State Briefs 8/13/08

Bicycling teen shot in head

ROCKFORD — A bullet left a 3-inch gash on the side of a teen’s head after he was shot Monday night.

Police said the 17-year-old was riding his bicycle about 11 p.m. with a friend when they were approached by a group of eight men. The teen’s friend was pushed off his bicycle. When the teen went to aid his friend, a gun was fired, grazing his temple.

A family member took the boy to Rockford Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released. The teen who was pushed off his bicycle was not injured.

No arrests have been made.

Rockford Register Star

‘Forensic Files’ to explore 1994 beating death

LOVES PARK — The documentary television series “Forensic Files” will feature the investigation into the beating death of a Loves Park businesswoman in an episode called “Frozen Assets,” scheduled to premiere Sept. 12.

MaryAnn Clibbery, the 69-year-old co-owner of Al Zullo Remodeling Specialists, was killed days before Christmas 2004.

The next day, Loves Park police recovered a plastic garbage bag atop the frozen waters of the Rock River off the Roscoe Road bridge near Roscoe. In it were several blood-covered items including a sweater, gloves, a hammer and Clibbery’s purse.

Hours later, police arrested then-64-year-old George Hansen, Clibbery’s business partner of five years.

Forensic science played a major role in solving the case.

“Frozen Assets” will air at 8 p.m. on truTV, local Comcast channel 55.

Rockford Register Star

Obama buttons stolen from hotel

SPRINGFIELD – Someone stole about 200 Barack Obama buttons from a bag in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Wednesday morning.

Democrats from throughout the state were gathered at the hotel this morning for the Democratic County Chairmen's Breakfast. Many of the participants headed out to the Illinois State Fair in the afternoon for Governor's Day.

A woman told police she was selling the buttons, and left a bag full of them on the floor of the lobby while she went upstairs. When she returned, the bag was gone. The 200 buttons were valued at about $100.

State Journal-Register

Man arrested after gun falls out of pants

SPRINGFIELD – A Springfield man was arrested late Tuesday after a handgun fell out of his waistband while he was talking to Springfield police.

Jimmie Applewhite, 17, was spotted by officers around 8:30 p.m. as he was walking along Greentree Road. As the officers drove past in a squad car, they noticed a bulge in Applewhite’s waistband and decided to investigate.

When officers approached Applewhite on foot, the 17-year-old was holding the waistband of his pants. Officers told Applewhite to let go of his waistband, and when he did, a .25 caliber handgun fell out the bottom of his pants leg.

Officers searched Applewhite and found suspected crack cocaine. Someone had scratched off the serial number on the handgun.

State Journal-Register

Teens arrested for string of thefts from cars

PEKIN — Three Pekin teens have been arrested for allegedly stealing a houseful of items from more than 100 cars, all of which were unlocked.

David A. Brackney, 17, Justin T. Sidders, 19, and Keith Chappel, 19, were arrested in connection with car burglaries in Pekin, South Pekin, North Pekin, Marquette Heights, Green Valley, Groveland, Bartonville and Peoria.

"They would go out pretty regularly," during the course of about five months, said Chris Bitner, detective with the Pekin Police Department.

Bitner said the teens burglarized more than 100 cars in Pekin, which doesn't include cars that were targeted in other cities.

Tazewell County sheriff's deputies arrested Brackney and Chappel after receiving a call about suspicious teens in the Green Acres subdivision south of Pekin.

That arrest led police to Sidders and the house he was living in, which Bitner said was filled with CDs, tools, stereos, iPods, laptop computers, cell phones, movies, books, change, jewelry, fishing poles, clothes and anything that could be found in the cars.

The owners of the house agreed to hold the items for police because the department didn't have enough time to catalog and remove them all, Bitner said, saying it would take hours.

Bitner said the teens also cut the exhaust off cars on dealership lots to sell the metal for scrap.

All three teens were taken to the Tazewell County Jail and have since been released. They are awaiting their next court dates.

Journal Star, Peoria