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 Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: All last week were favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather. The mercury ranged from 40 to 65 degrees and the ice is entirely gone out of the river. 1888 — 125 years ago: W.D. Reimers was given charge of the Weyerhaeuser-Denkmann mill in Davenport. 1913 — 100 years ago: Eight hundred or more tons of earth in six landslides, covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 — 75 years ago: Patrolman Joseph H. Schnelder, of Moline, has been awarded four medals for proficiency in marksmanship. He is the crack pistol shot of the Rock Island district. 1963 — 50 years ago: For the 83rd year, George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" was performed at Augustana College ushering in the spiritual aspect of the Christmas season. 1988 — 25 years ago: A water main break Thursday night, the fourth this week, affected 35 homes near the 2200 block of 39th Street, Rock Island, city officials said today.