A substitute teacher is scheduled to go to trial Feb. 19 on a residential burglary charge after police say he broke into a home in his Rock Island neighborhood and stole $6.10 in change.
Randy Eckert, 63, of 1911 1/2 21st St., appeared in court Thursday, out on bond, wearing a navy blue suit and seeming contrite.
"I feel embarrassed to even be here," he told Judge F. Michael Meersman.
Mr. Eckert is accused of entering a neighboring home at about 1 a.m. Sept. 30 through the front door, said Rock Island Deputy Police Chief Jason Foy.Once inside, Mr. Eckert allegedly took money from a change jar. The female resident was home at the time and claimed to see Mr. Eckert inside her house, Deputy Chief Foy said.
Police responded to the scene and arrested Mr. Eckert shortly after. Court records at the time of his incarceration indicated he was a teacher for the Moline school district. Moline school officials said he has worked as a substitute teacher at many districts throughout the area and is not a member of the Moline faculty.
Attorney Jeffrey Neppl told Judge Meersman Thursday that he was optimistic the case would be settled quickly. Mr. Eckerthas a pre-trial conference scheduled Feb. 1.
Today is Sunday, May 19, the 139th day of 2013. There are 226 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The Rt. Rev. Harry I. Witherspoon, D.D. Bishop of Illinois, willpreach in Trinity (Episcopal) Church, in this city this evening. 1888 -- 125 years ago: At 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon the Mississippi River flooded itsbanks at Rock Island, destroying the warehouse of the Rock Island Lumber companyand damaging the Lumber Company and arsenal power plant. Total loss isestimated at $100.000. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Residents of South Rock Island township are circulating a petitionfavoring the annexation of that area to the city of Rock Island. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Thomas Ackles, of Rock Island, has been elected president ofthe Playcrafters for the next season. She succeeds Warren Leonard. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Some 8,000 people filed through the gates of Rock Island Arsenal on Saturday to view a display of a part of the nation's armed strength. The occasion was theannual observance of Armed Forces Day. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Willis Kuschmann, of Moline, who already has won his laurels as oneof the most artistic men in the Quad-Cities area, has a new hobby. He is deeply involvedin miniature railroading. At the age of 88, when many other seniors are dozing in theirchairs or sitting before the television, Mr. Kuschmann is planning and working on hiscollection.