State Briefs 2/19/10

Student shot on Northern Illinois campus


DEKALB — Charges are pending for a Northern Illinois University student who allegedly shot another student early Friday morning outside Stevenson North Residence Hall.


The shooting came five days after the two-year anniversary of a shooting on the campus that left six people, including the gunman, dead. University officials said Friday’s shooting was an isolated incident between two individuals. Classes were held Friday as scheduled.


The victim, a male, lives at the Stevenson residence hall. The alleged shooter, also male, lives off campus, officials said. The shooter was caught about five minutes after the shooting took place.


Rockford Register Star


Man crashes into gas station, steals ATM


EAST PEORIA – Too early to find an open bank, a man attempted a unique type of cash withdrawal Friday morning.


East Peoria police said a suspect slammed a stolen pickup truck through the glass entry area to a Hucks gas station at about 2:30 a.m. The truck barrelled into an ATM and knocked the machine off bolts connecting it to a wall.


The suspect then loaded the cash machine into the back of the pickup and drove off, stopping at the East Peoria Event Center at the Oaks.


There, the suspect propped the stolen machine against an outer wall and attempted to gain access to the cash by ramming the stolen pickup against the ATM.


Although the ATM was badly damaged, it did not come open. The truck, a pickup with ladders on the sides, was stolen from C&G Concrete, police said.


Officers responding to an alarm at the event center located the ATM and truck still running in the parking lot. The exterior brick wall was cracked. A hole was punched through the wall and a large interior window was shattered, police said.


Peoria Journal Star


Woman stabbed in dispute over liquor


PEORIA – An argument about a half-pint of liquor Thursday night led to a knife fight that sent two women to the hospital, police said.


Jennifer A. Bell, 24, and Rosalie A. Edwards, 34, were attending a party after 10 p.m. when the intoxicated women began to argue about possession of the liquor bottle, police said. The dispute moved outside, where Bell allegedly pulled out a knife.


Edwards was sent to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center with a punctured lung, part of her ear cut off and stab wounds to her hands and torso. She remained Friday at the hospital in serious condition.


Bell was treated and released for a puncture wound to the torso, police said. Police only found one knife, and they were unsure what type of weapon may have caused Bell’s injury.


Bell was arrested on charges of attempted murder, mob action and criminal damage to property — the latter because of damage caused to a car parked on the street during the melee.


Upon her release, Edwards faces charges of aggravated battery, mob action and criminal damage to property.


Peoria Journal Star


Man pleads guilty to killing UIS student


SPRINGFIELD – A Chicago man who had been staying in Springfield admitted Friday that he shot a 46-year-old college student to death in 2008.


LaDarryl C. House shot Linda Caldwell, a first-year University of Illinois Springfield student from Bloomington, several times with a rifle in a gas station parking lot after the two argued about drugs early on Sept. 21, 2008.


In exchange for House’s guilty plea, first assistant state’s attorney John Milhiser agreed to cap his sentencing recommendation at 40 years. Sentencing was set for April 30.


State Journal-Register