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Gillespie Police Report: July 3-9, 2022

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SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2022

An officer was dispatched to Carney Drive at Gillespie Lake. Gregory J, Kruckeberg, 63, of Bethalto was issued a citation for disorderly conduct.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Spruce Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

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

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

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

An officer was dispatched to North Clinton Street in reference to a group of teens acting suspiciously.

An officer was dispatched to the Veterans Memorial Park in Benld in reference to juveniles riding four-wheelers in the park.

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MONDAY, JULY 4, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 500 blocks of Lynn Street in reference to a domestic battery. Jason M. Ray, 36, of Gillespie was arrested for domestic battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South Main Street in Benld in reference to a domestic battery.  Alicia N. Tamosaitis, 25, of Girard was arrested for domestic battery.

Courtney E. Sherman, 30 of Sherman, was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for driving while her license is suspended.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Oak Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Chestnut Street in reference to fireworks.

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

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An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of South Madison Street in reference to an alarm sounding.

TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2022

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

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in the 400 block of East Elm Street.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Charles Street in reference to a civil issue.

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

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department and spoke with a female in reference to a missing juvenile.

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An officer was dispatched to Haddow Street in Mt. Clare in reference to a domestic dispute and a civil issue.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Broadway Road and Benld Road in Eagarville. Jessica L. Gibbs, 38, of Palmyra was arrested for driving while her license is suspended.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2022

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to a theft in the 500 block of 2nd Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Baker Street in reference to an ordinance issue. Jerald L. Tilley, 56, of Gillespie was issued a citation for temporary use of parking.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Osie Street in reference to a suspicious person.

THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2022

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An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Dorsey Street in Benld in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 300 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to an abandoned vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 600 block of South 8th Street in Benld in reference to an alarm sounding.

An officer was out with a suspicious person in Pomatto Park in the 100 block of North Macoupin Street.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a tree down across the road.

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

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2022

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

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An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South 4th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic battery.

Justin A. Kirkwood, 32, of Benld was arrested for aggravated domestic battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Trolley Street in Benld in reference to a missing person.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of South Street in reference to a suspicious person.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South 6th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Walnut Street in Benld in reference to trees and wires in the roadway.

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An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of South 8th Street Benld in reference to an alarm sounding.

An officer was out with a vehicle at Lincoln Avenue and Broadway Avenue in Eagarville in reference to suspicious activity.

An officer was out with an abandoned vehicle at a business in the 300 block of North Macoupin Street.

SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of East Walnut Street in reference to assisting another agency.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Baker Street in reference to a suicidal juvenile.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Biddle Street in reference to fireworks.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Osie Street in reference to fireworks.

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An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to a theft in the 500 block of East Chestnut Street.

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

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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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