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Gillespie Police Report: September 25-October 1, 2022

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2022

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

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Henry Street in reference to an aggravated battery.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Hard Road in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the Bike Trail in reference to a wellbeing check on an elderly female.

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

An officer was dispatched to Montgomery Street and Chestnut Street in reference to a suspicious person.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Maple Street in reference to suspicious items in a yard.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at West Easton Street and Staunton Road.  Lonnie G. Ziegler, 32, of Staunton was issued a citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2022

An officer spoke with a subject in the 800 block of Harding Avenue in East Gillespie.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of South Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to children left alone in a vehicle. Brittney L. Sherfy, 37, of Benld was issued two citations for endangering the health of a child.

An officer spoke with a suicidal male in the 100 block of South Hard Road in Mt. Clare. EMS was contacted and transported to the hospital for an evaluation.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of East Maple Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

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

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An officer initiated a traffic stop at Macoupin Street and Pine Street.  Michael A. Niebrand, 43, of Dorchester was issued a citation for improper U-turn.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Dorsey Road and 2nd Street in Mt. Clare.  Brittany L. Neverdowski, 22, of Mt. Olive was issued citations for speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Virginia Avenue in East Gillespie. Joseph B. Boente, 71, of Gillespie was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Dorsey Road and Berry Street in Mt. Clare.  Robyn E. Proctor, 45, of Bethalto was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Dorsey Street and 2nd Street in Mt. Clare. Braeden L. Vasseur, 19, of Bucyrus, Missouri was issued a citation for speeding.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to illegal burning.

An officer spoke with a female in the 200 block of Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie in reference to a civil issue.

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An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Baker Street in reference to a suspicious person.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2022

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

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Green Street in reference to a civil issue and a court order violation.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Henrietta Street in reference to a domestic dispute.  Daniel R. Sawyer, 45, of Gillespie was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for failure to report a change of address or employment.

An officer was out at Macoupin Street and Elm Street in reference to a motorist assist.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of North 9th Street in Benld in reference to a death investigation.

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

An officer was dispatched to Big Brick Park and Green Street in reference to a traffic crash.  A 16-year-old female was issued a citation for no valid Illinois license.

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

An officer spoke with a mental subject in the 800 block of Harding Avenue in East Gillespie.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Green Street in reference to a suspicious person.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Walnut Street in Benld in reference to disorderly conduct.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Madison Street in reference to theft. Alexis N. Compton, 19, of Taylor Springs was arrested for theft.

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

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

An officer was out in the 200 block of East Burton Street in reference to an ordinance issue.  Harold J. Bertolis, 71, of Gillespie was issued an ordinance citation.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North Kentucky in reference to dog at large.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

An officer was out with a male in the 600 block of North 5th Street in Benld checking his wellbeing after finding him unresponsive in his vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the Bike Trail in reference to damage done by a fire.

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An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to criminal trespass to a residence.  Two juveniles were arrested for criminal trespass to property.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Henry Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

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

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

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Spruce Street in reference to a suspicious person.

The School Resource Officer was out in the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to truancy.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a suspicious person in the 900 block of Frey Street.

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An officer initiated a traffic stop at South Hard Road and Spruce Street in Benld. Betty A. Sherman, 69, of Gillespie was issued a citation for speeding.

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

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

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 200 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Main Street in Benld.  Tanya E. Clark, 48, of Gillespie was arrested for driving while license were revoked.

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

An officer was dispatched to Benld Park in reference to a child custody exchange.

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An officer was out at LJ Avenue and Broadway Street in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Francis Street in reference to suspicious circumstances.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Green Street in reference to subjects parking on the sidewalk and an ordinance issue of individuals living in a camper.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Francis Street in reference to reckless driving.

A female came to Gillespie Police Department to recover a stolen item.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of North 7th Street in reference to a suspicious person.

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

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2022

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

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to a domestic dispute that took place in a business in the 200 block of West Pine Street.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Staunton Road and Southern Street.   Kelly N. Hurley, 49, of Highland was issued a citation for expired driver’s license.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Spruce Street in reference to suspicious activity.

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

A male called the Gillespie Police Department in reference to suspicious noises in his home in the 800 block of Harding Avenue in East Gillespie.

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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