State Briefs 4/4/08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Pickles, meat stolen in break-in

PEORIA - A Peoria man allegedly broke into a Jimmy John's sandwich shop and ran off with a jar of pickles and a container of meat Thursday morning before being caught by police.

Derek J. Rodreguez, 21, was arrested after police responded to an alarm at Jimmy John's just before 3 a.m. Thursday.

Police said Rodreguez ran and dropped items he was carrying from the restaurant, including a container of meat and a jar of pickles.

He was arrested nearby and booked on charges of business burglary and resisting arrest.

Journal Star, Peoria

Police arrest man connected to New Year’s Day homicide

ROCKFORD – A man connected to a New Year’s Day homicide was arrested Friday.

DeMichael S. Foat, 18, who was wanted on a warrant for first-degree murder, was found hiding in the basement of a home on Furman Street and was arrested without incident.

The arrest stems from the shooting of Jermaine Malone, who was gunned down in the early morning hours of Jan. 1 after a car accident.

Malone, 24, was a passenger in a northbound car that struck a southbound car nearly head-on, seriously injuring a person in the southbound vehicle. Police said Foat, who knew the people in the southbound vehicle, was in a van traveling behind that vehicle.

Malone stepped out of the vehicle and was shot once in the head.

Malone’s family believes he was trying to talk to occupants of the struck vehicle before he was killed.

Rockford Register Star

Two killed in crash

GALESBURG — Two people are dead after a two-vehicle head-on collision in Warren County Thursday night, and two others were air-lifted to Peoria’s OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

The two vehicles, one of which was a Ford F-350 truck with a utility box, collided on U.S. 34, approximately 1 mile east of the Cameron Road exit at approximately 9:10 p.m. Thursday. The occupants of the truck were both wearing seatbelts and were traveling westbound when they were struck by a passenger car traveling at highway speed eastbound in the wrong lane. Those in the car were not wearing seatbelts.

Law enforcement officials are not releasing the identities of any of those involved pending notification of next of kin.

The Galesburg Fire Department was called to the scene at approximately 9:26 p.m. and extricated the truck’s passenger. Monmouth rescue workers had already extricated the truck’s driver. Both of the truck’s occupants were conscious when they were removed from the vehicle.

Warren County Coroner William Underwood pronounced a man and a woman dead at the scene at approximately 10:20 p.m. Autopsies and an inquest will be conducted.

All victims had to be extricated from their vehicles.

Illinois State Police report the highway was shut down for 30 to 40 minutes in the westbound lanes while emergency services and police were on the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by Illinois State Police District 14 and the Warren County Coroner’s Office

Galesburg Register-Mail

Police investigate man’s possible connection to other crimes

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield police think Derrick Alexander, who is accused of a home invasion and rape over the weekend, might have committed other, similar crimes during the four brief stints he has spent out of prison over the past 25 years.

“There are at least two we’re looking at and maybe a third or fourth,” said Deputy Chief Clay Dowis, head of the Springfield Police Department’s investigations division. He said detectives are reviewing files from old crimes that follow what appears to be Alexander’s pattern.

“One is a completed sexual assault, one is an attempted sexual assault, and one is a situation where he may have made an attempt, but it doesn’t reach the level of assault,” Dowis said.

One of the crimes occurred recently, and another in 2003, he said.

Alexander, 42, was charged Tuesday with 20 felony counts in connection with a sexual assault Saturday evening. The attacker knocked on the door of a woman her didn’t know in the 500 block of East Monroe Street, asked if someone was there, and when the victim said no, forced his way in and assaulted her.

Alexander faces life in prison if he is convicted.

Alexander has served prison terms for kidnapping a 7-year-old girl from her bed in the middle of the night and assaulting her in 1983; for breaking into a 13-year-old girl’s bedroom and raping her in 1993; for battering a cop in 1999; and for forcing his way into a 75-year-old woman’s house in 2002, threatening to rape her and then robbing her.

State Journal-Register