NEWS IN BRIEF
Russian lecturer to speak at IWU
BLOOMINGTON - Tamara Sivertseva, an ethnographer from Russia, will give a public lecture at Illinois Wesleyan University as a part of the Scholars at Risk Speaker Series to educate the public about threats to academic freedom and attacks on scholars.
The lecture, entitled "Family, Women and Survival Strategies in the Caucasus and Central Asia" will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Beckman Auditorium of The Ames Library, 1 Ames Plaza. The program is free and open to the public.
Sivertseva will discuss the challenges facing women and others in the region, drawing in particular on her own experiences as a female scholar in Russia. As an ethnographer, Sivertseva's work focuses on gender issues, ethnic identity and traditional life in the North Caucasus.
POLICE, FIRE, RESCUE
2 Peoria residents charged with theft
BLOOMINGTON - Two Peoria residents were charged in an incident Wednesday night in which police said they tried to take an LCD television and clothing from a Bloomington store, struck and bit a security employee and fled west on Interstate 74.
Jimmy L. Nichols, 48, and Shawanda R. Robinson, 33, were both in jail Thursday on charges of aggravated battery and retail theft. Nichols was held in lieu of $500 and Robinson was held in lieu of $1,000.
Police said the incident began when the pair tried to leave Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2225 W. Market St., with the items and were confronted by security employees. A court document indicates Nichols struck a security employee, causing a cut to his ear, and Robinson bit the man's arm.
Nichols implied he had a weapon, police said, and the pair fled to a van. Robinson drove as Nichols held onto the hood of the vehicle until Market Street, where Nichols entered the van, police said.
A person who saw the incident trailed the van and called police. Washington and East Peoria officers pulled the van over along Interstate 74, police said.
Drugs - Gramm, Chris Lynn, 46, 1800 block of Vladimir Drive, Bloomington,fine of $1000, DUI fine of $500 and sentenced to two years of conditional discharge. For driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Must complete recomeded treatment.
Alcohol - Robert Lee Collins, 35,1200 blockEpsilon, Bloomington, fine of $600, DUI fine of $500 sentenced to two years of court supervision for driving under the influenced of alcohol. Must complete recomended treatment.
Alcohol - Carmen L. McDermot,49, 900 bloock W. Wood St., Bloomington,fine of $600, DUI $500, sentenced to two years court surpervision. Must complete recomeneded treatment.
Alcohol - Travis David Peterson, 24, 600 block N. Main St., Bloomington, fine of $600, DUI fine $500, sentenced to two years of court supervision. Must complete recomended treatment.
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