State Briefs 6/3/08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Man wakes up to find knife at throat

ROCKFORD — A man sleeping in a recliner Monday inside his home in the 900 block of 10th Avenue awoke to a man holding a knife at his throat.

Police said a 7:30 p.m. burglary turned into a home invasion when the intruder discovered the homeowner asleep in the living room.

The intruder forced his way into the two-story house by cutting a screened kitchen window. He then used a knife to threaten the homeowner and demanded and received the man’s wallet, Sgt. John Hoshaw said.

The 55-year-old homeowner was not injured, and the intruder fled in an unknown direction.

He’s described as a black male, 5-feet-10 to 5-feet-11, wearing a white ski mask, dark colored blue jeans and a dark hooded sweat shirt. He was armed with a knife.

Rockford Register Star

Man dies, wife injured in suspected suicide-murder attempt

BLOOMINGDALE – A man was found dead and his wife was injured late Monday night in what Bloomingdale police believe may have been a suicide and attempted murder.

Richard Painter, 36, was found dead with a self-inflicted wound to his head, and a semi-automatic handgun was found by his body, police said. He was taken to Glen Oaks Medical Center in Glendale Heights, where he was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m., reports said.

According to witnesses, Painter, shot himself at about 10:15 p.m. Monday. Officers responded to a report of gunshots and found both victims lying in the street with gunshot wounds, Bloomingdale police said in a news release.

A vehicle containing bullet holes was still in the street on Tuesday morning.

Bloomingdale Police Deputy Chief Frank Giammarese said multiple shots were fired, and an investigation is underway to determine what happened. Giammarese said there had been no indication of any previous domestic calls to the residence.

Painter's 28-year-old wife was transported to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield for treatment, police said. Her condition is not known.

Suburban Life Publications

Couple arrested after deputies serving warrant find meth ingredients

PEKIN - A Pekin couple was arrested after county deputies found items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine in their apartment during an attempt to serve an arrest warrant Friday.

Tazewell County Sheriff's deputies were serving an arrest warrant when they discovered several items used in manufacturing methamphetamine as well as several other drug items, including cannabis.

According to the deputies' report, while serving the arrest warrant for Mark A. Turner, 38, deputies first spoke with 24-year-old Heydi L. Thomas, Turner's girlfriend, who told deputies that Turner was not at the apartment.

However, after obtaining permission to search the apartment, Turner was found hiding in a closet.

Thomas was arrested afterward for obstructing justice in regard to allegedly lying about Turner's location.

Also while searching the apartment, deputies found several cannabis pipes, a small bag of cannabis, and a box containing items used to manufacture meth.

When deputies asked Turner whom the box belonged to, he informed them that it belonged to a friend but would not say who the friend was.

Thomas was released Monday from the Tazewell County Justice Center with a notice to appear. Turner is still in custody on a $100,000 bond for both the arrest warrant and the meth arrest.

Pekin Times

Biker arrested for doing 114 in a 55-mph zone

SESSER - A rural Sesser man was ticketed for driving in excess of 110 miles per hour early Saturday morning.

Sesser police were returning on Illinois 148 south of Sesser from a mutual-aid call in Valier when the officer clocked an oncoming motorcycle traveling 114 mph in the 55 mph zone.

The driver, David Parker Couter, 20, was ticketed for reckless driving and speeding. He told police he was trying to beat the rain home.

Coulter was taken to the Franklin County Jail in Benton, where he posted $200 bail and was released.

His 2007 Yamaha motorcycle was impounded.

Benton Evening News