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Police Activity: December 5th-11th

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011

Officer was called to the 300 block of Park Avenue for a complaint of people trespassing on the female’s property. Officer confronted the two subjects on the property and they advised their dog got loose and they were trying to catch.  The owner of the property advised that she wished to file charges for trespassing and was advised to go to the State Attorney’s office to do so.

Officer was called to the 700 block of N. Macoupin for a residential burglary.  The owner of the property had been away for the week-end and when he arrived home, found a window broken out and the back door standing open.  A crime scene tech was called to process the scene.  Several items were taken from the residence.

Officer took a report from a female who advised she had just delivered divorce papers to her ex-husband and he became infuriated and kicked her vehicle.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2011

Officer was called from another agency to go to the 600 block of W. Charles and arrest a male subject for them.  The officer arrested Andrew D. White, 29, Gillespie for Litchfield officer for phone harassment.  White was transported to District 18 and released to a Litchfield officer.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011

Officer was called to take a report from a female who said the father of her child had taken her son from a school in Bunker Hill and enrolled him in the Gillespie school system. She wanted her son back in Bunker Hill and since there was no court order stating who has custody of the son, she took the son back to Bunker Hill.

Officer responded as well as Gillespie Fire Dept. to Walnut and Rice where a brush fire caught a shed on fire. This case is under investigation.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011

Officer was called to the High School for a fight, where one male subject hit another one and when the subject was down, kicked him in the face.  Later it was found, that the injured party had a broken jaw.  This case is still under investigation. 

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Officer was called to the 500 block of Green St. for an upset female who had knives in her purse.  The female was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

Officer was called to the 400 block of E. Elm by a female who had been struck in the face by her boyfriend.  Paul J. Conner, 38, Gillespie was arrested for domestic battery and transported to Macoupin County jail.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2011

Officer took a report from a female who had been getting harassing phone calls from an ex-boyfriend.  The male was contacted and advised any further calls and charges could be filed against him.

Officer was called to a business in the 400 block of S.. Macoupin to take a report from a female who advised they have been having trouble with a juvenile shop lifting every time he comes in the store.  She wanted the male subject contacted and told not to return to the store or he would be charged with trespassing.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2011

John E. Katava, 47, Wilsonville, was cited for failure to wear seatbelt.

Officer was called to the 700 block of South St. to take a report of theft of a digital camera. The suspect and a friend were confronted by her mother but she did not find the camera when she searched their belongings.

Officer took a report from a female who had just been in an altercation with her mother’s boyfriend. The mother, Michelle L. Mathews, 42, Carlinville was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for failure to appear on a no insurance violation.  She posted bond and was released.  After interviewing everyone, the female that reported the altercation advised she just made it all up.

Officer was called to the 600 block of Charles St. for a 16 year old who was threatening suicide.  He was intoxicated and transported to a hospital by an ambulance.  He was also charged with possession of cannabis and possession of paraphernalia.

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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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