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, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.