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GPD Blog: October 1st-7th

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2011

Officer took a report of a runaway reported by the mother. Everyone including the mother, father and others tried contacting her cell phone with no response. On Sunday afternoon, October the 2nd, she returned home

Jared M. Pruitt, 20, Carlinville was cited for failure to signal when required.

Matthew S. Ross, 21, Gillespie was cited for Illegal Transportation of alcohol by a driver.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011

Officer was called to the 300 block of Park Ave. for a domestic. A 16 year old juvenile got into a verbal argument with his stepfather. The argument was over fixing the juvenile’s vehicle.

Officer met with a couple at the Police Dept. reporting that the father of the female’s son had not returned him from the week-end. Everything was worked out to where the father would returned the child to his grandfather on Monday morning.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2011

Officer was called to the 300 block of N. Adams for a domestic in progress. The fight was between two brothers, one who had a broken jaw and was taken by ambulance to the hospital but he refused to press charges against his brother.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2011

Officer was called to a business in the 800 block of Staunton Rd. where there was a customer out of control. John A. Crisel, 49, Sawyerville was arrested for disorderly conduct. He posted bond and was released.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2011

Officer took a report from a female who was receiving harassing telephone calls from an ex-boyfriend. He was called and advised any more calls and charges could be filed.

Officer was called to business in the 300 block of S. Macoupin for a female crying on their lot. The female said she had been in a fight at a business in the 100 block of E. Spruce. The owner there was contacted and asked that the female who had come into the business and started the fight not come back, barring her from the business.

Thomas D. Dewey, 48, Gillespie was cited for a dog running at large and for not having dog licenses after his dog had chased a male on the corner of West Elm and Francis Streets.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011

Peter G. Vangieson, 57, Springfield, IL was cited for speeding 43 MPH in a 30 MPH zone.

Officer was called to the 200 block of E. Elm for a domestic between a mother and her daughter over the grandchild who was just 2 months old. Everything was verbal and the daughter left the residence with the granddaughter.

Officer was called to the 700 block of Frey to take a theft report of scaffolding from the residence.

Officer took a report from a male in the 400 block of W. Walnut who had a stereo taken from behind his house and inside a cabinet. Also, taken were three fishing rods from inside his garage.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011

Officer took a report from a male who walked into the Police Dept. wanting an ambulance. He had just had an argument with his elderly mother. He was having chest pains and difficulty breathing and had been off his medications for a few weeks. An ambulance was called and he was transported to a hospital.

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Officer was called to a business on Southern St. for a shoplifter. Jorda L. Claro, 24, Gillespie was arrested for retail theft. She posted bond and was released.

Officer recovered an I-Pod from a juvenile on E. Walnut St. that had been stolen from a Benld residence.

Jeremy J. Smith, 35, Gillespie was cited for failure to wear seat belt. He posted bond and was released.

Tony P. Kessinger, 30, Benld was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for F.T.A. on a child restraint violation. He was, also charged with no valid registration, no insurance and driving while license suspended. He posted bond and was released.

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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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