State Briefs 10/09/08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Mangieri, Thompson cleared of wrongdoing

GALESBURG — Ninth Circuit Court Judge Paul Mangieri has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the investigation of his tenure as Knox County state’s attorney. The investigation into former Sheriff Jim Thompson’s office has also been scrapped, without any criminal charges being made against him.

In a letter to Judge Ed Danner, filed Thursday morning, Special Prosecutor William Poncin said, “Based upon the law and a review of the evidence, I have determined that there is an insufficient basis for the filing of criminal charges against any of the officials named in the court order.” Poncin added, “I have returned all investigative materials to the Illinois State Police.”

The investigation covered a period from Dec 1, 2003, to Nov 30, 2006, during which Mangieri was state’s attorney and Thompson was sheriff.

The Register-Mail

Death of witness puts stop to homicide cases

ROCKFORD — The Kane County state’s attorney’s office announced Thursday that it plans to drop two gang-related homicide cases after the Sept. 23 Rockford death of Jamaal Delville “Ike” Garcia, 25, of Belvidere, who was a key witness in the cases.

The state’s attorney’s office in Kane County stated in the release that there is no known connection between Garcia’s death and his role as a witness in the two murder cases.

Rockford police said Garcia’s death, which is being investigated as a homicide, was the result of a dispute. Three men, all of the Rockford area, have been charged in Garcia’s death.

Rockford police said the men have no gang ties, no ties to Aurora, and that there is no evidence that Garcia’s death was in retaliation for his participation in the 2007 cold case indictments, the release states.

Garcia was shot, beaten and his body dumped in a field near the Chicago Rockford International Airport and burned.

As a result of Garcia’s death, first-degree murder charges are expected to be dropped against Quentin Moore, 27, of Aurora. Moore had been accused of shooting to death 19-year-old Jorge Uriostigue just after midnight Aug. 8, 2003.

Also because of Garcia’s death, first-degree murder charges are expected to be dropped against Jesse M. Lopez, 27, of Aurora. Lopez had been accused of shooting to death 22-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez just after midnight July 9, 2003.

Register Star

High school locked down after threat, reopens

PEORIA — Classes have returned to normal at Woodruff High School after authorities placed the school on lockdown Thursday morning because of a threat of a weapon on campus.

About 9:30 a.m., an anonymous caller said there was going to be "trouble involving a knife or gun" at the school, Peoria police spokesman Doug Burgess said.

Peoria police and District 150 conducted sweeps of the building and grounds, District 150 spokeswoman Stacey Shangraw said.

No weapon was recovered during the nearly 90-minute lockdown, which ended just before noon. Students returned to their regular class schedule or lunch.

Journal Star

Boys fire pellet gun at police chief

GRANDVIEW -- Springfield police are interviewing two boys who shot the window out of a Grandview police car this afternoon while the village’s police chief was driving it.

The boys, who are brothers ages 14 and 12, also shot out the window on another car. A pump-style pellet gun apparently was used in each case.

The incident happened about 12:30 p.m. in the area of 19th and North Grand Avenue. Grandview Police Chief Mike Feleccia said he was on patrol when he heard a shot and the passenger-side front window on his squad car blew out. The window was up at the time.

“After it happened, not knowing what was happening at first, I pulled into the gas station there and after I looked back to where I had been, I knew a kid that lived in this house I had passed by. I never saw who actually did it, but I knew right where it was when it happened and I knew which direction the shot came from,” Feleccia said.

Springfield police took the two boys into custody. Charges are pending.

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