The attorney for a Bettendorf couple accused of financially exploiting an elderly family member said Wednesday he has filed for an appellate court review of a ruling that the case can be heard in Rock Island County
Dennis Stoffel, 57, and Laura Stoffel, 58, are accused of breaking an agreement with Mrs. Stoffel's then 81-year-old stepmother, by using money she gave them to purchase a Bettendorf home, but then not allowing her to move in.
Rock Island County Circuit Court Judge F. Michael Meersman on Monday had rejected attorney Jack. A. Schwartz's contention that the the case could not be tried in Rock Island County since conversations and banking transactions between the Stoffels concerning the house purchase took place both in Illinois and across the river in Scott County.
The motion further contended the case was not a criminal one, but rather a breach of contract issue for civil court.
Judge Meersman denied both motions, ruling there was enough probable cause to constitute criminal charges and that Rock Island County was the proper venue for the case since, among other things, the victim lived there.
Assistant State's Attorney Jim Wozniak, who objected to the delay, said the matter is "in the hands of the third appellate district, and we'll see what happens."
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.