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Gillespie Police Report: May 26-June 1, 2024

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SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2024

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Hickory Street and 4th Street in Benld. A 13-year-old female was arrested for driving without a driver’s license.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of West Elm Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to harassment by telephone.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to a child custody issue.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the alleyway between Park Avenue and Elm Street in reference to four-wheelers driving recklessly.

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An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to an animal complaint.

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 100 block of South Main Street in Benld in reference to a 911 call.

MONDAY, MAY 27, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Second Street in reference to an abandoned vehicle.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South 6th Street in Benld in reference to criminal damage to property.

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An officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to an alarm sounding.

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

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

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Illinois Street in Benld in reference to a well-being check.

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to a juvenile issue.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to a vehicle blocking the alleyway.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Gillespie Street in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Chestnut Street in reference to a neighbor dispute.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2024

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 600 block of Litchfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a battery.

An officer was dispatched out to the 1000 block of South Madison Street in reference to an ordinance issue accumulation of trash.

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An officer was dispatched to South Macoupin Street and Pine Street in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to 1300 block of Staunton Road in reference to a car versus deer traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of LJ Avenue in reference to a motorist assist.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 600 block of Francis Street.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 300 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Dorsey Road in Mt. Clare to assist the Village of Mt. Clare in the delivery of legal papers.

An officer was dispatched to South Macoupin Street and Lorraine Drive to assist the Gillespie Fire Department with traffic control in reference to an oil spill.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Elm Street in reference to a civil standby.

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THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of South First Street in reference to a domestic dispute. Makayla D. Jackson, 26, of Shipman was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear on an assault.

An officer was dispatched to South 1st Street in Benld in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Rose Street and 1st Street in Benld. Todd L. Geninatti, 49, of Gillespie was arrested for driving while license was suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to a missing juvenile from the 600 block of Charles Street.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Rose Street in Benld in reference to a theft.  Joseph L. Kelley, 20, of Staunton was arrested for theft and criminal damage to property.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Virginia Street in East Gillespie in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of North Hard Road in reference to in Mt. Clare in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to an elderly female who wondered away from home.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Francis Street in reference to a neighbor dispute.

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

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

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to illegal burning.

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2024

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An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a hit-and-run traffic crash.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 5th Street in Benld.  Asa M. Proctor, 45, of Gillespie was arrested for driving while license were revoked and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Chestnut Street in reference to a pedestrian hit-and-run.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Elm Street in reference to a found item.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 1st Street in Benld.  Rodney A. Dunaway, 36, of Collinsville was issued a citation for expired registration.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to juvenile issues.

An officer was dispatched to Springfield Road and spoke with a male in reference to private property he was on.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of South Jersey Street in reference to a medical issue.

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An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Berry Street in Mt. Clare in reference to neighborhood trouble.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft at the 600 block of Edwards Street.

An officer was dispatched to 500 block of Jersey Street in reference to a neighbor dispute.

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2024

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

An officer was dispatched to South Street and Green Street in reference to a traffic crash.  Isaiah D. Roberts, 20, of Benld was issued citations for illegal consumption of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and illegal transportation of alcohol.  Evan T. Webb, 19, of Benld was issued a citation for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Keller J. Brunetto, 19, of Gillespie was issued a citation for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Maple Street in Benld in reference to suspicious activity.

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An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Staunton Road in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Jersey Street in reference to a house check.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South Street in reference to a noise complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South 1st Street in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

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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