Friday, July 30, 2010


On Thursday, 29 July 2010 at 12:43 p.m., a citizen in the 2200 block of South 10th St. observed two teenaged boys acting suspiciously near his neighbor’s house. The boys were observed knocking on the front door and when they received no response, they went to the back door. At that point the neighbor telephoned police and reported the possible burglary in progress. Multiple police units responded to the call, and the first unit to arrive observed the two suspects running away from the residence. It was later determined that the rear door to the house had been forced open.

A foot chase then ensued with the suspects. Both suspects were eventually apprehended. The first suspect, a 15 year old boy, was apprehended in the 2100 block of Yale Blvd. The second suspect, Tramonde Woods 17, was apprehended in the 2200 block of South 14th St.

During the subsequent investigation, it was determined that these suspects are responsible for nine (9) other burglaries in the area during the month of July. Detectives are continuing there investigation into these crimes.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Quick work by nearby workers helped capture a suspect wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 48-year-old woman at the rear of 930 S. Eleventh Street. The incident occurred about 8:35 this morning.

The preliminary investigation reveals that an argument ended with the male suspect stabbing the female victim numerous times. Some nearby workers observed this incident and tried to break up the argument. The suspect then fled upon the approach of the witnesses which led to a foot chase. The witnesses were able to detain the suspect at the intersection of 11th & Cook where he was taken into custody by responding Springfield Police Department Units.

The victim was taken to Memorial Medial Center where she died shortly after arrival. The identity of the victim will be released by the Sangamon County Coroner’s Office upon notification of next of kin.

The suspect in this case is Richard M. Garrett (50) of Springfield. He was taken to the Sangamon County Jail facing charges of First Degree Murder.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Expands availability to more people

Following a period of final testing, regular programming has returned on Access 4, providing more than 250 hours of Public Access television programming every week. Independent producers have developed a variety of shows which can now be seen at the same times they had been aired in previous years. Management of Access 4 was transferred to the City earlier this year and new equipment has been installed and programmed, making it possible to again provide these programs to the public.

The locally produced Public Access programming can be seen not only on Comcast channel 4, but it is also available on AT&T’s U-verse television system. On U-verse, Public Access 4 and Municipal Access 18 can be found under the channel 99 group on the programming guide.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


The newly formed Springfield Green Business Network (SGBN) is hosting a seminar with the Illinois Recycling Association (IRA), the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Illinois National Bank to introduce businesses to a new statewide Online Workplace Recycling Toolkit. The seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Illinois National Bank’s Downtown Conference Center at Fourth and Jackson Streets. Besides the introduction to the recycling toolkit, the seminar will cover sustainable practices and a variety of ways for businesses to reduce waste and recycle materials from the workplace.

The Toolkit is an online site,, through the IRA that will soon be available to provide specific guidelines and suggestions for waste reduction and how to increase recycling at work. The SGBN, which will also be introduced at this meeting, was formed to provide Springfield businesses the opportunity to share resources and opportunities to make Springfield businesses more sustainable and more competitive in the areas of waste reduction, recycling, energy efficiency and water conservation. SGBN will also solicit ideas from attendees on the types of information or assistance they feel will be most useful to them in reaching their sustainability goals.

A light lunch will be provided to attend the free seminar, however, pre-registration is required. To pre-register, email the City of Springfield’s Division of Waste & Recycling at or call 789-2327. Registrants should include the name(s) of those attending and business or organization name. The registration deadline for this event is Friday, July 23rd.