State Briefs 3/23/09

Man shooting at dog hits friend instead

ROCKFORD – A man who was apparently shooting at a stray dog instead shot an acquaintance and then fled before police arrived at the scene.

Rockford Sgt. Milo Scheffels said the incident happened shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday.

“It seems like it was an accident,” he said. “The dog was apparently bothering some people and he shot at it but missed and hit his friend.”

The victim, name and age unavailable, was taken to the hospital with a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound to the head.

Police are looking for the shooter, whom, Scheffels said, is likely to face charges.

Rockford Register Star

Man dies after being hit by car while walking in street

ROCKFORD – A 73-year-old Rockford man died at SwedishAmerican Hospital after he was hit by a vehicle while walking in the westbound lanes of East State Street late Saturday night.

According to the Winnebago County Coroner’s office, the man has been identified as Robert E. Horn.

According to a Rockford Police Department news release, the man was struck by a black 1992 Dodge Dakota pickup truck about 10:30 p.m.

Horn was pronounced dead at 11:17 p.m. The driver of the pickup, Samuel S. Mandujano, 23, of Machesney Park, was not injured. No charges have been filed.

Rockford Register Star

Man charged with DUI after driving through airport fence

PEORIA — Police said a Farmington man was charged with DUI after driving his car through a fence and into the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport.

About 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Paul D. Workman, 58, was turning onto Airport Road from Smithville Road when he veered off course and drove through the chain link fence surrounding the airport, according to the Peoria County Sheriff's Department.

He drove his 2002 Buick Century around airport property looking for a way back onto the road, police said. He drove toward a gate at the Fed-Ex/UPS exit, where he was intercepted by Bartonville police.

Workman told police he did not remember driving through the fence. He said he was driving himself and a passenger home to Farmington from a bar in Bartonville.

Peoria Journal Star

Man missing after fleeing traffic stop, jumping in lake

NORTH PEKIN — Department of Conservation police were searching Monday for a man who jumped into Pekin Lake after a traffic stop early Sunday morning.

North Pekin police pulled over a car believed to be driven by Jeffrey M. McCormick, 41, of Pekin about 3:25 a.m. on Illinois Route 29 just south of Illinois Route 98.
 
According to North Pekin Police Chief Pat Landrith, McCormick fled his vehicle, ran across Route 29 and jumped into Pekin Lake directly across the road from several car dealerships.
 
A police dog with Creve Coeur police tracked McCormick into the lake, and Pekin police working the perimeter used night-vision goggles to briefly spot the man in the water about 200-250 yards from the shore. McCormick could be heard calling for help, but a rescue boat from the Pekin Fire Department was unable to locate him in the water.
 
Peoria Journal Star