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Cases filed during-August 21-27, 2022. Visit the “Court News” category under the “Community News” tab for other editions. 

FELONIES

Austin Seago, 28 of Girard, is charged with possession of less than 5 grams of meth in connection with an August 20 incident.

Michael Gray, 51 of Gillespie, is charged with aggravated battery against a peace officer and improper use of registration in connection with an August 20 incident.

Randy Anderson, 32 of Alton, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, illegal transportation of alcohol as a passenger, and failing to wear a seatbelt in connection with a June 29 incident.

Mario Espat, 36 of Waukegan, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and failing to wear a seatbelt in connection with an April 3 incident.

Victor Espat, 35 of Waukegan, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of cannabis as a passenger in connection with an April 3 incident.

Joseph Scoggins, 29 of Carlinville, is charged with aggravated battery against a peace officer and aggravated battery against a nurse in connection with an August 22 incident.

Michael Lewis, 46 of Girard, is charged with possession of less than 5 grams of meth, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, and no registration light in connection with an August 24 incident.

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Adam Bray, 41 of Gillespie, is charged with two counts of driving on a revoked or suspended license in connection with a July 5 incident. The charge was elevated to a felony due to a previous conviction of the same offense.

MISDEMEANORS

Kimberly Baker, 34 of Livingston, is charged with violating an order of protection in connection with an August 21 incident.

Dillan Turner, 28 of Carlinville, is charged with retail theft of display merchandise of less than $300 in connection with a July 29 incident.

Latisha Conner, 31 of Gillespie, is charged with criminal damage to property in connection with an August 24 incident.

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Brian Frazier, 46 of Virden, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage in connection with an August 21 incident.

Christopher Ellis, 31 of Mt. Olive, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding 26-34 mph over the speed limit, improper lane usage, disregarding a stop sign, and failing to wear a seatbelt in connection with an August 20 incident.

Dakota Cox, 22 of Bunker Hill, is charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, failing to reduce speed, and violating a license class in connection with an August 21 incident.

Dena Allen, 49 of Coffeen, is charged with driving under the influence of any amount of a drug, driving on a suspended license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration, failing to wear a seatbelt and expired registration in connection with an August 20 incident.

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DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE FILED

  • Megan Burch versus Joshua Michael-Burch
  • Jason Allen versus Jessica Allen
  • Beverly Fedak versus Thomas Fedak
  • Amy Sibley versus Cody Sibley
  • Carolyn Schmidt versus David Schmidt
  • Diana Wise versus Aubrey Wise Sr.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

  • Lucas Wonaroski and Kayla Burney, both of Girard
  • Ryan Green and Jessica Leblanc, both of Carlinville
  • Lindsey Dankenbring and Caleb Robinson, both of Shipman
  • Brittany Polo and Mitchell Pollard, both of Bunker Hill
  • Katrina Steward and Dallas Edge, both of Raymond
  • Jamie Moore and Kody Funk, both of Piasa
  • Sophie Fairman and Cole Devries, both of Hamel

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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.

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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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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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