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Suspects arrested in LaFayette and other area burglaries

Three men were arrested last week on suspicion of committing burglaries in at least a three county area: Stark, Henry and Bureau.  The arrests follow the recent break-ins of vehicles, which occurred last week in LaFayette.
Bo and Brock Jeffery, no address listed, are in custody at the Henry County jail since August 14 and Dallas Duckworth, of Wyanet, IL is in custody at the Bureau County jail via a Henry County arrest warrant. All are in custody in connection to the recent rash of burglaries that have occurred in LaFayette, Galva and several other communities around the three counties.

Beard charged in six Marshall County burglaries

Robert L. Beard, 32, of Toulon was in Stark County Circuit Court this morning, July 11 and was formally charged with six additional burglaries he allegedly committed in Marshall County, in addition to Stark, Henry and McDonough burglary charges he faces.
Each of these new counts is a Class 2 felony and punishable by 3-7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), a $25,000 fine and two years of mandatory supervised release (parole). Each count is also subject to extendable sentencing based upon a criminal past.
In 2005, Beard was sentenced to the IDOC for burglaries he was found guilty of committing at that time.

Toulon man charged with burglary

toulonRobert L. Beard, 32, of Toulon, made his initial appearance in Stark County Circuit Court Friday before Circuit Judge Scott A. Shore to face charges of burglary and possession of a debit card of another.
An issuance of a warrant for Beard’s arrest was approved on June 16th for Stark County’s jurisdiction. When Beard was arrested two days later in Peoria Heights, Illinois, on unrelated traffic charges, the Stark warrant was effected.
Beard was transferred to Stark County jail under a $250,000 bond to await Friday’s court appearance. Unable to make bond of 10%, or $25,000, Beard remains in jail.

Grocery store feasibility study approved, demo to proceed

toulonStark County Ventures LLC approved a contract of up to $10,000 for engineering and architectural consulting on the feasibility of rebuilding the Toulon grocery store at its present location on Main Street.
At its meeting this past Thursday, investors in the LLC also agreed to accept the bid of $31,950 from Teubel Engineering of Dunlap to demolish and clean up the site of the grocery store that was destroyed by fire recently. The award is contingent upon the firm being able to complete the work by August 15.
The demolition work does not include filling in the basement. Bids for that work came in at $36,000-38,000, but action on the hole in the ground will be deferred until the feasibility study is complete. The study could recommend a basement as part of any rebuilding.

Wyoming’s Pin Oak Apartments’ future uncertain

wyomingThe fate of Pin Oak Apartments rests on the decision the City of Wyoming will make in approximately 30 days. There is a current lien on the property by the city for unpaid water bills and a judgment from 2012 of around $100,000.
In court last Friday, Attorney Bruce Fehrenbacher representing the City of Wyoming and Thomas Dennis of Prairie State Legal Services representing the apartment renters, agreed to a priority of current payments from revenue collected from rental units at the apartment complex.
First, the receiver, MEEC, Inc. will be paid $20 per rented unit, then the City of Wyoming will receive funds for water bills, and last the upkeep and maintenance of the apartments would receive any funding remaining.