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THE PANTAGRAPH, Saturday, Dec. 17, 1988 A3 Stolen cards, checks lead to theft charges for three Energy report called million-dollar mistake By SCOTT RICHARDSON Pantagraph staff Three people were charged yesterday in McLean County Circuit Court with property crimes, including a young woman accused of stealing $395 from her mother by using an automatic bank card, police said. Denise Preston, 18, of 1116 S. Main Bloomlngton, was released on a $3,000 personal recognizance bond after a court appearance yesterday afternoon. She is to appear In court again Jan.

13 on a charge of theft over $300 by taking the money from the account of her mother, Bonnie Preston, 1102 Clinton Bloomlngton, between Nov. 25 and Dec. 3, police said. Clothes theft Another case Involving a wrong card, this one a credit card, led to a charge of retail theft over $150 against Donna Coates, 20, of 809 Hewitt Hall, Normal. She is accused of trying to use a stolen credit card to buy $168 in clothes at Bergner's department store, Eastland Mall, Bloomlngton, on Thursday, according to police.

The plan was foiled when a security system at the store revealed that the card was listed as stolen, police said, though authorities did not know whose card it was or from where it was stolen. She was released on a $3,000 personal recognizance bond and is to appear in court again Jan. 13. Stolen checks A Jan. 13 court date also was set for Shannon Richardson, 21, of 200 Shelborne Drive, Normal, after prosecutors accused him of stealing checks from State Farm Insurance Cos.

while he worked for a firm hired to clean one of the company's building, police said. The three checks, totaling about $2,700, were found in a car Richardson was driving without headlights in Normal Thursday night, police said. Police also learned Richardson does not have a valid driver's license. Richardson posted a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and was released after a court appearance on the theft charge. By DON THOMPSON Springfield bureau chief The U.S.

Energy Department made a "$1.4 million, 200-ton" mistake by mailing out 17,000 copies of a 26-pound, 22-volume final environmental impact statement on the superconducting supercollider, U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Yorkville, complained yesterday. Calling it "absurd," Hastert yesterday protested the "staggering magnitude" of the waste in a letter to Energy Secretary John Her-rlngton. The department spent about $87 each to print and mail first-class the reports to libraries, news media and every person who ever testified or expressed an interest in the collider.

The St. Charles post office alone received more than 2,000 copies to deliver on top of its already high volume of Christmas mail, and had to call in extra help, Hastert said. The West Chicago public library received 10 copies, and some individual households where several members testified found multiple copies of the report stacked up outside their doors "almost like an encyclopedia," said Hastert aide Bob Welling. "It's Just overwhelming." "Citizens who have called my office did not ask for the document, did not expect to receive it and are literally stunned to find stacks of these boxes on their doorstep," Hastert said In his letter to Her-rington. Hastert said he intends to seek congressional review of the practice In January, "so that this type of waste can never occur again.

"This is crazy. It's just a lack of common sense," said Hastert, whose district Includes Illinois' proposed collider site. Herrlngton last month said the $4.4 billion collider will go instead to a Texas site. But Energy spokesman Jeff Sherwood said his department didn't have a choice but to send the report to everyone who testified at siting hearings, as part of its mandate to see that the public remains informed about the collider's progress. That includes 7,864 copies in Illinois and 16,805 nationwide, including libraries and news media.

It cost the department $975,000 in printing costs including overtime on the voluminous report at the Government Printing Office and $500,000 to mail. "It just makes you wonder about the bureaucracy and does somebody not stop and think about the practical aspects of rules and regulations," Welling said. Supreme Court to decide soon on Hendricks' appeal St- Fatal 1-55 semi-car crashes ruled avoidable By BOB HOLLIDAY Pantagraph staff The Illinois Supreme Court is scheduled to announce Wednesday its decision in the David Hendricks appeal. Hendricks, now 34, was convicted of the November 1983 killing of his wife and three children at their east-side Bloomington home. His lawyers have asked the high court to reverse Hendricks' conviction and natural life sentence.

The court has three choices: It can uphold Hendricks' conviction and sentence; it can reverse the conviction and order a new trial; or it can free Hendricks. The court heard oral arguments in the case in March of last year. Earlier, an Appellate Court upheld Hendricks' conviction. Hendricks' trial was held in Rockford after a change of venue from McLean County. The Rockford Jury convicted Hendricks of the ax and knife murders of Susan, 30, Rebekah, 9, Grace, 7, and Benjamin, 5.

Prosecutors contended at trial that Hendricks' success in his back brace business caused a rift to develop between his sedate life with his quiet wife and his strict church and the fast-paced life he appeared to seek. Lawyers for Hendricks argued on appeal that the trial testimony of 13 female models unfairly prejudiced jurors. Some of the models said Hendricks made sexual advances toward them. Hendricks hired the models for advertising purposes in his back brace business. Prosecutors have argued that testimony of the models was admissible because it tended to prove why Hendricks committed the seemingly senseless murders and was needed to show a pattern of escalating sexual aggression in Hendricks.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers also disagreed on time-of-death testimony, which cast doubt on Hendricks' contention that his family was alive when he left home on a business trip. prove he drives no more than the 10 hours a day allowed by law, police said. Before the jury's ruling, a trooper testified that two state policemen, each with a police car with emergency revolving lights in use, were stopping traffic at 10-minute intervals before the accident. The utility company also had several trucks at the scene with revolving yellow lights in use, the trooper said. Though ruling the accident avoidable on the part of Koch because of inattentive driving, the jury also ruled that police and utility workers did not sufficiently warn motorists approaching the snarl.

The jury also said the young boy's death possibly was avoidable on his mother's part because she did not have him strapped into a child-restraint seat. The accident was one of two similar crashes that day, and at a second Inquest yesterday, the Jury ruled as an avoidable accident the death of Charles Myers, 26, of Columbus, Mo. Myers was killed about 1 a.m. when his northbound car was sandwiched between two semis on Interstate 55 near Towanda. Police said Myers' car was approaching a traffic snarl caused when the wind toppled a semitrailer ahead of him.

As he slowed to a crawl, his car was struck from behind by a semi driven by Earl Hoselton, 56, of Browning, police said. Chicago hospital. She is unable to breathe on her own and has not regained consciousness, officials said. Two others injured in the wreck have recovered. Mrs.

Miller's car was stopped about 8:30 p.m. In the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 near McLean at the rear of a line of cars stopped by state police, who were clearing the way for utility workers repairing power lines damaged in an earlier storm. Her car was hit by a northbound semi going more than 55 mph, police said. The impact sent the Miller car into the rear of another semi, police said. Police said later investigation showed the driver, Randy Koch, 25, of Alhambra, had falsified the log book he is required to keep to By SCOTT RICHARDSON Pantagraph staff A semitrailer truck driver, the Illinois state police and Central Illinois Light Co.

workers could have helped avoid an accident in McLean County Nov. 16 in which a car was "sandwiched" between two semis during a traffic jam caused by power line repairs, a coroner's Jury ruled yesterday. Spokesmen for the police and the utility company declined to comment on the ruling until they see transcripts of the inquest into the deaths of Chicago residents Loretta Gecht, 57, and her grandson, 3-year-old Nicholas Miller. Nicholas' mother, Rachelle Miller, 29, who was driving the car, remains in critical condition at a imw JHfc v. i -rvv AyfT '1 mL'm ml 71 -fwmKifr.

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With Claris' AppleWorks GS you'll get virtually lfl-fll Albert Zinter, director of music ministries at Second Presbyterian Church, 313 N. East Bloomington, waved his baton over the 175-voice combined chapel and chancel choirs and a 25-piece orchestra in a practice session yesterday for the church's 52nd annual Christmas vespers services at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Nursery and child care will be provided only at the 4 p.m. service.

The choirs will perform 30 favorite Christmas carols, closing with Felix Mendelssohn's "There Shall a Star From Jacob Come Forth" and Frederick Handel's "Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Gates." Now is the best time to buy an Apple II or Macintosh computer. Because if you make your purchase with the Apple Credit Card, you can take your system home the same day, with no payments and no finance charges billed until February '89. Put a Macintosh Plus to work in your home office and watch the productivity begin! Team up your Macintosh computer with Microsoft Works" software and you can create customized letters, memos, and proposals; turn big tasks like budgeting and financial analysis into small ones; and get the power to manage a mountain of information. If you need more powerful options, get the Macintosh SE for your business' growing needs. The expanded storage capacity of the Macintosh SE allows room for large spreadsheets and databases, and powerful word processing programs.

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The services include free library cards and books available through traveling bookmobiles and by mail. By BOB HOLLIDAY Pantagraph staff Petitions were filed in McLean County Circuit Court yesterday in a second attempt to form a Golden Prairie Public Library District. Although the majority of voters supported the district in March, formation of the district failed on a I technicality because votes were not separated from the Village of Downs and Downs Township, as re- quired by state law. Residents of Dale, Bloomington, Old Town and Downs townships were included in the last vote. However, this time only residents of Dale, Bloomington and Old Town townships will be asked to approve formation of the district.

Matthew Kubiak, Bloomington Public Library director, said Downs Township was not included this time because it was impossible to determine from the March election how the vote went in both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the township. He said that if the district is approved, voters in Downs Township would be allowed to petition 1226 TOWANDA BLOOMINGTON, IL 61701 (309) 829-6806 Hours: Sat. 10-4 P.M. SWS Apple Computer. Inc.

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