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March 1, 2023

BATAVIA POLICE RESPOND TO COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES

On Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at approximately 2:25 AM, officers were patrolling the area of the Randall Road retail corridor in Batavia after receiving information that neighboring jurisdictions had numerous reports of commercial burglaries.  An officer observed a vehicle, subsequently determined to be a stolen Kia sedan, leaving the area of Mill Street and Randall Road at a high rate of speed.   The officer, along with law enforcement from other agencies, pursued the vehicle, but subsequently terminated the pursuit for safety reasons after vehicle speeds became unreasonable and the occupants of the vehicle began throwing items out of the vehicle.  The vehicle and its occupants have not yet been located.

Batavia officers began checking the commercial establishments on Randall Road for signs of criminal activity.  Officers subsequently discovered two businesses in the 1800 block of Mill Street that had damage to their glass front doors, with one of them completely shattered.  Representatives from the businesses were contacted and responded to the scene.  It is unknown at this time if any items were stolen from the businesses.  Batavia PD investigators, along with investigators from several other law enforcement agencies are actively following up leads.

Anyone with information on this situation is asked to contact the Batavia Police Department Investigations Division at 630-454-2500.


Feb. 23, 2023

BATAVIA POLICE OFFICER MICHAEL WALTERS EARNS KANE COUNTY OFFICER OF THE YEAR LOUIS SPUHLER AWARD

police officers, chief, deputy chiefsThe Kane County Chiefs of Police Association, in partnership with the Batavia Moose Lodge #682, announced Batavia Police Officer Michael Walters is the winner of the Louis Spuhler Award for outstanding police work in 2022. The award was announced at the 46th Annual Kane County of the Year Banquet Feb. 22.

In his nomination letter, Batavia Police Chief Shawn Mazza summarized the incident in which earned Officer Walter's nomination:

"On January 26, 2022, at approximately 11:11 A.M., Officer Michael Walters responded to the 200 block of South Forest Avenue in Batavia, for a domestic battery report. The victim reported that her boyfriend choked her and was threatening to kill her. Officer Walters was the first officer on the scene, and located an agitated male subject holding a three-month-old baby. The subject, whose hands were scraped and bloodied, would not follow commands from officers to relinquish the child to the mother. Officer Walters assessed the situation and kept close enough to rescue the infant, but far enough away as to not escalate the situation and cause the subject to harm the baby. Officers later learned that prior to their arrival, the male subject forcibly removed the baby from the baby’s mother, then choked the mother three separate times, causing the mother to lose consciousness at one point.

The male subject remained very agitated throughout the incident and continually threatened to harm the baby. He stated several times that he would make the officers on scene shoot him. Officer Walters kept a dialogue with the subject and built a rapport with him. The subject eventually agreed to speak with counselors by phone. Officer Walters remained calm and persistent in the pursuit of trying to verbally de-escalate the situation for over 74 minutes. Thankfully, the subject was convinced to release the baby to a relative.

The offender was taken into custody and charged with two felonies and multiple misdemeanor counts of domestic battery, obstructing a peace officer, and endangering the life of a child. Officer Walters displayed great restraint, patience, and compassion during this incident. He quickly understood that the offender was having a mental health crisis and the 3-month-old baby was at great risk of being harmed. If it were not for the actions and determination of Officer Walters, the outcome might have had grave consequences."

 Dozens of officers were nominated for the award, including Batavia Officer Christopher Schultz.



Feb. 21, 2023

MISSING PERSON - SAFELY LOCATED

On Monday, February 20, 2023, at 4:17 PM, Batavia and Geneva Police Officers were dispatched to the area of the Fox River at the Fabyan Bridge for a report of a despondent subject.  Initial reports were that the person was considering jumping into the Fox River. Officers arrived and began an extensive search of the area around the bridge and Fox River Trail system. Shortly thereafter, the Batavia Fire Department, Geneva Fire Department, and St. Charles Fire Department were summoned to the Fox River where several emergency boats were launched, and a joint search of the river ensued. Ultimately the river search was fruitless and ended at nightfall.  

For the next several hours, officers continued to receive information that the subject was despondent. Information obtained through cellular data led officers to search other areas around the city for the person. Other areas included the Braeburn Marsh between Western Avenue, Fabyan Parkway, and Randall Road as well as a large portion of the northwest area of Batavia and southwest portion of Geneva.  The Kane County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search using a drone. Batavia Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) also assisted by providing artificial lighting to aid in the search efforts.

Shortly before 10:00 PM, officers made telephone contact with the subject which again led officers to search the area around the Fabyan Bridge. Using drone technology provided by the sheriff’s office, the subject was found safely laying amongst heavy brush between the westside Fox River Trail and N. Batavia Avenue just south of the Fabyan Bridge. The subject was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for medical treatment.

The joint effort of all the emergency responders involved in this incident led to the successful outcome of safely locating this individual in need of medical assistance. The Batavia Police Department would like to thank all of the agencies that assisted in the search. The agencies include the Batavia ESDA, Batavia Fire Department, Geneva Police Department, Geneva Fire Department, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, and St. Charles Fire Department.  

Feb. 20, 2023

BATAVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT ADOPTS TEN SHARED PRINCIPLES

The Batavia City Council approved a resolution for the Batavia Police Department to adopt the Ten Shared Principles -- a historic agreement between the NAACP and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police designed to build trust between law enforcement and communities of color.

The Ten Shared Principles are the outcome of meetings between the ILACP and the NAACP who met in 2017 to discuss common concerns, Batavia Police Chief Shawn Mazza explained to council members.

“These principles are about showing love and compassion to all people and that’s what our mission is,” said Mazza.

The Ten Shared Principles are:

  • We value the life of every person and consider life to be the highest value. 
  • All persons should be treated with dignity and respect. This is another foundational value.
  • We reject discrimination toward any person that is based on race, ethnicity, religion, color, nationality, immigrant status, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or familial status.
  • We endorse the six pillars in the report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The first pillar is to build and rebuild trust through procedural justice, transparency, accountability, and honest recognition of past and present obstacles. 
  • We endorse the four pillars of procedural justice, which are fairness, voice (i.e., an opportunity for citizens and police to believe they are heard), transparency, and impartiality. 
  • We endorse the values inherent in community policing, which includes community partnerships involving law enforcement, engagement of police officers with residents outside of interaction specific to enforcement of laws, and problem-solving that is collaborative, not one-sided. 
  • We believe that developing strong ongoing relationships between law enforcement and communities of color at the leadership level and street level will be the keys to diminishing and eliminating racial tension. 
  • We believe that law enforcement and community leaders have a mutual responsibility to encourage all citizens to gain a better understanding and knowledge of the law to assist them in their interactions with law enforcement officers. 
  • We support diversity in police departments and in the law enforcement profession. Law enforcement and communities have a mutual responsibility and should work together to make a concerted effort to recruit diverse police departments. 
  • We believe de-escalation training should be required to ensure the safety of community members and officers. We endorse using de-escalation tactics to reduce the potential for confrontations that endanger law enforcement officers and community members; and the principle that human life should be taken only as a last resort.

Mazza explained how the department plans to implement the principles. 

“I don’t want these to be just words on paper,” Mazza said. “This needs to be rooted in the culture of our organization, and operationalizing the principles means familiarizing all of our officers with what these principles are.”

Many of the principles are already ingrained in the Batavia Police Department’s culture and interwoven into the hiring processes for officers, he added. 

Mazza outlined several initiatives to engage the police department with the community in a positive way and show the human side of law enforcement. Coffee with cops, attendance at special events, more involvement in charitable events like Special Olympics fundraisers, and community partnerships through presentations on topics like fraud prevention for seniors, are some of the planned initiatives.

Additionally, Mazza said the department will continue to make training on topics such as de-escalation, crisis intervention, and use of force a high priority as the department meets and exceeds State mandates. The department will also soon begin participating in a national peer support program for officers to assist them in maintaining their overall wellbeing. Having healthy employees is key to helping officers with having positive interactions with people and with the ability to make sound decisions.  

“I am pleased to see this. It speaks volumes about the police department and staff of the police department,” said Batavia Alderman Tony Malay. Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke agreed.

“It speaks wonders on how good our police department is and how sensitive they are to the community of Batavia,” said Schielke.


Feb. 2, 2023

CITY OF BATAVIA WARMING CENTER OPENS

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory beginning 10 p.m., Feb. 2 through 10 a.m., Feb. 3. The wind chill temperature will dip to 25 degrees below zero during the 12-hour period. The cold could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little 30 minutes. As a result, the City of Batavia has established a Temporary Warming Center Operation that will be open for the benefit of vulnerable residents.

The Warming Center will be located at Batavia City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave. While the Center will open for the 24 hours period, there are no sleeping accommodations, dedicated hygiene or washing facilities, or refrigerators for food storage. Individuals should check in at the front desk of the Batavia Police Department, the northwest entrance to the building.

Extreme cold weather conditions can be very dangerous. Especially at risk are senior citizens, infants and young children, people with disabilities, and persons taking medication for chronic health conditions. Residents who have at-risk friends, neighbors, or relatives should help by checking on them periodically. Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.

Anyone with specific questions regarding the City's Warming Center should call the Batavia Police Department at 630-454-2500.


January 26, 2023

VEHICLE BURGLARIES / CRIME PREVENTION NOTICE

On January 26, 2023, the Batavia Police Department received several reports of burglaries to unlocked motor vehicles occurring in the early morning hours that day.  These incidents occurred in both the northwestern and the southwestern residential areas of Batavia.  Specifically, the 0-99 block of North Mallory Avenue, the 0-99 block of South Mallory Avenue, and the 200 block of Republic Road were targeted.  Police were notified of delayed reports of suspicious circumstances in the nearby Stonefield Subdivision in which car alarms went off early in the morning and footprints in the snow were later located.  The Batavia Police Department is currently pursuing a number of leads reference these cases.  Citizens are strongly encouraged to keep their vehicles locked at all times. In addition, please remove all valuables from your vehicle, including car and house keys and garage door openers.  Suspects involved in these burglaries are known to utilize garage door openers to enter victim’s garages and residences.  Please call 911 immediately to report any suspicious activity that you may see in your neighborhood.  Additionally, residents in the area with surveillance or doorbell cameras are asked to check their camera footage for suspicious activity.  Based on evidence from these cases, the burglaries most likely occurred between 4:00 AM and 5:00 AM.  Any residents who believe they have possible video surveillance footage of the suspects is asked to call the Batavia Police Department at (630)454-2500.

January 5, 2023

TRAFFIC CRASH DUI ARREST: REPORT #22-14608

On Saturday, December 24, 2022, at approximately 5:09 PM, officers were at the intersection of W. Fabyan Parkway and Western Avenue, investigating a traffic crash that occurred at that intersection. Investigating officers utilized Batavia PD squad cars to protect the scene and alert traffic of the traffic hazard while they worked to get the involved vehicles removed from the roadway. All Batavia PD squads on scene had overhead emergency lights activated.

While investigating the crash, another vehicle traveling E/B on Fabyan Parkway failed to yield to the emergency vehicles and crashed into a marked Batavia PD squad car at a high rate of speed. The squad car had been providing crash scene protection in the aforementioned intersection. The officer was outside of the squad at the time of the crash and was narrowly missed by the offending vehicle. The vehicle, a white, 2002 Chevy Tahoe, then proceeded N/B on Western Avenue at low speeds, eventually turning down a nearby cul-de-sac before being stopped by responding officers from both the Batavia and Geneva Police Departments. The Batavia PD squad car sustained heavy damage to the rear bumper and rear hatch of the squad and the Chevy Tahoe sustained heavy front end damage.

Officers began investigating the second crash once all involved parties were accounted for and assessed for injuries. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash. The driver of the Tahoe was identified as 59-year-old Batavia resident Samuel J. Kramer of the 800 block of N. Forest Avenue. After investigation, Kramer was arrested for driving under the influence, as well as multiple additional traffic violations. The following charges were filed with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office:

  • Driving Under the Influence - 625 ILCS 5.0/11-501(a)(2) – Class A Misdemeanor
  • Driving Under the Influence - 625 ILCS 5.0/11-501(a)(1) – Class A Misdemeanor
  • Reckless Driving - 625 ILCS 5.0/11-503(a) - Class A Misdemeanor
  • Leaving Scene of a Property Damage Accident - 625 ILCS 5.0/11-402 – Class A Misdemeanor
  • Attempt to Flee/Elude a Peace Officer - 625 ILCS 5.0/11-204 – Class A Misdemeanor
  • Fail to Give Aid or Information After Crash - 625 ILCS 5.0/11-403 – Class A Misdemeanor
  • Additional Petty/Business Offense Citations 

The charges against Kramer are not proof of guilt. Kramer is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Dec. 21, 2022

CITY OF BATAVIA WARMING CENTER OPENED

The National Weather Service has issued an Extreme Cold Advisory beginning December 22, 2022, at 12:00 A.M through December 29, 2022, at 8:00 A.M.  As a result, the City of Batavia has established a Temporary Warming Center Operation that will be open for the benefit of the elderly, families with small children, and other vulnerable residents. 

The Warming Center will be located at Batavia City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave. While the Center will be open 24 hours a day, we are unable to provide sleeping accommodations, dedicated hygiene or washing facilities, or refrigerators for food storage. When you arrive at the center, please check in at the front desk of the Batavia Police Department.

Severe cold temperatures can be extremely dangerous. Especially at risk are the elderly, infants and young children, people with disabilities and persons taking medication for chronic health conditions. Residents who have at-risk friends, neighbors or relatives should help by checking on them periodically. 

Anyone with specific questions regarding the City's Warming Center should call the Batavia Police Department at 630-454-2500.


Dec. 6, 2022

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY INVESTIGATED

Dec. 2, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Batavia Police Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Gosselin Circle for a report of a residential burglary. Forced entry via a first-floor window is suspected.

No one was home at the time of this burglary, and at this time it is unknown if anything was taken. The investigation is ongoing and there are no criminal charges currently. Residents in the area are asked to check any exterior surveillance footage around the time of this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Batavia Police Department Investigations Division at 630 454-2500.

Any media inquiries should be directed to Detective Sergeant Gary La Barbera or Deputy Chief Eric Blowers at 630- 454-2500.

Dec. 1, 2022

PROJECT CHILDSAFE® COMES TO BATAVIA: FIREARM SAFETY KITS TO BE DISTRIBUTED LOCALLY

BATAVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT MAKES FIREARM SAFETY KITS AVAILABLE THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH PROJECT CHILDSAFE

The Batavia Police Department will provide free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The safety kits, which include a gun lock, will be available at the Batavia Police Department’s front desk for pick up beginning Friday, December 2, 2022.

Project ChildSafe, a program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), has distributed more than 38 million firearm safety kits throughout the country since 2003. The program receives support from the firearms industry, federal and state grants and from public donations.

“We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm,” said Batavia Police Chief Shawn Mazza. “Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock. The locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home.” 1.4 million homes have firearms stored in a way that makes them most accessible to about 2.6 million children according to safefirearmsstorage.org.

By partnering with Project ChildSafe, the Batavia Police Department is participating in a national effort to promote firearms safety education to all gun owners. Project ChildSafe distributes gun lock safety kits to all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. We also encourage parents/adults to talk to their children about what to do if they come across/see a gun:

  • Stop
  • Don’t Touch
  • Get Away
  • Tell an Adult

“We are pleased to have the Batavia Police Department as a Project ChildSafe partner,” said Bill Brassard Jr., director of Project ChildSafe. “Project ChildSafe is an important step forward in helping ensure that all firearm owners fully understand their responsibilities with respect to the safe handling and storage of firearms.”

For more information about safe firearm storage, please visit safefirearmstorage.org.

Nov. 22, 2022

TRAFFIC CRASH -- DUI ARREST AT 800 BLOCK OF SOUTH BATAVIA AVENUE

On Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 1:58 AM officers were dispatched to a driving complaint in the 800 block of S. Batavia Avenue. While en route, officers learned that there was a 2017 Toyota RAV4 that was stopped in the lanes of traffic facing northbound on S. Batavia Avenue. Upon arrival, officers observed the vehicle was stopped with a portion of the vehicle in the northbound inside lane of traffic and a portion of the vehicle within the southbound inside lane of traffic. A Kane County Sheriff's Deputy was also on the scene investigating the complaint and assisting Batavia PD.  

Officers on the scene found the vehicle to be occupied by an unconscious female subject seated in the driver’s compartment. The vehicle appeared to be in drive and the subject had her foot on the brake. Officers attempted to awaken the driver by pounding on the window. As officers were trying to enter the vehicle, the vehicle rapidly accelerated northbound where shortly thereafter it struck a marked Batavia Police vehicle with activated oscillating emergency lights.   When it was struck, the police vehicle was parked and unoccupied in the southbound lanes of traffic.

The female occupant was awakened during the crash. Officers were able to enter the vehicle, put it in park and shut it off. The driver was arrested and taken to the Batavia Police Department. The information below pertains to the arrestee and charges that have been filed with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Defendant

Ashley T. Samack (32 YOA) of the 900 block N. Deerpath Road North Aurora, IL

Charges:

Misdemeanor DUI, DUI BAC .08 or more, Improper Parking on Roadway, Improper Lane Usage/Wrong Side of Road, Failure to Reduce Speed/Accident

The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Nov. 21, 2022

FOX & TURKEY RUN TO IMPACT TRAFFIC ON THANKSGIVING

The 2022 Fox & Turkey Run will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 24. There will be several temporary roadblocks and traffic interruptions throughout the northwest side of Batavia, including the intersections of Route 31 at Houston Street, McKee Street at north Van Nortwick Avenue, North Avenue at N. Van Nortwick Avenue, and North Avenue at Blackhawk Drive. There will be a full road closure on Houston Street between north Island Avenue and Route 31.

To the extent possible, this is an “open road” event whereby event participants share the roadway with the motoring public. All participants have been made aware that this is an “open road” event and have been instructed accordingly by the event organizer, Fox Valley Trail Runners.

Please visit mapmyrun.com for the full 4‐mile race route.

The run officially begins at 7:30 a.m. and will end at approximately 10 a.m. The event includes a kids mile run event followed by a four‐mile family run.

Motorists should use caution and be prepared to encounter increased pedestrian traffic on the following streets during the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Route 31, Houston Street, north Island Avenue, north Van Nortwick Avenue, North Avenue, and McKee Street. Each of the roadway intersections will be staffed by public safety employees and race volunteers. Vehicular traffic will be permitted to pass whenever it is safe to do so. The event will begin and end at the Batavia Riverwalk near the Municipal Center.

Please adjust your travel plans accordingly on Thanksgiving morning during these times to arrive safely at your destination.

Please direct any questions to Batavia Police Deputy Chief Michael Johnson at 630-454‐2500.

The Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry is the charity partner for the event.


Nov. 2, 2022
BATAVIA HIGH SCHOOL BATTERY INCIDENT 

Friday, Oct. 21, at approximately 1:17 p.m., there was a disturbance in the lunchroom of Batavia High School which involved multiple students and an adult staff member. The Batavia PD School Resource Officer arrived at the scene of the disturbance shortly after it occurred, and an investigation of the incident was subsequently initiated. The investigation included interviews with numerous students and staff members, as well as a review of all relevant and available video surveillance. Both school surveillance videos and privately captured cell phone videos were furnished and reviewed by law enforcement officials. Based on the information and evidence provided, it was determined the facts of the incident are as follows:

A verbal argument ensued between a female student and other students at a lunch table. A male campus monitor observed the argument and walked over to the table to intercede. The campus monitor attempted to verbally de-escalate the situation and was ignored by the female student. The female student walked around the campus monitor and began arguing with a male student seated at the table. The female student, without physical provocation, then struck the male student about the head several times. The campus monitor, who was standing next to the female student, immediately took action to separate the female student from the male student. In doing so, the campus monitor pinned the female student against a nearby table. The campus monitor attempted to keep control of the female student while she was actively striking him and yelling at him. There was no available evidence that suggested that the holds used by the campus monitor were either intentionally or accidentally restrictive of blood flow or normal breathing ability of the student, and the student continued to strike the campus monitor while he attempted to control her. The campus monitor was eventually able to use his radio to call for help and kept control of the female student until additional staff members arrived to assist.

Upon completion of the investigation, the situation was reviewed with the Kane County States’ Attorney’s Office. It was determined that there was no probable cause to criminally charge the campus monitor.

Any media inquiries should be directed to Detective Sergeant Gary La Barbera or Deputy Chief Eric Blowers at (630) 454-2500. Authority: Detective Sergeant Gary La Barbera Released: Wednesday, November 2, at 2:00 PM

UPDATE: INVESTIGATION ONGOING IN DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE/SUSPECT SEARCH CALL

Batavia Police were dispatched to a report of a burglary in progress in the 400 block of Mill Street, at 8:19, Oct. 27. Police were told the suspect left the area on foot. A number of police units including Batavia PD and other local Law Enforcement agencies arrived in the area to search for the suspect, who ultimately was unable to be located. As a precautionary measure, nearby schools were placed into a lockdown status which was lifted once the search for the suspect ended and it was determined there was no threat to the public.

This event was subsequently determined to be a domestic disturbance and the event was localized to one residence. This incident is currently under investigation and the Batavia Police Department will update the public when more information is available. Any media inquiries should be directed to Detective Sergeant Gary La Barbera or Deputy Chief Eric Blowers at 630-454-2500. 

**UPDATE**

headshot Miguel Reyes-GarciaFollowing an investigation of this incident, the suspect was identified as Miguel A. Reyes-Garcia, 33, of Aurora, IL. Reyes-Garcia is alleged to have gone to the home of the reporting victim with whom he had a previous domestic relationship.  Reyes-Garcia subsequently entered the victim’s home without permission. Inside the home, the suspect allegedly battered the reporting victim, and another individual.  Reyes-Garcia fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

After consultation with the Kane County States’ Attorney’s Office, an arrest warrant was obtained for Reyes-Garcia. He was taken into custody without incident on Oct. 28 and subsequently transported to the Kane County Jail to await Bond Call before a judge.  Reyes-Garcia faces the following criminal charges:

 Home Invasion,  720 ILCS 5/19-6(a)(2), a Class X Felony

Criminal Trespass to Residence,  720 ILCS 5/19-4(a)(2), a Class 4 Felony

Domestic Battery-Bodily Harm,  720 ILCS 5/12-3.2(a)(1), a Class A Misdemeanor

Domestic Battery-Insulting/Provoking Physical Contact,   720 ILCS 5/12-3.2(a)(2,) Class A Misdemeanor

Battery-Insulting/Provoking Physical Contact, 720 ILCS 5/12-3(a)(2), a Class A Misdemeanor

The charges against Reyes-Garcia are not proof of guilt.  Reyes-Garcia is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Any media inquiries should be directed to Detective Sergeant Gary La Barbera or Deputy Chief Eric Blowers at 630 454-2500.

BATAVIA POLICE INVESTIGATE RASH OF GRAFFITI INCIDENTS

BATAVIA, Sept. 26, 2022 -- The Batavia Police Department has taken numerous reports of criminal defacement, or graffiti, in the past two weeks. Citizens have reported graffiti spray painted in the downtown areas, both on the east and west sides of town. Both private businesses and public property have both been targeted during these offenses.  Additionally, citizens have reported graffiti done by paint markers on signs on the Fox River Trail in town. The Batavia Police Department takes these incidents seriously and is currently investigating to identify any involved suspect(s). The Batavia Police Department requests the public’s assistance with any information that might lead to a resolution in these cases.  
Please call the Batavia Police Department at 630-454-2500 if you have information relating to these incidents.


BATAVIA HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING PARADE OCCURRING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Batavia High School will be holding their annual homecoming parade on Wednesday September 14, 2022. The parade will cause several temporary road closures and significant traffic delays on Wilson Street and Main Street west of State Route 31. Road closures for the parade will begin at approximately 4:40 PM. The parade route for this year is the same route as the 2021 Homecoming Parade which helped to alleviate road closures throughout downtown Batavia. Spectators are welcome to watch along sidewalks and grassy areas.  

Traffic will be detoured on W. Wilson Street and on Main Street west of Route 31 (Batavia Avenue) as both W. Wilson Street and Main Street will be subject to temporary road closures. This event will have a significant impact on vehicle traffic along all roads that intersect the parade route.  

Parade units will begin staging between 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM at the Batavia High School Wilson Street Lot.  The parade will start promptly at 5:00 PM and proceed east on W. Wilson Street to Lincoln Street. The parade will then proceed south on Lincoln Street to Main Street.   Finally, the parade will proceed west on Main Street and return back to Batavia High School at the Main Street Lot.

All vehicle traffic traveling along those roadways will be required to detour to McKee Street or Fabyan Parkway to the north or Route 56 in North Aurora to the south.  Vehicle traffic needing to get to Randall Road from Downtown Batavia will be directed to McKee Street or Fabyan Parkway.  

Motorists are encouraged to plan their route accordingly during this timeframe to avoid the parade route and minimize travel delays. The parade is expected to last approximately one hour, with all roads open by 6:15 PM.

THE CITY OF BATAVIA VETERAN OFFICER NEW POLICE CHIEF 

Photo of Police Chief Shawn Mazza in uniformBatavia Mayor Jeff Schielke delivered the oath of office to Shawn Mazza as the new Chief of the Batavia Police Department. Mazza replaces Chief Dan Eul who is retiring effective Sept. 12.

Mazza is a 23-year veteran of the Batavia Police Department and has served various roles during his tenure including patrol officer, field training officer, patrol officer-in-charge, detective, detective sergeant, and deputy chief. He previously served as a member of the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force and has been active as a volunteer with Special Olympics Illinois throughout his career.

 “The City is fortunate to have Chief Mazza in this critical role. He is a dedicated leader who has made public safety of the citizens of Batavia and the men and women of the Batavia Police Department his top priority,” said Batavia City Administrator Laura Newman. “His extensive experience in both administrative and patrol roles, and his demonstrated commitment to our community, will ensure the Batavia Police Department is well-positioned for the future.” 

Mazza has been an award-winning officer for Batavia since arriving in 1999. He was the Officer of the Year in 2001 and was awarded the Loyalty, Service, and Commitment to Department & Community Award in 2007 and 2009.  In 2012 he was nominated for the Louis Spuhler Kane County Officer of the Year Award and ultimately awarded the department’s Life Saving Medal for actions taken to save the life of a person threatening suicide. 

 “I feel a great sense of pride in being named Batavia Police Chief. I am extremely fortunate to have gained knowledge and skills in my work within this organization, and I hope to continue to be an agent for positive change in this community,” Mazza said. 

As Batavia’s police chief, Mazza will oversee a department of over 50 staff members and a $7 million budget. 

“Batavia has an outstanding and dedicated team of officers and civilian employees who have a passion for serving and protecting the citizens of this community,” Mazza said. “I am proud to be part of this team.” 

Born and raised in Naperville, Mazza holds a bachelor of science degree from Arizona State University in Justice Studies and is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.  
 Filling Mazza’s position as Deputy Chief is Batavia Police Watch Commander Michael Johnson.

BATAVIA POLICE CHIEF DAN EUL ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT 

Eul, Dan- Chief 1.20.22After 26 years of service, Batavia Police Chief Dan Eul will retire effective Sept. 12. Shawn Mazza was named Batavia Police Chief at the Sept. 6 Batavia City Council meeting.

Eul joined the Batavia Police Department in 1996 as a patrol officer, and then moved up through the organization as a sergeant and deputy chief before being named chief in 2017.

Throughout his career, Eul has been recognized for outstanding service to the community. He received the Officer of the Year Award in 2000, the Medal of Valor in 2008, and in 2013 the Fredrick G. Behner III Award for his demonstration of loyalty, service, and commitment to the department and the community. 

During his career, Eul also served as a Deputy Chief where he helped to shape policy and move the department forward through the implementation of innovative practices and new technologies. 

“During his years as Chief, the department faced the most serious threats to public safety perhaps in the City’s entire history,” said Batavia City Administrator Laura Newman. “In every case, whether it was civil unrest, threats posed by armed individuals, or a global pandemic, Chief Eul called upon his experience, knowledge, and ability to lead in developing plans and countermeasures to ensure that citizens of Batavia were protected.”

In addition to his service to Batavia, Eul has served our country as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 1991-1997. He was called to service again, being deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army Reserve/Illinois National Guard where he held the rank 1st lieutenant – infantry. In total, Eul served six years with the U.S. Army Reserve from 2003 – 2009 and was recognized for his service to our country as the recipient of the Batavia PD Patriot Award in 2009.

“Chief Eul has succeeded in enhancing the already high regard the community has for its police force. While we are certainly going to miss him as he begins a new chapter in his life, we will always be eternally grateful for his leadership in accepting the tremendous responsibility that it was to be Batavia’s Police Chief these last five years,” said Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke.



Additional news releases for 2022

7/28/22: Possession of Firearm/Revoked FOID

6/15/2022: Hate Crime Investigation

6/14/2022: City of Batavia Opens Cooling Center

06/08/2022: Tri-City Police Release Traffic Enforcement Numbers

05/20/22: Tri-Cities Traffic Safety Initiative

04/22/22: Prescription Drug Take Back Day

03/31/22: Aggravated Domestic Battery #22-3021

03/22/22: Update Fatal Traffic Crash Investigation #22-2668

03/21/22: Fatal Traffic Crash Investigation #22-2668

03/15/22: Traumatic Injury 22-2455

02/25/22: Final Update Fatal Traffic Crash 21-11644

02/07/22: Update Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation #22-1259

02/07/22: Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation #22-1259

01/31/22: Unlawful Restraint #22-1017

News releases from 2021

12/22/2021: Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding #21-12630

12/16/2021: Commercial Burglaries / Motor Vehicle Thefts #21-12415

12/14/2021: Motor Vehicle Burglaries

12/2/2021: Harboring a Runaway 21-11357

11/19/2021: The Fox and Turkey Races

10/13/2021: Prescription Drug Take Back Day

09/24/2021: Death Investigation #21-9527

09/20/2021: Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm #21-9389

09/16/2021: Batavia High School Homecoming Parade

07/19/2021: Residential Burglary #21-7125

06/28/2021: 4th of July 2021 Event & Traffic Advisory 

06/24/2021: Traffic Crash #21-6157 Update

06/24/2021: Traffic Crash #21-6157

06/15/2021: Stalking #21-5696

05/18/2021: Aggravated Assault #21-4853

05/06/2021: Armed Violence #21-4385

04/07/2021: DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day

02/25/2021: Traffic Crash #21-1901

02/17/2021: Disorderly Conduct #21-1612

02/11/2021: Swatting Incident #21-1410

02/09/2021: Fatal Traffic Crash #21-1345