State Briefs 9/23/09

Chillicothe native sells film to Sony

PEORIA – Chillicothe native Aaron Schneider's film "Get Low" has been acquired for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics, according to a media release from Sony Pictures.

"Get Low," which is the Illinois Valley Central High School grad's full-length feature film debut, is set in 1930s Tennessee and stars Robert Duvall as a hermit who decides to throw his own funeral party while he's still alive. The film also stars Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black.

The movie, which was made on a budget of $7 million and shot in 24 days, debuted Sept. 12 at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sheri Goldberg, a spokesperson for Sony, said information on when the film will hit theaters is not available.

Schneider won an Academy Award in 2004 for his live-action short "Two Soldiers." He is a 1983 graduate of IVC. After attending Iowa State University for two years, he transferred to the University of Southern California's film/television school, where he graduated in 1989.

Peoria Journal Star

McDonald’s parking lot site of another shooting

PEORIA – A man was shot in a McDonald’s parking lot Tuesday, the third person shot there since July.

Arnold E. Tallyn Jr., 34, said he had ordered food at the restaurant at 2205 N. Knoxville Ave. when a man wearing a bandana opened his passenger side door and demanded money. Tallyn told police that he was then shot in the arm before he could respond to the demand.

He said the suspect then ran off. Tallyn was taken to St. Francis with non-life-threatening injuries.

It was the second shooting incident at that McDonald’s location in a little more than two months. Two men were shot in the parking lot there on July 15. Two Peoria men have been indicted in that case.

Peoria Journal Star

March of Dimes to hold Signature Chefs Auction

SPRINGFIELD – The Signature Chefs Auction, presented annually by the Springfield Chapter of the March of Dimes, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel.

Dozens of items will be auctioned, including original artwork, spa days, fine jewelry, a Marco Island getaway, tickets to a live showing of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and more.

The evening will begin with a one-hour cocktail and food-sampling reception. The food will be prepared by chefs and bakers from the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, Maldaner’s, Augie’s Front Burner, Mariah’s, Bella Milano, Gambino Louisiana Restaurant, Maya Buffet, Catie Girl’s, Tea Thyme Cafe, The Plaza on Adams, Ginger Asian Bistro, Secret Recipes, Pease’s, It’s All About Wine, Starbucks, Panera Bread and Specialty Cakes.

There will be both silent and live auctions.

Guests may bid at the auction or simply sample the signature dishes. Tickets are $75 in advance for individuals and $750 for a host table. For more information on tickets, contact Shannon Mathis at (217) 787-5154 or (217) 816-3579.

The March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of babies.

State Journal-Register

Sheley convicted on jailhouse incident charges

GALESBURG – A Knox County jury found a Sterling man guilty on all five counts in connection with a jail incident in April.

The five-man, seven-woman jury deliberated four hours before finding Nicholas Sheley, 30, guilty of aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and three counts of aggravated battery. Sheley showed no emotion and made no comments after the verdict was read.

Sheley was accused of covering up a jail cell video camera, throwing dismantled metal chair legs at correctional officers and punching one officer in the face. Three officers were injured, but did not require medical treatment.

Sheley, incarcerated in the Knox County jail since July 2008 for the murder of Ronald Randall of Galesburg, faces up to seven years in prison for aggravated battery, the charge with the stiffest penalty. If sentenced to prison, Sheley could be moved from the county jail to a state prison and transported back to court for hearings in the upcoming murder trial. He faces the death penalty if convicted in that case.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30.

Galesburg Register-Mail