Homeless Man found unresponsive behind Walmart in Springfield Illinois has died

Walmart located at 2760 N. Dirksen Pkwy

Springfield, Illinois – Ahmad Verdell, age 47, of Springfield was pronounced deceased at Memorial Medical Center on 11/08/2019 at 1:09 pm.




He was transported to the emergency room by EMS after being found unresponsive behind Walmart, located at 2760 N. Dirksen Pkwy.

Sangamon County Coroner, Cinda Edwards, performed an autopsy this morning and stated, “There were no signs of traumatic injury or hypothermia on the preliminary report. Family was able to be located and have been notified. The cause of death will be pending lab testing and histology which will be forthcoming in 3 to 4 weeks.”




It was first brought to Springfield Leaks attention about Mr. Verdell’s death, by a Facebook post shared on the Helping the Homeless in Springfield, IL Facebook page. The Facebook page is ran by Julie Bartlett Becker. Julie is the founder and president of “Helping the Homeless in Springfield, IL”. She also voluntarily works, without pay, with helping the homeless in Springfield.

The “Helping the Homeless in Springfield, IL” Facebook post is pictured below:

Facebook Post shared on the “Helping the Homeless in Springfield, IL”

Ward 8 Alderwoman, Erin Conley, also chimed in and stated in the comments of the Facebook Post, “Thank you for sharing this. Ahmad’s words at the city council meeting were touching because he was speaking so honestly from his heart. He gave a face to the painful struggles that can lead people to homelessness…and his dignity in the face of some truly awful comments that night stood out.
Julie (Bartlett Becker), I am so grateful for what you do to help people on an immediate and daily basis…and I hope you know that I will continue to work from the position I have on city council to support solutions that bring a positive change in our city. We can do better. We have to! Prayers for Ahmad, his family, and his friends that mourn him today.”

Ward 6 Alderwoman, Kristin DiCenso, who originally informed the public about Mr. Verdell’s death on her “Ward 6 Alderwoman Kristin DiCenso” Facebook Page said, “A true tragedy that shouldn’t happen in any community, let alone one the size of Springfield. We can ALL work with Helping Hands and Helping the Homeless in Springfield to find solutions.”




Source: IA recommended firing of SPD Officer after Illegal DUI traffic-stop of Ex-Friend

Rhet Spengel

Springfield, Illinois – Springfield Leaks has learned what actions a Springfield Police Officer had committed that may cost him his job.




Rhet Spengel, who the Springfield Police Department Internal Affairs (IA) Division has recommended for termination, is accused of conducting an illegal driving under the influence traffic stop.

On July 7, 2019, Spengel pulled over a 2014 Red Jeep, around 12:44 a.m., on N. Walnut St. and W. Washington St.

In the vehicle, according to a source, was Spengel’s ex-friend, Cory E. Hoedebecke. It is unknown to Springfield Leaks, at this time, why Spengel would pull over his ex-friend.

According to a leaked report to Springfield Leaks, Spengel wrote that Hoedebecke failed to make a complete stop at a stop light on 2nd and Jefferson St., after leaving a bar. Spengel continued in his report and stated that Hoedebecke’s speech was slurred, eyes bloodshot and pupils very constricted.




After the traffic stop, Hoedebecke was taken to the Sangamon County Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol and given two traffic tickets. One traffic ticket was for improper lane usage and the second ticket was for disobeying a traffic control device.

Eight days later, after the traffic stop, Springfield Attorney, Greg Sronce, took on the case.

Copies of text messages were provided to the Sangamon County States Attorney’s Office. The text messages were between Spengel and an unidentified woman. The unidentified woman, is also friends with Hoedebecke, and was with Hoedebecke on the night of the traffic stop. According to a source, who was able to view the text message exchange between the unidentified woman and Spengel, Spengel is questioning the woman, through text messages, and asking things, such as what kind of car is Hoedebecke driving and where is his location?

Originally, Hoedebecke wasn’t scheduled to appear in court for his driving under the influence charge until August 28, 2019, but a sudden turn of events with the courts took place. Cory’s DUI and accompanying traffic tickets, were immediately dismissed, before his original scheduled court date.

Cory’s attorney immediately filed a motion with the court to reverse his drivers license suspension and a hearing was scheduled for August 16, 2019. A day before the scheduled hearing, First Assistant State’s Attorney, Derek Dion, dismissed the DUI charge and the two traffic tickets. In addition to the dismissal of all charges, a Sangamon County Judge also reversed Hoedebecke’s driving suspension and ruled that there was no basis for the traffic stop.

At this time, it is up to the Chief of Police, Kenny Winslow, to agree with the termination of Spengel or to impose another form of discipline, such as suspension.

An unconfirmed report that Springfield Leaks received, stated that Chief Winslow has reversed the termination of Spengel and imposed a 45 days suspension.

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for updates.




A witness in a Springfield Woman’s Murder arrested for Crack Cocaine, Heroin and Ecstasy

Raymond Sobota – Age 44

Springfield, Illinois – Raymond Sobota, age 44, was arrested on October 30, 2019 on numerous pending drug charges.




A Grandview Police Officer pulled over a 2007 GMC Yukon on North Grand Ave and Stephens. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Raymond Sobota. The officer stated in his report that Raymond was arrested for driving while license suspended. When the officer did a cursory search of the GMC Yukon, he found cannabis, syringes, crack pipes, heroin, possible crack cocaine, ecstasy and $1,309.00. The officer also noted that Raymond admitted that the substance that appeared to be heroin, was in fact heroin.

Raymond was arrested and booked into the Sangamon County Jail for manufacturing and delivery of heroin and manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance, both class 1 felonies.




Raymond posted bond in the amount of $5,000 and was released from the Sangamon County Jail. At this time, he has not been charged by the Sangamon County States Attorney’s Office.

Raymond is also one of the primary witnesses to a fatal shooting that occurred on Sunday, July 28, 2019. Springfield Police, Sangamon County Sheriff’s Deputies, Illinois State Police and Grandview Police were called to 2100 block of E. North Grand for a shooting around 11:00 p.m. Miranda Goddard, who was the victim in this fatal shooting, was shot in the head. Dring the time of the fatal shooting, Raymond was in the house with Goddard.

The suspect accused of fatally shooting Miranda, is Corey M. Cathey, age 39. Corey was arrested several days later, after the shooting, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Corey is still in the Sangamon County Jail awaiting trial.




19 year old punched a 12 year old Franklin Middle School Student (Full Story)

Dontrell D. Banks – Age 19

Springfield, Illinois – Yesterday, around 7:53 a.m., a Springfield Police Officer was called to Franklin Middle School, located at 1200 Outer Park Drive, for a trespass report.




When the officer arrived, he met with an off-duty Springfield Police Officer in the guidance dean’s Office, along with the principal. In the office was Dontrell D. Banks, age 19.

The officer was told that Dontrell rode a yellow School Bus to Franklin Middle School, with his sister, who attends school there. Dontrell was wearing a green Franklin Middle School Hooded sweatshirt when he got on the bus. When Dontrell got off the bus, he headed to the cafeteria, where he battered a 12 year old boy.

The off-duty Officer stared that he heard there was a fight over his school radio, and he found Dontrell in the cafeteria.

The Officer asked Dontrell what happened and Dontrell told the officer he battered the boy because he did something “vicious” to his little sister and he wasn’t going to get away with it. While in the officer, the officer noted that Dontrell was wearing the sweatshirt, at the time, but he did have a book bag with him that had a green Franklin sweatshirt inside it.

Dontrell stated that the incident involving the boy and his sister happened over the weekend and the police were called. The officer noted, in his report, that he could not find any incidents that occurred over the weekend at Dontrell’s home address.




The Officer also talked to an employee at Franklin Middle School, who stated that he witnessed the incident. The employee stated that Dontrell grabbed the boy in the cafeteria and threw several punches that hit the boy on top of his head.

The parents of the boy was notified, and the off-duty officer stated that the boy did not have any visible signs of injury. The school also advised that there is video of the incident.

Dontrell was then arrested and booked into the Sangamon County Jail for pending charges of criminal trespassing and aggravated battery to a child under 13.

Today, the Sangamon County States Attorney’s Officer has charged Dontrell with aggravated battery in a public place, a class 3 felony. Bond will be set for Dontrell, this afternoon, by a Sangamon County Judge.




Man wanted after threatening to kill a Sangamon County Judge

Cody R. Martin – Age 24

Springfield, Illinois – An Athens man is wanted on two charges after threatening a Sangamon County Judge by telephone.

Cody R. Martin, age 24, is accused of threatening Sangamon County Judge, Jennifer Ascher, after she suspended parenting rights in a child custody case. It is unknown to us, at this time, how the child support case is relevant to Martin, because he isn’t listed as the defendant or the plaintiff in the child custody case.

Sangamon County State’s Attorney, Dan Wright, who personally filed the charges against Martin, states that Martin said he would, “punch (Judge Ascher) in the nose next time he saw her”, and that he would kill her by “running her over when he sees her.”

Cody is charged with threatening a public official, a class 3 felony and telephone harassment, a class 4 felony.

At this time, a warrant has been issued for Cody. As of 5:35 p.m., Cody has not been booked into the Sangamon County Jail. Bond has also been set in the amount of $150,000.

Bomb Threat called in to Springfield High School

Springfield High School located at 101 S. Lewis St. in Springfield, Illinois

Springfield, Illinois – Springfield School District released a statement today regarding a bomb threat that was called into the school earlier today.




Springfield School District 186 statement said the following, “SHS received bomb threats via phone call earlier today. We are working with the Springfield Police Department to identify the caller. There was a previously scheduled routine K-9 search this morning prior to the calls and nothing was found. Additional police and K-9 searches were completed after the calls out of an abundance of caution and again, nothing was found. Classes continued as scheduled and students were dismissed at the regular time.”







Exclusive Details of the contract offered to School District 186 Teachers

Springfield, Illinois – Springfield Leaks has obtained a copy of the proposed contract offer made to members of the Springfield Education Association’s (SEA).




The offer, which was proposed by Springfield School District 186, will be formally voted on this afternoon by members of SEA. If the agreement is accepted by SEA, then the School Board may take a vote on it at this Tuesday’s School Board Meeting.

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Two vehicle accident on I-55 SB at Mile Marker 88

Two vehicle accident on I-55 SB at Mile Marker 88

Springfield, Illinois – Yesterday, November 3, 2019 around 4:09 p.m., Springfield Fire Department responded to a two vehicle accident on I-55 South at mile marker 88.




A 25 year old female, who was bleeding from her mouth, was rear ended by a 22 year old male.




One of the vehicles was stuck on the guard rail, but both vehicles were described as having heavy damage and had to be towed away.

Both patients, in the accident, were examined at Memorial Hospital and are doing fine.




Man shot in the face in Springfield Illinois

Victim shot in the face in the 2200 block of S. 13th St. in Springfield, Illinois

Springfield, Illinois – Springfield Police responded to the 2200 block of S 13th St., today, around 8:38 p.m., for multiple shots fired calls.




Around the same time a male victim showed up to HSHS St. John’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to the face.

A black Jeep, which had bullet holes in it and a back window shot out, dropped the victim off to St. John’s Hospital. Police were able to locate the vehicle in Douglas park.

The two occupants inside the vehicle were questioned by police and told police that they were sitting in the vehicle when it was shot up.




The male victims injuries are considered as non life threatening.

Stay tuned to this post for updates.




Police called after victim showed up to Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand

Shooting in the the 1200 block of W. Governor St. in Springfield, Illinois

Springfield, Illinois – Springfield Police were called around 5:05 p.m., today, after a victim arrived to Memorial Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the hand.




The male victim was described as being uncooperative when asked about the details of the shooting.

Springfield Police were informed that the shooting may have taken place at an apartment complex in the 1200 block of W. Governor St.




Inside the apartment building, officers located a blood trail coming from an apartment.

At this time, officers are still investigating other leads at this time.

The victim’s injuries appear to be non-life threatening.