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Gillespie Police Report: March 27-April 2, 2022

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SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2022

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 5th Street in Benld. Seth E. Brown, 41, of Gillespie was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street regarding theft from a motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Biddle Street regarding theft from a motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Cedar Street regarding criminal trespass to a motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Edwards Street regarding theft from a motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Biddle Street regarding criminal trespass to a vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Olive Street regarding criminal trespass to a vehicle

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An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Edgar Street regarding theft from a motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Spruce Street regarding theft from a motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of Madison Street regarding a domestic dispute.

An officer during normal patrol noticed an open door on a vehicle. The officer made contact with the owner and the vehicle was secured.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Osie Street to check a residence regarding criminal trespass.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Jonathan I. Conway, 20, of Litchfield was issued a citation for speeding.

MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Oak Street regarding a domestic dispute.

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The School Resource Officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Oak Street regarding truancy.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South 7th Street in Benld regarding a domestic battery. Christian L. Graves, 19, of Benld and Shawna L. Mize, 22, of Benld were arrested for domestic battery.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie High School to speak with the school administration regarding fraud.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department regarding a burglary in the 300 block of Dorsey Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Osie Street regarding a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Chestnut Street to recover an abandoned item.

An officer was dispatched to the 1300 block of Jane Drive regarding theft from a motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 4th Street in Benld regarding the violation of an order of protection.

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An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street regarding a noise complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Frey Street regarding a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Henrietta Street regarding a suspicious vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South Hard Road regarding a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Central regarding a violation of an order of protection.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Western Avenue regarding juvenile issues.

TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Springfield Road regarding a suspicious person.

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An officer was dispatched to Fulton Street and Oak Street regarding a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Macoupin Street regarding a business check.

Anthony M. Bellm, 30, of Gillespie was arrested for burglaries from motor vehicles and criminal trespass to real property.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Elm Street regarding a juvenile issue.

Brandon L. Carney, 35, of Gillespie was issued a citation for driving while his license was suspended in the 300 block of South Macoupin Street.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department regarding a violation of an order of protection in the 600 block of North 4th Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to Staunton Road regarding a report of reckless driving.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department regarding a civil issue.

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An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department regarding a child custody issue.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department regarding harassment.

The School Resource Officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Oak Street regarding truancy

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Madison Street regarding a suspicious vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Frey Street regarding suspicious activity.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 4th Street in Benld regarding a violation of an order of protection.

The School Resource Officer was dispatched to Gillespie High School office regarding theft.

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An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of West Osie regarding a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 4th Street in Benld regarding the violation of an order of protection. Dustin M. Thompson, 28, of Benld was arrested for violation of an order of protection.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department regarding a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Chestnut regarding a motorist assist.

The School Resource Officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Oak Street regarding truancy.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department regarding recovered stolen property.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Spruce Street regarding a wellbeing check.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Olive Street regarding a suspicious person

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THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 4th Street in Benld regarding criminal damage to property.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Mark R. Spaid, 70, of Carlinville was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was out in the 500 block of East Central Avenue assisting the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department with serving an order of protection.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department regarding recovered stolen property.

FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2022

The School Resource Officer was out in the 300 block of West Oak Street regarding truancy. A 15-year-old male was transported to the Madison County Detention Center on a Macoupin County warrant.

An officer initiated a traffic stop in the 200 block of Berry Street in Mt. Clare. Mark E. Henderson, 57, of Gillespie was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

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An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of West Chestnut Street regarding a business check.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 7th Street in Benld regarding a noise complaint.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department regarding a civil issue

An officer assisted with a child custody exchange at Gillespie Police Department.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department regarding a juvenile issue.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2022

An officer was out with a suspicious person at Staunton Road and Clark Street.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department regarding the misuse of 911 calls.

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An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Henrietta regarding a domestic dispute.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department regarding a child custody issue in the 400 block of Berry Street in Mt. Clare.

An officer was dispatched to Benld City Park regarding a missing child who was later found.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Illinois Street in Benld regarding an item that was found.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of North Kentucky Street in Benld regarding a dog at large.

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 June 30 through July 6. Visit the “Court News” category under the “Community News” tab for other editions.

FELONIES

Lawrence E. Ealey, 50 of Springfield, is charged with loitering as a registered child sex offender in a park in connection with a June 30 incident.

Larry E. Conlee, 40 of Mount Claire, is charged with aggravated battery of a peace officer and attempting to disarm a peace officer or corrections employee in connection with a July 1 incident.

Jessica Mccaw, 35 of Saint Louis, MO, is charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and causing damage in excess of $300 to property in connection with a July 3 incident.

Austin T. Fank, 18 of Mount Olive, is charged with causing a motor vehicle crash involving death or personal injuries, failing to give information and render aid, driving while never issued a license, driving failing to give notice of crash, failure to obey a stop sign, and failure to reduce speed in connection with a July 4 incident.

TRAFFIC

Josh S. Tucker, 29 of Mount Olive, is charged with driving on a suspended license and cancelled/revoked/suspended registration in connection with a June 20 incident.

Charles V. Bond III, 32 of Mount Olive, is charged with driving on a suspended license and having a cancelled/revoked/suspended registration in connection with a June 19 incident.

Justin C. Grider, 42 of Carlinville, is charged with driving on a suspended license in connection with a June 26 incident.

Bobby L. Walker, 34 of Sorento, is charged with driving on a revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, failure to display a registration plate, and expired registration in connection with a June 27 incident.

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Patrick I. Rogan, 37 of South Abington Towns, PA, is charged with speeding 26-34 mph over the limit in connection with a June 27 incident.

Samantha M. Meza, 31 of Carlinville, is charged with cancelled/revoked/suspended registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle in connection with a June 29 incident.

Jessica R M Green, 36 of Carlinville, is charged with driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle in connection with a June 30 incident.

Bryant J. Tilley, 18 of Wilsonville, is charged with driving while never issued a license and driving 11-15 mph above the limit in connection with a June 30 incident.

Johnelle B. Crawford, 52 of Gillespie, is charged with driving on a suspended license in connection with a July 3 incident.

David L. Clark, 31 of Gillespie, is driving on a suspended license in connection with a June 26 incident.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE FILED

  • Kimberlee A. Gillespie versus Jonathan E. Gillespie
  • Charley Jones versus Troy Jones
  • John F. Zoller versus Stephanie Zoller

MARRIAGE LICENSES

  • Jacob Haley and Teylar Berola, both of Chatham

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Bike MS set for September 7, 8

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Participants in the Bike MS travel (archived photo)

Each year we hold the Bike MS: Gateway Getaway in Godfrey, Illinois to raise critical funds and create awareness around our movement. This year, on Saturday and Sunday September 7 and 8, over 1,100 riders plus more than a hundred volunteers and staff will converge on Lewis and Clark Community College’s Godfrey with a goal to raise $1.3 million to change the world for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

Riders will take off over a 2-hour window beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and 7:15 to 8:30
a.m. on Sunday. All participating cyclists, who must be at least 12 years of age and raise a minimum of $300 will have access to bike mechanics, support vehicles, rest stops, a finish line celebration and much more.

You may see our riders who will tackle their choice of 25-, 50-, 75- and 100-mile routes both days, traveling along the limestone bluffs on the Great River Road and winding through Lewis and Clark district communities, including Godfrey, Alton, Fosterburg, Bethalto, Elsah, Otterville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Dorsey, Worden, Holiday Shores, Moro, Woodburn, Bunker Hill, Shipman, Staunton, Benld, Wilsonville and more.

Community members should drive cautiously through 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday
when the routes close.

MS is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Currently there is no cure. Symptoms vary from person to person and may include disabling fatigue, mobility challenges, cognitive changes and vision issues. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to minimize disability. Significant progress is being made to achieve a world free of MS.

The National MS Society, founded in 1946, is the global leader of a growing movement dedicated to creating a world free of MS. The Society provides global leadership and funds research for a cure, drives change through advocacy and provides programs and services to help people affected by MS live their best lives. Our vision is a world free of MS. Our mission is to cure MS while empowering people affected by MS to live their best lives.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about multiple sclerosis (MS) now – to move together toward a world free of MS. Our local chapter serves nearly 9,000 individuals in this area who battle this often-devastating disease.

You can learn more about this event at www.bikems.org.

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Macoupin County zip codes included in high-risk lead testing

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Move puts state closer to goal of universal lead testing by 2026

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced an expanded list of high-risk ZIP codes, increasing mandatory testing for lead exposure of children who live within those areas. 148 new zip codes, representing parts of 60 Illinois counties, have been added to the list this year, bringing the total of high-risk ZIP codes to almost 1,200.

“There is no safe level of lead in the blood,” said IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra. “To better serve our children and build brighter futures for all of our residents, IDPH is acting to ensure that more children have access to the testing and interventions necessary to decrease the potential serious physical and developmental health concerns linked to lead exposure.”

Under Illinois law, any child residing in a high-risk ZIP code is to be tested automatically at 12, 24, and 36 months. All children six years of age and younger are required to be assessed for lead exposure through the use of a questionnaire administered by a pediatrician. In addition, children who fall into other risk categories spelled out in the questionnaire are also tested.

High-risk ZIP codes are determined through an algorithm that assesses a number of different risk factors. The department has been expanding that list of ZIP codes gradually and expects to implement universal testing for lead exposure across all Illinois ZIP codes by 2026. The new expanded list, which took effect July 1, 2024, can be found at: Pediatric Lead Poisoning High-Risk ZIP Code Areas (illinois.gov).

Under current Illinois law, blood tests which come back with lead levels in excess of five micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) require a public health intervention. This includes a home inspection to determine the source of the lead contamination. If lead is found, the inspector will work with the homeowner to remove the sources of lead. In addition, there will also be a visit from a public health nurse who will educate the family on ways to protect children from the harmful effects of lead. 

The newly-added ZIP codes come from the following Illinois counties:

  • Adams
  • Alexander
  • Bond
  • Boone
  • Calhoun
  • Carroll
  • Champaign
  • Clinton
  • Coles
  • Cook
  • Crawford
  • Cumberland
  • Dekalb
  • Douglas
  • DuPage
  • Edwards
  • Effingham
  • Franklin
  • Gallatin
  • Hardin
  • Henry
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Jo Daviess
  • Johnson
  • Kane
  • La Salle
  • Lake
  • Lee
  • Macon
  • Macoupin
  • Madison
  • Marion
  • Marshall
  • Massac
  • McLean
  • Monroe
  • Montgomery
  • Morgan
  • Ogle
  • Peoria
  • Piatt
  • Pope
  • Pulaski
  • Putnam
  • Randolph
  • Richland
  • Rock Island
  • St. Clair
  • Saline
  • Sangamon
  • Shelby
  • Tazewell
  • Union
  • Vermilion
  • Washington
  • White
  • Whiteside
  • Will
  • Winnebago

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