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Gillespie Police Report: July 9-15, 2023

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SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Charles Street in reference to a child custody issue and criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Olive Street in reference to criminal trespass.

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

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

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Charles in reference to a civil issue.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Charles in reference to a suspicious noise.

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

MONDAY, JULY 10, 2023

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

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

An officer was dispatched to Broadway Street and Elm Street in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of East Chestnut Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Francis Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Charles Street in reference to well being check.

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

TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2023

An officer was dispatched to LJ Avenue and Maple Street in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Illinois Avenue in Benld in reference to found property.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of South Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to criminal trespass.

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

An officer was dispatched to Wilson Street and Second Street in reference to two juveniles fighting. Both juveniles were issued citations for fighting.

An officer was dispatched to the Lake Road in reference to an animal complaint.

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An officer was dispatched to 700 block of Donaldson Street in reference to a property check.

An officer was dispatched to Burton Street and Fillmore Street in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to a vehicle blocking the alleyway.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of South Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Park Avenue to assist an alderman with an ordinance issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of South First Street in reference to a well-being check.

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2023

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An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer was dispatched to Lincoln Avenue in Eagarville in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Clinton Street in East Gillespie in reference to an unwanted solicitor.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a noise complaint in the 400 block of Park Avenue.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Park Avenue in reference to a well-being check.

An officer assisted Department and Children Family Services with a call in the 300 block of Park Avenue.

An officer was dispatched to Southern View Lane at Gillespie Lake in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

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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 issue.

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

An officer on normal patrol through the 700 block of Litchfield Road in East Gillespie noticed that the latch on a couple of the storage units had been broken. The officer made contact with Central Illinois Storage unit owners so they were able to notify the owners.

THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Macoupin Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of East Spruce Street in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was dispatched to Route 138 by Benld City Cemetery in reference to traffic control.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Spruce Street in reference to an alarm sounding.

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FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2023

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to a theft on Meadowlark Drive in Benld.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South Main in Benld to assist Department and Children Family Services.  Michael M. Lambert Hoyt, 48, of Benld was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Avenue in reference to littering. A juvenile male was issued a citation for littering.

An officer was dispatched to Big Brick Park in reference to people in the park after dark.

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 300 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a suspicious person.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 2nd Street in Benld.  Matthew D. Allen, 42, of Gillespie was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was dispatched to East Elm Street and Adams Street in reference to a suspicious person.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of South Second Street in reference to a noise complaint.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Elm Street in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer was dispatched to South Mt. Olive Road in Eagarville in reference to a suspicious person.

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An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Daisy E. Caudell, 66, of Carmi was issued a citation for speeding.

SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2023

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

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Oak Street in reference to an animal complaint.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Pine Street and Macoupin Street. Anita L. Wolf, 36, of Gillespie was issued citations for the operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and suspended registration.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Hard Road in Mt. Clare to retrieve found property.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Broadway Street and Francis Street. Luis F. Us Benito, 24, of St. Louis was arrested for no driver’s license, speeding, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and improper use of evidence of registration.

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

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

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

An officer was out with a suspicious vehicle in the 2400 block of Staunton Road in Mt. Clare.

An officer was out in the 400 block of Locust Street in Benld with unwanted solicitors.

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

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Macoupin County Courthouse News

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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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