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Police Activity: May 13-19

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SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012

Shannon D. Johnson, Gillespie was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to signal when required and illegal transportation of alcohol.  He posted bond and was released.

Charles R. Skeldon, 51, Benld was cited for failure to wear seat belt.

Jordan L. Allan, 20, Gillespie was cited for failure to wear seat belt.

MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012

Jennifer M. Kuhn, 35, Gillespie was arrested on a warrant out of Macoupin County for failure to appear on a bad check charge.  She posted bond and was released.

Officer was called to a business in the 500 block of E. Elm for a shoplifter who had been confronted, returned items and then left the business.  Charges were signed by the employee.

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

Chief took a report from a female who filed a report about a credit card fraud.  She had been receiving statements on a credit card account she never opened.  A couple of years ago, she lost her purse with her drivers license and social security card in it.  She believes someone had stolen her identity.

Officer was called to the 300 block of E. Oak to take a report of a burglary.  Someone had taken the screen off a window and gained entry.  Her medication was stolen, along with some valuable coins from her bedroom.  This case is under investigation.

Tonya R. Milhime, 34, Gillespie was cited for failure to wear seat belt.

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Tasha F. Dannis, 31, Gillespie was arrested for retail theft that occurred the night before at the business in the 500 block of E. Elm. She was transported to Macoupin County jail.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012

Tiffany L. Billings, 25, Staunton was arrested for driving while license suspended.  She was transported to Macoupin County jail.

Officer was called to a business in the 400 block of S. Macoupin where the glass in a door to a business was busted out.  This happened sometime during the night, a rock was found inside the business.

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

Officers took a report from a male who was having custody issues where his daughter did not want to go back home with the mother.  A case manager with Children’s Home and Aid was contacted and after several hours, the daughter left with her mother.

Kathrine J. Roberts, 32, Gillespie was arrested for battery after pushing a 19 year old pregnant female in the 500 block of Green St.  She posted bond and was released.

Officer took a report from a male in the 100 block of E. Maple where he was working on a car at a business in that area.  When he left the area he was working at, someone took his medication that was in the vehicle he was working on.  This case is under investigation.

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Karena E. Roos, 26, Gillespie turned herself in on a warrant out of Macoupin County for failure to appear on a driving while license suspended charge.  She posted bond and was released.

Officer took a report from a female in the 400 block of Shelby St. who reported that her son’s yellow floor jack was missing that he had out in their yard.

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While on a routine traffic stop, the officer charged two juveniles with possession of cannabis and possession of paraphernalia.  The male juvenile, age 16 was released to his father and the female juvenile, age 17 was released to a relative.  Formal charges will be filed at the courthouse.

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2012

Kayla M. Schmidt, 20, Mt. Olive was cited for failure to yield at an intersection after striking a vehicle at W. Pine and South Macoupin St.

Donald E. Bruhn, 53, Gillespie was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, loud muffler and having no insurance.  He posted bond and was released.

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Macoupin County man arrested on child pornography charges

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Attorney General Kwame Raoul charged a Macoupin County man with dissemination and possession of child pornography. The case is part of Raoul’s ongoing work, in collaboration with federal law enforcement agencies and local law enforcement officials throughout Illinois, to apprehend offenders who download and trade child pornography online.

The Attorney General’s office charged David Crane, 34 of Brighton, in Macoupin County Circuit Court with one count of dissemination of child pornography of a victim under 13 years old, a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison; and 10 counts of possession of child pornography, Class 2 felonies, each count punishable by up to seven years in prison. Sentences must be served consecutively and are ultimately determined by the court. Crane is currently detained at the Macoupin County Jail. His next court appearance is July 9.

“Children who survive exploitation can face a lifetime of trauma, which is why we must help them receive justice by holding the offenders who commit these horrific crimes accountable,” Raoul said. “I will continue to work with state and local authorities to ensure these individuals are unable to victimize other innocent children.”

Raoul’s investigators, along with officers from the Brighton Police Department, Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police (ISP) South Central Illinois Drug Task Force conducted a search of Crane’s residence in the 600 block of Brown Street in Brighton on June 13. Crane was arrested when investigators discovered evidence of child pornography.

“Illinois State Police special agents continuously investigate cases where there is evidence of child sexual abuse, and we will do everything in our power to arrest predators and protect our children and youth,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly.

Raoul’s office is co-prosecuting this case with the Macoupin County State’s Attorney’s office.

The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Raoul’s office, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, runs the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force that investigates child exploitation crimes and trains law enforcement agencies. The task force receives CyberTips, or online reports of child pornography, from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Over the last several years, CyberTipline reports have steadily increased. In 2023, reports to the ICAC increased by 46% over 2022.

Illinois’ ICAC Task Force is one of 61 ICAC task forces throughout the country and is comprised of a network of more than 185 local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Since 2019, the Attorney General’s ICAC Task Force has received more than 46,150 CyberTips and has been involved in more than 755 arrests of sexual predators. Since 2006, the Attorney General’s ICAC Task Force has been involved in more than 2,145 arrests of sexual predators. The task force also has provided internet safety training and education to tens of thousands of parents, teachers, students and law enforcement professionals.

Attorney General Raoul is reminding the public that child sexual exploitation can be reported online at cybertipline.com and child abuse at dcfsonlinereporting.dcfs.illinois.gov. In addition, local child advocacy centers can be found at childrensadvocacycentersofillinois.org.

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Assistant Attorney General Jenifer Peck is prosecuting the case for Raoul’s High Tech Crimes Bureau.

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Gillespie Police Report: June 2-8, 2024

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2024

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to an aggravated battery.

An officer was dispatched to an accident at Springfield Road and Elm Street in East Gillespie. Gregory A. Ferrel, 55, of Bethalto was arrested for driving under the influence and improper lane usage.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of 8th Street in Benld in reference to a theft.

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

An officer was dispatched to a business at the 900 block of North Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to an alarm sounding.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to Charles Street and Staunton Road in reference to a well-being check.

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An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to an ordinance issue of illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Cahokia Street in Benld in reference to juvenile issues.

An officer was dispatched to Route 4 and Pingolt Road to assist the Macoupin County Sheriff Department with a well-being check.

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

MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2024

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 700 block of Western Street.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Maple Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to Springfield Road and Elm Street in East Gillespie in reference to a traffic crash.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue in Eagarville in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South Main Street in Benld in reference to a 911 call.

TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Charles Street in reference to criminal damage to a property and domestic dispute.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Kaleb N. Beck, 24, of Benld was arrested for violation of an order of protection.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a battery. Merrill L. Vanvleck, 49, of Benld was arrested for battery and aggravated assault.

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Madison Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of the South Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to criminal trespassing.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a civil stand-by.

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024

An officer was dispatched to North Main and Willow in Benld in reference to an item found in the creek.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Broadway Street in reference to illegal parking.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Baker in reference to an animal complaint. Heather L. Kimberlin, 48, of Gillespie was issued a citation for dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Illinois Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2024

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 4th Street in Benld. Roger C. Conlee Jr. 52, of Gillespie was issued a citation for suspended registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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

Ashley N. Goth, 39, of Highland was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for a traffic offense.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Michael A. Gagnon, 46, of Edwardsville was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was dispatched to Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a controlled burn.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 8th Street in Benld in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to Eagarville Road and the railroad track in reference to juvenile issues.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Pine in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to Baker and Abba Street in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Springfield Road and Illinois Avenue in East Gillespie. Amanda K. Ewin, 33, of Mt. Clare was issued a citation for speeding.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Fulton Street in reference to juvenile issues.

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An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Shelby Street in reference to a noise complaint.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2024

An officer was dispatched to Route 138 South of Ameren in Mt. Clare to assist with an injured animal in the roadway.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Adams Street in reference to a battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South 4th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to illegal burning.

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

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to an alarm in the 200 block of North 2nd Street in Benld.

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An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Spring Street in reference to a noise complaint.

An officer was dispatched to Central Avenue and 5th Street in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 2nd Street in Benld in reference to a domestic battery. Douglas C. Blodgett, 39, of Benld was arrested for domestic battery.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut in reference to an animal complaint. Angela M. Waugh, 52, of Gillespie was issued a citation for dog running at large.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Sawyerville Hills Road and Route 138 in Mt. Clare. Brittany N. Stinnett, 33 of Bethalto was arrested for driving while her license was suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Macoupin Street and Pine Street. Dylan M. Swank, 21, of Gillespie was issued a citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to Park Street and 2nd Street in Benld in reference to juvenile issues.

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An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Osie Street in reference to a medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to the North Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to reckless driving.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Main Street in Benld. Liberty D. King, 22, of Gillespie was issued a citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Gillespie Police Report: May 26-June 1, 2024

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SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2024

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Hickory Street and 4th Street in Benld. A 13-year-old female was arrested for driving without a driver’s license.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 200 block of North Hard Road in Mt. Clare in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of West Elm Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to harassment by telephone.

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

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 100 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the alleyway between Park Avenue and Elm Street in reference to four-wheelers driving recklessly.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to an animal complaint.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South Main Street in Benld in reference to a 911 call.

MONDAY, MAY 27, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Second Street in reference to an abandoned vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to a theft.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of South 6th Street in Benld in reference to criminal damage to property.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Shelby Street in reference to a medical assist.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a theft.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a motorist assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Illinois Street in Benld in reference to a well-being check.

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to a juvenile issue.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of North Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to a well-being check.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to a vehicle blocking the alleyway.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Gillespie Street in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Kentucky Street in Benld in reference to a juvenile issue.

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2024

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 600 block of Litchfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a battery.

An officer was dispatched out to the 1000 block of South Madison Street in reference to an ordinance issue accumulation of trash.

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

An officer was dispatched to 1300 block of Staunton Road in reference to a car versus deer traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of LJ Avenue in reference to a motorist assist.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 600 block of Francis Street.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 300 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a medical assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Dorsey Road in Mt. Clare to assist the Village of Mt. Clare in the delivery of legal papers.

An officer was dispatched to South Macoupin Street and Lorraine Drive to assist the Gillespie Fire Department with traffic control in reference to an oil spill.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Elm Street in reference to a civil standby.

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THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of South First Street in reference to a domestic dispute. Makayla D. Jackson, 26, of Shipman was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear on an assault.

An officer was dispatched to South 1st Street in Benld in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Rose Street and 1st Street in Benld. Todd L. Geninatti, 49, of Gillespie was arrested for driving while license was suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a female in reference to a missing juvenile from the 600 block of Charles Street.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Rose Street in Benld in reference to a theft.  Joseph L. Kelley, 20, of Staunton was arrested for theft and criminal damage to property.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of North Hard Road in reference to in Mt. Clare in reference to a suspicious vehicle.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to an elderly female who wondered away from home.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Maple Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

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

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to illegal burning.

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2024

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An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a hit-and-run traffic crash.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 5th Street in Benld.  Asa M. Proctor, 45, of Gillespie was arrested for driving while license were revoked and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Chestnut Street in reference to a pedestrian hit-and-run.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East Elm Street in reference to a found item.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Central Avenue and 1st Street in Benld.  Rodney A. Dunaway, 36, of Collinsville was issued a citation for expired registration.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to juvenile issues.

An officer was dispatched to Springfield Road and spoke with a male in reference to private property he was on.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of South Jersey Street in reference to a medical issue.

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An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Berry Street in Mt. Clare in reference to neighborhood trouble.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft at the 600 block of Edwards Street.

An officer was dispatched to 500 block of Jersey Street in reference to a neighbor dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of East Pine Street in reference to a house check.

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South 1st in Benld in reference to a battery.

An officer was dispatched to South Street and Green Street in reference to a traffic crash.  Isaiah D. Roberts, 20, of Benld was issued citations for illegal consumption of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and illegal transportation of alcohol.  Evan T. Webb, 19, of Benld was issued a citation for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Keller J. Brunetto, 19, of Gillespie was issued a citation for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Maple Street in Benld in reference to suspicious activity.

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An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Staunton Road in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Springfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Jersey Street in reference to a house check.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South Street in reference to a noise complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South 1st Street in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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