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NEWS IN BRIEF

Piano recital tonight features local doctors

BLOOMINGTON — A group of local doctors will be featured in a piano recital tonight at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Eastland Medical Plaza I.

The event is at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Children's Discovery Museum. The event is hosted by Horine's Pianos Plus and Steinway and Sons.

Tickets are $12 at the door for those 18 and older and are $10 in advance at Horine's Pianos Plus, the museum and the St. Joseph gift shop. The evening also includes a silent auction and raffle for a grand piano.

Featured performers will be Drs. David Skillrud, Deanna Knoll, John Tran, Meng Horng, Susan Sheppard, Beth Tumilty and Dory Jarzabkowski.

Red Cross of Heartland schedules blood drives

BLOOMINGTON — The blood supply in Central Illinois is low and the American Red Cross of the Heartland is asking eligible donors to roll up their sleeves on Saturday.

Blood use has been high in recent days because of an increase in trauma cases and a rise in liver transplants, said Steve Stoewer, Red Cross director of blood services. While all blood types are needed, Stoewer said there is an urgent need for type O and Rh-negative blood types.

Blood drives Saturday will be 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Red Cross chapter house, Bloomington, and 8 a.m. to noon at St. Joseph's Parish, Colfax. Donors will be entered into a raffle for an iPOD.

U High theater group collects food

NORMAL — University High School collected 561 pounds of food for Clare House as part of an effort among more than 200 thespian troupes from across the United States.

The Thespian Society is an honor society for students involved in theater.

Police, Fire, Rescue

Men steal cash, pizza from delivery driver

BLOOMINGTON — Three men implied they had a weapon and stole cash and pizza from a delivery driver late Tuesday on the city's near west side.

The men ran after robbing the driver for Pizza Hut about 11:35 p.m. in the 500 block of West Grove Street, police said.

In court

Streator man freed in child porn case

STREATOR — A Streator man is free after a federal judge threw out a search warrant that authorities said turned up 84 images of child pornography.

Jacob Sell, 32, was arrested in April 2002, at his home and charged with possession of child pornography that authorities said were found on his computer. Police were given a search warrant for his home after a small amount of marijuana was spotted near his computer.

A federal judge ruled police had no reason to search his computer while looking for marijuana; the federal charge was dropped shortly after the ruling. Sell had been free on bond.

Federal authorities would not say how the ruling would affect the pornography charges of another Streator man. Sell's foster father, Charles Burt, 56, is awaiting trial on charges of producing and distributing child pornography, part of what authorities said was a widespread ring of pornographers. Burt is awaiting trial on the federal charges.

Man, 34, accused in death in alleyway

OTTAWA — A rural Streator man has been charged with involuntary homicide in connection with a downtown death that occurred more than a year ago.

Jerry Garretson, 34, was indicted in the October 2004, death of Luke Englebert, 24, also of rural Streator. Authorities said Garretson chased Englebert down an alley near a downtown tavern and struck him with a blunt object.

Authorities said there was no indication Garretson intended to kill Englebert and would only prosecute him for a Class 3 felony charge. If convicted he could get up to five years in prison.

The case will be handled by a special state prosecutor, though officials of the LaSalle County State Attorney's Office would not say why. Garretson's next appearance is set for Jan. 24. He is free, after posting 10 percent of a $20,000 bond.

Setting it right

Holiday Jazz Concert — Adult tickets are $5 for the Holiday Jazz Concert Sunday at Bloomington's Eastview Christian Church. The price was incorrect in Thursday's GO! calendar.

House tour — The LeRoy Chamber of Commerce candlelight house tour will take place Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. The date was wrong in Thursday's GO calendar and in Monday's Daily Digest.

Jaycees parade — The Bloomington-Normal Jaycees Christmas parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Kingsley Junior High School in Normal. The time was wrong in Thursday's GO calendar because of incorrect information provided to The Pantagraph.

Christmas at the Courthouse canceled — Christmas at the Courthouse is canceled this year because of scheduled work at the McLean County Museum of History, but the museum will have regular hours on Saturday. Thursday's GO calendar was wrong because of incorrect information provided to The 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 tgreenberg@pantagraph.com or Managing Editor Mark Pickering at (309) 820-3252 or mpickering@pantagraph.com.

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