URBANA — Two part-time security officers who were drinking at an Urbana tavern while in uniform with guns on their belts have been charged with weapons offenses.
Amy J. Foster, 35, of Foosland, and Parlene Pursley, 43, of the 1000 block of Austin Drive, Urbana, were each charged Wednesday with aggravated unlawful use of weapons and unlawful use of weapons, both Class 4 felonies.
Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said the women work for Illinois Security Service, an independent security agency, and were supposed to be keeping an eye on apartment complexes in east Urbana Wednesday night.
Instead, they were in Boomerang's Bar & Grill at 1309 E. Washington St., U.
About 9:30 p.m., Urbana police got a call from someone about them.
Carlson said police found the women standing at a table, intoxicated. They were in their uniforms, which included duty belts, guns and ammunition, Carlson said. The women said they had no business in the bar but had stopped in for a drink, she said.
Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler, who filed the charges, said the unlawful use of weapon charge alleges they had guns in a business licensed to sell alcohol, which is against the law.
The aggravated unlawful use of weapons charge alleges they carried loaded, uncased weapons. There is an exception under which security guards may have weapons, he explained, but they must be at work or commuting to or from work.
Both women asked for a continuance to hire attorneys, so Judge Richard Klaus told them to be back in court Nov. 22.
Arguing for a low bond for the women, Public Defender Randy Rosenbaum said both women work part-time for the security service. Foster works in the Champaign County treasurer's office while Pursley drives a bus.
Klaus set bond for each woman at $5,000 and ordered them to have no contact with Boomerang's.