Several people appeared Tuesday in Rock Island County Circuit Court and waived their right to a preliminary hearing.
At such court appearances, a judge hears police or witness testimony and determines whether there is sufficient evidence a crime may have been committed.By waiving a preliminary hearing, the cases will continued to a March 1 pretrial conference date.
Those who waived that right Tuesday included:
* Richard Earl Bellmon, 53, of East Moline,who faces his 16th driving on a revoked license offense. Two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol also were upgraded to aggravated felony charges, according to court records. Mr. Bellmon remained in Rock Island County Jail on Tuesday on a $50,000 bond.
*James Paul Ostino, 30, of East Moline,who is charged with theft and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle after his alleged attempt to steal a car at the Moline BP gas station, at 16th Street and Avenue of the Cities, was thwarted by the vehicle's driver. He was in jail on Tuesday on a $126,000 bond.
* Evan Douglas Peterson, 24, of East Moline,who is charged with unlawfully manufacturing meth with the intent to produce more than 900 grams;unlawful possession of meth precursors;unlawful possession of five to 15 grams of meth; and unlawfully using his home for illegal activity. He remained in jail on Tuesday on a $100,000 bond.
* Scott D. Sparkman, 23, of Rock Island,who faces four counts of aggravated child pornography after sex videos of a girl younger than 13 allegedly were found on a home computer. He posted 10 percent of a $40,000 bond earlier this month and was released from jail.
Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.