Kewanee Police Department

  • Agency: Kewanee Police Department
  • Address: 401 East Third Street, Kewanee, 61443 IL
  • Chief: James F Dison (Chief of Police)
Phone: 309-853-1911
Fax: 309-852-0948
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Kewanee Police Department is located at 401 East Third Street, Kewanee, 61443 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is James F Dison. The Kewanee Police Department phone number is 309-853-1911.

Kewanee Police Department News

Today we welcomed Irving School students to the Kewanee Police Department. Three groups came in and were able to view the Police Department, the Fire Department and City Hall. The Fire Department showed the kids how high the aerial ladder could go so we felt the need to show them how high our drone could go. It was great to see the youth so excited to meet Firefighters and Police Officers!

The Kewanee Police Department was presented with some great desserts and snacks by these young members from the First Presbyterian Church in Kewanee on Sunday afternoon. Students from their Sunday school program wanted to present these treats to officers as a way to say thank you for helping people.The children are pictured with Officer Gearhart. Thanks again!

NO CHARGES FOR CENTRAL SCHOOL INCIDENT On September 25th, 2018, the Kewanee Police Department was dispatched to Central School to speak with a mother that advised her son was struck by a teacher during class on the previous day. The responding officer spoke to the mother, the son, the principal, the superintendent, and the teacher. An initial report was completed and transferred to our investigations division. Our detectives reviewed body camera footage showing the statements gathered by the responding officer and reviewed the investigation results conducted by the school administration officials to include the statements from the other children present in the classroom during the alleged incident. The detectives then gave their findings to the Henry County State’s Attorney Office. After reviewing and discussing the case with the Henry County State’s Attorney, Matt Schutte, it was determined there was no probable cause to file any criminal charges against the teacher or other school officials. Detectives notified the mother and the school officials of the decision not to file criminal charges in the matter.

STREET CRIMES UNIT SEIZES ALMOST 2 LBS OF METH On Sunday September 23rd, the Kewanee Street Crimes Unit wrapped up a drug investigation in Kewanee which culminated with a search warrant that netted two arrests. The search warrant was executed by members of the Henry County Special Operations Squad on apartment #30 of Lakeland Terrace apartment complex, which is operated by the Henry County Housing Authority. Three small children and two adults were located inside of the apartment. After securing the occupants, officers and detectives conducted a thorough search. They located and seized almost 2 pounds of methamphetamine. The approximately 860 grams of methamphetamine has a potential street value of over $68,000. Officers also located smaller amounts of cocaine, ecstasy, and Xanax in the apartment. The two individuals arrested and charged with the drugs were identified as Jewel Coulter (29) and Brytteny Rhymes (26) both of Kewanee, Illinois. Coulter and Rhymes were each charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine 400-900 grams, conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine 400-900 grams, possession of methamphetamine 400-900 grams, possession with intent to deliver 1-15 grams of cocaine, possession with the intent to deliver 10-15 pills of ecstasy, and 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance. Coulter received an additional charge of obstructing justice by attempting to destroy evidence. The methamphetamine conspiracy charges are enhanced class X felonies and carry a potential sentence of 12-50 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections if convicted. Coulter was transported to the Henry County Jail and is currently being held on $500,000 bond. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for October 1st, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Henry County Courthouse in Cambridge, Illinois. Rhymes was released that evening with a notice to appear. She has a court date scheduled for her first appearance on October 15th, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Henry County Courthouse. The Kewanee Street Crimes Unit was assisted in the operation by the Blackhawk Area Task Force.

3 ARRESTED FOR ARSON AND BURGLARY The Kewanee Police Department made three felony arrests in connection to arson and a rash of recent burglaries to local businesses. In the early morning hours of September 18th, 2018, the Kewanee Fire Department and the Kewanee Police Department were dispatched to 340 Fifth Avenue for a report of a house fire. While enroute to the house fire, patrol officers were alerted to a burglary in progress at JoJo’s Gas Station on North Main Street in Kewanee. Patrol Officers went to the area of JoJo’s and located a suspect fleeing the scene. Officers were able to capture the fleeing suspect and placed him under arrest. The suspect was identified as John T. Sterling (19) of Kewanee, Illinois. A 16-year-old male juvenile and Shawna M. Jeanguenat (28) of Kewanee were also arrested for their roles in the burglary. Sterling and Jeanguenat were transported to the Henry County Jail. Sterling is being held on $150,000 bond. Jeanguenat is being held on $50,000 bond. The male juvenile was referred to juvenile probation and released to a guardian. Detectives from the investigations division were called in to assist with the subsequent investigation. Detectives learned the residence of the house fire belonged to a family member of Sterling. It was later determined that the house was set on fire to cause a diversion during the burglary. As a result, all three suspects were additionally charged with arson. Detectives also were able to tie Sterling and the male juvenile to 7 additional burglaries that occurred over the last six weeks at Kewanee businesses. The businesses were identified as Patty’s Barber Shop, Center City, Northeast Park, Dairy Queen, the Red Apple, the Station House, Cernovich’s Scrap Yard, and JoJo’s Gas Station. The formal charges for the 8 separate counts of burglary were filed with the Henry County State’s Attorney Office on Wednesday September 18th, 2018. Sterling was formally charged with 8 counts of burglary, 6 counts of theft, arson, possession of burglary tools, criminal damage to property, and resisting a peace officer. He was out on felony bond at the time of his arrest stemming from drug charges previously filed in connection to the burglary investigation. Those charges were filed on August 28th, 2018, and included manufacture or delivery of cannabis 30-500 grams, possession of cannabis 100-500 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia after police located approximately 410 grams of cannabis at his residence during a search warrant. Jeanguenat was formally charged with burglary, arson, and theft. The male juvenile was charged with 8 counts of burglary, 8 counts of theft, and arson. The burglary and arson charges are a class 2 felony and carry a potential sentence of 3-7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Sterling and Jeanguenat are both due in court for a preliminary hearing on October 1, 2018 at the Henry County Courthouse.

BIKE SALE 🚴‍♂️🚴‍♀️ Tonight at 5pm, we will be selling off all the excess bikes we have collected! Where: Kewanee Sale Barn.

BLACKHAWK AREA TASK FORCE AND KPD SEIZE METH AND A GUN On August 24th, 2018 the Blackhawk Area Task Force conducted a drug buy/bust operation with assistance from the Kewanee Police Department in Kewanee, Illinois. The operation resulted in the seizure of over 1 ounce of methamphetamine, a loaded 9mm handgun, digital scales, and other drug paraphernalia. Peter Dolieslager, 48 of Kewanee, Illinois was charged with the offenses of delivery of methamphetamine between 15 and 100 grams (Class X Felony), and possession of methamphetamine 15 to 100 grams (Class 1 Felony). The class X felony carries a potential sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Dolieslager was transported to the Henry County Jail. On September 4th, 2018, Dolieslager had a preliminary hearing at the Henry County Courthouse. Judge Terry Patton found probable cause to have the case move forward to trial. He is still being held at the Henry County Jail on $100,000 bond. Jack Capps, 40, of Altona, Illinois is also being sought for his connection to the methamphetamine delivery. Capps fled from agents during the drug bust operation and was not located. Capps now has a Henry County warrant for the offenses of meth conspiracy, possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and resisting a peace officer. Capps also has a valid warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections. He is considered to be armed and dangerous. Contact law enforcement immediately if you see Capps. Anyone with information to the whereabouts of Jack Capps, please call your local law enforcement agency or the Henry Crime Stoppers at 1-800-227-2324 or (309)937-2324.

The Kewanee Police Department and the Kewanee Fire Department would just like to show our gratitude to Mark Haun and Brian Belsky. This is the second year in a row that they have provided a free meal of homemade smoked BBQ as a way to show their appreciation for first responders on the anniversary of 9/11. They didn't do this for any recognition. In fact, it was a struggle to even have them take a picture with us for this post! We can't thank them enough. The generosity of Mark and Brian are prime examples of what makes living in small town great. They began smoking the food on Sunday night. They prepared 28 lbs of brisket, several lbs of pulled pork, 8 pork loins, 12 lbs of turkey, 8 full racks of ribs, baked beans, and coleslaw. And if you couldn't already tell by the pictures, the food tasted as amazing as it looks!

A big thank you to the Encounter Church of Kewanee for dropping off lunch to officers and dispatchers today at the Kewanee Police Department. Thank you for thinking of us!

Officer Boehm and Officer Peed got a chance to meet these great kids while on bike patrol during the Hog Days Parade 2018. Sam, Abbi, and Charlie Themanson were kind enough to give the officers they encountered bracelets that they made. Thanks again!

Two vehicles up on the auction block. Starting bids are at .99 cents for each vehicle. Auctions end next Wednesday, 08/22/18. https://www.ebay.com/itm/263880692910 & https://www.ebay.com/itm/263880703710

We have identified the person in the burglary video. Thank you to all that provided information! **Update: It was a family member that stopped by the residence and the owner did not recognize them with the hat on.

The Kewanee Police Department is seeking help in the identification of this individual and the vehicle pictured below. This person and the vehicle are suspected of being involved in a residential burglary that occurred in Kewanee, Illinois on June 2, 2018. It is believed there were multiple suspects involved in the burglary. Anyone with information reference this incident or is able to identify the suspects or the vehicle, please call the Kewanee Police Department at (309)853-1911 or Henry Crime Stoppers at 1-800-227-2324 or (309)937-2324

On July 3rd, 2018, the Kewanee Police Department, arrested James M. Caldwell (Age: 57) of Davenport, IA. Caldwell was arrested without incident and transported to the Henry County Jail on preliminary charges of Indecent Solicitation of a Child, Solicitation to Meet a Child, Grooming and Traveling to Meet a Minor. Caldwell is currently in custody of the Henry County Jail awaiting formal charges by the Henry County State’s Attorney Office.

The Kewanee Police Department is requesting the public's assistance identifying a suspect involved in a burglary to the American Legion. If you can identify the subject in the photos, please contact the Kewanee Police Department at 309-853-1911 or you can call Henry County Crimestoppers at 1-800-227-2324. -We know the image quality is low in these photos but it is the best that could be provided.

Congratulations Chief Disterhoft!

Up on the auction block! Bidding starts at .99 cents! https://www.ebay.com/itm/Matco-MB7535-Rollaway-Toolbox/263780777375

Dispatchers and police officers from the Kewanee Police Department recently conducted their annual Camp 911 for Irving School, Neponset School, Visitation Catholic School, and Wethersfield School. During Camp 911, the children are taught about the different aspects of public safety, the proper use of 911, bike safety, anti-bullying, and stranger danger. They also get to watch a presentation from our K-9, Rosco. All students that participate in Camp 911 receive a bag, t-shirt, magnets, notepads, and other miscellaneous items. Camp 911 is funded by donations from private donors, the Henry County ETSB, the Kewanee Fire Department, and the Kewanee Police Department. The camp is run by volunteers of Kewanee Police Department Dispatchers and Police Officers.

Kewanee Police Department News Release For Immediate Release The Kewanee Police Department is investigating two burglaries and two incidents of criminal damage to property that occurred during the early morning hours of May 5th. The department received an alarm call from the U.S. Cellular store located at 150 E. South St. at approximately 3:51am. The officers arrived and found entry had been made through a front window of the business and the suspect had attempted to access the safe but was unsuccessful. As officers were investigating the first alarm, they located a window broken out of the Verizon store a short distance away from the first store. The unknown suspect again attempted to make entry to the safe but was unsuccessful. The Kewanee Police department was notified at 6:09am that a window was broken out of the Community State Bank at 409 Tenney St. Officers also continued to check the area and found a window broke out at IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union at 337 Tenney St. Officers obtained the bank surveillance footage and observed the suspect pull in and exit the vehicle and break the window and then return to the vehicle without entering the buildings. The suspect was dressed in black clothing with their face covered. The vehicle description was a light colored import 4dr vehicle either silver or tan and the license plate had been intentionally obscured. It is believed that the same suspect was responsible for the four incidents. Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact the Kewanee Police Department at 309-853-1911 or CrimeStoppers of Henry County at 1-800-227-2324. The incident remains under investigation. Chief Ainley