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Rochester Police Beat October 2018

On October 2nd, Trevor Cross of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended.

An officer stopped a vehicle for a taillight violation on October 3rd. During the stop it was discovered the driver’s license had been suspended. Donald Foster of Edinburg was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Foster received a warning for the taillight violation. Valid drivers picked up Foster and his vehicle from the scene.

On October 6th, an officer was contacted by a resident who claimed while inside her residence she heard a tree branch hit the pergola attached to her residence. She believed a tree service had cut the branch that hit the pergola. The officer did not see any signs of damage to the pergola caused by the tree work. It appeared the tree branches were all in the neighbor’s yard where the tree work was being done. The officer obtained insurance information from the tree company and notified the owner of the pergola to contact the department if she noticed any damage. A report was generated.

On October 6th, Mathew Kuchar of Spaulding was stopped for allegedly driving while license suspended. During the stop, the officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath. The driver had glossy eyes and slurred speech and slowed movements. The officer administered the Standard Field Sobriety Tests and observed several signs of impairment. Kuchar submitted a breath sample which indicated a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.20%. Kuchar was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, driving under the influence of alcohol and having a BAC greater than 0.08%. The passenger in the vehicle was picked up by a valid driver and the vehicle was towed by Jostes. Kuchar was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

On October 6th, several items of value were taken from a construction site on Burberry Lane. The incident is still under investigation. A report was generated.

An officer observed a vehicle traveling 67 mph in a 40 mph zone on October 7th. During the stop the officer discovered the passenger, Heidi Hahn of Decatur, was wanted on a warrant. At this time, the driver informed the officer that they were on their way to the hospital as Hahn was having stomach pain. The officer transported Hahn to Memorial Medical Center. Hahn then decided she didn’t wish to be seen and checked herself out. Hahn was arrested for the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The driver was cited for the alleged speeding violation.

Jeff Lantz was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on October 9th. During the stop, it was revealed that the passenger had a valid warrant out of Sangamon County. Jimmie Grant Jr. of Springfield was arrested for the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Valid drivers picked up Lantz and his vehicle from the scene.

On October 9th, an officer took a theft report for a resident who had her bank account hacked. She stated she had received an email that someone had changed her password on September 27th. The next morning she arrived at her bank to figure out what happened with her account. Once there she learned someone had hacked into her bank account and transferred $3000.00 into a new account in her name. She was also advised the suspects “ghosted” her debit card and withdrew an additional $1000.00. The bank is currently investigation this fraud case. A report was generated.

On October 11th, an officer was contacted by the Menard County Sheriff’s Office reference an individual wanted for the violation of orders of protection (OP). The individual was possibly enroute to a residence in Rochester. Information was also obtained that the individual had a revoked license and was driving a specific vehicle. At approximately 2:03 pm, officers observed the vehicle at a stoplight on Route 29. An individual matching the description was observed driving the vehicle. The vehicle turned into a driveway off of Route 29 in an attempt to evade the officers. Charles Sebring of Tallula was given a notice to appear for allegedly driving while license revoked and transported to the Sangamon County Jail where the officers turned custody over to Menard County Sheriff’s Deputies for the alleged violation of OP. The passenger drove the vehicle from the scene.

An officer noticed an abandoned vehicle on the shoulder of Route 29 on October 13th. The vehicle had a suspended registration due to an insurance violation. Jostes towed the vehicle. The owner contacted the department and was informed of the suspended registration.

An officer stopped a vehicle after running the registration revealed the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license. The individual driving the vehicle was not the registered owner but had a revoked license and a warrant out of Christian County. Andrew Akers of Taylorville was cited for driving while license revoked and arrested for the warrant. Akers was transported to the Sangamon County Jail and Jostes towed the vehicle.

On October 14th, after running a registration through the in-car computer, Latonya Billups of West Frankfort was arrested for a warrant out of Dewitt County and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

An officer was dispatched to a residence on Burberry in reference to a missing juvenile on October 16th. The mother explained she had sent him to his room as a disciplinary action. Two hours later the mother went to his room and he was absent. The officer checked with friends and was patrolling the area looking for the juvenile. Approximately 5 minutes later, the mother called stating the juvenile had returned home. The incident was documented.

On October 17th an officer arrived on the scene of a disturbance occurring on Sattley St. Three family members were involved. One of which was standing in back of a vehicle preventing the others from leaving. The individual claimed she needed money and they would not give her any. She allegedly had lunged for a purse and was hitting the vehicle’s windows. The officer de-escalated the situation allowing the party of two to leave. They were informed on how to obtain orders of protection and the eviction process.

On October 17th an officer met with an individual wanting to file a criminal damage report. The individual had left his combine on a vacant lot in Park Forest Place. When he arrived to pick it up, he noticed the door was ajar and fire extinguisher was missing. The fire extinguisher had been lodged in the combine blades, causing damage when the owner had turned it on. This incident is still under investigation. The Rochester Police Department is also investigating several incidents in the same area where residents have reported juveniles damaging the new construction. At one point the juveniles were confronted by a neighbor who stated they were throwing a sledge hammer into the walls.

On October 17th, an officer was dispatched to Springfield where Sangamon County Deputies were out with two individual they had arrested for theft. The individuals were observed taking packages from residences. Several of the packages came from homes in Rochester. The packages were recovered and owners were notified. Charges were forwarded to the States Attorney’s office on Lomar Johnson of Springfield and Britney Foster of Mechanicsburg for the alleged thefts.

On October 18th, the police department was contacted concerning criminal damage done at Oak Mill Estates construction sites. Mud had been tossed on the new construction at one of the sites and 3 lot signs had been destroyed. The complainant believes juveniles are responsible. All signs were replaced and mud cleaned before the officer’s arrival. The incident was documented.

Ashley Bertoldi of Riverton was stopped and arrested for a warrant out of Sangamon County on October 22nd. Bertoldi was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. A passenger drove the vehicle from the scene.

Christopher Hill of Mechanicsburg was stopped and arrested for a warrant out of Sangamon County and transported to the Sangamon County Jail on October 23rd.

On October 23rd, an officer was dispatched to Park Forest Place Subdivision to take a motor vehicle theft report. The resident stated the vehicle was taken sometime between October 22nd in the afternoon and 7:00 a.m. October 23rd. The vehicle was later located at a vacant property in Springfield. Illinois State Police processed the vehicle for evidence and the vehicle was released back to its owner. The incident is still under investigation.

Officers arrived on Taft Drive in reference to a disturbance on October 24th. A mother and son had been an altercation after the mother had taken away the sons cell phone and Xbox. A neighbor had stood by and witnessed the behaviors. The parties were separated. Several charges were forwarded to Juvenile Probation against the son.

While patrolling an officer noticed the break lights on a vehicle had remained lit through several intersections. On October 26th, a stop was initiated to inform the driver of the possible mechanical problem with the vehicle. During the stop, it was revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Zachary Horton of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Horton received a warning for the alleged equipment violation. A valid driver picked Horton and the vehicle up from the scene.

Devonta Childs of Springfield was stopped on October 27th and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A passenger with a valid license drove the vehicle from the scene.

Joseph Bowen of Pawnee was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on October 27th. Valid drivers picked up Bowen and his vehicle.

On October 27th, an officer conducted a stop on a vehicle after discovering the registered owner of the vehicle was revoked. Due to circumstances on the scene, Michael Gooden of Springfield was given a notice to appear for allegedly driving while license revoked. Valid drivers picked up Gooden and his vehicle.

A resident informed an officer she had just come back from obtaining orders of protection (OP) at the court house. However, the OP had not been entered into the system nor had it been served. She had been notified by a neighbor the individual she got the OP against was on the premises of where she was staying. On October 29th, officers responded to the residence on Mill Street and met with the individual. Officers stood by with him until Sangamon County could process the OP and send a deputy out to serve him. He was given a ride to the police department while he arranged for a place to stay.

On October 31st, David Sweetin of Pana was stopped and arrested for a Christian County Warrant and was booked into the Sangamon County Jail.

 

Criminal Reports 

Assault; simple – 1; Burglary Residential – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 3; Criminal Trespass – 1; Disorderly Conduct – 1; Domestic Battery – 1; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – 1; Motor Vehicle Theft – 1; Theft Over $500 – 3; Theft $500 and Under – 4; Warrants – 7

 

Traffic Reports 

Accident Investigations – 8; Driver and Passenger Safety Laws – 1; Failure to Yield at an Intersection – 1; Illegal Parking – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 7; Speeding – 22; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 19; Warnings Issued – 103

Calls for Service

Abandoned Vehicle – 1; Animal Related Calls – 8; Assist EMS Dept. / Other Governmental Agency – 2; Assist Fire Department – 29; Assist Other Police Agency – 29; Assist Schools – 20; Building / Business Checks – 27; Burglar Alarms – 7; Citizen Assists – 17; Civil Assists – 1; Disturbance – 8; Domestic Trouble – 7; Loud Noise Complaint – 1; Mental Cases – 1; Missing Persons – 2; Motorist Assists – 8; Neighborhood Trouble – 3; Ordinance Violations – 2; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 12