State Briefs 4/23/09
Boys rescue dogs from fire
MARQUETTE HEIGHTS – Stanley, Shadow and Sheldon were trapped when smoke started pouring into the garage where they were kenneled while their owners, Dennis and Melanie Oliver, were away from home.
But three brothers ran into the garage Wednesday and escorted the dogs to safety — even though one of the boys was bitten for the effort.
Will Phillips, 12, said the boys’ father saw the dogs in the garage. The three brothers ran in and grabbed the dogs, but the dogs kept trying to go back into the garage. The boys were finally able to get the dogs out of the garage despite youngest brother Rob, 11, being bitten.
North Pekin Fire Chief Chris McGill said the fire was knocked down quickly after firefighters arrived. The fire appeared to be electrical in origin, McGill said, and it was apparent that the flames started around an electrical box.
The homeowners were not at home when the fire broke out, and firefighters pushed a car out of the garage to save it from the flames. The fire did not cause any injuries, McGill said.
Woman accused of shootout with police
PEORIA – Following a carjacking and shootout with police Wednesday night, a Peoria woman faces a slew of charges.
Shalimar K. Berry, 25, was booked into the Peoria County Jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated discharge of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and obstructing police.
One of the carjacking victims, a Peoria woman, was treated at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center after being shot in the knee during the carjacking. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The other female carjacking victim was not believed to be harmed.
Police responding to the call found a woman in the street firing at one of the two carjacking victims. The vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban SUV, was not seen by the officer upon arriving on scene.
The shooter, later identified as Berry, allegedly continued firing as she ran across a field. Berry was eventually shot with a Taser and subdued.
Peoria Journal Star
Surveying museum delayed
SPRINGFIELD – Opening of the National Museum of Surveying in downtown Springfield, scheduled for this summer, will be delayed because of a drop-off in donations.
Bob Church, executive director of the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor’s Association, blamed the decline on the faltering economy. Officials with the museum are pursuing other funding sources, including grants, he said.
The association has raised about $1.2 million for the project, but needs an additional $200,000 to complete the museum’s exhibits.
Part of the history of surveying includes three American presidents — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln — who all worked as surveyors.
Initially, museum officials wanted to have the building open for the summer tourist season so they could capitalize on the celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.
However, individual surveyors and surveying associations across the country were important contributors to the museum, and surveyors been hit hard by the recession, Church said.
Men arrested for meth lab
GALESBURG – Two men were arrested Thursday morning on several drug charges, including operating a meth lab in their home.
At about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, the Galesburg Police Department and the Illinois State Police Tactical Response Team executed a search warrant. Officers located three firearms, approximately 5 grams of methamphetamine, heroin, syringes, 15 grams of cannabis and methamphetamine manufacturing materials inside the residence.
Donald Reed, 36, was charged with possession and manufacturing of meth, possession of firearms by a felon and three outstanding warrants. Ronald E. Smith, 33, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and a McDonough County warrant.