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Gillespie Police Activity: July 29-August 4

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Gillespie Police DepartmentMONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

Officer was called to the 200 block of W. Osie for a domestic between and mother and her son.  The juvenile son, age 16 was being unruly and had pushed her.  After talking to them, the son apologized to the mother.

Officer followed a male subject on a lawn mower with no deck to a business parking lot off Montgomery Street.  Rick L. Hemken, 58, Gillespie was cited for Operation of non-highway vehicle on roadway, driving while license revoked and having no insurance.

Officer took a report from a female who was parked on a business parking lot.  While inside the business, someone stole her debit card and medication out of her glove compartment.

Officers were called to the 400 block of E. Elm for a possible domestic.  When one of the officers arrived, he observed a vehicle speed out of a driveway and almost hit another vehicle. Also, the officer was told that she tried to run over several people at the residence. The other officer stopped the vehicle in the 200 block of N. Macoupin.  Crystal D. Roos, 27, Carlinville was arrested with 2 counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, having no insurance, reckless driving, aggravated assault and endangering the life of a child as she had a child in the vehicle with her. She was transported to Macoupin County jail.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013

Officer took a report from a female who had just inherited a residence in the 300 block of E. Chestnut.  She had stopped by the residence the first 3 days of this week and everything was in its place.  When she stopped by today, furniture and appliances had been removed from the residence.

Officer took a report from a female who wanted to get her belongings from an apartment in the 100 block of S. Macoupin.  She removed her personal belongings along with her furniture.  The male wanted his key back which she gave to the officer.  The officer, in turn gave him his key.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2013

Officer was called to the 300 block of N. Adams for a domestic between a male and his father.  The male and his girlfriend had been arguing and woke the father.  The officer, then brought the male to the police department where his grandfather picked him up

The officer was met by a father and his son who said that another male juvenile went by their house on his bike and was yelling and cursing at his son.  This was not the first time and the suspect does not live in their neighborhood.  The suspect was found and he said that he did not do anything. He advised that another male was with him and would tell the officer the same thing. That juvenile was contacted and said yes, the suspect did yell and curse at the complainant. The suspect, a 12 year old male was cited with disorderly conduct under local ordinance.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2013

Jimmie R. Chapman, 31, Gillespie was arrested for pedestrian under the influence of alcohol.  He was, also cited for no lamp on bicycle under local ordinance.  He was transported to Macoupin County jail.

Robert J. Garrett, 22, Gillespie was arrested for pedestrian under the influence and resisting a peace officer.  He was, also, cited for disorderly conduct under local ordinance.  He was transported to Macoupin County jail.

The officer received information that a motorist was all over the road heading into Gillespie from 3 Mile Rd.  When the officer stopped the vehicle in city limits, the driver said that he was messing with his stereo because it was not installed correctly.  One of his passengers, Haley N. Wargo, 20, Gillespie was cited for possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor. She was transported to her residence.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2013

Officer received a complaint that a dog running loose just about got hit by a car in the 600 block of E. Walnut.  The complainant said that the owner lived in the 500 block of E. Walnut.  Jessica L. Smith, 35, Gillespie was cited for dog running at large under local ordinance.

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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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