NEWS

State Briefs 12/03/09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Two men dead after fight

ROCKFORD — Police have released the names of two men found dead Wednesday outside a Rockford apartment after a fight.

Police identified Michael DiMario, 46, and George C. Ricketts, 54, both of Rockford, as the two men killed around 6:30 p.m.

Deputy Chief Greg Lindmark said both men were found with trauma to their bodies, police said, but neither had been shot. Neither of the men lived at the apartment.

Police say the men likely did not kill each other, but they’re not sure whether one or more people are responsible for the killings. Both men were found dead within several feet of each other in a yard and an alley of an apartment.

Rockford Register Star

Candace Parker to hold basketball clinic

LISLE –The WNBA’s Candace Parker will host a basketball clinic at the Chicago Bulls/Chicago White Sox Training Academy in Lisle on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Parker, who went to high school in Naperville, was a star at the University of Tennessee before being drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks. She won two national championships and was twice named player of the year at Tennessee and helped the Sparks win the 2008 WNBA championship while being named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. She was also named Female Athlete of the Year by The Associated Press.

The clinic, conducted by Parker, professional trainer Rob McClanaghan and Bulls Training Academy instructors, will teach shooting, ball handling, passing, footwork and rebounding. It is open to girls 8 to 18 years of age. Participants will receive a t-shirt and can have one item autographed by Parker.

For more information, go to bullssoxacademy.com or call (630) 324-8242.

Suburban Life Publications

Police warn of bond scam

PEORIA – Police are reporting multiple recent phone calls to businesses in which the caller poses as a police officer or bonding agent.

The caller tells an employee a co-worker has been arrested and needs bond money to get out. The caller tends to have small amounts of information about both the person he is calling and the supposedly arrested co-worker.

When prompted for more information, the caller cites privacy issues and says he can’t reveal more details. The caller instructs the employee how to wire money and stresses confidentiality. The caller creates a sense of urgency in order to give the employee little time to confirm the story, police said.

At least one employee has wired money to the scammer, police said.

This is one of several recent scams involving phone calls or text messages, and is at least the second scam in less than a month involving a caller posing as an employee of the Peoria Police Department. Less than a month ago, Peoria police warned citizens of a caller identifying himself as a sergeant. In that scam, the “sergeant” told people they had unpaid parking tickets or a warrant on file, then asked for a credit card number to take care of the matter.

Peoria Journal Star

Peoria-based Red Cross van involved in fatal accident

SHEFFIELD – The driver of a Peoria-based Red Cross van was killed Wednesday night when he collided with a semi, police sad.

The crash occurred around 12:12 a.m. at Illinois Route 40 and the Interstate 80 eastbound off-ramp, according to the Bureau County Sheriff’s department. A semi trying to make a U-turn to get back on the interstate blocked both the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 40. While the semi was in the intersection, an American Red Cross van based in Peoria traveling south on Route 40 struck the middle of the trailer and became wedged beneath it.

The driver of the van was killed, according to the sheriff’s department. His name has not been released, pending notification of his family. The driver of the semi-trailer, whose name also hasn't been released, was charged for an illegal left turn and released.

Peoria Journal Star

Man stabbed after chasing home invader

GALESBURG – Police are looking for a suspect who stabbed a local man after breaking into his home.

Jeffery M. Gardner told police he had been reading news on his computer when his dogs began barking at the kitchen door. When Gardner went to investigate, he saw a man coming upstairs from his basement. The man took off running and Gardner chased him on foot while yelling at the suspect to stop.

The suspect eventually stopped in a parking lot and turned to Gardner with a knife in one hand and a claw hammer in the other. The suspect stabbed Gardner in the shoulder and said he would kill him if he came any closer.

Gardner was taken to OSF St. Mary Medical Center for treatment of his stab wound. Hospital medical staff told police the knife wound was deep and required seven staples to close it.

Galesburg Register-Mail

Better Business Bureau warns of H1N1 scam

ROCKFORD – The Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois is warning of fake H1N1 e-mails addressed as being from the Center of Disease Control that began reaching e-mail boxes Tuesday.

The fraudulent phishing e-mails refer to a state vaccination program supposedly sponsored by the CDC, the legitimate government agency called the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The message states that anyone who is age 18 or older must complete a vaccination profile on the CDC’s Web site www.cdc.gov whether they intend to be vaccinated or not.

They are then instructed to click on the supplied link and provide the required information. Users who click on the link are at risk of having a malicious virus installed on their computers.

Rockford Register Star