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Police/Fire Reports

Police reports for Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, 2018


Jordan J. Babbit, 26, of Rock Falls; 10:55 a.m. Friday at Woodlawn and Frontage roads; driving while license suspended; given notice to appear in court.

Kelly L. Mewhirter, 41, of Sterling; 12:15 p.m. Friday at East Lynn Boulevard and Freeport Road; unlawful use of electronic communication device while driving; cited.

Trey T. Enloe, 24, of Clinton, Iowa; 4:57 p.m. Saturday at Kohl’s, 3220 E. Lynn Blvd.; felony retail theft, Whiteside County warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle; taken to Whiteside County Jail.

Sedrick M. James, 19, of Sterling; 10:15 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of West 23rd Street; driving too fast for conditions; cited.


Gricelda Vasquez, 29, of Rock Falls; 7:43 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of West Everett Street; suspended license, Whiteside County warrant; posted bond.

Colton Saunders, 26, of Dixon; 11:30 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of West Fifth Street; possession of marijuana; cited.

Zachary J. Sitter, 30, of Dixon; 1:32 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of East Boyd Street; DUI alcohol with BAC greater than .08, DUI alcohol; processed and released.

Aliyah L. Neal, 18, of Sterling; 3:43 p.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of South Galena Avenue; retail theft; released on individual bond.

Anthony Willson, 32, of Freeport; 12:45 a.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of North Galena Avenue; DUI, improper lane usage; released with pending Lee County court date.


Shannon D. Helton, 32,of Elgin; 9:26 p.m. Friday; two warrants for forgery – making or altering a document, warrant for forgery – issues or delivers a document, two warrants for possession of a stolen check, and two warrants for theft; held at Lee County Jail and given notice to appear in court.

Austin J. Sodaro, 20, of Dixon; 7:33 a.m. Friday; no insurance, fleeing or attempting to elude police; released on individual bond and given notice to appear in court.


Julie Dzielak, 55, of Rockford; Saturday in the 8000 block of North Barker Road near Byron; DUI alcohol, possession of less than 10 grams marijuana; cited and held on bond at Ogle County Jail.

Luke Swan, 51, of Rochelle; Friday; warrant for failure to appear in court; held at Ogle County Jail and given notice to appear in court.

One person hurt in two-vehicle crash

POLO – A Belvidere woman was injured Thursday in a two-vehicle crash about 3 miles northwest of Polo.

A semi driven by Dale Schindler, 56, of Earlville, Iowa, was westbound on state Route 52 approaching the Freeport Road intersection about 7:50 a.m., when a Nissan Altima driven by Nicole Stamper, 19, of Belvidere pulled away from a stop sign on Freeport Road and into Schindler’s path, where her vehicle was struck in the passenger side by the semi, according to Ogle County sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies say Schindler had the right of way.

Stamper was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Mercyhealth Hospital in Rockford, where she remained in serious condition Sunday. She was cited for failure to yield.

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