BREAKING: Sangamon County Judge John Madonia has tested positive for COVID-19 after his mother was hospitalized

Sangamon County Judge John “Mo” Madonia

Springfield, Illinois – Sangamon County Presiding Circuit Court Judge John “Mo” Madonia has confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

We were able to speak with Judge Madonia and he tells us that he’s felt consistently normal with the exception of a headache that he has had while waiting for his COVID-19 test results.

“I requested a COVID test last Wednesday after my mother was hospitalized that morning with related symptoms.  I had it ordered as a precaution because I had been with my mom during the critical phase of her potential infection the weekend prior.  I started my quarantine Wednesday before noon and have been in quarantine ever since,” said Madonia.

“I received my positive test result on Friday, but have felt consistently normal with the exception of a headache that I had for a time while I was waiting for my results.

I will be working every day of quarantine handling my daily administrative matters that are associated with being the Presiding Judge of Sangamon County and now officially, the Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit.  This is not quite the way I envisioned beginning my tenure in this capacity, but it’s 2020 so I’ve learned to expect the unexpected.  I have been told that I will be released from quarantine on Saturday and I’ll be back at the courthouse on Monday.  

I’m fortunate to have a great team of colleagues who will handle my courtroom responsibilities in my absence.”

Another CACC Student has now tested positive for COVID-19; Total now stands at 6 students positive

Capital Area Career Center – located at 2201 Toronto Rd

Springfield, Illinois – The Capital Area Career Center, located at 2201 Toronto Rd, has just announced that another student, who is participating in the school’s in-person learning model, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Last Monday, on November 16, 2020, we learned that a Capital Area Career Center (CACC) student had tested positive for COVID-19. That student was in the Building Trades Program during the PM session. Today, CACC has just announced that another student has tested positive for COVID-19. That student was also in the Building Trades Program, but attends the AM session. According to CACC’s statement released today, that student last attended class on Tuesday, November 17th.

The new total number of CACC students who have tested positive for COVID-19 is now 6 out of their 880 high school students.

Approximately 730 students are attending in-person learning based off of the school’s hybrid model which is online learning on Monday’s and in-person learning on Tuesday through Friday.

A message has been left with the Sangamon County Department of Public Health to find out if CACC has been added to the list of COVID-19 sites of outbreak. We will update this article with their response.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Springfield Woman IN CUSTODY for Reckless Homicide after being found in Texas

(Left) IN CUSTODY: Ladeja P Frazier – Age 23 (Middle) Car crash at E. Laurel St. and 19th St. (Right) Sean Richie and his son Jaylen. Sean died as a result of this crash.

Springfield, Illinois – A woman, who was wanted after fatally crashing into a Springfield Man after fleeing from Sangamon County Sheriff Deputies, is now in custody at the Sangamon County Jail.

According to police, Ladeja P. Frazier, age 23, was wanted for several charges after she fled from Sangamon County Sheriff Deputies on On March 2, 2020 around 7:30 p.m. According to reports, a Sangamon County Sheriff Deputy attempted to stop a 2007 gray Pontiac G6 on 17th and Stuart. Frazier, who was the driver, fled from deputies, without lights, and had a minor in her vehicle, who was under the age of 12. According to Sangamon County Prosecutors, that minor was also improperly secured in the vehicle.

While fleeing from Deputies, Frazier approached the area of E. Laurel St. and 19th St., where she crashed into 28 year old Sean Richie. Richie’s son, Jaylen, was also in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

A few days after the crash, on March 11, 2020, Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon confirmed to us that Richie had died at 6:03 p.m., at St. John’s Hospital. An autopsy was preformed and Allmon said, “preliminary cause of death is blunt force injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision (that occurred on March 2, 2020).”

No immediate charges were filed as a result of the fatal accident, and the investigation was handed over to The Illinois State Police although the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department was the lead agency in the pursuit of Frazier.

According to Sangamon County Prosecutors, Frazier, who was under the influence of cannabis, “fled after being given a visual or audible signal by Deputy A. Smith, a peace officer of the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, and that such flight included speeds greater than 21 miles over the speed limit.”

As a result of the investigation by The Illinois State Police, Frazier was indicted by a Sangamon County Grand Jury. She was indicted for Aggravated driving under the influence (of cannabis), a class 2 felony, Reckless Homicide, Aggravated reckless driving, Reckless Conduct, Aggravated Reckless Driving, Driving while license revoked and Aggravated Reckless Driving, all class 4 felonies.

Frazier, who was arrested in Dallas, Texas for the Sangamon County Warrant, was booked into the Sangamon County Jail on Friday, November 20, 2020. According to records, Frazier appeared before a judge earlier today and has hired Springfield Criminal Defense Attorney, Mark Wykoff to represent her in this case.

Bond has been set in the amount of $750,000, with 10 percent to apply, so Frazier will need to pay $75,000 to be released from jail.

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for updates.

All initial appearances for Sangamon Co. Traffic Court postponed for 30 days

Sangamon County Court House

Sangamon County – As of yesterday, Sangamon County Judge John Madonia has ordered that all “initial appearances” for traffic court in Sangamon County will be postponed and rescheduled for a date no sooner than 30 days from their initial scheduled court date.

This is in response to the second COVID-19 wave that Sangamon County is experiencing.

According to the order, if you are originally scheduled to attend traffic court, the Sangamon County Circuit Clerk’s office will issue out notices of when your new court date will be.

Two arrested after SCSO DIRT TEAM BUST; Crack Cocaine, Heroin, and $2,400 seized

(Left to Right) James B. Erwin – age 41 and Bobby Hamilton – age 36

On November 20, 2020, at 5:30 a.m., the Sangamon County Sheriff DIRT team executed a search warrant in the 1000 block of North 12th St.

A narcotics investigation by DIRT resulted in the issuance of the warrant for the residence of James B. Erwin, age 41. The Sheriff’s Tactical Response Unit (TRU) served the warrant along with DIRT.

Arrested and charged were James “Benny” Erwin and Bobbyjo Hamilton, age 36. Hamilton also shares the same residence with Erwin, according to police.

Both were charged with 3 counts of Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Meth, Crack Cocaine, Heroin; Class X and two Class 1).

DIRT seized 23. 5 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 3.8 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 2.2 grams of suspected heroin and 6.2 grams of an unknown suspected narcotic. Also seized was $2400.00.

According to records, Erwin is also currently on parole for narcotics and is out on bond on two unrelated 2020 Sangamon County narcotic cases.

2 more CACC students test positive for COVID-19; Total – 5 students positive

Capital Area Career Center – located at 2201 Toronto Rd

Springfield, Illinois – According to the Capital Area Career Center Facebook page, two additional students have tested positive for COVID-19.

Both positive COVID-19 students were last in the building on Friday, November 13, 2020 in the afternoon class. One of the students attended the Building Trades Program and the other student attended the Photography Program.

The total number of CACC students who have tested positive for COVID-19 is 5 out of their 880 high school students.

According to Jodi Ferriell, the Capital Area Career Center Director, she said, “we immediately put our contact tracing plan into action to determine which students and staff should quarantine due to possible exposure.  All students and staff who might have potential exposure from prolonged close contact have been notified.”

At this time, approximately 730 students are attending in-person learning based off of the school’s hybrid model which is online learning on Monday’s and in-person learning on Tuesday through Friday.

Breaking: A Springfield Restaurant continued to stay open after a Judge told them to shut down

Pictures of the parking lot at Fox Run Restaurant after a Sangamon County Judge ruled that they must shut down

Springfield, Illinois – According to a source, close to Springfield Leaks, the source confirmed to us that the Fox Run Restaurant continued to perform in-door food service after being ordered, earlier on Tuesday, by a Sangamon County Judge to shut down.

On Tuesday, attorneys for four Springfield restaurants appeared in court after the Sangamon County Department of Public Health were seeking a temporary restraining order. The Public Health Department requested the restraining order, which would close down the businesses, because the four restaurants continued to conduct in-door dining, which defied the new mitigation efforts that was put into place in attempt to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

The four restaurants – D&J Café, 915 W. Laurel St., were represented by Attorney John Kerley. The remaining three restaurants -Fox Run Restaurant & Lounge, 1130 Legacy Pointe Drive, Charlie Parker’s, 700 W. North St., and Sweet Basil Café, 4241 Conestoga Drive were represented by Attorney Thomas DeVore.

In court on Tuesday, Dan Wright, who is the Sangamon County State’s Attorney and is also the attorney for the Sangamon County Department of Public Health argued that it’s not a matter for the court to look into why the businesses food handling licenses were suspended, but only for the court to know that the licenses are suspended and that they’re operating without one, which is sufficient for the court to grant the temporary restraining order which would cause all four businesses to close. On the flip side, the restaurant’s attorneys argued that the courts need to look into why the businesses food handling licenses were suspended and told the judge that its in the law that she must review why the public health department suspended their food handling licenses before she can approve the temporary restraining order.

In what was a very persuasive argument between State’s Attorney Wright and the business owner’s attorney, Sangamon County Judge, Raylene Grischow, appeared to indicate early, during the arguments, how she would rule. When attorney Kerley told the judge, “if you accept their (Public Health Department) argument it would allow the public health department the authority to shut a restaurant down because they see a little kid sitting at a table with a snotty nose because he might give somebody a cold.” Judge Grischow laughingly responded, “Now I think you’re really pushing it, we all know they don’t want the indoor dining because of the COVID.” Attorney Kerley responded, “But is there a difference between saying COVID and cold in their regulation – NO?” “Well that’s not before me to decide,” said Judge Grischow. “But it is”, responded attorney Kerley. “I don’t think so,” Judge Grischow said. In a nutshell, Judge Grischow told the attorneys that it’s not for her to consider the reason why the food handling licenses were suspended to begin with.

Shortly, before Judge Grischow returned to render her 1:00 p.m. verdict, attorney DeVore asked State’s Attorney Wright, during small talk, if he would join him at Fox Run restaurant to get something to eat… maybe even a photo op?… State’s Attorney Wright chucklingly declined.

1:15 p.m. – Judge Grischow ruled that all four restaurants must shut down pursuant to the temporary restraining order. At the conclusion of the hearing, State’s Attorney Wright signaled to the judge that the Public Health Department will attempt to work with the businesses so they could re-open pursuant to the mitigation efforts that were recently established, which restricted in-door dining. In a conversation that Springfield Leaks had with both attorneys, the attorneys tell us that the businesses can’t just do carry-out. “It will bankrupt them.”

After all restaurants were informed of the temporary restraining order, which would mean that they would not be able to operate, we were informed that all, but one had closed that day.

A source tells us that there were cars in the parking lot at the Fox Run restaurant and that the “open” sign was illuminated. Pictures were also provided to us, which is shown at the top of this article. But, we weren’t the only ones who were aware of the business being open. According to Jeff Wilhite, who is the Sangamon County Public Health spokesperson, he tells us that the police also knew the business was open and that the business was paid a visit by police. Unbeknown, to us at this time, how police knew the business was open, we can only guess that a customer, who was on the Fox Run Facebook page saying to the world, “I’m here now” might have caught the attention of the tipster or the police.

According to Spokesperson Wilhite, police visited the Fox Run restaurant Tuesday night and issued two $500 citations. One citation was for violating the in-door food service restriction and the second $500 citation was for interfering with an inspection.

Wednesday morning, after allegedly violating the temporary restraining order and receiving two $500 citations, the Fox Run restaurant issued several statements via their Facebook page. The statements said, “We will be closed until further notice.” Then they released another statement that said, “We will be missing our sweet guests today. You blessed our days beyond measure. We will keep you updated.” And they released a final statement that said, “We want to thank everyone for the prayers, encouragement and support. To the haters, we forgive you. We will keep the updates coming. God bless you all.”

At this time, it isn’t clear if the attorneys for the businesses will appeal Judge Grischow’s ruling, but legal attorneys close to Springfield Leaks tells us that her ruling was expected and “that she’s probably scared and doesn’t want to be the first judge to overturn the public health department’s decision to restrict in-door dining.”

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for further updates to this story.

Springfield Police Chief issued a Face Mask Ticket for Moto-Mart Customer

Springfield Police Chief (Right) issued a Face Mask ticket after catching a Moto-mart Customer without one

Springfield, Illinois – On November 12, 2020, Springfield Police Chief, Kenny Winslow observed a customer without a facemask inside Moto-Mart gas station, located at 610 S Grand Ave E. around 1:04 p.m.

According to a ticket that Chief Winslow issued the customer, Winslow wrote that the customer told him that the “pandemic is fake and that he’s been exposed several time but never got (it)” “If you’re so worried, how come you’re not wearing gloves” and that he was “just trying to pay for his shit.”

After the customer said this to the Chief, the customer was issued an ordinance violation for failing to wear a face mask. The customer has a hearing scheduled on January 6, 2021 at 8:30 a.m., in the City Council Chambers at the Municipal Center West.

NEW: 54 CACC Students and 1 Teacher quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure; In-person learning continues

Capital Area Career Center, located at 2201 Toronto Rd

Springfield, Illinois – Springfield Leaks can confirm that there is currently 54 Capital Area Career Center students and 1 teacher on quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19.

The school, which provided us a transparent update, tells us that their high school program has 880 juniors and seniors from 23 different high schools, as well as 109 Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) adult students through the Capital Area School of Practical Nursing (CASPN) and 62 employees. As of today, November 13, 2020 there is approximately 150 high school students who are fully remote.

Although 150 students are fully remote, there is approximately 730 students who are attending in-person learning based off of the school’s hybrid model.

According to the school’s hybrid model, there is a morning and afternoon session. On Monday’s, all students, including hybrid students, are to join their classes remotely. On Tuesdays through Friday, Remote only students will join their class remotely and Hybrid students will be in-person learning.

We asked Jodi Ferriell, the Director of CACC, if the school will be going back to full remote learning? She tells us that they follow the directive of the CACC Executive Council Board and the CACC Board of control. “It’s up to our boards, and we follow the directive of the Sangamon County Department of Public Health and they have been leaving it up to local control.”

According to Jeff Wilhite, the spokesperson with the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, he told us this afternoon that Contact tracers are currently investigating.

At this time, it is unknown if the CACC Boards are considering reverting back to full remote learning.

34 year old arrested after SCSO DIRT Team Bust

Calvin L. Drew – Age 24

Springfield, Illinois – Today, around 11:35 a.m., the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office DIRT team arrested Calvin L. Drew, age 34, of the 100 block of East Oak St.

Dirt conducted a buy-bust operation on Drew, where they purchased approximately 30 grams of suspected methamphetamine from him.  After the purchase, Drew was stopped by Sangamon County Sheriff’s Deputies and was arrested and booked into the Sangamon County Jail. 

It was also noted that during the arrest of Drew, Deputies recovered $660, which was used to make the undercover drug purchase of the methamphetamine. 

Drew is charged with Manufacture/Delivery of Methamphetamine, 15-100 grams, a Class X felony.