State Briefs 3/16/09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Ventriloquist Dunham returning to Rockford

ROCKFORD – Comic ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will return to Rockford at 8 p.m. July 31 at the MetroCentre in Rockford.

Tickets cost $42.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at metrocentre.com, (815) 968-5222 or the MetroCentre box office.

Dunham’s show last May at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford sold out.

He is known for his puppet friends, the backwoods Bubba, talking hot pepper Jose Jalapeno, retiree Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist and purple-faced Peanut. His Spark of Insanity Tour, which will be performed here, is one of Comedy Central’s most watched programs of all time.

Rockford Register Star

Man accused of stealing car with child inside

ROCKFORD — Winnebago County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Sunday who allegedly stole a car with a 10-year-old child inside it.

Donald Sturdivant, age and residence unavailable, was arrested around 8 p.m.

About a half-hour earlier, Rockford police said, Sturdivant stole a car from a gas station and let the child out of the vehicle about a block later. The Rockford Police Department initially responded to the call because of where the car was taken from.

Sheriff’s police later located the vehicle, and Sturdivant was arrested.

Rockford Register Star

Construction worker sent to emergency room after accident

PEORIA – A PIPCO Cos. construction worker was sent to the emergency room at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center after an accident Monday afternoon at a construction site at the hospital did an estimated $25,000 to $40,000 damage.

 Ed Grebner, 53, of Washburn went to the ER with cuts to his face and aches and pains after pressurized air shot from a pipe in the construction area about 2:20 p.m. No other injuries were reported.

Grebner was operating a ground compactor near the area where a 30-inch chilled pipe was being tested. During the test, a joint broke and pressurized air shot out of the pipe. That sent dirt, small rocks and other debris airborne.

The incident occurred on the construction site for the Milestone Project, a $280 million addition to St. Francis and Children’s Hospital of Illinois scheduled for completion in 2010. PIPCO is a subcontractor at the site.

Peoria Journal Star

Man accused of accidentally shooting sister in head

SPRINGFIELD – A 21-year-old man allegedly accidentally shot his 16-year-old sister in the head Saturday.

The teen, whose identity was not released, is not expected to survive, a police spokesman said.

William Howard, of Springfield, faces a charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm, according to Clay Dowis, deputy chief with the Springfield Police Department.

The shooting occurred about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, he said.

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