Crows Mill Bar Owner arrested and charged after assaulting an employee who was quitting

Gulden Haslett – Age 41

Springfield, Illinois – Yesterday, Sangamon County Sheriff Deputies we’re called to Crows Mill Pub, located at 1220 Old Toronto Rd., for a physical disturbance.

Deputies met with the victim, who was also an employee of Crows Mill Pub. The victim told Deputies that she was battered by the Bar Owner, Gulden Haslett, age 41.

The victim told Deputies that there was a disturbance between the current Crows Mill Bar owner, Haslett, and her ex-boyfriend/ex-Crows Mill Bar owner. The victim said Haslett previously informed Crows Mill employees that the previous owner was banned from the bar and that the locks were currently being changed to the bar. The victim said she then decided to call another owner of the bar to ask what was going on and why were the locks being changed.

The victim said Haslett became upset with her for calling another owner of the bar and that’s when she decided that she would be quitting as a Crows Mill employee.

After the victim cashed out her tips, Haslett followed her outside. The victim said while standing on the steps outside of the bar, Haslett pulled her by the hair and pushed her.

A separate and independent witness at the scene confirmed the victim’s story.

When Deputies spoke to Haslett, she said that she did push the victim out of the bar because she believed the victim was stealing. When the Deputy told Haslett that he didn’t see any visible injuries, Haslett responded and said, “see, it’s not like I hurt her.”

The deputy also noted that after asking Haslett to come outside, an individual approached the victim, who was standing next to other deputies. That individual told the victim that Haslett was affiliated with the Turkish Mafia and if she followed through with charges they would come after her and her child. The individual said it happened to him and if the employee didn’t drop the charges they would be hurt. Deputies then told that individual to leave.

Haslett, who appeared to be intoxicated, was placed under arrest for preliminary charges of Aggravated Battery in a public place, a class 3 felony.

Today, the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office filed charges against Haslett for Battery, a class A misdemeanor.

Later this afternoon, the victim in this incident was granted an emergency order of protection.

130 years in Prison for Springfield man who brutally killed, raped and set a Springfield Woman’s house on fire

(Left) Ronald D. Porter (Right) Abby Neisler

Springfield, Illinois – Yesterday, Sangamon County Judge, John Madonia, sentenced Ronald D. Porter to a consecutive 130 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

During the sentencing hearing, several Springfield Detectives testified about Porters previous criminal history and his criminal activities between 2019 to 2020.

Porter was accused of robbing a bank twice taking approximately $13,500 collectively. He was also accused of attempting to rape a woman in front of her 7 year old child and several armed robberies of Springfield businesses. According to GPS records from his phone, Porter was linked to all of these criminal acts and admitted to committing them.

Porter also pled guilty to setting a fire to an apartment he and his now ex-wife was living in. According to detectives, Porter and his ex-wife collected $35,000 from an insurance policy which was used to purchase vehicles and gambling trips. In addition to GPS showing him leaving his house shortly before the fire was reported, Porter admitted to setting the fire.

In December 2020, Porter then started stalking 24 year old Abby Neisler. During the investigation into Neisler’s murder, it was learned from friends that she was approached by an unidentified male subject while walking her dog on December 24, 2019. Neisler told friends that she was scared and felt like she was going to die. Detectives testified in court that Neisler started sleeping with a knife. According to GPS records received from Google INC., Porter’s phone shows he was in the area of Neisler’s house approximately 50 times.

In the late hours on January 10, 2020 and the early morning of January 11, Detectives say Porter entered Neisler’s house, shot her dog with his BB Gun, robbed her house and left. He then returned to her house to wait for her to arrive home. When Neisler returned home, Porter entered her residence through the back door and confronted her when she came through the front door. Porter then sexually assaulted her, stabbed her several times, and set her residence on fire.

A Springfield Detective testified that Neisler was stabbed between 35-40 times. 7 stab wounds were on left side of the neck. 11 stab wounds to the chin, 16 -21 stab wounds on the right side of her neck, and 1 stab wound to the back of her neck.

The detective also testified that Neisler’s hands were tied behind her back with Christmas lights and a bag was placed over her face before being stabbed. “She died within minutes.”

After fatally stabbing Neisler, Porter then grabbed wrapping paper and other flammable items and sat them near her body and started a fire. According to the Coroner’s report, Neisler was deceased before the fire was started.

Porter also told Detectives, before he left Neisler’s residence, he took batteries out of the fire alarm and locked Neisler’s dog, Pepper, in a room. The dog also died from smoke inhalation.

Within an hour after Neisler’s murder, Porter attempted to use her debit card at several ATM’s but was unable to withdraw money because of the incorrect PIN number.

On the same morning of Neisler’s murder, Porter approached another woman around 2:23 a.m. The woman was walking to a friends house at the time Porter approached her. The woman said Porter began following her. The woman told detectives that Porter pulled off the roadway, turned his lights off and rolled down his window and said, “I know you.” The woman said she kept walking and ignored him, and Porter said again, “I know you, maybe I was in my other car the last time.” She responded and told Porter that she didn’t know him and kept walking. Porter then said to the woman that he could pull her up on Facebook and mentioned her Facebook name. She then became nervous and suspicious and told Porter that she was busy and kept walking. Porter then said, “just get in my car and we can cool off and talk.” As the woman continued to walk, Porter continued to ask her for her number and followed her until she got to her destination.

A detective testified that when Porter approached this woman, Neisler’s purse was still in his vehicle.

Approximately two weeks later, after Neisler’s murder, Porter went to the woman’s job at McDonalds and was accused of stalking her. Porter, who confronted the woman inside McDonalds, called the police and was arrested after officers learned his true name and found out that he was wanted for a traffic ticket. Detectives followed up with the woman a few days later and was told that she was first approached by Porter in the early morning hours on January 11. She told detectives that he was driving a light colored (possibly silver, grey or light gold colored) GMC SUV – the same type of vehicle seen coming and going from Neisler’s residence during the time of her death. After speaking to the woman and doing further investigation, Porter was then considered a suspect in the death of Neisler. The woman was not hurt in either of the stalking incidents.

Neisler’s dad gave a powerful victim impact statement in court. He wanted people to remember how his daughter lived and not how she died. He described his daughter as a woman who loved all people and was especially close to her mother. Although he never said Porter’s name, he described Porter’s actions as “monstrous.” He also thanked the Springfield Police Department and the Sangamon County State’s Attorneys Office for getting justice.

Sangamon County State’s Attorney, Dan Wright, told Judge Madonia that he believes Porter’s criminal actions deserves natural life in prison. “I searched the record for any potential of rehabilitation and the answer is unequivocally none.” Wright told the Judge. “There is nothing more that I can say that can articulate the harm caused by this defendant.”

Porter did take a few minutes to speak in court. Although, at times it was kind of hard to understand exactly what he was saying, he spoke regarding his children and advocated for a lower sentence. He didn’t directly ask the family for forgiveness for himself, but said to them “Forgiveness goes a long way. Can’t force nobody to forgive at all, but people that believe in the word, it takes time.”

Before handing down the sentence, Judge Madonia explained how he usually sentences defendants in murder cases. He said usually when defendants don’t have an intent to commit a murder he leans towards a lower sentencing guideline, but it was clear that this wasn’t a case that deserved a lower sentence. However, Judge Madonia said he also has to take into consideration that the defendant pled guilty and took responsibility, which he must also take that into consideration as a mitigating factor.

Ultimately, Judge Madonia issued the following sentence for Porter:

1st degree murder – 55 years at 100%

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault – 30 years at 85%

Home Invasion – 15 years at 85%

Armed Robbery – 15 years at 85%

Residential Arson – 10 years at 50%

Concealment of Homicidal Death – 5 years at 50%

The above sentences are consecutive, which means he would have to serve one sentence after the other which totals 130 years.

Porter was also sentenced for the following:

Aggravated Stalking – 5 years at 50%

Stalking – 3 years at 50%

Aggravated Cruelty to Animal – 3 years at 50%

Obstructing Justice – 3 years at 50%

Unlawful Use of Credit Card – 3 years at 50%

The above sentences are to run concurrent, meaning they are served at the same time.

After Porter was sentenced, Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright said, “Abby Neisler will always be remembered for the way she lived. Her father provided an incredibly impactful description of the light she was in the lives of all who knew her. Thanks to the diligence of the Springfield Police Department, what could have been a cold case was developed into an investigation that resulted in the defendant’s plea of guilty to all charges and a sentence that ensures he will likely die in prison.”

Although the Illinois Department of Corrections will do their own calculation, it will be approximately year 2133 until Porter could be paroled. Porter will be approximately 145 years old before he will ever have the chance of parole.

“This is my truth, this is my story.” – Mother of toddler who was suffocated until unconscious – speaks out

Justin Petro, age 32, of Springfield, Illinois was recorded attempting to strangle a 20 month old child.

Springfield, Illinois – This is my truth, this is my story. In November 2019 I met this man. This beautifully, wonderful, tasteful, charming, seemingly put together man and fell head over heals in love. We moved in pretty quickly which I take all blame for and will probably always blame myself for;

Fast forward to February 25th, 2020. My daughters arm gets broken and I defended him. I defended him to the police, to DCFS, to my support system, my peer group, my friends and family, those who tried to warn me. Why? Because I never in a million years would have thought for a second he was responsible. I woke up to her crying in her room while he was in bed next to me..

Fast forward to April 9th, 2020. I wake up to a horrible argument full of degrading names and hurtful words and things that made me wonder. (After the broken arm I wanted cameras in most rooms to prove if anything happened again it was an accident, he agree.) I check security tapes and see the most horrifying form of abuse anyone could probably see. To this day I can’t bring myself to watch more than enough to see what he is doing is wrong. That he is not trying to save her.

I ran. A choice again I will always blame myself for. It took me a long time to bring myself to do something because of the threats, the lack of money, my addiction history, ect. I ran.

Over the last few weeks we’ve gone through immense work to do what we can to bring justice to my baby girl. And today, we finally got it. Not entirely but we’ve finally started and I don’t have to be afraid to warn people anymore. I don’t feel afraid to be the red flag that I never had with this man.

My daughter fought for her life harder than I ever have for mine and I don’t ever want someone to go through what she or I have gone through to get justice. It’s never too late and you can always do the right thing. Don’t let them forget, help them heal. Because one day when you least expect it, they will remember it. And the healing process only becomes harder.

She is clearly well physically and we’re working on her mental health. I will continue to be on the defense relationship wise until I know with clear and sound mind, the person I chose could never do something like this again. I want to be the warning side to never ever let this happen to you or your child. Please, do your research, look for red flags and trust those around you because they will always see what you can’t. I share this in the hopes it brings more women forward for their own abuse and their children’s abuse. It doesn’t matter your financial situation, it doesn’t matter your history, if your child is in danger, keep them safe. Say something. Because running was the worst choice I could’ve made.

Justin Petro – Age 32

On September 14th, 2021, the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an incident of physical child abuse that occurred on Park Ridge Road, Springfield, in April 2020. The Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division, in conjunction with the Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center, the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, conducted the investigation.

The investigation alleged that on April 9, 2020, suspect Justin Petro, 32 y/o, of Park Ridge Road, Springfield, entered the bedroom of his girlfriend’s 20-month-old child and attempted to suffocate the child. Petro placed his knee on the chest of the child, and covered the child’s mouth and nose with his hand, until it appeared the child fell unconscious. Petro then exited and left the child unattended in the bedroom. The home’s security cameras captured the incident and footage was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office as evidence. 

As a result of the investigation, Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright charged Petro with Aggravated Domestic Battery (strangulation), 2 counts of Aggravated Battery and 2 counts of Domestic Battery. An arrest warrant was issued for Petro on September 23, 2021. Members of the United States Marshal Service Great Lakes Area Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Petro at his home at approximately 5:00 p.m. Petro was released from custody on September 24, at 5:59 p.m., after paying $25,000 (10 percent of his $250,000 bond).

On 09/24/21 at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division executed a search warrant at the Park Ridge address. A computer hard drive and surveillance camera footage was seized.

Springfield Man out on Bond after being recorded trying to suffocate a 20 month old child

(Left) Justin Petro (Right) Justin Petro attempting to suffocate a 20 month old child

Springfield, IL – On September 14th, 2021, the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an incident of physical child abuse that occurred on Park Ridge Road, Springfield, in April 2020. The Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division, in conjunction with the Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center, the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, conducted the investigation.

The investigation alleged that on April 9, 2020, suspect Justin Petro, 32 y/o, of Park Ridge Road, Springfield, entered the bedroom of his girlfriend’s 20-month-old child and attempted to suffocate the child. Petro placed his knee on the chest of the child, and covered the child’s mouth and nose with his hand, until it appeared the child fell unconscious. Petro then exited and left the child unattended in the bedroom. The home’s security cameras captured the incident and footage was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office as evidence.

As a result of the investigation, Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright charged Petro with Aggravated Domestic Battery (strangulation), 2 counts of Aggravated Battery and 2 counts of Domestic Battery. An arrest warrant was issued for Petro on September 23, 2021. Members of the United States Marshal Service Great Lakes Area Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Petro at his home at approximately 5:00 p.m. Petro was released from custody on September 24, at 5:59 p.m., after paying $25,000 (10 percent of his $250,000 bond).

On 09/24/21 at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division executed a search warrant at the Park Ridge address. A computer hard drive and surveillance camera footage was seized.

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WANTED: Activist John Keating II for ARSON after intentionally setting a stand on fire at the Illinois State Fair; Video shows him making a threat hours before the fire

WANTED: John H. Keating II – Age 33

Springfield, Illinois – A warrant has been issued for Activist John H. Keating II and Zakary Bunt after a concession stand was intentionally set on fire at the Illinois State Fair on Saturday, August 21, 2021.

Springfield Firefighters work to put out a fire intentionally set at the Illinois State Fair on August 21, 2021

Investigators initially suspected Keating was responsible for the fire after he was recorded making threats to Dan Richards, who was working at the L & G Concessions stand hours before the fire was intentionally set.

This is not the first time Keating and Richards have had a public conflict. Their conflict dates back to August 2020, when Richards was caught on video head-butting Keating during a verbal dispute outside of the Illinois Commerce Commission in downtown Springfield. The verbal dispute, at that time, was the result of Keating posting a video on Facebook of a Flag Stand that sells Donald Trump and confederate flags. That flag stand was owned by Richards.

As a result of Keating pressing charges against Richards for Battery, Richards was charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Battery, a class 3 felony, and 2 counts of Battery, a class A misdemeanor.

Now, almost a year later, another verbal dispute occurred again between Keating and Richards. This time at the Illinois State Fair. Several Facebook posts were made by Keating as a result of that dispute. The first post published by Keating on Friday, August 20 at 5:23 p.m., said, “Can I sue someone for filing false orders of protection against me? We were getting watermelon at the fair and Dan Richards popped around recording my kids and then said I had to leave because he had an order of protection against me. I should have gone ahead and got one against him last year but I am now as well calling the fair board.

Another post, which was posted by Keating, said, “I’m more pissed at myself for losing my cool than anything else.”

A video that was forwarded to us, shows Keating “losing his cool” just hours before the concession stand Richards was working at was intentionally set on fire. In that video, which is shown below, Keating told Richards that he will beat his ass again if he comes around him and his kids. “Show that to the judge,” Keating said to Richards. “You threaten me and my children, I will fuck you up man.”

Richards, who was working at his concession stand at the time of the encounter, told Keating that he had an emergency order of protection against him and told him that if he didn’t leave, he would be going to jail. Keating fired back and said, you were just following me yesterday.

“Call the fucking cops you dumb son of a bitch. (Inaudible) you think you can take pictures of me and my kids,” Keating yelled.

Keating then approached Richards and said, “I’m going to fuck your little ass up, one arm or not. Hows your felony case going? You like losing your rights to bear arms dumb ass?” As Keating walks away he then told Richards that “he’s going to fuck him up.”

Keating has been officially charged by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office with Arson, a class 2 felony and Criminal Damage to Property, a class 3 felony. Bunt, who has also been charged in this incident, is facing a single charge of Arson, a class 2 felony.

According to the owner of the concession stand, the fire resulted in approximately $40,000 in property loss.

We did reach out to JC Fultz, the Public Information Officer with the State Fire Marshal, but he told us that they had no additional information for us.

Springfield Man released on scene due to his cooperation after SCSO DIRT Team finds Crack Cocaine and Ecstasy Pills during search warrant

Alfred L. Jackson – Age 47

Springfield, IL – On Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 2:11 p.m., the Sangamon County DIRT team executed a search warrant on the residence of Alfred L. Jackson, age 47.

The search warrant, which was executed at 2132 S. 17th St., was obtained after multiple controlled buys of crack cocaine from Jackson. Once the residence was searched, the following items were discovered:

26 grams of suspected crack cocaine,

90 (37grams) of suspected ecstasy pills,

Cash in the amount of $2,110

Jackson faces charges of two counts of Manufacture /Delivery of a Controlled Substance and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Reports were forwarded to the Sangamon County State’s Attorney for review and Jackson was released at the scene due to his cooperation.

BREAKING: No Criminal Charges will be filed after the death of a Sangamon County Jail Inmate

Jaimeson D. Cody

Springfield, Illinois – Following a comprehensive internal review of the Illinois State Police investigation into the April 27, 2021, death of inmate Jaimeson D. Cody, in the Sangamon County Jail, Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright requested an independent review and recommendation by the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s Office.

In a statement released on June 11, 2021 by Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright, the Sangamon County Coroner’s medical classification of a death as a “Homicide” under standards recommended by the National Association of Medical Examiners is not a legal determination that available evidence is sufficient to charge and prove the commission of a criminal offense beyond a reasonable doubt. 

While the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office retains the authority to make a final determination regarding criminal charges, an external review by the Appellate Prosecutor’s Office was requested to obtain an independent analysis of whether available evidence is sufficient to prove any criminal offense beyond a reasonable doubt. 

The Appellate Prosecutor’s Office has completed the requested review. Click here to view a copy of the September 7, 2021, response from Patrick J. Delfino which includes findings of the independent review. After a thorough review by a group of Special Prosecutors, including two former elected State’s Attorneys, the Deputy Director and Director of the Appellate Prosecutor’s Office with combined prosecutorial experience of nearly a century, the September 7, 2021, response includes the following findings: 

“Based upon a comprehensive and independent evaluation of the information provided – as well as (1) the information from ISP and an independent forensic pathologist, and (2) video enhanced by the FBI – we find that a decision to decline prosecution is consistent with the evidence. This finding is strictly limited to the conclusion as to criminal charges and makes no determination one way or the other regarding the existence of any administrative violations or the potential of civil liability.”

The Appellate Prosecutor’s findings are consistent with the initial review conducted by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office. The available evidence is insufficient to charge and prove the commission of any criminal offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Accordingly, it was announced that no criminal charges will be filed at this time.

Click here to view additional letters dated July 12, 2021, and July 13, 2021, between State’s Attorney Wright and Patrick J. Delfino, Director of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s Office, regarding authority to coordinate additional investigation by agencies independent of Sangamon County.

Stay tuned as we update this developing story.

4 Pleasant Plains Students who came in contact with a COVID-19 positive student allowed to return after court agreement with Public Health

Parents of the four Pleasant Plains Middle School Students – (L) Tyson Skinner (R) Marcie Skinner

Sangamon County – The Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office, who represented the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, came to an agreed court order yesterday regarding four Pleasant Plains Middle School Students, who came in contact with a COVID-19 positive student on Monday while riding the school bus.

Before yesterday’s court hearing, the public health department received a verbal agreement from the mother of the four students that she would quarantine her children for 14 days. The mother, Marcie Skinner, then later contacted the public health department to withdraw her verbal consent and demanded them to get a court order that would compel her children to quarantine.

In response to Skinner’s refusal and her threat to violate the quarantine order and return the students to school, Sangamon County State’s Attorney, Dan Wright, immediately filed a petition on Thursday asking for an emergency court order that would compel Skinner’s 4 children, ages 5, 7, 12, and 13 to quarantine. An emergency court order was granted and a hearing was scheduled for Friday at 3:30 p.m.

On Friday, Sangamon County Judge Adam Giganti was scheduled to hear arguments regarding the quarantine order, but Wright and Attorney Tom DeVore, who is the attorney for the Skinner family, came to an agreement that is consistent with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 Schools.

That agreement, would allow them to return to school on Tuesday, September 7 if they follow the following arrangements:


The students must have correct and consistent use of masks at all times


The students must maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from any non-household members.


Parents are to monitor the health of each student for symptoms of COVID-19 through September 13.


The students must complete anitgen or RT-PCR COVID-19 tests on September 4, and September 6.


Parents are to provide the SCDPH with proof of negative COVID-19 test results from September 4 and September 6.


The students are not allowed to participate in any school related activities prior to September 7.


Parents are to follow recommended mitigation strategies including hand and cough hygiene, environmental cleaning and disinfecting, and ensure adequate indoor ventilation.

According to the guidance issued by The Illinois State Board of Education and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 Schools, it says that the local health department will make the final determination on who is to be quarantined and for how long. They also may determine that a close contact is not a candidate for modified quarantine due to a high-risk exposure, such as sustained close contact without masking.

The three options recommended for unvaccinated students to return to school from quarantine after exposure are:

Option 1, states Quarantine for 14 calendar days after close contact’s last exposure to the COVID-19 case. Date of last exposure is considered day 0.

Option 2, states Quarantine for 10 calendar days after the close contact’s last exposure to the COVID-19 case. Date of last exposure is considered day 0. (SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing is recommended and may be required by the local health department)

Option 3, states Quarantine for seven calendar days after last exposure if no symptoms develop during daily monitoring and the individual has a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test that was collected within 48 hours of exposure on day 7.

It wasn’t disclosed why the Skinners didn’t agree, before the court proceedings, to the other quarantine/COVID-19 prevention options that was offered by the Public Health Department, but they did acknowledge, in the agreed court order, that if a hearing was to take place there would be enough evidence presented to require the four students to abide by the quarantine order.

At the conclusion of the nearly two and a half hour meeting between Wright and DeVore, DeVore said that he and the Skinner family were satisfied with the agreed ordered.

“It’s what any responsible parent would be doing anyway regardless of a court order and these children will be allowed to go back to school on Tuesday as long as they test negative, which makes perfect sense. To that extent my client is satisfied,” said DeVore

DeVore also commended the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office, along with the Public Health Department and the Pleasant Plains School District for following the law the correct way with getting a court order to compel students to quarantine.

“So far in my experience across the state for this Pleasant Plains School District, in conjunction with the health department and State’s Attorney’s office, this is the only example that I am aware of where it procedurally was done exactly how the law said it needed to be done. So very satisfied.”

BREAKING: Sex Offender caught working a “Kiddie Ride” at the Illinois State Fair

Jason W. Flynn – Age 41

Springfield, Illinois – Springfield Leaks can confirm that a Springfield man, who pled guilty to permitting sexual abuse of a child in October of 2018, was caught working a “kiddie ride” at the Illinois State Fair.

Jason W. Flynn, age 41, was working the “Kiddie Rides,” specifically the Raiders ride. According to the Miller Carnival website, they describe the Raiders ride as, “Experience the adventures of Indiana Jones on the Raiders! Kids climb cargo nets, go down slides, and cross two suspension bridges!”

According to Freddy Miller, one of the family owners of Miller Carnival, he told us by phone that Flynn was not a ride operator. Miller said Flynn was working the grounds at the Illinois State Fair as a maintenance worker when somehow he was switched to an operator of the ride.

Miller also told us that he constantly told and texted an Illinois State Police Supervisor for days about Flynn, but they told him that he was in compliance. “We were the one ones that found this and presented this to the Illinois State Police.” When we asked for documentation of the text messages he sent to the Illinois State Police Supervisor, he told us that he wouldn’t be able to provide it to us.

According to a Springfield Leaks source, it wasn’t until a fair goer recognized Flynn as being on the Sex Offender registry and pointed it out to supervisors.

The source told us that after it was verified that Flynn, who had been working the ride for several days, was in fact on the sex offender registry, he was then escorted off of the fair grounds.

According to the sex offender registry, the victim in Flynn’s criminal case of permitting sexual abuse of a child was 12 years old.

A reporter with Springfield Leaks did reach out to Krista Lisser, who is the Public Informations Officer for the Illinois State Fair. She told us that Flynn was hired by Miller Carnival and we would need to speak to them. At this time, a FOIA request by Springfield Leaks was sent out this afternoon for additional information on Flynn’s employment with the Illinois State Fair.

We also reached out this afternoon to a Public Informations Officer with the Illinois State Police and are awaiting back for a comment.

According to Sangamon County records, it did not appear that Flynn was arrested.

This is a developing story, and stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for further updates.

18 y/o charged with 15 felonies after stealing a Mercedes at gunpoint, committing multiple robberies, and fleeing from police which resulted in a crash

Tyrik Malone – Age 18

Springfield, Illinois – On August 23, 2021, at approximately 7:35 p.m., Springfield Police officers were dispatched to the 3600 block of East North Grand Avenue for a report of an armed robbery.

Upon arrival the victim advised he was in the process of selling a black Mercedes sedan to Tyrik Malone, age 18, when he produced a firearm. The victim exited the vehicle at which time Malone began firing the weapon in his direction. The victim was not struck, however a nearby mobile home and vehicle were damaged by the gunfire. At the time of the incident, officers were not able to locate Malone or the vehicle.

On August 24, 2021, between 5:00 a.m. and 6:05 a.m., Springfield Police officers responded to multiple reports of armed robberies, two reports involved gun fire and the suspect vehicle was reported to be a black Mercedes. At 7:45 a.m., Springfield Police officers observed the stolen vehicle westbound on Taylor Avenue at Ash Street and attempted a traffic stop. A short vehicle pursuit occurred and Malone was taken into custody after crashing into another vehicle. There were no injuries as a result of this crash. Malone was taken into custody and transported to the Sangamon County Jail.

There were seven total incidents of armed robberies in Springfield and Sangamon County involving Malone. The Springfield Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division are continuing to investigate these incidents.

Today, the Sangamon County State’s Attorney charged Malone with the following:

10 counts of Armed Robbery, a class X felony.

2 counts of Attempted Armed Robbery, a class 1 felony.

2 counts of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking, a class X felony.

1 count of Reckless Discharge of a firearm, a class 4 felony.

Bond has been set for Malone at 1 million dollars.