State Briefs 8/6/08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Police called after stripper fight

SPRINGFIELD – Two strippers fought in the dressing room of Deja Vu Tuesday afternoon.

Police were sent to the club at 3220 Lake Plaza Drive after learning that two of the dancers had gotten into a scuffle about 5 p.m.

The women were arguing about a customer when one of them, age 20, put her finger in the other woman’s face and threatened her. As the other dancer, 23, turned and walked away, the 20-year-old pulled her down to the floor by her hair and kicked her in the face, police were told.

There were no witnesses to the fight, and no arrests were made. The police report was sent to the state’s attorney’s office.

State Journal-Register

Conservation officers say men sold illegal turtles

PEORIA - Testimony is underway in the federal trial of two men accused of selling undersized turtles at an East Peoria reptile show three years ago.

Jason Johnson, 32, of Peoria and Keith Cantore, 28, stand charged with conspiracy to sell the terrapins as well as one count of actually selling an undersized turtle at one of the events during the summer of 2005.

Both men face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of all counts.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jerry Brost and Brad Murphy contended at trial that Johnson organized the Midwest Reptile Expo and held four events in 2005 at the East Peoria Convention Center. It was at these events, the government alleges, that both men sold the illegal turtles.

For years, little turtles were commonly sold as pets. But they tended to carry salmonella, a dangerous bacteria, and young children would get sick after they put the turtles into their mouths. So in the early 1970s, the federal government banned the sale of the turtles less than four inches in size.

Testimony from two state conservation officers indicated they bought turtles at the show that were less than four inches.

Journal Star, Peoria 

Stargazing event set for Thompson Lake

HAVANA - An early morning stargazing event will be held beginning at 3:30 a.m. Aug. 13 on recently restored Thompson Lake at the Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve between Havana and Lewistown.

The free program, presented by the University of Illinois at Springfield's Emiquon Field Station in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy, will take advantage of the peak display of the Perseids meteor shower, the annual mid-August display of "falling stars."

Then, as morning light washes out the meteor shower, participants can experience the awakening of the marsh as a wide variety of wetland plants and animals begin their day.

Staff members will be on hand to discuss the Emiquon project, which is transforming more than 7,000 acres along the Illinois River from farmland to its natural floodplain state.

Participants should gather at 3:30 a.m. at the lakeside entrance to Thompson Lake, located directly off Illinois routes 97 and 78,

approximately one-half mile north of the Dickson Mounds turnoff. A sign will be posted at the entrance.

Everyone entering the property will be asked to sign a liability waiver. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Visitors who plan to witness the event from shore are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Experienced boaters may bring canoes, kayaks, or row boats to watch from the water. Motor boats are prohibited.

If the sky is overcast on Aug. 13, the alternate date will be Aug. 16.

For further information, call the Nature Conservancy office at (309) 547-2730 or send an e-mail to dhedrick@tnc.org.

Journal Star, Peoria

BU grad school earns top marks

PEORIA - Bradley University was ranked among the top 100 programs in the country in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 list of "America's Best Graduate Schools" for its doctoral physical therapy program.

The school ranked 69th in the graduate health program category for physical therapy, tied with 15 other colleges, each with a score of 2.6 out of a total of 5.

"It is a testament to our engaged and talented faculty and our hard-working and dedicated students for our DPT program to be recognized as one of the best physical therapy programs in the nation," Bradley President Joanne K. Glasser said in a news release.

First offered as a bachelor's degree in 1990, Bradley's doctoral physical therapy program has quickly evolved with the changing needs and requirements in the health care field, switching to a master's program in 1997, and finally to the three-year doctoral program in 2005. A total of 16 students graduated from the program this May.

The program is the only one of its kind in downstate Illinois and the first professional doctorate program to be offered at Bradley.

Rankings under the health category are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline, according to U.S. News & World Report's Web site. All schools surveyed in a particular discipline, such as physical therapy, were sent the same number of surveys.

Journal Star, Peoria

Wanke sentencing delayed with attorney’s status in doubt

ROCKFORD — Sentencing for Richard Wanke Jr. has been delayed as Wanke, Judge Joe McGraw and Wanke’s attorney, Glenn Jazwiec, discuss whether Jazwiec will continue as Wanke’s attorney.

Court is in recess to give Wanke and Jazwiec an opportunity to speak about Jazwiec’s continued involvement in the case and whether testimony from Wanke’s trial from his sister and his landlord, Diane Chavez, can be admitted as evidence at the sentencing.

Wanke was convicted of burglary after he stole a laptop computer. But he also is a man police have linked to the February slaying of his Rockford attorney, Gregory H. Clark.

Wanke has not been charged in Clark’s death, and he has denied any involvement in the slaying.

Rockford Register Star