The 17-year-old was pronounced dead following a fight Thursday night in Romeoville.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
A lawsuit against an imprisoned preacher from Crete and an Indiana megachurch topped the week's court news.
A former megachurch preacher sentenced to 12 years in federal prison in March for carrying on a sexual relationship with a teenage member of his congregation was sued in Will County court. In addition to preacher Jack Schaap, 55, of Crete, the First Baptist Church of Hammond was named as a defendant in the lawsuit. The parents of a teenage girl Schaap had sex with while he was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond filed the lawsuit. The suit identifies the parents as "John Doe and Mary Doe," and the teen as "Jane Doe." The suit gives Jane Doe's date of birth as June 27, 1995. Here's what else was going on at the area's courthouses: Check out all these stories and more on our Facebook page.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
A Caribbean music record company owner has a drug dog's lack of punctuality to thank for getting him out of a felony pot charge, but he still couldn't get his marijuana back.
Martin Scott was looking at a possible 30-year prison sentence after a police dog found pot in the trunk of his car back in September 2011. But a Cook County judge decided this week that the 41 minutes a state trooper made Scott wait for the dog to show up was too long, and ruled that the marijuana could not be used as evidence against him. Without that evidence, prosecutors decided to drop the case. Scott, 52, said he is the owner of Kingston, Jamaica, based UIM Records. He also said he obtained his marijuana legally in California and asked if he could have it back. He was refused. Scott left the Markham courthouse a happy—and free—man, and strolled away puffing on his electronic cigarette. Not too many other people written about last …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Accused of stealing a client's money, one of Drew Peterson's attorneys agreed to a three-month suspension of his law license, the Chicago Tribune reported.
A member of convicted wife-killer Drew Peterson's defense team took a three-month license suspension to settle a disciplinary case brought against him, the Chicago Tribune reported. Clarendon Hills attorney David Peilet agreed to the suspension, according to the Tribune. Peilet did not join Peterson's defense team until after the disgraced former Bolingbrook cop was found guilty of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in September. Peilet was part of a failed effort to win a new trial for Peterson. According to the Tribune story, Peilet was accused of stealing $4,000 from a client he represented in a Cook County drug case. A complaint was filed against him with the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission. "The ARDC …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
A former Plainfield North gym teacher pleaded guilty to meeting a teen for sex. And that was just one of the things going on in court this week.
More than two years after the police caught her in a car with a half-dressed student from the high school where she was a teacher, Ashley Blumenshine copped a plea. Blumenshine, a 30-year-old former Plainfield North gym teacher, will have to do 11 days in jail. She will also spend two years on sex offender probation and 10 yeas on the Illinois sex offender registry. She tearfully apologized before she was taken into custody to start doing her time. Let's look at what else was going on in the area's courthouses this past week: Check out all these stories and more on our Facebook page.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
A New Lenox man spoke of his "horrific" ordeal in the county jail after he was arrested for a murder someone else was wanted for.
We started the week off by talking with the New Lenox man jailed for two weeks for a murder allegedly committed by someone else with the same name. Pedro Hernandez, 67, said his time in the Will County jail was "horrific," and that he's looking for a lawyer to talk to about filing a lawsuit. But Hernandez's ordeal was just one of the things going on last week. There was also: Check out all these stories and more on our Facebook page.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A New Lenox man held in the county jail for two weeks on a 35-year-old murder charge was set free.
A New Lenox widower held 13 days on a murder warrant for a different man said he feared he would be locked up for the rest of his life. "I panicked," said Pedro Hernandez, a 67-year-old father of four who was arrested March 14 in connection with a 1978 murder. "I know for this crime they can send you away for life," he said. Hernandez was taken into custody by the New Lenox police following a traffic accident. He was charged with driving under the influence, and when officers ran his name and identifiers, they reportedly discovered someone matching his description was wanted for a 35-year-old Joliet murder. The wanted man, also named Pedro Hernandez, is 66-years-old, according to court records. This Pedro Hernandez allegedly stabbed a man …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
A Joliet man was charged with the brutal murder of his mother, and there was plenty more going on as well.
It was bad enough last week when a Cook County man appeared in court for allegedly beating his mother, stabbing her and leaving her in a ditch. But now this week we have a Joliet man who allegedly choked his mother, stabbed her so hard with one knife the blade bent, plunged a second knife into her repeatedly and then used a baseball bat to hammer it into her her body until the handle broke, and finally dropped her in the Des Plaines River. The body of Jeanie Parker, 54, remains missing as fire department divers brave the depths of the Des Plaines and police officers scour the river bank. Parker's son, Charles McCullum, 21, has been charged with her murder and is being held on a $5 million bond. Also in court this week, there was: See all …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Charles McCullum, 21, allegedly dumped his mother in the Des Plaines River after hammering a knife into her with a baseball bat.
JOLIET, IL -- Before he dumped his mother's body into the Des Plaines River, Charles McCullum choked her, stabbed her so hard with one knife the blade bent, plunged a second knife into her repeatedly, and then used a baseball bat to hammer it into her her body until the handle broke, a prosecutor said during a Friday afternoon hearing. McCullum, 21, appeared at the hearing via a closed-circuit broadcast from the Will County jail. His father, Charles McCullum Sr., stood up and stepped forward when his son came on the screen. Another man in the gallery was ejected from the courtroom and ordered out of the courthouse after shouting an obscenity when McCullum's hearing started. About a half dozen other spectators followed the man from the …
Friday, March 8, 2013
The jury took two days before returning a guilty verdict in the case of Ricardo Gutierrez.
A Chicago man charged with a 2007 Plainfield murder went to bed Thursday night with his fate in the hands of the jury. On Friday afternoon, that jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. The jury returned about 2 p.m. and convicted Ricardo Gutierrez, 23, of first-degree murder. Gutierrez gunned down Javier Barrios in October 2007. Barrios was 18 when he was killed. Barrios, a Romeoville resident, was first shot by his ex-girlfriend, 24-year-old Gabriela Escutia, police said. Escutia allegedly set up a rendezvous with Barrios in a field on Route 59 near a Meijer service station. Gutierrez reportedly joined her for the meeting. Guttierez's attorneys, Jeff Tomczak and Paul Napolski, said their client shot Barrios in self-defense, and that…