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Gillespie Police Report: October 1-7, 2023

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 2600 block of Staunton Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a domestic dispute and fleeing and eluding a peace officer.

An officer was dispatched to the corner of 7th Street and Walnut Street in Benld in reference to a noise complaint.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Pine Street in reference to a suspicious person.

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

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Dorsey Street in Benld in reference to a civil issue.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue in Eagarville in reference to a neighbor dispute and criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to an ordinance issue illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to aggravated battery.

An officer was dispatched to the LJ Avenue Apartments in the 400 block of LJ Avenue in reference to an alarm going off.

An officer was dispatched to the 2300 block of Staunton Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a security check.

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

An officer was dispatched to Madison Street and Gillespie Street in reference to a suspicious person.

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

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An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Abba Street in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Elm Street in reference to neighborhood dispute.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to theft of services or labor.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to criminal trespass to land.  Mary K. Hughes, 71, of Benld was arrested for criminal trespass to land.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Street to assist the IL Attorney General’s office in a search warrant.

An officer was out in the 300 block of South 1st Street in Benld returning a found item.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of South Street in reference to a medical assist.

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An officer was dispatched out to the Gillespie High School to assist the School Resource officer with a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with female in reference to harassment on social media.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Dorsey Road in Mt. Clare in reference to dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Avenue in reference to dogs at large. Timothy A. Desherlia, 47, of Gillespie was issued a citation for dog at large.

Mary K. Hughes, 71, of Gillespie was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for trespassing to land.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to theft. Michael J. Maier, 34 of Gillespie was arrested for theft.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department in reference to juvenile issue.

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

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2023

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie High School to assist the School Resource officer with a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North Francis Street in reference to a wellbeing check.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Avenue in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of West Baker Street in reference to a wellbeing check on an animal.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Berry Street in Mt. Clare in reference to criminal trespass. Sharen D. Conlee, 65, of Mt. Clare was issued a citation for criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Berry Street in Mt. Clare in reference to theft.

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

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An officer was dispatched to the Pomatto Park on North Macoupin Street in reference to medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to North Clinton Street in reference to an unwanted solicitor.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North 6th Street in Benld in reference to a wellbeing check.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Clay Street and Henry Street. Theodore H. Hopper, 51, of Gillespie was arrested for driving while license was suspended.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North Francis Street in reference to a wellbeing check.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Avenue in in reference to to a suspicious vehicle.

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

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South Main Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute. Joshua L. Wilson, 26, of Benld was arrested for domestic battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of West Baker Street in reference to a child custody issue.

An officer was dispatched to the intersection of Route 4 and Route 16 in reference to a suspicious person.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a suspicious male.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Fisher Street in Sawyerville in reference to medical assistance at the request of Macoupin County Sheriff Department.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Main Street in Benld. Gary S. Manus, 53, of Gillespie was issued a citation for speed and for operating uninsured motor vehicle.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Illinois Street in Benld in reference to a domestic battery. Donald E. Ruyle, 50, of Benld was arrested for aggravated domestic battery, and resisting and obstructing a peace officer.

Kelly E. Lyons, 58, of Gillespie was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for driving while license is suspended.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Biddle Street in reference to a medical assist.

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

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

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Springfield Road in reference to road blockage.

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An officer was dispatched to East Oak and Fulton Street in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Middle School in reference to a missing child she was later found.

An officer met with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to an item that was found near his home in the 100 block of South Lincoln Street in Eagarville.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Virginia Avenue in East Gillespie. Denise M. Breen, 48, of Carlinville was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to to a possible intoxicated male.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Park Avenue in reference to a structure fire.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Elm Street in in reference to a disturbance.

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An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to a verbal altercation in the 500 block of Broadway Street.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to theft in the 500 block of South Hard Road in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North 5th Street in Benld in reference to suspicious persons.

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

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Gillespie Police Report: June 9-15, 2024

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SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2024

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a couple in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department and spoke with a female in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Elm Street in reference to criminal trespassing to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Easton Street in reference to a theft.

An officer was dispatched to First Street in Gillespie in reference to a noise complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Street in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was to the 300 block of East Chestnut Street in reference to reckless driving.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 10,000 Louis Lane at Gillespie Lake in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of First Street in reference to a noise complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Montgomery Street in reference to a domestic disturbance.

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

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2024

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

An officer was dispatched to Welfare Park in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

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An officer was out in the 300 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was dispatched to Macoupin Street and Walnut Street in reference to a suspicious male.

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

An officer met with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference toa theft in the 200 block of West Oak Street.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Easton Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 6th Street in Benld in reference to a burglary.  John A. Crisel, 62, of Benld was arrested for burglary.

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

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An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Burton Street in reference to a well-being check.

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

An officer was out with a male in the 100 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a well-being check.

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Park Avenue in reference to found property,

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

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

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Elm Street in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to identity theft.

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 the 600 block of West Wilson Street in reference to an alarm sounding.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. A 16-year-old female from Benld was issued citations for speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Henry Street in reference to a reckless driving complaint.

An officer was dispatched to Route 4 and Dorsey Street in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Chestnut Street in reference to an alarm sounding.

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An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a 911 call.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2024

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 200 block of Southern Street in reference to a burglar alarm sounding.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North 6th Street in Benld in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was out at 4th Street and Hickory Street in Benld in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer was out in the 100 block of East Wilson Street in reference to a camper parked on the sidewalk.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North 4th Street and the 200 block of East Locust Street in Benld in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to Route 4 and Staunton Road in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to Adams Street and Virginia Street in East Gillespie in reference to a medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Walnut Street in Benld in reference to juvenile issues.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Richard Street in reference to a domestic dispute and criminal trespass.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a well-being check.

An officer on normal patrol in the 400 block of Charles Street found a car door open.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North Hard Road in Benld in reference to theft of a motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

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

An officer was dispatched to Oregon Street and Broadway Street in reference to an item falling out of a truck onto the roadway.

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

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a burglary in the 100 block of East Dorsey Street in Mt. Clare.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Gillespie Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

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An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a well-being check.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2024

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Broadway Street and LJ Avenue. Evan T. Webb, 19, of Benld was issued citations for improper use of evidence of registration, no valid registration, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and possession of cannabis in a motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Illinois Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute. Josh N. Danis, 39, of Benld was arrested for resisting or obstructing a police officer.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Main Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Hard Road and Mt. Clare Drive in Mt. Clare. Jessica J. Woyan, 34, of Bunker Hill was arrested for improper use of registration, no valid driver’s license, and expired registration.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Street in reference to a suspicious person.

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An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of West Baker Street in reference to an ordinance issue of illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Hickory in Benld in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of East Elm Street in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Broadway Street in reference to a noise complaint.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 900 block of North Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of First Street in reference to a noise complaint.

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

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Macoupin County man arrested on child pornography charges

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Attorney General Kwame Raoul charged a Macoupin County man with dissemination and possession of child pornography. The case is part of Raoul’s ongoing work, in collaboration with federal law enforcement agencies and local law enforcement officials throughout Illinois, to apprehend offenders who download and trade child pornography online.

The Attorney General’s office charged David Crane, 34 of Brighton, in Macoupin County Circuit Court with one count of dissemination of child pornography of a victim under 13 years old, a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison; and 10 counts of possession of child pornography, Class 2 felonies, each count punishable by up to seven years in prison. Sentences must be served consecutively and are ultimately determined by the court. Crane is currently detained at the Macoupin County Jail. His next court appearance is July 9.

“Children who survive exploitation can face a lifetime of trauma, which is why we must help them receive justice by holding the offenders who commit these horrific crimes accountable,” Raoul said. “I will continue to work with state and local authorities to ensure these individuals are unable to victimize other innocent children.”

Raoul’s investigators, along with officers from the Brighton Police Department, Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police (ISP) South Central Illinois Drug Task Force conducted a search of Crane’s residence in the 600 block of Brown Street in Brighton on June 13. Crane was arrested when investigators discovered evidence of child pornography.

“Illinois State Police special agents continuously investigate cases where there is evidence of child sexual abuse, and we will do everything in our power to arrest predators and protect our children and youth,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly.

Raoul’s office is co-prosecuting this case with the Macoupin County State’s Attorney’s office.

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Raoul’s office, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, runs the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force that investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement agencies. The task force receives CyberTips, or online reports of child pornography, from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Over the last several years, CyberTipline reports have steadily increased. In 2023, reports to the ICAC increased by 46% over 2022.

Illinois’ ICAC Task Force is one of 61 ICAC task forces throughout the country and is comprised of a network of more than 185 local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Since 2019, the Attorney General’s ICAC Task Force has received more than 46,150 CyberTips and has been involved in more than 755 arrests of sexual predators. Since 2006, the Attorney General’s ICAC Task Force has been involved in more than 2,145 arrests of sexual predators. The task force also has provided internet safety training and education to tens of thousands of parents, teachers, students and law enforcement professionals.

Attorney General Raoul is reminding the public that child sexual exploitation can be reported online at cybertipline.com and child abuse at dcfsonlinereporting.dcfs.illinois.gov. In addition, local child advocacy centers can be found at childrensadvocacycentersofillinois.org.

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Assistant Attorney General Jenifer Peck is prosecuting the case for Raoul’s High Tech Crimes Bureau.

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Gillespie Police Report: June 2-8, 2024

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2024

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to an aggravated battery.

An officer was dispatched to an accident at Springfield Road and Elm Street in East Gillespie. Gregory A. Ferrel, 55, of Bethalto was arrested for driving under the influence and improper lane usage.

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

An officer was dispatched to Farley Lane at Gillespie Lake in reference to a battery.

An officer was dispatched to a business at the 900 block of North Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to an alarm sounding.

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

An officer was dispatched to Charles Street and Staunton Road in reference to a well-being check.

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An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to an ordinance issue of illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Cahokia Street in Benld in reference to juvenile issues.

An officer was dispatched to Route 4 and Pingolt Road to assist the Macoupin County Sheriff Department with a well-being check.

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

MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2024

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 700 block of Western Street.

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

An officer was dispatched to Springfield Road and Elm Street in East Gillespie in reference to a traffic crash.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue in Eagarville in reference to a 911 call.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South Main Street in Benld in reference to a 911 call.

TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2024

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Kaleb N. Beck, 24, of Benld was arrested for violation of an order of protection.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a battery. Merrill L. Vanvleck, 49, of Benld was arrested for battery and aggravated assault.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Madison Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of the South Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to criminal trespassing.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a civil stand-by.

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024

An officer was dispatched to North Main and Willow in Benld in reference to an item found in the creek.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Broadway Street in reference to illegal parking.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Baker in reference to an animal complaint. Heather L. Kimberlin, 48, of Gillespie was issued a citation for dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Illinois Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2024

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 4th Street in Benld. Roger C. Conlee Jr. 52, of Gillespie was issued a citation for suspended registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to identity theft.

Ashley N. Goth, 39, of Highland was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for a traffic offense.

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

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An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Michael A. Gagnon, 46, of Edwardsville was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was dispatched to Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a controlled burn.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 8th Street in Benld in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to Eagarville Road and the railroad track in reference to juvenile issues.

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

An officer was dispatched to Baker and Abba Street in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Amanda K. Ewin, 33, of Mt. Clare was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Fulton Street in reference to juvenile issues.

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An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Shelby Street in reference to a noise complaint.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2024

An officer was dispatched to Route 138 South of Ameren in Mt. Clare to assist with an injured animal in the roadway.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Adams Street in reference to a battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South 4th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to illegal burning.

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

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to an alarm in the 200 block of North 2nd Street in Benld.

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An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Spring Street in reference to a noise complaint.

An officer was dispatched to Central Avenue and 5th Street in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 2nd Street in Benld in reference to a domestic battery. Douglas C. Blodgett, 39, of Benld was arrested for domestic battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut in reference to an animal complaint. Angela M. Waugh, 52, of Gillespie was issued a citation for dog running at large.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Sawyerville Hills Road and Route 138 in Mt. Clare. Brittany N. Stinnett, 33 of Bethalto was arrested for driving while her license was suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Macoupin Street and Pine Street. Dylan M. Swank, 21, of Gillespie was issued a citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to Park Street and 2nd Street in Benld in reference to juvenile issues.

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An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Osie Street in reference to a medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to the North Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to reckless driving.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Main Street in Benld. Liberty D. King, 22, of Gillespie was issued a citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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

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