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Gillespie Police Report: July 2-8, 2023

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SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 1400 block of Madison Street in reference to criminal trespass.

Nicolas J. O’Connell, 41, of Gillespie was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for stalking.

An officer was dispatched to Easton Street and Staunton Road in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 6th Street in Benld in reference to an ordinance issue of illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Dorsey Road in Mt.Clare in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the Eagarville substation in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North Main Street in Benld in reference to a suspicious person.

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MONDAY, JULY 3, 2023

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of East Central Street in Benld in reference to a theft. Kathryn J. Ayers, 51, of Gillespie was arrested for theft and was given a criminal trespass warning from the business.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a civil issue.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Elm Street in reference to a mental subject.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a noise complaint.

An officer was dispatched to Maple Street and Macoupin Street in reference to a civil issue.

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An officer was dispatched to Plum Street in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a noise complaint.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 2nd Street in Benld. Mitzi Woodson, 52, of Benld was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of North Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a child exchange.

TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2023

An officer was dispatched to Commercial Court to take a report of a traffic crash that took place in the 500 block of East Central Avenue in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to 260 North Lincoln Avenue in Eagarville in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to North 6th Street in Benld in reference to a noise complaint.

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An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Avenue in reference to a neighborhood dispute.

An officer was dispatched to East Elm Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Illinois Street in Benld in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2023

An officer was dispatched to Central Avenue and 2nd Street in Benld in reference to a theft.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 900 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

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

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An officer was dispatched to Staunton Road South by the nursing home for a suspicious person walking in the roadway.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Staunton Road and Osie Street. Kiersten D. Reeves, 32, of Gillespie was issued a citation for expired registration.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Main Street in Benld. Linda S. Morgan, 68, of Benld was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Broadway Street and Francis Street. Megan L. Hanson, 40, of Mt. Olive was issued a citation for expired registration.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Avenue in reference to a death investigation.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Oak Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North 4th Street in Benld in reference to a civil issue.

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An officer initiated a traffic stop at Macoupin Street and Elm Street. Jennifer M. Bushue, 39, of Carlinville was issued a citation for expired registration.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Brittini M. Powers, 30, of Springfield was issued a citation for expired registration.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Henrietta Street in reference to suspicious circumstances.

An officer was dispatched to do extra patrol in the 500 block of Gillespie Street.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Staunton Road in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the Gillespie High School football field in reference to juveniles on the track.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of West Maple Street in reference to suspicious circumstances.

THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2023

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

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of Abba Street in reference to a dog running at large.  Cheyenne E. Roos, 18, of Girard was issued a citation for dog at large

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Avenue in reference to a domestic dispute.  Donald C. Holeman, 53, of Gillespie was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for driving while license was suspended.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Park Avenue in reference to an aggravated battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Oak Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of Second Street in reference to an ordinance issue. Kenneth E. Hannah, 44, of Gillespie was issued a citation for illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Elm Street in reference to disorderly conduct.

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

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

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Oak Street in reference to criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Plum Street in reference to a wellbeing check.

An officer was out with two subjects at Big Brick Park after dark and advised them the park was closed after dark.

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of North 5th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute and criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with juveniles and their parents.

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Keshawn K. Bush, 38, of Gillespie was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear on contempt of court.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Hard Road in Mt.Clare in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Burton Street in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to Walnut Street and Maple Street in reference to a suspicious person

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Biddle Street in reference to a medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Gillespie Street in reference to a wellbeing check.

SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2023

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An officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a fight. Marisa M. Stoop, 21, of Staunton was arrested for aggravated battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of East Chestnut Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass to a residence. Kevin L. Farley, 38, of Lincoln was arrested for criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 900 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to criminal trespass to land. Larry J. Kelly, 36, of Wilsonville was arrested for criminal trespass to land.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Elm Street. Jason A. Keffer, 46, of Gillespie was arrested on a Montgomery County warrant for failure to appear on a traffic offense and he was issued a citation for driving while license was suspended.

Amber N. Jones, 34, of Mt. Olive was arrested on a Madison County warrant for resisting arrest.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a noise complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Charles Street in reference to an ordinance issue of illegal burning.

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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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