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Gillespie Police Report: March 12-18, 2023

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SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 600 Block of Edwards Street in reference to a burglary.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Oak Street in reference to child abuse.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Dorsey Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a domestic dispute. Julia C. Cuvar, 24 of Granite City, was arrested for obstructing an officer.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Park Avenue in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Lincoln in Eagarville in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Burton Street in reference to a suspicious vehicle blocking a driveway.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of East Chestnut Street in reference to a suspicious circumstance.

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

An officer was dispatched to the Gillespie Bike Trail in reference to suspicious circumstances.

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2023

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Kentucky Street in Benld.  Amber N. Robbins, 34, of Mt. Olive was arrested on a warrant out of Alton for resisting an officer.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Dorsey Road in Mt. Clare. Julia C. Cuvar, 24, from Granite City was arrested for aggravated battery, escape, aggravated battery to a peace officer, battery, and resisting a peace officer.

An officer assisted an alderwoman in the 400 block of West Walnut Street with an ordinance issue.

An officer assisted an alderwoman in the 1100 block of Second Street in reference to an ordinance issue.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a child custody issue.

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An officer initiated a traffic stop at Green Street and Gillespie Street. Sarah D. Arnold, 31 of Gillespie was issued a citation for expired registration.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at West Pine and South Macoupin Street. Thomas E. Richards, 37, of Benld was issued a citation for expired registration.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Oak Street in reference to criminal trespass to property and electronic harassment.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Madison Street and Southern Street. Scott A. Schardan, 30, of Gillespie was issued a citation for expired registration.

An officer was dispatched to Frey Street and Poplar Street in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Park Avenue in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Charles Street in reference to a domestic battery. Randy L. Cairns, 37, of Gillespie was arrested for domestic battery.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Osie Street in reference to an ordinance issue. Christopher J. Harbaugh, 54, of Gillespie was issued an ordinance warning for abandonment of vehicles.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South 1st Street in Benld in reference to a residential burglary.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of East Spruce Street in reference to a battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South 4th Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North Main at Benld City Park in reference to juvenile issues.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Chestnut Street in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Madison Street and Southern Street. Scott A. Schardan, 30, of Gillespie was issued a citation for expired registration.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2023

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Bob E. Hughes, 64, of Gillespie was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear on a traffic offense.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Pine Street and Macoupin Street. Daniel L. Myers, 48, of Rockwood was arrested for driving while his license was revoked and operating a vehicle with expired registration.

Kimberly L. Ashmore, 53, of Gillespie was arrested on a Montgomery County warrant for failure to appear for possession of a controlled substance.

An officer was dispatched to East Central Avenue and South 8th Street in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

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

An officer is out with a suspicious person in the 500 block of East Elm Street.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Charles Street in reference to a theft.

An officer was out with a suspicious male in Benld City Park in the 300 block of North Main Street.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of East Pine Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the LJ Avenue apartments in reference to a wellbeing check.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South 6th Street in Benld in reference to medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 2nd Street in Benld in reference to a wellbeing check.

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2023

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Spruce Street in reference to dogs running at large.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Illinois Street and Hickory Street in Benld. Todd E. LaRoche, 40, of Benld was arrested for driving while license was suspended.

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

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Macoupin Street and Oak Street. Isaiah J. Law, 33 of Gillespie was issued a citation for expired registration.

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

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in 100 block of Berry Street in Mt. Clare

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Spruce Street in reference to a wellbeing check.

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An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 400 block of East Spruce Street.

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Edgar Street in reference to a domestic battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South 7th Street in Benld in reference to an aggressive dog. Melissa M. Zirkelbach, 44, of Benld was issued a citation for a dog running at large.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Clark Street and Staunton Road. David L. Clark, 30, of Jerseyville was issued citations for driving under the influence of alcohol, suspended registration, driving while license was suspended, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Main Street in Benld. Kamryn E. Tiepelman, 22, of Mt. Olive was issued a citation for expired registration.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a suspicious person in the 400 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie.

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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