Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department announces the issuance of an arrest warrant for Stephen Edward Mullins, age 49, of Sewell, New Jersey, for the offense of armed robbery, aggravated robbery, and theft over $500.00.

During the early morning hours of October 16th, 2019, a masked gunman entered Jiffi Stop in Barry, Pike County, Illinois and stole United States Currency, cigarettes, and lottery tickets.

The masked gunman fled Jiffi Stop in an unknown direction of travel.

Throughout the investigation, it was discovered the suspect parked in a car wash bay across the street from Barry Jiffi Stop.  Surveillance video was obtained showing the suspect.  Photographs of the suspect released to the media.  However, no credible information was obtained about the suspect’s identity.

On September 30th, 2020, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received notification from the Illinois State Police Division of Forensic Science which identified the suspect as Stephen Edward Mullins due to a DNA hit.

Law enforcement was able to track Steven Mullins to the Elbert County Jail in the State of Colorado.

Law enforcement officials from the Pike County Sheriff’s Department traveled to Elbert County, Colorado where law enforcement was able to obtain police reports from other law enforcement agencies and to interview Mullins.

Mullins currently has criminal charges pending in the following jurisdictions:

  • Stanton County, Kansas-motor vehicle theft and aggravated assault,
  • Lincoln County, Colorado-Vehicular evading, possession of a firearm by a felon, criminal mischief, violation of protection order (7 counts), resisting arrest, DUI, reckless endangerment, burglary, and theft.
  • Elbert County, Colorado-Burglary, and motor vehicle theft.

Sheriff David Greenwood commended his staff, specifically Sergeant Matt Frazier and Chief Deputy Zachary Orr, for their attention to detail during the criminal investigation.   Sheriff Greenwood said that during the initial Crime Scene Investigation, Sergeant Frazier located a very small item which contained the suspect’s DNA which ultimately was used to identify the suspect. Chief Deputy Orr was relentless leading this investigation to bring it to the place it is now.  Sheriff Greenwood said his department was able to track Mullins throughout the State of Illinois as he attempted to scan stolen lottery tickets.

The evidence in this case was ultimately submitted to the Pike County State’s Attorney, Zachary Boren who filed charges and obtained a warrant for the arrest of Mullins.

“Hats off to the Sheriff’s Department for tracking this one down,” said Boren. “We look forward to getting Mr. Mullins back to Pike County to face these charges.”

Parts of this investigation are still ongoing.

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On September 22nd, 2020 at 3:28 P.M., Pike County 911 received a call about a single vehicle accident located on County Highway #10 approx. one mile east of State Highway 96.  The caller reported a passenger was thrown from the vehicle and the driver was entrapped in the vehicle.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department handled the traffic crash investigation.  Subsequent to an investigation, it appeared the vehicle described as a 1998 Chevrolet SUV was traveling westbound on County Highway #10 and for unknown reasons the vehicle ran off of the roadway on the north side of the road and struck a tree ejecting the passenger from the vehicle.  The driver was partially ejected from the vehicle.

The driver, Jose Luis Parra Palma, age 30, of Monroe City, Missouri was pronounced dead on scene.

The passenger, Felipe Galan Almaraz, age 30, of Monroe City, Missouri was airlifted by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  Felipe is in serious condition.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by:

  • Illinois State Police,
  • Pike County Coroner’s Office,
  • Spring Creek Fire Department,
  • Pleasant Hill Fire Department,
  • Pittsfield Fire Department,
  • Pike County Ambulance Service,
  • Air Evac.

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Press Release

On September 15th, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department went to a rural Nebo address to make contact with 31-year-old, Kyle B. Smith of Nebo regarding an outstanding arrest warrant. As the Deputies pulled up to the residence, they observed Smith exit the rear of his house, get into a vehicle and drive away through the yard and onto a rural lane. A pursuit ensued on the lane and into a bean field. Smith’s vehicle eventually came to a stop in the bean field due to an apparent mechanical disruption. Smith exited his vehicle and fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, Smith was taken into custody utilizing an electronic control device. Besides the active Pike County Warrant, Smith was also arrested for Fleeing to Attempt to Elude Police, Resisting Arrest and Criminal Damage to Property. Smith was later charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Providing False Information by a Sex Offender and Obstruction of Justice. Smith is presently lodged at the Pike County Jail in Lieu of $105,000 bond.

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Press Release

 

On 08-21-20, at 7:05 PM, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of two motorcycles crashing in the eastbound lanes of I-72 on the east side of the Mark Twain Bridge in Pike County. The crash involved one motorcycle making contact with rear of another, causing both to crash.

It was reported that both motorcycles were traveling at a high rate of speed, passing vehicles in traffic and may have been racing. It was also reported that a third motorcycle was involved but left the scene.

Twenty-four-year-old Garrett Smith of Barry was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital from injuries sustained in the crash. Thirty-six-year-old Patrick Silman of Barry was treated on scene and released.

The operator of the third reported motorcycle was located a few minutes after the crash and questioned.

The circumstances of the crash are still under investigation, with possible charges pending.

Assisting at the scene was the Pike County EMS, Hull-Kinderhook Fire Department and Marion County Missouri Fire and EMS.

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Press Release

On 08-12-20 at 4:55 PM, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to an ATV crash near State Highway 96 in rural New Canton. A 14-year-old subject was reportedly injured with possible broken legs.

New Canton Fire Department along with Hull Kinderhook Fire Department, Pike County EMS and Survival Flight also responded to the scene.

 

On 08-14-20 at 4:35 AM, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle, rollover crash on East Mississippi Street in New Canton Illinois. The vehicle operated by 37-year-old Jennifer Erke of Barry Illinois, left the roadway, struck a utility pole and rolled over.

Erke was arrested for Failing to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Crash, Driving While License is Suspended and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Assisting at the scene was Pike County EMS, The New Canton Fire Department and the Hull/Kinderhook Fire Department. Ameren Electric and Frontier also responded to the scene to restore utility service.

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Joint Press Release

Pike County Sheriff’s Department/Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office

On July 22nd, 2020, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department executed a court-authorized search warrant at a residence located in the 400 block of Mill Street in Milton, Pike County, Illinois in reference to a burglary, theft, and methamphetamine investigation.

Upon law enforcement’s arrival at the residence, Kyle A. Pressnall, age 34, of Pleasant Hill was seen leaving the residence.  A Pike County Deputy Sheriff attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Pressnall due to Pressnall having an active arrest warrant.  Pressnall failed to stop for the Deputy Sheriff and fled from the Deputy at speeds over 100 MPH.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department terminated the pursuit due to safety concerns around Panther Creek, Calhoun County, Illinois.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office worked together throughout the next several days in an attempt to locate Pressnall.  Pressnall, in addition to the arrest warrant, was a suspect in burglary and theft cases throughout Pike and Calhoun Counties.

Pressnall’s vehicle was recovered from a field between Crooked Creek Road and State Highway 96 in Calhoun County, Illinois.

With the assistance of Illinois State Police Air Operations and local citizens, law enforcement officials continued to search for Pressnall over the next several days.

On July 27th, 2020, Kyle was taken into custody at a residence on Bee Creek, Pearl, Pike County, Illinois by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.

Subsequent to an investigation, it was determined Pressnall committed several burglaries and thefts in the northern part of Calhoun County and the southern part of Pike County.

Throughout the investigation, it was determined Pressnall unlawfully entered sheds and residences stealing a Kubota diesel RTV, chainsaws, tools, pole saws, fuel, a firearm, and food.

Law enforcement officials are currently attempting to recover the stolen property.

Most of the property had been pawned at pawn shops located in Jerseyville, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Bowling Green, Missouri, Mexico, Missouri, and Jacksonville, Illinois.

The Pike and Calhoun Sheriff’s Offices are working closely with the State’s Attorney’s Office to have the appropriate charges filed.

Pressnall is currently lodged in the Pike County Jail on charges of:

  • Pike County Warrant (Failure to Appear at Sentencing),
  • Burglary (Pike County, Illinois)
  • Theft Over $500.00 (Pike County, Illinois)
  • Burglary (Calhoun County, Illinois)
  • Theft Over $500.00 (Calhoun County, Illinois).

Additional charges are pending.

The incident remains under investigation by the Pike and Calhoun County Sheriff’s Departments.

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Press Release

On July 18th, 2020 at 7:03 P.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a residential burglary complaint between New Hartford and Summer Hill, Illinois.  The victim was able to provide a description of the suspect(s) and the suspect’s vehicle.

An alert Pittsfield Police Department officer located the suspect vehicle traveling through Pittsfield, Illinois.  The Pittsfield Police Department conducted a traffic stop on said vehicle.

The driver, Paul M. Ely, age 30, of Chicago, Illinois was originally arrested by the Pittsfield Police Department on charges of aggravated driving while license revoked, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

During the course of the investigation, items were in the vehicle that had previously been reported stolen during residential burglaries.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department charged Paul Ely with additional charges of residential burglary, theft over $500.00, and an Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation warrant.

Paul remains lodged in the Pike County Jail.

Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services assisted with the investigation.

On 07-19-20 at 7:08 AM, a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to a one car vehicle crash on State Highway 106 near Barry Illinois. The driver of the vehicle (27-year-old Levi C. Cain of Quincy Illinois) was transported from the crash scene to Illini Hospital via ambulance. While at the hospital, Cain left against medical advice and before law enforcement could get to the hospital.

During the crash investigation, it was learned that the crashed vehicle was stolen from Quincy.

A search in the area around Illini Hospital ensued for Cain. Cain was observed on foot by citizens and law enforcement. Cain continued evading police. During this time, Cain stole a vehicle form Pittsfield. The vehicle was observed driving north of Pittsfield on County Highway Three by law enforcement. A pursuit began, traveling through northern areas of Pike County, into Adams County and was terminated near Quincy.

Cain is presently wanted on a Pike County Arrest Warrant and an Adams County Arrest Warrant. More charges are expected following this incident. If you know the whereabouts of Cain, please call the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.

You may also call the Pike County Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 217-285-1500. You can remain anonymous. If the information you provide leads to the arrest of Cain, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

On July 19th, 2020 at 10:22 A.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the 100 block of Morris Street in New Salem, Illinois in reference to a domestic disturbance.

Subsequent to an investigation, Charles D. Ostrander, age 43, of New Salem was arrested on a charge of domestic battery.

Charles was lodged in the Pike County Jail.

On July 19th, 2020 at 6:08 P.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Pittsfield Police Department executed a court-authorized search warrant at a residence in the 600 block of North Illinois Street, Pittsfield, Illinois.

Subsequent to execution of said search warrant methamphetamine, cannabis, and firearms and located and seized.

The following subjects were arrested for unlawful possession of methamphetamine and released pending court appearance:

  • Jan K. Gaylord, age 57, of Pittsfield, Illinois,
  • Teena L. Harrison, age 35, of Owensboro, Kentucky,
  • Edith M. Schubert, age 39, of Jacksonville, Illinois.

The incident remains under investigation and more charges are likely.

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PRESS RELEASE

 

June 3, 2019

On 05-31-19 at approximately 6:50 PM, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a person who advised they were locked in the courthouse. A Correctional officer was dispatched to the courthouse to check on the matter. The officer unlocked the door and the person left. The identity of the person is not being released.

The Courthouse was subsequently searched. An investigation into the matter is ongoing. There were no threats received during, prior or following the incident.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

06-26-20

On Wednesday, June 24th, Mike Spann from Country Financial presented Pike County Sheriff David Greenwood with a $2500.00 check to purchase equipment for the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.

The funds were made available from the Country Financial “Operation Helping Heroes” Program and their local reps. Operation Helping Heroes was created in 2015 to support non-profit organizations that support active duty service members, veterans and their families. In 2019, Country Financial expanded the program and donated $700,000 to approximately 500 first responder and military organizations. Some of the funds were used to purchase lifesaving automated external defibrillators (AEDs), bullet proof vests, and training equipment and programs.

Our communities need our support now more than ever. Let’s rally together an make an impact.

“These funds will really come in handy to purchase much needed equipment for the Sheriff’s Department including helping with the purchase of new camera’s for patrol vehicles. I am so appreciative of this donation and want to thank Mike Spann along with Country Financial for this gift to Pike County”.

Sheriff David Greenwood

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PRESS RELEASE

06-19-20

 

On 06-16-20, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department arrested nineteen-year-old Ethan S. Scott of Pittsfield on an outstanding arrest warrant for the offenses of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, Indecent Solicitation of a Child, Unlawful Grooming and Harmful Material to a Child. Victim over 13 and under 17 years old.

The warrant was issued following a three-month investigation that began in early March.

Scott was released by posting bond on a $75,000 bail.

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Press Release

June 5th, 2020

The Pleasant Hill Police Department and Pike County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of Spencer A. Miller, age 21, of Pleasant Hill for failure to register as a sex offender and criminal trespass to state-supported property.

The investigation began a week ago when law enforcement received information that Spencer Miller was staying at the Pike County Housing in Pleasant Hill.

Throughout the last week, the Pleasant Hill Police Department and Pike County Sheriff’s Department have conducted sex offender compliance checks on Miller’s registered sex offender address and observed Miller was not present at his registered address.

Law enforcement conducted surveillance on the Pike County Housing and arrested Miller on June 5th, 2020 at 12:30 P.M.  Miller was located at an apartment at the housing complex.

The criminal trespass to state-supported property charge comes after Miller was advised he was not allowed on the Pike County Housing property due to his sex offender registration.

Miller remains lodged in the Pike County Jail.

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PRESS RELEASE

06-01-20

On 05-31-20, at 9:07 PM, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to County Highway Four, south of Barry in reference to a single car vehicle crash.

Upon arrival by First Responders, the vehicle was located off of the east side of the roadway with the driver, having been ejected from the vehicle, located off of the west side of the roadway. The driver of the vehicle (31-year-old Gary Brewster of Barry) was removed from the scene via helicopter and flown to St John’s Hospital in Springfield.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Assisting at the scene was the Barry Fire Department and Pike County EMS.

 

Sheriff David Greenwood

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Press Release

May 29, 2020

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department announced additional criminal charges have been filed against James L. Chestnutt, age 37, of Nebo, Illinois.

On May 26th, 2020, a warrant of arrest was issued for James Chestnutt on three (3) counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The investigation began on May 14th, 2020 when a Facebook post made by the Facebook group, KTS Predator Hunters, LLC, alerted law enforcement to Chestnutt private messaging suspected children through social media.

KTS Predator Hunters, LLC worked with the Pike County Sheriff’s Department which subsequently led to Chestnutt’s initial arrest for indecent solicitation of a child, grooming, and distributing explicit material to a minor.

During that investigation, it was discovered that Chestnutt had contact of a sexual nature with a person under the age of 18.

After a thorough investigation by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, the Pike County State’s Attorney’s Office filed the additional charges against Chestnutt.

Chestnutt is now charged with the following criminal offenses:

  • Indecent Solicitation of a Child,
  • Grooming,
  • Distributing Explicit Material to a Minor,
  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (3 counts),
  • Illinois Department of Corrections Parole Violation Warrant.

Chestnutt remains lodged in the Pike County Jail.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department is appreciative of the efforts of the KTS Predator Hunters, LLC group for their hard work and dedication of informing the public of child predators in our communities.

As a reminder, all suspect(s) are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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ILLINOIS SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION STATEMENT 5/28/2020

Today, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association (ISA) filed suit against Governor Jay Pritzker and the Illinois De- partment of Corrections for their refusal to accept transfers of parole violators or convicted individuals from jails across Illinois.

On March 26, Gov. Pritzker unilaterally suspended all admissions to IDOC facilities in response to the

global COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, the leaders at IDOC said they needed time to prepare and install proper intake procedures to reduce the spread of the virus from inmates transferred out of County Jails.

However, no such preparations have been made or implemented, despite repeated discussions between

members of the ISA and IDOC

Rather than working together with the Sheriffs to find ways to uphold the law while reducing the spread of COVID-19, IDOC has simply shut its doors.

This has left the Sheriffs to bear not only the burden of protecting their detainees and county-sentenced inmates from the threat of the virus, but also those who rightfully should be in the custody of IDOC at a time when space and inmate population are critical components to battling the spread of the virus. Jails continue to accept new arrestees and manage the spread of the virus simultaneously.

Since March 26, IDOC officials have repeatedly denied requests from Sheriff’s Offices to transfer individ- uals to the agency’s custody. Currently there are 100’s of individuals being held in jails across Illinois in- stead of a state correctional facility simply because Gov. Pritzker and IDOC have decided to wall them- selves off rather than work with their fellow law enforcement partners to address the issue.

The task of safely housing detainees amid this unprecedented pandemic is challenge enough for Illinois Sheriffs without having to also shoulder IDOC’s responsibilities as well.

From:

Jim Kaitschuk, Executive Director Illinois Sheriffs’ Association

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Press Release

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of Michael S. Tunstall, age 33, of Hannibal, Missouri for failure to register as a sex offender, false information provided by a sex offender, and obstructing justice.

The investigation began when the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received information that a registered sex offender from the State of Missouri was living at a residence in the 200 block of Elm Street, New Canton, Pike County, Illinois.

On May 26th, 2020 at 8:16 P.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department conducted a sex offender compliance check at the aforesaid residence and located Michael at the residence.

After an investigation, it was discovered that Michael had been staying at the residence and did not register as a sex offender in Pike County, Illinois.

Michael was arrested, transported, and lodged in the Pike County Jail.

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PRESS RELEASE

05-25-20

On May 24, 2020 at 10:18 PM, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department along with the Barry Fire Department, Pike County Emergency Corps, Pike County EMA and the Pike County EMS were dispatched to 275th Avenue at Hadley Creek in Hadley Township due to a vehicle that was stalled in a low water crossing in Hadley Creek. It was reported that a female passenger had been swept away by the rushing water.

Upon arrival by emergency services, a search for the female was conducted. At approximately 1:28 AM on 05-25-20, the body of 36-year-old Michelle R. Bowen of Louisiana Missouri was recovered from the Hadley Creek over 1500 feet north of the location she was swept away.

The driver of the vehicle (33-year-old Bruce J. Richards) of Barry Illinois was later arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

The incident is still under investigation by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.

I cannot say it enough. Never drive through moving water at a low water creek crossing if you are not familiar with the crossing, especially after a rainstorm when the water level is elevated.

The Barry Fire Department along with the Pike County Emergency Corps were exceptional in their response, bravery and technique. These guys are volunteers who legitimately put their lives in danger trying to help others.

Sheriff David Greenwood

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PRESS RELEASE

May 19, 2020

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department has announced the arrest of Jason M. Rennecker, age 37, of Barry on a Pike County Warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

The investigation began when Rennecker failed to register as sex offender as required.  On May 18th, 2020, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department attempted to arrest Rennecker, but he was not at his residence when deputies arrived.

Rennecker, upon receiving information that he was wanted on a warrant, turned himself in to the Pike County Jail.

Rennecker posted bond and was released pending court appearance.

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

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PRESS RELEASE

May 19th, 2020

Every year around this time, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department receives numerous complaints regarding people trespassing on private property via creeks and creek beds. I just wanted to re-issue a reminder to anyone four wheeling or walking creek beds on property you do not own or do not have specific permission to be on. Illinois Law prohibits trespassing on private property. This includes creeks that are not navigable. If a creek goes onto or through private property and is not navigable, it is illegal to go onto the property via the creek. The following link to Department of Natural Resources may help in determining which bodies of water are considered navigable in the state of Illinois. https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/WaterResources/Pages/PublicWaters.aspx

If someone is trespassing on private property, they are subject to arrest.

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PRESS RELEASE

 May 19th, 2020

SCAM ALERT

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department has been notified of several complaints of scams where someone gets a call from a person identifying themselves as a grandchild, niece, nephew, etc. The caller indicates they are in trouble, usually due to being arrested following a vehicle crash or vehicle stop and needs money sent to them to get out of jail. Most of the times they will actually have the name of and use the name of your loved one. DO NOT SEND MONEY. This is a common scam which has resurfaced in our area, preying mostly on senior citizens. If you send money, your money cannot be retrieved and the scammers will probably never be identified. If you receive one of these calls, you can contact the Pike County Sheriff’s Department at 217-285-5011 to report it or to confirm whether or not your loved one is incarcerated.

These individuals who instigate this type of thievery, stealing money from mostly senior citizens in making them believe their loved ones are in some type of danger are some of the lowest types of human beings. Please don’t fall victim to them by sending them money. Hang up the phone and call us.

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PRESS RELEASE

May 14th, 2020

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department has announced the arrest of James L. Chestnutt, age 37, of Nebo for the following offenses:

  • Indecent Solicitation of a Child,
  • Grooming,
  • Distributing Explicit Material to a Minor,
  • Illinois Department of Corrections Parole Violation Warrant.

On May 14th, 2020, a Facebook post made by the Facebook group named KTS Predator Hunters, LLC alerted law enforcement to James private messaging suspected children through social media.  KTS Predator Hunters, LLC is an investigative group that pose as underage children and attempt to identify adults that attempt to solicit children through the use of the internet.

The mission of the KTS Predator Hunters, LLC is to inform the public of child predators in our communities.  KTS Predator Hunters, LLC work hand in hand with law enforcement to ensure arrests and convictions can be obtained.

Upon receiving messages from KTS Predator Hunters, LLC, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department located and arrested James Chestnutt at his residence in Nebo, Illinois.

James was released from the Illinois Department of Corrections on mandatory supervised release on May 4th, 2020.

James had been released for ten (10) days before he was arrested and lodged in the Pike County Jail on new charges.

The investigation and arrest of James was a joint effort between the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and the KTS Predator Hunters.

The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are likely.

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PRESS RELEASE

May 14, 2020

The Pleasant Hill Police Department and Pike County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of Walter L. Michel, age 24, of Nebo, Illinois on the following charges:

  • Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Less than Five (5) Grams,
  • Unlawful Possession of Hypodermic Needles,
  • Unlawful Use of Weapon,
  • Unlawful Possession of Firearms Ammunition by a Felon,
  • Pike County Warrant for Unlawful Use of Credit Card,
  • Illinois Department of Corrections Parole Violation Warrant.

 

On May 14th, 2020 at 10:54 P.M., the Pleasant Hill Police Department located Walter at a residence in the 200 block of Howard Street, Pleasant Hill, Pike County, Illinois.

Walter was taken into custody and on the Pike County warrant.  Subsequent to an investigation, Walter was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, hypodermic syringes, and ammunition.

Walter was currently on mandatory supervised release from the Illinois Department of Corrections at the time of his arrest.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the investigation.

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PRESS RELEASE

April 27, 2020

A month-long criminal investigation led to the arrest of Clayton G. Watts, age 21, of Pittsfield, Illinois on a Pike County, Illinois warrant for the original offense(s):

  • Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felony)
  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class 2 Felony)

 

The arrest is a result of an investigation where Watts allegedly had sexual contact with a person under the age of eighteen (18) years old.

As the investigation progressed, additional victims have come forward.  The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are likely.

Clayton was arrested after a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle Watts was driving in Pittsfield on April 27th, 2020 at 5:28 P.M.  Watts was found to be in possession of a suspected controlled substance.  The controlled substance charge is pending confirmation by the Illinois State Police Laboratory.

Watts is currently lodged in the Pike County Jail on a $120,000 bond.

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PRESS RELEASE   

March 22nd, 2020

 

SCAM ALERT

With the ongoing COVID-19 Corona Virus situation, I would like to make sure everyone is aware of recent scams. Unfortunately, while most of us are heeding instruction and advice from officials, there are those loathsome individuals that are determined to prey on the fear and emotions of others.

If you or anyone you know receive a call or are contacted by anyone requesting money or information for anything related to the corona virus, consider it a scam. DO NOT RESPOND.

If you or anyone you know receive a call or are contacted by anyone wanting to sell you test kits or any other device for the corona virus, consider it a scam. DO NOT RESPOND.

A normal target for these people to solicit is the elderly. Please make your friends, family and neighbors aware.

 

Sheriff David Greenwood

 

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Press Release

On February 13th, 2020, Jacki C. McLaughlin, age 44, of Greenview, Illinois was sentenced in Pike County Circuit Court to seven (7) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to the offenses of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, two (2) counts of residential burglary, and one (1) count of unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

The investigation began on October 29th, 2019, when the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a residential burglary complaint on the Perry Fishhook Road, Baylis, Pike County, Illinois.  The homeowner came home and discovered United States Currency, firearms, and other items had been stolen from his residence.  The Pike County Sheriff’s Department contacted Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services and requested assistance with the investigation.

Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services was able to collect physical evidence from the scene that was submitted to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for analysis.  The Illinois State Police Crime Lab was able to identify Jacki McLaughlin as a suspect.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department attempted to locate Jacki by contacting other police agencies.  It was discovered that Jacki had multiple warrants for her arrest out of several different counties.

On November 10th, 2019, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a second residential burglary complaint on the Perry Fishhook Road, Baylis, Pike County, Illinois.  The homeowner reported several items had been stolen from his residence to include televisions, firearms, and a truck.

Later in the evening, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop on the stolen truck.  The driver, William J. Williams, age 43, of Springfield, Illinois was arrested and lodged in the Pike County Jail on a charge of Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.

Evidence seized from Williams during his arrest led the Pike County Sheriff’s Department to the whereabouts of Jacki McLaughlin.

On November 12th, 2019, Chief Deputy Zack Orr was able to pinpoint Jacki’s location by using evidence seized from Williams during his arrest.  Chief Deputy Orr said with the assistance from the Menard County Sheriff’s Department, Greenview Police Department, and the Central Illinois Enforcement Group they were able to locate and arrest Jacki after a brief foot pursuit at a residence in the 300 block of Van Buren Street, Greenview, Menard County, Illinois.

Upon Jacki’s arrest, Chief Deputy Orr was able to collect substantial information from Jacki about her involvement in residential burglaries, burglaries, and thefts throughout Pike County, Brown County, Morgan County, Sangamon County, and Menard County.

Jacki cooperated with the criminal investigation and admitted to her role in all of the crimes.

Chief Deputy Orr said this is an example of old fashion police work where several law enforcement entities were able to work together for the good of their citizens.  Chief Deputy Orr praised the hard work of ISP CST Brandi Field who was able to recover evidence to put Jacki at the crime scene at one of the residences on the Perry Fishhook Road.  Chief Deputy Orr said he had complete support and assistance from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, Menard County Sheriff’s Department, and the Greenview Police Department.

Jacki’s co-defendant in the Pike County cases, William Williams, has a jury trial set for April 13th, 2020.

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PRESS RELEASE

On August 29th, 2019, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a burglary complaint on US Highway 54, Rockport, Illinois.  The victim reported that his shop had been burglarized and over $10,000 worth of tools had been stolen.

Throughout the following days, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was able to identify and arrest:

  • Michael J. Smith, age 42, of Quincy, Illinois,
  • Jaime M. Kessler, age 34, of Labelle, Missouri,
  • Christopher A. Smith, age 37, of Quincy, Illinois,

 

Michael J Smith                                                   Jaime Kessler

for burglary and theft.

On December 10th, 2019, Michael Smith pled guilty to burglary and theft in Pike County, Illinois and was sentenced to four (4) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

On January 28th, 2020, Jaime Kessler pled guilty to burglary in Pike County, Illinois and was sentenced to three (3) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by forty-eight (48) months of probation.

Christopher Smith has an arraignment set for March 17th, 2020.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

On February 11th, at 11:55 P.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop on a white Ford passenger car on US Hwy 54 near Summer Hill.

Subsequent to an investigation, the driver, Robin K. Gibson, age 44, of Hesperia, California was cited for operation of a motor vehicle with suspended registration, no valid driver’s license, and improper lane usage.  Gibson was cited and released.

A passenger, Stacy A. Sitze, age 46, of Mt. Sterling was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Sitze was arrested without incident and lodged in the Pike County Jail.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

On February 11th at 4:41 P.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department assisted by the Pittsfield Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of Landess Terrace.

Subsequent to an investigation, the driver, Dakota L. Kallal, age 23, of Pittsfield, Illinois was arrested on a Calhoun County warrant for aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Kallal was arrested without incident and lodged in the Pike County Jail.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

On December 21st, 2019, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department arrested Jeffrey L. Kinne, age 47, of Pittsfield, Illinois for the offenses of child sex offender residing within 500 feet of a public park and an Illinois Department of Corrections Parole Violation warrant.

The incident began when the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received information that Kinne was residing in the 700 block of Bainbridge Street in Barry, Illinois.  The residence is located approx. 113 feet from Lafayette Park in Barry, Illinois.

Kinne was released from the Illinois Department of Corrections on December 20th, 2019 on mandatory supervised release.  Kinne is a registered sex offender in Pike County, Illinois.

Kinne was arrested and lodged in the Pike County Jail.

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PRESS RELEASE

On December 18th, 2019 at 9:37 P.M., a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a silver 2003 Chevrolet near the intersection of Williams Street at Rogers Street in Barry, Illinois.

Subsequent to an investigation, the driver, Bruce J. Richards, age, 32, of Barry was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Richards, who is on mandatory supervised release from the Illinois Department of Corrections, was lodged in the Pike County Jail.

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PRESS RELEASE

On November 26th, 2019, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a sexual assault which occurred at a residence in the 400 block of Mason Street, Barry, Pike County, Illinois.

A criminal investigation was conducted which subsequently led to the arrest of Sidney R. Barrett, age 64, of Barry, Illinois.  Sidney was taken into custody by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department in Quincy, Illinois on December 17th, 2019.

Sidney is accused of committing an act of sexual penetration with a family member under the age of eighteen (18) years old.

Sidney was arrested and lodged in the Pike County Jail on charges of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.  Sidney’s bond is currently set at $250,000.

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PRESS RELEASE   

 December 16th, 2019

On 12-13-19. The Pike County Sheriff’s Department along with the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force and the Illinois State Police executed a court authorized search warrant in the 300 Block of East Mississippi Street in New Canton Illinois. During the execution of the search warrant 36-year-old Nathan L. Bradshaw of Barry Illinois was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The investigation into this property began with citizen complaints. The partnership between citizens and law enforcement are vital when it comes to fighting illegal drug use in our communities.

If you have any information of crime in your community, please contact the Pike County Sheriff’s Department at 217-285-5011. You can also call Pike County Crime Stoppers at 217-285-1500. The call is anonymous. If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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PRESS RELEASE   

 December 3, 2019

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department has received several calls within the last twenty-four hours regarding citizens being called and solicited for their Social Security Number and Credit Card information.

This press release is just a reminder to never give out personal information over the phone. If you receive a letter in the mail asking you to call a number and during that call you are asked to provide personal information, DO NOT provide it. The only time you should ever provide personal information to anyone over the phone is when you initiate an unsolicited call.

As with any fraud complaint, if you are a victim, report it to your local law enforcement agency.

David Greenwood, Pike County Sheriff

 

Press Release

On November 13th, 2019 at approx. 5:00 A.M, the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force, Pike County Sheriff’s Department, and Illinois State Police executed a court- authorized search warrant on a property in rural Rockport, Illinois.

Subsequent to an investigation, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and United States Currency was seized.

Arrested as a result of the investigation are:

Chantel M. Myers, age 52, of Rockport, for the offenses of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Quinten Lee Cantwell, age 35, of Rockport was arrested on a Pike County warrant for  Probation Violation and a second arrest warrant for failure to report to a penal institution.  Additionally, Quinten was arrested on new charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both Myers and Cantwell are lodged in the Pike County Jail.

Further arrests are pending.

Chantel M. Myers , 52                                           Quinten L. Cantwell, 35

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PRESS RELEASE   

 November 12, 2019

On 11-10-19, at 8:56 PM, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a residence in Fishhook Illinois regarding a report of Residential Burglary where a vehicle was also stolen.

During the investigation, an alert was issued to other agencies regarding the vehicle that was stolen during the burglary. The vehicle was located and stopped in Morgan County where the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department arrested 43-year-old William J. Williams and 43-year-old Brain D. Hannon, both from Springfield Illinois. Both subjects were transported to the Pike County Jail where they are being lodged for the offenses of Residential Burglary, Burglary, Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of Stolen Property. It was also learned during the investigation that another vehicle was stolen from Mount Sterling Illinois by a subject believed to be involved with the burglary in Fishhook.

On 11-12-19, 44-year-old Jacki C. McLaughlin was taken into custody in Greenview Illinois in reference to this investigation and for arrest warrants from multiple jurisdictions. The stolen vehicle from Mount Sterling was also recovered from the residence in Greenview.  McLaughlin is also suspected in a burglary in Fishhook on October 3rd of this year. McLaughlin is presently being house in the Menard County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected.

Assisting the Pike County Sheriff’s Department during this investigation was the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, The Jacksonville Police Department, The Greenview Police Department, the Menard County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police.

 

William J  Williams                                               Brian D Hannon

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PRESS RELEASE   

 

November 11, 2019

On 11-09-19, at 9:35 AM, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two vehicle, Vehicle Crash at the intersection of Pratt and Rogers Street in Barry.

Following an investigation, it was learned that a white Federal Express van driven by 33-year-old Ryan Grindstaff of Palmyra, Missouri, failed to yield at the intersection and struck a pickup truck driven by Everett Wyatt of Barry. No injuries were reported.

Grindstaff was cited for Failure to Yield at an Intersection.

Assisting at the scene was the Barry Fire Department and Pike County EMS.

Sheriff David Greenwood

               

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  PRESS RELEASE   

 October 28th, 2019

On October 24th at 5:36 AM, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting a passerby observing a subject lying on the side of the road, next to a car bumper on State Highway 100. The caller indicated they did not see a car at the time they called. Upon arrival of emergency responders and a search of the area, the vehicle was located.

During the investigation, it was learned that a 2009 Jeep Cherokee was traveling eastbound on County Highway 10. The vehicle did not stop at the intersection with State Highway 100, crossed over the highway and crashed into the hillside off the east side of State Highway 100.

The driver of the vehicle (35-year-old Brandon Scott Tate of Nebo Illinois) was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis due to injuries sustained in the vehicle crash. Tate was cited for Disobeying a Stop Sign and Driving While License is Revoked. The investigation into the crash is still ongoing along with a post-crash related incident. Further charges are pending the outcome of the investigations.

Assisting at the scene was the Illinois State Police, the Spring Creek Fire Department, the Pleasant Hill Fire Department and the Pike County EMS.

Sheriff David Greenwood

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 October 18th, 2019

On October 16th at 1:54 AM, The Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at Jiffi Stop in Barry off of State Highway 106.

A masked white male entered the Jiffi Stop, brandished a handgun and demanded money from the cashier. The suspect was in the store for a short amount of time and left with a small amount of cash and items from the store.

An investigation into the identity of the suspect is ongoing and we are asking for the public’s help with his identification. He is described as a white male approximately 5’11” and approximately 200 lbs. Although the suspect’s face was not observed at the store, it was captured on a surveillance camera nearby.

If you have information regarding the identity of this individual, please call the Pike County Sheriff’s Department at 217-285-5011 or Pike County Crime Stoppers at 217-285-1500.

Sheriff David Greenwood

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PRESS RELEASE   10,9,2019

 

On October 9th, 2019, 32-year-old Brandon J. Disrud of New Lisbon Wisconsin, was arrested for Aggravated Fleeing to Elude following an attempted traffic stop in Pittsfield. Following a pursuit and an attempt to locate, which lasted over an hour, Disrud was arrested in a beanfield north of Valley City, west of County Highway 14 where his vehicle became disabled.

Disrud is also being held on an outstanding $15,000 arrest warrant out of Stephenson County Illinois and a Wisconsin No Bond Parole Hold for burglary. Disrud is being lodged at the Pike County Jail.

Local citizens were integral in locating Disrud by calling the Sheriff’s Office to report their sightings of him and his location.

Sheriff David Greenwood

 

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Press Release

On September 23rd, 2019 an Illinois State Police Trooper received a theft report in Detroit, Illinois.  The victim indicated someone had stolen his Suzuki motorcycle sometime throughout the night.

Illinois State Police Trooper Tanner Fay immediately alerted officials from the Pike County Sheriff’s Department of the motorcycle theft in Detroit, Illinois.

The Illinois State Police and Pike County Sheriff’s Department followed up with the investigation and was able to conduct interviews with witnesses and also review surveillance video from a nearby residence.  From the surveillance video, law enforcement officials were able to identify the truck used in the motorcycle theft.

On October 2nd, 2019, an officer from the Louisiana, Missouri, Police Department notified the Pike County Sheriff’s Department of an on-going motorcycle theft investigation in Hannibal, Missouri.

The Hannibal Police Department conducted a court-authorized search warrant at a residence in Hannibal and recovered four (4) stolen motorcycles and a trailer.

Law enforcement officials from the Pike County Sheriff’s Department met with investigators from the Hannibal Police Department.

On October 3rd, 2019, law enforcement officials from the Pike County Sheriff’s Department interviewed a suspect that was currently incarcerated in the Marion County, MO, Jail.

During the interview, the suspect admitted to stealing the motorcycle in the early morning hours of September 23rd, 2019 in Detroit, Pike County, Illinois.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police were able to secure arrest warrants for two (2) subjects on October 4th, 2019.

Arrested as a result of the investigation is Corey A. Roach, age 27, of Hannibal, Missouri for theft over $500.00.  Corey is currently lodged in the Marion County Jail on both Missouri and Illinois charges.

A second suspect has been identified and an arrest warrant has been issued by the Pike County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Pike County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Zack Orr said due to Trooper Tanner Fay’s immediate report to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department about the stolen motorcycle, this investigation was able to be handled quickly by several different police agencies.   Chief Deputy Orr said due to the Louisiana Police Department, Hannibal Police Department, Illinois State Police, and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department all working together this case was resolved quickly.

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PRESS RELEASE

The third and final suspect has been arrested for a burglary and theft offense which took place in late August of 2019 in rural Rockport, Illinois.

Michael J. Smith, age 42, of Quincy, was arrested by the Quincy Police Department on September 27th, 2019 on a Pike County warrant for burglary and theft.  Smith has been transported and lodged in the Pike County Jail.

The investigation began in late August when a Pike County resident reported someone had unlawfully their building and stole approx. $10,000.00 worth of tools.

The first suspect, Jaime M. Kessler, age 34, of Quincy was arrested on September 9th, 2019.  Jaime is currently incarcerated in the Pike County Jail.

The second suspect, Christopher A. Smith, age 37, of Quincy was arrested on September 11th, 2019 by law enforcement officials from the West Central Illinois Task Force and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.  Christopher is currently incarcerated in the Pike County Jail.

A majority of the tools stolen have been recovered from a pawn shop in the State of Missouri.

The incident is still under investigation.

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PRESS RELEASE

September 26th, 2019

On September 25th, 2019 the Pike County Sheriff’s Department along with the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force executed a court authorized search warrant in the 600 block of Williams Street in Barry.

During the execution of the searched warrant 28-year-old Lucas K. Hively of Barry was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine less than 5 grams, Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver (30-500 grams) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (methamphetamine and cannabis).

The investigation began approximately two months ago with information gathered stating Hively was distributing illegal drugs to adults and high school students.

Hively is currently lodged at the Pike County Jail awaiting a court appearance. Hively is currently on mandatory supervised release status (parole) from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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Press Release

On August 29th, 2019 at 10:54 A.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a complaint of a burglary and theft at 17372 US Highway 54, Rockport, Pike County, Illinois.

Upon the Deputy’s arrival at the scene, it was reported that over $10,000.00 worth of tools had been stolen during the burglary.

The victims indicated they had surveillance video of the burglary and theft.

After reviewing surveillance video and conducting countless interviews with others, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was able to identify one person in the video.

With the cooperation of the Pike County State’s Attorney’s Office, an arrest warrant was issued for Jaime M. Kessler, age 34, of Quincy, Illinois for the offenses of burglary and theft.

On September 9th, 2019 at approx. 6:55 P.M., officers from the Pittsfield Police Department and Pike County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop in Pittsfield, Illinois and Jaime was subsequently taken into custody on the arrest warrant.

Jaime was arrested without incident and transported to the Pike County Jail.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department was able to obtain surveillance video from a business in Louisiana, Missouri where the subjects stopped shortly after the burglary occurred.

Additional arrest warrants were obtained for Michael J. Smith, age 41, of Quincy, Illinois and Christopher A. Smith, age 37, of Quincy, Illinois for burglary and theft over $500.00.

On September 11th, 2019, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of the West Central Illinois Task Force was able to locate several witnesses regarding this investigation.  Witness interviews were conducted which led to the recovery of a majority of the tools stolen during the burglary.  The investigation also led to the discovery of tools stolen from a burglary in Adams County, Illinois.

The West Central Illinois Task Force was able to locate and arrest Christopher Smith in Quincy, Illinois on a Pike County, Illinois warrant.

Christopher was transported to the Pike County Jail.

Without the assistance of the West Central Illinois Task Force and the Quincy Police Department Street Crimes Unit this particular investigation would not have gone as smoothly as it did.

The West Central Illinois Task Force is made up of officers from the Quincy Police Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Department, Pike County Sheriff’s Department, and the Illinois State Police.

One suspect, Michael J. Smith, is a fugitive and authorities are actively looking for him.

If you know the whereabouts of  Michael J. Smith,  please contact Pike County Crimestoppers at (217) 285-1500 or the Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers Hotline at (217) 228-4474 or you can submit a tip by going to www.quincycrimestoppers.com. 

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE   

 

September 13th, 2019

On Friday, September 13, 2019 at approximately 10:52 AM, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle rollover crash on County Highway Seven approximately four miles north of Nebo.

A vehicle driven by Joseph Yasenko was traveling northbound on County Highway Seven. As the vehicle approached a curve, it traveled off the east side of the roadway, striking a guardrail and rolled over onto its top. Upon arrival of a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy, Yasenko and two passengers were trapped in the vehicle. The Spring Creek Fire Department along with the Pleasant Hill Fire Department, the Pittsfield Fire Department and Pike County EMS were able to free the driver and passengers from the vehicle.

All three occupants were transported from the scene to medical facilities via helicopters.

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PRESS RELEASE   

August 25, 2019

On August 24th, 2019 at 7:02 P.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to State Highway 96 near the intersection of State Highway 106 in Kinderhook, Illinois in reference to a single vehicle accident.

Subsequent to an investigation it was determined that Richard H. Schutte, age 93, of New Canton, was driving a 2015 Ford northbound on State Highway 96 south of State Highway 106 when Richard veered off of the roadway and struck a Nicor gas line.

Passerby’s were able to extricate Richard from his vehicle and carry him away from the gas leak.

Traffic was shut down for approx. two hours on both State Highway 96 and State Highway 106 while repairs were being made to the gas line.

Richard was transported by Survival Flight to St. Johns Hospital in Springfield where he succumbed to his injures.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Illinois State Police, Hull-Kinderhook Fire Department, New Canton Fire Department, and the Pike County Ambulance Service.

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UPDATE

August 20, 2019

On Monday, August 20th, 28-yrar-old Jordan Timothy Ray Gallup turned himself in to the Alton Police Department on a Pike County Arrest Warrant.

Gallup will be transported to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department where he will be lodged at the Pike County Jail in Lieu of $300,000.00 bond.

All four suspects involved in this string of burglaries are now in custody.

This investigation involved numerous agencies including the Illinois State Police Zone Four Investigations, the Pittsfield Police Department, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, and the Jacksonville Police Department.

David Greenwood

Pike County Sheriff

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August 20, 2019

On Monday, August 19th, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office along with the Illinois State Police, the Jacksonville Police Department, the Jacksonville Police Special Response Team, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department conducted Court Authorized Search Warrants on three residences in Jacksonville Illinois.

The purpose for the search warrants were to locate additional suspects and evidence from the string of burglaries and home invasions on August 15th and 16th in Pike, Adams and Scott Counties.

Arrested during one of the Search Warrants was 29-year-old Edwin L. Powell of Jacksonville Illinois. Powell was arrested on a Pike County Arrest Warrant for three counts of Home Invasion. Powell was transported to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department where he is being lodged in lieu of $300,000.00 bond.

Also arrested later at the Pike County Jail was 26-year-old Germarco D. Tate of Jacksonville Illinois. Tate turned himself in later at the Pike County Jail. Tate was arrested on a Pike County Arrest Warrant for three counts of Home Invasion. Tate is being lodged at the Pike County Jail in lieu of $300,000.00 bond.

Arrested on August 16th 2019 was 22-year-old Tyler J. Runk of Jacksonville Illinois. Runk has been charged with three counts of Home Invasion. Runk is being lodged at the Pike County Jail in lieu of $300,000.00 Bond.

Still at large is 28-year-old Jordan Timothy Ray Gallup. Gallup is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and approximately 165 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. Gallup may be in the Jacksonville or Alton areas. Gallup is to be considered armed and dangerous. If you come into contact with Gallup please call 911 or your local police department.

David Greenwood

Pike County Sheriff

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08/17/2019

On August 15th, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a burglary in rural Chambersburg. The owner of the house came home and found that his residence had been broken into and burglarized.

During the early morning hours of August 16th, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to another residence in rural Chambersburg regarding a home invasion. The suspects entered the residence while the owners were home. The owners were robbed and their house burglarized.

A short time later, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a house in rural Perry regarding another home invasion. The owner of the house was home when the suspects entered her house. The resident was robbed, the home was burglarized and her vehicle stolen. The vehicle is described as a sage green in color, Honda CRV with a luggage rack on the roof bearing an Illinois Registration Plate of P302654. At this time the vehicle has not been recovered.

One of the suspects was taken into custody later in Jacksonville and is being housed in the Pike County Jail.

We believe that these incidents are related to others that have occurred recently in Adams and Scott County. This is still a very active joint investigation with investigators from the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, The Illinois State Police, Illinois State Police Zone Four Investigators, The Adams County Sheriff’s Department, The Scott County Sheriff’s Department and the Jacksonville Police Department.

Further updates will be made as soon as they are available and able to be released.

As always, if you have any information regarding these incidents, please call any of the above noted departments or you can call Pike County Crime Stoppers at 217-285-1500.

David Greenwood

Pike County Sheriff

 

08/16/2019

PRESS RELEASE

 On August 16, 2019 at approximately 8:14 AM, The Pike County Sheriff’s Department along with the Illinois State Police, The Barry Fire Department and Pike County EMS were dispatched to 466 Tremont Street in Barry regarding the report of an explosive device being in the house. Western High School was evacuated along with residences in the immediate area due to their proximity to the house. Following an investigation by the Secretary of State Bomb Detection Team, the house was cleared with the determination that there was no threat of an explosive device. During this incident, one person was transported to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department for questioning. The investigation is still ongoing.

The community should know that the area was cleared and there was never a threat to anyone or the school.

Sheriff David Greenwood

 

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August 5, 2019

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July 3, 2019 

On Tuesday July 2nd, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department along with the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force conducted a court authorized search warrant in the 400 block of Middle Street in Nebo Illinois.

Arrested during the search warrant was 55-year-old Marti L. Grammer of Nebo for the offenses of Possession of Methamphetamine Over Five Grams, Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Deliver and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Also arrested on an outstanding Pike County Arrest Warrant was 56-year-old Laura M. Bequette of Nebo.

Grammer and Bequette were both transported to the Pike County Jail. Grammer is being lodged pending a court appearance. Bequette posted $3000.00 bond and was released.

The use and sale of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs (including illegally used prescription medication) are destructive not only to persons using them, but also to our families and communities. The solution is complex and must involve everyone. If you see something in your neighborhood that appears suspicious or may be drug related, please contact law enforcement. You may also contact Pike County Crime Stoppers at 217-285-1500. This is a way to report crime and remain anonymous. If the information you provide results in an arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Sheriff David E. Greenwood

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June 3, 2019

On 05-31-19 at approximately 6:50 PM, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a person who advised they were locked in the courthouse. A Correctional officer was dispatched to the courthouse to check on the matter. The officer unlocked the door and the person left. The identity of the person is not being released.

The Courthouse was subsequently searched. An investigation into the matter is ongoing. There were no threats received during, prior or following the incident.

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May 23rd, 2019

On May 23rd, 2019, at 11:40 AM, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a helicopter crash north of Pittsfield, just east of County Highway 3 on 270th Avenue.

The Bell 206 Helicopter crashed while crop spraying a wheat field. The pilot of the helicopter, 26-year-old Reiss Herbert of Perry Louisiana walked away from the crash uninjured.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Also responding to the scene was the Pittsfield Fire Department, Pike County EMS and the Pike County Emergency Management Agency.

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On April 24th, 2019 at 11:03 P.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop on County Highway #4 near the Barry Travel Plaza on a silver 1994 Mazda.  Subsequent to an investigation, the driver, James Bell, age 52, of Hannibal, Missouri was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine less than 5 grams, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful use of weapon, and driving while license suspended or revoked.

Bell was transported and lodged in the Pike County Jail.

James Bell

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On April 2nd, 2019 at approximately 7:00 PM, The Pike County Sheriff’s Department along with the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force executed a court authorized search warrant on a residence just south of Milton.

Arrested during the search warrant was 24 year old Sierra D. Sydney of Pearl for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 23 year old Jacob L. Holtzof Pittsfield for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 18 year old Justice M. Gibson of New Canton for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Gibson also was wanted on a $20,000 Arrest Warrant out of Pike County.

Sydney, Holtz and Gibson were transported to the Pike County Jail where, they are presently being housed.

The Department of Children and Family Services were contacted due to children being in the home.

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On March 29th, 2019, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received confirmation that the human remains that were located along the Mississippi River near Hull Illinois on August 8th 2018 were that of Ean Michael Reinold of Quincy Illinois.

On August 08th 2018, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received a report of human remains located along the Mississippi River near Hull. Following an investigation with assistance from Mr. Reinold’s family, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police and The Illinois State Police, identification was made utilizing DNA.

Mr. Reinold was originally reported missing following a boating accident near Quincy Illinois on October 14th 2017.

David Greenwood, Pike County Sheriff

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PRESS RELEASE UPDATE: 

 On March 27th 2019 an arrest warrant for 44 year old Charles T. Allen of Louisiana Missouri was issued. The arrest warrant which was filed today by the Pike County State’s Attorney Zachary Boren is for two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Battery.

On March 26th at approximately 10:58 PM, the Pleasant Hill Police Department along with the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Pike County EMS and the Pleasant Hill Fire Department was dispatched to the 600 block of Orrill Street in Pleasant Hill Illinois in reference to a report of a stabbing.

Following the arrival of responding officer’s and Pike County EMS, 65 year old Donald R. Collard of Pleasant Hill was pronounced dead.

During the investigation, it was learned that Allen may have traveled back to Missouri. With the assistance of the Louisiana Missouri Police Department and the Pike County Missouri Sheriff’s Department, Allen was taken into custody and transported to the Pike County Missouri Sheriff’s Department.

Following the issuance of the arrest warrant and a signed waiver of extradition, Allen is being transported to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and will be housed at the Pike County Jail with no bond.

The investigation is on going with further charges possible.

Pike County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy and Pleasant Hill Police Chief Zachary Orr stresses that the collaboration and cooperation of all entities involved in Illinois and Missouri are paramount when it comes to bringing horrible incidents like this to a point of prosecution.

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On 03-26-19 at 10:58 PM, The Pike county Sheriff’s Department along with the Pleasant Hill Police Department, Pike County EMS and the Pleasant Hill Fire Department responded to a report of a stabbing in the 600 block of Orrill Street in Pleasant Hill Illinois.

A sixty-five year old male was pronounced dead at the scene.

A forty-four year old male was later apprehended in Pike County Missouri and is being held for Aggravated Battery regarding the injuries to the 65 year old male.

The investigation is still on going and further charges are expected.

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On March 12th, 2019 at 2:05 P.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop on US 54 near State Highway 106 on a gray 2007 Chevrolet Malibu.  Subsequent to an investigation, the driver, Joshua L. Parks, age 29, of Ladonia, Missouri was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine less than five (5) grams, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of any amount of methamphetamine, driving while license suspended, illegal transportation of alcohol by a driver, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.  Further investigation revealed Parks just left the Pike County Courthouse after appearing for a preliminary hearing on a previous charge of unlawful possession of methamphetamine less than five (5) grams.  Parks was transported and lodged in the Pike Count Jail.

PRESS RELEASE

On 03-09-19 at 10:19 AM, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a vehicle that was stuck in a flooded creek on 290th Avenue at Kisor Creek in Hadley Township. The caller advised her car was filling with water and she can’t get out. Due to the rushing water already entering the passenger compartment of the vehicle, the Pike County Emergency 911 Dispatcher repeatedly instructed the driver to roll down her windows, remove her seatbelt, exit the vehicle and secure herself to its roof.

Upon the arrival of the Sheriff’s Deputy, the driver was on top of her vehicle. The Sheriff’s Deputy began the process of rescuing the driver from her vehicle. The Barry Fire Department along with the Baylis Fire Department arrived on scene shortly after and continued in rescuing the driver.  Assistance was sought by contacting the Hadley Creek Road Commissioner (Bob Armistead) who brought a road grader to the scene.  Armistead was able to assist the driver onto the road grader and safely from the flooded creek.

Following the driver being removed from the vehicle, the vehicle was pushed further down the creek due to the rising water.

There were no injuries reported.

With Spring just around the corner and the rainy season beginning, this is a stark reminder to never drive into flooded water.  Your life is more important than getting somewhere on time.

Our 911 telecommunicators are trained on all types of emergency situations and are always the first line of defense for anyone who calls with an emergency. Please be patient with them when they request information from you and listen to their instruction. There is a reason for it and it assists in getting help to you a soon as possible.

Assisting at the scene was The Barry Fire Department, The Baylis Fire Department, The Hadley Township Road Commissioner, Pike County EMS, The Pike County EMA and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.

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On February 22nd, 2019 at 9:56 A.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Pleasant Hill Police Department conducted a traffic stop on East Quincy Street in Pleasant Hill.  Subsequent to an investigation, the driver, Rebecca N. Orr, age 37, of Pleasant Hill was arrested on a Pike County warrant for petition for revocation of bail and on new charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of hypodermic syringes.

Orr was transported and lodged in the Pike County Jail.

Local law enforcement conducted a court-authorized search warrant at Orr’s residence in the 700 block of Houston Street on February 5th, 2019.  At the time, Rebecca was arrested for unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.  Orr was released after posting bond and was subsequently arrested again on February 22nd, 2019.

The investigation is on-going.  The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services are assisting with the investigation.

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On February 23rd, 2019 at 1:30 P.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to US Highway 54 near 200th Avenue in reference to a two-vehicle accident.  Subsequent to an investigation, a 2003 Mazda Familia driven by Kaleb Taylor-Clark, age 17, of Rockport, was westbound on US 54 attempting to turn into a private drive when he was rear-ended by a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Brent E. Smith, age 25, of Griggsville.

Smith was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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On February 24th, 2019 at 7:20 A.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to State Highway 106 just west of 345th Street  in reference to a two-vehicle accident.  Subequent to an investigation it was determined that a 2014 Jeep Patriot driven by a sixteen year old juvenile was eastbound in the westbound lane of State Highway 106.  A 2009 Mercury Milan driven by Richard Snow, age 51, of Barry, was westbound and

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Press Release 02-06-19

1-12-19

Pike County Sheriff’s Department Press Release

 

On January 12th at 2:08 AM, The Pike County Sheriff’s Department received a report of an accidental shooting at a residence on Walnut Street in New Canton Illinois. Following the arrival of First Responders, Pike County EMS and Sheriff’s Deputies, a 24 year old male was transported to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for treatment of a gunshot wound to his head.

An investigation into the incident is still ongoing.    Assisting at the scene was The New Canton Fire Department, The Hull Fire Department and Pike County EMS

 Press Release

On January 7th, 2019 at 11:00 A.M., the Pittsfield Police Department located Joshua S. Hare, age 29, of Beardstown, Illinois.  As the officer attempted to take Hare into custody, Hare fled on foot.  After about twenty (20) minutes, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department apprehended Hare in a field near the Little League Park.  Hare was taken into custody on a Greene County, Illinois warrant.

The Pittsfield Police Department charged Hare with obstructing justice due to Hare providing the officer with a false name.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department charged Hare with failure to register as a sex offender.

Hare remains lodged in the Pike County Jail..

PRESS RELEASE 

12-30-18

On December 28th, 2018, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department executed a court authorized search warrant at 200 South Naples Street in Perry Illinois.

During the execution of the search warrant, 19 year old Jason M. Taylor of Perry Illinois was arrested for Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Deliver (30 to 500 grams) and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Taylor was transported to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and lodged pending bond.

Several other individuals were arrested, including juveniles for the offense of Illegal Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor.

An investigation is still ongoing which may lead to further arrests.

The Illinois State Police assisted the Pike County Sheriff’s Department during the service of the search warrant and arrests.

DECEMBER 25th, 2018 PRESS RELEASE

On December 25th, 2018 at 11:41 P.M., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop in the 600 block of W. Washington Street in Pittsfield. Subsequent to an investigation the driver, Joshua L. Parks, age 28, of Arnold, Missouri was arrested for driving while license suspended, unlawful possession of methamphetamine less than five grams, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Parks was transported and lodged in the Pike County Jail.

DECEMBER 24, 2018 PRESS RELEASE

On December 23rd, 2018, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department initiated a criminal investigation regarding a non-compliant sex offender residing in Hull, Pike County, Illinois. Subsequent to an investigation, Roy L. Irick, age 65, of Hull was arrested for the offense of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Irick was transported and lodged in the Pike County Jail.

AUGUST 14, 2018 PRESS RELEASE

On August 13th at approximately 7:15, Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy effected what was believed to be a routine traffic stop on County Hwy #2 near Baylis.  Subsequent to the stop, the deputy searched the Chevrolet SUV and seized Methamphetamine, Controlled Substance in Prescription form, and Drug Paraphernalia.

During the stop, the officer identified the driver as, Cain I. Vincent (18) of Pittsfield and the passenger as Dusty L. Embree (23) of Griggsville.  Embree was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant of arrest in Pike County with a bond of $25,000.  Upon  arrest of Embree, he was placed in handcuffs and search when the deputy located drug paraphernalia on his person.

During a search of the vehicle, Embree fled on foot into a nearby cornfield out of sight of the officer.

A search of the area by Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Illinois State Police, the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force, and other volunteer agencies  including K-9  was cancelled due to darkness.

It is believed that the prisoner fled after witnessing the officer locate felony drugs in the vehicle.

Agents continued the investigation with intelligence gathering the following 24-hours without success.

The escape is not believed to be a danger to the community and has had contact with law enforcement in the past without incident.

Paul F. Petty

NOTICE TO BIDDERS: 4/24/2018

NAME OF PROJECT:  PIKE COUNTY 9-1-1 ETSB/ PIKE COUNTY SHERIFF

BIDS ARE BEING ACCEPTED BY THE PIKE COUNTY ETSB/SHERIFF FOR AN UPGRADE TO THE CURRENT 3 POSITION MOTOROLA CENTRACOM GOLD ELITE DISPATCH SYSTEM.  EQUIVALENT BIDS WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTED.

SPECIFICATIONS MAY BE VIEWED IN PERSON BY APPOINTMENT ONLY AT:

PIKE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

PITTSFIELD, IL

AN APPOINTMENT CAN BE MADE BY EMAILING SANDY SCHACHT AT SSCHACHT@PIKECOUNTYSD.ORG.   REQUEST TO EMAIL OR MAIL BID SPECIFICATIONS CAN BE DONE BY EMAILING SANDY SCHACHT AT SSCHACHT@PIKECOUNTYSD.ORG

EACH BID SHALL BE ENCLOSED IN A SEALED ENVELOPE BEARING THE NAME OF PROJECT.  NAME OF THE SUBMITTING FIRM, AND THE BID DUE DATE.

* OTHER PROPOSALS WILL BE ACCEPTED AS LONG AS THEY MEET THE SPECIFICATIONS IN PROPOSAL TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE DISPATCH SYSTEM *

IF A VENDOR OTHER THAN MOTOROLA DIRECT SUBMITS BID, VENDOR MUST SUPPLY A COMPLETED MANUFACTURER’S CERTIFICATION, OR A LETTER FROM THE MOTOROLA PROVIDING CERTIFICATION, SUBMITTED ALONG WITH BID, WHICH CERTIFIES THAT, THAT VENDOR IS AUTHORIZED TO SUBMIT SUCH BID.

PIKE COUNTY ETSB/ SHERIFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY OR ALL PROPOSALS, TO WAIVE ANY IRREGULARITIES AND/OR IN-FORMALITIES IN THE PROPOSALS AND TO MAKE AN AWARD IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE LAW DEEMED TO BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF PIKE COUNTY.

THE BIDS WILL BE TURNED IN NO LATER THAN 2:00 O’COLOCK P.M. ON FRIDAY, MAY 18th , 2018 AT THE PIKE COUNTY SHERIFF/JAIL 204 EAST ADAMS PITTSFIELD ILLINOIS 62363.

PIKE COUNTY 911 ETSB/ PIKE COUNTY SHERIFF

DATED: APRIL 24th, 2018

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PRESS RELEASE 3/29/18

On 03/24/18 The Pike County Sheriffs Department received a call from a senior citizen North of Barry that she believed was    a victim of a possible Home Repair Fraud.

The victim indicated that she was approached by two white males at her residence on 03/23/18. The males indicated to her that the lightning rods on her house needed to be recharged. The victim indicated that the males were very persuasive. The victim eventually wrote out a check to the males.

An investigation was started by the Pike County Sheriffs Department. During the course of the investigation the Sheriffs Department was able to identify the two males. One male that was identified is Brian S. Ellis age 45 from Hannibal, Missouri. A warrant was issued for Ellis for Aggravated Home Repair Fraud.

On 03/28/18 officers from the Pike County Sheriffs Department along with officers from Hannibal, Missouri Police Department apprehended Ellis at his residence in Hannibal.

Ellis was transported to the Pike County Jail where he awaits bond.

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To:        News Media

From:    Sheriff  

Date:     November 23, 2016

Re:        Recent Arrests          

On Tuesday, November 22nd at approximately 11:07 am, Pike County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from the Pittsfield Police Department and the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force executed a court authorized search warrant in the 400 Block of East North Street in Pittsfield near the Little League Ball Field without incident.

Arrested as a result of the search included:

Ricky L. Allen (42) of Pittsfield for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Meth Manufacturing Waste, Possession of Meth Manufacturing Materials, and Endangering the Life of a Child.

Sasha A. Smith (28) of Pittsfield for Possession of Methamphetamine & Endangering the Life of a Child. .Both individuals remain lodged at the Pike County Jail pending court appearance.

Ricky Allen

Ricky Allen

Sasha Smith

Sasha Smith

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Press Release

To:        News Media

From:    Sheriff      

Date:     November 23, 2016

Re:        Recent Arrests          

On Wednesday, November 23rd at approximately 5:41 am, Pike County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force and the Illinois State Police executed a court authorized search warrant on Blue Street in Milton, IL. Michael J. Wallace (51) of Nebo was immediately taken into custody on an outstanding warrant of arrest for Revocation of Bail Bond and transported to the Pike County Jail.

Subsequent to the search, police located the targets in the investigation in Barry, IL at the Barry Travel Plaza. Arrested as a result of the investigation included:

Shelby R. Mulford (21) of Pittsfield for Possession of Controlled Substance and Burglary.

Kensey R. Mesey (23) of Milton for Possession of Controlled Substance and Burglary.

The investigation concludes a 24-hour investigation involving a residential burglary in Pike County which involved the theft of United States Currency and private property.

All three individuals remain lodged in the Pike County Jail pending court appearance.

Kensey Mesey

Kensey Mesey

Shelby Mulford

Shelby Mulford

Michael Wallace

Michael Wallace

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MAY 18, 2016

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at approximately 11:26 am, Pike County Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call regarding students inside a vehicle on the grounds at Pittsfield High School that where brandishing a handgun.  The students departed the grounds and were subsequently pulled over at the intersection of Washington Street and Monroe Street in downtown Pittsfield.

Both the Pittsfield City Police and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department immediately identified five students inside the 1990 Buick LeSabre.  All five students were taken to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and temporarily detained.

Recovered as a result of stop included a look alike Colt 1911-A1 spring loaded firearm.  Four students were released to the custody of their parents or guardians following the investigation.

A non-student juvenile inside the vehicle was arrested as a result of the incident and charged with Unlawful Use of Weapon, Disorderly Conduct, and Retail Theft from an incident earlier in the morning involving a local business.  The juvenile was transferred to the Adams County Juvenile Detention Center until court appearance.

The Illinois State Police assisted in the joint investigation.

Pittsfield City Police Chief Kenny Yelliott was quick to commend the officers involved in the investigation and the schools response to the situation.  “These types of incidents require numerous resources working together to successfully bring the situation to resolve.  The school identified the type of incident immediately and initiated their lock down protocol for all three schools in the district.  The primary goal is to immediately address the safety and security of the students, faculty, and institutions.  The school assisted in bring this incident to an end almost immediately while ensuring the safety of every student and staff member and working closely with law enforcement” said Chief Yelliott.

Captain John Pennock, Pike County Sheriff’s Department said, “The dispatch and response of this incident went extremely well with both agencies working together to identify, secure, and remove a potential threat in the community.  We were fortunate to resolve this issue almost immediately” said Captain Pennock.

APRIL 4, 2016

Phone Scams Continue to be a Serious Threat, Remain on IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season

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WASHINGTON — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, headlining the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.

“Taxpayers across the nation face a deluge of these aggressive phone scams. Don’t be fooled by callers pretending to be from the IRS in an attempt to steal your money,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “We continue to say if you are surprised to be hearing from us, then you’re not hearing from us.”

“There are many variations. The caller may threaten you with arrest or court action to trick you into making a payment,” Koskinen added. “Some schemes may say you’re entitled to a huge refund. These all add up to trouble. Some simple tips can help protect you.”

The Dirty Dozen is compiled annually by the IRS and lists a variety of common scams taxpayers may encounter any time during the year. Many of these con games peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns or hire someone to do so.

This January, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) announced they have received reports of roughly 896,000 contacts since October 2013 and have become aware of over 5,000 victims who have collectively paid over $26.5 million as a result of the scam.

“The IRS continues working to warn taxpayers about phone scams and other schemes,” Koskinen said. “We especially want to thank the law-enforcement community, tax professionals, consumer advocates, the states, other government agencies and particularly the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for helping us in this battle against these persistent phone scams.”

Protect Yourself

Scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via a phishing email.

Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money.

Scammers often alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.

Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam.

The IRS will never:

    • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
    • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
    • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
    • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

    • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
    • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them on IRS.gov.

NOVEMBER 20, 2015

The Pike County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office arrested Harley Davidson Johnson, of Griggsville, Illinois for armed robbery Friday night.

According to a news release, deputies responded to the BP Gas Station in Pittsfield on West Washington Street around 9 p.m.

Upon arrival, deputies were able to collect information from store employees and immediately found multiple suspects.

Officials from the Pittsfield Police, Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police recovered evidence in the crime including a handgun and money.

The investigation is ongoing and three individuals have been taken into custody

NOVEMBER 5, 2015

PRESS RELEASE:

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department would like to inform the public of two separate scams recently circulating the Pike County area.

One of the scams is a telephone recording that claims they are from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and requesting a return call and leaving a number.  It states that the IRS has tried to contact you numerous times and if you do not contact them , you will be subject to a lawsuit. Please be advised that the IRS will not be telephoning anyone to collect monies owed.  THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE SCAM and to date, this scam has taken thousands of dollars nationwide.   Do not return the call or attempt to investigate the matter in any manner as they will attempt to use tactics by scam artists that are extremely sophisticated in nature.

The second scam is generally over the internet including face book and email.  The scam artist claims to be in need of funding so that he may come visit you.  The scam artists involved are extremely good at human resource skills and very personable in nature.  They will make every effort to make you feel like a close friend.

Pike County has spent several thousand dollars in these types of scams.  We encourage all residents of this community to not respond to anyone wanting money from strangers and particularly from anyone using tactics such as threatening legal trouble or coercion.

We remind all citizens to hang up the phone and absolutely do not return any phone calls.

If you are a person who has released funding in the past, you are more than likely labeled as a more susceptible victim to scam artists.  Change your email and refrain from using face book for a period of time to release such contacts.

If you are aware of a loved one who has fallen prey to these scams, we encourage you to report the incident to law enforcement and we further encourage you to monitor your loved ones financial business by contacting your local bank and advising them of the situation.  Our local banks and stores with the ability to wire money are extremely aware of these scams and will make every effort to help those in need.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

On 09/16/15 at 6:16 AM the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a two vehicle head on collision on County Highway #3, a quarter of mile South of Interstate 72.

A 2004 Pontiac, being driven by Bryce A Reel, age 23, of Pittsfield, Illinois was traveling north bound on County Highway 3, when the vehicle being driven by Reel collided head on with a 2002 Chevrolet truck that was traveling southbound. The 2002 Chevrolet Truck was driven by William C. Miller age 49 of Baylis, Illinois.

Reel had to be extricated from his vehicle and received severe injuries and was airlifted from the scene. Miller received minor injuries and was later treated at Illini Community Hospital.

The accident remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were Pike County EMS, Pittsfield Fire Department and Air Evac.

July 31, 2015

…Pike County, IL Enhanced 9-1-1 Vesta 4 Phone System

Indigital and Airbus Corporation assisted Pike County 9-1-1 with the replacement of their aging phone system with an Airbus Vesta 4 Call-Taking Next Generation 9-1-1 telecommunications system.

 Indigital is an authorized dealer for Airbus Communications solutions. The Vesta 4 offers a full range of features and functionality including: intelligent user interface, automatic call recovery, low power consumption, high reliability and cost-effective scalability, digital end-to-end IP, and remote access and maintenance. 

With the phone system upgrade and existing CAD system, Pike County’s 911 Coordinator, Sandy Schacht “has been very pleased with the service” they have received. The Coordinator went further to say, “not only do we consider Indigital and Airbus and all their staff a partner, we consider them our friends. Having a partner like Indigital and Airbus on-call 24×7 means a lot to our community and reassures that when a situation comes up we know they are there to support us.” The changes that we made were required by law for our department to be compatible with any future changes to the statewide 9-1-1 system. “Not only does this put us within the technology boundaries as required, but ensures our commitment to providing the optimal environment for our dispatchers to bring the most effective    9-1-1 system to those whom we serve”

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Sandy Schacht at 217-285-5263 or email at sschacht@pikecountysd.org.

July 27, 2015

Nationwide Groupon Campaign raises over $335,000 for law enforcement K9 bullet and stab protective vests

The Pike County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Baxter has received a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT that has rose over $335,000.00.
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The “Occasions ” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9’s with bullet and stab protective vests ran February 15th through March 5th at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time.   Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was the nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. The online $10 donation suggested interested persons purchase a GROUPON (a tax deductible donation) through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for our four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014. All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, “In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc a 501c (3) organization is still accepting donations through their website: www.vik9s.org and via mail P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their signature tank top is now available online for a $20.00 donation at www.vik9s.org. Proceeds will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.

In 2014, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2014” campaigns. In just over two weeks, the nonprofit raised $335,000.00 providing ballistic vests for 370 law enforcement dogs in 49 states. There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States.

VESTED INTEREST IN K9S, INC.

 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $1,050.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1517 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over 1.4 million dollars.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. Who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.

New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website: www.vik9s.org.

June 30, 2015

PRESS RELEASE:

On 06/30/15 at 12:01 PM The Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a one vehicle accident on County Highway #3 at Interstate 72.

Daniel S. Murphy, age 32, of Winchester, Illinois was driving a 2001 Sterling Semi-truck. Murphy was driving westbound on Interstate 72. Murphy exited the off ramp at Exit 31. As Murphy was approaching the stop intersection with County Highway #3, he indicated that he applied his brakes. Murphy indicated his brakes did not work. Murphy made a sharp right hand turn onto County Highway #3. As Murphy was making his turn his wheels caught the edge of the concrete median, causing the tractor trailer to flip over. The unit skidded approximately 88 feet before it came to rest. Murphy sustained minor injuries and had to be extricated from the vehicle. Murphy was air lifted to Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois by Survival Flight.

The accident remains under investigation by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.

Assisting at the scene were Pittsfield Fire Department, Pike County EMS, Griggsville Fire Department, North Pike Fire Department , Illinois State Police and Survival Flight.

June 1, 2015

News Release

 On 06/01/15 at 9:56 AM the Pike County Sheriff s Department responded to a report of a one vehicle accident on Interstate 72 at Mile Marker 3. A 2006 Toyota Corolla being driven by Brandon M. Inman, age 25, of Hannibal, Missouri was driving westbound on Interstate 72 when the vehicle left the roadway. The vehicle crossed the median and into the eastbound lane. The vehicle left the roadway traveling parallel with the roadway before it struck a concrete culvert and came to rest.

Inman had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Hull-Kinderhook Fire Department. Inman received severe injuries as a result of the accident. Inman was

Air-lifted from the scene by Survival Flight to Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

The accident remains under investigation by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.

Assisting at the scene were Marion County Missouri EMS, Hannibal Missouri Fire Department, Hull-Kinderhook Fire Department and Pike County EMS.

May 21,2015

Nationwide Groupon Campaign raises over $335,000 for law enforcement K9 protective vests

The Pike County Sheriff’s Office K9 Baxter will be receiving a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT that has rose over $335,000.00.

The “Occasions ” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9’s with bullet and stab protective vests ran February 15th through March 5th at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time.   Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was the nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. The online $10 donation suggested interested persons purchase a GROUPON (a tax deductible donation) through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for our four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their “Hog Wild for K9s” t-shirt is now available online for a $15.00 donation at www.vik9s.org. Proceeds from will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014. All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, “In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc a 501c (3) organization is still accepting donations through their website: www.vik9s.org and via mail P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

In 2014, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2014” campaigns. In just over two weeks, the nonprofit raised $335,000.00 providing ballistic vests for 370 law enforcement dogs in 49 states. There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States.

ABOUT VESTED INTEREST IN K9S, INC.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1400 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.3 million dollars.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. Who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.

New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website: www.vik9s.org

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K9 Baxter is a 2 .5 year old Belgian Malinois, he is certified as a Dual Purpose Narcotics Detection/Patrol dog, additionally he is certified as a Tracking and Article Search dog. Baxter is assigned to Deputy Michael Lemons. Deputy Lemons and K9 Baxter completed a 6 week training session at the Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana during the months of January-March of 2015.

Baxter was born in Belgium where he was trained in his socialization skills, Baxter was shipped to Slovakia where he was taught his Patrol/Bite Work, Baxter was then returned to Belgium and brought to the United States and was imprinted with the Narcotics training at Vohne Liche Kennels.

Baxter enjoys doing school demonstration for the DARE Program and working with his handler,off duty Baxter loves going for long walks with his new family.

Baxter will play an important role in keeping the County of Pike safe and fighting the war on drugs as well as community relations.

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PIKE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

204 EAST ADAMS STR EET

PITISFIELD, IL 62363

DECEMBER 2, 2014

Texting scam:

Citizens are receiving text messages stating that their bank card has been locked and to contact 217-806-0448. Remember never to give out any information regarding any financial accounts over the phone.   Contact your financial institution or credit card companies directly.

October 28, 2014

After a joint investigation by the Pittsfield Police Department, the Illinois State Police, the Pike County State’s Attorney and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, a 45 year old male residing in the area of Detroit has been taken into custody on a Pike County warrant. The subject has been identified as the man seen taking photographs of children in various locations around Pittsfield. He is currently being held at the Pike County Jail. *All subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.*

 

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