Campus / Community / News / October 4, 2012

Crime blotter: Galesburg man banned from Knox after alleged disorderly conduct

Suspect banned from campus after making unwanted sexual comments 

Galesburg police officers responded to a call at 11:09 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at Knox College after a student reported a suspicious incident.

Guy Isala, 36, of the 200 block of N. Cedar St., was banned from campus after a female student reported that he repeatedly made unwanted sexual comments toward her. The student told police that she had been walking from Sellew Hall to Post Hall, when the suspect jogged toward her and said hello.

“He kept coming closer, so she got him to sit at a picnic table to prevent him from coming closer,” police records said.

The victim told police that she sat at the picnic table with the suspect for two hours because she thought he might harm her if she tried to get away. The victim eventually fled to a second student’s dorm and notified Campus Safety, according to the report.

Isala was initially placed under arrest for disorderly conduct, but was released after the student declined to press charges.

Suspect impersonates Republican: Witness claimed alleged ex-mayoral candidate trespassed at Knox County GOP Headquarters

Galesburg police were dispatched to the Knox County Republican Headquarters, 349 W. Main St., at 5:02 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1, after witnesses reported an unwanted subject. The subject left before an arrest was able to be made.

Louise Verene, 62, of Galesburg, said a white male, who identified himself as John Rucinksi, came into the business and began to act as if he were one of the volunteers. Verene said she was told the subject had gone behind the counter, made tea and put a cell phone case that belonged to the party into his pocket. The suspect crossed out names on a schedule and said those people would not be working there anymore.

He also allegedly told Verene that he was running for mayor of Galesburg. The suspect left before police arrived. Officials had no record of a John Rucinski, but said they were pursuing a subject.

Matt McKinney
Matt McKinney is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in journalism. His experience with journalism ranges from a year as co-sports editor for TKS to an internship with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he used his Spanish language skills to report a front-page story on changes to federal immigration policy. He has also written for The Galesburg Register-Mail and Knox’s Office of Communications. Matt is the recipient of the 2012 Knox College Kimble Prize for Feature Journalism and two awards from the Illinois College Press Association, including a first place award for sports game coverage. He is currently interning virtually with The Tampa Bay Times and will pursue his master's next year at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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Matt McKinney
Matt McKinney is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in journalism. His experience with journalism ranges from a year as co-sports editor for TKS to an internship with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he used his Spanish language skills to report a front-page story on changes to federal immigration policy. He has also written for The Galesburg Register-Mail and Knox’s Office of Communications. Matt is the recipient of the 2012 Knox College Kimble Prize for Feature Journalism and two awards from the Illinois College Press Association, including a first place award for sports game coverage. He is currently interning virtually with The Tampa Bay Times and will pursue his master's next year at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.




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