Macomb, IL – Two WIU students are charged in connection with the suspicious package found in front of Sherman Hall on Thursday. 20-year old Adam Zepeda is charged with felony theft and felony obstruction of justice. His roommate, 20-year old Joey Sherron, is charged with felony possession of stolen property and obstruction of justice. The university says Zepeda was a worker at the Malpass Library and stole a $7,000 projector from the building two weeks ago. Sherron reportedly stored the item in his vehicle.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County is looking for places it could continue business if the courthouse was damaged or destroyed. Board chairman Bob Harwick says talks are underway about using some of the vacant store-front space on CourtHouse Square. However, he says a tornado that destroyed the Courthouse would also damage those buildings. He says the county is also looking into some of the vacant buildings on East Jackson Street, such as Heilig-Meyers or the Farm King buildings. The move to find alternative space is part of a review of the county's emergency preparedness.
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are once again debating whether to reduce the number of trash containers residents can put out each week -- and they once again appear ready to leave the number unchanged. The issue has come up each of the past several years. Each time, aldermen decided to continue allowing six containers rather than cutting it to three, which the city is allowed to do under terms of the waste contract that has one more year to go. Second Ward Alderman Ken Zahnle says residents in his ward would like to keep the number at six.
Macomb, lIL – Sherman Hall at WIU was cordoned off while bomb technicians checked out a suspicious package left at the front door. The package was discovered by the custodial staff about 6:30 a.m. Employees were sent to the University Union to await updates. A bomb squad from Springfield checked out the parcel. Employees were allowed to return shortly after 11 a.m. Office of Public Safety Director Robert Fitzgerald says the package, wrapped in grocery-type bags, contained audio-visual equipment.
Western Illinois – At least three people have announced their candidacy to replace Lane Evans as the Democratic nominee for Congress in Illinois' 17th District. The latest person to throw his hat into the ring is State Representative Mike Boland (D-East Moline). Boland says he's progressive on social issues and conservative on fiscal matters. Boland says it's important for the Democratic nominee to hit the ground running and thinks he's prepared to do that. Evans announced late last month that his battle with Parkinson's disease will prevent him from seeking a 13th term.
Kahoka, MO – One U-S Senator from Missouri says the key to dealing with the immigration issue is tightening up our border with Mexico. Senator Kit Bond (R) says Congress's focus should be on coming up with money for more border agents, detention facilities, detection sensors, and unmanned aircraft patrols. He says any piece of immigration legislation must include methods for finding where the illegal immigrants are and registering them.