Breaking: Male driver taken to local hospital with life-threatening injuries after single vehicle crash; A passing nurse stopped to help

Sangamon County, Illinois – At 7:07 pm, Sangamon County Central Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a single vehicle crash in the 6500 block of Curran Road.

Responding Deputies report a 2021 Mazda Sport Utility was southbound on Curran Road. It appears the vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and went off the road.

The vehicle rolled over and the driver was ejected. A passing nurse stopped and rendered aid. Chatham Fire Department arrived and took over. The unidentified male driver was transported to MMC with life threatening injuries.

Sangamon County Deputies Seized $125,000 in cryptocurrency from a Sherman Man who died from a drug overdose; Deputies also found several hundred pills of Xanax

Sangamon County, Illinois – On January 2, 2022, the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 7000 block of North State Rt. 29, to investigated the suspected overdose of Elijah E. James, age 24.

Deputies report that suspected cocaine was located near James as well as in the kitchen. Also located was an unknown amount of white pills found directly under the mattress where James deceased.

According to James’ fiancé, she told deputies that James ordered 7 grams of cocaine the night before he died. When the cocaine was delivered, James walked outside and entered his truck before coming back inside the residence with the 7 grams of cocaine. The fiancé, told deputies that there might also be narcotics in James truck.

When deputies searched James Ford Platinum truck looking for information related to his death, they found a small black security box. Inside the black security box was: Suspected LSD blotter; Tapentadol (opioid schedule II); several hundred suspected blue Xanax bars stamped B707; multiple cell phones; multiple USB drives; and numerous clear pill capsules which were not filled.

According to Sergeant, John Osmer, with the Sheriff’s Department, who has training and experience with the Drug Enforcement Agency, he wrote in his report, “the amount of suspected Xanax is beyond a personal amount and in conjunction with the scales observed as well as multiple sizes of small zip lock baggies, amount of cell phones, and a cryptocurrency “seed” (recovery password) being located, I believe James’ orders narcotics via the dark web, utilizing cryptocurrency as a payment, repackages/weighs then sells those narcotics locally.”

Sergeant Osmer also searched James’ cell phone and it revealed cryptocurrency, also known as digital currency, on Ledger Live, Mycelium, and Coinbase totaling approximately $125,000 USD.

“It is my belief James’ purchases and re-sells narcotics and proceeds are placed into his cryptocurrency accounts,” Sgt. Osmer wrote in his report.

At this time, a Sangamon County Judge has ruled that the $125,000 in cryptocurrency is subject to forfeiture pending a future forfeiture hearing.

Springfield Man dies after being beaten while barbecuing on New Years Eve; Suspect charged with First Degree Murder

(Left) Carl Evans Jr., – Age 57 (Right) Phillip Lovelace Jr – Age 31

Springfield, Illinois – A man is in custody after beating a Springfield Man on New Years Eve. As a result of the injuries sustained in the beating, the man has since died.

Sangamon County Coroner, Jim Allmon, tells us that Carl Evans, Jr,, age 57, of Springfield, died on January 7, 2022 at 4:50 p.m. as an inpatient at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Evans’ family tells us that on New Years Eve, Evans was outside barbecuing on Martin Luther King St., when he was beaten to death by Phillip Lovelace Jr., age 31.

Lovelace was taken into custody on the day of the attack and was initially charged with Aggravated Battery, a class 3 felony, and Robbery, a class 2 felony. As a result of Evans’ death, the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged Lovelace with 3 counts of First Degree Murder, an additional charge of Robbery, and Attempted Robbery.

Bond has been set in the amount of 3 Million Dollars and Lovelace is scheduled to appear in court on February 3, 2022.

BREAKING: Suspect who attacked Parkway Pub Owner now charged with First Degree Murder

Dalton C. McDermott – Age 27

Springfield, IL – On January 13, 2022, Dalton C. McDermott, age 27, of Springfield,
was charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery arising from an incident on
December 31, 2021. A separate victim, Angelo Manci, age 80, was hospitalized as a result of injuries suffered during the same incident and later died on January 14, 2022.

Following further investigation by the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office and receipt of information related to the cause and manner of death from the Sangamon County Coroner, the State’s Attorney’s Office has filed two additional counts of Aggravated Battery and one count of First Degree Murder related to the death of Mr.
Manci.

The Defendant remains in the custody of the Sangamon County Jail and his first
appearance on the additional charges will be January 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

BREAKING: Parkway Pub Owner dead at 80 after being attacked at his bar; Suspect in custody

Springfield, IL – The Sangamon County Coroner, Jim Allmon, can confirm the death of Angelo Manci, age 80, of Springfield at 12:51 p.m., today.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning. The death is under investigation by the Sangamon County Coroner and the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office.

Previous post: On December 31, 2021 at approximately 11:08pm, Sangamon CountyDeputies responded to a battery call at Parkway Pub, 300 block of North Dirksen, Springfield, Illinois. An employee of the bar reported one of the owners, a male approximately 80 years old, had been battered and was down on the ground outside the business. The suspect, later identified as 27 year old Dalton McDermott, then battered a patron, a male in his 50’s, and fled the scene prior to deputies arriving and could not be located by responding deputies. null

The male victim in his 50’s suffered minor injuries and did not seek medical treatment.

The 80 year old male victim was suffering from apparent serious injuries and medical assistance was summoned to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and suffered from a brain bleed, a fractured jaw, a fractured orbital bone, and other injuries as a result of the attack. At this time the victim is still hospitalized and in critical condition.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division were assigned to investigate the case. As a result of that investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Dalton McDermott on January 13, 2022.

Dalton McDermott

On January 13, 2022, at approximately 7:30pm detectives and deputies arrested McDermott in the 3100 block of Wide Track Drive, Springfield, Illinois.

McDermott is currently incarcerated at the Sangamon County Jail on a $350,000 bond. Due to the severity of injuries suffered by the 80 year old male victim, additional charges may be forthcoming after consultation with the Sangamon County State’s Attorney.

Suspect who battered Parkway Pub Owner arrested; Pub Owner still in critical condition

Dalton McDermott – Age 27

Springfield, Illinois – On December 31, 2021 at approximately 11:08pm, Sangamon County Deputies responded to a battery call at Parkway Pub, 300 block of North Dirksen, Springfield, Illinois. An employee of the bar reported one of the owners, a male approximately 80 years old, had been battered and was down on the ground outside the business. The suspect, later identified as 27 year old Dalton McDermott, then battered a patron, a male in his 50’s, and fled the scene prior to deputies arriving and could not be located by responding deputies.

The male victim in his 50’s suffered minor injuries and did not seek medical treatment.

The 80 year old male victim was suffering from apparent serious injuries and medical assistance was summoned to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and suffered from a brain bleed, a fractured jaw, a fractured orbital bone, and other injuries as a result of the attack. At this time the victim is still hospitalized and in critical condition.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division were assigned to investigate the case. As a result of that investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Dalton McDermott on January 13, 2022.

On January 13, 2022, at approximately 7:30pm detectives and deputies arrested McDermott in the 3100 block of Wide Track Drive, Springfield, Illinois.

McDermott is currently incarcerated at the Sangamon County Jail on a $350,000 bond. Due to the severity of injuries suffered by the 80 year old male victim, additional charges may be forthcoming after consultation with the Sangamon County State’s Attorney.

Sangamon County – Jan. 5 2022 indictment list

Sangamon County Court House

Springfield, Illinois – A Grand Jury returned indictments on January 5, 2022, in the following cases filed by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office:

Ludarius Wiliams DOB: 6/11/1989 – Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse – 2 Counts (F/2) Child Pornography (F/3)

Kaderiodis Harris DOB: 10/21/1996 – Manufacture Delivery of a Controlled Substance (F/X) Possession of a Controlled Substance (F/1)
Possession of a Weapon by a Felon – 2 Counts (F//2) Possession of a Weapon No FOID (F/3)

Kor Xiong DOB: 8/3/1973 – Unlawful Cannabis Trafficking (F/X) Unlawful Possession of Cannabis (F/X) Unlawful Possession of Cannabis (F/1)

Jaylen Evans DOB: 5/20/2001 – Armed Violence (F/X) Possession of a Firearm No FOID (F/3)
Manufacture Delivery of a Controlled Substance (F/2) Methamphetamine Possession (F/3)
Manufacture Delivery of a Controlled Substance (F/3) Possession of a Controlled Substance (F/4)

Chase Lockett-Nesbitt DOB: 10/10/1996 – Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse – 2 Counts (F/2)

Xavier Blocker DOB: 5/31/1993 – Manufacture Delivery of Cannabis (F/3) Possession of Cannabis (M/A)

Alonzo Monigan DOB: 9/23/1966 – Unlawful Possession of Weapon by a Felon (F/2) Possession of a Weapon No FOID (F/3)

Marlon Heard DOB: 8/6/1990 – Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon (F/2) Possession of a Weapon No FOID (F/3)

Demarcus Fleming DOB: 1/2/1998 – Aggravated Robbery (F/X)
Possession Stolen Firearm (F/2)
Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon (F/2)

Andre Jones DOB: 12/6/1999 – Criminal Sexual Assault (F/1) Unlawful Restraint (F/4) Aggravated Domestic Battery (F/2) Domestic Battery (M/A)
Unlawful Possession of Weapons by Felons (F/2)

A vehicle passenger was arrested for not giving his name for a seatbelt violation; He sat in jail for 3 days as John Doe until he was identified today

Middle: Samuel Johnson – Age 40, former Springfield Il Mayoral Candidate

Springfield, Illinois – On January 2, 2022 around 10:37 p.m., a Sangamon County Sheriff Deputy pulled over a blue 2002 Chevrolet Pickup at the intersection of Wheeler Avenue and Lawrence Avenue because the vehicle registration was expired.

Sangamon County Sheriff Deputy, Mihai Tudoreanu, reported that while speaking with the driver, he noticed that the passenger’s seatbelt was not on. “I asked the passenger to identify himself several times and he refused. After being explained that he is required to identify himself due to not wearing a seatbelt he still refused to identify himself so I could write him a warning/citation.”

Tudoreanu said Sangamon County Sheriff Deputy Howse also spoke with the passenger for several minutes and explained to him that he must identify himself, but the passenger continued to refuse.

“I opened the passenger door and told the subject to get out. He refused. I tried pulling the subject out but he was pulling his arm back. Deputy Howse and I finally were able to get the subject out of the vehicle and handcuff him behind his back and double lock them,” Tudoreanu wrote. “The subject was refusing to walk so Deputy Howse and I had to walk him to a squad car. The subject was transported to the Sangamon County Jail where he was refusing to comply with any orders or identify himself.”

Sheriff Deputy Tudoreanu also reported that there were several baggies of marijuana and “cannabis butter” on the passenger floorboard.

According to Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell, the passenger, who has been in custody since January 2, and was booked as John Doe, was finally identified today. The passenger was identified as Samuel L. Johnson, age 40.

Johnson, who was a former Springfield Mayoral Candidate, has been charged in this traffic stop with Obstructing a Peace Officer and Resisting a Peace Officer, both are class A misdemeanors.

According to online records, no charges were filed for the cannabis on the floorboard.

Johnson is scheduled to appear in Sangamon County Court on Friday.

BREAKING/Currently: Death investigation in Thayer IL

Thayer, Il– At 4:11 p.m., Sheriff’s Deputies were notified of a possible stabbing in the 300 block of West Elm, in Thayer.

Deputies arrived on scene and discovered a deceased female inside the residence.

Detectives are on scene.

*Earlier press release said it was a male. The deceased is a female.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Ex-Virginia Police Chief who sent inappropriate messages to 13 y/o girl is now a Grandview Village Cop; Grandview Police Chief resigns

(Left) Bryce Kennedy – Full-time Grandview Police Officer, and Ex-Police Chief in Virginia, Illinois (Right) Former Grandview Police Chief, Kirk Beatty

Grandview Village (Sangamon County), IL – Springfield Leaks has learned that an Ex-Virginia, Illinois Police Chief who resigned after sending inappropriate Snapchat messages to a 13 year old girl, has been hired on as a full-time police officer at the Grandview Village Police Department.

Bryce Kennedy, who was the Police Chief in Virginia, Illinois, resigned from that position on October 7, 2020 after inappropriate messages between him and a 13 year old girl was leaked to the media.

In newly released documents from the Grandview Police Department it was revealed that Devan Rice, age 20, who has since been charged with child pornography, had sexual relations with the 13 year old girl and had leaked the Snapchat messages after receiving a weed citation from Kennedy, while Kennedy was the Chief in Virginia, Illinois.

According to Kennedy’s personnel file, he is a security guard with HSHS St. John Hospital and was hired with the Grandview Police Department on September 7, 2021 as a full-time officer at $21.00 an hour.

Grandview Village Mayor, Maria Ray, told us that she nor the Village of Grandview Board of Trustees were made aware of the complete details of the interaction involving Kennedy (in Virginia, Illinois) until after Kennedy was hired and started working. “There has been a lack of transparency between the Village of Grandview and the Grandview Police Department which is something the board of trustees and myself are working on addressing and I have made it one of the top priorities since becoming Mayor in September 2021,” said Ray.

After being made aware of the allegations Kennedy was facing in mid to late November 2021, Ray said that she spoke with then-Chief Kirk Beatty, several officials in Cass County, The Illinois State Police and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB). “I then wrote the review based on the conversations that had taken place. I had Kennedy complete the fingerprint check as recommended by ILETSBEI.”

The review, which was written by Ray and placed in Kennedy’s personnel file said, “Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Cass County State’s Attorney’s office was contacted. No warrants arrests, or charges against Officer Bryce Kennedy. The action of Officer Bryce Kennedy may appear improper, it was fully investigated by Cass County. As it stands, there are no reasons or prohibitions for Officer Kennedy to be a police officer. Kennedy was confronted by the Village of Grandview’s President about this incident and was honest and forthcoming during this review. Neither the underage girl’s Mom or Dad reported anything according to the Sheriff. The Sheriff report the family and Kennedy are on first name basis. Kennedy’s professional references were okay according to Chief Kirk Beatty and report Kennedy to have never been in trouble, which match conversation the Village of Grandview President had with Sheriff Devron Orhn. The Sherriff reported that Kennedy is a good worker and Sheriff Orhn never had any problems with Kennedy.

Both Officer Bryce Kennedy and Sherriff Devron Orhn’s stories regarding how the snapchat screen shots were released match. The boyfriend of the underage girl received a marijuana citation from Officer Kennedy and the underage girl’s boyfriend released the screenshots to the media.

Information on boyfriend who leaked information to the media, recent arrest: “Cass County Man Accused of Having Sexual Relations with Minor” [LINK NO LONGER WORKS]”. Springfield Leaks HAS SINCE LOCATED ANOTHER LINK REGARDING THE Cass County Man Accused of Having Sexual Relations with Minor – https://wlds.com/virginia-il-man-arrested-on-sex-abuse-child-porn-charges-by-isp/

Although Ray wrote a review of the misconduct allegations against Kennedy in Virginia, Illinois, her review did not address a question that was asked of Kennedy in his application to the Grandview Police Department. That question, asked if Kennedy ever resigned or left a job by mutual agreement following allegations of misconduct or unsatisfactory performance, which Kennedy marked, “no.”

Grandview Village report that they have since adopted the ILETSBEI hiring protocols for all current and future police. “The officers, including Kennedy, have welcomed the increased information sharing and transparency with the board of trustees due to multiple instances of miscommunication. Improved training and all January 1, 2022, legislative mandates will be addressed within the department and for all officers. The board of trustees is fully vested in the safety and community for the Village of Grandview,” Ray said. “The board is working on making multiple improvements within the village and within the police department. The Village of Grandview is fully revamping police policies and procedures using a well-known company called Lexipol (a company also under contract with many other local departments), using Lexipol to provide ongoing training for police officers, updating and reviewing hiring practices, and we are extremely optimistic in improving the Village of Grandview safety through increased information sharing and transparency between the Village Board of trustees, the Police Department, and the community.

In addition to the changes happening at the Grandview Police Department, Kirk Beatty, the Grandview Police Chief, submitted his resignation/retirement letter on December 9th. The letter said, “It has been an honor for me to have a long career in law enforcement that led to my employment with the Village of Grandview. I have very much appreciated the time that I have spent. At this time, however, I have decided that now is an appropriate time for me to retire. Consistent with that I am submitting my retirement resignation to the Village of Grandview effective December 31, 2021. Thank you for this opportunity to serve the public.”

A replacement for Chief Beatty is scheduled for sometime this month.

Mayor Ray’s full statement to us is below:

“The Village of Grandview Board of Trustees nor I were made aware of the complete details of the interaction involving Kennedy until after Kennedy was hired and started working. Upon learning of the details of the interaction in mid to late November 2021, I talked with the then – Chief Beatty, several officials in Cass County, the Illinois State Police and ILETSBEI. I then wrote the review based on the conversations that had taken place. I had Kennedy complete the fingerprint check as recommended by ILETSBEI. Grandview has adopted the ILETSBEI hiring protocols for all current and future police officers.

There has been a lack of transparency between the Village of Grandview and the Grandview Police Department which is something the board of trustees and myself are working on addressing and I have made it one of the top priorities since becoming Mayor in September 2021. The officers, including Kennedy, have welcomed the increased information sharing and transparency with the board of trustees due to multiple instances of miscommunication. Improved training and all January 1, 2022, legislative mandates will be addressed within the department and for all officers. The board of trustees is fully vested in the safety and community for the Village of Grandview. All Village board members are residents of the community, including myself, as is our Office Administrator who works daily in the main office and knows many of the residents personally. All of us are working diligently to ensure resident needs are being met, more information is shared to decrease crime, and there is more transparency with the community going forward. Unfortunately, given my position and the trustee positions are not full time, this has been a slower process than any of us would like it to be; however the board of trustees are fully committed to assisting and improving how Grandview has been running. Prior to my position on the board, multiple issues had been addressed and improved by the current board members. All residents are lucky to have the Village of Grandview Board of Trustees and I am privileged in working with them. 

The board is working on making multiple improvements within the village and within the police department. The Village of Grandview is fully revamping police policies and procedures using a well-known company called Lexipol (a company also under contract with many other local departments), using Lexipol to provide ongoing training for police officers, updating and reviewing hiring practices, and we are extremely optimistic in improving the Village of Grandview safety through increased information sharing and transparency between the Village Board of trustees, the Police Department, and the community. 

The Village of Grandview Board of Trustees and myself have increased community events in Grandview that includes: painting fire hydrants as minions in the village and having a scavenger hunt for residents to find 12 of the 14 and bring to the village office for a prize; a fall festival at the Muni building that includes games, crafts, food, cake walk and a chili cook off (the chili cook off was suggested by a few residents at board meetings that remembers the village having them over 10 to 15 years ago); a trunk or treat location for Halloween in the village where drinks, hot dogs, chips, and four decorated village board member cars, a decorated residents car, and a police vehicle handed out candy to over 80 kids and dinner was provided to both kids and adults; and a Community Christmas party that included dinner, crafts, and we even had Santa visit. More events are being planned and will continue thanks to the hard work of the village board of trustees. These community events are being held with the village of Grandview board members, the Grandview police department, and a growing list of Grandview resident volunteers. The idea is to turn these Village events into a way to build community, restart neighborhood watch programs in the future, and allow residents to have more access to Grandview board members and police officers.

Chief Kirk Beatty submitted his resignation on December 11, 2021, effective as of December 31, 2021, which I have accepted. A new Chief of Police will be appointed in January 2022. The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office is aware and supportive as the Village of Grandview has been preparing for the transition within our community.”

CLICK HERE TO VIEW BRYCE KENNEDY’S Grandview Police Department’s PERSONNEL FILE

CLICK HERE TO VIEW KIRK BEATTY’S RESIGNATION/RETIREMENT LETTER