Pittsfield Police Department

  • Agency: Pittsfield Police Department
  • Address: 219 N Monroe St, Pittsfield, 62363 IL
  • Chief: Dennis Jennings (Chief of Police)
Phone: 217-285-5011
Fax: (217) 285-4485

Pittsfield Police Department is located at 219 N Monroe St, Pittsfield, 62363 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Dennis Jennings. The Pittsfield Police Department phone number is 217-285-5011.

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Saint Louis MO. 10:52 AM CST Fri Nov 9 2018 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Brief intense snow showers with gusty winds 25-30 mph could reduced visibility below a quarter mile at times. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch with isolated 1-2 inches possible. * WHERE...Portions of central, east central and northeast Missouri and west central and southwestern Illinois. * WHEN...Until 9 PM CST this evening. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions and extremely low visibilities at times. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.

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Any donations received from J. Roberts Jewelers will be utilized in the new PPD school resource officer program.

City of Pittsfield Trick or Treat

Monday, October 15, 2018 PRESS RELEASE For immediate release or publication Pittsfield Police Chief Kenneth Yelliott releases the following information about a recent aggravated assault and disorderly conduct arrest. On Sunday, October 14, 2018, at approximately 12:30am, the Pittsfield Police Department responded to a fight in progress at Casey’s General Store, East Washington Street, Pittsfield. Officers learned an altercation previously took place with a knife displayed by Miguel A. Perez, age 29, of Pittsfield. No injuries occurred. Arrested at the scene was Miguel A. Perez on charges of Aggravated Assault and Disorderly Conduct. A second arrest for Disorderly Conduct was Tomas P. Perez, age 22, of Pittsfield. Both subjects were lodged in the Pike County Jail. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police assisted with the investigation. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release or publication Pittsfield Police Chief Kenneth Yelliott releases the following information about a recent vehicle vs. pedestrian crash. On Friday, September 28, 2018, at approximately 6:41am, the Pittsfield Police Department responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian traffic crash that occurred at the intersection of West Washington and North Clinton Streets. Driver of a pick-up truck, Walter A. Nichols, age 73, of Pittsfield, IL was stopped at a stop sign southbound on Clinton preparing to turn eastbound on Washington Street. Pedestrian, Ryan J. Hamann, age 44, of Quincy, IL was walking northbound near Clinton Street preparing to walk across West Washington. As Hamann was walking across the street, Nichols turned onto Washington Street striking Hamann. Hamann was transported to Illini Community Hospital by the Pike County Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The crash investigation continues. The Pike County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation. This crash is the first personal injury accident in the City of Pittsfield in approximately 5 years. Chief Kenneth G. Yelliott

Thanks to retired Officer, Wayne Frisbie for his 26 years of service to the City if Pittsfield. Have fun Fishing!

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Saturday, August 18, 2018 PRESS RELEASE For immediate release or publication On August 18, 2018, a report was made to the Pittsfield Police Department of a possible attempted child abduction that allegedly occurred at Wal-Mart in Pittsfield on August 17, 2018. Officers conducted a thorough investigation into the incident which included reviewing surveillance camera footage at Wal-Mart. The investigating officer recognized the alleged suspect as a local Pittsfield resident. An interview was conducted with the alleged suspect. Based on the review of footage at Wal-Mart, the allegation of an attempted child abduction is not substantiated. The alleged suspect’s name will not be released since no crime was committed. Thank You, Chief Kenneth G. Yelliott

Road closure.

Arrest scams continue. Example of Voicemail left on victim’s phone, at the bottom of post. These scams use threats designed to frighten you into handing over your money, and can even include threats to your life. The scammer may call you and pressure you into paying immediately, threaten you with arrest, or say they will send the police to your house if you refuse. Scammers will also send emails claiming you owe money for things like a speeding fine, tax office debt or unpaid bill. Hang up. Do not give any information, or return any calls. Example of Voicemail left on victims phone. Click link below to listen https://drive.google.com/open?id=19tMkkXcBo1YcNPJiSN77bzVa2lj2Paq8

Threat of Arrest Scams These scams use threats designed to frighten you into handing over your money, and can even include threats to your life. The scammer may call you and pressure you into paying immediately, threaten you with arrest, or say they will send the police to your house if you refuse. Scammers will also send emails claiming you owe money for things like a speeding fine, tax office debt or unpaid bill. Scammers have been known to target vulnerable people, such as the elderly and newly arrived migrants. They will often impersonate government officials from agencies such as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Department of Human Services or IRS. Warning signs • You receive a call out of the blue from someone claiming to be from a government department, debt collection agency or trusted company. • You may be left a message on your answering machine asking you to ring a number. • The caller will tell you that in order to resolve the matter you will need to pay a fee or fine. • The caller may ask for your personal information such as your passport details, date of birth or bank information. • The caller may claim the police will come to your door and arrest you if you do not pay the fee or fine immediately. Protect yourself • Don’t be pressured by a threatening caller. Stop, think and check whether their story is true. • A government agency or trusted company will never ask you to pay by unusual methods such as by gift or store cards, iTunes vouchers, wire transfers or Bitcoins. • If you receive a phone call from someone threatening you and asking you to pay a fee, hang up and do not respond. • Don’t use any contact details provided by the caller. Verify their identity by calling the relevant organization directly—find them through an independent source such as a phone book, past bill or online search. • Do not respond to texts or emails. If you do, the scammers will escalate their intimidation and attempts to get your money. • Never send money or give credit card details, online account details or personal information to anyone you don’t know or trust and never by email or over the phone. • If you are concerned for your safety, contact the police. If you have elderly friends and family please discuss this issue with them and make them aware of the situation, and give them information on what to do.

Due to the power outage on June 19, we have received some questions about driving through an intersection usually controlled by traffic lights, while the power is out. When approaching a 4 way intersection controlled by traffic lights, but the electricity has been lost or, the lights have malfunctioned and are not operating, consider the intersection uncontrolled. The 2018 Illinois Rules of the Road Handbook states “when two vehicles on different roadways reach an uncontrolled intersection at the same time. The vehicle on the left should yield to the vehicle on the right.” ARTICLE IX. RIGHT-OF-WAY (625 ILCS 5/11-901) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-901) Sec. 11-901. Vehicles approaching or entering intersection. (a) When 2 vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different roadways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.

Here are six tips to help you spot Publishers Clearing House scams: 1. PCH Doesn't Email or Call Its Big Winners If you receive an email, a telephone call, or a bulk mail letter saying that you've won a big prize from PCH, it's a scam. According to the PCH website: "All PCH prizes of $500 or greater are awarded by either certified or express letter or in person by our famous Prize Patrol at our option." So you know that if you receive a prize notification by any other method than certified mail or an in-person award, you are being scammed. 2. You Never Have to Pay to Receive a Legitimate PCH Win Scammers extort money from you in exchange for a promise of a prize that never materializes. The truth is you never, ever have to pay to receive a sweepstakes prize, from Publishers Clearing House or any other company. 3. Don't Give Out Confidential Information When You Enter You don't have to give Publishers Clearing House your address, bank account number, driver’s license number, or any other confidential information when you first enter. You may have to fill out an affidavit to verify eligibility if you win, but not when you first enter or when you are first notified that you are a winner. 4. A Check Doesn't Mean You've Won Scammers sometimes make it appear that you're not "really" paying for your prize by handing over a check and asking you to send back some of the money. After all, they're providing the funds, right? Wrong. Those checks aren't legitimate, and you'll be left holding the bill. Read about check scams for more information. 5. Do Your Research Before You Respond There are some steps that you can take to verify your prize wins. Some of them include never, ever paying money to receive a prize and using Google to search for similar win notifications that have been reported to consumer organizations as scams. Before you respond to any notifications, take these steps to protect yourself 6. You Can Always Verify Your Wins With Publishers Clearing House If you have checked the steps above and you're still not sure if your win notice is legitimate, you can contact PCH directly at 1-800-392-4190 to ask them to verify your prize. Do NOT use the telephone numbers or email addresses included in your win notice; scammers fake that information to trick their victims.

Mihkel Teder is a salesman with Southwestern Advantage. His peddlers permit with the City of Pittsfield has been revoked.

Scam Alert A Pittsfield Convenience store was a victim of a scam on May 10, 2018. At approximately 3:00 AM the store’s sole employee received a phone call from an individual claiming to be a Federal Law Enforcement authority. The caller convinced the employee to activate prepaid credit cards. Chief Yelliott reminds citizen to be on the alert for scam artist posing as police. If you really are in trouble with the law, you will know it. More information with common scam and frauds can be found at the following links. http://www.pittsfieldpolice.org/scams.html https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/

May 10, 2018 The following information has been given to the Pittsfield Police Department from a local convenience store. Several convenience stores have had a group of individuals using fraudulent credit cards to purchase cartons of cigarettes (mainly Newport) beer and lottery tickets. These individuals have sometimes shown photo ID to match the name on the credit cards. The individuals are coming in 1 to 2 at a time, but the group may consist of up to 5 or more people. Subjects May be driving a maroon Jeep Cherokee or a light colored sedan. These subjects have been seen in Macomb, Camp Point and Pittsfield stores. Please see attached photos of some of the individuals Please review the photos, and if you have any information on the identity of the subjects please contact us at 217-285-5011 or at CRIME Stoppers 217-285-1500

On April 5th, 2018 a Pittsfield Police Officer initiated an investigation resulting with the seizure of over 767 grams of synthetic cannabinoids. The officer conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle in the 1300 block of West Washington Street. The driver was Ryan T Waters, age 42, of Troy, MO and a passenger was Michael O. Frye, age 60, of Troy, MO. Ryan T. Waters drivers license was revoked in the State of Missouri. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 96 separate packages of suspected synthetic cannabinoids. The investigation indicated the subjects purchased the substance in Springfield, IL and was enroute to Troy Mo. The substance was submitted to the Il State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Recently, the Crime Lab presented a report indicating the substance was, in fact, an Unlawful Controlled Substance. On April 30, 2018, a warrant of arrest was issued for Waters and Frye with a $10,000 bond each. Both subjects are still at large. Chief Yelliott reminds citizens that synthetic cannabnoids can cause health effects that can be unpredictable and harmful -- even life threatening. More information concerning cannabinoids can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health website. http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis/synthetic-cannabinoids

National Drug Take back Day event hosted by County Market in Pittsfield From 10am - 2 PM. Take any unwanted or outdated prescription medications to County Market between 10a-2pm