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Gillespie Police Report: June 26-July 2, 2022

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SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2022

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of South Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to an alarm sounding.

An officer spoke with a female in the 300 block of East Oak Street in reference to a child custody issue.

An officer was dispatched to Clinton Street and East Oak Street in reference to an aggravated battery.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Charles Street in reference to a violation of an order of protection. Jake D. Vesper, 29 of Gillespie was arrested for violation of an order of protection.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Francis Street in reference to a missing juvenile.

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2022

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An officer initiated a traffic stop at Macoupin Street and Maple Street. Christa L. Kelly, 49, of Hillsboro was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Spruce Street in reference to a theft.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 6th Street in Benld in reference to a battery.

An officer was dispatched to East Eiler in reference to a motorist assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 200 block of North Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a theft.

An officer was dispatched to Eagarville in reference to a suspicious vehicle riding around shooting off fireworks.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to illegal parking.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to an animal issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 6th Street in Benld in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 6th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

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

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Oak Street in reference to a child custody issue and suicidal subject.

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

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

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

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

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

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 6th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2022

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

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of West Chestnut Street in reference to a mental subject.

Shelby K. Foster, 24, of Benld was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and grooming.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 of West Wilson Street in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of LJ Avenue in reference to a domestic dispute.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Main Street and Central Avenue in Benld. Jimmy R. Wallace, 80, of Wilsonville was issued a citation for disregarding a stop sign.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Spruce Street in reference to criminal trespass.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2022

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

Jason M. Ray, 36, of Gillespie was arrested for driving while his license was suspended and possession of methamphetamine.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Charles Street in reference to a suicidal subject.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Gillespie Street in reference to a suspicious person on someone’s property.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a noise complaint.

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

An officer took a report of reckless driving on Route 16 and East Elm Street.

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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2022

Brayla R. Odle, 22, of Eagarville was arrested on two warrants: a Macoupin County warrant for a failure to appear on a traffic offense and a Montgomery County warrant for a failure to appear on a traffic offense.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Henrietta Street in reference to criminal trespassing.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a child locked in a car with a dog.

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

SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2022

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

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An officer was dispatched to Carney Lane at Gillespie Lake in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a stolen debit card.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North Clinton Street in reference to a fireworks complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Park Avenue in reference to a dog bite.

An officer was dispatched to Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to reckless driving.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Horizon Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

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

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Court News

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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