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2 principals named for Clinton schools

CLINTON - Two new principals were hired recently to take over responsibilities for two retirees in Clinton schools next year.

Clinton Junior High School will be supervised by John Pine next fall. Pine will replace Larry Bethard, who will retire in May. Pine, who now serves as assistant high school principal, will be paid $72,000 a year.

n;Gary Gullone was approved as the new principal of Lincoln Elementary School at a salary ofn;$71,000 a year. He will replace Susan Hanks, a veteran teacher and administrator in the district.

Two new assistant principals also were hired by the school board.

Karen Smith will take over as assistant junior high school principal. Smith's annual salary was set at $65,000.

Jeff Burger will assume the duties of assistant high school principal at a salary of $67,000.

Normal library adds book drop at Jewel

NORMAL - Normal Public Library has added another offsite book drop to make it easier for patrons to return materials during the construction projects that have restricted onsite parking.

The newest location is Jewel-Osco, 901 S. Cottage Ave., Normal.

Other locations are Walgreens, 1101 N. Main St., Normal, and the Community Activity Center, 1110 Douglas St., Normal. Audiovisual materials such as compact discs, videos and digital video discs should still be returned to the library building.

Police, fire, rescue

Gun accidentally fired at jail sally port

BLOOMINGTON - An Illinois State University officer accidentally fired a gun outside the county jail about 2 a.m. Feb. 15, chipping a wall.

ISU Police Chief Ronald Swan said Cpl. Nichol Bleichner retrieved her gun from the trunk of her squad car after taking someone to the jail, and was making sure a round was chambered when it went off. Firearms are not allowed in certain areas of the county Law and Justice Center.

Swan said Bleichner was not negligent and had pointed her gun in a safe direction, and nobody was hurt. He said it was the first such accident in his 23 years with the department, and he tries to have his officers trained beyond state training board requirements.

He said Bleichner, a midnight shift supervisor is receiving remedial training, but described her as an outstanding and safety-conscious officer.

Battery - A 51-year-old man is accused of grabbing a woman's neck Tuesday in Bloomington.

Michael E. Prakel, of the 900 block of West Front Street in Bloomington, was in jail Tuesday in lieu of $500 on a charge of domestic battery. A court file says the charge is a felony because of a conviction for domestic battery in a 2005 case.

Burglary - Two 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old are accused of entering a delivery truck to steal items inside Monday in Bloomington.

Michael J. Kletz, of the 1300 block of Hinshaw Avenue in Bloomington, Ronald D. Hampton, of the 1300 block of North Sherman Street and Robert A. Davis, of the 900 block of North Center Street, were in jail Tuesday on one count each of burglary. Kletz, 17, and Hampton were held in lieu of $500 each and Hampton was held in lieu of $200.

Marijuana - A 24-year-old man is accused of selling marijuana to a police source twice in January and possessing marijuana Monday.

Kevin J. Schmelzer, of the 800 block of North Prairie Street in Bloomington, was in jail Tuesday in lieu of $1,000 on charges of unlawful delivery of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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