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GPD Activity: January 21-27

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Police Car LightsMONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013

Theodore S. Knetzer, 29, Gillespie was arrested for pedestrian under the influence of alcohol while he was walking on Abba and Baker Streets.  He was transported to Macoupin County jail.

Officer was called to the 100 block of S. Madison by the owner of a business.   The owner was reporting a female who was in her office that was suicidal.  An ambulance was called and the female was transported to a local hospital.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013

Officer took a report from a mother who advised that her 17 year old daughter was being harassed and bullied on twitter.  The female who was doing the harassing was called and advised if this continues, charges could be filed.

Officer took another report from a female who was being harassed by her family.  Several members of the family were contacted and advised if calls continued, charges could be filed.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013

David A. Schulze, 51, Gillespie was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for failure to appear on a DUI charge.  He posted bond and was released.

Officer took a report from a father who reported that a 16 year old male juvenile was threatening his 11 year old son.  This had occurred the week before.  The 16 year old was contacted along with his father and advised that the 11 year old threw a stick at him as he rode by on his bicycle in the 300 block of Park Avenue.  He was advised to take another route next time he was in that area.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013

Officer was called to the 600 block of Staunton Road, to take a report of a small dog that was rescued from a pond.  The owner was contacted and took the puppy home. The puppy was unharmed.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013

The Chief took a report from a female who had contacted the bank about charges on her bank account she did not make.  The female wanted a report on file since they had her information and may try it again even though she was issued another debit card.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2013

Officer was contacted by a mother from Litchfield, looking for her 14 year old daughter who was supposed to be in Gillespie with a 19 year old male.  The officer contacted several residents to see if he could locate the female juvenile.  Later that night, Litchfield Police advised they had her in custody.  The mother was contacted and was advised to go to Litchfield Police Dept.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013

Sara J. Campbell, 19, Carlinville was cited for having no insurance.

Officer was called to the 200 block of E. Maple an attempted residential burglary.  The couple living there heard their dog barking and when they went outside, found their car door open and the garage door open.  The northeast garage window was broken out too.  This case is under investigation.

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Court News

Macoupin County Courthouse News

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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.

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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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