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Gillespie Police Report: August 6-12, 2023

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, 2023

An officer was dispatched to Farley Lane at Gillespie Lake in reference to a domestic dispute.

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

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

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

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to illegal parking.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a theft.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to an incident that took place in the 100 block of North Macoupin Street. Matthew D. Shelby, 34, of Gillespie was issued a citation for disorderly conduct.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Spruce Street in reference to a domestic dispute and criminal trespass.

An officer was out at 4th Street and Main Street in Benld picking up an item that was found.

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

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

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

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Chestnut Street in reference to an illegal solicitation.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Broadway Street in reference to a found item.

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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 300 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to Juvenile issues.

An officer was dispatched to North 6th Street and Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a vehicle in the roadway.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a theft.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to an animal complaint in the 600 block of North Main Street in Benld,

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2023

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Lincoln Street and Benld Road in Eagarville. Alma D. Cook, 55, of Benld was issued citations for no front/rear registration and no valid registration.

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An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North 5th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute and criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Illinois Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Lynn Street in reference to identity theft.

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

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

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

Dakota J. Mehochko, 25, of Gillespie was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear on driving while license were suspended.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2023

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 200 block of Charles Street.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Harding Avenue in East Gillespie in reference to a theft.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to an altercation at Big Brick Park.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South Main Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute and an aggravated assault.

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

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

An officer was dispatched to the 2400 block of Staunton Road Mt. Clare in reference to a business check.

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An officer was dispatched to Central Avenue and 8th Street in Benld in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 2nd Street in Benld. Quinnette E. Manzella, 42, of Bolivar, Missouri was issued a citation for speeding.

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

An officer was out at Pomatto Park with a suspicious person.

An officer was out in a parking lot in the 100 block of East Maple with the alarm going off.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2023

Anel Barisa, 26, of Gillespie was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for possession of methamphetamine.

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An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of LJ Avenue in reference to a civil issue.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to an alarm sounding.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Lynn Street in reference to criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Hard Road Mt. Clare in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to criminal damage to property in the 500 block of Green Street. Jennifer L. Pickett, 41, of Gillespie was issued a citation for reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to a found item.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Burton Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer was dispatched to East Maple Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a fuel drive-off.

An officer was dispatched to Elm Street/Clay Street in reference to a reckless driver.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Lincoln in Eagarville in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was dispatched to the 7500 block of Staunton Road in reference to a male walking in the roadway.

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

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

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An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 2nd Street in Benld. Mason D. Weller, 19, of Shipman was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Elm Street and Macoupin Street. Samuel J. Quarton, 19, of Palmyra was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was dispatched to Spruce Street and Jersey Street in reference to juvenile issues.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to an animal complaint in the 200 block of North Hard Road in Mt. Clare.

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

An officer was out in the 500 block of Park Avenue doing a security check.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Broadway Street to check the welfare of animals.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue in Eagarville in reference to a domestic dispute.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Main Street. Erick B. Streeter, 52, of St. Louis, Missouri was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for driving while license was suspended. Erick was then issued citations for no valid driver’s license, improper use of evidence of registration, and driving while license is suspended.

An officer was dispatched to South Second Street and Oak Street in Benld to pick up an item that was found.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Macoupin in reference to an ordinance issue of an illegal vehicle on the roadway.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a verbal altercation.

An officer initiated a traffic staff at Macoupin Street and Maple Street. Dakota A. Throne, 24, of Eagarville was issued a citation for speeding.

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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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