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Gillespie Police Report: September 18-24, 2022

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Berry Street in Mt. Clare in reference to a domestic dispute.

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

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department in reference to a battery on Macoupin Street and Spruce Street.  Harley Jo M. Bertolis, 26, of Gillespie was arrested for battery.

An officer took a report of a traffic crash at Benld City Cemetery on Route 138.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Maple Street in reference to a noise complaint.

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

An officer was dispatched to Big Brick Park in reference to juvenile issues.

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An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to a well-being check.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Main Street in Benld. Jeremy T. Anderson, 28, of Carlinville was issued a citation for speeding.

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Avenue in reference to found property.

An officer was dispatched to Big Brick Park in reference to criminal defacement of property.

An officer initiated a traffic stop in the 200 block of North Hard Road in Mt. Clare.  Rudolph H. Jackson, 58, of Shipman was issued citations for expired driver’s license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and improper use of evidence of registration.

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An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to criminal trespass.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft on Southern View Lane at Gillespie Lake.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Oak Street in reference to criminal trespass to a residence.

An officer was dispatched to Benld City Park in reference to a suspicious person.

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

An officer was dispatched to Benld Road and Lincoln Avenue in Eagarville in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Oak Street in reference to criminal trespass. A 13-year-old male juvenile was issued a citation for criminal trespass to a residence.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 and 500 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a noise complaint.

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

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Oak Street in reference to harassment.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue in Eagarville in reference to a neglect investigation.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Avenue in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 1200 block of South Second Street in reference to harassment and assault.

An officer spoke with a juvenile and parent at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a battery that took place at Gillespie Middle School.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Berry Street in Mt. Clare in reference to a mental health issue.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 2nd Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to Central Avenue and North 5th Street in Benld in reference to a suspicious person. Joshua N. Danis, 37, of Benld was arrested for unlawful use of weapons and criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 2nd Street in Benld in reference to a battery.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2022

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a suspicious person. Jasen R. Ferratto, 32, of Benld was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Rolando Drive in East Gillespie in reference to a suspicious person.

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

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 200 block of West Central Street in Benld in reference to a battery.

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An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of East Maple Street in reference to a suspicious person.

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

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

An officer was dispatched to Fulton Street and Maple Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer spoke with an intoxicated male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a warrant he thought he had.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Ben-Gil Elementary School in reference to a civil standby with a parent.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a no-contact order.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Gillespie Street to pick up an item that was found.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

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

An officer was dispatched to the 2000 block of Staunton Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a civil issue.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department from the 800 block of Harding Avenue in East Gillespie in reference to mental issues.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to Macoupin Street and Walnut Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Fulton Street in reference to harassment by phone.

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

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Madison Street in reference to found property.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 1200 block of South Second Street in reference to stalking and harassment by phone.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to suspicious activity in the 800 block of Harding Avenue in East Gillespie.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Charles Street in reference to trespassing.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Broadway Street and Kelley Street.  Donna L. Herman, 57, of Bunker Hill was issued a citation for speeding.

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An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Park Avenue in reference to a civil standby.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2022

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 300 block of Macoupin Street in reference to theft and disorderly conduct.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Trolley Street in Benld in reference to a recovery of a stolen vehicle.

A 15-year-old male was arrested for aggravated battery and for violation of home confinement.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of East Walnut Street in reference to theft and criminal trespass to land.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to criminal damage to property that occurred in the 900 block of Broadway Street.

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An officer was dispatched to the Soccer Fields on Adams Street in East Gillespie in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Gillespie Street in reference to a suicidal subject.

An officer was dispatched to Central Avenue and Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to an ATV on the roadway.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Harding Avenue in East Gillespie in reference to a mental health issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Park Avenue in reference to illegal parking.

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

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Mt. Olive Road and Edgar Street in Eagarville.  Teran K. Loveless 23, of Carlinville was issued a citation for disobeying a stop sign.

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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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