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CWLP employee and Democratic Precinct committeeman arrested for promoting prostitution, human trafficking

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A City Water, Light and Power employee was arrested Wednesday on a variety of charges including promoting prostitution, recruiting women into prostitution, and human trafficking.

Marcus M. Rouse, 43, of the 2300 block of Ash Street, also was charged with official misconduct for allegedly using a city-owned vehicle to transport a woman who was involved in prostitution, the Sangamon County state’s attorney’s office said.

Rouse was arrested by Springfield detectives with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitives Task Force, a press release from Springfield police said. Police began investigating him in December 2017.

Rouse has been placed on unpaid administrative leave with the City of Springfield, pending review of his charges. He has been an employee since January 2016.

He also was elected in March 2016 as the Democratic committeeman for Capital Precinct 48 after being appointed to the position in 2014.

If you have any additional information about Rouse or these crimes, call Springfield Police at (217) 788-8311 or Crime Stoppers at (217) 788-8427.

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Springfield Police tell residents: lock your cars

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Springfield is dealing with a city-wide issue of cars being broken into. From the 13th to the 16th, 35 cars were broken into. These incidents happened all over the city. Chief Winslow was asked to discuss this situation at last night’s city council meeting.

Winslow had a very simple message for Springfield residents: lock your cars. Although some of the incidents did involve breaking a car’s window, the overwhelming majority did not. 30 of the 35 break-ins were to unlocked vehicles. Thieves were simply checking the handles of cars to find ones that were unlocked. This is not to excuse the criminal activity, but locking your doors is a key step for your protection.

He went on to say that valuables should not be stored in vehicles; and if they must be, they should be out of sight. If thieves do not see anything worth stealing, they will be much less likely to break in. In addition to items like phones and GPS units, garage door openers are items that are often stolen. Once a thief has the garage door opener, the home becomes vulnerable to burglary as well.

The police are still working to catch those individuals responsible for the break-ins. Five individuals have been arrested, but it is believed that there are many more still out there. Suspects include both juveniles and adults. If you see something suspicious, call the dispatch number 217-788-8311. Don’t call  your local police officer in these situations; they may not be on duty and so will not answer right away. If you have other information, especially pictures or video, share it with the police. Just putting it on social media will not ensure the police get access to it.

Take the time to make sure your doors are locked. This is a city-wide issue, and it will take a city-wide effort to deal with it.

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Crime Watch: Break-In at Dropped Mobile Caught On Tape

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Can you I.D. these criminals? 👮🏽‍♀️ #shareit #tagyourneighbors

This break-in occurred at 2:19 the morning of July 6 at the Dropped Mobile store at 1531 West Jefferson Street, Springfield. The thieves are reported to have taken iPhones 6, 6s, 6+, 6s+, 7, and 8+.

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Man in custody after swastikas found painted on gravestones – Glen Carbon, Illinois

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A 34-year-old man was taken into custody  for the swastikas spray-painted on more than 200 headstones in a Glen Carbon Cemetery and on homes in the nearby area.

According to CNN – More than 1,300 veterans are buried at the Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon, and officials are working hard to get it cleaned up before a Memorial Day event Monday, CNN affiliate KMOV reported. Glen Carbon is located about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis.

“We haven’t seen anything of this magnitude in the 30 years that I’ve been here,” said Mark Johnson, the grounds superintendent of the cemetery. “It’s all hands on deck to try to get this thing cleaned up by Monday.

Edwardsville Police Department shared a video to help identify the suspect.

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