop. The driver Scott Arkebauer of Morrisonville was taken into custody by ISP.

Officers responded to Natick Circle in reference to a person with a weapon on March 17th. On scene officers found a domestic battery had occurred. The daughter was upset with her mother for smoking around her child in the residence. She took her child out of the room and then tried to come at her mother with a knife. Her mother and her brother were able to get the knife from her but during the altercation she had bit her mother several times breaking the skin. Brooke Spangler of Rochester was arrested for the alleged domestic battery and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The child was left at the residence in the care of its family. DCFS was contacted as protocol to check on the welfare of the child. The incident was documented.

The registered owner of a vehicle came back as having a revoked driver’s license after the vehicle’s plate was ran through the in-car computer on March 18th. Tarren Davis of Springfield was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and taken to Sangamon County Jail. Valid drivers picked up the vehicle from the scene.

On March 19th an officer ran a plate in which the registered owner showed as having a suspended driver’s license. After verifying the driver was the registered owner, Meghean Hoenig of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver drove from the scene.

On March 22nd, an officer initiated a stop on a vehicle with only one working headlight. It was discovered during the stop the driver had a suspended license out of Kansas and the vehicle had an expired registration. Mark Chandler of Dighton, Kansas was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Chandler received a warning for the expired registration and was able to get the second headlight working during the stop.

Officers responded to Roanoke Drive in reference to a fight on March 24th. Three family members had been in a physical altercation due to high emotions after suffering over a recent loss of a family member; this was amplified by alcoholic beverages. Neither party could determine an aggressor nor wanted to press charges. The individuals apologized to each other and hugged. A sober driver took the individuals home. The incident was documented.

Officers stopped a vehicle on March 26th after noticing the vehicle description from the registration and the vehicle itself were different. The driver stated she was unaware she had the wrong plates on her vehicle. She provided the officer with the correct registration for the vehicle she was driving. During the stop, the officers realized the driver’s license was revoked and the correct registration to the vehicle was suspended for a mandatory insurance violation. Melissa Krouse of Taylorville was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and cited for operating a vehicle while the registration is suspended. Krouse was transported to Sangamon County Jail and her vehicle was towed by Jostes.

After observing a van turn off of Sattley north bound in the south bound lanes of Route 29, an officer conducted a traffic stop. The driver explained he was not from the area and accidently turned into the oncoming traffic which he corrected and was making efforts to notify the business whose grass he drove through in order to correct his mistake. After running the driver’s license, James Sidwell of Peoria was cited for allegedly driving while licenses suspended on March 27th.

On March 28th, an officer initiated a stop on a vehicle after confirming the registered owner had a warrant for her arrest out of Adam’s County. Due to the situation and after discussing it with Adam’s County, Myreeshia Bullock of Taylorville was issued a Notice to Appear and issued a new court date.


Criminal Reports 

Domestic Battery – 1; Motor Vehicle Theft – 1; Unlawful use of a weapon – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 1; Warrants – 2

 

Traffic Reports 

Accident Investigations – 2; Failure to Reduce Speed – 2; Failure to Yield for Emergency Vehicle – 1; Illegal Parking – 1; No Driver’s License – 2; No Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Speeding – 11; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 9; Suspended / Revoked Registration – 1; Warnings Issued – 70

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls – 2; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 5; Assist Fire Department – 15; Assist Other Police Agency – 17; Assist Schools – 6; Building / Business Checks – 23; Burglar Alarms – 3; Citizen Assists – 22; Civil Assists – 2; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 1; Fights, Riots, Brawls – 1; Mental Cases – 1; Motorist Assists – 6; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Ordinance Violations – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 11; Vacation Watches – 78