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Rochester Police Beat November 2018

On November 1st, an officer was informed by a residence that he had found contraband in his son’s room. The officer was presented with five baggies of a brown chocolately substance, which tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). When the juvenile returned home, he was arrested for the alleged possession and the alleged intent to deliver a substance containing cannabis and taken to the juvenile detention center.

An officer was contacted by the Springfield Police Department after a father had reported his son had a wallet in his possession that was not his on November 1st. The son admitted taking the wallet but refuse to give any more information. The Rochester officer made contact with the owner of the wallet and it was determined that it had been taken at the Rochester High School. A report of the alleged theft was forwarded to Juvenile Probation.

On November 6th, an officer was informed of a hit and run that allegedly occurred in the Rochester High School Parking lot. The vehicle had a broken tail light and slight damage on the bumper including a white smear from another vehicle. The officer didn’t notice any vehicle that parked near the victim’s assigned spot with any damage. The officer, with help from the school resource officer, viewed camera footage of the vehicle and could not determine when and by whom the vehicle was hit. The incident was documented.

On November 7th, an officer was contacted by a resident in Camelot, who was informed by her credit card institution that her credit information had been located on the Dark Web. They immediately cancelled her card and issued her a new one. Upon reviewing her statements she noticed four transactions between 10-11-18 and 10-20-18 totaling $329.99. Suspect information has been obtained and the case is still under investigation.

Officers responded to a residence on Burberry when they received a call of an animal stuck in a fence. On November 8th, the officers arrived and discovered the coyote had freed itself, was injured and standing on the deck of the house. Sangamon County Animal Control was notified and arrived on scene taking custody of the coyote. They stated the injuries were not too extensive and the coyote would be able to return to the wild.

On November 8th, officers were dispatched in reference to a theft at a residence on Guinevere. The resident believed her brother stole her son’s electric dirt bike from her garage a couple of months prior. She had received a message from him in October mentioning buying a new dirt bike. Her brother was located in the Sangamon County Jail but refused to speak with an officer. The incident was documented.

On November 9th, Jeffery Medley of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Valid drivers picked up Medley and his vehicle from the scene.

On November 14th, an officer responded to an accident in the Rochester High School parking lot. A pedestrian had run into the front of a moving vehicle and was flipped into the windshield. He was able to get off the vehicle and told the driver he was sorry. He was seen by the school nurse and was transported to the hospital. He later returned to school with no restrictions. A crash report was filed.

On November 15th, an officer was dispatched to Water Street in reference to a hit and run. The officer observed a snow covered vehicle with major damage on the front driver’s side and several trees to the south of the vehicle broken and lying in the road impeding traffic. Several items of physical evidence have led to a possible suspect. The investigation is still ongoing.

An officer was dispatched to a residence on Mill St. to take a criminal damage report on November 15th. The officer was informed the resident had a flat tire this morning and called Jostes to pick up the vehicle and fix the tire. Jostes noticed a large cut that appeared to have been caused by a knife or similar object. Suspect information was obtained from the victim and the incident is still under investigation.

Dalton Felber of Rochester was arrested for a Christian County Warrant on November 16th. Felber was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

On November 20th, Jassen Tipps of Girard was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. The vehicle was driven from the scene by a valid driver.

Antoinette Holloway of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on November 20th. A valid driver transported Holloway and her vehicle from the scene.

A resident of Sattley reported a criminal trespass to her vehicle on November 22nd. The resident returned home at 6:30 pm the evening prior and believes she forgot to lock her vehicle. Nothing appeared to have been taken out of the vehicle but the content in the glove box were pulled out. The incident was documented.

A stop was conducted, on November 24th, after an officer noticed a vehicle with an expired registration as of 2015. The driver stated he was borrowing the vehicle and was unaware it was expired. The driver was cited for allegedly driving a vehicle with no registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver picked up the individual from the scene and the vehicle was towed by Jostes.

Thomas Swinson of Edinburg was stopped and arrested for a Cass County Warrant on November 24th. Swinson was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

November 24th, an officer stopped a vehicle after observing it going 85 mph in a 55 mph zone. It was revealed during the stop the driver’s license was suspended. Brande Gaiter of Springfield was cited for the alleged speed and for allegedly driving while license suspended. Valid drivers transported Gaiter and her vehicle from the scene.

On November 26th, a resident of Park St. reported someone had used his name, address and social security number to open an account with Verizon. He is working with Verizon to get the situation investigated and resolved. A report was generated.

On November 27th, a juvenile was taken into custody after his dad came home and discovered he had allegedly broken the refrigerator and stolen some alcohol out of it. The child was released into the custody of his mother. A report was generated and forwarded to Juvenile Probation.

On November 29th, Amanda Vanostran of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked her up from the scene.

 Criminal Reports 

Battery – 1; Cannabis: Possession over 30 grams – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Criminal Trespass to a Motor Vehicle – 2; Deceptive Practices – 2; Delivery or Possession with Intent to Deliver – 1; Obstructing Justice – 1; Theft $500 and Under – 3; Theft from a Motor Vehicle – 1; Warrants – 2 

Traffic Reports 

Accident Investigations – 9; Driver and Passenger Safety Laws – 2; Driving Too Fast for Conditions – 1; Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident – 1; Hit and Run – 2; No Driver’s License – 1; No Registration – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 4; Speeding – 6; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 7; Warnings Issued – 53

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls – 9; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 5; Assist Fire Department – 18; Assist Other Police Agency – 20; Assist Schools – 11; Building / Business Checks – 12; Burglar Alarms – 4; Citizen Assists – 14; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 3; Mental Cases – 2; Missing Person – 1; Motorist Assists – 16; Neighborhood Trouble – 2; Ordinance Violations – 3; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 15; Vacation Watches – 37