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Gillespie Police Activity: July 22-28

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Gillespie Police DepartmentMONDAY, JULY 22, 2013

Officer took a report from a female who said that while she was at a convenience store, another female who she was with took off with her medication but threw her purse out of the window. This case is under investigation.

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

Officer took a report from a male who stated he went to California and left his tools at a residence.  He advised that when he went to get the tools now, he found that another male took them from the residence.

Wayne D. Allen, 50, Gillespie was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for failure to appear on a DUI (Drug) charge and another warrant out of Montgomery County for failure to appear on a burglary charge.  He was transported to Macoupin County jail.

Renetta D. Holmes, 31, Wilsonville was cited for having no insurance.

Officer was called to the 400 block of E. Elm for a dog bite.  The 4 year old child was playing with a Pit Bull mix and bit the child in the face.  The child was transferred to a local hospital and later transferred to a Springfield Hospital.  Macoupin County Animal Control picked up the dog that night.

Kristie L. Monigan, 35, Alton was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for failure to appear on bad checks charge.  She was transported to Macoupin County jail.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013

Velma S. Morgan, 31, Gillespie was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for failure to appear on a possession of a controlled substance charge.  She will, also be charged with theft of the medication from Monday night’s incident.

 

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Officer took a report from an owner of property on Broadway and had lumber laying there to rebuild a building he had on the property stolen.

THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013

Steven T. Jackson, 61, Wilsonville was cited for having no valid drivers license.

Officers came across a 15 year old male juvenile suspected of being under the influence of drugs.  Mental Health was called.  This case remains under investigation

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

Laura M. Garrett, 29, Gillespie turned herself in on a warrant out of Macoupin County for failure to appear on a DUI charge.  She posted bond and was released.

SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013

Officer took a report from a male who had purchased a computer on a re-gifting web site and when he plugged it in, it did not work.  The guy he bought it from had promised it worked.  When he called the subject, he threatened him.  The officer called the male subject that sold the computer and both were advised that this was a civil matter.

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Cases filed during July 7 through July 13. Visit the “Court News” category under the “Community News” tab for other editions.

FELONIES

Timothy D. Conlee, 29 of Gillespie, is charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving in connection with a July 6 incident.

Dylan J. Arview, 25 of Benld, is charged with driving under the influence while license revoked or suspending, DUI, driving on a suspended license and driving 15-20 mph above the limit in connection with a July 5 incident.

Bobby L. Walker, 35 of Sorento, is charged with driving revoked/suspended with a DUI, driving on revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, displayed registration plate, and expired registration in connection with a June 27 incident.

Dustin W. Gooch, 34 of Beecher City, is charged with aggravated fleeing/bodily injury, unlawful display of a title, improper use of registration/title, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and registration light in connection with a June 17 incident.

MISDEMEANORS

Jordan A. Black, 24 of Gillespie, is charged with battery/causing bodily harm in connection with a July 8 incident.

Dustin R. Stieglitz, 37 of Shipman, is charged with aggravated assault/use of a deadly weapon in connection to a June 29 incident.

Steven A. Kroll, 33 of Eagarville, is charged with resisting a peace officer, fire fighter, or corrections employee in connection with a June 26 incident.

TRAFFIC

David B. Brown, 58 of Virden, is charged with cancelled/revoked/suspended registration in connection with a July 3 incident.

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Jennifer L. Roberts, 47 of Worden, is charged with driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle in connection with July 5 incident.

Andrew L. Connoyer, 31 of Bethalto, is charged with improper use of registration, driving 15-20 mph above the limit, and no valid registration in connection with July 7 incident.

Megan E. Bertoldi, 37 of Gillespie, is charged with leaving the scene in connection with July 11 incident.

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School board disciplines staff member; hires AD and Student Services Coordinator

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In a relatively brief meeting Monday night, the Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education approved a “resolution of remedial warning” against an unidentified district teacher, and hired a new Student Services Coordinator and Athletic Director.

The actions followed an 80-minute executive session during which board members presumably primarily discussed personnel issues. The regular monthly meeting of the board was moved up by one week to fill key positions, such as the Athletic Director and Student Services Coordinator, prior to the start of the school year next month. The district was taken by surprise when former Student Services Coordinator Stephanie Bray and Athletic Director Mike Bertagnolli both announced their retirements within days of each other.

Supt. Shane Owsley said the resolution of remedial warning is a disciplinary action representing “a second strike, so to speak.” Neither the teacher or the nature of the infraction was disclosed in open session.

In other action, the board, voted unanimously to hire Shelsie Timmermeier as the district’s Student Services Coordinator for the 2024-25 school year, stepping into the vacancy created by Bray’s retirement, pending confirmation of certification and a background check. In a separate action, the board also appointed Timmermeier as an assistant high school women’s volleyball coach.

Jeremy Smith was hired, also by a unanimous vote, as the district’s Athletic Director for the 2024-25 school year. In a related matter, Smith’s resignation as middle school head baseball coach was accepted. Additionally, the board posted the coaching position as vacant for the coming school year.

On a motion by Weye Schmidt, seconded by Dennis Tiburzi, the board hired Alex Jasper as a high school social science teacher for the coming school year. The board also voted unanimously to hire Tate Wargo as a first-year, non-tenured physical education instructor, pending confirmation of certification. Both positions were vacated as a result of the sudden resignation of Dalton Barnes in April as head football coach, physical education teacher and social science teacher. 

In related matters, the board also hired Wargo Monday night as an eighth grade boy’s basketball coach, and accepted Jasper’s resignation as a district paraprofessional and posted the position as vacant.

In other personnel action, the board:

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  • Hired Amanda Ewin as a one-on-one aide.
  • Hired Anthony Kravanya as a freshman men’s basketball coach.
  • Appointed Melissa Heigert as a volunteer assistant high school softball coach.

In other action, the board gave routine approval to a list of policies provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Supt. Owsley also provided a brief update on the progress being made on safety projects expected to be completed before the start of the school year, including installation of a new intercom system, a card-reader entry system and shatter-proof protective film on exterior windows.

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Gillespie Library, United Community Bank to host Fraud and Scam Prevention seminar on July 22

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Gillespie Public Library (Photo by Gillespie Public Library)

Friends of the Gillespie Public Library and United Community Bank are hosting a joint “Fraud and Scam Prevention” seminar at on Monday, July 22 starting at 6 p.m. at the Gillespie Public Library.

The seminar will focus on today’s common scams and frauds, which includes imposter and check scams, money mule fraud and those that target seniors. Presenters will be Jenni Alepra of Gillespie UCB and Kennen Bertolis of Carlinville UCB.

The seminar is open to the public and is free of charge. For additional questions, call the Gillespie Public Library at 217-839-3614.

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