Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The last of four charged with shooting a man and woman after tying them up in a robbery took a 90-year sentence.
Lauren Vasilakis stared at the man who shot her and remembered what he said before pulling the trigger. "You told me you'd walk out there and never think about me again, Vasilakis told 20-year-old Matthew Edwards. "I promise, you'll remember me the rest of your life," Vasilakis said. The rest of Edwards' life will be spent in prison, unless he manages to reach the age of 101. Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak sentenced the Joliet man to 90 years in the Department of Corrections for murder and attempted murder. Edwards was found guilty of the charges in December. Edwards shot both Vasilakis, 23 and Joshua Terdic in July 2009. He broke into Terdic's apartment and put a bullet in the Channahon man's head. Terdic, who was 21 at the time, died 10 days …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
We could swear we've seen some of these people around here before.
So it's Groundhog Day. This whole week felt like Groundhog Day. Day after day we seemed to be seeing the same people over and over. Maybe our minds were playing tricks on us. Or maybe not. Just look, on Friday we had one of the lawyers representing Drew Peterson in court trying to get former Peterson lawyer Joel Brodsky to give up his financial records. Peterson and Brodsky have been haunting the courthouse for years now. Peterson has been found guilty of murder, and Brodsky no longer represents the convicted wife-killer, but it doesn't look like they've really gone away. And Margarita Hernandez, who faces charges she set up a sex date with a teenage boy, was in court not once, but twice last week. The first time, her trial was scheduled …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Felony and DUI arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.
Thomas W. Conrad, 22, 1637 Bunker Hill, Joliet, arrested by the Joliet Police Department and booked into the Will County jail on Jan. 2 on a charge of controlled substance trafficking. Melody L. Briones, 51, 105 Twin Oaks, Joliet, arrested by the Will County Sheriff's Office and booked into the Will County jail on Jan. 3 on charges of felony driving under the influence and disregarding a stop sign. Melvin Marvel Jones, 48, 419 Strong Ave., Joliet, arrested by the Will County Sheriff's Office and booked into the Will County jail on Jan. 3 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Mario R. Guzman, 34, 436 Davidson, Joliet, arrested by the Will County Sheriff's Office and booked into the Will County jail on Jan. 6 on charges of …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
All three posted bond and were released with court information, police said.
Constance E. Gawlik, 24, and Anna K. Gawlik, 21, both of 2202 Capri Ave., in Joliet, and Daniel R. Henchel, 23, 1455 Westwood St., Decatur, were pulled over at 12:23 a.m. Dec. 23 at Route 52 and I-55 for seatbelt violations, Shorewood police said. Reports state during the stop, Constance Gawlik and Henchel were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and ticketed for no seatbelts. Anna Gawlik was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. All three posted bond and were released with court information, police said.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Drew Peterson showed up again, and he had plenty of company.
Former Bolingbrook cop and current Will County jail bird Drew Peterson highlighted the week's courthouse action when a couple of his lawyers showed up with a motion for a new trial. The old trial ended not so well for Peterson, as he was found guilty of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. The motion for a new trial paints former Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky as a publicity hound, and claims a deal he entered with a Florida public relations worker damaged Peterson's chance for a fair trial. What else was going on at the Will County Courthouse? Well, keep reading:
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The homeless man charged with a break-in beating death may not be fit to stand trial, his attorney said.
A drifter charged with breaking into a Troy Township business and beating a worker to death suffers from brain damage caused by long-term and chronic drug abuse, his lawyer said Thursday. Michael Eberle, 42, has a "long history of substance abuse," including the "long and chronic use of bath salts," said attorney Stewart Ferreira during a hearing Thursday morning in Will County court. Products sold as bath salts had been commonly found in area tobacco shops. The substances could be ingested for a hallucinogenic effect. Gov. Pat Quinn banned the sale of the synthetic drugs in July, but that was four months before Eberle allegedly launched a one-man crime wave in and around Shorewood. Eberle allegedly tried and failed to force his way into a…
Monday, September 24, 2012
The Shorewood police arrested a Channahon man on a drug charge.
The Shorewood cops nabbed a Channahon man holding drugs at a local gas station, police said. Jacob Procaskey, 23, of 25544 W. Bridge St. was arrested about 9 p.m. Thursday at the East Jefferson Street BP station. Officers were sent to the gas station to investigate a report of an intoxicated person, police said. There they found Procaskey, who was allegedly possessing a controlled substance. Procaskey was taken to the Will County jail and booked on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Procaskey remains in custody on a $25,000 bond.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The police say they caught a man with pot.
A Plainfield man was caught with pot after he failed to signal a turn, police said. Brantel McKinney, 20, of 5611 Arbor Gate Drive was pulled over about 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Route 59 and School Street. McKinney was arrested on charges of possession of cannabis and failing to signal. He posted bond and was released from custody. A Plainfield man was arrested after an officer randomly ran his plate and discovered the driver's license was suspended, police said. Christopher Luth, 23, of 2221 Candlewood Drive was taken into custody about 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of Route 59 and Black Road. Luth was charged with driving while license suspended and possession of drug equipment. He was released from custody after posting …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
A wanted woman was picked up on a "dangerous drugs" charge.
The police say they apprehended a Shorewood woman wanted on a drug charge at her home. Jennifer Tait, 29, of 904 Robin Hill Drive was taken into custody about 11:30 a.m. Tait was arrested on a Will County warrant charging her with "dangerous drugs," police said. The police did not specify what these drugs might have been, or what was so dangerous about them. Tait posted bond and was released without making a trip to the county jail.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
A new court designed to specifically serve the needs of military veterans was created Wednesday.
Marco Vizcaino served parts of two years in Iraq. A new court created in Will County can help him avoid doing up to three years in prison on a drug charge. "All the things are coming together here like a perfect storm," State's Attorney James Glasgow said as he submitted a petition to Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes to establish a specialized veterans and servicemembers court in Will County. Policandriotes approved the petition and accepted Vizcaino as its fist applicant. Vizcaino, 31, was up on a class 4 felony drug charge. He also has a case in DuPage County for the alleged "attempt to foil or defeat (a) screen test by spiking or substitution." Glasgow said he would be in touch with the DuPage County state's attorney to see if the …