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2 proposals given for ex-frat house

NORMAL - Two proposals have been submitted to replace a former fraternity house at the corner of Vernon Avenue and Broadway.

Town administrative analyst Geoff Fruin said both proposals are from local developers. The deadline for submitting proposals was Friday.

The town purchased the former Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity during a foreclosure sale in December and sought proposals for a development that would complement existing single-family properties in the neighborhood. Nearby homes include those built in Victorian, American Prairie and Arts and Crafts styles.

While the property was zoned for multiple-family in 1973, it was rezoned to single-family five years later and will revert to that zoning for a new development.

The fraternity house was posted "not for occupancy" this summer. Town inspectors previously found numerous code violations. In November, mortgage holder U.S. Bank foreclosed on the property.

Kiwanis fund-raiser, book fair scheduled

BLOOMINGTON - The annual Kiwanis Club of Bloomington Pancake Days & Scholastic Book Fair will be 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19 at the Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St.

The cost is $5 for adults in advance and $6 at the door, and $2 for children ages 5 to 12.

Pancake Days is Kiwanis Club's primary fundraiser. Proceeds go to support Camp Limberlost, a summer camp for at-risk youth at Timber Pointe Outdoor Conference Center at Lake Bloomington.

Yoga for dancers workshop set today

BLOOMINGTON - A "yoga for dancers" workshop will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at Main Street Yoga, 418 N. Main St.

"Shimmies and Fun Combos" will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Studio 222, 108 E. Market St., with a bellydance party from 7 to 9 p.m.

This is a family friendly event. Hafla tickets are $5 (12 under free) and are available at Lucca Grill, Studio 222, and Main Street Yoga. Call Main Street Yoga at (309) 829-9618 or Studio 222 at (309) 829-8222 or visit or

IWU professor named assistant provost

BLOOMINGTON - Jeffrey A. Frick, professor of chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan University, has been named assistant provost and registrar.

Frick has been acting registrar since January 2005. He joined the faculty in 1992.


Man stabbed after parking deck fight

BLOOMINGTON - A 21-year-old man was stabbed in the arm with his own pocketknife after two men confronted him in a parking garage early Friday, he told police.

The incident occurred after the man left a bar and walked to a parking garage about 1:45 a.m. at the intersection of Market and Center streets, police said. Two men approached the victim inside the garage and one asked for a cigarette, but he told them he doesn't smoke.

The men then asked if the man wanted to go back to their place to party, police said. A fight started after he declined.

The men began shoving each other, and the victim pulled out a pocket knife, police said. One of the men pushed the victim, took the knife and stabbed him in the shoulder.

A friend arrived and took the victim to the hospital, police said.


Man, 33, accused of firing at car

BLOOMINGTON - A 33-year-old Bloomington man is accused of firing a gun at a car with people inside Nov. 18.

Mayseeo M. Manns, 33, of the 1600 block of Iowa Street, was in jail Friday in lieu of $10,000 on a charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Heroin - A Bloomington man and two Peoria men are accused of possessing heroin Friday.

Daniel R. Foy, 38, of Canada Lane in Bloomington, Jarob K. Grinnage, 34, of Peoria, and Steven B. Thompson, 33, of Peoria, were in jail Friday on charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Foy and Grinnage were held in lieu of $2,000 each and Thompson was held in lieu of $5,000.

Marijuana - A man from Normal is accused of selling marijuana to two people on Jan. 26.

Derek T. Carter, 20, was in jail Friday in lieu of $2,000 on charges of unlawful delivery of marijuana. A court file indicates he sold between 10 and 30 grams of the substance in one sale and more than 30 grams in the other.

Forgery - A Bloomington woman is accused of trying to steal items from two stores by writing two bad checks and altering the routing numbers on two others in December.

Asia T. Barnes, 22, of the 400 block of East Mill Street, was in jail Friday in lieu of $1,500 on charges of burglary, forgery, and deceptive practices. A court file indicates the checks totaled about $1,700.

Theft - A Lexington man is accused of possessing a stolen satellite radio between Jan. 28 and Feb. 6.

Rafael Rivera-Marrero, 24, was in jail Friday in lieu of $500 on a charge of theft by possession.

False report - A Bloomington man is accused of falsely telling police his vehicle was stolen Thursday and running from an officer during a traffic stop in Bloomington.

Jacob D. Deerwester, 25, of the 1200 block of North Roosevelt Avenue, was in jail Friday in lieu of $400 on charges of creating a false report of an offense and obstructing justice.

Setting it right


Lincoln museum - Wax figures are used to portray scenes from Abraham Lincoln's life at his presidential library and museum in Springfield. The information was incorrect in Friday's Pantagraph.

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 or Managing Editor Mark Pickering at (309) 820-3252 or .


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