Friday, April 26, 2013
Residents were quick to react after a judge allowed a 66-year-old retired police officer to keep his firearms during a preliminary hearing in a case involving the shooting of an English Bulldog in a Minooka neighborhood.
Here is a sampling of what area residents had to say following a ruling Thursday (April 25) by a judge in Grundy County court that allowed Merrill C. Kaval to keep his firearms. Kaval has been charged with two felony counts in connection with the case. He next will appear in court for a status hearing at 9:30 a.m. on June 27. Kathy 9:04 am on Friday, April 26, 2013 Thetruthhurts, thank you! I've owned dogs for the past 10 years, not once have they gotten loose from my fenced yard. If the did the consequences would be on me! Smitty 9:13 am on Friday, April 26, 2013 “They ended up in this gentleman’s yard,” Fitzgerald said. “They were playing, wrestling, fighting—doing whatever four dogs do when they meet up." Bishon Frises average 5 - 10 …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Minooka police chief Justin Meyer called for residents and business owners to take advantage of an IEMA assessment form in a news release issued Monday.
Minooka police chief Justin Meyer issued a news release Monday that could lead to help for flood victims in Will, Grundy and Kendall counties. Meyer said the three counties have been declared disaster areas by Governor Quinn as a result of the flooding that took place over a wide region last week. Meyer said officials from Illinois and FEMA are working to develop a damage assessement of the floods in Will, Grundy and Kendall counties. He said this includes determing the extent of damage to private property and public infrastructure. Meyer stated in the release: "If you reside or own a business in these counties and occurred damage due to the flooding, please fill out the individual assessment form located at www.state.il.us/iema/disaster/…
CBS2 Chicago reported that 15-year-old Elizabeth Daniels was killed in a collision at McLindon Road and U.S. 6 on Sunday night.
A 15-year-old girl was killed in a crash that also injured four others Sunday night in Minooka, according to a report on CBS2 Chicago. Elizabeth Daniels was sitting in the back seat of an Infiniti when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign at McLindon Road and U.S. 6, according to the report. She was killed when the Infinit was struck by a Honda Civic. Another girl who was sitting next to Daniels was seriously injured, according to CBS2 Chicago. The driver of the Infiniti, Patrick O'Connell, and another front-seat passenger were treated and released, according to the report. CBS2 Chicago reported the driver of the Civic was also injured, but the extent of her injuries was not known. According to the report, O’Connell was ticketed for …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
ChannahonMinookaPatch Facebook fans expressed their thoughts following the April 1 dog shooting incident that led to two felony charges against a 66-year-old retired man.
Reaction to a recent dog shooting incident in Minooka was swift on the ChannahonMinookaPatch and ShorewoodILPatch Facebook pages. Merrill C. Kaval, a 66-year-old retiree, feels he acted in self-defense when he shot a stray English bulldog named Charlie on April 1. He said he used his handgun to shoot the dog after pulling his two Bishon Frises from a fight in his yard. Kaval is now facing two felony counts and has an April 25 court date. The family that lost its dog—the Fitzgeralds—is heart-broken. Following is a sampling of what people had to say on Facebook: Jacki Carugati McHale Shame on him for acting out of anger. Sure you're a dog lover, YOUR own dog. To truly be an animal love you'd love all animals. And understand shooting them in…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Minooka Police release the name of the deceased Minooka man.
Minooka Police have identified the man struck and killed Monday night as Stephen Laszkiewicz, 43, of Minooka. Laszkiewicz was struck by a single passenger vehicle Monday night on Ridge Road between McEvilly Road and Twin Rails Drive. The man was taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:16 p.m., Meyer said. Ridge Road was shut down between McEvilly Road and Twin Rails Drive while police investigated the accident. Minooka Police Chief Justin Meyer said no charges have been filed in the crash and the incident is under investigation.
Monday, January 14, 2013
A 43-year-old Minooka resident was pronounced dead at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center.
A car versus pedestrian crash on Ridge Road Monday night left one man dead. Minooka Police Chief Justin Meyer said a single passenger vehicle was northbound on Ridge Road, just north of McEvilly Road, when it struck a 43-year-old, male Minooka resident. The man was taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:16 p.m., Meyer said. Ridge Road was shut down between McEvilly Road and Twin Rails Drive while police investigated the accident. "Grundy County (Sheriff's Police) is assisting us with reconstruction of the accident," Meyer said. The driver of the vehicle was not injured and was the only occupant. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. Editor's Note: Two of the photos …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Superintendent Al Gegenheimer says the school is taking measures to keep students safe after a 10-year-old student told officials an unknown man dragged him into a corn field.
On Sept. 12, a 10-year-old student at Aux Sable Elementary School in Minooka reported to his mother and later to school officials and Minooka Police that earlier that day, a man emerged from the corn stalks behind the school, put his hand over his mouth and carried him into the field. Police have since stated that the case is inactive, and that the evidence does not substantiate the boy's statement. But school district administrators say they weren't taking any chances. "We took it seriously, we took it as though it happened," Minooka Community Consolidated District 201 Superintendent Al Gegenheimer said."We positioned people back near the cornfield in order to keep kids away." Patch first reported this story on Thursday. Since the time …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
A 10-year-old boy told police he was dragged into a corn field in September.
Minooka Police Chief Justin Meyer said they do not believe there is a threat to the public, despite the story of a 10-year-old student at Aux Sable Elementary School. "We basically received a call of a suspicious subject," Meyer said. "The evidence doesn’t substantiate what the victim had said, so the case is inactive." Meyer said the student said a man tried to abduct him by dragging him into the corn field across from the playground during recess at Aux Sable. The boy told police the man let him go, the boy went back into the school and did not report the incident to anyone right away. The incident happened Sept. 12 during lunch recess at the school. But the parent of the child, who did not want to give her name because she is afraid for…
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Donald A. Wood Jr. was arrested in connection with the incident, and his court date has yet to be determined.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
A Minooka man has been arrested and charged in connection with an August hit-and-run crash on East Frontage Road in Channahon. Donald A. Wood Jr., 50, of the 200 block of Vista Lane in Minooka, was arrested Wednesday on charges of failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. These charges are a class 2 felony and a class 4 felony, respectively. Ceasar Hurtado, 42, of Channahon, was airlifted to the hospital following the Aug. 10 crash. Wood's bond is set at $30,000 and a court date is pending. Channahon Police Deputy Chief Wold said it was the hard work of the officers and detectives that resulted in this arrest. "Our officers at the scene did an outstanding job of …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
There are plenty of ways for area residents to give back to the community. Here you can find several ways to do so.
WHAT: Teen Volunteer Opportunity WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28 WHERE: Oswego Public Library, 1111 Reading Drive, Montgomery. WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Teens ages 13 to 17 are needed to assist with the library's Dia de los Muertos program. WHY GO? Teens will volunteer with program registration, the program itself, and/or both. The library is looking for mature and responsible students to serve as volunteers. Teens must register to volunteer. MORE INFORMATION: Visit http://www.oswego.lib.il.us/evanced/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=3509&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&SignupType=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=10/1/2011&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp= WHAT…