Sheriff Jack Campbell: No additional charges after woman in this mornings stand-off escaped hospital

Springfield, Illinois – Sangamon County Sheriff, Jack Campbell tells us that the woman in this mornings stand-off will not face additional charges for escaping from Memorial Medical Center.

Around 6:33 p.m., Sangamon County Sheriff Deputies responded to the 1000 block of N. Franklin Ave after getting reports that the woman in this mornings stand-off escaped Memorial Medical Center.

The 23 year old woman was involuntarily committed to Memorial after Sheriff Deputies responded to the 3000 block of East Andrew Road around 7:40 a.m.

Originally, the call this morning to police was for a civil disturbance between neighbors, but deputies say while they were on the call, the woman pointed a compound bow at them. 

Tactical Team and Negotiators were able to take the woman into custody around 12:25 p.m., without incident.

At this time, charges are being reviewed by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office for this mornings incident.

Reports from this afternoon’s escape said the woman did sustain a cut to her leg and a window of a residence was broken.

Sheriff Campbell told us tonight that the woman will not face additional charges for breaking a window to a residence. “No extra charges, as the resident did not want to press them,” Sheriff Campbell said.

The woman, who was not in custody, was returned to Memorial Medical Center.

At this time, it is not clear how the woman was able to escape from Memorial Medical Center.

BREAKING: Woman in this mornings stand-off escaped the hospital; Found a few blocks away

Springfield, Illinois – Around 6:33 p.m., Sangamon County Sheriff Deputies responded to the 1000 block of N. Franklin Ave after getting reports that the woman in this mornings stand-off escaped Memorial Medical Center.

The 23 year old woman was involuntarily committed to Memorial after Sheriff Deputies responded to the 3000 block of East Andrew Road around 7:40 a.m.

Originally, the call this morning to police was for a civil disturbance between neighbors, but deputies say while they were on the call, the woman pointed a compound bow at them.

Tactical Team and Negotiators were able to take the woman into custody around 12:25 p.m., without incident.

At this time, charges are being reviewed by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office for this mornings incident.

Reports from this afternoon’s escape said the woman did sustain a cut to her leg and a window of a residence was broken.

An ambulance did respond to the scene and the woman was returned to Memorial Medical Center.

UPDATE TO ARTICLE: Sheriff Jack Campbell: No additional charges after woman in this mornings stand-off escaped hospital

Auburn IL Woman arrested by SCSO DIRT Team after Meth Bust

Christina L. Smith, 35, of Auburn

Auburn, Illinois – On Thursday, July 22nd, the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Drug Interdiction and Response Team (DIRT) arrested Christina L. Smith, 35, of Auburn.

Recently, DIRT had been conducting a methamphetamine investigation in and around Auburn.  During the course of the investigation, it was learned Smith was selling/delivering meth around Auburn.  Based on this information, a Sheriff’s Patrol Unit conducted a traffic stop on Smith. 

In her vehicle, DIRT located approximately 15 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a digital scale.  She was arrested without incident.  She was transported to the Sangamon County Jail, where she is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.  She may face further charges as a result of follow up investigation.  

Smith is also currently on parole from IDOC for Delivery of Methamphetamine. 

DEA: A Springfield individual with the help of a Federal Inmate was recorded mixing heroin/fentanyl with cut during a jail video visitation

Springfield, Illinois – A Springfield Task Force Officer (TFO) who is assigned to the DEA/Springfield Residence Office made a drug bust in Springfield, Illinois after monitoring a Springfield Man who is currently in Federal Custody.

According to the Springfield Task Force Officer, the Springfield Police Department, DEA agents, and the Illinois State Police have identified targets of an ongoing narcotics distribution. A suspect, Brandon D. Howell, age 37, was identified to us as one of the targets in the current ongoing narcotics distribution investigation. Howell, who is currently a federal detainee in the Livingston County Jail, was indicted in federal court for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine in November of 2020.

In March 2021, DEA agents began to monitor video/chat and phone calls made from Howell in the Livingston County Jail. During the video/chat all inmates are told that their phone calls and video chats are being recorded prior to the phone call connecting with the other party. In addition, the outside party is also advised by recording that an inmate from the Livingston County Jail is calling and that the phone calls are recorded.

On June 14, 2021, a DEA agent reviewed a 30 minute video/chat between Howell and a Springfield individual that took place on June 13, 2021. At this time, the unidentified individual was only named to us as a co-conspirator of Howell.

The video chat that occurred between Howell and his co-conspirator allowed Howell to speak and see his co-conspirator from inside the Livingston County Jail. His co-conspirator was also able to see him and talk back to him utilizing a smart phone. In this case, Howell’s co-conspirator was at home while the video chat was taking place.

Some time during the video chat Howell told his co-conspirator that he needed them to do something for him and asked if they had the zip lock bag and asked if it was the big one. The co-conspirator responded back and said it isn’t the big one but that it is medium sized. Howell then asked his co-conspirator to show it to him. Howell’s co-conspirator was then seen on video getting up and walking within the house. While his co-conspirator is walking to get the zip lock bag, Howell then said to get the bag as well as the thing that they got from his cousin.

Howell is then heard on video chat saying to his co-conspirator that he needs them to “mix” it up. Howell’s co-conspirator is then seen walking into the kitchen area and eventually turned the phone camera around away from themselves and showed Howell two zip lock bags on the kitchen counter. According to the Springfield Task Force Officer, one of the bags contained an unknown substance while the other bag on the counter was empty. After Howell saw the bags, he immediately told his co-conspirator to take the camera off the bags.

Howell then told his co-conspirator to take a paper cup and get the “calculator” (electronic scale), press TARE, which will zero out (reset) the electronic scale, and to take the “200 of the thing that you got from your sister” (205 grams of cut) and put it in the cup. Howell’s co-conspirator then responded, “why are you talking like that,” referring to Howell talking over the video chat about narcotics. Howell responded back asking his co-conspirator how was he supposed to explain it without talking like that?

The conversation continued and Howell is still heard directing his co-conspirator on what to do and how to mix the narcotics with the cut. When Howell’s co-conspirator was finished with what they were doing, Howell was heard asking if they mixed the 205 with the 100, which referred to making 300 grams of narcotics. Howell’s co-conspirator responded and said they never weighed it, but that it was mixed up like he asked. Howell then told his co-conspirator to put the narcotics somewhere where it won’t be found because it can kill someone if they found it. According to the DEA, this led agents to believe Howell was having his co-conspirator mix heroin/fentanyl with cut.

Agents were able to track down the co-conspirator’s address with the help of City Water Light and Power (CWLP). Once CWLP provided the address of the co-conspirator, DEA agents went to the Springfield Address and conducted a search of the residence.

Found inside the residence was plastic bags of cannabis, located in the kitchen and a stolen Ruger .380 pistol, located in the master bedroom.

A search of the co-conspirator’s vehicle turned up 310 grams of fentanyl and 1038 grams of unknown powder.

At this time, there was no immediate record of an arrest.

33 year old Springfield Man who died in car crash on S. 5th St and E. Lawrence Ave identified by Coroner

Springfield, Illinois – The Sangamon County Coroner, Jim Allmon, has identified the individual that was an occupant of a pick-up truck that was involved in a motor vehicle collision early Saturday morning at the intersection of South 5th Street and Lawrence Avenue.

Michael Wiker, 33 years of age, from Springfield was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident at 04:53am by the Sangamon County Coroner’s Office. Preliminary results from an autopsy performed today suggest Mr. Wiker died from multiple blunt force injuries sustained in that incident.

The death is under investigation by the Sangamon County Coroner’s Office and the Springfield Police Department.

Coroner: Autopsy results show no evidence of trauma or injury for inmate who died in custody; Possibly natural diseases

Springfield, Illinois – Jim Allmon, the Sangamon County Coroner, confirmed the identity of the deceased individual who was transported from the Sangamon County Jail yesterday.

Bobby Joe Jimerson, 62, of Springfield was pronounced deceased at 09:38 a.m., yesterday by hospital staff at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in the Emergency room.

An autopsy was performed this morning and preliminary findings show significant natural disease. There was no evidence of injury or trauma.

Mr. Jimerson’s official cause of death is “pending additional studies” such as histology and toxicology. The death is under investigation by the Sangamon County Coroner and the Illinois State Police.

According to Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell, “On Sunday, 6/27/21, at approximately 8:54 a.m., Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officers were escorting inmates to court when an Jimerson reported that he couldn’t walk and went down to his knees. The officers assisted placing Jimerson in a wheel chair and medical staff was advised.

Jimerson became unresponsive, correctional officers along with medical staff began life saving measures until the paramedics arrived and took over.

According to Springfield Police records, Jimerson was arrested on June 25 at 9:16 p.m., after a physical dispute with his girlfriend. The girlfriend told officers that Jimerson pulled out a gun and smacked her in the face with it. It wasn’t immediately known if officers recovered a weapon at the scene, but according to records, a search warrant was being requested to search Jimerson’s residence.

Jimerson was arrested for domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor.

Sheriff: Inmate died on his way to court

(Left) Sangamon County Sheriff, Jack Campbell (Right) Bobby J. Jimerson, age 62

Springfield, Illinois – Another inmate has died inside the Sangamon County Jail. The inmates dead is the second one to occur within the last two months.

Bobby J. Jimerson, age 62, was taken to the hospital yesterday from the Sangamon County Jail where he was pronounced deceased at 9:38 a.m.

According to the Sangamon County Sheriffs Office, they tell us, “On Sunday, 6/27/21, at approximately 8:54 a.m., Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officers were escorting inmates to court when an inmate (Jimerson) reported that he couldn’t walk and went down to his knees. The officers assisted placing the inmate (Jimerson) in a wheel chair and medical staff was advised. The inmate became unresponsive, correctional officers along with medical staff began life saving measures until the paramedics arrived and took over. The 62-year-old male subject was transported to St. John’s Hospital. The Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 9:40 a.m. that the subject was deceased at SJH. The Illinois State Police will be in charge of the investigation.”

According to Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon, an autopsy is scheduled to be performed this morning on Jimerson.

Jimerson’s death is the second death that has occurred in the Sangamon County jail within the past two months. In April 2021, Jaimeson Cody, was pronounced deceased after after he was tased by Sangamon County Corrections Officers. His death was ruled a homicide by Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon.

Stay tuned for further updates.

31k, Cocaine, Meth, Stolen Gun, and Cadillac Escalade seized after drug bust by DIRT Team

(Left) Robert L. Wilson, age 40

Springfield, Illinois – On Wednesday, June 17, 2021, at approximately 5:20 a.m., the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office DIRT team executed a search warrant at 300 Farley St., Springfield, IL.

DIRT obtained a search warrant for the residence of Robert L. Wilson, age 40, after multiple controlled buys of methamphetamine.

The Sheriff’s Tactical Response Unit (TRU) served the warrant on the residence and after securing the house, DIRT located and seized the following:

• A stolen .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol (reported stolen out of Jacksonville, IL.)

• A 9mm semi-automatic pistol

• 1459 grams of suspected Methamphetamine (over 3 pounds)

• Approximately 126 grams of suspected cocaine

• Approximately $31,000 in USC

• Body armor

• 2010 Cadillac Escalade

Wilson was arrested on scene and transported to the Sangamon County Jail where he is charged with four counts of Man/Del Methamphetamine (Two Class X and Two Class 1), Possession of Methamphetamine (Class 1) and Possession of Cocaine (Class 1).

According to the Sangamon County Sheriffs Office, other charges may be forthcoming based on the items recovered during the search warrant.

According to records, Wilson has 28 prior arrests including weapons, robbery, assault, drugs. He also has a prior prison sentence for narcotics charges.

James Foxx who was awarded his job back with SPD says: White people using the “N” word isn’t racist

Springfield, Illinois – James Foxx, who is a current Grandview Village Police Officer, after being fired from the Springfield Police Department for sending a black officer a racist text message, was awarded his job back, without back pay, by an arbitrator last month.

We’ve received documents from that arbitration hearing with sworn testimony of Officer James Foxx, Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow, other department brass members, and community leaders. We will be releasing the interviews directly to our readers.

In the early morning hours on February 4, 2020, Foxx had been assigned to Beat 800 in place of Officer Lawerence Williams, a black Springfield Police Officer, who was assigned to watch a house. Officer Foxx and Officer Williams were joking around on their Mobile Data Computer via chat. They were joking about about having to do each other’s work. At 2:22 a.m., Officer Foxx sent a message to Officer Williams saying, “I’m gonna send you a message via text so it’s secure.” After Officer Williams responded, “lol” he received a text from Foxx saying, “You’re making me feel like the 800’s house nigga.”

Officer James Foxx text message to Officer Lawerence Williams, who is a black Springfield Police Officer

In the first arbitration interview, which was conducted by Steve Rahn, who is the Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Springfield, Officer Foxx told Rahn that after texting Officer Williams, he was approached by him at the end of their shift.

Foxx said, “Well, he (Officer Williams) had approached me in the garage after the fact. I was still doing reports sitting in the garage. Everyone was turning their cars in, turning their equipment, things like that. When he approached me he was laughing. He had a smile on his face. He was like, hey, man, I knew what that meant. You didn’t need to send that stuff, still laughing with a smile on his face, smacked the window, window seal of the car and walked away.”

Foxx said after his interaction with Williams in the parking garage, he sent an apology text message which said, “My bad man. Didn’t think youd take it that way. Weve had banter like this in the past and I didn’t think it was that serious.”

Although Foxx sent an apology text message to Officer Williams, the City has been questioning if Officer Foxx actually learned his lesson after asking him the following questions:

Attorney Rahn asked Foxx, “Do you believe that the use of the N word by a white person other than a direct quote is racist?” Fox responded with a simple, “no.”

Attorney Rahn also asked Foxx, “Do you believe the term “house nigga” is racist?” Foxx responded, “It depends on how it’s being used.”

Although Foxx claims Williams approached him with a smile on his face and laughing, Springfield Police Commander Andrew Dodd said he was approached with Officer Williams’ complaint by retired Sergeant Matthew Fricke as soon as he walked into the office to begin his morning shift. “Sergeant Fricke advised me that he was contacted by Lawrence Williams. He wanted to talk about an incident that happened the night before. They met at a gas station over on the west side of town called the Gas-N-Go. There was a text sent from Officer Foxx to Officer Williams that had racial and inappropriate nature and then Sergeant Fricke was able to show me a screenshot of that text.”

After speaking with Sergeant Fricke, Commander Dodd said he immediately went upstairs and spoke with Deputy Chief Don Mumaw and Assistant Chief Ken Scarlette. After meeting with them, it was decided immediately that an Internal Affairs investigation would be open regarding Foxx’s conduct.

“The screenshot that I was shown and given of the text exchange, information contained in there, it was a clear violation of our Rules of Conduct Number 5, Workplace Complaint, and then also for Rule 21 for unbecoming, because of the detriment it could do to the department,” said Commander Dodd.

Commander Dodd also revealed that he was included with final discipline talks regarding Officer Foxx. Dodd said he was surprised by Officer Foxx’s conduct because of all of the training and yearly training that the department officers go through and he “absolutely agreed” with the decision to terminate Officer Foxx’s employment with the Springfield Police Department.

“I want every member of the department to feel comfortable in the workplace, that they should be able to trust each other, especially with everything that we have to do, and I don’t want any members of the department to have to worry about another member using inappropriate language, especially those terms, and I don’t believe that they, certain members could trust Officer Foxx, and would take strong issues with that. So it looks very bad, and I think it’s very unfavorable on the department and the members to have kept him on. You know, the department needs to have trust inside of itself between officer and officer and also outside the department from members of the community we serve. It’s a diverse community in Springfield and they should not have to question any member of this department and their beliefs based on stuff that they send.”

Although an arbitrator awarded James Foxx’s job back with the Springfield Police Department, the City of Springfield tells us that they plan to appeal that decision with the courts.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OFFICER FOXX AND COMMANDER DODD’S SWORN TESTIMONY FROM FOXX’S ARBITRATION HEARING

Stay tuned for further Arbitration Hearing documents.

Racist cop reinstated by SPD brings conflict between SPD Chief, Union and Grandview Police Department

(Left to Right) Springfield Police Chief, Ken Winslow, Grandview Police Chief, Kirk Beatty,
Former Springfield Police Officer and Current Grandview Officer, James Foxx and Springfield Police Detective and Union President, Don Edwards

Springfield, Illinois – Springfield Leaks has obtained a memo, from a source, which was written by the Springfield Police Union. In that memo it details a call that was made from Springfield Police Chief, Ken Winslow to Grandview Police Chief, Kirk Beatty.

The memo, which was written by Don Edwards, a Springfield Police Detective and Union President, said Chief Winslow called Grandview Chief Beatty in reference to Grandview Officer James Foxx. “I write this letter today after hearing from Officer Foxx in regards to his current employment at Grandview Police Department. He reported to me last night that you called his current chief of police, Kirk Beatty, and you advised him due to current litigation with Officer Foxx, he was not allowed to back up our officers. This morning, I contacted Chief Beatty who confirmed this was the conversation you had with him.”

Foxx was fired from the Springfield Police Department as a patrol officer after sending a racist text message to a black officer. The text message said, “You’re making me feel like 800’s house nigga.” When the black officer told Foxx he didn’t even know what that means, Foxx sent a screenshot from urbandictionary.com with the definition of what a “house nigga” means.

Screenshot of James Foxx text message that he sent to a black Springfield Police Officer

Edwards goes on in his letter to say that he is aware that an un-named officer approached Chief Winslow and said that they didn’t want to work with Foxx. “I am unaware of any officer in the history of my nearly 27 year career that has been allowed to choose whom he or she works with from other agencies or even within our own. I guarantee you that many of our officers would prefer not to work with some people on their shifts, but they do so because they don’t get to choose their co-workers. In fact, I would like to remind you that 97% of our officers, detectives, and sergeants voted in 2018 that they didn’t want to work with you or for you, but yet here you are still making decisions for them all. These are the types of decisions that cause officers of your Department and our Membership to lose faith in your leadership ability.”

The Chief, who has repeatedly defended his decision to terminate Officer Foxx’s employment with the Springfield Police Department, told an arbitrator last month that he stands by his decision and if Officer Foxx had committed this racial act at another police department, he never would have hired Officer Foxx.

Although the Chief and the Springfield Department Brass stands by their decision of firing Foxx, Edwards has made it clear that he believes Chief’s Winslow’s phone call is creating a hostile work environment for Foxx and the Springfield Police Union. “Lastly, the Benevolent is disappointed in your decision to make this phone call. Nothing was said to Chief Beatty as to whether or not our units will back up Officer Foxx. How is Grandview PD and Officer Foxx going to keep himself safe in this city when you’ve made it clear he shouldn’t be around our officers? While diminishing our manpower further, you’ve also diminished the manpower of Grandview PD by making Officer Foxx in effect unable to get back up as needed for traffic stops and calls for service in the Grandview area. When Officer Foxx is brought back to the SPD, how will you manage him? It appears you have made your line in the sand, and you in effect are telling him and the Benevolent that you will not have him back regardless of what an arbitrator says. You have seemingly ostracized Officer Foxx and have arguable interfered with his economic opportunities, thus potentially exposing the City to further litigation. What about when the courts affirm the decision? This appears to be setting the stage for a hostile work environment for Officer Foxx. A 14 month suspension is nothing to be taken lightly….if you don’t like Officer Foxx, that unfortunate, but the reality is that he has been aware his job back, and the City has an obligation to get him back to whether you personally like him or not. If the City is filing an appeal, that is fine as it is part of the process. But your decision based on the request of one officer is both hasty and dangerous. In fact, it could damage Officer Foxx’s career moving forward whether it be with Grandview PD or any other agency to include ours in the future. You don’t have to respect the officer, but you have to respect the process! It is the intent of the Executive Board of PB&PA 5 to work with the City of Springfield, and the leaders therein to ensure both a good working environment for our Members as well as fair treatment of each officer the best of our ability. However, we will not sit idly by as you bully Officer Foxx.”

Springfield Leaks did attempt to get a comment from Grandview Police Chief Beatty. When a reporter spoke with Chief Beatty, he said that he won’t be talking to Springfield Leaks because we publish inaccurate information about his police department and aren’t “officer friendly.” When asked what information has been inaccurate, he didn’t have a response.

We also reached out to the City of Springfield, but they did not have a response at this time, but they do tell us that they plan to appeal the arbitrator’s decision to reinstate Foxx with the courts.

Springfield Leaks will be releasing several documents over the coming days in a Springfield Leaks exclusive regarding the reinstatement of Officer James Foxx.

CLICK HERE FOR A VIEW OF THE MEMO SENT BY SPRINGFIELD POLICE DETECTIVE AND UNION PRESIDENT DON EDWARDS TO CHIEF WINSLOW.

Stay tuned.