State Briefs 4/1/08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Man shot, robbed in his front yard

ROCKFORD – A 29-year-old man was pistol whipped, shot in the thigh and robbed in his front yard Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the armed robbery happened shortly before 1:30 p.m. The victim was able to either drive himself or get a ride to Rockford Memorial Hospital, where he is being treated for the gunshot wound, which is not believed to be life-threatening.

“The man had just come home and was basically trying to walk from his vehicle to his front door,” said Rockford Police Sgt. Dave Hooks. “He was approached by two men who wanted his wallet, and he tried to fight them off.”

The victim told police that two thieves took his wallet and drove away in a dark blue Chrysler 300.

Rockford Register Star

Shooting report turns out to be April Fool’s prank

SPRINGFIELD – An April Fool’s prank could lead to big trouble for someone who made a fake 911 call Tuesday morning. 

Police were sent to a gast station just after 11 a.m. after 911 got a call that a man had been shot in the leg and was waiting for help.

Within minutes, authorities determined something was amiss. An officer talked to a woman in the area, who said the call was a prank. The joke could be on the caller, as police and 911 dispatchers frown on such pranks.

Police are still sorting out the particulars.

State Journal-Register

10-year-old says stranger tried to lure her to car

PEORIA - An unidentified man attempted to lure a Columbia Middle School student to his car Monday morning.

A 10-year-old girl was waiting for a school bus to pick her up about 7:10 a.m. when a dark vehicle pulled up to the curb.

A man told the girl to come to him, but she did not respond. He then drove away when the school bus approached.

Peoria police are investigating.

Journal Star, Peoria

Patient records accessed

PEORIA - A former Illinois Eye Center employee could have used confidential patient information for identity theft.

According to a letter the eye center sent last week to affected patients, the records obtained include patient names, Social Security numbers and birthdates. It is believed females between ages 18 and 25 were targeted.

The Peoria County Sheriff's Department was alerted about the possible identity theft in January and has received seven or eight reports total, Lt. Mark Greskoviak said.

In each case, Greskoviak said, there was an attempt to access the patients' credit information. At least one individual reported unauthorized access was obtained to his or her credit information.

The female suspect, whose name has not been released, worked as a receptionist at the center from June to November 2007 and police believe she now lives outside Illinois.

Although the former employee has not been charged, Greskoviak said the department hopes to make an arrest in the near future.

Like most cases of identity theft, the confidential information was not used until long after it was obtained.

Greskoviak recommends that patients closely examine their credit card bills and run a credit check.

Journal Star, Peoria