Rochester Police Beat September and October 2020

 

  • During the Month of September several political campaign signs had been stolen out of individuals’ yards. Most of the sign thefts have been concentrated in the Maplehurst/ Wyndmoor Subdivisions.  These incidents are still under investigation.
  • A stop was conducted for speed after the officer observed the vehicle traveling 75mph in a 55-mph zone. During the stop the officer observed the odor of cannabis emitting from the vehicle and conducted a probable cause search.  Both the driver and the passenger were in possession of cannabis within the vehicle.  Ella Kovalichuk of Springfield was issued citations for the alleged speed and possession of adult use cannabis in a motor vehicle (driver).  Zachary Lash of Springfield was issued a citation for the alleged possession of adult use cannabis in a motor vehicle (passenger).
  • On 9-03-20, Garylon Brown of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended.
  • A stop was conducted 9-8-20 on a vehicle after determining the registration belonged to different vehicle. The driver stated he recently purchased the vehicle. During the stop, it was discovered the driver’s license was revoked.  Stephen Dipple of Decatur was cited for allegedly driving while license revoked and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.  The vehicle was towed with a hold for valid registration and a valid driver.
  • On 9-8-20, John Manning Sr. of Taylorville was stopped for an equipment violation. It was revealed Manning’s license is revoked.  He was issued citation for allegedly driving while license revoked and a written warning for driving without a registration light.  A valid driver picked up the vehicle from the scene.
  • An officer responded to a disturbance at a local establishment on 9-10-20. An individual was mad that he lost money at the gambling machines and started yelling and making threats.  The individual was banned from the establishment.
  • Donald Foster of Edinburg was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license is suspended on 9-11-20.
  • On 9-12-20, William Riney of Springfield was arrested for allegedly violating of an order of protection. He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.
  • On 9-13-20, an officer observed a vehicle activate its hazard lights and pull over into a subdivision. The officer stopped to assist the motorist, who was reportedly lost.  During the stop the officer discovered the driver’s license was suspended.  James Sadler of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended.  Valid drivers picked up Sadler and his vehicle from the scene.
  • A resident reported that sometime between 10:00pm on 9-14-20 and 4:00 am on 9-15-20 approximately $750 in tools was taken from his garage. There was no apparent forced entry. The incident is pending investigation.
  • On 9-15-20, an officer was notified by a local business that someone had been forging and depositing checks using their account information. Several leads are being pursued.  The incident is still under investigation.
  • Rochester officers and Sangamon County Sherriff’s Deputies responded to a disturbance on 9-17-20 in which it was reported that the suspect pulled a gun on his family. They were able to make contact with the family outside of the home.  The suspect was inside the home and refused to corporate with the officers request.  The individual eventually surrendered when told that the K9 was going to be released.  Jerrod Day of Springfield was arrested for the alleged unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated assault.  He was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.
  • An officer was contacted by a resident in reference to criminal damage to a vehicle on 9-18-20. The resident stated between the hours of 11:00 pm on September 17th and early morning September 18th someone scratched the passenger side and trunk of her vehicle.  The vehicle was parked in the driveway at the residence.
  • On 9-20-20, Ronald Willett of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked. Valid drivers picked up Willett and his vehicle.
  • A stop was conducted on a vehicle observed traveling 61-mph in a 45-mph zone on 9-21-20. During the stop, a probable cause search was conducted due to the smell of cannabis emitting from within the vehicle.  A loaded firearm was recovered from the center console along with an open bottle of Cognac and container with cannabis.  Kevin Lacey of Springfield was arrested for the alleged unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm and illegal transportation of alcohol.  Lacey was issued a written warning for the speed.  Lacey was transported to the Sangamon County Jail.
  • On 9-22-20, Randy Vail of Kincaid was stopped and cited for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while the registration was suspended.
  • Weimack Eskew of Springfield was stopped for an equipment violation on 9-23-20. The officer determined that Eskew did not have a valid license.  Eskew was cited for allegedly driving without a valid driver’s license and issued a written warning for the equipment violation.   Valid drivers picked up Eskew and his vehicle from the scene.
  • A vehicle was stopped because the temporary license plate was illegible on 9-23-20. When ran through the in-car computer it was determined the plate belonged on a different vehicle.  The driver stated the vehicle had just been purchased but was unable to provide proof.  Bethanie Sanders of Springfield was issued citations for allegedly operating an uninsured motor vehicle and no valid registration.  The vehicle was towed by Jostes.
  • On 9-23-20, Lisa Denton of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Valid drivers picked up Denton and her vehicle from the scene.
  • After clocking a vehicle traveling 21-mph over the posted speed limit, the officer observed the driver pull into a parking lot, pop the hood of the vehicle and push it into a parking spot. The officer got out with the individual and checked to see if he could be of assistance.  The driver explained the vehicle was overheating.  The officer discovered the driver was suspended during the exchange.  Lutrelle Walker of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and speeding on 9-27-20.  Another individual in the vehicle drove from the scene.
  • On 9-27-20, Shawn Schweitzer of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and speeding. A valid driver drove from the scene.
  • On 9-28-20, Lindsey Rankin of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver picked Rankin up from the scene.
  • Skylar England of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on 9-28-20.
  • On 9-29-20, Alexis Givens of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended, expired registration and illegal transportation of alcohol. The vehicle was towed by Jostes.
  • Randy Vail of Taylorville was stopped and cited for allegedly operating a mother vehicle while registration is suspended on 9-29-20.
  • On 9-29-20, numerous thefts from a motor vehicle were reported to the police department. The areas affected were Walberta and Taft Drive. The incidents are under investigation.
  • An officer conducted a stop on a vehicle after observing it travelling 22 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. A probable cause search was conducted on the vehicle after the officer noticed the smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle.  The search revealed 14.75 grams of Cannabis, a bag labeled “Medibles” (THC infused sour patch kids) and a small black scale.  On 9-30-20, Zachary Lash of Springfield was cited for the alleged speed and for the possession of adult use cannabis in a motor vehicle.
  • On October 1st, an officer was contacted by a resident reference financial exploitation. The resident had hired a contractor to complete a drywall project in an area of his home.  The contactor was paid in full when he stated the job was completed.  The home was allegedly left in a worse state when he left.  The contactor was contacted and agreed to pay restitution.
  • Ashley Buscher of Pawnee was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended on 10-6-20.
  • An officer conducted a stop for speed on 10-7-20. During the stop, it was revealed the driver was wanted on a Macon County Warrant.  Nathaniel Dance of Assumption was arrested for the warrant and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.  A passenger drove the vehicle from the scene.
  • A stop was initiated for an equipment violation on 10-10-20. During the stop, the driver was revealed to have a revoked driver’s license and a search of the vehicle uncovered a mason jar containing 32g of marijuana.  Graylon Brown of Springfield was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license revoked, issued a warning for the equipment violation and charges were forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s office regarding the unlawful possession of cannabis.
  • On 10-10-20, an officer took a report reference a ten-foot utility trailer that was stolen from a storage facility. The owner last saw the trailer on 10-5-20.  The incident is pending investigation.
  • An officer stopped a vehicle after noticing it was travelling faster than the posted speed limit on 10-11-20. Kiya Baxton of Taylorville was issued a citation for allegedly driving without a valid license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.  A passenger drove from the scene.
  • On 10-11-20, Brooklyn Stephens of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. A valid driver took custody of the vehicle.
  • A stop was conducted on 10-14-20 after observing a vehicle travelling at 74-mph in a 55-mph zone. During the stop, it was discovered the driver’s license was suspended.  Corey Lockett of Springfield was issued a citation for allegedly driving while license suspended, speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.  The vehicle was towed by Jostes.
  • After determining a registration belonged on a different vehicle, an officer initiated a stop on 10-20-20. The driver explained he had gotten the vehicle out of tow yard and used a registration from another vehicle for the one he was driving.  He had recently purchased the vehicle but was unable to provide the completed paperwork.  Robert Coffee of Taylorville was cited for the alleged improper use of registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.  The vehicle was towed by Jostes.
  • Officer responded to an alleged kidnapping out of Springfield on 10-22-20. A male allegedly jumped out of a trunk grabbed his girlfriend and drove off with her and their 5-month child in the vehicle. The male allegedly continued to drive around refusing to let the female out of the vehicle. He eventually returned to his home where officers arrested the male and turned over the investigation to the Springfield Police Department. The girlfriend and child were reported to be unharmed.
  • Monte Beaston of Springfield was stopped and cited for allegedly driving while license revoked on 10-23-20.
  • Justin Orange of Pana was stopped and arrested for a Christian County Warrant on 10-23-20 and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. A clear plastic bag containing a white powdery substance which field tested positive for cocaine was located on Orange.  Orange was charged with allegedly bringing contraband into a penal institution and possession of a controlled substance.
  • A vehicle was stopped at approximately 2:15 am on 10-25-20 after making several suspicious maneuvers turning in and out of multiple subdivisions. The driver told the officer he pulled over to look for something. Marvin Broomfield of Springfield was cited for allegedly driving while license suspended.  A valid driver took custody of the vehicle.
  • A resident contacted the police department reference a violation of an order of protection on 10-28-20. The resident was reviewing camera footage and noticed an individual sitting on their stoop on 10-22-20.  The individual was recognized as the resident has an order of protection against the subject.  The subject was contacted but claims to have been under the influence and does not remember the night.  Charges for the alleged violation of orders of protection have been forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s office.
  • On 10-30-20, a stop was conducted for an equipment violation. Jacob Wehner of Moweaqua was cited for allegedly driving while license revoked and issued a warning for the equipment violation.  A passenger drove from the scene.
  • During October, numerous reports have been taken for identity theft. Several false unemployment claims have been processed with the Illinois Department of Employment Services.  These incidents are under investigation.

 

 

Criminal Reports

Aggravated Assault – 1; Bringing Contraband into a Penal Institution – 1; Burglary  – 1; Cannabis Laws – 7; Criminal Damage to Property – 1; Deceptive Practices – 3; Domestic Battery – 2; Financial Exploitation of Elderly – 1; Harassment by Telephone – 1; Identity Theft – 7; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 3; Possession of Controlled Substances – 2; Possession of Drug Equipment – 1; Possession of Stolen Property – 1; Theft $500 and Over – 2; Theft from a Motor Vehicle – 4; Theft Under $500 – 7; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon – 1; Unlawful Use of a Weapon – 1; Violation of Orders of Protection – 2; Warrants – 2

 

Traffic Reports

Accident Investigations – 2; Motorist Assist – 11; Hit and Run – 1

 

Citations Issued – 133; Warnings Issue – 176

Electronic Communication Device – 2; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol – 3; No Driver’s License – 2; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle – 18; Other Moving Violations – 5; Registration Violations – 5;  Speeding – 74; Suspended / Revoked Drivers License – 19; Suspended / Revoked Registration – 2; Unlawful Use of Cannabis – 3

 

Calls for Service

Animal Related Calls – 7; Assist Fire Department – 35; Assist Other Governmental Agency – 1; Assist Other Police Agency – 56; Assist Schools – 14; Building / Business Checks – 97; Burglar Alarms – 2; Civil/Citizen Assists – 19; Death Investigations – 1; Disturbance – 16; Domestic Trouble – 2; Interference with Judicial Procedures – 1; Lost or Recovered Articles – 1; Loud Noise Complaint – 2; Mental Cases – 5; Missing Persons – 2; Neighborhood Trouble – 1; Ordinance Violations – 5; Runaway – 1; Suicide Attempt – 1; Suspicious Person / Vehicle – 41; Vacation Watches – 8

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