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SEPTEMBER 2013 POLICE BEAT

*A vehicle being driven by Linda Hughes, of Springfield, was stopped on 09/02/13, at 3:00 p.m. Hughes was ticketed for allegedly driving while her license was suspended.

*A stop of a vehicle on 09/03/13, at 6:10 p.m. resulted in the driver being arrested for allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license. Joshua Dempsey, of Taylorville, was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and failure to provide proof on insurance.

* On 09/03/13, at about 7:30p.m. a vehicle which had been traveling on Route 29 was stopped due to a reported registration violation. During the course of the stop, the officer reported he observed what appeared to be cannabis on the floor of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and a plastic bag which appeared to contain cannabis was found. Payne Butchek, of Edinburg, was arrested for alleged possession of cannabis.

*Brandi Hughes, of Morrisonville, was stopped on 09/04/13, at10:15 p.m. The officer noted that she was stopped due to a problem with her headlights. During the course of the stop, the officer learned that Hughes’ driver’s license was reported as being suspended. Hughes was ticketed for the alleged suspended license violation.

*An officer had contact with Angela Mills, of Taylorville, on 09/04/13, at 11:10 p.m. Mills had been stopped on Route 29 when the officer learned that her driver’s license was suspended. Mills received a ticket for the alleged violation.

*At 12:15 a.m., on 09/05/13, officers were dispatched to a report of a reckless driver traveling on Route 29. Officers eventually caught up to the vehicle as it pulled into a driveway to a residence on Park Street. When officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Daniel Richardson, they reported Richardson appeared to having been drinking alcohol. An investigation into the stop eventually led to the arrest of Richardson for an alleged driving under the influence of alcohol.

*What appeared to have begun as a family problem turned into a telephone harassment report being filed with the police on 09/08/13, at 5:30p.m. The complainant came into the police department and reported to an officer she had been receiving numerous phone calls from another family member. The caller had left several voice mail messages were she challenged the complainant to a fight. The officer spoke to all subjects and was able to resolve the issue for the night.

*Officers made contact with Robert Bly on 09/13/13, at 6:40 p.m. Bly was informed that there was an active warrant for his arrest which had been issued by Sangamon County Authorities. Bly was arrested and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

*An officer was sent to a residence in the 100 block of Willow on 09/17/13, regarding a person who was bitten by a dog. The resident told the officer that her son had been bitten by the neighbor’s dog. The victim had small puncture wounds on his leg. After checking on the boy, the officer located the neighbor and the dog. Sangamon County Animal Control was contacted for the investigation.

*A resident in the 100 block of Wildrose called the police as she found she had several items stolen from her garage. She reported missing from her garage a Stihl chainsaw and a Toro electric hedge trimmer. The victim stated she was not sure when the items were taken but remembered seeing them last on 09/11/13. The tools were estimated at $400.

*David Burris, of Riverton was stopped on 09/21/13 due to a reported registration violation. Along with the reported expired registration, Burris was also allegedly driving on a suspended driver’s license.

*The Rochester State Bank and the Rochester Police Department received numerous calls from citizens on 09/24/13, reference phone calls which the complainants had received. According to the complainants, when they answered the call they received an automated message which supposedly was from the Rochester State Bank. The message indicated the complainants debit card had been deactivated and they now needed to supply banking information to reactivate the cards. The bank reported that they had not made any such calls and that this was a scam. At this time, the bank administrators did not believe that anyone’s card had been compromised.

*Officers were sent to an apartment in the 100 block of Mill Street on 09/24/13, at 9:20p.m., in regards to a domestic disturbance. Officers were told by the complainant that she had been arguing with her boyfriend and she was fearful that the situation was going to escalate. The report indicated officers could find no evidence that a crime had occurred. After speaking to both parties, officers were able to resolve the situation for the evening.

*A vehicle being driven by a juvenile was stopped on 09/29/13, at about 2:30 a.m. due to an alleged equipment violation. The officer found there were 4 passengers in the vehicle and they too were juveniles. The officer reported that as he spoke with the juveniles he smelled what appeared to be burnt marijuana. During the course of the investigation the juveniles admitted to having smoked marijuana prior to the stop. Paperwork was completed and they were later released to parents.

*On 09/29/13, an officer was sent to the Wyndcrest Assisted Living Center to take a theft report. The victim, who is a resident of the facility, reported that she had numerous pieces of jewelry stolen from her apartment. The loss was estimated to be in excess of $3000. At this time the investigation is ongoing.

Criminal Incidents
Assault – 2; Burglary - 1; Burglary (Residential) – 1; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Possession of Cannabis – 4; Possession of Drug Equipment – 2; Reckless Conduct – 1; Theft – 1; Warrant Arrest – 1

Traffic Incidents
Accident Investigations – 4; DUI – 1; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 1; Improper Lane Usage – 1; No Drivers License – 2; No Registration – 8; Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 11; Speeding – 23; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 7; Warnings – 147

Calls for Service
Animal related calls – 5; Assist other Police Agency – 19; Assist Government Agency – 5; Building / Business Check – 28;Burglar Alarm – 4; Citizen Assist – 60; Death Natural Causes – 1; Disturbance – 3; Domestic Trouble – 2; Loud Noise Complaints – 2;Mischievous Conduct – 1; Missing Person – 1; Motorist Assists – 13; Suicide – 1; Suspicious Auto / Person – 4; Vacation Checks -- 68