Randolph County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Randolph County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 200 W. Buena Vista, Chester, 62233 IL
  • Chief:
Phone: (618) 826-5484
Fax: (618) 826-4732

Randolph County Sheriff's Office is located at 200 W. Buena Vista, Chester, 62233 IL. The Randolph County Sheriff's Office phone number is (618) 826-5484.

Randolph County Sheriff's Office News

LAST OF TEN CO-DEFENDANTS SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS FOR LARGE-SCALE METH RING Starlet J. Howie, a/k/a “Star Oettle,” and “Star Miller,” 49, of Sparta, Illinois, has been sentenced to 192 months in federal prison for her role in a methamphetamine conspiracy, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Steven D. Weinhoeft, announced today. Howie previously pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging her and nine others with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment alleged that the offense occurred between 2015 and April 2017, in Perry, Randolph, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Howie was involved with numerous other persons in the distribution of ice. Ice is methamphetamine, which has a purity level of at least 80%. At sentencing, the district court found that Howie was responsible for the distribution of approximately 22.7 kilograms of ice. She also received an enhanced sentence for obstructing justice during the investigation. Howie was the tenth and final co-defendant sentenced in this case. Previously sentenced co-defendants were Jeremy J. Humphries (235 months); Garrick E.R. Recker (188 months); Derek L. Sumpter (188 months); Rodney V. Howie (174 months); Jeremy S. Copple (168 months); Paige M. Gleghorn (140 months); Jordan P. Leggans (135 months); Daniel M. Dortch (120 months); and Mandy L. Hagen (84 months). The investigation was conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Drug Tactical Unit, Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois, Chester Police Department, Coulterville Police Department, Belleville Police Department, Lenzburg Police Department, Perry County (Missouri) Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Randolph County States Attorney’s Office and the Monroe County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

The Chester Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 25 year old Bradley Eggemeyer of Chester. Bradley was last seen at 2:30 am on October 16th. Bradley has a medical condition that requires medication. Bradley was last seen driving a Red 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse with Illinois Plate AE51920. If you see Bradley or his vehicle please call the Chester Police Department at 618-826-5454 or call 911.

On October 2, 2018, members of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office completed an investigation which led to the arrests of two individuals for a series of alleged Burglaries in Evansville. Arrested for Burglary were: John W. Huckstep, age 25 of Evansville, and Cody M. Shannon, age 18 of Evansville. Huckstep and Shannon were both charged for allegedly burglarizing Evansville Food Mart. Huckstep was also charged for allegedly burglarizing a shed in Evansville where a TV and other items were taken. Sheriff Wolff reports stolen items were recovered from thefts and burglaries. The investigation also revealed there are additional victims of burglaries in Evansville who have not reported the crime. Anyone who is a victim of a burglary resulting in the loss of hand tools, power tools or other items can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (618) 826-5484.

FOUR CHARGED WITH SOUTHERN ILLINOIS METH CONSPIRACY Four people have been charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in southern Illinois, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven D. Weinhoeft announced today. Scott A. Carnell, 36, of Pacific, Missouri, Jarrett C. Hood, 36, of Walsh, Illinois, Kayla S. Kempfer, 30, of Marissa, Illinois, and Jordan D. Vuichard, 32, of Sparta, Illinois, are named defendants in a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury earlier this month, alleges that the offense occurred between 2017 and August 2018, in Jackson, Randolph, and St. Clair Counties. Kempfer and Hood made their initial appearances in federal court on September 19 and September 26, respectively. They are both being held without bond pending a November 26 jury trial. Carnell and Vuichard have their initial appearances scheduled for October 4 at the federal courthouse in Benton, Illinois. By law, if convicted, the defendants face a minimum of five years in prison and could receive as much as 40 years imprisonment and fines of up to $5 million. An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Sparta Police Department, New Athens Police Department, Marissa Police Department, St. Louis County Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Randolph County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation

Motorists - Perry County Line Road will be Closed from the Percy T to State Route 154 on Thursday September 13th at 7:00 am until the evening of Friday September 15th.

On September 6, 2018, members of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, and Willisville Police Department completed an investigation that led to the arrests of three individuals for an alleged Burglary. Taken during the burglary of a shed from a farm on Wine Hill Road in Randolph County were tools and other items. The Investigation resulted in Police executing a search warrant and the recovery of the alleged stolen tools and other items at a residence in Willisville, Perry County. Arrested for Burglary were: Cleon R. Kempfer Sr., age72 of Willisville, Cleon R. Kempfer Jr., age 36 of Willisville and Tyler S. Minnemann, age 20 of Willisville. All three were incarcerated pending bond. Sheriff Wolff reports this appears to be the only Burglary these three individuals committed. Sheriff Wolff states information from the public assisted in the solving of this crime as well as cooperation between Police agencies. Anyone with information about any crime can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (618) 826-5484.

Two Randolph County Men Indicted for Methamphetamine Offense On July 18, 2018, two Randolph County residents were indicted for a methamphetamine offense, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven D. Weinhoeft announced today. Lewis D. Higgins, 54, and David Bereitschaft, 39, both of Tilden, were charged in a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that the offense occurred between 2016 and June 2018, in Perry and Randolph Counties. Higgins and Bereitschaft made their initial appearances in federal court on August 2, 2018. They were ordered held without bond pending an October 1, 2018, jury trial. The conspiracy offense carries a maximum penalty of 5-40 years of imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, and a $5,000,000 fine. An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Sparta Police Department, Tilden Police Department, Marissa Police Department, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Drug Tactical Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Randolph County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

Please avoid Wine Hill Road near Shiloh Hill Road due to a traffic crash

The Chester Police and Randolph County Sheriff’s Office are actively investigating the theft of as many as three vehicles in both Chester and Randolph County in recent weeks. Police have identified a suspect and recently received an arrest warrant for two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one count of theft over $10,000 for Herbert Michael Dyke, 51, of Steeleville, in connection with these vehicle thefts. On July 9, police located who they believed to be Dyke near the Randolph/Perry County line in possession of a Chevrolet Traverse that had previously been reported stolen out of Chester on July 2. Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to stop and apprehend Dyke at that time. Dyke fled, eventually abandoning the vehicle on a field road in rural Perry County. While that vehicle has been recovered, Dyke remains at large. The following day, a grey Ford F-250 flatbed was reported stolen from a home in rural Perry County not far from the location Dyke abandoned the Chevy Traverse. Local authorities are asking for help in locating Dyke. If anyone sees Dyke, they are encouraged to call your local police department. Do not approach Dyke. The Chester Police Department can be reached at 618-826-5454 or call the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office at 618-826-5484.

The Randolph County Sheriff's Office offers our deepest condolences to the family and friends of retired Randolph County Correctional Officer Norman Mudd.

RANDOLPH COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR METHAMPHETAMINE OFFENSE On June 6, 2018, Jordan P. Leggans, 31, of Tilden, Illinois, was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine offense, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today. Leggans previously pled guilty to a one-count second superseding indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment alleged that the offense occurred between 2015 and April 2017, in Perry, Randolph, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Leggans was involved with numerous other persons in the manufacture of methamphetamine and the distribution of ice. Ice is methamphetamine with a purity level of at least 80%. At sentencing, the district court found Leggans responsible for the possession of 16.8 grams of pseudoephedrine and the distribution of over 374 grams of ice. Leggans received an enhanced sentence because he and a co-defendant stole an SKS rifle and traded the firearm for ice. Seven co-defendants have already been sentenced to prison for their roles in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Two additional co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Leggans’ sentence includes four years of supervised release. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Drug Tactical Unit, Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois, Chester Police Department, Coulterville Police Department, Belleville Police Department, Lenzburg Police Department, Perry County (Missouri) Sheriff’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Randolph County States Attorney’s Office and the Monroe County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

There are many rumors circulating regarding the custody and the death of Timothy Rushing. Rushing was not in the custody of the Randolph County Sheriff's Office on June 1, 2018. Rushing had previously entered a guilty plea on March 15, 2018 and was released on bond pending his sentencing that was scheduled for June 1 of 2018. On June 1, 2018, Rushing had been at the courthouse however left prior to his sentencing. An arrest warrant was issued on Rushing for failure to appear at his sentencing. Later that day, Rushing was found deceased at his residence in Chester. Sheriff Wolff

On May 24, 2018, Garrick E.R. Recker, a/k/a “Curtis Lowe,” 28, of Lenzburg, Illinois, was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine offense, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today. Recker previously pled guilty to a one-count second superseding indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. His sentence includes eight years of supervised release and a $600.00 fine. The indictment alleged that the offense occurred between 2015 and April 2017, in Perry, Randolph, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Recker was involved with numerous other persons in the distribution of ice in southern Illinois. Ice is methamphetamine with a purity level of at least 80%. At sentencing, the district court found that Recker was responsible for the distribution of over three kilograms of ice. Recker’s sentence was enhanced because he recklessly endangered others during an October 2016 pursuit in Monroe County. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Drug Tactical Unit, Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois, Chester Police Department, Coulterville Police Department, Belleville Police Department, Lenzburg Police Department, Perry County (Missouri) Sheriff’s Office, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Randolph County States Attorney’s Office and the Monroe County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

MISSOURI MAN LANDS 15-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR SOUTHERN ILLINOIS METHAMPHETAMINE OFFENSE On May 17, 2018, Derek L. Sumpter, a/k/a “Doucher,” 31, of Oak Ridge, Missouri, was sentenced to federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine offense, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today. Sumpter, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count second superseding indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, was sentenced to 188 months of imprisonment to be followed by four years on supervised release. He was also fined $400.00. The indictment alleged that the offense occurred between 2015 and April 2017, in Perry, Randolph, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Sumpter was involved with numerous other persons in the distribution of ice. Ice is methamphetamine which has a purity level of at least 80%. At sentencing, the district court found that Sumpter was responsible for the distribution of over 423 grams of ice. Five co-defendants have already been sentenced to prison for their roles in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Four additional co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Drug Tactical Unit, Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois, Chester Police Department, Coulterville Police Department, Belleville Police Department, Lenzburg Police Department, Perry County (Missouri) Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Randolph County States Attorney’s Office and the Monroe County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

Public Safety Announcement Randolph County Coroner Carlos J. Barbour, Sheriff Shannon L. Wolff and State’s Attorney Jeremy R. Walker would like to share a new trend in the county regarding the excessive use of anti-diarrheal over the counter medication. While this may not seem like a public safety issue, the active ingredient in an anti-diarrheal is a substance by the name of Loperamide (commonly knows an Imodium). Loperamide is a synthetic opioid, which has proven to be fatal when taken in large quantities. We have seen a spike in people buying and/or shop lifting items with this ingredient for people to consume them and experience a “high.” Unfortunately, one person has succumbed to an overdose in Randolph County as a result of this substance. Therefore, we are asking individuals to monitor the use of this substance in their households. Additionally, we would suggest businesses to consider moving items containing this substance behind the counter to combat excessive purchase or thefts, or otherwise at least have a discussion with management regarding the best practices to combat the rise in consumption of Loperamide. Finally, law enforcement officers have been advised to be aware of this issue and look for evidence of overuse of this substance during traffic stops, just as any narcotic or illegal substance. We are not trying to alarm anyone or cause any inconvenience to those whom need to use this substance. However, we also want to do what we can to avoid having anyone else pass way or become injured by excessive use of this item. Carlos J. Barbour Shannon L. Wolff Jeremy R. Walker

The Randolph County Sheriff's Office congratulates Deputy Nick Rinehart on his successful completion SWIC Police Academy. Deputy Rinehart began his field training on 05-07-18..

This week is National Correctional Officer Week and I want to take this time to thank the outstanding men and women that serve on the Randolph County Sheriff's Office jail staff. They work long hours in a very stressful and dangerous job. They are a very important part of the law enforcement community and we thank them for their service.

Sheriff Shannon Wolff presents the Illinois Sheriffs' Association Scholarship award to Calvin Clendenin. Calvin was selected to receive one of the 112 $500.00 scholarships awarded by the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association for the 2018-2019 school year. The scholarship has been awarded for demonstrating outstanding scholastic, extra-curricular and character qualifications. The winner was chosen by local educators. Clavin is the son of Roger and Eleanor Clendenin.

RANDOLPH COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS ON METHAMPHETAMINE OFFENSE On May 3, 2018, Joseph S. Hatley, 39, of Tilden, Illinois, was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Hatley’s federal sentence was ordered to run consecutively to any previously imposed state sentence. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Hatley was involved with other persons in the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in Southern Illinois. Co-defendants Dyllan Wayland and Colty Peak were previously sentenced to 100 months’ imprisonment and 140 months’ imprisonment, respectively, for their roles in the conspiracy. The one-count superseding indictment to which Hatley previously pled guilty charged that the conspiracy occurred between November 2013 and August 2015, in Perry, Randolph, Monroe, Jackson and St. Clair Counties. At sentencing, the district judge found Hatley responsible for the distribution of 1.76 kilograms of methamphetamine and 283.5 grams of ice. Ice is methamphetamine which has a purity level of at least 80%. Hatley was also found responsible for the unlawful possession of 28.8 grams of pseudoephedrine. His sentence was enhanced based on his reckless endangerment of others during an August 18, 2015 police pursuit in Monroe County. This case is part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Percy Police Department, Steeleville Police Department, Sparta Police Department, and Illinois Department of Corrections. The Randolph County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

On March 14th the Monroe-Randolph Regional Office of Education hosted a School Safety Communication and Planning meeting. Monroe and Randolph County Sheriff's presented on threat responses and crisis response to active shooting events. The Regional Superintendent of schools presented a vision and plan for engaging student in 4E training with Tier One Tactical.

Members of the Randolph County Sheriff's Office and the Steeleville and Chester police Departments presented the 4-E Active Shooter referesher course to the faculty and staff of St. Mark's Lutheran and Steeleville Public schools.