OREGON — On Sept. 9 deputies and investigators assisted the Polo Police Department with a death investigation involving a 23-month-old child. Following an autopsy, the preliminary cause of death was determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation remains ongoing.
On Sept. 10 at 5 a.m. deputies responded to the report of a crash involving a car versus house. Upon conducting an investigation, Michael Schlenbecker, 18, of Rochelle, was placed under arrest and cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, no valid insurance, failure to reduce speed to avoid and accident and illegal transportation of alcohol. Schlenbecker’s car was towed from the scene and he was transported to the Ogle County Jail and held in lieu of bond.
On Sept. 11 at approximately 12:30 p.m. deputies responded to a domestic problem at 126 Windward Ln. in Hillcrest. Prior to arriving on scene, the communications center advised the male half had left the residence. Shortly thereafter, Stephen Gadson, 32, of Hillcrest, was located at Casey's General Store on Powers Road. After further investigation, Gadson was presumed to be under the influence. While taking Gadson into custody he resisted arrest. With the assistance of Rochelle Police Department, Gadson was taken into custody and transported to Rochelle Community Hospital for minor abrasions. Once medically cleared, Gadson was transported to the Ogle County Jail where he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs as well as resisting arrest. Gadson was held in lieu of bond.
On Sept. 11 at approximately 1 p.m. deputies along with Byron Fire/EMS responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 5,000 block of North River Road. After conducting an investigation, Renee Felts, 58, of Oregon, was discovered to be traveling southbound on River Road at a suspected high rate of speed. Felts struck the rear end of a vehicle turning in front of her and continued approximately 1,300 feet south before crashing into a tree and coming to rest. Renee was transported to Swedish American Hospital where she was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Felts was also issued citations for failure to reduce speed, improper lane usage, no seat belt and no valid insurance. Felts was admitted to the hospital and received an I-Bond with a future court date.
On Sept. 11 at approximately 10 p.m. deputies assisted the Byron Police Department while attempting to stop a vehicle at the 700 block of Blackhawk Road in Byron. The Chevrolet Impala was pursued for a short time before the vehicle crashed in the 9,000 block of North Barker Road. After further investigation, Patrick Larson, 21, of Rochelle, was arrested by Byron Police for multiple charges and was transported to the Ogle County Jail in lieu of bond. Larson was also cited for improper lane usage, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
On Sept. 12 deputies investigated a motorcycle complaint in the 10,000 block of East Illinois Route 64. The motorcycle and driver were located at the intersection of East Illinois Route 64 and Meridian Road. The driver, Ryan S. Fox, 40, of DeKalb was arrested for driving while license revoked. Fox was also arrested for a failure to appear warrant out of Dekalb County. Fox was transported to the Ogle County Jail and held in lieu of bond.
On Sept. 14 at 2:16 a.m. deputies conducted a traffic stop on Illinois Route 251 at Illinois Route 72 for an equipment violation. After an investigation, Azaleia Ellis, 19, of Rockford was arrested for no valid driver’s license. Ellis was also cited for operating and uninsured motor vehicle and no registration light. Ellis was released from the scene on a $2,500 I-Bond.