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Gillespie Police Report: September 10-16, 2023

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2023

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Macoupin Street and Maple Street. Jesse J. Kahl, 36, of Wilsonville was arrested for driving with suspended registration and driving under the influence.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Burton Street in reference to a civil standby and criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to Farley Lane at Gillespie Lake in reference to criminal trespass to property.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of West Oak Street in reference to child custody exchange.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 2nd Street in Benld.  Nicholas C. Flournoy, 23, if Gillespie was issued a citation for speeding.

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An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of West Burton Street in reference to a civil standby.

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

An officer was dispatched to the Coal Country Sports Complex in the 1000 block of North Adams Street in reference to illegal parking in the handicap areas.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to an animal complaint.

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

An officer during normal patrol noticed an open door at a residence in the 400 block of North 4th Street in Benld. The officer spoke with the property owner who was cleaning out the home.

An officer was dispatched to the area of 1st Street in Benld in reference to a vehicle with a loud exhaust.

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

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2023

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Macoupin Street and Maple Street. Myron W. Zollicoffer, 51, of Royal Lakes was issued a citation for driving while license was revoked.  Haley M. Holmes, 30, of Illiopolis was issued citations for illegal transportation, speeding, obstructing justice, resist/obstruct/ a peace officer and obstructing identification.

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of Second Street in reference to a dog at large.  Tiffany L. McCoy, 40, of Virden was issued a citation for dog at large.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Harding Avenue in East Gillespie. Rickey D. Bell, 63 of Gillespie was arrested for driving on suspended driver’s license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 2nd Street in Benld.  Susanne K. Hartman, 43, of Gillespie was issued citations for overtaking and passing a school bus, expiration of registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Pine Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Walnut Street in Benld in reference to a civil issue.

The School Resource officer was dispatched to report a fight in High School Parking lot.

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An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Park Avenue in reference to a medical assist.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2023

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Che N. Lang, 32, of Freeburg was issued a citation for expired registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Macoupin Street and Pine Street. Adam J. Wieties, 40, of Carlinville was issued a citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer was out with a subject near Pomatto Park whom advised he was homeless.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Harding Avenue in East Gillespie in reference to a security check.

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An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil issue in the 200 block of 8th Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 200 block of North Macoupin Street to speak with individual in reference to reckless driving.

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

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

An officer was dispatched to the alley way behind the Dairy Queen in reference to a medical assist.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2023

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue in Benld. Jordan R. Libbra, 24, of Mt. Olive was issued a citation for suspended registration.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Staunton Road and Division Street in Mt. Clare. Timothy G. Gruhlke, 46, of Staunton was arrested for driving under the influence and improper lane usage.

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An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department in reference to a suicidal subject.

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

An officer was dispatched to Spruce Street and Rice Street in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Henry Street in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Pine in reference to criminal damage.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 1st Street in Benld. Richard L. Dodson, 69, of Litchfield was issued a citation for operating uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the Big Brick Park in reference to suspicious items.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2023

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Fulton Street in reference to an animal death.

Daniel R. Sawyer, 46, of Gillespie was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.

An officer was dispatched to the Veterans Memorial Park in Benld in reference to a suicidal subject.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Western in reference to criminal trespass and a suspicious person.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of North 6th Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Elm Street in reference to medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to a wellbeing check.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South Main Street in Benld in reference to a physical altercation. Joshua L. Wilson, 26, of Benld was arrested for battery, and Jarrett I. McIntosh, 31, of Benld was arrested for battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of East Chestnut Street in Benld in reference to juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 900 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a dumpster fire.

An officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of South Madison Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Spruce Street and Rice Street. Ronald M. Burns, 35, of Litchfield was arrested for driving while license are suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and unlawful us of weapon.

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of South Madison Street in reference to a civil issue.

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An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Walnut in reference to a mental subject.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of East Chestnut Street in Benld in reference to a missing juvenile.

An officer was dispatched to the 2200 block of Staunton Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a security check.

An officer was dispatched to Casey’s General Store in Benld in reference to a gas leak until the Fire Department could get on scene.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of South Street to check on a female that was on 4 day furlough with electronic monitoring.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a transportation issue that took place in Springfield. She was referred to Springfield Police Department.

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

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

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An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to criminal damage to property in the 300 block of South 5th Street in Benld.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2023

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of South Second Street in reference to an ordinance issue illegal burning.  Kelly E. Lyons, 58, of Gillespie was issued a citation for illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of Abba Street in reference to a dog at Large. Tiffany L. McCoy, 40, of Gillespie was issued a citation for dog at large.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Main Street and Central Avenue in Benld. Kenneth J. Hughes, 50, of Wilsonville was issued a citation for suspended registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Madison Street in reference to a medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie High School parking lot to check wellbeing of a person.

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An officer initiated a traffic stop at Pine Street and Staunton Road. Norma J. Pollard, 69, of Alton was issued a citation for expired registration.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Broadway Street and Kelly Street. Gloria A. Darr, 72, of Medora was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie.  Edith K. Schehl, 51, of Staunton was issued a citation for speeding.

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

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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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