Officers arrived and detained Marc Merrill who was leaving the business in his vehicle at that time.Merrill was identified by the witness as being the same person who was inside the business compound and he was subsequently taken into custody.The continued field investigation revealed Merrill to be in possession of a lock pick set (Burglar’s Tools) as well as being in possession of methamphetamine and heroin. Later in the same morning, Michael’s Leather & Oak furniture store was found to have been burglarized as well.
In February this year, CHETT funds were used to help Springfield resident and Viet Nam Veteran Dennis Miller, who had been wounded in battle and uses a motorized scooter for transportation.
Dennis Miller was struck by a drunken pizza delivery driver and his scooter destroyed.
The CHETT funds were used to purchase a new scooter at Gateway Medical Equipment and the Martins and Dennis Miller later met for the first time at the Springfield Justice Center after Miller received his replacement scooter and took it for a test ride.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday at Major Family Funeral Home at 112 North A Street in Springfield.
Carolyn Martin has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the CHETT fund at the Springfield police department, who will honor Chet’s wishes and continue to help those in short-term need of assistance with the program in his name.
NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT: On July 17, 2016 at approximately am, SPD officers responded to a report of a burglary of a business located at All American Canopy.A citizen reported observing a male cut through the wire fence and attempting to remove a fiberglass truck canopy.The Springfield police department is mourning the loss of Springfield resident and retired United States Marine Corps and Coast Guard Veteran Chester Martin, who lost his battle with Cancer and quietly passed away July 17, 2016 at age 74.Chester or Chet as he was known by his friends at SPD and his wife Carolyn are the Springfield couple who approached the Springfield police in 2015 asking to donate funds to police for use as a benevolent community resource to help veterans and other community members at times of urgent need.The CHETT Program (Community Help Easing Troubled Times)The Martins worked with police to establish the program and funded an initial cash donation of $700 to get the program started.Word of the CHETT Program quickly spread in Springfield and the fund has now grown via individual and group donations to over $10,000.