Springfield, Illinois – On November 8, 2019, around 9:08 a.m., Springfield Police located two individuals at a pawn shop trying to sell stolen items from Menards.
Police report that Sara S. Ruff, age 41, was waiting in the car at Menards, located at 2701 Marketplace Dr., while her boyfriend, Bruce M. Oberg, age 36, stole some items. Sara was later found at Monster Pawn, trying to sell the stolen items, while her boyfriend, Bruce, waited in the car. The items were worth more than $650.00. According to police, Sara was accused of pawning over a thousand dollars in stolen items over the past week.
Sara and Bruce were both taken to the Sangamon County Jail. Sara was booked for Retail Theft (Takes possession of property over $300), a class 3 felony. Bruce was booked for Retail Theft, a class 3 felony.
On November 10, 2019, Sara was released from the Sangamon County Jail, without charges, on her own recognizance. Her boyfriend Bruce, was charged, two days later, with Retail Theft. His bond was set at $25,000, with 10 percent to apply. So he would need to pay $2,500 to be released. According to officials with the Sangamon County Jail, Bruce is no longer in custody.
According to records, Sara was a Taylorville, Illinois Attorney. According to reports, Sara and her now ex-husband, Richard Ruff, were arrested and charged on May 22, 2013 for possession of a controlled substance. The arrest occurred after Taylorville Police searched their Taylorville home and found hypodermic syringes, packaging material, a digital scale and purported heroin. Sara pleaded guilty in December 2013 to possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 felony. She received 2 years probation and 30 hours of community service.
According to The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Sara’s law license are currently suspended for a specified period of time and until further order of the Court. A suspension until further order of the Court reflects a determination that the lawyer has engaged in misconduct and that the misconduct warrants an interruption of the lawyer’s authority to practice law during the suspension period, which is a fixed period of time identified in the Supreme Court’s order and until the lawyer has demonstrated rehabilitation, good character, and current knowledge of the law in a subsequent reinstatement case. The lawyer is not authorized to practice law during the period of the suspension.
According to The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Sara, was licensed in 2007. She was suspended for one year and until further order of the Court and until she makes certain restitution. She was convicted in state court of possession of a controlled substance (heroin). In addition, she failed to repay unearned fees or costs to three different clients.
Springfield, Illinois – Springfield Leaks can confirm that there is an active sexual assault investigation involving a 12 year old Franklin Middle School Student.
On November 4, 2019, around 7:53 a.m., Dontrell D. Banks, age 19, is accused of getting on to a school bus, with his little sister, headed to Franklin Middle School. When Dontrell arrived to Franklin Middle School, he immediately headed to the cafeteria and battered a 12 year old Franklin Middle School Student. When Dontrell was asked by police why he battered the 12 year old boy, he told police that the boy did something “vicious” to his little sister and he wasn’t going to get away with it. Dontrell was then arrested and charged with aggravated battery in a public place and his bond was set at $25,000. Today at Dontrell’s preliminary hearing, his Attorney, Lindsay Evans asked for his bond to be reduced. A Sangamon County Judge agreed, and released Dontrell on his own recognizance.
According to a Law Enforcement source, close to Springfield Leaks, there is a sexual assault investigation that is currently open and actively being investigated. Our Law Enforcement source confirmed to us that the investigation involves Dontrell’s sister and the 12 year old Franklin Middle School Student. The sexual assault took place at Jaycee Park located at 2400-2434 E. Monroe St.
In addition to the sexual assault investigation, an incident occurred on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Around 4:09 p.m., Springfield Police were called to the back Brandon Ct. for a fight that involved approximately 10 people. When police arrived, the fight was reported as being over and no arrests occurred. Springfield Police then contacted the Springfield Park District Police and two Park District Police Officers responded to Brandon Ct. According to our Law Enforcement source, we’re told that the fight occurred after the sexual assault and is related to the sexual assault investigation.
Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for more updates to this story.
Springfield, Illinois – Today, a Sangamon County Judge has ordered for the release of Dontrell D. Banks, age 19.
On November 4, 2019, around 7:53 a.m., Dontrell is accused of sneaking onto his sister’s school bus and entering into Franklin Middle School. When Dontrell arrived to Franklin Middle School, he immediately went to the cafeteria and battered a 12 year old Franklin Middle School Student.
Officers questioned Dontrell and asked him why he battered the 12 year old boy? Dontrell told the officer that the 12 year old boy did something “vicious” to his little sister and he wasn’t going to get away with it.
Today in court, at Dontrell’s Preliminary Hearing, Dontrell’s Attorney, Lindsay Evans, made a verbal motion to have Dontrell released on his own recognizance. The judge agreed and ordered for Dontrell to be released from the Sangamon County Jail without having to post bail.
Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for additional information regarding this story.
Springfield, Illinois: On November 6, 2019, Springfield Police were called to the 1400 block of E. Ash for a disturbance.
When Officers arrived to the residence, Vincent M. Williams, age 54, answered the door. Officers report that Vincent was hostile when answering the door. When the officers asked why they were called, Vincent told them that some “whore” called for no reason. Officers report that they attempted to calm Vincent down and asked him to sit down in a chair in the kitchen. Vincent then stood, while in the kitchen, and slammed the door in an aggressive manner. Officers asked Vincent again what had happened and Vincent told officers, “nothing, this “bitch” left me in Pawnee last night.”
Officers then spoke with the woman who called police. She was reported as being very shaken up and nervous around Vincent. Officers then spoke with her in another room and asked her what happened? The woman stated that Vincent had been drinking and he threw her to the ground and choked her out. The officer asked to see the woman’s neck, but noted that she did not have any visible injuries at the time. The woman continued in her statement and said that when Vincent choked her, she could not breathe and when she got back on her feet, Vincent cornered her and stated, “I’m not going back to jail for you.”
The woman told police that she is not in a dating relationship with Vincent and never have been. The woman stated that she had only been living there for the past year and a half.
The Officer reports that while he was going to his patrol car, Vincent yelled at him and asked him did he want to fight? The officer responded that he did not want to fight him.
When the Officer returned back into the residence, the woman told the Officer that Vincent stated he was going to take the officer’s gun and shoot him. The Officer then asked Vincent, “did you say you were going to take my gun and shoot me?” Vincent then asked the officer for his gun, and the officer said, “no Vincent.” The Officer then asked Vincent if he wanted to harm himself or others, and Vincent said, while clinching his fist, “no I want to kill you motherfucker.”
In the Officers report, the Officer noted that Vincent had made multiple comments to harm or shoot him and his partner. The officer then asked Vincent to stand up because he was under arrest for aggravated assault to a police officer. While attempting to place Vincent under arrest, Vincent pulled away from the Officer, and the Officer had to pull Vincent forward and on to the ground.
While en route to Sangamon County, Vincent asked the Officer if he had children or a family. According to the report, the officer did not respond to Vincent’s questions about his family or personal life. While the officer was filling out paperwork in his squad car, at the Sangamon County Jail, Vincent stated that he had a firearm and referred to it as a 40 (.40 cal. pistol). Vincent continued telling the officer, when you hear the pow pow, I’ll shoot you. After this comment, Vincent then told the officer “I wish I had my gun, I wish I had my gun. Bang bang you fucked with the wrong guy, you’re going to feel the pain.”
As Vincent was being walked into Sangamon County Jail, he then told the officer, “I’m going to find out where you live and you better hope I never run into you again.” The Officer reports that this was all recorded on his body worn camera.
On November 12, 2019, Vincent was charged by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office with threatening a public official, a class 3 felony.
Vincent, who is currently in the Sangamon County Jail, is being held on a $50,000 bond, and will have to pay $5,000 to be released.
Springfield, Illinois – A man who was the subject of a drug search warrant on August 23, 2019, is now in custody on a sealed federal arrest warrant.
Jason L. Craig, age 43, was booked into the Sangamon County Jail, yesterday, November 12, 2019, by U.S. Marshals. Currently, bond has not been set, and charges have not officially been unsealed in Federal Court.
Jason was the subject of a drug raid that occurred in the early morning hours on August 23, 2019. Officers with the Emergency Response Team (E.R.T) made entry into an apartment in the 2900 block of Normandy Road. After Officers detained Jason, a search was conducted by the Pro-Active Crime Unit (P.A.C.).
According to a law enforcement source close to Springfield Leaks, the P.A.C. Team set up two controlled drug buys of crack cocaine from Jason. The controlled drug buys allowed officers to secure a search warrant for the apartment in the 2900 block of Normandy Road.
When officers searched the apartment, they found approximately 17 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 14 grams of suspected powder cocaine, and approximately 495 grams of suspected cannabis. Officers with E.R.T. reported when they made entrance into the apartment, Jason was sitting on a recliner that had the crack and powder cocaine inside of it.
Officers also found a .38 caliber revolver, which was found next to a jar with the suspected cannabis, inside a compartment under the bed in the bedroom. $1,700 in cash, a Pyrex measuring cup with suspected cocaine residue and a digitalscale was also found.
Jason was taken to the Springfield Police Department to talk with Officers, but he told officers he didn’t want to talk.
Jason was then taken to the Springfield Police Department and booked for pending charges of: Armed violence (Class 1 felony), manufacturing and or delivery of a controlled substance (Class X felony), Unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon (Class 3 felony), Possessing a firearm without a FOID card (Class 3 felony), and possession of cannabis over 100 grams and under 500 grams (Class 4 felony).
Jason bonded out of jail by paying $30,000, which was 10 percent of his $300,000 bond.
Although Jason was released from the Sangamon County Jail, after posting bond, he was never charged in Sangamon County Court. Since these federal charges are currently sealed, it is unknown at this time if Jason is being charged in Federal Court as a result of this search warrant.
Springfield, Illinois – On October 22, 2019, around midnight, Springfield Police were called to the 500 block of White City Blvd for a shots fired call.
When officers arrived, they located shell casings outside of an Apartment Complex. Officers also seen a door to the Apartment Complex open. Inside the Apartment complex was a male, sitting on the steps, smoking weed. The male was identified as Treyvon M. Holder, age 18.
The officer reported that it appeared that Treyvon had an object in his right front pocket. Treyvon was asked to stand up and was patted down for weapons. During the pat down, officers asked Treyvon if he had anything on him, and he told officers, “Yes, I have a gun.”
A 9 MM Ruger was located in Treyvon’s right front pocket. Upon a search of the guns serial number, it was discovered that the gun was stolen from Menard County. When Treyvon, who according to records does not have a FOID Card, was asked about the shooting, it is reported that he admitted to firing 4-5 shots from the gun.
Treyvon was taken to the Sangamon County Jail and has been charged with possession of a stolen firearm, a class 2 felony, possession of a firearm without a FOID Card, a class A misdemeanor and reckless discharge of a firearm, a class 4 felony. Treyvon’s bond was set at $30,000.
Treyvon is no longer in the Sangamon County Jail, according to records.
Springfield, Illinois – According to a law enforcement source, close to Springfield Leaks, Springfield Police are investigating a report of a Springfield Substitute Teacher, who became physically violent towards Feitshans Elementary Students on Friday, November 8, 2019.
Springfield Leaks can confirm that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was contacted and a police report was made. According to our source, a call went out from Feitshans Elementary School to certain parents. In the phone call, it was disclosed that a substitute teacher lost his temper and he had to be escorted off the property. Pictures were taken of the students by Springfield Police.
The substitute teacher was not arrested at the time, but it has been confirmed to us, by a law enforcement source, that one student stated he scratched her, but additional students accused the substitute teacher of physical violence too. The Substitute Teacher was also accused of yelling and calling students, “fucking liars.” Springfield School District 186 did confirm that they addressed the situation and released the following statement to us, “We cannot discuss personnel or student matters, but we acted swiftly to address the situation. Substitute teachers are not employees of District 186. They are licensed through the Sangamon County Regional Office of Education (ROE). ROE requires a background check as part of the licensing process. Once they are licensed by ROE, they are eligible to be a substitute anywhere in Sangamon County. Once an individual provides proof of licensure to District 186, they can be placed on our eligible sub list. Substitutes are assigned on a daily basis by an external sub placement service with whom we contract. They can be removed from our list of eligible substitutes at any time.”
According to our law enforcement source, we can confirm that there is an “open and active” investigation.
Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for additional updates.