Wednesday, May 22, 2013
If convicted, the man could face between two to five years in prison, according to the Daily Herald.
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A $10,000 bail was set Monday for a supervisor at the TCF Bank in Arlington Heights who is charged with misappropriating property, according to the Daily Herald. Jovanny D. Sosa, 21, of Hanover Park is accused of opening four fraudulent savings and checkings acounts at TCF and then "electronically depositing $2,000 into each account," according to the Daily Herald. The Daily Herald has more on this story.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
This edition of the Palatine police blotter includes information supplied by police on May 21, 2013. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
The latest Palatine Police Blotter: Theft A wallet was taken from a table at McDonald's, 1576 N. Rand Rd., on May 19 between 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The victim told police their wallet was on the table while in the restaurant, and when preparing to leave, realized the black leather wallet ($25), containing $400 and miscellaneous identification and credit cards were missing. A wallet was taken from Walmart, 1555 N. Rand Rd. on May 15 between 10:15 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. After purchasing items from the store, the owner of the green velvet wallet ($15) noticed it was missing when loading their vehicle. After looking in the store, the owner was unable to locate it. Taken was the wallet and $20, a social security card, miscellaneous bank cards, $…
Monday, May 20, 2013
Palatine Police say two suspects entered the store at 784 E. Dundee Road on Saturday, and one suspect pulled a gun. Taken was U.S. currency, phones, tablets and iPads. Suspect descriptions are provided.
Palatine Police are searching for two suspects they believe are responsible for an armed robbery over the weekend where a gun was pulled on empolyees and customers at the Verizon Wireless Store, 784 E. Dundee Road. The robbery took place on Saturday, May 18 at approximately 6:15 p.m., according to a press release from the Palatine Police Department. A 9-1-1 call was placed by an employee, but when officers arrived, the two suspects had already fled the store. Employees told police the two suspects entered the store asking about phones, but then the first suspect pulled out a gun and ordered three employees and four customers to get to the ground, the release stated. Meanwhile the second suspect told the manager to open the inventory …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
A look at weird crime news in the northern Chicago suburbs.
Hard to Believe This Elaborate Heist Failed A woman from Round Lake Beach was charged with retail theft and reckless driving after she left a JC Penney without paying for $169 in clothing, struck a vehicle with her car and nearly hit several pedestrians while attempting to flee. Candy-Powered Cars Are the Future! A Chicago man was charged with disorderly conduct after he placed a candy bar in his ex-girlfriend's gas tank. Caught Red Handed With Matching Eye Shadow A Prospect Heights woman was charged with retail theft at Golf Mill Mall after a security agent observed her taking cosmetics and makeup from a store display, putting them into her purse and exiting the store without paying. Security recovered 28 items worth $425 on the scene. …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The blaze was reported at 8:21 p.m. Friday with heavy fire on the first floor extending to the second floor; three units were ultimately deemed uninhabitable after multiple fire agencies helped to extinguish it.
Palatine firefighters responded to a blaze at the Lake Louise Condominiums, 516 N. Wilke Rd. Friday night, and four of its residents were unable to go back to their units after it was extinguished. No injuries to civilians or firefighters were sustained. The call came in at 8:21 p.m., and by 8:27 p.m., Palatine firefighters were on the scene where heavy fire had been reported on the first floor, and had extended to the second floor and into the attic above, according to a Palatine Fire Department press release. The release states firefighters had to access the roof with an aerial tower to cut a ventilation hole, to release heat, gas and smoke. Firefighters searched all of the units, and meanwhile called for a Box Alarm through the Mutual…
The following police-related items were taken from area Patches. When an arrest is referenced is should not be considered a conviction.
Des Plaines Battery, Hazing Charges Filed Against Maine West Soccer Coach A former varsity boys soccer coach and teacher at Maine West High School faces multiple criminal charges related to reports of bullying and hazing, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez stated on Wednesday. Michael Divincenzo was charged with eight misdemeanor counts including three counts of battery, one count of hazing and four counts of failure to report abuse as mandated, in incidents on June 1, 2012, Aug. 31, 2012 and Sept. 26, 2012, according to court documents. Divincenzo is accused of threatening freshmen students to have the varsity players stick their thumbs up their buttocks if they did not communicate properly during a soccer drill, according to the …
Friday, May 17, 2013
More than a dozen emergency vehicles are on the scene at 516 N. Wilke; both floors reportedly were ablaze, and a hook and ladder was used to reach the second floor of the apartment building.
UPDATED: Friday, May 17, 10:45 p.m. No injuries are being reported after a fire broke out at the Lake Louise Apartment, 516 N. Wilke Rd. on Friday night. Just after 8:30 p.m. the Palatine Fire Department called a box alarm to receive aid from neighboring departments, after fire was reported to be heavy at the front door of the building, according to the Arlington Cardinal. Fire was reported in one first floor apartment in addition to a second floor apartment, and everyone, including pets in the complex, were evacuated safely, the Arington Cardinal reports. EARLIER: Details are still forthcoming, but more than a dozen emergency vehicles are currently on the scene at an apartment fire on the east edge of Palatine, where both floors of the…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Police say a Hoffman Estates man molested an 8-year-old at the church's special needs child care center, the Daily Herald reports.
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Thursday, May 16
A 19-year-old Willow Creek Community Church volunteer has been charged with molesting an 8-year-old boy, the Daily Herald reports. Officials say Robert Sobczak of Hoffman Estates was volunteering in a care center for special-needs children when the molestation occurred. If convicted, he could face three to seven years in prison, the newspaper reports.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable. What do you think? Tell us in the comments section.
Do you think Illinois needs stricter guidelines for the blood-alcohol threshold for those driving under the influence? On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from .08 to .05 percent. About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. Secretary of State Jesse White said the lowered alcohol limit needs "further study," White's spokesman told the Daily Herald. In 2011, there were 1,977 DUI arrests in Cook County's…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
This edition of the Palatine police blotter includes information supplied by police on May 14, 2013. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
The latest Palatine Police Blotter: Criminal Damage to Property The exterior of a ComEd electrical box was spray painted by unknown subjects sometime between May 12 at 5 p.m. and May 13 at 5:31 p.m. in the 1200 block of E. Inverrary Ln. Residential/Vehicle Burglary An unlocked vehicle was entered by unknown offenders on May 7 between 10:45 p.m. and 11:50 p.m. in the 2100 block of N. Dogwood Ln. Taken was a Garmin GPS and cell phone charger. The unknown offenders then entered the home and removed two laptop computers, an Xbox 360 game system with controllers, a video game, a digital camera, and miscellaneous keys from the residence. No signs of forced entry were discovered and the value of the items taken is unknown. An unlocked …