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Rochester Police Beat September and October 2019

On September 1st, Eric Christine of Edinburg was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. A valid driver picked up Christine and his vehicle from the scene.

An officer was dispatched to E. Mill to investigate juveniles jumping a fence at a vacant residence. When the officer pulled up, a juvenile wearing a blue and black hoodie was present leaning against the stop sign near the residence. When the officer approached the residence, the juvenile took off north bound. The officer was able to make contact with the juvenile, who stated he was walking to a friend’s house. He admitted to being at the residence stating he was trying to locate his friend that has family at that residence. The officer went back to the residence and met with the property’s owner. While walking through the residence, it was noticed that the front window’s screen had been cut, the window air conditioning units were all turned on and the back door was unsecured. Photos from a neighbor show two white juveniles on the property prior to the officer’s arrival and a third male who stayed in a red sedan. All parties were identified. The individual encountered on scene admitted he had been to the house to acquire some cannabis “dabs”. He entered the residence through the window and when he noticed the house was vacant he exited through the back door. The other juvenile was merely at the residence looking for him and never made entry. All juveniles involved were issued a no trespass warning for the property. Charges for the alleged criminal trespass to a residence and criminal damage to property were forwarded to the Sangamon County States Attorney’s Office.

While on patrol at approximately 12:55 a.m. on September 3rd, an officer noticed a white male subject looking in the windows of the gas station. The officer got out with the individual, who appeared to be impaired. The individual was identified as a juvenile resident of Rochester. His parents were contacted and the juvenile was transported home. Items of contraband found on the juvenile were confiscated. Charges for the possession of drug paraphernalia and the violation of curfew were forwarded to the North County Teen Court.

An officer was dispatched for a wrong way driver on Route 29 on September 3rd. The officer was able to locate the vehicle in a parking lot off of S. Walnut street. The vehicle was unoccupied and improperly parked. The officer made contact with the driver who admitted to driving the wrong way down Route 29. Due to several moments of confusion during their interaction, the officer became increasing worried that the individual was not able to operate the motor vehicle safely at that time. A family member was contacted to pick up the individual and the vehicle from the scene. The incident was documented and the report was forwarded to Secretary of State to re-evaluate the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle.

On September 9th, an officer conducted a stop after a vehicle was observed traveling at a high rate of speed and tailgating other motorists. During the stop, it was revealed the driver had four warrants for her arrest out of Sangamon County, Pike County, Adams County and Scott County. Latasha Dotts of Springfield was arrested for the warrants and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. A valid driver picked up her vehicle from the scene.

On September 9th, Dee Stockton of Palmer was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid passenger drove from the scene.

Tiffany Cypress of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on September 10th. A valid driver picked her up from the scene.

Kevin Williams of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on September 11th. Williams was also issued a written warning for an expired registration.

On September 16th, an officer was notified that an adult male resident was missing. The male has dementia and suffers from PTSD. Family had been notified by personnel at Busch Stadium that the male was in St. Louis. The St. Louis Police made contact with the male and made arrangements with the family to get him home safely. His vehicle was eventually recovered by the St. Louis County bicycle patrol in November.

On September 19th, an officer conducted a stop after observing a vehicle make several lane violations. The vehicle came to a complete stop in the middle of the left lane of Route 29. The driver was instructed to move the stop over to the right shoulder. The officer conducted Standard Field Sobriety Tests which produced several clues for establishing impairment. The driver was offered and accepted to take the PBT which indicated a BAC of 0.000%. The driver consented to a blood draw and urine specimen for testing. Melody Galassi of Springfield was issued citations for the alleged lane violations and driving while under the influence of drug. Her vehicle was towed by Jostes.

On September 21st, Sean Fatheree of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended. Valid drivers picked up Fatheree and his vehicle from the scene.

A stop was conducted, on September 25th, after an officer observed a lane violation. During the stop, it was revealed the driver’s license was suspended. Archiebald Doe of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and given a written warning for the lane violation.

A stop was conducted on October 6th because a vehicle appeared to have a mechanical issue as the break lights were constantly on for several miles. The driver explained she recently had work done on her vehicle by a family member. The officer issued a warning for the equipment violation but was advised by dispatch during the stop that the driver had an active warrant out of Christian County for failure to appear on driving while license suspended charge. Angela Rogers of Springfield was issued a citation for allegedly operating an uninsured motor vehicle and arrested for the Christian County Warrant. Rogers was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

Officers made contact with Billie Lacy of Rochester and arrested her for an active warrant out of Sangamon County for failure to appear on October 7th. She was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

On October 9th, a pedestrian stopped by the Rochester Police Department to notify an officer of a suspicious package on E. Main. Someone had left a small black oval pouch sitting on top of a fire hydrant. Inside this pouch were several small plastic bags containing various street drugs. The drugs were identified as Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Marijuana.

On October 11th, officers took numerous reports of burglaries to motor vehicles in the Eastgate Meadows, Lexington Heights and Oak Mill Estates subdivisions. Photographs of the three suspects have been obtained but have yet to be identified. The incidents are still under investigation.

On October 12th at approximately 12:00 a.m., officers noticed a vehicle parked at one of the businesses. They checked in with the motorist who had a flat tire. While out with the motorist, it was revealed the driver had an active warrant out of Christian County. Brett Peters of Springfield was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

Nathan Follin of Rochester was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle on October 15th.

A vehicle was stopped on October 23rd, when the registered owner’s license showed as being expired. The passenger was revealed to have an active warrant out of Cass County for failure to appear on traffic charges. Adrian Cave of Springfield was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

An officer conducted a stop on a vehicle after observing it commit a lane violation on October 25th. Amanda James of Springfield was cited for the alleged improper lane usage and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. She was also cited and arrested for allegedly driving while license revoked. James was transported to the Sangamon County Jail. Jostes towed the vehicle.

A stop was conducted October 26th on a juvenile who has a Graduated Driver’s License with a restriction of only 1 passenger. The juvenile had three passengers in his vehicle all between the ages of 13 and 14 years of age and none of them related to the driver. The officer could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle uncovered a sports bag containing five clear plastic bags of a green leafy substance and several other paraphernalia items. The juveniles’ parents were contacted. A report has been forwarded to Juvenile Probation for possession with the intent to deliver.

On October 26th while performing a consent search of a vehicle, an officer located a black leather case containing several gold necklaces, earrings and a gold watch. When asked, a juvenile admitted to taking his mothers jewelry. He stated he planned to pawn it to have money to see his girlfriend. He was also in possession of 2 Juul vape pens. Parents were notified and the case is being referred to North County Teen Court.

Officers responded to a medical call on October 28th. During the call the individual was acting suspicious and had provided the officers and EMS with a false name. It was discovered the individual had an active warrant for his arrest. After refusing medical treatment, Jacob Catalano of Springfield was arrested on the warrant for failure to appear on burglary and dangerous drug charges. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

On October 31st, Alexander Kessinger-Thompson of Ramsey was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Valid drivers arrived on scene to pick up Kessinger-Thompson and his vehicle.

An officer observed a vehicle swerving all over the roadway traveling on Route 29 at approximately 9:45 p.m. on October 31st. The officer was able to catch up to the vehicle to initiate a stop. The vehicle refused to stop, accelerated to high speeds while still swerving and entered onto I-55 North. The officer terminated pursuit due to the safety of other motorist on the roadway but notified other officers in the areas where the vehicle appeared to be headed. The vehicle was located by the Grandview Police Department on the interstate ramp from I-55 North to I-72 East. The vehicle had hit a guard rail and an individual was seen fleeing from the vehicle. Several alcoholic beverages were located with in the vehicle. The officer observed the individual had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath along with several indicators of impairment. Standard Field Sobriety test were offered and refused. During the incident, it was also uncovered that the individual’s license was revoked. Brandon Basden of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane usage, illegal transportation of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while revoked, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Basden was transported and booked into the Sangamon County Jail for the alleged aggravated DUI, driving while licenses revoked, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and hit and run. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.

 

Criminal Reports 

Assault – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 2; Criminal Sexual Assault – 1; Criminal Trespass – 2; Criminal Trespass to a Motor Vehicle – 2; Domestic Battery – 1; Driving Under the Influence– 4; Harassment by Telephone – 2; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Theft $500 and Over – 2; Theft from a Motor Vehicle – 11; Theft Under $500 – 2; Warrants – 5

 

Traffic Reports 

Citations Issued – 49; Warnings Issue – 138 

Accident Investigations – 12; DUI – 4; Hit and Run – 1; No Driver’s License – 1; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 10; Other Moving Violations – 9; Speeding – 11; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 10

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls – 8; Assist Fire Department – 27; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 6; Assist Other Police Agency – 34; Assist Schools – 26; Building / Business Checks – 6; Burglar Alarms – 5; Civil/Citizen Assists – 31; Curfew – 1; Death Investigations – 2; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 2; Illegal Dumping – 3; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Mental Cases – 2; Mischievous Conduct (no money loss) – 3; Missing Persons – 3; Motorist Assists – 18; Suicide – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 21; Vacation Watches – 57