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, 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.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A man claims he suffered "severe and permanent injuries" while taking care of a woman's cat.
A "vicious" cat so grievously wounded a Homer Glen man that he is suing its owner for at least $100,000. The suit, filed at the Will County Courthouse on behalf of William Baxter, claims the cat's owner, Christine Bobak, "should have known (her) cat had vicious propensities in that, upon information and belief, the cat had attacked at least one other person on at least one prior occasion." But whether Bobak or Baxter knew the cat was vicious or not, Baxter ended up taking care of the animal in April 2011, the suit said, and that was when the cat "without provocation, viciously attacked, bit and clawed" Baxter. The suit did not make clear whether Bobak's pet was just some run-of-the-mill house cat or something more considerable and exotic, …
Friday, March 22, 2013
This time, a woman is accusing Dr. Kishor Jain of molesting her underage daughter.
The Frankfort pediatrician facing a felony sex case for allegedly groping five women in his office and already targeted in no less than three civil suits filed by women claiming he molested them was sued again Thursday. This time, one of Dr. Kishor Jain's patients from the Hedges Clinic has accused the pediatrician of sexually assaulting her underage daughter. The woman, identified only as "Mother Doe" in the suit, said she took her daughter to Jain's office on June 19, 2012, for an examination and to get a prescription refilled. After the visit, the child followed her mother out, the lawsuit said, "when all of a sudden (Jain) unbuttoned and unzipped the minor plaintiff's pants while she was standing and put his hand inside her underwear…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
A West Virginia man is suing the Tinley Park Hilton Garden Inn for allegedly failing to corral a drunken guest.
A West Virginia man claims a drunk knocked on his hotel room door and then knocked him around. The West Virginian, identified as Michael Kidd, is suing the Hilton Garden Inn where he says he was attacked in November 2010. Kidd, a resident of Hurricane, WV, sued the Tinley Park hotel in Cook County Court last year but the lawsuit was moved this week to Will County. According to the lawsuit, Kidd was in his room at the Hilton "when an intoxicated hotel guest knocked on his room door and when Michael Kidd opened the door he was physically assaulted and violently battered by the intoxicated hotel guest." The intoxicated hotel guest is not named in the lawsuit. The staff at the Hilton knew about the drunken guest prior to the attack, the suit …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Frankfort pediatrician Kishor Jain was sued by another woman claiming he groped her.
The Frankfort pediatrician slapped with felony sex charges and facing a civil lawsuit was sued again in Will County court. Dr. Kishor Jain, who also lost his medical license pending a March 5 hearing before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, now has been accused by six different women of groping them in recent years. The most recent lawsuit naming Jain as a defendant was brought by Kelly Meister, 34, of Frankfort. Meister claims that between 2007 and 2011, Jain once stuck his hand down her shirt and touched her breast, according to the lawsuit. On another occasion Jain massaged her breast and "became aroused and was making panting sounds as if he was clearly enjoying himself," the suit said. Jain also "made …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A woman is suing the New Lenox Berkot's after her son allegedly knocked a soda off a display and it hit him in the head.
Allegations of an unsafe soda have prompted a woman to sue the New Lenox Berkot's. The woman, identified in the lawsuit only as Kathy Harmon, claims she was shopping in the 2141 Calistoga Drive supermarket in February 2011 when her son, Daniel Harmon, grabbed a soda from a display. The lawsuit describes Daniel Harmon as a "minor" but does not provide his age. The attorney for the Harmons, William Rock of Joliet, could not be immediately reached for comment. After Daniel Harmon grabbed the soda, the lawsuit says, another soda fell from the display and hit him in the head and face. Daniel Harmon was injured by the dropped drink, the lawsuit said, and he "experienced pain and suffering. He has incurred medical bills. He lost time from his …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A Frankfort pediatrician accused by five women of sexually abusing them in his office has been sued by a sixth woman making startlingly similar claims.
A Frankfort pediatrician acquitted of charges he groped a Joliet woman in his office more than 10 years ago has been smacked with a lawsuit alleging he pulled the same stunt on another woman in 2011. The lawsuit claims Dr. Kishor Jain touched the mother of one of his patients "in a sexual fashion" and caused the woman "shock and horror." The woman had taken her child to Jain's office in the Hedges Clinic in August 2011 when he suddenly "grabbed (her) breasts with both of his hands while she was talking to him about her child." Jain said he remembers the woman, identified in the lawsuit as Jessica Schubbe, 29, of Manteno, but denies ever molesting her. "The accusation is completely false," Jain said. "The person has other problems and she's…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
A Lockport woman claims her lungs were injured when a pump at a Homer Glen service station malfunctioned.
A malfunctioning gas pump spewed fuel into a Lockport woman's lungs and landed her in the hospital for a week, said the lawyer suing an oil company on her behalf. "The way she described it to me, it was like her lungs were on fire and she couldn't catch her breath," attorney Frank Cservenyak said of his client, 64-year-old Martha Farmer. Farmer was pumping gas into her car at the 12007 159th St. Speedway station in Homer Glen in January 2011 when the pump failed to shut off, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in Will County court. The pump kept running and continued "to spray gasoline upon patrons," the suit says. "You take it for granted that it's going to turn off," said Cservenyak, telling how gasoline "mist and vapor" got into …
Monday, November 19, 2012
The county and a private nursing company were also named in the suit filed by the attorney for an unidentified man with HIV.
A nurse working at the county jail told an inmate's brother he has HIV, causing him "great humiliation and mental anguish," according to a lawsuit filed in Will County court on Friday. The HIV-infected inmate's name was withheld in the lawsuit. The man's attorney, William R. Cassian, filed a petition to "proceed under (a) fictitious name" on the grounds that the suit "involves very private information that is so sensitive" it is protected by the state's HIV Disclosure Act. The petition says the man is older than 18 and lives in DuPage County. The lawsuit alleges the unidentified man was "confined in the detention center" on Nov. 18, 2011. According to jail records, of the 24 men locked up in the Will County Adult Detention Center on Nov. …