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Police Activity: October 30th-November 6th

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2011

Officer was called to the 600 block of W. Charles where a male subject walked into the wrong residence. Michael J. Bain, 41, Gillespie was arrested for disorderly conduct.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011

Officer was called to the 1100 block of S. Second for a domestic. Officer located the female in the 400 block of S. Macoupin to make sure she was okay, she advised she left the residence for the rest of the night.

Officer took a report from a resident in the 400 block of E. Elm who had damage done to his vehicle by someone spray painting it. He also, had his stereo stolen out of the vehicle. This case is under investigation.

Officer was called to the 300 block of E. Elm by a female receiving threatening and harassing phone calls by an unknown person.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011

Rodney W. Messerly, 29, Bunker Hill was arrested on a warrant out of Montgomery County for failure to appear on a Fraud charge. He posted bond and was released.

Officer took a report of a dog running in the 800 block of N. Macoupin. Jessica A. Richardson, 21, Gillespie was cited for dog running at large.

Officer took a report of a male subject harassing another male subject after being told not to call him anymore. Dean M. Cleeton, 43, Gillespie was cited for disorderly conduct.

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Officers were called to the 500 block of Park Ave. where a male subject had pushed another male subject down. The suspect was located and arrested for disorderly conduct.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2011

Officer was called to the Middle School playground by a mother who said 2 older boys had kicked her 7 year old. The parents of the suspects were contacted and advised what the boys had done. The mother did not want to press charges, just wanted to make sure this didn’t happen again.

A 16 year old male was cited for speeding 41 MPH in a 25 MPH zone.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011

Officer took a report from a male subject who said he needed a report to get his cell phone replaced. His dog had gotten a hold of his phone and ate it.

Danielle Leonard, 21, Gillespie was arrested on a warrant out of Montgomery County for failure to appear on an Illegal Consumption of alcohol citation. She posted bond and was released.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011

Officer was called to the 300 block of E. Oak for a verbal domestic. When the officer arrived, the male subject advised he would get his personal belongings and leave for the rest of the day.

Elizabeth M. Wicklund, 29, Staunton was cited for driving while suspended and improper lane usage. She was stopped for speeding and was given a verbal warning.

Officer was called to the 200 block of E. Elm for a domestic. Alberto Soler, 48, Wilsonville was arrested on a warrant out of Montgomery County for failure to appear on a DUI citation. He was transported to District 18 and turned over to a Montgomery County deputy.

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Amanda M. Price, 28, Gillespie was cited for driving while license suspended. She was originally stopped for failure to signal.

James A. Ursch, 20, Benld was cited for having no insurance.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2011

Officer was called to the 300 block of W. Chestnut when a male reported that another male spent the night but was not at the residence when he awoke. He was concerned because the male that left, left his glasses at his residence. The male that was missing was located at his residence in Plainview.

Officer took a report from a mother who advised her 16 year old daughter did not return home last night. After checking with several of her friends, she was located with a 19 year old male and returned home.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2011

Shaun L. Zeller, 31, Litchfield was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane usage and no insurance. He posted bond and was released.

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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.

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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