Friday, May 24, 2013
A woman locked up at Decatur Correctional Center is suing the Joliet Herald-News for allegedly running her picture along with a story about another woman sexually abusing children.
Attilah Shaw is doing time in Downstate Decatur Correctional Center—but not for the crime she read about in a Joliet Herald-News story that allegedly included her photograph above the name of the culprit. Shaw, 40, filed a lawsuit against the Herald-News claiming the newspaper libeled and defamed her when they ran her picture with a story about a woman charged with molesting children. That woman, Marlena Hammond, also 40, was convicted of the aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a family member. She is pulling a six-year prison sentence at Logan Correctional Center in Downstate Lincoln. Shaw is locked up not far from Hammond at Decatur Correctional Center. She's in for aggravated driving under the influence and driving with a revoked or …
Arrests made by Shorewood police and other law enforcement agencies.
Chastity M. Sosa, 27, Shorewood, was arrested by Shorewood police for domestic battery and aggravated assault in the 600 block of CaCrest Drive on May 18, 2013. Sosa was transported to the Will County Adult Detention Facility. Terrell Grigsby, 40, Joliet, and Rachel Robinson, 34, Joliet, were arrested by Shorewood police for retail theft for stealing sheets and a bedding set at 1109 Brookforest Ave. (Home Goods) on May 20, 2013. Robinson posted bond and was released with court information. Grigsby was transported to the Will County Adult Detention Facility. Marcus T. Jordan, 30, Joliet, was arrested by Shorewood police on a Will County warrant for DWLS after he was stopped for reading from his cell phone at 201 Brookforest, Shorewood, on …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
James Miles was arrested just one day after he allegedly burglarized the woman's house and then stole her purse when she returned home, sheriff's police say.
Fingerprints and other evidence left at the scene led Will County Sheriff's Office investigators to the man believed to have robbed and burglarized an elderly Joliet-area woman earlier this week. James D. Miles, 25, 1001 Nowell, Joliet, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, just a day after he allegedly broke into a home in the 1800 block of Brandon Road and then stole the homeowner's purse when she returned to her house as he was leaving, Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said. A fingerprint expert at the sheriff's office helped analyze prints left behind at the scene, which ended up belonging to Miles, who is on parole from a 2009 residential burglary. Miles implicated himself in the crime when interviewed by investigators, Kaupas said. Initially, the…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A black man driving a dark-colored car broke into the victim's house this morning and then stole her purse when she returned home, Will County Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said.
An elderly woman was robbed this morning and her house burglarized by a man who threatened her with a screwdriver, Will County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Ken Kaupas said. Officers are seeking a black man driving a black or dark-colored vehicle whom the victim met in her driveway when she returned to her home in the 1800 block of Brandon Road, just outside the city limits of Joliet, at about 11:25 a.m., Kaupas said. Initially, the suspect asked the victim if she wanted to hire him to do yard work for her, he said. When she declined, he forcibly pulled the woman from her car, brandished the screwdriver and told her to give him her purse, he said. The woman did as he requested, and the suspect fled. She then entered her house and …
Aaron Klima, chief of police and director of the Village's emergency management program, is working to help local flood victims apply for federal aid.
In an effort to make sure local flood victims know what kind of assistance is available to them, Shorewood police chief Aaron Klima and several other village employees are standing ready to take calls. Klima, also the Village's director of emergency management, issued a news release after President Obama declared 11 counties in Illinois as federal disaster areas, including Will County. The move came after Governor Quinn asked for assistance following the April floods in Illinois. Klima said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the administrator of the assistance program. He directed local residents to contact FEMA via: Klima said applicants will need the following information to initiate assistance requests: Residents and …
Monday, May 20, 2013
A man awaiting sentencing on a child pornography conviction he caught for secretly videoing his naked teenage stepdaughter showed up at his former home in Joliet with a police officer to collect his things.
When Timothy Zak went to court May 7 to be sentenced to as many as seven years in prison for secretly videoing his naked teenage stepdaughter, he was allowed another month of freedom before learning his fate. The day after his sentencing was postponed, Zak returned to the scene of the crime, turning up at the Joliet home where he had set up a hidden camera to record his unwitting stepdaughter, according to a petition filed by Zak's wife. "On this date Timothy Zak showed up at my residence with a Joliet police officer who had been given the impression that Timothy and I were having some marital trouble and he wanted to come pick up some of his belongings," Zak's wife said in her petition for a protective order. The wife filled the cop in …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Matthew Boban was arrested on several charges stemming from the Saturday crime spree, including driving under the influence of drugs, Illinois State Police said.
A Joliet man who stole a woman's purse and then fled in a stolen car, only to crash into a semi on Interstate 80, was arrested Saturday on a slew of charges, including driving under the influence of drugs, Illinois State Police said. Matthew J. Boban, 32, of 521 Mack, was charged after being treated at Silver Cross Medical Center in New Lenox for injuries suffered during the crash. The incident began shortly after noon Saturday when Boban allegedly snagged a woman's purse while in the parking lot of a Joliet Jewel-Osco store at 1401 W. Jefferson St. and then fled in a car taken from a friend, state police said. There was a second person in the car, but it's not known if it was the car's owner. Boban eventually made his way onto eastbound …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
A roundup of recent driving under the influence arrests from around Will County.
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Saturday, May 18
May 4 Brian Vettori, 43, 1782 Red Bud Rd., was arrested at 5:06 a.m. and charged with DUI, following a traffic stop at Boughton Road and Lindsey Lane, police said. May 3 Vanessa Pillow, 35, 202 Pinecrest Rd., was arrested at 1:28 a.m. and charged with speeding and two counts of DUI following a traffic stop at Janes Avenue and Falconridge Way, police said. Want to keep up on crime news from around the area? Like our Crime-n-Shame Facebook page May 2 Omar Guzman, 22, 6480 Woodward Ave., Downers Grove, was arrested at 2:13 a.m. and charged with speeding, a traffic sign violation and two counts of DUI following a traffic stop at Ashbury Road and Hadleigh Drive, police said. April 27 Nicole Spagnola, 22, 90 Country Club Dr., Countryside, was…
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.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Fabian Almodovar is in custody and will be charged with the murder of Carlos Orozco, who was pronounced dead Thursday night at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.
Update/5:55 p.m. Friday: A 22-year-old Romeoville man is in custody and will be charged with first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Carlos Orozco, Romeoville police said. Fabian Almodovar was taken into police custody after being discharged from the hospital, Romeoville Assistant Police Chief Steve Lucchesi said. He said Almodovar, who suffered facial injuries and a concussion, is scheduled to be transported to the Will County jail Friday night. Almodovar is accused of stabbing the Joliet teen in the chest during a fight in the parking lot at Jewel-Osco, 20 S. Weber Road. Police declined to release information on what led to the fight. "That aspect is still under investigation," Lucchesi said. Prior arrest records list an address…