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Gillespie Police Report: August 13-19, 2023

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

An officer spoke with a male at the Gillespie Police Department in reference to suspicious activity in the 600 block of Cottage Avenue.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Gillespie Street in reference to a civil standby.

MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Easton Street in reference to a theft.

An officer was dispatched to Clinton Street and Elm Street in reference to a traffic crash. Summer J. Beckham, 21, of Staunton was issued a citation for following too close.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Horizon Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to harassment by telephone.

An officer was dispatched to the area of Eiler Street and 8th Street in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to Pine Street and Shelby Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to Main Street and Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Baker Street in reference to juvenile issues.

An officer was out at Eagarville Road and Henderson Road in Eagarville in reference to an abandoned vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to Broadway Street and LJ Avenue in reference to a medical call.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Baker Street for a 911 accidental miss dial.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Fillmore Street in reference to a well-being check.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a child custody issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Lincoln in Eagarville in reference to a medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of South Second Street in reference to criminal trespass.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a child custody issue.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of East Chestnut Street in Benld in reference to a theft.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Oak Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a missing person.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Lake in reference to a suicidal subject.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North 5th Street in Benld in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Madison Street in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie High School in reference to juvenile issues.

An officer was dispatched to Ben-Gil Elementary School in reference to juvenile issues.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Virginia Avenue in East Gillespie. Krista D. Riley, 32, of Gillespie was issued a citation for speeding.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Osie Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Burton Street in reference to a female who accidentally locked her dogs in a vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to a 911 open line call in the 200 block of South Street.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Chestnut Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of South Madison Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

Joseph W. Homan, 28, of Gillespie was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for driving while license was suspended.

An officer was dispatched to Division Street and North Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a traffic crash.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Osie Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was out at a residence in the 400 block of Illinois Street in Benld doing a security check.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Spruce Street in reference to illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Broadway Street in reference to a medical call

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Wilson Street in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Avenue in reference to a missing juvenile.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Walnut Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass to property.

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An officer was out in the 500 block of Park Avenue in reference to a security check on a residence.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to an animal complaint in the 200 block of Trolley Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Short Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to a well-being check.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Plum Street in reference to a suspicious female. Jada S. Salazar, 24, of Bethalto was arrested on a warrant out of Bethalto for residential burglary.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to mental issues.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft from his storage unit on 8th Street in Benld.

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An officer was dispatched to the area of 300 block of Clark Street in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Illinois Street in Benld in reference to theft of services.

An officer was dispatched to Eiler Street and 5th Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to East Walnut Street in reference to a missing person.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Broadway Street in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to Benld to look for a missing person.

An officer was dispatched to the 1200 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a home security check and juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to Route 4 and Central in reference to reckless driving.

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An officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a well-being check on an animal.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Chestnut Street in reference to a missing person.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Hickory Street in Benld in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Osie Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Henrietta Street in reference to a medical call.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Illinois Street in reference to a domestic battery. Ashleigh K. Bethel, 39, of Benld was arrested for domestic battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Berry Street in Mt. Clare in reference to a neighbor dispute. Jimmy D. Byrd, 62, of Mt. Clare was arrested for aggravated battery.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Burton Street in reference to a neighbor dispute.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Macoupin Street and Oak Street. Charles W. Massie, 27, of Breese was arrested for driving while his license was suspended, driving while vehicle registration was suspended, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Oak Street and Adams Street.  Theodore H. Hopper, 51, of Gillespie was issued citations for speeding, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and operation of a vehicle when registration was suspended.

An officer was out with a suspicious male in the 900 block of North Hard Road in Mt. Clare while doing security checks.

An officer was out in the 200 block of East Walnut with an alarm sounding.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Biddle Street in reference to an erratic driver going up and down the street.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to the end of the bike trail on Clark Street in reference to two female juveniles who were overheated. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene and they were treated and released.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of North Main Street in Benld in reference to harassment.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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School board deals with personnel issues during special meeting

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Stephanie Bray

Meeting in special session Monday night, members of the Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education accepted “with regrets” the resignation for purposes of retirement of Stephanie Bray, one of the district’s three technology integration specialists, effective June 4.

The board called a special session to deal with the apparently unexpected resignation before the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting later this month. However, board members tabled action on approving a revised job description for the Student Information System/Data Integration Specialist position, pending further discussion.

The board also tabled action on posting the newly created vacancy and tabled posting a district-level secretary’s position.

In February of 2022, the board accepted “with regrets” Bray’s announcement of her retirement “no later than the end of the 2025-26 school year.” There was no indication of why Bray moved her retirement date up by two years.

On a motion by Weye Schmidt, seconded by Amanda Ross, the board voted unanimously to accept Bray’s resignation. The action followed a 50-minute executive session to discuss personnel issues behind closed doors. The public portion of the meeting lasted less than 10 minutes.

In other action, the board voted to renew the district’s One Room contract to offer a remotely taught Spanish class to fulfill the district’s foreign language requirement for the 2024-25 school year. This will be the second year an off-site teacher will teach foreign language at GHS, using remote communication technology. Supt. Shane Owsley said the district had no applications for the vacant teaching position last year. This year, an applicant from Brazil explored the possibility of teaching in Gillespie but ultimately accepted a tutoring position at Greenville University. Owsley said hiring the applicant could have become cumbersome because she was not yet certificated to teach high school Spanish. He said he recently changed the job description from Spanish to foreign language to expand the pool of potential applicants.

In other personnel action, the board approved the maternity leave request of Amber Allan, BenGil Elementary physical education teacher, effective Aug. 28 through Jan. 20.

In separate actions, the board accepted Nathan Henrichs resignation as Gillespie High School freshman football coach, posted the position as vacant, and appointed Henrichs as a varsity assistant football coach. The board also voted unanimously to appoint Alex Jasper as an assistant freshman football coach. The board unanimously accepted Wayne Ireland’s resignation as a volunteer assistant football coach, and voted unanimously to appoint Jarrod Herron and hire Trenton Cleveland as volunteer assistant football coaches.

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The board voted unanimously to hire Michael Rodriguez as a high school volunteer assistant women’s basketball coach.

On a motion by Schmidt, seconded by Kelli Vesper, the board hired Alexis Ollis as a head cook and kitchen staff member, pending documentation of certification and a background check. The board also Brittany Hughes as a district kitchen staff worker, pending documentation of certification and background check.

On a motion by Vesper, the board voted unanimously to post a vacancy for a one-on-one paraprofessional aide.

Board members voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Jessica Kelly as a middle school assistant track and field coach and voted unanimously to hire Jay Weber as the high school head track and field coach.

The regular monthly meeting of the board is set for 6 p.m., Monday, June 24, at the district’s administrative office.

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Americana festival set for July 4 at Benld Park

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Jess Barker, The Lodge Brothers, and The New Prairie Drifters are set to take the stage at Benld City Park on Thursday, July 4 as part of the Americana Festival.

The music festival intends to celebrate the birthday and spirit of America with thriving local culture of music, food, and art. It is scheduled to begin at 12 noon and end at 6 pm.

Food will be available for purchase from The Barracks American Table, a new Gillespie restaurant, and skincare products will be available from Nature’s Bliss, a Benld gift shop.

The park is located at 305 North Main Street in Benld. Admission is free.

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Macoupin County Fair underway until Sunday

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Rides, tents, food trucks, music, animals, and plenty of other offerings fill the grounds at the Macoupin County Fair for the 172nd year. The fair is held June 4 through June 9 at the Macoupin County Fairground north of Carlinville.

The oldest county fair in Illinois, the Macoupin County Fair welcomes thousands of guests to the area and unites agriculture, family, and community. The fair continues through Sunday with highlights every evening.

The fair also meets the needs of families on a budget, for just $10 per person you get parking and all-access to the carnival rides. The cost-friendly fun draws in visitors and locals who get to embrace the county’s namesakes.

Tracy Lawrence and Walker Montgomery are set to take the stage Thursday evening, June 6, at 7:30pm. Friday evening features the tractor and truck pull, and Saturday evening is the crowd-favorite demolition derby.

The fair opens every morning at 8am and closes at 12 midnight. For a full list of schedule of events or to pre-pay for entry, visit the fair’s website here.

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