Saturday, February 9, 2013
Also, a former deputy fire chief has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder, sex assault of his Tinley Park neighbor.
A man who admitted to carjacking an Orland Park restaurant employee last summer with a BB gun was sentenced to 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections Thursday, but the woman he said helped him plan the crime is moving forward with a trial. Jonathan Sarolas, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking, a class X felony. However, the woman he named as his accomplice has requested a bench trial. April Schmidt, 24, is moving forward with a bench trial, her lawyer announced Thursday. She had been offered a plea deal by the state but turned it down, her attorney said. Schmidt's trial is set for April 11. Patch rounds up the Southland's major criminal and civil cases being heard in Cook County and Will County …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Also, an arraignment has been set for an Oak Forest man accused of strangling his wife, slitting his own throat and setting their home on fire.
A 19-year-old Palos man accused of giving heroin to a teen girl was sentenced to two years in the state prison for violating his probation on an earlier theft conviction. Matthew Lefebvre's most recent arrests in connection to an Oct. 26, 2012 incident, where police were called at 11:30 p.m. to a home in the 11000 block of Helena Drive to help with an ambulance call for a teen who had overdosed, violated his probation, authorities said. The teen was hospitalized but didn't die from the overdose. The girl reportedly overdosed a second time in November and Lefebvre was arrested again. Lefebvre is expected to plead guilty to the misdemeanor child endangerment charges for the overdose incidents, but court records didn't reflect any plea …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Also, a public defender for a homeless man accused of sexually assaulting an 83-year-old woman wants the arrest thrown out.
A new lawyer has joined the case of a former Oak Lawn Community High School student charged with helping to kill the mother and father of a friend. Chicago attorney Mohammad Ramadan entered his appearance but still has to get "up to speed" with the case against 18-year-old Mohammad Salahat, said Joel Brodsky, a lawyer already representing the teen. Salahat and three other young men—John Granat, 18, of Palos Township, Christopher Wyma, 18, of Bridgeview, and Ehab Qasem, 21, of Hickory Hills—all face murder charges for allegedly beating and stabbing Granat's parents to death in their bedroom. The four were arrested and have been held without bond at the Cook County Jail since shortly after the killings. Patch rounds up the Southland's major …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Also, a Cook County judge refused to raise bail for a man charged with disorderly conduct he allegedly made threats and referenced the Newtown, Conn. school shooting during a DUI arrest.
One of two people accused of endangering the life of a 15-year-old girl who overdosed on heroin reportedly supplied by the pair has pleaded guilty. Nicolette Martinu, 20, pleaded to one misdemeanor count of endangering the life of a child. She was sentenced to 10 days in the Cook County Sheriff's SWAP, a manual labor program for nonviolent misdemeanors and traffic offenders, and receive six months of court supervision. She will also have to pay $284 in court costs. Matthew Lefebvre, 19, was also charged in the case and remains in custody. His next court date is set for Jan. 29. Patch rounds up the Southland's major criminal and civil cases being heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week. ORLAND PARK — State Produces EMS Reports…
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Also, a Cook County judge refused to lower the bond of a former deputy fire chief accused of attempted rape and murder in Tinley Park.
One of four men accused of robbing an Orland Park jewelry store more than a year ago pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to court records. Darrin Carter, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery. As part of the deal, 16 additional felony counts, including aggravated kidnapping, unlawful restraint and robbery, were dismissed. In addition to the 16-year stint, Carter is set to spend three years on parole upon his release and pay $394 in court costs. He has been in custody on $500,000 bond since he was arrested days after the robbery and will receive credit for 441 days he spent in county jail. Patch rounds up the Southland's major criminal and civil cases being heard in …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Also, an indictment is expected later this month for an Oak Forest man accused of strangling his wife and setting their house on fire.
Against the advice of their attorneys who believed they could win at trial, five Indiana men charged in the Ashford House attack pleaded guilty to three counts of armed violence. Judge Carmen K. Aguilar handed down the sentences in the attack, where the men stormed the Tinley Park restaurant wearing masks, hoods and gloves with axes and metal batons to confront a neo-Nazi group meeting on May 19 of last year. Charges of mob action, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property were dropped as part of the agreement. The five received: All five men have been in custody since the May 19 incident and will receive credit for 233 days time served and will have to pay $587 in court costs, and will be on parole for two years upon release …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Also, police nab suspects in area robberies, including Radio Shacks in Oak Lawn and Palos, as well as an Oak Lawn 7-Eleven.
Retired White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI in Will County Court in Joliet. Arrested on Oct. 22 by New Lenox police and charged with DUI, the Sun-Times Media said 64-year-old Fisk pleaded guilt to one year of court supervision. He will also pay $1,250 in court costs. Fisk was also ordered to complete an alcohol abuse program. According to the Sun-Times Media, part of that program demands that he meet with select families who had lost loved ones due to drunken drivers. Fisk had been booked on charges of DUI, illegal transportation of alcohol and failure to drive on the right side of the roadway. Police found the Hall of Famer, who currently lives in Bradenton, FL., in a drunken stupor behind the wheel of his …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Also, a Cook County judge won't reduce the bond for one of four teens charged in the robbery and beating death of a Palos Township couple. Get the latest court news from the south suburbs.
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Saturday, December 22, 2012
An Orland Park man pleaded not guilty to felony attempted murder, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint, after he was accused of beating and strangling his 78-year-old father. Prosecutors said Mark Williamson, 46, went to the bar after the incident instead of calling an ambulance. Williamson has also been ordered by the court to stay away from his father. Williamson is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 25. Patch rounds up the Southland's major criminal and civil cases being heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week. PALOS - Judge's Ruling Will Keep Teen Charged With Murder in Jail A Cook County judge refused to set a bond for Mohammad Salahat, charged in the 2011 robbery and beating death of a Palos Township couple. …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Also, the three women, including one from Orland Park, accused of stealing cash from Carl Sandburg High School’s cashier’s office took pleas for misdemeanor theft charges Friday.
More than three years after the death of 18-year-old Felix Jimenez, family and friends still wait for the trial of Derek Grib, the man accused of killing 18-year-old Jimenez in July 2009. Judge Frank Zelezinski ruled Dec. 10 that the trial date will be set at a status hearing scheduled for Jan. 3. Prosecutor Rob Holland said in August that he truly believed the trial would take place in October, Jimenez's mother, Teresa Rivera, said months ago. But several status court dates have passed, and the trial is still not scheduled. Grib is accused of fatally stabbing Jimenez, an Oak Forest High School graduate who had military aspirations, at a party in Oak Forest on July 12, 2009. Jimenez died shortly after midnight the next day. Patch rounds …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Also, attorneys of the five Indiana men charged in an attack in a Tinley Park restaurant don't think the men will accept a plea deal recently offered by a Cook County judge.
Homewood police arrested 20-year-old Monica Gonzalez, daughter of Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez, and two other men following reports of loud music and “girls hollering,” according to police. Gonzalez faces charges of battery and possession of drug paraphernalia, after allegedly resisting arrest, kicking an officer on the scene and the discovery of a glass pipe in her purse. In response to his daughter's actions, Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzales issued a statement to Patch that said he was "saddened" by the charges, and actions "certainly inconsistent with the behavior my wife and I have tried to instill in all of our children." Patch rounds up the Southland's major criminal and civil cases being heard in Cook County and Will …