Port Byron woman faces counts of aggravated domestic battery

Posted Online: Jan. 02, 2013, 11:40 pm
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By Rachel Warmke
A Port Byron woman, accused of repeatedly stabbing her boyfriend at their home Sunday, faces felony counts of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery.

Penny A. Brewer, 49, of 2507 214th St., No. 75, made her initial appearance Monday in Rock Island County Circuit Court.

She remained in the Rock Island County Jail Wednesday evening on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Police were called early Sunday toGenesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis, after learning that Ms. Brewer's boyfriend, Robert J. Cruz, had been admitted with serious stab wounds to the head, face, arms and knees.

Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd said the injuries were not life-threatening, but Mr. Cruz did require knee surgery. He was released Tuesday, a hospital representative said.

Sheriff Boyd said the stabbing is believed to have stemmed from a domestic dispute."We do believe that alcohol was involved."

Ms. Brewer, who police said did not have any visible injuries, was arrested by police soon after the incident.


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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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