NEWS IN BRIEF
Ambulance changes to be discussed
BLOOMINGTON - Proposed changes to McLean County ambulance service will be discussed at a meeting at 7 p.m. today in the emergency management operations room of the McLean County Law & Justice Center, 104 W. Front St.
Lifeline Mobile Medics and Twin City government and hospital officials announced the proposals Thursday. Under the plan, Lifeline would continue non-emergency transportation of patients but will discontinue emergency transportation by 2009.
In the Twin Cities, city rescue squads would handle emergency medical response. Bloomington Fire Department would take over Lifeline's service to McLean County rural areas, according to the announced plans.
Speakers include Alex Horvath, a BroMenn Healthcare vice president and Lifeline board member, and Anna Lee Fenger, another Lifeline board member and a chief operating officer at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. A Q&A session is planned.
Sheriff's candidates to debate tonight
BLOOMINGTON - A debate between the two candidates for McLean County sheriff will be at 7 p.m. today at the Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St.
The debate is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and co-sponsored by the McLean County chapter of the NAACP and McLean County Farm Bureau. Representatives of those three organizations will question the candidates, Lt. Mike Emery and Lt. Mike Essig. The public also will have a chance to ask questions.
The moderator is Anne Nadakvukaren of the League of Women Voters.
Weekend fund-raiser to aid Tremont pool
TREMONT - The Friends of the Tremont Pool have reached the final leg of their fund-raising efforts for a new Tremont Pool.
The group will host a hog roast dinner on Saturday at the American Legion on Lake Windermere Road in Tremont from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., or when food runs out. The event includes raffles and door prizes. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door.
The project already has received $800,000 in gifts and grants, leaving $330,000 to be raised by residents by March 31.
Of that, $120,000 has been raised through personal donations and fund-raisers.
POLICE, FIRE, RESCUE
Computer taken from ISU religious center
NORMAL - Someone stole a laptop computer from a computer lab Monday at Illinois State University, police said.
The laptop, valued at about $1,500, was taken between 1 and 5 p.m. at the Campus Religious Center, 210 W. Mulberry St.
Fleeing - A man ran from a pickup truck during a traffic stop Thursday night in Bloomington, police said.
A Bloomington police report indicates the incident occurred about 9 p.m. in the 200 block of West Front Street. The report says an officer pulled the vehicle over for improper lane usage. The man ran from the truck and the officer was not able to catch him.
An officer used mail found in the cab of the truck and pictures to identify the man, a 34-year-old with a revoked driver's license.
Theft - A car stereo was reported stolen Saturday morning from a vehicle in the 700 block of West Mulberry Street.
A brick was used to get in car, a 1993 Dodge Dakota, from which an unknown suspect stole an in-dash CD player and stereo.
Theft - A calculator and MP3 player were reported stolen Saturday from a student's apartment in the 100 block of West Cherry Street, Normal. The theft occurred sometime the previous evening. No suspects have been identified.
Woman, 56, accused of burglary charge
NORMAL - A Chicago woman is accused of entering a Normal store to commit a forgery or another felony crime Jan. 10.
Rosie L. Hart, 56, was in jail Friday in lieu of $7,500 on a charge of burglary.
Protection order - A 50-year-old Bloomington man is accused of contacting a woman in person and by phone, despite a court order forbidding such contact.
James Hurley, of the 400 block of South Allin Street, was in jail Friday in lieu of $500 on two counts of violation of an order of protection.
Deceptive practice - A local man is accused of passing checks he originally reported as stolen.
Martinious McDonald, 25, of the 2200 block of Pierce Street, was charged Sunday with deceptive practices related to bad checks. He is in custody in lieu of $3,000.
According to police, a department store employee identified McDonald as the man who, along with a female accomplice, passed a check for over $300 to that store. Records show McDonald recently opened a checking account with $25 but made no deposits.
Domestic battery - A woman is accused of attacking her boyfriend with a knife during a domestic dispute as he held their 10 month-old son.
Brenda Kitching, 21, of the 1400 block of East College Avenue, Normal, was charged Saturday with domestic battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and endangering the life and welfare of a child, and is currently being held in lieu of $2,000.
According to police, Kitching first attacked her boyfriend with her hands, and he fled into the bathroom with the child. Kitching then kicked open the bathroom door and went at her boyfriend with a knife. Later she claimed the boyfriend grabbed her by the neck and threw her to the floor.
Setting it right
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