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.

Springfield Police Detective’s Son under investigation for Criminal Sexual Abuse and Traveling to Meet a Minor

Zane P. Merreighn – Age 22

Springfield, Illinois – The son of a Springfield Police Detective is under investigation for Aggravated Sexual Abuse and Traveling to meet a minor, according to documents obtained by Springfield Leaks.

According to a source close to the investigation, Zane P. Merreighn, age 22, is accused of being in a relationship of a romantic nature with a 14 year old girl. The source also confirmed that Merreighn is the son of Jennifer Oglesby, a Springfield Police Detective, who in her job capacity, investigates allegations of sexual abuse of children and neglect.

According to a police report we obtained, on July 30, 2021, around 11:59 p.m., Springfield Police Officer Justin Long responded to a report of a missing 14 year old girl. When Officer Long spoke with the father of the missing girl, he stated that his daughter had taken off from the house earlier in the evening and eventually returned home. But, as he was going to bed, he went to check on her and she was not there.

The father told Officer Long that he believed that she had been picked up by her new boyfriend and was able to track the last known location of his daughter’s cell phone to Merreighn’s apartment.

Officer Long went to Merreighn’s apartment located in 2100 block of Lexington Drive in an attempt to locate the 14 year old girl. When he attempted to contact someone inside the apartment, he reported that he didn’t get a response. “The apartment had no one home at this time from what could be seen through the windows.”

A Springfield Leaks source close to the investigation tells us that during the investigation to locate the 14 year old girl, someone from the Springfield Police Department contacted Merreighn’s mother, SPD Detective Oglesby, who was off duty at the time, and informed her of the situation.

Approximately an hour and a half later, after the girl was reported missing, the father called police again at 1:49 a.m., to inform them that his daughter was home.

On August 2, 2021 an investigation was opened by the Illinois State Police after it was reported that the father found pictures of Merreighn fondling his daughter.

Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright filed a motion requesting a special prosecutor to be appointed to review the case. According to the motion, a special prosecutor was requested because it could be a conflict of interest and to avoid the appearance of an impropriety. A Sangamon County Judge did grant the motion and the case has been assigned to the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Appellate Special Prosecution Unit.

At this time, the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Appellate Special Prosecution Unit has not filed charges against Marreighn.

Exclusive Details released of the Sexual Misconduct Investigation of former IL State Rep. Jack Franks; No charges filed

Former Illinois State Representative Jack D. Franks

Springfield, Illinois – We have new information regarding Former Illinois State Representative and McHenry County Board Chairman, Jack Franks who was the subject of a sexual harassment complaint in November 2018.

The sexual harassment complaint wasn’t known to the public until after the Chicago Tribune released a story in January 2020 disclosing that The Illinois State Police was investigating the Democratic State Representative for sexual misconduct and stalking.

In the Chicago Tribunes article, it was also disclosed that a search warrant was executed at the now-former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s Capitol offices for “personnel, human resources or other files “containing information related to allegations of wrongdoing or misconduct by former Illinois State Representative Jack D. Franks.”

A copy of the search warrant, which was released to the Chicago Tribune through a Freedom of Information Request, was also under an order of non disclosure to prevent the investigation from being impeded.

Immediately, after Chicago Tribune disclosed that the warrant was executed, Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright went to court and asked Sangamon County Judge John Madonia to place all documents related to the investigation under seal. Judge Madonia agreed and ordered that all documents related to the investigation will be placed under seal. At this time, it is not known if those documents are still under seal.

Sometime this year, Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright decided not to prosecute Franks after receiving 1,138 pages of documents related to this investigation. Since the investigation has concluded without charges, the McHenry County Blog reported in May, that Wright will not release the documents related to the investigation because they are not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act because, although there was an investigation, there was “no arrest or criminal charge.”

Will the public ever find out details of what the sexual harassment complaint was? Well, we have.

According to the investigation documents, on April 1, 2019, Investigator Jennifer Brida, with The Illinois Secretary of State Police and Special Agent Deanna Harton, with The Illinois State Police, conducted an interview with the sexual harassment complainant.

We will not be releasing the complainant’s name, but did confirm that the complainant has been employed at the House of Representatives since 2014 working as a legislative secretary for Franks, until Franks decided not to run for office again.

The complainant told investigators that Franks was always friendly and offering to help her with things in her personal life like budgeting money and also frequently asking about her children. She told investigators in hindsight, she felt like Franks was grooming her.

The complainant said that she never was in a romantic relationship with Franks and that he never threatened her and did not bribe her with money, but did offer her better jobs. In addition, when Franks goes on vacation he would bring back presents. The complainant said one time when Franks returned from vacation, he brought her back a necklace.

The complainant said sometime between January and May of 2015 in the morning prior to when Franks was supposed to be at the Capitol for session, Franks asked her to bring some material to his apartment located at Washington and 5th St. When the complainant took the material to Franks, he cornered her in the kitchen/dining area. Franks then asked the complainant to take a nap with him. Franks then led the complainant to his bedroom and had her lay down on the bed. Franks then laid behind the complainant on the bed “spooning her.” The complainant said Franks then put his hands down her shirt and touched her bare breast and that Franks was close enough to her that she could tell he had an erection. The complainant said Franks then tried to put his hands up her skirt and she got up at that time and told Franks that she needed to get back to work.

The complainant said on 3-4 occasions, while at the office, Franks would put his hand up her skirt or dress and that she would tell Franks no and pull his hand away.

The complainant said she was scared of losing her job because Franks was a Representative since 1999 and had a lot of power at the Capitol.

The complainant said in November of 2015, Franks would ask her to go to his apartment multiple times but she refused.

Between March and April of 2016 the complainant said Franks called her into his office and pulled her onto his lap, and put his hands under her shirt and touched her bare breast. The complainant said Franks was holding her down with one arm.

Then in November 2018, the complainant said Franks showed up at the Stratton building unannounced and took her into State Representative Anthony DeLuca’s office and closed the door. Inside the office, Franks was asking the complainant why she wouldn’t look at him or talk to him. Approximately, one or two minutes later, Representative Deluca interrupted the conversation.

According to the investigation documents, sometime in November 2018, an unknown individual went to Pam Lassiter in Human Resources and said they saw the incident were Franks took the complainant into Representative Deluca’s office and saw the complainant come out crying.

Lassiter told the complainant that Human Resources was going to conduct their own investigation.

On January 21, 2020, Illinois Secretary of State Police turned their investigation over to The Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations.

On January 29, 2020, Illinois State Police executed a search warrant on the House of Representatives to obtain all documents related to allegation of misconduct by Jack Franks.

Illinois State Police Investigators reported that they received documents which supported the allegations made against Franks.

At this time, Franks has not been charged by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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.