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Roanoke-Benson names king, queen

ROANOKE - Calla Hodel and Kaleb Fehr have been named the homecoming queen and king of Roanoke-Benson High School. The couple was crowned Feb. 11 during the homecoming dance.

Court members were Angela Oltman, Nicole Wood, Rachel Fischer, Tricia Leman, Matt Bates, Ben Hodel, Edward J. Hodel and Cliff Oltman.

Emergency drill set for Saturday morning

NORMAL - The McLean County Disaster Council will have a drill for National Pharmaceutical Stockpile delivery from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Horton Field House's North Gym on the Illinois State University campus.

The drill will involve a variety of local emergency-response agencies, and about 200 Illinois State students will act as victims.

The new Mobile Command Post from the Illinois Terrorism Task Force also will be involved for the first time. The post, valued in excess of $300,000, serves McLean and Livingston counties.

The drill is the final stage of a weeklong disaster-planning scenario for many areas of McLean County.

Annual pipe organ fund-raiser planned

STREATOR - Pipe Dreams begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Stephen's Church, 711 E. Lundy St.

Each year, the Streator Red Cross sponsors the two-day event featuring six area church organs. Admission is free.

Other organs to be featured are at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 101 Trinity Drive at 2 p.m. Saturday; Park Presbyterian Church, 301 N. Vermilion St., at 3 p.m. Saturday; First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Monroe St., at 1 p.m. Sunday; St. Anthony of Padua Church, 407 W. Park St., at 2 p.m. Sunday; and Christ Episcopal Church, 132 S. Vermilion St., at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Zoo passing petition for wildlife protection

BLOOMINGTON - Miller Park Zoo is joining the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and 210 accredited zoos and aquariums across the nation to obtain signatures for a petition encouraging Congress to increase funds to protect wildlife in their native lands.

Petitions are available at the Miller Park Zootique. Call (309) 434-2825.

Vacant seat available on Tazewell board

PEKIN - The Tazewell County Regional Board of School Trustees has announced a vacancy on the board.

Some restrictions apply. Applications are due March 8. Call (309) 477-2290 or email

McDonald's gives grant to help girls

BLOOMINGTON - Ronald McDonald House of Central Illinois has given an $8,921.25 grant to ABC Counseling and Family Services to fund the "American Girl 2" project.

The program targets girls ages 6-13 years who are being treated for sexual abuse, teaching them self-worth and self-respect.

In court

Woman, 22, charged with weekend forgery

BLOOMINGTON - A Chicago woman was charged Saturday with passing checks from the account of a woman who died earlier this month.

Unique Collins, 22, is accused of forgery, and has been released on a bond of $5,000.

According to police, Collins passed a check at a department store. When confronted by police, Collins admitted she wasn't the deceased and had no authority to write the check. In addition, Collins had the dead woman's Illinois driver's license in her possession.

Drugs - A woman is accused of hiding heroin in her bra and marijuana elsewhere.

April West, 20, of the 100 block of Whitaker Street in Normal, faces two counts of drug possession, and is currently being held in lieu of $5,000.

According to reports, police arrested West on Friday on an outstanding warrant and found foils of heroin concealed in her bra. At the time West was also carrying almost eight grams of cannabis.

Drugs - A Lansing man is accused of drug possession and fighting with police early Sunday morning on the Illinois State University campus.

Michael Passetto, 18, faces charges of aggravated battery of a peace officer and possession of cannabis, and is currently being held in lieu of $3,000.

According to police, Passetto was arrested on campus early Sunday morning for possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was released and ordered not to return to campus. A few hours later Passetto was again found on campus, this time in a student's room in Atkins/Colby Hall.

When police tried to arrest him a second time, Passetto kicked one of the officers and spat at them. Passetto's earlier offense was then added to the list of new charges against him.

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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