BREAKING: Bunn-O-Matic is on a Soft Lockdown after threats made

A Sheriff car sit at Bunn-O-Matic, located at 1400 Adlai Stevenson Dr.

Springfield, Illinois – We can confirm that Bunn-O-Matic, located at 1400 Adlai Stevenson Dr., is on a soft lockdown due to threats made against the employees. Currently there is a Sheriff sitting at the business as extra protection.

According to an active employee, who didn’t want to go on record because they were not authorized to speak, the employee tells us that due to the soft-lockdown only verified employees are allowed in and out of the main entrance.

“An employee was fired and it hasn’t been totally confirmed but he allegedly made threats so they are taking precautions,” the employee said. “Someone said they heard the fired employee make some kind of threatening comments. Whether or not he actually did is in question.”

We also reached out to a Bunn-O-Matic company spokeswoman on her cell phone but she didn’t answer. After a Springfield Leaks reporter identified himself to her via text, she responded once, and stopped responding after we inquired about the soft lockdown.

A call and text was also placed to Bunn-O-Matic CEO, Arthur Bunn.

Sangamon County Sheriff also told us that they are now working off-duty Security at Bunn-O-Matic and that the security arrangement started this morning.

We will update this article with more information as we get it.

NO visits allowed at the Sangamon County jail after 3 jail employees tests positive for COVID-19

Springfield, Illinois – Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office announced that three employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Sheriff’s Office released the following press release:

“Yesterday, July 29th, the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office had two Correctional Officers test positive for Covid 19.  Neither employee experienced any symptoms while on duty and neither had been in the facility since July 24th.  Today, a third Correctional Officer, whom has not been in the facility since July 27th, tested positive for the virus, initiating a declaration of an outbreak by the Sangamon County Department of Public Health. 

At this time, the positive cases are limited to those three employees, no other employees have reported symptoms or tested positive.  No inmates show any signs of the virus.  Effective immediately the Sheriff’s Office and the Jail will return to the same state of preparedness and prevention that we instituted back in March.  These include mostly internal operations, but the public should know there will be no visitations allowed at the jail until further notice. It should be noted that since March 13th, when we initially instituted some protections, the Sheriff’s Office has booked in 1745 inmates.”

Saputo’s Italian Restaurant Employee tests positive for COVID-19

Saputo’s Italian Restaurant located at 801 E. Monroe St.

Springfield, Illinois – Another restaurant employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

An employee at Saputo’s Italian Restaurant, located at 801 E Monroe St., has tested positive for COVID-19.

We reached out to co-owner of Saputo’s, Mike Coffey Jr., by cell phone and he confirmed that the employee did test positive. “That is true, an employee who hadn’t worked for about 5-6 days told us (Monday), and informed the other employees, that he had contracted COVID-19… yes that is true.”

Although Saputo’s is regularly opened on Monday’s, Coffey said he decided to shut down on Monday for several reasons. “One because of that (COVID-19 employee) and we done a thorough cleaning. Got peerless doing a cleaning there as well and then there was a construction project right in front of the building.”

Coffey said that the COVID-19 positive employee had been to Florida several times, although he’s not exactly sure where the employee might have contracted COVID-19.

When asked if other employees were tested for COVID-19, he confirmed that they had been and their test results were negative.

Dine-in and take out service will not change as a result of the COVID-19 employee. “We like as many dine-ins to come in as possible during this,” said Coffey. “Things aren’t great downtown.”

Springfield Owner of DJ’s Cafe: “Fuck George Floyd!!! You were a fucking criminal and a fucking thug!!!”

(Left Center) John Price – Owner of DJ’s Cafe which is located at 915 W. Laurel St., in Springfield, Illinois

Springfield, Illinois – The owner of a Springfield restaurant is under fire after posting a Facebook status regarding George Floyd, a black man, who was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota by four Minneapolis police officers.

The owner of DJ’s Cafe, John Price, recently posted on Facebook, “Fuck George Floyd!!! Your were a fucking criminal and a fucking thug!!! Yes you died of whatever!!! Your a piece of shit from the get go, you all can suck a bag of dicks if you think a pause in the game was worth his life, hate me all you want!!! Rant over!!!”

DJ’s Cafe is located at 915 W. Laurel St. According to their Facebook page, they have been in business since 1975.

Stay tuned to this article for more updates.

Springfield Leaks announces “LIVE from Sangamon County Jail” in partnership with Ray Lytle’s Morning Disaster

Springfield, Illinois – We are announcing a collaboration with Ray Lytle’s Morning Disaster show, a daily internet & podcast, to present “LIVE from Sangamon County Jail.”

The collaboration will allow Sangamon County Jail inmates to speak on Ray Lytle’s Morning Disaster show which will be broadcasted “LIVE” on Springfield Leaks.

The show will allow inmates to speak freely regarding their reason of incarceration, jail/court conditions, and life events that led to them being behind bars.

This collaboration comes after receiving a petition (CLICK HERE TO READ PETITION) signed by several Sangamon County Jail inmates who have said that they’ve had enough with being blocked from having a speedy trial, limited responses from the Sangamon County Public Defender’s Office, and jail conditions.

Our first caller, who’ve we’ve already spoke with, will be featured live at 9:00 a.m., tomorrow, on Ray Lytle’s Morning Disaster. We will not reveal the callers identity until they’re live on the show. Below this paragraph is a snippet of the conversation we had with the Sangamon County Jail Inmate.

A snippet of the the conversation with a Sangamon County Jail Inmate

Since the interview will be live streamed, readers will also be able to comment in real time.

In addition, we are encouraging anyone who is in Sangamon County Jail and would like to speak on the program – reach out to us.

Sangamon County Coroner tested positive for COVID-19

Springfield, Illinois – Sangamon County Coroner, Jim Allmon, has announced that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Allmon released the following statement:

On or about July 9th I became ill while on vacation, out of state, with my family. My symptoms consisted of nausea and vomiting, I had no respiratory symptoms. I decided to come home early from  vacation and self-quarantine. I went to get tested for COVID-19 on July 13th after symptoms continued and speaking to my doctor’s office. That test came back positive. Since the day I was tested, I self-isolated at home and followed recommendations from the health department and CDC until I was released to go back to work (ten days from the onset of symptoms was July 19th).

At this time my exact original contact exposure with the COVID-19 virus is unknown. Although I have been asymptomatic since July 15th, I have not been at the Sangamon County Building since July 7th before I left for vacation. This was my first day back to work in my office. The last few weeks I have worked remotely from home and followed the Department of Public Health’s guidelines and cooperated with their contact tracing. I have since made a full recovery and I was released by the health department last week. It is extremely difficult to discuss my personal health information publicly, but if sharing my experience with the public can help in some way, I feel it is my duty to do so. As I have often said, I would like to continue to stress the importance of social distancing, using universal precautions and wearing a mask when it is appropriate. We must all do our part in the community to not only protect those at hi risk but also to keep the virus load from effecting our school systems, economy, and our businesses.

I hope this transparency about my experience can be a teachable moment for someone else as it was for me.

Fourth City of Springfield Employee tests positive for COVID-19

Springfield, Illinois – We can confirm that an employee at the City Water, Light and Power Engineering Department has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a City of Springfield employee, the COVID-19 positive employee works at the 1008 E. Miller St. location.

This employee is the fourth City of Springfield Employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. The other three employees, who tested positive for COVID-19, works at the CWLP Public Works Garage located at 301 N. 17th St.

Stay tuned to this article for updates.

Fourth City of Springfield Employee tests positive for COVID-19

Springfield, Illinois – We can confirm that an employee at the City Water, Light and Power Engineering Department has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a City of Springfield employee, the COVID-19 positive employee works at the 1008 E. Miller St. location.

This employee is the fourth City of Springfield Employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. The other three employees, who tested positive for COVID-19, works at the CWLP Public Works Garage located at 301 N. 17th St.

Stay tuned to this article for updates.

Heritage Health Staff Member(s) tests positive for COVID-19

Heritage Health, located at 900 N. Rutledge

Springfield, Illinois – We can confirm that staff member(s) of Heritage Health, a long term care facility, has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a mailed letter, received by a family member of a Heritage Health resident, the letter says the following:

“Dear Family Member or Responsible Party,

Our healthcare climate changes daily as the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues throughout our state and our country.

Heritage Health – Springfield has received confirmation that we have had the following in our building:

Additional positive test results for staff member(s)

In accordance with The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and our local health department we are reporting this information to you in written format and in line with the latest communication guidance. We aim to keep you informed as new information that affects our residents and staff materializes in our building regarding COVID-19. Our staff will also verbally notify you.

Both the IDPH and the local health departments have been informed of our confirmed positives. We work with both agencies to prevent and reduce the risk of the virus in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Upon confirmation of the above positive test results, we follow a specific COVID-19 plan and move residents who have tested positive to specifically designated areas of the building based on their positive or pending test results and their symptoms. Additionally, we continue to follow our stringent infection prevention measures such as universal masking for our staff, masking requirements for residents while outside of their room, the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand hygiene protocols, social distancing and multiple screenings for temperature/symptoms of staff during each shift.

As a reminder: another way to keep you informed is a dedicated page set up on our website for residents’ families to check regularly for additional updates and messages from me. You can view that page here: https://www.heritageofcare.com/springfield/updates

This is a time of challenge with visitor restrictions set forth by the IDPH in early March and changing guidelines to accommodate the lates developments affected by the virus. We thank you for your extreme patience and understanding during this time.”

Springfield Home Instead Senior Care Office Staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Springfield, Illinois – We have learned that a an office staff member of Home Instead Senior Care has tested positive for COVID-19.

Home Instead Senior Care, located at 2055 W Iles Ave suite H, provides in-home care to seniors.

According to an email, sent today to Home Instead employees, it says:

“We have been contacting some of you today to let you know that there has been a change in how we are going to do introductions and start of care.

One of our office staff members has tested positive for COVID-19 but she is doing fine and has very mild symptoms. We are proceeding with extreme caution for the safety of our clients and not doing face to face introductions or start of care. All of these will be done virtually. Please remember how precious our clients are so always wear your mask, take your temperature before and after shifts and wash your hands frequently.

If you have any questions, please contact the office at 217-547-1300. While we would prefer to be “up close and personal” with all of you and our clients, we may have to operate in this fashion until the COVID crisis is over. Don’t hesitate to call us if you need masks, gloves, thermometers, etc. We will do our very best to keep you and our clients safe.

In speaking with the Health Department today, we were told to really be careful if you feel like you are getting a cold. They told us that over half of the people they are seeing do not run a fever, they just feel like they have a cold and then the next thing they notice is lack of taste. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones!”