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Gillespie Police Report: July 23-29, 2023

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SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2023

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

An officer was dispatched to Mt. Clare Park on Berry Street in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

Stephanie N. Wallace, 18, of Youngtown, AZ, was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Dorsey Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a domestic dispute and criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to Route 4 and Route 138 in reference to in Mt. Clare a male riding a bike in the highway with no lights. The male was given a warning that he has to have lights on his bicycle when riding in the dark.

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

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An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Broadway Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Henry Street in East Gillespie. Brandon D. Bracher, 30, of Benld was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 300 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Blevins in Benld to check on suspicious activity.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department in reference to identity theft.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Neil J. McKinney, 31, of Gillespie was issued a citation for driving while license is suspended.

MONDAY, JULY 24, 2023

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An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to theft and criminal trespass in the timber behind Benld City Cemetery.

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

Kenneth E. Hannah, 44, of Gillespie was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for meth delivery.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of East Elm Street in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of Madison Street in reference to an abandoned vehicle.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a violation of a court order.

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

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An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Street for the well-being check of an animal.

An officer spoke with an Alderman in reference to an ordinance issue on Spring Street.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Hannah M. Davidson, 28, of Staunton was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 2nd Street in Benld. Seth A. Ring, 25, of Gillespie was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Park Avenue in reference to an animal complaint.

TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a domestic battery. Siera A. Smyser, 27, of Gillespie was arrested for domestic battery and Jaykob D. Lewis, 28, of Benld was arrested for domestic battery.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to stalking.

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An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Broadway Street in reference to theft and criminal damage to state-supported property.

Jakota M. Emery, 35, of Wilsonville was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for driving while license was suspended.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to harassment by an electronic device.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Elm Street and Macoupin Street. A 17-year-old male from Benld was issued a citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Main Street in Benld. Morgan R. Campbell, 24, of Benld was issued a citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 1st Street in Benld.  Alexis S. McCallister, 23, of Staunton was issued a citation for driving a vehicle with a suspended registration.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Park Avenue in reference to found property.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Oak Street in reference to a well-being check.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Pine Street and Macoupin Street. Jeffrey A. Brown, 47, of Granite City was issued citations for driving a vehicle with suspended registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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

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

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Staunton Road and Clark Street. Justin C. Dyer, 37, Gillespie was arrested for driving while his license is revoked.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a well-being check, criminal damage trespass to property, and criminal damage to property.

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An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to criminal damage to property.

THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2023

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

Nicholas O. Landolt, 35, of Gillespie was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for failure to appear on retail theft/larceny.

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

An officer was dispatched to Central Avenue and Rt.4 in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of East Elm Street in reference to a neighbor dispute.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of South Macoupin in reference to criminal trespass.

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An officer was dispatched to the 1400 block of Madison Street in reference to open doors. The officer made contact with the owner and he will take care of it.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Charles Street in reference to suspicious circumstances.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Frey Street in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South 4th Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Rotary in reference to a 911 open line call.

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2023

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of East Elm Street in reference to theft and criminal trespass.

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An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to a child custody issue.

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

An officer was dispatched to Staunton Road in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer spoke with a male at 200 North Lincoln in Eagarville wanting to report his vehicle stolen. He later called back stating the vehicle had been returned.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Henrietta Street in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of Abba Street in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of LJ Avenue in reference to a medical assist.

An officer took a report of a dog bite in the 100 block of Richards Street.

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An officer was dispatched to South Macoupin Street and Henrietta Street in reference to a theft.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a traffic crash at Springfield Road and Route 16.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2023

An officer was out with a group of individuals in front of a business in the 100 block of North Macoupin Street. James D. Gipson, 24, of Mt. Olive was issued a citation for public intoxication.

An officer was out in the 100 block of West Walnut Street in reference to criminal trespass to property. Mary K. Hughes, 71, of Gillespie was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for criminal trespass.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 300 block of West Easton Street.

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

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in the 800 block of Harding Avenue in East Gillespie mental issue.

An officer was dispatched to Dorsey Road in Mt. Clare in reference to an alarm sounding.

An officer was dispatched to the area of Broadway Street and Tower Road in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Route 138 in Benld in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Broadway Street in reference to well-being check on animals.

An officer was out in the 400 block of East Walnut Street in reference to juveniles shooting off fireworks.

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

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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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