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SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER POLICE BEAT

*On 09/06/11, a vehicle driven by Ryan Prentice of Rochester was stopped.  Prentice was ticketed for allegedly driving while his license was suspended.

*Branden Vaughn, of Pawnee, was stopped on 09/07/11 while travelling on Route 29.  During the course of the stop officers learned that Vaughn had allegedly been driving while his license was suspended.  He was cited for the reported offense.

*A stop conducted on 09/08/11, resulted in the driver, Ashley Chelbus of Taylorville, being ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license.  Chelbus was also cited as she reportedly was unable to provide proof of insurance on her vehicle.

*A check on the registration of a vehicle revealed that the owner, Edith Moore of Mount Auburn, had her driving privileges suspended.  Moore was eventually stopped by an officer on 09/13/11, and ticketed for the alleged violation.

*An officer was sent to a residence on Taft Drive on 09/13/11 at 7:55p.m. for a reported dog bite.  The officer met with the victim and the dog owner.  The victim stated she had been delivering flyers to residences in the neighborhood and was bit as she was leaving one of the houses.  There was not any visible injury suffered by the victim.  Sangamon County Animal Control was contacted and they came to the scene.

*On 09/19/11, at about 4:30p.m. an officer was sent to an address in the Park Forest Subdivision in reference to a possible overdose.  The officer arrived at the residence and met with the person who had called.  The officer learned that a relative had shown up at the caller’s house and there was concern for the relative’s mental state due to his recent behavior.  An ambulance was contacted and the subject was transported to the hospital for an evaluation.

*Jacob Miller of Taylorville was stopped on 09/30/11, for allegedly driving while his registration was expired.  During the course of the stop, it was discovered that Miller was also reportedly driving on a suspended license.  Miller was ticketed for the alleged violations.

*Sangamon County Dispatch received a call on 09/30/11, at about 10:00p.m. in reference to a subject who had reportedly taken some pills and was threatening suicide.  Officers, along with EMS personnel, were sent to a residence in the Park Forest Subdivision to check on the subject.  Contact was made with subjects who were present at the residence.  The patient, who was conscious and alert at the time, was eventually transported to the hospital for further care.

* On 10/01/11 at about 12:30p.m. a vehicle being driven by Melvin Tyus of Effingham was stopped.  It was reported that Tyus was stopped due to his registration sticker being expired.  During the stop, it was learned that Tyus was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by authorities with Effingham County.  Tyus was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail.

*A burglary to a motor vehicle incident was reported to the police on 10/07/11.  The incident occurred in the 100 block of East Main sometime after 7:00p.m. on 10/06/11.  The victim stated that the vehicle had been parked in the garage.  Suspect(s) reportedly entered the unlocked     garage and made entry into the unlocked car.  Two pairs of sunglasses and two prescription bottles were taken.

*A resident in the Camelot Subdivision contacted the police on 10/06/11 at about 12:05p.m. when she realized someone had entered her house while she was home.  The victim told police that while she was in her bedroom she heard someone enter the house through the back door.  She yelled to the person, asking who was there, but received no response.  She then heard someone leave through the front door.  She reportedly looked out of her window and observed a white male get into an S-10 Chevrolet truck.  The victim recognized the vehicle and the suspect and followed the vehicle while contacting the police.  Officers arrived and took a 16 year-old juvenile into custody for the alleged burglary.  The victim’s property was recovered from the suspect.  Reports have been forwarded to the Sangamon County Juvenile Authorities.

*Two criminal damage to property incidents which occurred in the Wyndmoor Subdivision were reported during the month of October.  The first incident was reported on 10/01/11, while the second was on 10/31/11.  In both cases blue spray paint was used to paint graffiti on various items.

*A hit and run accident was reported to the police on 10/10/11.  The incident occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m. at several locations in the Meadows Subdivision.  The suspect vehicle struck 2 parked vehicles, a brick light fixture standard, a trailer and several mailboxes before leaving the subdivision.  Substantial damage was sustained to the victim’s vehicles as well as the suspect vehicle evident by the trail of debris left by the suspect vehicle.  The noise from the crash awakened one of the victims who immediately went outside to see what had occurred.  Officers arrived, but were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.  The following day a report came in of a vehicle parked along Route 29 about 6 miles south of town which had extensive front end damage.  According to reports, this vehicle was eventually linked to the accident scene.  The suspect vehicle was registered to Timothy Lynch of Springfield.  Lynch was eventually ticketed for several alleged violations.

*A burglary to a motor vehicle which reportedly occurred on 09/22/11, was reported to the police on 10/13/11.  The victim stated he was doing some construction work at an address on Vernon Drive on 09/22/11.  He claimed he later noticed several tools were missing and believes that the burglary happened between 11:30a.m. and 12:30p.m. on 09/22/11.  More than $5000 in tools has been reported as stolen.

*An officer stopped to assist a motorist on 10/16/11, at about 2:00p.m. on Route 29.  The officer reported that he observed a vehicle parked on the shoulder of the road and he stopped to check on the motorist.  A check of the vehicle registration revealed that the owner had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on a warrant which had been issued by Sangamon County authorities.  Robert Schnoor, of Springfield, was arrested in reference to the outstanding warrant.

*Darlene Hobbs, of Edinburg, was stopped on 10/19/11, at 12:25p.m. and ticketed for allegedly driving on a suspended license.

*Hoy Copelin, of Taylorville, was cited on 10/24/11, at 1:45p.m. for reportedly driving on a suspended license.

*Several citations were issued to Melissa Ellis, of Boring, Oregon, on 10/28/11, at 11:40a.m.  Ellis was reportedly stopped for an alleged speeding violation.  During the stop, the officer was informed that the subject’s driver’s license out of Oregon had been suspended.

*A stop of a vehicle on 10/29/11, at 12:00p.m. resulted in the arrest of the driver, Jacob Gideon.  Police reports indicate Gideon had an outstanding warrant for his arrest which had been issued by Christian County authorities.

September and October Criminal Incidents:

Burglary from Motor Vehicle – 1; Criminal Defacement – 2; Deceptive Practices – 1; Identity Theft – 1; Residential Burglary – 1; Telephone Harassment – 3; Violation of Orders of Protection -- 2; Warrant Arrests – 3

September and October Traffic Incidents:

Accident Investigations – 6; Hit and Run – 1;  Improper Lane Usage – 1; Miscellaneous Violations – 5; No Drivers License – 1; No Registration – 10; Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 29; Operating While Registration Suspended – 5; Seat Belt Violations – 6; Speeding – 62; Suspended/Revoked Drivers License – 17; Warnings for Equipment Violations – 142; Warnings for Moving Violations – 190

September and October Calls For Service:

Animal Related Calls – 11; Assist Other Police Agencies – 31; Assist Other Governmental Agencies – 26; Building Checks – 23; Burglar Alarms – 21; Business Checks – 144; Citizen Assists – 87; Disturbance – 2;  Domestic Trouble – 3; Loud Noise Complaints – 2; Mental Cases – 3; Mischievous Conduct – 4; Motorist Assists -- 18 Suspicious Auto / Person – 6; Traffic Control – 6; Vacation Checks -- 315