State Briefs 5/12/09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Man attacked with putter, robbed of $3

SPRINGFIELD – Three men attacked and robbed a 32-year-old man on Sunday.

The victim told officers he was on the sidewalk when the three men, one of whom was wielding a golfing putter, attacked him between 8 and 8:30 p.m., police said. The men then took off with $3.

The victim was treated at St. John’s Hospital for a deep cut on his right knee and left ankle, police said.

State Journal-Register

Motorcyclist hospitalized after hitting cat

SPRINGFIELD – An Auburn motorcyclist was hospitalized after he hit a cat and fell off the cycle Monday morning.

Paul L. Marquette, 57, was in serious condition at St. John’s Hospital on Monday.

Police said Marquette was driving his motorcycle about 7:25 a.m. when a cat ran into the road. Marquette said he could not stop in time to avoid hitting the animal. After striking the cat, Marquette lost control of his Honda 1300 motorcycle, skidded and fell off and away from the vehicle, police said. He was not cited.

State Journal-Register

Sheley indicted in jailhouse incident

GALESBURG – A Sterling man already facing 17 charges in connection with the beating death of a Galesburg man was indicted in Knox County on five new charges in connection with an April 17 jailhouse incident.

Knox County State’s Attorney John Pepmeyer and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Tuesday that a grand jury indicted Nicholas Sheley on three counts of aggravated battery, one count of criminal damage to property and one count of aggravated assault. The indictment supersedes the charges previously filed against Sheley on April 23, 2009.

The three counts of aggravated battery allege Sheley broke apart a metal chair and threw the legs at peace and correctional officers causing them injury. Sheley also is accused of punching a correctional officer resulting in the aggravated assault charge. Bond for the new charges was set at $250,000.

Sheley is in the Knox County jail and faces 17 charges in connection with the June 28, 2008, murder of Ronald Randall of Galesburg. The 17 charges include 10 counts of first degree murder, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking, one count of armed robbery and one count of possession of a stolen vehicle. Sheley’s bond was set at $2 million for those charges.

Galesburg Register-Mail

Bradley professors say recession should end this year

PEORIA – Two Bradley University economics professors said signs point for the recession to end sometime during the second half of this year.

“The second half of 2009 should see the U.S. economy on a slow recovery track,” said Joshua Lewer who, along with Bob Scott, chairman of the school’s economics department, addressed 90 people at a breakfast meeting Tuesday at Bradley’s Bob Michel Student Center.

Pointing to various financial indicators, Lewer said that the nation’s banks, “the engine of our economy,” appear to be recovering from what has been called the deepest U.S. recession since the 1930s.

While the economy may bottom out this summer, don’t expect the nation’s rising unemployment — now almost 9 percent — to ease immediately, said Scott.

Peoria Journal Star