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Crime in our Communities
Wed., Oct. 21, 1998

Officer resigns after crashing car


SOUTH ROXANA -- The village is minus one police officer after the resignation of patrolman David Tutterow.

Mayor Danny Wilcox announced Tutterow's resignation Tuesday night during the Village Board of Trustee's meeting. Wilcox said Tutterow's resignation was effective Saturday.

Tutterow, a first-year officer, ran into troubles after crashing his patrol car while on duty Oct. 9. Tutterow ran his car off unfinished Illinois 255 and went crashing down an embankment.

The crash occurred four days before the highway opened.

Tutterow resigned before the South Roxana Police Committee was to make a recommendation on Tutterow to the Village Board.

Police Chief Dennis Carpenter limited his statements concerning Tutterow.

"I wish him well,'' he said.

Wilcox had no comment concerning Tutterow's resignation.

Carpenter had said Wednesday that Tutterow was traveling north in the south-bound lane of Illinois 255 when he failed to veer to the right and drove off the embankment. The patrol car was totaled. Carpenter said the vehicle was not worth more than $3,000.

It is still not known why Tutterow, who joined the department in January, was on the highway.

In other news at the meeting, resident Jim Emery aired his feelings about the Village Board by reading a statement.

"When the voice of the people is no longer heard, when any one person or group of people disagree with a government body, and those individuals are immediately labeled as "troublemakers,' something is wrong,'' he said.

Emery is upset with a recent decision by the board to rezone some property west of Sinclair Avenue from single-family housing to multifamily.

Wilcox also informed the Village Board that two companies are interested in relocating to South Roxana.

Farmer's Fiberglass Repair, of the Cottage Hills, is looking at relocating as well as an industrial cleaning company.

A third company, Abatement Management Inc., which is already located in South Roxana, is looking into $150,000 to $200,000 worth of expansion at its present site.


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