Thursday, May 24, 2012
The arraignment for Tom G. Rohrbach, of New Lenox, was postponed after lawyers learned he might have mental health issues. Police say he threatened to shoot up area high schools and his neighborhood.
The mental health of a New Lenox man accused of making repeated violent threats against the Lincoln-Way High School District, himself and his neighbors by telephone will be the subject of his possible arraignment next week. Based on information relayed to prosecutors by the family of 46-year-old Tom G. Rohrbach, Judge Richard Schoenstedt postponed formal indictment one week to allow lawyers to make motions on whether the defendant is fit for trial. Assistant public defender Stephen Whitmore, who appeared caught off guard by the news, told the court he would need a few days to prepare. Another hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, May 29. Members of the man’s family who were present in court on Wednesday declined to comment on the condition …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Tom G. Rohrbach, 46, of New Lenox, was charged Wednesday. Police say a two-month span of threatening phone calls, including some against Lincoln-Way schools, led them to Rohrbach.
The state filed 11 charges Wednesday afternoon against a New Lenox man who police say made a series of threatening phone calls, including two against the Lincoln-Way High School District. Tom G. Rohrbach, 46, of the 700 block of Lisson Grove in New Lenox, was charged with two counts of falsely making a terrorist threat, a Class 1 felony, and nine counts of disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony. After investigating six phone calls threatening violence, police executed a search warrant at Rohrbach's mother's home, where he lived. Two phone calls threatened violence against Lincoln-Way high schools, and the other four threatened harm to himself or his neighbors. Read more about the police investigation and arrest. Rohrbach appeared in …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Tom G. Rohrbach, 46, of New Lenox, was charged with two counts of falsely making a terrorist threat and nine counts of disorderly conduct.
Updated 4 p.m. May 2 A series of phone calls spanning two months led police to the man they believe made threats against the Lincoln-Way High School District this year. Tom G. Rohrbach, 46, of the 700 block of Lisson Grove in New Lenox, was charged with two counts of falsely making a terrorist threat, a Class 1 felony, and nine counts of disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony. After investigating six phone calls threatening violence, police executed a search warrant at Rohrbach's mother's home, where he lived. Police recovered two cell phones. New Lenox Police Chief Bob Sterba said there were no explosives or guns found in the home. "There was nothing of that sort that would lead us to believe this was anything more than sport for him," …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Police say Justin F. Benoit, 30, stole a car from a New Lenox home after he was released from Silver Cross Hospital and drove it to Chicago to use heroin.
A Tinley Park man was booked into Will County jail Sunday after he stole a car in New Lenox and drove it to Chicago to use heroin, police said. Justin F. Benoit, 30, of the 8800 block of 176th Street in Tinley Park, was charged in Will County with residential burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle. Deputy Chief Bob Pawlisz of the New Lenox Police Department said Benoit was also charged with heroin possession in Cook County. Pawlisz said Benoit was released from Silver Cross Hospital, where he stayed for an unspecified chemical dependency treatment. Benoit left on foot and went to a home in the 1100 block of West Route 6, which is near the hospital. New Lenox police were called to a home at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in …
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Police said the off-duty cop was picked up in New Lenox after leaving the scene of a collision near LaGrange Road.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
An off-duty Tinley Park Police officer was put on administrative leave after police say he left the scene of a car accident in Frankfort, Tinley Park police said Wednesday. John Leonard, 37, rear-ended another vehicle at LaGrange Road and Lincolnway Lane in Frankfort at about 1 a.m. Sunday, said Tinley Park police Cmdr. Steve Vaccaro. The passenger in the vehicle was not injured severely but was taken to the hospital. "At this point it's a personnel matter," Vaccaro said. "We are doing our own internal investigation." New Lenox police picked up Leonard near Route 30 and Nelson Road in New Lenox and took him to the Frankfort Police Department. According to a Chicago Breaking News article, Leonard gave blood and urine samples but police …
Monday, January 3, 2011
Brian Wilhelm is trying to get charges of obstructing a peace officer dropped, saying he was Tasered while trying to help on the scene of a car accident near his New Lenox home.
An Iraq War veteran wants obstruction of a peace officer charges against him dropped because he claims New Lenox police used excessive force in shooting him with a Taser in early December. Brian Wilhelm, 28, of New Lenox, said he came to help at the scene of a Dec. 11 car accident near his home at Woodlawn and Wisconsin roads. After trying to assist an injured passenger, Wilhelm got into a confrontation with New Lenox police officer Mark Klausner. The two had their hands on each other when another officer used his Taser on Wilhelm. Police charged Wilhelm with obstructing a peace officer. A U.S. Army veteran who served from 2000 to 2006, Wilhelm was shot in combat in Iraq. He lost his leg as a result of his wounds. He now has a prosthetic …