Two members of the Litchfield Police Department were recognized for their work in the line of duty with Merit Awards for Excellent Arrest, issued by the National Awards Program of the American Police Hall of Fame.
Officers Brian Maxwell and Quincy Fergurson were recognized for their efforts in two separate incidents that occurred in July that helped improve the safety of the Litchfield community.
Officer Maxwell was honored for his efforts in the apprehension of Gregory C. Stickel, who was arrested for aggravated robbery on Wednesday, July 10.
According to Litchfield Police Chief Kenny Ryker, at approximately 9 a.m., Officer Maxwell was on a routine patrol in the area of the Litchfield National Bank when he observed a male subject carrying what appeared to be bundles of U.S. currency in a transparent plastic bag.
At this time, he began to conduct surveillance of this individual and observed the male subject changing his clothing and acting in a suspicious manner.
Unbeknownst to Officer Maxwell, an alarm call was received at the Litchfield Police Department while he was surveilling the subject. A panic alarm at the bank was broadcast and officers were dispatched to the Litchfield National Bank.
Officer Maxwell alerted other officers of the suspicious activity and maintained visual contact until the alarm could be confirmed as a robbery. Once this information was confirmed and he ascertained the individual matched the description of the alleged bank robber, Officer Maxwell stopped and detained the individual without incident.
"Officer Maxwell's ability to recognize these suspicious circumstances and investigative curiosity lead to the peaceful end of a dangerous situation," Chief Ryker said. "The Litchfield Police Department, city of Litchfield and its citizens extend our great appreciation for his efforts on that day..."
Officer Fergurson was honored for his efforts in the apprehension of Nathan Thrasher and Amanda Majors for the offenses of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine (more than 15 but less than 100 grams), possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Wednesday, July 31, at approximately 8:24 p.m., Officer Fergurson, accompanied by Officer Thomas Melchert, Officer Tylor McBride and Officer Colton Faure, initiated a narcotics investigation at an apartment at 1524 North Madison. Through his own investigative efforts, Officer Fergurson had determined an apartment at this location was known for the distribution of methamphetamine.
Officer Fergurson's contact with the aforementioned individuals resulted in the discovery of evidence of narcotics possession and delivery. A subsequent search of the apartment resulted in the discovery of approximately 90 grams of suspected methamphetamine, several items of drug paraphernalia and evidence of extensive methamphetamine delivery.
"Officer Fergurson's efforts on this night resulted in a successful arrest of a dangerous felon and a known drug dealer. Additionally (he) has executed 27 felony arrests for possession or delivery of narcotics in this calendar year," Chief Ryker said. "The Litchfield Police Department, city of Litchfield and its citizens extend our great appreciation for his efforts on that day and throughout the year..."
In regular business, the council approved motions for a work order from Heneghan and Associates for the Illinois Road improvement project for a cost not to exceed $15,000, to approve an easement acquisition agreement and a reconciliation agreement with Ameren Illinois Company for the west side industrial park expansion, to approve a zoning change for the Eagle Ridge Subdivision from agricultural to one-family lake lease property and to purchase a 2020 demonstrator combination sewer vacuum/sewer jetter from E.J. Equipment to replace the current 2006 International model at a cost not to exceed $276,704.50.
The council also approved a motion to declare the property at 1003 North Illinois and 1018 East Union as surplus. Any bids for the properties will be presented at the November council meeting.