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Gillespie Police Report: July 30-August 5, 2023

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SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2023

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

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South 6th Street in Benld in reference to a theft.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Macoupin Street and Chestnut Street. David W. Burris, 64, of Spaulding was issued a citation for suspended registration.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Broadway Street in reference to an alarm sounding.

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 900 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to an alarm sounding.

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An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to hearing noises across the field from the 800 block of Harding Avenue in East Gillespie.

MONDAY, JULY 31, 2023

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Lincoln Street and Edgar Street in Eagarville. Kellen T. Kolesar, 38 of Benld was arrested for driving on a revoked driver’s license and operating a vehicle with a suspended registration.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South 4th Street in Benld to assist Animal Control.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Lincoln in Eagarville to assist with a civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to Osie Street and Green Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Oak Street in reference to to a 911 hang up.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a dog at large in the 400 block of Burton Street.

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An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

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 400 block of East Elm Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of East Walnut in reference to a property dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Berry Street in Mt. Clare in reference to property damage.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 2300 block of Staunton Road in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to Broadway Street and LJ Avenue in reference to a domestic dispute.

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

An officer was dispatched to Route 4 and Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a suspicious person.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a neighbor dispute.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Lynn Street in reference to criminal trespass. Jason M. Ray, 37, of Staunton was arrested for criminal trespass to state-supported 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 Benld City Hall in reference to a civil standby.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Abba Street in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to a theft in the 200 block of East Pine Street.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a possible burglary in the 800 block of East Chestnut Street in Benld.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Jessica L. Fabian, 27, of Carlinville was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North Main Street in Benld in reference to suspicious people.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a suspicious circumstance.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Eagarville Road in Eagarville in reference to a residential security check.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Central in Benld in reference to an alarm sounding.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South Lincoln Street in Eagarville in reference to a hit-and-run traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South 1st Street in Benld in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Fulton Street in reference to a dog at large. Melinda K. Roeske, 50, of Gillespie was issued a citation for dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to Spruce Street and Shelby Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil standby in the 700 block of Abba.

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

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2023

An officer was dispatched to Route 16 and Tower Road in reference to criminal trespass to land.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Burton Street in reference to a male discharging a BB gun in city limits.

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

An officer met with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to found property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to a mental health issue.

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

An officer was dispatched to the business at Route 4 and West Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a suspicious person.

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An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of Broadway Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was out in the 300 block of Dorsey Road in Mt. Clare in reference to an open window on a house.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North 4th Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Henrietta Street in reference to a suspicious person

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2023

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

An officer was out at a business in the 200 block of East Central in Benld in reference to found property.

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

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

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Lake in reference to domestic battery.  Danny G. Kline, 39, of Gillespie was arrested for domestic battery.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a hit-and-run traffic crash in the 700 block of North Main Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to Lewis Lane and Southern View at Old Gillespie Lake in reference to an aggravated assault.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Gillespie Street in reference to a civil issue.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to harassment by telephone.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a male giving her daughter marijuana. Gaberial A. DeSherlia, 22, of Gillespie was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Avenue in reference to a suspicious noise.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2023

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to an intoxicated male being unruly.

An officer assisted a deputy with the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department with a male driving under the influence of alcohol.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Joyce A. Lane, 69, of Litchfield was issued citations for speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Macoupin Street and Walnut Street. Derrick L. Emery, 37, of Gillespie was issued a citation for expired registration.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Cedar Street in reference to a blocked driveway.

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An officer was dispatched to Henrietta Street and Burton Street in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North 4th Street in Benld in reference to a medical call.

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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