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Gillespie Police Report: May 14-20, 2023

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SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2023

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

Jessica M. Reiman, 38, of Gillespie was arrested on two Macoupin County warrants for bad checks and for driving while license was suspended.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 100 block of North Macoupin Street.

An officer was dispatched to North 5th Street and East Eiler Avenue in Benld in reference to a damaged vehicle due to flash flooding from the storm passing through.

An officer was out at Central Avenue and Illinois Street in Benld in reference to motorist assist due to flash flooding from the storm passing through.

An officer was dispatched to Big Brick Park in reference to a suspicious person near the park.

An officer was out at Gillespie High School baseball field on Kelly Street checking out a suspicious vehicle.

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An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North 5th Street in Benld in reference to a medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to 1st Street and Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a report of a suspicious male.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Dorsey Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Dorsey Road in Mt. Clare in reference to an alarm sounding.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Henry Street in East Gillespie. Joseph C. Koyickal, 68, of Milwaukee, WI was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Hard Road and Oak Street in Benld. Matthew D. Garmsiri, 26, of Glen Carbon was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Hard Road and Oak Street in Benld.  Steven M. Vandygriff, 26, of Gillespie was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Macoupin Street and Walnut Street. Merry L. Smith, 35, of Gillespie was issued citations for speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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An officer was dispatched to Macoupin Street and Wilson Street in reference to an animal complaint.

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Walnut Street in reference to criminal trespass to a motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Wilson Street in reference to criminal trespass to a residence.

Brandi L. Rose, 36, of Gillespie was arrested on a warrant out of St. Louis County for possession of stolen property.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Dorsey Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a neighbor dispute.

An officer was dispatched to North Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

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

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An officer was dispatched to Farley Lane in reference to reckless driving.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 4th Street in Benld in reference to a medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to a civil standby.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Fulton Street and Walnut Street. Tonya R. Milhime, 45, of Benld was issued a citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 2300 block of Staunton Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a suspicious male in the roadway.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of 1st Street in Benld in reference to a medical assist.

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2023

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An officer was dispatched to the 2200 block of Staunton Road in Mt. Clare in reference to criminal trespass to land.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block North Lincoln Avenue in Eagarville in reference to a domestic dispute and an elderly issue.

The School Resource Officer was called to the Gillespie Middle School to handle a fight between two male juveniles.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Elm Street in reference to identity theft.

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of Second Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Broadway Street in reference to a neighbor dispute.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to a domestic battery that took place in the 200 block of South 2nd Street in Benld. Jason A. Keefer, 26, of Benld was arrested for domestic battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Wilson Street in reference to criminal trespass.

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An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 2300 block of Staunton Road in Mt. Care in reference to a traffic crash with a deer.

An officer was dispatched to High Street and Baker Street in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Wilson in reference to an ordinance issue.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to recovered items.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Walnut Street in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Broadway Street in reference to a wellbeing check.

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An officer was dispatched to Circle Drive at Gillespie Lake in reference to an aggravated assault.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Park Avenue in reference to a civil issue.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Walnut Street and Hard Road in Benld. Danielle M. Marinacci, 38, of Sorento was issued citations for operating a vehicle while the registration was suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Dorsey Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a male covering the storm drains.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Wilson Street in reference to a criminal trespass.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Henry Street in reference to an ordinance issue of illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of North 5th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Dorsey Road in Benld in reference to a neighbor complaint.

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

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of East Pine Street in reference to a traffic crash. Megan E. Vaughn, 20, of Edwardsville was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal transportation of alcohol.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Rotary in reference to a fraud investigation.

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An officer initiated a traffic stop at Dorsey Road and Route 4 in Mt. Clare. Monica M. McMahon, 29, of Mt. Clare was arrested for driving while license was suspended, operating a vehicle with expired registration, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Osie Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Hard Road and Oak Street in Benld. Stacey M. Krueger, 47, of Gillespie was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 4th Street in Benld. Catherine A. Barylske, 52, of Benld was issued a citation for expired registration.

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

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Hard Road in Benld. Alicia E. Turner, 33, of Wilsonville was issued a citation for operating a vehicle with no valid registration.

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

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2023

An officer was dispatched to South Illinois Street and Spruce Street in Benld in reference to a juvenile runaway.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie High School to assist the School Resource Officer with a juvenile leaving school campus.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to damage to property.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Rotary Street in reference to a residential fire.

Brock E, Bultema, 35, of Gillespie was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to property damage and a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Harding Avenue in East Gillespie in reference to criminal trespass.

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

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to meet with a parent in reference to juvenile issues.

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

Danielle M. Marinacci, 38, of Sorento was arrested on a warrant out of Glen Carbon Police Department for larceny retail theft.

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

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

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SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2023

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to meet with a male in reference to an item that was found.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft of an animal and a civil issue

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Main Street in Benld. Milburn J. Lindsey, 41, of Carlinville was citations for expired registration and no valid driver’s license.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Chestnut Street in reference to a dog at large.

An officer patrolling out on Farley Lane at Gillespie Lake was stopped by a male and advised of a theft from his camper.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Charles Street in reference to a civil standby.

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An officer spoke with a male on Farley Lane at Gillespie Lake in reference to the city ordinance of 4-wheelers and ATV’s being ridden out at the Lake

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

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School board deals with personnel issues during special meeting

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Stephanie Bray

Meeting in special session Monday night, members of the Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education accepted “with regrets” the resignation for purposes of retirement of Stephanie Bray, one of the district’s three technology integration specialists, effective June 4.

The board called a special session to deal with the apparently unexpected resignation before the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting later this month. However, board members tabled action on approving a revised job description for the Student Information System/Data Integration Specialist position, pending further discussion.

The board also tabled action on posting the newly created vacancy and tabled posting a district-level secretary’s position.

In February of 2022, the board accepted “with regrets” Bray’s announcement of her retirement “no later than the end of the 2025-26 school year.” There was no indication of why Bray moved her retirement date up by two years.

On a motion by Weye Schmidt, seconded by Amanda Ross, the board voted unanimously to accept Bray’s resignation. The action followed a 50-minute executive session to discuss personnel issues behind closed doors. The public portion of the meeting lasted less than 10 minutes.

In other action, the board voted to renew the district’s One Room contract to offer a remotely taught Spanish class to fulfill the district’s foreign language requirement for the 2024-25 school year. This will be the second year an off-site teacher will teach foreign language at GHS, using remote communication technology. Supt. Shane Owsley said the district had no applications for the vacant teaching position last year. This year, an applicant from Brazil explored the possibility of teaching in Gillespie but ultimately accepted a tutoring position at Greenville University. Owsley said hiring the applicant could have become cumbersome because she was not yet certificated to teach high school Spanish. He said he recently changed the job description from Spanish to foreign language to expand the pool of potential applicants.

In other personnel action, the board approved the maternity leave request of Amber Allan, BenGil Elementary physical education teacher, effective Aug. 28 through Jan. 20.

In separate actions, the board accepted Nathan Henrichs resignation as Gillespie High School freshman football coach, posted the position as vacant, and appointed Henrichs as a varsity assistant football coach. The board also voted unanimously to appoint Alex Jasper as an assistant freshman football coach. The board unanimously accepted Wayne Ireland’s resignation as a volunteer assistant football coach, and voted unanimously to appoint Jarrod Herron and hire Trenton Cleveland as volunteer assistant football coaches.

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The board voted unanimously to hire Michael Rodriguez as a high school volunteer assistant women’s basketball coach.

On a motion by Schmidt, seconded by Kelli Vesper, the board hired Alexis Ollis as a head cook and kitchen staff member, pending documentation of certification and a background check. The board also Brittany Hughes as a district kitchen staff worker, pending documentation of certification and background check.

On a motion by Vesper, the board voted unanimously to post a vacancy for a one-on-one paraprofessional aide.

Board members voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Jessica Kelly as a middle school assistant track and field coach and voted unanimously to hire Jay Weber as the high school head track and field coach.

The regular monthly meeting of the board is set for 6 p.m., Monday, June 24, at the district’s administrative office.

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Americana festival set for July 4 at Benld Park

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Jess Barker, The Lodge Brothers, and The New Prairie Drifters are set to take the stage at Benld City Park on Thursday, July 4 as part of the Americana Festival.

The music festival intends to celebrate the birthday and spirit of America with thriving local culture of music, food, and art. It is scheduled to begin at 12 noon and end at 6 pm.

Food will be available for purchase from The Barracks American Table, a new Gillespie restaurant, and skincare products will be available from Nature’s Bliss, a Benld gift shop.

The park is located at 305 North Main Street in Benld. Admission is free.

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Macoupin County Fair underway until Sunday

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Rides, tents, food trucks, music, animals, and plenty of other offerings fill the grounds at the Macoupin County Fair for the 172nd year. The fair is held June 4 through June 9 at the Macoupin County Fairground north of Carlinville.

The oldest county fair in Illinois, the Macoupin County Fair welcomes thousands of guests to the area and unites agriculture, family, and community. The fair continues through Sunday with highlights every evening.

The fair also meets the needs of families on a budget, for just $10 per person you get parking and all-access to the carnival rides. The cost-friendly fun draws in visitors and locals who get to embrace the county’s namesakes.

Tracy Lawrence and Walker Montgomery are set to take the stage Thursday evening, June 6, at 7:30pm. Friday evening features the tractor and truck pull, and Saturday evening is the crowd-favorite demolition derby.

The fair opens every morning at 8am and closes at 12 midnight. For a full list of schedule of events or to pre-pay for entry, visit the fair’s website here.

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