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Friday, December 13, 2013
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UPDATE | BODY FOUND ON INTERSTATE 88
ISP: Alcohol likely a factor No investigation being done into police response BY CHRISTI WARREN email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 521
DIXON – Alcohol might have been a contributing factor in the death of a man found alongside Interstate 88 just west of Dixon on Nov. 13, Illinois State Police said Thursday. Lee Catlin, 65, of Bettendorf, Iowa, was found along the side of the highway, just west of Dixon, almost 12 hours after
two 911 calls were made to alert state police to his presence. Catlin’s car was found along the the highway less than a mile west of where his body was found, State Police Capt. Jim Winters said Thursday. “It does appear alcohol was a contributing factor [in Catlin’s death],” state police spokeswoman Monique Bond told the Associated Press on Thursday. “We just don’t know. Maybe he had passed out someplace, then again got up [and collapsed elsewhere]. It’s unclear, and it’s unfortunate.” ALCOHOL CONTINUED ON A2
SATURDAY Sheriff’s credit card spending stopped OREGON – During a countywide review of departmental credit card policies this year, some spending on credit cards of the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department was questioned and then stopped. Read the first of a two-part series on spending practices in the department in Saturday’s edition of SV Weekend.
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Police work at the scene along Interstate 88 where the body of a 65-year-old Bettendorf, Iowa, man was found Nov. 13.
SANTA MAKES THE ROUNDS AT CGH
Police say school chief soon to be in custody Say Schmitt has been out of the country BY CHRISTI WARREN email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 521
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Dressed as Santa Claus, John Watts and Rock Falls High School student Thomas Wei greet Vern Workman on Thursday evening at CGH Medical Center. The two and other members of the Rock Falls Optimist and Junior Optimist clubs greeted patients at the hospital and delivered blue spruce trees. The group was looking to spread some good cheer to those who are hospitalized during the holidays.
DIXON – The president of a performing arts school who is charged with failing to report sexual abuse allegations is expected to turn himself in next week, police said Thursday. An arrest warrant was issued Nov. 21 for Curt Schmitt, president of Dixon’s VIVA! Performing Arts School. Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss said Schmitt had been out of the country, but that police have been in touch with an attorney who represents one of the people charged, and Schmitt is expected to surrender to police as soon as he returns. Langloss said police have statements from more than one person indicating that Schmitt knew about abuse allegations made by a former student against VIVA! vocal instructor Robert Campbell. Tim Boles, the school’s director of drama, also is charged with failing to report the sex abuse allegations. Boles and Schmitt have the same local address, police said. During the summer of 2012, police say, Campbell abused a then-16-year-old boy. The abuse reportedly occurred at VIVA! CUSTODY CONTINUED ON A2
TOP5 Your Weekend
1 Holiday-themed dinner theater STERLING – First Church of the Nazarene presents a 1950s-themed dinner theater at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road. During “Christmas at Uncle Phil’s Diner: No Room at the Diner,” audience members will enjoy classic dinner food and Christmas music. Tickets are $5. Go to www.sterlingnaz. com or call 815-625-0864 for more information.
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2 From Nashville to Dixon
DIXON – The Paul Childers Band, a blues trio from Nashville, headlines the December Second Saturdays Art Happenings in downtown Dixon. The band plays at 9 p.m. at Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Ave. There also will be a co-op artists show and open mic at Rosbrook, and musicians will play at Ginkgo Tree Cafe, Books on First, and The Next Picture Show. Dixon Main Street’s holiday window displays at local businesses will set the stage for the evening. Find Second Saturdays Art Happenings on Facebook.
CLINTON, Iowa – Make the drive across the Mississippi to see the Clinton Symphony Orchestra’s popular Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Clinton High School’s Vernon Cook Theater, 817 Eighth Ave. S. Individual tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. The Holiday Concert features Clinton’s RiverChor. The CSO includes in its ranks many musicians from the Sauk Valley. Go to www. clintonsymphony.org for more information.
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Festivities in Franklin Grove FRANKLIN GROVE – Christmas in the Grove is tonight, featuring door prizes and raffles from churches and businesses in the village. Horse and wagon rides, a kettle corn giveaway, and firehouse chili all will be available again this year. Other events include the Presbyterian Church cookie sale, the Victorian Santa in the Lincoln building, and the Rock River Barbershop chorus performing at 8 p.m.
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See another ‘Hobbit’
STERLING – In the mood for a movie in a warm theater this weekend? Go see “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” at The Sterling Theater and Sauk Valley 8. If you haven’t yet seen “Frozen,” you can do so at either theater, as well. Go to sterlingmovies.com for the Sterling Theater or carmike.com for Sauk Valley 8 for complete lists of movies and showtimes.
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NAVY FRAUD CASE
Navy investigator to plead guilty Beliveau one of three charged, including Lanark High School grad SAN DIEGO (AP) â€“ A senior Navy investigator accused of tipping off an Asian defense contractor at the center of a multimillion-dollar fraud probe in exchange for prostitution services and luxury travel plans to plead guilty to bribery charges, his lawyer said Thursday. John Beliveau II will plead guilty to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery Tuesday in federal court in San Diego, his attorney Jan Ronis said. The guilty plea will be the first for prosecutors
in the case rocking the Pentagon. The supervisory agent with the Naval Criminal Investi- Cmdr. Michael gative Ser- Vannak Khem vice is one of Misiewicz three Navy officials who have been arrested in the case. Navy Cmdrs. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, 46, and Jose Luis Sanchez, 41, also are charged. Misiewicz graduated from Lanark High School in 1986. Prosecutors allege the
Navy officials were in cahoots with Malaysian defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis, who was arrested in San Diego in September. Authorities say Francis, the 49-yearold CEO of Singaporebased Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd., or GDMA, offered bribes to Navy officers in exchange for confidential information â€” including ship routes â€” that he used to overbill the Navy for port services in Asia. Francis and his cousin, a company manager who was also arrested, have pleaded not guilty. Two
Navy captains also have pleaded not guilty. Ronis declined to say whether his client has agreed to cooperate with investigators in the expanding probe, which prompted the Navy to suspend two admiralsâ€™ access to classified material. Beliveau faces a maximum sentence of 20 years for the two charges heâ€™s admitting. â€œHe accepts responsibility for what heâ€™s done and heâ€™s hoping for a fair sentence,â€? Ronis said. Prosecutors declined to comment on the development Thursday.
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Court records show that on Nov. 9, 4 days before Catlinâ€™s body was found, he was arrested by Davenport Police and charged with operating while under the influence, a first offense.
Catlin, a science teacher for more than 30 years at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Moline, retired in 2003. Throughout his career, he maintained a strong focus on technology, and during his time as student congress adviser, the school got its first two computers, according to a news release from the
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On Nov. 3, the student sent an email about the abuse to Dixon schools Superintendent Michael Juenger and other district
administrators, authorities said. Langloss said Juenger immediately contacted him, and the investigation began. Campbell was arrested just after 5 p.m. the next day; he bonded out of jail on Nov. 5.
school written at the time of his retirement. Since the beginning of the investigation, state police have said that troopers dispatched the night of Dec. 12 in response to the 911 calls found no evidence of him. On Thursday, Bond told the Associated Press that
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â€œall protocols and procedures were followedâ€? during the response, and that no internal investigation is being conducted. As to Catlinâ€™s death, Winters said that investigation is nearly complete.
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Fatal fire investigation nears end
Residents wonâ€™t move from disabled facility
Report expected within a few days BY CHRISTI WARREN email@example.com EXT
DIXON â€“ The state fire marshalâ€™s office reported Thursday that it was close to finishing its investigation into a Nov. 1 fire that left a Dixon woman dead. Milly Santiago, a marshalâ€™s office spokeswoman, said in an email that the cause remains unknown for a fire that destroyed the home at 1787 Clearview Road. â€œA report will be completed during the next few days,â€? she said. The body of 58-yearold Louise Lopez-Landherr was found a few hours after fire destroyed her house. Her husband,
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Louise Lopez-Landherr, 58, died in a Nov. 1 fire that destroyed this house at 1787 Clearview Road west of Dixon. The state fire marshalâ€™s office said Thursday it is close to finishing its investigation into the cause of the fire. John Landherr, was not home when the blaze broke out. At the time of the fire,
Dixon Rural Fire Chief Norris Tucker Jr. said that nothing at the scene appeared suspicious
and that conducting an investigation into the fireâ€™s cause was â€œall just standard procedure.â€?
CARLYLE (AP) â€“ A judgeâ€™s ruling this week means 23 wards of the state will not be moved for now from the facility for the developmentally disabled where they live in southern Illinois. It was welcome news to groups behind a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking to block the stateâ€™s closure of the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. Gov. Pat Quinn ordered Murray and other facilities closed last year as part of an effort to save the state tens of millions of dollars. The suit, filed by parents of residents and support groups for the developmentally disabled, contends that the more than
200 people living at Murray would not get the care they need if transferred to smaller communitybased homes. Many of the residents have spent a majority of their lives at the facility and have severe disabilities that only an institution can adequately handle, the lawsuit says. The legal action has delayed transfers for most residents, but 23 of them are wards of the state with no parents or guardians to advocate for them. A Clinton County judge decided Wednesday to postpone a ruling on whether they will be included in the lawsuit, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.
St. Charles man arrested TV advertisements push health insurance on sexual abuse charge CHICAGO (AP) â€“ With days to go before an important deadline, the state of Illinois is launching a long-delayed TV advertising blitz on Friday telling people to â€œenroll nowâ€? for insurance coverage under the nationâ€™s health care law.
The $1 million television ad buy in eight major markets across the state comes just 10 days before a Dec. 23 sign-up deadline for people who want their health coverage to start Jan. 1. One 30-second ad
shows people at work in factories, on farms and in kitchens. The voiceover says, â€œNow we can all be covered.â€? The ads direct people to the Get Covered Illinois website, a gateway to the new insurance market where people can shop
for subsidized private insurance. Other ads focus on one of the lawâ€™s key protections for people with health care needs, the requirement that insurers cover everyone regardless of their health.
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OREGON â€“ A St. Charles man was being held on $15,000 bond Thursday on charges of criminal sexual abuse. Julian A. Ozer, 22, was
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