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Gillespie Police Report: June 23-29, 2024

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SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2024

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department in reference to threats and criminal trespass to property.

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

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Lake in reference to disorderly conduct.

An officer was dispatched to Big Brick Park on Gillespie Street and Green Street in reference to an item found.

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

An officer was dispatched to Route 4 in Benld in reference to two juveniles out after curfew.

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2024

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Oak Street in reference to vehicle damage.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to a 911 call for a well-being check.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of East Elm Street in reference to an unwanted solicitor.

An officer was dispatched to East Spruce Street and Second Street in reference to an animal complaint.

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2024

Jason L. Rekart, 50, of Benld was arrested on three warrants out of Macoupin County for larceny/theft; theft and failure to appear for possession of methamphetamine. He was also arrested for a warrant out of Montgomery County for burglary.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Westwood Street in East Gillespie in reference to a well-being check.

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An officer spoke with a make a Gillespie Police Department in reference to a residential burglary in the 1300 block of South Second Street.

Keona D. Roos, 20, of Gillespie was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for retail theft.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Broadway Street in reference to criminal trespass to a residence.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Pine Street in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Gillespie Street in reference to a noise complaint.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Westwood Street in East Gillespie in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue in Eagarville in reference to a domestic dispute. Steven A. Kroll, 32, of Eagarville was arrested on a warrant out of Montgomery County for failure to appear on driving under the influence of alcohol.

An officer was dispatched to East Oak Street in reference to an ordinance issue of illegal burning.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Madison Street and Easton Street. David L. Clark, 31, of Gillespie was arrested for driving while his license was suspended.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of North 4th Street in Benld in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Pine Street in reference to a security check.

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An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Henrietta Street in reference to an assault.

An officer was dispatched to the Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to an assault that took place in the 400 block of South Macoupin Street.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Walnut Street in reference to a security check.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North 4th Street in Benld in reference to a motor vehicle theft.

An officer assisted an alderwoman with an ordinance issue in the 500 block of Park Avenue.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Street in East Gillespie. Dawn M. Hilderbrand, 38, of Shipman was issued a citation for speeding.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Elm Street in reference to a domestic battery. Jessie J. Waugh, 44, of Gillespie was arrested for domestic battery.

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An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to an aggravated assault that took place at Maple Street and Macoupin Street.

An officer was dispatched to Welfare Park in reference to a custody dispute.

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

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

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of North 4th Street in Benld in reference to a neighbor dispute.

An officer was dispatched to Francis Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a 911 call.

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

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An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil issue in the 200 block of North Main Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North Main Street in Benld in reference to a civil standby.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2024

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Broadway Street and LJ Avenue. A 16-year-old female from Taylorville was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Street and Handy Street in reference to a noise complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of West Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a well-being check.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Main Street in Benld. Mallorie J. Thornhill, 36, of Gillespie was issued a citation for operating a vehicle with a suspended registration.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to a medical call.

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An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Elm Street in reference to the welfare of a child.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to the welfare of a child.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a suspicious female sitting in a vehicle for an extended period of time.

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

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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