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Gillespie Police Report: August 28-September 10, 2022

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a traffic crash.

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

An officer spoke with a female in the 100 block of Madison Street in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Henry Street in reference to a wellbeing check.

An officer was dispatched to the 1300 block of Staunton Road in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

An officer spoke with a couple at Gillespie Police Department in reference to juvenile issues.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 300 block of West Osie Street in reference to a suspicious person.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Hickory Street in Benld in reference to fraud.

William D. Lehotz, 60, of Kansas City, MO was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender.

An officer was dispatched to Montana Street and Ash Street in reference to found property.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Berry Street in Mt. Clare in reference to a domestic dispute.  Jamie S. Rhodes, 39, of Mt. Clare was arrested for domestic battery.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to harassment.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of West Pine Street in reference to a traffic crash. Jessica M. McCoy, 24, of Wilsonville was issued a citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to a suspicious male.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to theft.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of East Spruce Street in reference to stalking and harassment.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to threats and electronic harassment.

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

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass.

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An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North Clinton Street to assist an alderman with an ordinance issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Main Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass to a residence.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Avenue in reference to an alarm sounding.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Park Avenue to assist an alderman with an ordinance issue.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Charles Street in reference to an online harassment.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Adams Street in reference to criminal trespassing to a residence.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Spruce Street in reference to a suicidal threat.

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The School Resource Officer was out on Wilson Street in reference to a fight that took place at the school.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Park Avenue in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

The School Resource Officer met with a student and the high school principal in reference to threats that were being made.

An officer was dispatched to Carney Lane at Gillespie Lake in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil standby for a child exchange.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Oak Street in reference to harassment.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a loud noise complaint.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2022

An officer was dispatched to Elm Street and Macoupin Street in reference to a traffic crash.

Dennis R. Roeske, 30, of Gillespie was arrested on warrants out of Macoupin County for aggravated fleeing and driving while license is suspended.

Caleb J. Obeakfell, 19, of Gillespie was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Madison Street in reference to a theft.

Jessica L. Gibbs, 39, of Gillespie was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for driving while her license was suspended.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Madison Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Madison Street in reference to a suspicious person.

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An officer initiated a traffic stop at South Hard Road and Walnut in Benld. Raymond Weber, 37, of Litchfield was issued a citation for an operating uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of LJ Avenue in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to a suspicious person.

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a theft.

Alexis N. Compton, 19, of Taylor Springs was arrested on a Montgomery County warrant for burglary.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Gillespie Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Charles Street in reference to a noise complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to a noise complaint.

An officer was out at a business in the 400 block of East Central in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of 1st Street in Benld in reference to a found item.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Madison Street in reference to a theft.

An officer was dispatched to Western Drive and Circle Drive at Gillespie Lake in reference to criminal damage to state supported property.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of West Oak Street in reference to a residential burglary.

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Alan W. Hampton, 36, of Glen Carbon was arrested on a warrant out of Glen Carbon for failure to appear for driving under the influence of alcohol.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the old Ben-Gil Elementary in Benld in reference to go-carts and dirt bikes on the property.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at South Hard Road and Spruce Street in Benld.  Gavin J. Huebner, 20 of Edwardsville, was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to theft of services.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Chestnut Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

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An officer was dispatched to Clark Street and Second Street in reference to found property.

An officer was dispatched to Second Street and Pine Street in reference to a neighborhood dispute.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at East Spruce Street and South 6th Street in Benld. Brittany M. Shrum, 24, of Benld was issued a citation for expired registration.

An officer was dispatched to the Benld City Park in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of First Street in reference to a mini bike on the roadway.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Wilson Street in reference to suspicious circumstances.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Central in Benld in reference to a wellbeing check.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Walnut Street in reference to criminal damage to state supported property.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2022

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to electronic harassment in the 700 block of Westwood Street in East Gillespie.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a suspicious vehicle in the 700 block of North 4th Street in Benld.

An officer took a report of a vehicle following to close at Staunton Road and Wilson Street.

An officer was dispatched to Oregon Street and Plum Street in reference to a dog at large.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Park Avenue in reference to criminal damage to property.

Andrew M. White, 34, of Benld was arrested on a warrant on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for theft and a warrant out of Montgomery County for failure to appear for domestic battery.

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An officer was dispatched to Shady Lane at Gillespie Lake in reference to damage to state supported property.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to theft in the 600 block of West Oak Street.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department in reference to a report of a possible sexual assault.

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

The School Resource Officer requested an officer to the high school football field for a possible fight.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Clinton Street to assist an alderman with an ordinance issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Lynn Street in reference to a wellbeing check.

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An officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a suspicious person.

Daniel W. Tucker, 50, of Gillespie was issued a citation for unlawful accumulation of garbage and debris.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2022

An officer was dispatched to several businesses in the community in reference to an individual who was criminally trespassing.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to a female being unruly with customers.  Rachel L Marsala, 37, of Litchfield was arrested for disorderly conduct.

An officer was dispatched to the 2000 block of Staunton Road in reference to domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Madison Street in reference to a theft.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Walnut Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer was dispatched to Second Street and Cedar Street in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Madison Street in reference to a suspicious person

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block North Main Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North Main Street in Benld in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to Wilson Street and Madison Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North Main Street in Benld. Cole W. Law, 32, of Benld was issued a citation for dog at large.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Christina M. Overstreet, 23, of Union, Missouri was issued a citation for speeding.

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An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Street in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

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

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Court News

Macoupin County Courthouse News

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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.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE FILED

  • Tasha McQuay versus David McQuay

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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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