State Briefs 8/4/08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Former corrections officer pleads guilty to sex charges

BENTON – A former Franklin County Jail Correctional officer pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of custodial sexual misconduct involving three female inmates being held at the county jail.

Bruce A. McMurray, 26, of Christopher, entered the surprise guilty pleas at a hearing in Franklin County Circuit Court before Judge Robert Lewis. McMurray had been in court seeking a reduction in his $75,000 bond.

Lewis set Sept. 26 for sentencing.

McMurray could face 2-5 years in prison on each count. He could also receive probation.

Franklin County State's attorney Tom Dinn said he will seek prison time for McMurray.

According to information gathered in the case, McMurray coerced two of the women into performing oral sex. He attempted to have the third inmate perform a sex act, but was unsuccessful.

The acts took place in December 2007. A witness, who had seen the activity, came forward in early June and told a female correctional officer, who in turn notified sheriff's investigators.

Benton Evening News

Officers search for man after alleged abduction attempt

ROCKFORD — Officers with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a man who unsuccessfully attempted to grab a 13-year-old girl at Westlake Village, a subdivision between Rockford and Pecatonica.

Police say the incident happened around 2 p.m. Saturday. The girl told her mother that she was approached by the man who asked, “Can you help me with something?”

When the girl told him no, he reached out to grab her.

She pulled back and screamed and the suspect ran to a pickup truck and fled.

The subject is described as a white man in his 40s, 5-foot-10, 175 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He is clean cut with a “buzz” haircut.

The suspect vehicle is a red pickup (not extended cab), with chrome running boards rusted on the driver’s side.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department.

Rockford Register Star

Customers camp out for free wings

ROCKFORD — The lure of winning free wings for a year made the grand opening of Buffalo Wild Wings a loud, crowded event Monday.

Ultimately, only the first 100 or so people through the door got the prize, valued at $250 a person, but latecomers were treated to other coupons and were registered for door prizes.

Greg Debaere, 17; Albert Fish, 17; Kyle Kittoe, 17; Mark St. Clair, 16; and Alli Tauck, 19, were in front of Rockford’s newest restaurant at 11 p.m. Saturday, enticed by the offer of free wings for a year to the first 100 guests at its Monday opening.

The group brought “blankets, skateboards and rails,” Debaere said, and relied on friends to later bring them snacks and food to sustain them until the opening.

At 11 a.m., when the restaurant officially opened, it was already packed with fans who were nibbling on chicken, having a beer and watching one of 55 flat-screen TVs peppered through the restaurant.

Rockford Register Star

New commander named for 183rd Air Group

SPRINGFIELD – Col. Rick Yoder of Waverly has been named commander of the new 183rd Air Operations Group.

The AOG, which will be involved in planning and controlling air operations in wartime theaters, is one of the new missions for what has been the Springfield-based 183rd Fighter Wing. The 183rd AOG will be a subordinate unit under the wing, which is commanded by Col. Mike Meyer.

Yoder is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1987. He is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He currently 183rd Fighter Wing operations group commander.

He was promoted to colonel in 2005.

The new unit will augment Air Force headquarters staff in coordinating air operations in wartime theaters. It will be aligned to the 612th air and space operations center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona for training, supporting the Southern Command, which includes portions of Central and South America.

The 183rd’s other new mission is to service the General Electric F110 engine, supporting five Air National Guard F-16 units across the country.

State Journal-Register

Man arrested after bringing gun into jail

HARRISBURG - A Harrisburg man was arrested on firearms and drug charges after bringing a derringer pistol into the Saline County Detention Center in his shoe.

Dandrea L. Green, 23, was arrested at 3:47 a.m. Sunday on charges of possession of cannabis, three counts of unlawful use of weapon, no valid Firearm Owners Identification Card and unlawful possession of a weapon/ammunition by a felon. He remains held at the Saline County Detention Center.

Green was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Marcus McWilliams, 19, of Harrisburg.

Harrisburg Police Officer Nathan Moore stopped the vehicle after observing it cross the center line and ordered the men out of the vehicle after spotting an open bottle of Budweiser inside the vehicle, according to Police Chief Bob Smith.

Officers saw a plastic bag poking from Green's pocket and found it to contain what they suspected was marijuana.

Officers arrested McWilliams on a charge of underage consumption of alcohol and Green on the marijuana charge. Once at the Saline County Detention Center, guards found the derringer in Green's shoe, Smith said.

Harrisburg Daily Register