Minnesota man sentenced to 12 yrs after 4 kilos of Cocaine found during traffic stop in Springfield

Ezequiel Martinez-Marentes – Age 33

Springfield, Illinois – A Minnesota resident was sentenced to 12 years in The Illinois Department of Corrections on Thursday, January 23, 2020 after being pulled over by Illinois State Police on Interstate 55 Northbound at milepost 90.




A sergeant with Illinois State Police reports that he pulled over Ezequiel Martinez-Marentes, age 33, on April 9, 2019 around 1:43 p.m. During the traffic stop, a K9 dog performed a free air sniff of the vehicle and gave a positive alert.




When the sergeant searched the vehicle, he found a non-factory compartment in the rear wall of Ezequiel’s truck. Inside the non-factory compartment, the sergeant found 4 kilo sized packages. The packages were field tested, and test positive for cocaine. The weight of the cocaine was approximately 4,000 grams.

After Ezequiel’s arrest, he was indicted for Controlled Substance Trafficking, a class X felony, Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a class X felony and Possession of a Controlled Substance, a class 1 felony.

On Thursday, January 23, 2020 Ezequiel pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a class 1 felony, and in a plea agreement with the Sangamon County State’s Attorney, he was sentenced to 12 years in The Illinois Department of Corrections. Ezequiel was also given credit for 290 days he served in the Sangamon County Jail while awaiting trial and the remainder of his charges were dismissed.




(VIDEO/AUDIO) Indicted Riverton, Illinois Police Officer Head Butting handcuffed suspect

(LEFT) Riverton, Illinois Police Officer, Grant D. Peterson (RIGHT) Jacob B. Melton

Riverton, Illinois – On February 4, 2020 around 11:56 p.m., Riverton, Illinois Police Officers, Tricia Langan and Grant Peterson conducted a traffic stop on Jacob B. Melton at 9th and Lincoln in Riverton, Illinois. In Officer Langan’s police report, she reported that Melton had a strong odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle as well as his breath while speaking to officers. “Melton had blood shot glassy eyes. Melton submitted to SFST’s (Standardized Field Sobriety Tests) failing to pass all tests. Melton appeared to have urinated himself prior to the stop. Keystone Light can, cold and 1/2 empty found in the middle console. A coffee cup with a dark soda and alcoholic beverage, 2 employee 1/2 pint bottles of vodka were also found in the passenger compartment,” reported Officer Langan.




After the traffic stop, Melton was taken to the Riverton, Illinois Police Department to perform a breath test. According to files we received, Melton refused to submit to the test.

While at the Riverton, Illinois Police Department, Officer Grant Peterson is accused of placing his hand around Melton’s neck and then head butting him.

Sangamon County Sheriff, Jack Campbell, said, “On February 6th, 2020, the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Riverton Police Department in regards to an incident that occurred in their police department.  The Sheriff’s Office began a criminal investigation as well as an internal investigation at that time.”




As a result of the criminal investigation, The Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office announced yesterday an indictment against Officer Peterson. Officer Peterson was indicted by a Grand Jury on three class 3 felony charges. The charges are two counts of Aggravated Battery and one count of Official Misconduct.

Today, the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office released the video and audio portion of the incident between Officer Peterson and Melton.

The video is displayed below and under the video, click the link to hear Officer Peterson, Langan and handcuffed Melton’s audio conversation.

CLICK THIS LINK FOR THE AUDIO PORTION OF THE INCIDENT

At this time, Officer Peterson has been placed on unpaid leave from the Riverton, Illinois Police Department.

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for further updates.




BREAKING NEWS: Riverton Police Officer Indicted

Grant D. Peterson

Riverton, Illinois – Today, February 19, 2020, Sangamon County State’s Attorney, Dan Wright, announced the indictment of Grant D. Peterson on charges of Aggravated Battery and Official Misconduct.




The indictment alleges that on February 5, 2020, Peterson “made contact of an insulting or provoking nature to Jacob Melton” in that Peterson “grabbed Jacob Melton by the neck and head butted Jacob Melton.” The indictment further alleges that Peterson’s conduct caused “bodily harm” to Melton.

The incident was investigated by the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office.

Peterson was indicted on two counts of Aggravated Battery and Official Misconduct, and all charges are a class 3 felony. Peterson’s bond was set in the amount of $5,000 (10 percent to apply).

Peterson posted bond this afternoon and is no longer in the custody of the Sangamon County Jail.

According to sources close to the investigation, after Melton was pulled over by Officer Tricia Langan (formerly Officer Summerson), he was taken to the Riverton, Illinois Police Department. Our source tells us that there is a video that exist, which is currently in the hands of investigators. In the video, there are two Riverton, Illinois Police Officers, who Springfield Leaks have identified as Officer Peterson and Officer Langan.




Springfield Leaks previously published news coverage regarding the criminal investigation against Peterson and in our attempt to get information, we reached out to several Village of Riverton officials.

A phone call and text message was left for Village of Riverton Mayor, Tom Rader, but we did not receive a response back at the time of our previous article “BREAKING NEWS: Riverton, Illinois Police Officer under Active Criminal Investigation,” which was published on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. To date, we still have not received a response from Mayor Rader.

We also reached out to Riverton Chief of Police, Jim Lawley, and he told us, “We do not comment on ongoing personnel matters.”

Riverton City Attorney, Don Craven, was also contacted about the investigation, but he advised us, as well, that no one from the Village of Riverton will be commenting due to this being a personnel matter.

Springfield Leaks is aware that there is a video that will be used as evidence against Peterson. We are in the process of acquiring the video showing Peterson head butting and grabbing Jacob Melton by the neck.

If Peterson is convicted, he faces up to five years in The Illinois Department of Corrections.

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for more developments.




(VIDEO) Two arrested after pepper spraying and tables thrown inside Marshalls in Springfield, Illinois

Corneilous H. Brown – Age 22
Tericus D. Mackey – Age 36

Springfield, Illinois – On February 15, 2020 around 7:16 p.m., Springfield Police were called to Marshalls, located at 2560 E Wabash Ave, for a disturbance.




When officers arrived on scene they located Corneilous H. Brown, age 22 and Tericus D Mackey, age 36.

Officers say that a bystander filmed the incident on their cellphone (VIDEO AT END OF ARTICLE). In the video, Officers report they observed Tericus holding a pocket knife in his right hand and a small bottle of pepper spray in his left hand. Tericus then spits and sprays pepper spray towards Corneilous. In return, Corneilous picks up a small coffee table that was on display, and throws it at Tericus. Tericus then steps back towards Corneilous still armed. Corneilous then picks up another table and strikes Tericus with it.




Officers say that the incident caused shoppers and employees in the store to become alarmed and disturbed. “Watching the video it was evident that (Corneilous) Brown had the ability to remove himself from the situation and call 911,” reported the officer.

The cost of the two tables, which Corneilous was seen throwing, was valued around $200.00.

Corneilous and Tericus were both arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail. Corneilous was booked for Criminal Damage to property under $300, a class A misdemeanor, and Disorderly Conduct a Class C misdemeanor. He was released without charges, after paying 10 percent ($150), of his $1,500 bond.

Tericus was booked for Aggravated Battery/Use Deadly Weapon, a class 3 felony, Aggravated Assault, a class A misdemeanor, and Disorderly Conduct, a class C misdemeanor. In addition Tericus also had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on a Driving while license suspended/revoked traffic ticket. Tericus was released without charges, after paying $300 for the traffic warrant and paying 10 percent ($500), of his $5,000 bond for the Marshalls incident.




Former CWLP Employee Sentenced to Probation; (REPORT) GPS Tracker used to Monitor Movement

Springfield, Illinois – A former CWLP worker, who was arrested on January 17, 2018, has been sentenced to probation after pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution and other charges.




Marcus M. Rouse, age 45, was arrested on January 17, 2018 after Springfield Police suspected him of recruiting women into prostitution.

According to documents we received, the Investigation started on December 12, 2017. Springfield Police started the investigation by placing a GPS Tracker of Marcus 2010 Lincoln MKT vehicle. (CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILED POLICE REPORT)

After Marcus was interviewed by Springfield Detectives, he was arrested and taken to the Sangamon County Jail. According to previous news reports, Police report that the women recruited by Marcus were all adults who he befriended and convinced them to work as prostitutes. Marcus was also accused of official misconduct after city-owned vehicle to transport a woman who was involved in prostitution. At the time of Marcus arrest, all women were reported as being safe.




Marcus was originally charged in Sangamon County Court with 2 counts of promoting prostitution, a class 4 felony, involuntary servitude, a class 4felony, 2 counts of trafficking in person, a class 1 felony, and official misconduct, a class 3 felony. He was released from the Sangamon County Jail after posting 10 percent ($20,000) of his $200,000 bond.

On November 12, 2019, Marcus pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution, a class 4 felony, official misconduct, a class 3 felony, and conspiracy, a class 4 felony. The remainder of his charges were dismissed pursuant to his plea agreement.

On January 24, 2020, a Sangamon County Judge sentenced Marcus to 36 months probation.




Man Sentenced to 5 years after rear ending a vehicle after drug overdose; 4th DUI Conviction

Willis C. Beavers – Age 41

Springfield, Illinois – After pleading guilty to Aggravated DUI in January 2020, a Springfield Man was sentenced to 5 years in The Illinois Department of Corrections.




On September 3, 2019, Springfield Fire Department and Springfield Police responded to a car accident around 1:42 p.m., at S. 6th St and E. Ash.

The driver of the vehicle, Willis C. Beavers, age 41, had rear-ended a vehicle, and was unconscious when emergency personnel arrived on scene.

While Willis was being loaded into an ambulance to be taken to the hospital, Officers were told that Narcan had to be used on Willis to revive him from a possible opioid overdose. Springfield Firefighters told Officers that while they were checking Willis condition, they noticed a baggy in his hand with an unknown white substance inside of it. The baggy was left on the front passenger seat for officers. The officer field tested the white substance, and it came back as positive for being cocaine. 

Willis was taken to the hospital and was booked into the Sangamon County Jail after he was medically cleared.




On September 4, 2019, Willis was charged by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office with 3 counts of aggravated DUI, all felonies and given two traffic tickets for driving while license revoked and improper lane usage. According to records, Willis has been revoked since March 2005.

On January 30, 2020, Willis pleaded guilty to Aggravated DUI, a class 4 felony. In a plea agreement, with the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office, Willis was sentenced to 5 years in The Illinois Department of Corrections, and given a credit of 137 days he served in the Sangamon County Jail, while awaiting trial.

In addition to Willis guilty plea for Aggravated DUI, a class 3 felony theft charge was also dismissed.

According to Sangamon County Records, this is the 4th time Willis has pleaded guilty to Driving under the Influence of Alcohol.




Colorado Man Sentenced to 15 years after being busted with 9 pounds of cocaine in Springfield, Illinois

Angel Sota – Age 30

Springfield, Illinois – A Colorado Man, who was indicted on three felony drug charges in January of 2019, has been sentenced to 15 years in The Illinois Department of Corrections.




Angel Sota, age 30, was indicted by a Grand Jury in January 2019, with Controlled Substance Trafficking, Manufacture Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.




Angel was pulled over on December 29, 2018, by Illinois State Police. During the traffic stop, which occurred on Interstate-72 near Veterans Parkway, ISP Troopers found approximately 9 pounds of a substance containing cocaine.

On February 13, 2020, Angel pleaded guilty to Manufacture Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a class X Felony. In the plea deal, with the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office, Angel was sentenced to 15 years in The Illinois Department of Corrections, and received credit for 412 days that he served in the Sangamon County Jail, while awaiting trial. The remaining charges against Angel were dismissed, according to the plea deal.




Local Springfield Realtor accused of attacking Uber Driver

Shelba J. Palmer – Age 53

Springfield, Illinois – On January 25, 2020, around 1:10 a.m., a woman, who was working that morning as an Uber driver picked up a woman who ended up attacking her.




A Springfield Police Officer reports that he was working the front desk at the Springfield Police Department, when a Uber Driver came to the station to report an Uber passenger who attacked her.

Springfield Leaks was able to contact the Uber driver and the Uber driver, Elizabeth Ballinger, told us that she picked up Shelba J. Palmer, age 53, at the Pier 55 lounge, which is located at 1225 Toronto Rd. When she picked up Shelba, her Uber navigation had the drop off destination for Shelba at Spammys Tavern, located at 1041 E. Stanford Ave.

When Shelba left Pier 55 lounge, Elizabeth opened the back door of her Chrysler Van, by electronic button, so Shelba could sit in the backseat, but Shelba decided to sit in the front seat. While Elizabeth is on Interstate 55 NB, heading to Spammys Tavern, Shelba told the Elizabeth that she passed up her house and said, “I live back there, where you going bitch?” According to Elizabeth, “Shelba starts screaming at me saying I live on Sarah Ave., and repeatedly saying that she’s being kidnapped and calls me a bitch and cunt.” According to public records, Shelba resides 3 minutes away from Pier 55 lounge.

Elizabeth tells us that she pulled over on the shoulder of I-55 N and manually updated the Uber application to the correct address. After Elizabeth updated the address, she begins to head north on I-55 to take the off ramp to turn around. “While on the highway, driving approximately 70 miles per hour, Shelba accused me of just wanting more money and continues calling me a fucking cunt,” said Elizabeth.




Elizabeth decided to cancel the trip and drop off Shelba at Walmart, located at 1100 Lejune Dr. “In my mind, if I left her on the interstate what could have happened to her because she was highly intoxicated?” said Elizabeth. According to Elizabeth, after she told Shelba that she was going to take her to Walmart, Shelba started swatting her hand and hitting her while they were on I-55 N headed towards Walmart.

When they arrived to Walmart, Elizabeth told us that Shelba refused to get out of the vehicle and at that point, she told Shelba that she would call the police. At some point, Shelba decided to get out of the vehicle and Elizabeth decided to head to Aldi, located at 3736 Octavus Via., to contact Uber directly. When we asked Elizabeth what was the response from Uber, she told us, “they said it would be investigated.”

“Never thought I would be in danger,” said Elizabeth.

According to the Springfield Police Department, they report that Elizabeth had redness to her face and neck, as well as swollen red welts on her right arm, which appeared to have been scratch marks. “Her hair also appeared to have been pulled out of place on the right side of her head,” the officer reports. Elizabeth’s injuries were documented and photographed by a Sergeant with the Springfield Police Department.

Officers attempted to locate Shelba at Walmart and at her residence. Shelba was not at Walmart and when Officers attempted to locate Shelba at her residence, they report that it was a male who looked at Officers through the front window of the residence. When they attempted to get him to come to the front door to speak with Officers, he refused.

A call was placed to Shelba, but we have not heard back at the time of publishing this article.

At this time, no charges have been filed against Shelba with the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

According to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Shelba is a Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams Capital in Springfield, Illinois.




BREAKING NEWS: Riverton, Illinois Police Officer under Active Criminal Investigation

Riverton, Illinois Police Officer, Grant Peterson

Riverton, Illinois – Sources close to Springfield Leaks, have confirmed that a Riverton, Illinois Police Officer is under Criminal Investigation after an incident involving a DUI traffic stop that occurred on February 4, 2020.




Officer Grant Peterson, with the Riverton, Illinois Police Department is currently under an active criminal investigation involving Jacob B. Melton, age 36, who was arrested for Driving under the influence of Alcohol on February 4, 2020.

According to documents we have obtained, Melton was driving a grey 2009 Toyata on February 4, 2020 around 11:30 p.m. when he was pulled over by Officer Tricia Langan (formerly Officer Summerson) for driving under the influence on 9th and Lincoln in Riverton, Illinois. At this time, it is unclear what probable cause Officer Langan had for the traffic stop.

According to sources close to the investigation, after Melton was pulled over he was taken to the Riverton, Illinois Police Department. Our source tells us that there is a video that exist, which is currently in the hands of investigators. In the video, there are two Riverton, Illinois Police Officers, who Springfield Leaks have identified as Officer Peterson and Officer Langan. In the video, Officer Peterson is seen head butting Melton, while he appeared to be handcuffed.

Contrary to rumors that have been circulating on social media, our sources have confirmed that the incident was indeed captured on video and the video is very clear in showing the incident.

Sources inside the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office have confirmed to Springfield Leaks that they are investigating the incident. When we reached out to Sangamon County Sheriff, Jack Campbell, he told us, “The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office is involved in a Riverton case, however, at this time we cannot elaborate.”




Riverton Chief of Police, Jim Lawley, was contacted for comment, and he told us, “We do not comment on ongoing personnel matters.”

A phone call and text message was left for Village of Riverton Mayor, Tom Rader, but we did not receive a response back.

Riverton City Attorney, Don Craven, was also contacted about the investigation, but he advised us, as well, that no one from the Village of Riverton will be commenting due to this being a personnel matter.

Although Springfield Leaks can confirm Officer Peterson is under criminal investigation, it wasn’t immediately clear if Officer Langan will be pursued for criminal charges as well.

At this time, we aren’t able to confirm Officer Peterson or Officer Langan’s status with the Riverton Police Department due to Riverton, Illinois officials classifying this as a “personnel matter.”

Stay tuned to Springfield Leaks for further updates to this story.




Man in custody after Robbing several Springfield businesses

Ronald D. Porter – Age 31

Springfield, Illinois – After several Springfield businesses were robbed, a man is now in custody and is facing numerous felony charges and several traffic tickets.




Ronald D. Porter, age 31, was charged by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office with 5 counts of Aggravated Robbery, a class 1 felony, and 1 count of Attempted Aggravated Robbery, a class 2 felony.

Police say, Ronald robbed Family Dollar, located at 921 W. Jefferson St., on January 13, 2020. Then on January 31, 2020, Ronald robbed Family Video, located at 1614 S. MacArthur Blvd.

Two days later, after robbing Family Video, Ronald then attempted to rob KFC, located at 1111 N. 9th St. Later in the day, after unsuccessfully robbing KFC, Ronald then robbed Spin 2 Win, located at 1305 Adlai Stevenson Dr.

With Ronald still unapprehended, Springfield Police were called to Family Dollar located at 1425 E. Cook St., on February 3, 2020, for another armed robbery.

The call came in shortly before 10:00 p.m., a few minutes before Family Dollar was scheduled to close. The employee called police and whispered that they were getting robbed.

Ronald took $1,300 and a safe drawer and left the business. A short distance away from Family Dollar, Ronald entered a vehicle and was shortly spotted by other officers in the area of 9th and Jefferson St. Officers attempted to pursue the vehicle, but lost sight of it.

After Officers lost the vehicle, another call came into police about a Maroon Lincoln Town car that crashed into a concrete barrier in the parking lot at 822 W. Jefferson St. After the accident occurred, Ronald took off running on foot southbound on Glenwood Ave.




Officers searched the Lincoln Town Car, and inside the car Officers located the cash and the safe drawer. A K9 dog was called to this scene as well, but was unable to locate Ronald at the time.

While Officers continued to search for Ronald, a patrol officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a gray Jeep in the area of Walnut and South Grand. After the officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, the vehicle did not stop and was chased by Officers on Ash/Laurel/Lenox/Holmes/Pasfield/South Grand/Lawrence. Once the vehicle went east bound on Lawrence Ave., the vehicle began speeding approximately 80 miles per hour. Once the vehicle was reported as reaching 80 mph, officers were given an order to terminate the chase. Less than a minute, after officers terminated the chase, the gray Jeep crashed into another vehicle on S. 6th St. and Lawrence Ave. Two suspects fled from the grey jeep, with one suspect running north bound and the second suspect running south bound. One officer also reported a gun was located in the vehicle underneath a sweatshirt.

Ronald was located and arrested after the traffic crash that occurred on S. 6th St. and Lawrence Ave. In addition, to the several felony charges, Ronald was given 2 tickets for reckless driving, 1 ticket for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, 2 tickets for leaving the scene of an accident, 1 ticket for improper lane usage, and 1 ticket for not notifying the Secretary of State of an address change or name change for his driver’s license.

Ronald is currently in the Sangamon County Jail and his bond has been set at $250,000, but will need to pay 10% ($25,000) to be released.

*Approximately 40 officers assisted with apprehending Ronald on February 3, 2020 after he robbed Family Dollar.