Friday, May 10, 2013
The mother of Adam Landerman's baby daughter sobbed as she left a court hearing establishing the alleged killer's paternity.
Three months before Adam Landerman and three of his pals were charged with a grisly, nightmarish double murder on Hickory Street, a young woman from Lockport accused him of fathering her child. On Friday morning, Landerman, 19, learned he is the father of a 1-year-old. Judge Brian Barrett said a DNA test performed on Landerman in the Will County jail "came back 99.9 percent you're the father." Landerman was taken in chains from the jail so he could attend the hearing. The child's mother, Tiffany A. Rachal, sobbed as she left the courtroom after finding out Landerman is the father of her child. A woman embraced Rachal in the courthouse hallway but declined to discuss the revelation. "We're not interested in commenting today," said the woman…
Friday, April 26, 2013
A Will County judge will decide whether the lawyer for a Plainfield teen can pursue the psychiatric records of the boy he is charged with sexually abusing.
The lawyer for a Plainfield teen charged with sexually abusing a child is trying to get a hold of the boy's psychiatric records. "I'm not making this request to embarrass or be insensitive to the alleged victim in this case in any way, shape or form," said Neil Patel, the attorney for 19-year-old Jason Minger. Rather, Patel said during a Friday morning court hearing, "The state has indicated that the victim will testify," and the information may prove useful when questioning the boy while he is on the witness stand. According to Patel and to court papers he filed, the boy was undergoing counseling when he told his mother Minger sexually abused him, but he had never mentioned it to the counselor. After informing his mother, the boy also …
A Matteson man charged with a March murder on Nicholson Street pleaded not guilty.
A Matteson man charged with a deadly shooting on Nicholson Street pleaded not guilty to murder charges during his arraignment Friday morning. Ruben Wayne Washington, 32, appeared before Judge Robert Livas and was returned to the Will County jail, where he is being held on a $3 million bond. Washington allegedly gunned down 31-year-old Antonio Tyler March 30 in an apartment on Nicholson Street. The Joliet police captured Washington five days after the slaying. He was taken into custody at a residence in the St. Patrick neighborhood. Washington caught an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance when he was arrested. He was allegedly holding cocaine. At his bond hearing the day after his arrest, Washington claimed to have "no…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Jason Chance already did time in prison for threatening Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow but was found unfit to answer new allegations of harassing officials.
A downstate man already convicted of threatening Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow on Facebook was found unfit to face new charges of menacing public officials. Jason Chance, 40, was returned to jail after a Monday morning court hearing but will be transferred to a facility run by the Illinois Department of Human Services. Chance has already taken a two-year prison sentence for making threats against Glasgow in 2010. According to a criminal complaint, Chance made a Facebook post "containing a threat to rape and kill James Glasgow." Chance was also charged with "cyberstalking" Glasgow. On top of the prison sentence, Chance was also hit with 30 months of probation with special conditions. Chance allegedly violated that probation by …
Monday, April 22, 2013
A Joliet mother was still sad and angry after her son's killer was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
After the man who gunned down her son was sentenced to 35 years in prison, Treasona Bew said it wasn't enough. "I'm not satisfied," Bew said in the courthouse hallway Monday morning. "I can never be satisfied." Bew's son, Mark Bew, was shot to death at age 19 in August 2009. Two men, Calvin "Cal Cal" Russell, 23, and Jeremy Travis, 22, were charged in connection with the killing. Russell pleaded guilty on April 5 to charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Travis pleaded guilty to one count of murder last month and was sentenced Monday. Travis was already pulling a 12 year sentence for aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm in connection with…
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.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
A Joliet man held for a night at the Will County jail claims guards punched, beat and stomped him.
Will County jail guards unleashed a brutal beating on a prisoner who couldn't remove his tongue jewelry quickly enough, the man's lawyer said Tuesday. The former inmate, 35-year-old Curtis Cooper of Joliet, is suing four guards for allegedly attacking him in September. The guards, all members of the jail's Emergency Response Team, were escorting Cooper to a holding cell when one of them tripped him, the lawsuit said. The guards then "kicked, punched, beat and stomped on (Cooper's) body, including his feet," the suit said. Cooper's attorney, John Schrock, said the guards misrepresented the incident in an official report. "The officers that I sued wrote a use of force report in which they said two, maybe three times, they told (Cooper) to …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
A New Lenox man spoke of his "horrific" ordeal in the county jail after he was arrested for a murder someone else was wanted for.
We started the week off by talking with the New Lenox man jailed for two weeks for a murder allegedly committed by someone else with the same name. Pedro Hernandez, 67, said his time in the Will County jail was "horrific," and that he's looking for a lawyer to talk to about filing a lawsuit. But Hernandez's ordeal was just one of the things going on last week. There was also: Check out all these stories and more on our Facebook page.
The man charged with a Saturday afternoon slaying on Nicholson Street denied knowing why he was in being held in jail on a $3 million bond.
Moments after a Matteson man charged with a deadly shooting on Nicholson Street claimed to have "no idea what's going on" during his first court appearance, his lawyer warned him to keep his mouth shut. "The woods are full of snitches that are trying to get you to say something while you're in custody that can come back and haunt you," public defender Kurt Leinweber told 32-year-old alleged murderer Ruben Wayne Washington. Will County Judge Roger Rickmon also cautioned Washington that the hearing was being recorded. Washington made his court appearance the day after his arrest by the Joliet police. He was reportedly captured at a residence in the St. Patrick neighborhood Thursday afternoon. Washington was wanted for the Saturday slaying of…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The man wanted for a 1978 murder—for which another man spent two weeks in jail—had never been arrested before he was charged with the killing and has no fingerprints on file, police said.
During the two weeks a New Lenox man was wrongly jailed for a murder that another man was wanted for, Joliet detectives ran down and interviewed men and women with information on the 1978 killing. "Most of the witnesses are in their 70s and 80s," said Joliet police Cmdr. Brian Benton. "Following up on the information from these witnesses, some didn't recall from that far back." But the detectives charged with trying to find out whether they had the right person in jail had no other recourse—the man wanted for the killing had never been arrested, and his fingerprints are not on file, Benton said. The legwork resulted in locating a witness who said the man in jail, Pedro Hernandez, 67, was not the Pedro Hernandez wanted on a 35-year-old …