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 Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done by hogs that are running at large about town. The marshal will take them up and sell them if their owners do not contain them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: George Newberry, Daniel Strecker, Al Webb and James Dixon returned from a voyage down the Mississippi River as far as Memphis, Tenn., on a flat. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Augustana College was put out of the running for the state collegiate basketball title when defeated by Millikin. The Viking lineup included Sten, Samuelson and Swanbeck, forwards, and Holtgren, Johnson and Berg, guards. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The coronation of Pope Pius XII and preliminary ceremonies were broadcast by WHBF on the Mutual Radio Network. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Reactivation of a portion of the J.I. Case Co, plant in Rock Island as a supplier for component parts for the firm's manufacturing centers at Racine, Wis., or Burlington, Iowa, is under consideration. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Downtown Moline business owners will have a chance to help shape the city's future through a survey being done by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.