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Third location named for early voting site

NORMAL - Early voting will take place in the Prairie Conference Room on the second floor of the Illinois State University Bone Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15.

The ISU site is one of three offered to McLean County voters.

Early voting also may be done at the Normal City Clerk's office at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Feb. 27 through March 16 and at the McLean County Clerk's office, 115 E. Washington St., Bloomington, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Feb. 27 through March 16 and from 9 a.m. to noon March 4 and 11.

Residents living within Bloomington corporate limits may vote early at the Bloomington Board of Elections office, 115 E. Washington St., Bloomington, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Feb. 27 through March 16 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4 and 11.

Sheriff's candidates meet again tonight

LeROY - The two candidates for McLean County sheriff will meet tonight in what may be their only joint appearance outside Bloomington-Normal.

Mike Emery and Mike Essig, both lieutenants with the sheriff's department, want to replace Dave Owens, who is not seeking another term. The primary election is March 21. Both men are running as Republicans.

Tonight's event, sponsored by LeRoy Pride Action Commission, will be at 7 p.m. in the media center at LeRoy Elementary School, 805 N. Barnett. The men will speak briefly and then answer questions from the audience.

Fund-raiser tonight to aid Easter Seals

BLOOMINGTON - A fund-raiser for the Easter Seals Telethon is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Loft above Central Station, 220 E. Front St. Tickets are $15 per person.

The events include a silent auction and raffle drawings. Guest bartenders will accept tips for Easter Seals.

For information or tickets, call (309) 824-0696 or (309) 287-6013.

Fourth-graders read books to help others

DANVERS Olympia North's fourth-grade students read 100 books both for their own enjoyment and for others.

The program is part of Scholastic Book Club's Classrooms Care, which combines philanthropy and literacy. As a result, 1 million books will be donated to children in need including many affected by Hurricane Katrina.

"Reading tastes run the gamut from 'Captain Underpants' to "Little House on the Prairie' to 'Snot Stew' ton;'A Series of Unfortunate Events,' said Rita Park, Olympia North fourth-grade teacher.

Park's 48 students averaged two books each. "There was certainly a sense of pride among my students last week when they met their goal," Park said.

POLICE, FIRE, RESCUE

Man, 49, surrenders after marijuana bust

LINCOLN - Oscar R. Falcon, 49, of the 200 block of South Sherman Street in Lincoln surrendered to police Saturday after the Logan County Drug Suppression Unit raided his home and confiscated almost 15 pounds of marijuana.

Police estimated the pot has a street value of around $25,000. Officers found 14 one-gallon Ziploc freezer bags full of marijuana, a scale and some drug paraphernalia.

Falcon turned himself in and was charged with unlawful manufacture of delivery charge of more than 5,000 grams of marijuana, a Class X felony. Other charges are pending.

Sexual abuse - A 47-year-old Bloomington man is accused of inappropriately touching an underage girl Jan. 1.

Lionel Joyce, of the 600 block of South Morris Avenue, was in jail Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 on two charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Cocaine - A 48-year-old woman is accused of possessing cocaine and a crack pipe Tuesday in Bloomington.

Minnie L. Knox, of the 400 block of West Seminary Avenue, was in jail Tuesday in lieu of $1,000 on a charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cocaine - A Chicago man is accused of possessing cocaine Tuesday in McLean County.

Oswaldo Reyes, 30, was in jail Tuesday in lieu of $1,000 on a charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Marijuana - An 18-year-old man is accused of selling marijuana to a police inspector Jan. 26.

Whitney J. Joyner, of the 300 block of South Bone Drive in Normal, was in jail Tuesday in lieu of $1,000 on a charge of unlawful delivery of marijuana.

Marijuana - A 17-year-old man is accused of possessing and intending to sell marijuana Monday in Bloomington.

Nicholas E. Herald, of the 100 block of South Prospect Road in Bloomington, was in jail Tuesday in lieu of $200 on charges of unlawful possession of a marijuana with intent to deliver the drug and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Theft - A Bloomington man is accused of stealing a video game system Sunday.

Nathan R. Livingston, 31, of the 700 block of North Roosevelt Avenue, was in jail Tuesday in lieu of $300 on a charge of theft. A court file indicates the charge is a felony because of a conviction for forgery in a 2002 case.

The Pantagraph values accuracy. If you see something that is inaccurate, report it to the editor of the section. All corrections will run in this space, except Sundays. If you are not sure whom to call, contact Editor Terry Greenberg at (309) 820-3230 or tgreenberg@pantagraph.com or Managing Editor Mark Pickering at (309) 820-3252 or mpickering@pantagraph.com .

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