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Rochester Police Beat May 2018

 

An officer conducted a stop on May 1st after running a registration and discovering the registered owner had an expired license. The driver stated he has been unable to get a valid driver’s license because he is suspended out of Flordia. Ryan Liebig of Mechanicsburg was issued citations for allegedly having no valid driver’s license and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver picked up Liebig and his vehicle from the scene.

A stop was initiated after the registration revealed the registered owner as having an expired driver’s license on May 3rd. The registered owner of the vehicle was actually in the passenger seat. The driver came back as being suspended. He stated he should be reinstated. The officer gave the driver a warning giving him 10 days to get the error corrected and prove he was valid. On May 14th, Cody Angeli of Springfield was issued a citation for driving while license suspended.

On May 4th an officer stopped a vehicle with an expired registration. It was also discovered the registered owner was suspended. Jeanie Graham of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and issued a warning for the expired registration.

Officers responded to a residence in reference to two individual showing up at the residence intoxicated on May 6th. Both individuals admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana. At one point one of the individuals (a juvenile) fell to the ground unresponsive and convulsing. EMS was started to check the juvenile out. It was discovered the juvenile had a blood alcohol level of .169. A report was filed with juvenile probation in reference to the alleged illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. The other individual’s blood alcohol level was .164. Zane Merreighn of Rochester was issued a notice to appear for illegal consumption by a minor.

An officer responded to the Rochester High School on May 7th to investigate a male student who bought lunch for a low functioning female student in exchange for her under garments. He then went into the restroom and put on the undergarments. The incident was investigated and the States Attorney’s Office and the Child Advocacy Center were advised.

On May 8th, an individual was contacted by someone claiming to be her boss via email. In the email, her personal cell phone number was requested and she supplied it. The next day she received a text from the number requesting she buy an iTunes gift card on her way into work. At this time, she realized the person was not her boss and reported the scam to the police department. She had not given any other personal information out and was advised to block the number.

On May 10th, an officer initiated a stop of a vehicle after the registered owner came back with a driver’s license that expired 7 years prior. During the stop, cannabis was also discovered. The driver was issued a citation for allegedly having no valid driver’s license and issued an ordinance citation for the cannabis. A valid driver came to the scene to drive the vehicle.

On May 11th, an officer was contacted by the Rochester Bank and Trust in reference to an individual depositing checks from a closed account and withdrawing money before the checks had cleared. The bank suffered a loss of $1100. The incident is currently being investigated.

A stop was initiated on May 11th because the vehicle was observed with a cracked front windshield. It was discovered during the stop the driver was suspended. Dixie White of Saint Elmo was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of N. Walnut in reference to a disturbance. A mother returned home to find her house smelled like cannabis and four teenagers including her own were in the house and had been drinking. All four individual submitted to a preliminary breath test. Three of the individuals were juveniles and charges for illegal consumption are being forwarded to Juvenile Probation. The juveniles were released to the custody of their parents. The fourth individual, Zane Merreighn of Rochester was issued a notice to appear for illegal consumption. After refusing to leave the property, Merreighn was arrested for the alleged criminal trespass by the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

On May 12th, Julie A Thompson of Taylorville was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Valid drivers transported Thompson and her vehicle from the scene.

An officer conducted a stop of a vehicle after discovering the registered owner was suspended on May 13th. The driver stated she knew she was suspended and didn’t have insurance but she needed to collect her paycheck from her boss. Laurisa Murray of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The officer gave her a ride to her residence.

On May 14th, an officer was notified of an incident that happened earlier in the day at the Rochester Junior High School. The female juvenile stated a classmate had exposed his privates to her and her friends during class. He then continued to make lewd gestures and threats towards the female juveniles. The female didn’t notify the teacher at school. The Child Advocacy Center was notified and the incident is being investigated.

A stop on a vehicle was conducted on May 18th after running the registration on a Blue Ford and getting a result for a Maroon Toyota. The driver stated he knew the plates didn’t belong on his vehicle and the registration sticker actually belonged on a trailer plate. During the stop, the driver was discovered to have a revoked driver’s license. Bobby G. Withers of Cantrall was arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked and cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, no registration, and improper display of registration. Cantrall was transported to Sangamon County Jail and the vehicle was towed by Jostes.

An officer was dispatched to Lancelot in reference to a theft over $500 on May 14th. While out of town for business, the homeowner’s hot tub was detached from the house and taken from her backyard. The individual stated her ex-husband took it. They had finalized their divorce in December and all property had been divided at that time. The ex-husband stated it was rightfully his because his mother gave it to them before they were married and his legal council advised him to take it while the ex-wife was out of town. He refused to give the tub back. Charges against Darren Barr of Springfield for the alleged theft were forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Mikell Soffner of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on May 21st. A valid driver picked Soffner and his vehicle up from the scene.

On May 22nd, Brittany Musser was stopped for an expired registration and during the stop it was discovered she was suspended. Musser was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended and a warning for the expired registration. A valid driver transported Musser and the vehicle from the scene.

An officer conducted a stop on May 24th after discovering the registered owner of the vehicle had an active warrant out of Sangamon County for failure to appear. Nicole Manley of Edinburg was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

Upon stopping a vehicle on May 25th for a taillight violation, officers discovered the passenger in the vehicle had an active warrant out of Montgomery County for failure to appear on aggravated fleeing and eluding charges. Rebecca Brooks of Springfield was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Pleasant Lane for a theft report on May 25th. The resident had been notified by the Lincoln Police Department his registration sticker was found on a vehicle they had stopped. The vehicle had been recently purchased from Riverton. The resident stated he hadn’t been to either Riverton or Lincoln as of recently. The time frame of the theft is unknown. The incident was documented.

On May 26th, Jeffrey Rosinski of Pana was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver was with him and able to drive from the scene.

A stop was conducted on a vehicle for an expired registration on May 28th. The driver was discovered to have a suspended driver’s license and a warrant out of Sangamon County for failure to appear. Lacey Myers of Taylorville was arrested for the warrant and issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Myers received a warning for the expired registration. She was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

 

Criminal Reports 

Arrest of Warrants – 3; Deceptive Practices – 2; Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor – 2; Possessing a Controlled Substance – 2; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Sex Offenses: Other – 1; Sexual Exploitation of a Child – 1; Statutory Rape – 1; Theft Over $500 – 1; Theft Under $500 – 1

 

Traffic Reports 

Accident Investigations – 2; Distracted Driving / Cell Phone – 1; Failure to Reduce Speed – 1; Hit and Run – 1; Improper Use of Registration – 1; No Driver’s License – 7; No Registration – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 12; Speeding – 8; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 18; Warnings Issued – 98

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls – 1; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 10; Assist Fire Department – 22; Assist Other Police Agency – 30; Assist Schools – 8; Building / Business Checks – 23; Burglar Alarms – 5; Cannabis Ordinance Violation – 5; Citizen Assists – 44; Civil Assists – 1; Disturbance – 3; Illegal Dumping – 1; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Mischievous Conduct – 2; Missing Person – 3; Motorist Assists – 8; Suicide Attempts – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 8; Traffic Control – 2; Vacation Watches – 41