Friday, November 19, 2010

FAMILY ESCAPES FIRE UNHARMED THANKS TO CITY INSTALLED SMOKE DETECTORS

Early on Tuesday morning, November 16th, fire struck a home in the 2000 block of north 20th street. Had it not been for operating smoke detectors that had been properly installed by the Springfield Fire Department, the outcome of the fire could have been tragic.

Nicole Evans, her boyfriend, Gregory, and her daughter, Lydia, all escaped unharmed after smoke detectors alerted them to the presence of smoke coming from their registers. When flames were seen coming from the top of the furnace, Nicole dialed 911, grabbed her daughter and all three escaped unharmed.

This is the first known incident in which smoke detectors installed by the Springfield Fire Department have saved lives.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

SPRINGFIELD POLICE RAID SAME HOUSE TWICE

On Monday, November 8, 2010, the Springfield Police narcotics unit assisted by the Street Crimes Unit and members from the Patrol Division obtained a search warrant for 1926 Brown, looking for illegal drug activity. The visit resulted in the arrest of seven individuals, all from Chicago, and the confiscation of 86 grams of cannabis and over $2,500 in cash.

On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, suspecting the operation was still going on, Springfield Police returned to the same house with another search warrant. This time, they arrested one individual, and confiscated more than 94 grams of cannabis and over $1,100 in cash.

Arrested on November 8th for manufacture and delivery of 30-500 grams of cannabis were:

Rashawn Carter m/b 35 from Chicago,
Shannon Robertson m/b 29 from Chicago,
Antwan Grant m/b 29 from Chicago,
Brashawn Newton m/b 20 from Chicago,
Jeffery Dangerfield m/b 24 from Chicago,
Demetrius Robertson m/b 18 from Chicago,
Rodney Harris m/b 29 from Chicago.

Arrested on November 9th during the second search on the same charge:

Osman Q. Sandford m/b 24 from Chicago.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

State Regulators Work with Springfield Officials to Protect Homeowners

SPRINGFIELD –Investigators from the City of Springfield, the Springfield Police Department and the Building and Zoning Department teamed up with Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to make sure that roofing firms seeking to do business in Springfield are appropriately licensed. Of the five roofers checked for licenses so far, four unlicensed roofers were found to be actively seeking roofing work in the City. As a result of the compliance detail, investigators arrested four people and charged them with Licensure Requirement 225 ILCS 335/9(1) Class A Misdemeanor.

Charged were Stephen L. Richardson (DOB 3/10/75), 800 block N. 3rd, Riverton; Eric Anderson (DOB 3/5/79), 1500 block 900th St., Mount Pulaski; Brandon L. Rathbone (DOB 3/23/83), 400 block North St., Springfield; and David L. Edwards (DOB 4/15/65) 1200 block of 500 St., Mount Pulaski. Since this is an ongoing investigation, additional arrests are possible.

All too often – especially during the construction season or after a major storm – property owners are solicited by unscrupulous roofing contractors and pressured to accept work with high prices and low quality. In response to consumer complaints and concerns raised by homeowners, city officials and IDFPR investigators conducted compliance checks in Springfield on roofing contractors. Investigators met with contractors and determined if they were properly licensed in the State of Illinois.

“When you hire a roofing contractor, you should be assured that they are reputable. That’s the reason they must be licensed by the State of Illinois,” said Mayor Tim Davlin. “If you hire an unlicensed contractor, it is likely he will not be bonded and not have insurance. Should someone get hurt, the homeowner would be left in a lurch and could get unnecessarily sued