Missing Springfield, Illinois Teen

13 year old Missing Springfield Teen – Aubrey

Springfield, Illinois – The family of a 13 year old Springfield girl, who is missing, is asking for the public’s assistance in locating her.

13 year old Aubrey went missing at 2:00 a.m., on October 22, 2020 and has been missing since.

Aubrey is 5’2, 114 pounds, has brown eyes and brown hair.

Anyone who has seen her or comes into contact with her is encouraged to contact Springfield Police at 217-788-8311.

BREAKING: Asst. US Attorney for the Central District of Illinois listed as a suspect after wife’s arrest for Domestic Battery

Mindy L. Weir – Age 38 – Wife of AUSA Matthew Weir

*Editors Note: Before our readers proceed with reading this article, we want to inform our readers and subscribers of the difficulty in receiving this report, among others. Mayor Jim Langfelder’s administration, along with the City of Springfield’s Corporation Council has repeatedly and purposely dragged out every single FOIA Request that we have asked for. Mayor Langfelder’s administration has been illegally citing a FOIA exemption which allows for public bodies to respond to a FOIA Request within 21 days. So, simply put, when we request documents from the City, even if its a police report that consists of a few pages, the City will only release the documents to us within 21 days. As a result of this, Springfield Leaks has retained an attorney to help us proceed in challenging Mayor Langfelder’s administration’s attempt to prevent us from releasing reports such as this to the public. When we asked for the following report, the administration told us that it would take 21 days before they would release it. As of yesterday, we sent another email to the mayor, but this time we also sent one to the Springfield Aldermen and Alderwomen to question why would it take 21 days to release this report. We did not get a direct response, but instead we received the report this morning. In the meantime, we will continue to fight Mayor Langfelder’s attempt to stop us from releasing the news and the “Springfield Leaks.” Unfortunately, this fight may even include FOIA lawsuit against our transparent Mayor.

Springfield, Illinois – On October 13, 2020, around 11:13 p.m., Springfield Police were called to the 4000 block of Johannie Ct., for a disturbance.

The caller, Matthew Weir, who was formally an Assistant Sangamon County State’s Attorney before becoming the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, advised that his wife, Mindy L. Weir, age 38, had bit him. Upon arriving to the Weir residence, an officer reported that he was flagged down about a block from the residence. Weir told the officer that he and his wife, Mindy, were in a verbal argument and he made it a bigger deal than it needed it to be. AUSA Weir then told the officer that nothing happened and he refused to answer the officer when the officer asked him if his wife had bit him.

The officer noted that AUSA Weir also appeared to be intoxicated. “(Weir) admitted to drinking this evening and appeared that he was attempting to deter me from further investigation at his home,” the officer wrote in his report.

The officer then met with Mindy and obtained her statement of events that night. “Mindy stated she and Matt had been in a verbal argument for the past couple hours. Mindy believes Matt disabled her phone and Ipad. Matt then gathered Mindy’s iPhone, Ipad and various forms of identification, placed them in a bag and attempted to leave the house. As Mindy tried to stop Matt from leaving, she grabbed her phone back from him and threw it into the front yard. This caused Matt to place his arms around Mindy in a “bear hug” to stop her from moving. Mindy then admitted bitting Matt on the arm.”

After the officer spoke with Mindy, he then attempted to get further information from AUSA Weir. Weir told the officer that he and Mindy were just in a verbal argument. Mindy believed he had disabled her phone which escalated the argument. Weir then took Mindy’s phone and when she tried to get it back, she bit him on the arm. “I observed a bite mark on Matt’s left arm between his forearm and wrist. As I was trying to investigate Matt’s arm he kept trying to hide his arm behind his back. Matt was being uncooperative at this point,” the officer wrote.

According to the officer, Matt and Mindy have been together for 15 years and have no children together. There was also no reports of them being physical before this evening and they have no orders of protection in the past.

When AUSA Weir was asked if he wanted photos of his injuries and to provide a written statement, he declined. The officer also noted that AUSA Weir is listed as a suspect for domestic battery for placing Mindy in a “bear hug.” Although he was listed as a suspect, he was not arrested at the scene.

Mindy, however, was placed under arrest and booked into the Sangamon County Jail for domestic battery at 12:17 a.m. According to her booking release sheet, she was released, before court, at 9:44 a.m., after the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office informed the jail that there will be no charges “per the State’s Attorney.”

Sangamon County Jail on lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak; 1 inmate and 5 staff members positive for COVID-19

Springfield, Illinois – The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office was notified today by ​Sangamon County Public Health Department that due to connected positive cases of COVID-19, the County Jail will be declared an outbreak. The outbreak includes 5 staff members and 1 inmate.​

Since the start of the pandemic, the jail has been on constant safety protocols and has worked diligently with Public Health to mitigate the virus​. Those mitigations have included the following;

 1. Offsite detention facility for suspected or confirmed Covid 19 detainees
2. Transitional housing units for isolation inmates for up to 14 days before transferring to the general population.
3. All staff have worn surgical masks every shift, every day.
4. All staff have worn N-95 masks when recommended by CDC guidelines. (When dealing with a suspected positive inmate)
5. All inmates have worn masks since July 31st. 
6. Continued to educate staff on protocols and Covid 19 related updates. (CDC and Public Health recommendations)
7. Monitored all persons entering the facility for temperature and asked questions about recent interactions.

 In addition, due to the outbreak declaration;

1. The jail has been put on full lockdown.    

a. No visitors    

b. Only essential staff and court-mandated personnel.

2. Continued testing amongst staff and inmates.
3. Continue to consult with Sangamon County Public Health.
4. Impacted employees will be on leave until they are cleared by Public Health to return to work. 
5. The jail will be deep cleaned on a continual daily basis. 

 The Sheriff’s Office has taken this virus very serious since the beginning of the pandemic. We will continue protocols to prevent the introduction and spread of the virus by working with our health care providers and experts. ​

Man and Woman arrested after an early morning drug raid by the SCSO DIRT TEAM

(Left to Right) James H. Dyer, age 46 and Lindsey A. Huston, age 31

Springfield, Illinois – Today, around 6:19 a.m., the Sangamon County DIRT Team and Investigations Division executed a search warrant on James H. Dyer, age 46, at his residence located in the 1400 block of Mathew St. DIRT obtained the warrant after multiple controlled buys of methamphetamine from Dyer.

Dyer was also found in possession of $3,440, a Taser x26 ECW with cartridge (this taser is not a civilian model), 5 grams methamphetamine, 1 gram heroin, and numerous unidentified prescription pills.  

Also inside the residence was Lindsey A. Huston, age 31, of the 100 block of Exeter Court. Huston was in possession of 1.1 grams heroin, 2.0 grams methamphetamine and several unidentified pills. She was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine (0-15 grams) and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. 

Prior to this arrest, Dyer was currently out on bond on a narcotic’s charges resulting from a search warrant served by the Sangamon County DIRT team on February 27th at two locations which included his Mathew St. residence. 

Dyer was transported to the Sangamon County Jail, where he is charged with:

1)Delivery of Methamphetamine (0-10 grams), 

2)Possession of Methamphetamine (0-15 grams), and 

3)Unlawful Use of a Weapon (possession of a weapon by a felon)

DIRT was assisted by the Sangamon County Tactical Response Unit (TRU)

MISSING AND ENDANGERED Sangamon County Man

MISSING: Ronald R. Buecker

Sangamon County, Illinois / Pawnee, Illinois – The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a missing person investigation.

The missing person is Ronald R. Buecker (male/white), age 50 years old. Ronald is 5’10” tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. Ronald has blue eyes and a bald head.

Ronald was last heard from on October 7th at approximately 1:45 a.m. Ronald’s vehicle was located in a corn field in the 13300 block of Cotton Hill road in Pawnee, Illinois. Ronald was last seen wearing a blue ILLINI polo shirt with an orange “I” and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office at 217-753-6666.

MISSING AND ENDANGERED Sangamon County Man

MISSING: Ronald R. Buecker

Sangamon County, Illinois / Pawnee, Illinois – The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a missing person investigation.

The missing person is Ronald R. Buecker (male/white), age 50 years old. Ronald is 5’10” tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. Ronald has blue eyes and a bald head.

Ronald was last heard from on October 7th at approximately 1:45 a.m. Ronald’s vehicle was located in a corn field in the 13300 block of Cotton Hill road in Pawnee, Illinois. Ronald was last seen wearing a blue ILLINI polo shirt with an orange “I” and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office at 217-753-6666.

Who has the Springfield Police Union endorsement for State’s Attorney? We don’t know and neither does Dan Wright

An endorsement posted by Dan Wright on his Facebook Page. The endorsement has since been taken down.

Springfield, Illinois – Last week we invited Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright and his challenger Michael Drake to speak on our Facebook page about their campaign and why they were running to become the next State’s Attorney for Sangamon County.

(L-R) Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright and Attorney Michael (Mike) Drake

We received a response from Drake, but…..no response from Wright. We wondered why he didn’t respond to us? Maybe wrong email address, incorrect telephone number? Well, we decided to send an interview request via email to his County email address and a personal email address that is associated with his election campaign. After not receiving a response from Wright, we sent over a FOIA Request just to confirm that he did receive one of our reporter’s emails. According to the FOIA response, he did received the message.

Well….. what could it be? Why wouldn’t Wright want to speak live on Springfield Leaks, which has 40,000 plus Facebook subscribers?

It might go back to something we did a few weeks ago. We asked Wright about his endorsement from the Springfield Police Benevolent & Protective Association #5. For our readers, who may not know exactly who is the Springfield Police Benevolent & Protective Association (SBPA #5) – they’re the union that represents the Springfield Police Department Police Officers.

That endorsement, that Wright published on his Dan Wright, Sangamon County State’s Attorney Facebook Page, was brought to our attention a few weeks ago. That endorsement said, “Dan Wright is honored to be endorsed for Sangamon County State’s Attorney by Springfield Police Benevolent & Protective Association #5. A few days later, the endorsement was quietly deleted from his Facebook page without a retraction or a correction being posted. Well why? We don’t know.

We attempted to reach out to Don Edwards, the SBPA #5 President, but he didn’t have a response for us. We also reached out to several of our sources, and a source told us that they weren’t sure who the Union endorsed, but they did hear chatter that other officers were complaining about the endorsement process because Drake, who is the Sangamon County Democratic pick for State’s Attorney, wasn’t invited to speak to Union members.

Butler Elementary School Principal confirms that she has tested positive for COVID-19

Tracy Gage – Butler Elementary School Principal

Springfield, Illinois – The principal of Butler Elementary School confirmed that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

In an email sent out to family members of students who attend Butler Elementary School, Principal Tracy Gage confirmed that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

The email said the following:

October 6, 2020

Good morning Butler Families,

I hope you all are well and that your week is off to a good start. I’m so proud of all of our Bobcats for their hard work. Keep it up!

I have some news that I wanted you to hear from me directly. Yesterday afternoon, I learned that I tested positive for COVID-19. I got a test as I started to experience symptoms over the weekend, and unfortunately I got the positive result on Monday. 

I was last working in the building on Friday, and spaces in our building where I worked have been deep cleaned and sanitized.

I will be isolating at home for the recommended duration, and several others who I have come into contact with in our building will quarantine out of an abundance of caution. The office will be closed until October 19th. However, there will be limited assistance available at the school until noon each day. Please call first so that we can make arrangements to help you in the best way possible.

The health and safety of our students and families are important to me. I appreciate all the hard work you continue to do at home and your dedication to our students and their learning. Please continue to take care of yourselves and your families.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Gage

Butler Elementary School is located at 1701 S. MacArthur Blvd.

1 resident tests positive for COVID-19 at St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield

St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield located at 3306 S. 6th St., in Springfield, Illinois

Springfield, Illinois – A source close to Springfield Leaks has confirmed that a resident at St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield has tested positive for COVID-19.

St. Jospeh’s Home of Springfield, which is an extended care facility for senior citizens, is located at 3306 S. 6th St. Rd. According to the source, who did not want to go on record because they were not authorized to speak to the media, they confirmed to us that the COVID-19 positive resident is a 82 year old male.

We are told that the staff and residents were tested for COVID-19 after this confirmed case.

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for further updates.

(VIDEO) Two women arrested and a third woman is wanted after an attack outside of the Dirty South

(Left to Right) Lakeia S. Crawford, age 39 and Katrina M. Fortner, age 44

Springfield, Illinois – The Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed official charges against three women after they attacked another woman at the Dirty South nightclub, located at 1231 E. Cook St.

On September 6, 2020 around 2:30 a.m., Springfield Police responded to the Dirty South Bar for a report of a woman who had been severely beaten.

The woman was transported to a local hospital with severe injuries and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit for several days. She has since been released.

The suspects in the case – Lakeia S. Crawford, age 39, Katrina M. Fortner, age 44, and Mylisha P. Davis, age 37, were all charged with three counts of aggravated battery, a class 3 felony, and mob action, a class 4 felony.

Crawford and Fortner were recently booked into the Sangamon County Jail and was released after posting 10 percent ($2,000) of their $20,000 bond.

At this time there is currently a warrant for Davis, who has not been arrested.

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