Monday, January 7, 2013
A Rockdale man who did prison time for his part in a drunken wreck that claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl in 1999 is headed back to the penitentiary.
Three years after finishing up a seven-year bit in prison for killing a girl in a drunken crash, Glen Ray Higginbotham was getting arrested again for drunken driving. A year later, while he was out on bond for that December 2010 DUI case, a drunken Higginbotham once more was arrested when he crashed into an oncoming car on New Lenox Road in unincorporated Joliet Township. "If there was ever a case where an individual was knocking on the prison doors to get in, it would be this defendant," Assistant State's Attorney Tom Slazyk said of Higginbotham during a Monday morning sentencing hearing. But Higginbotham's attorney, Alonzo Zahour, said that wasn't the case at all. The 34-year-old Higginbotham was actually sorry for his crimes and in no …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Joel Brodsky bearing the brunt of the blown Drew Peterson murder defense in a Thursday filing was one of many interesting things going on at the Joliet courthouse this past week.
When a jury finds you guilty of killing your wife, it's safe to say you might have some image problems. But in the aftermath of the Drew Peterson murder trial, defense attorney Joel Brodsky may be looking worse than anyone. First there was his very public feud with co-counsel Steve Greenberg. Then Brodsky voluntarily withdrew (or was he discharged?) from the Peterson defense team. And once he was gone, the five lawyers still representing Peterson blamed Brodsky for blowing the case and pointed out that entering into a publicity contract with a suspected wife-killer could be viewed as unsound legal strategy. And then on Thursday, Greenberg got his latest last word in with a devastating, 32-page court filing that paints Brodsky as a a …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
A hit-and-run driver mowed down a Crest Hill man walking his dog early Saturday, leaving him mortally injured in the street.
A Crest Hill man left to die in the street by a hit-and-run driver Saturday morning clung to life but succumbed to his injuries Monday. Luis Vallaldid, 68, died at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center two days after a car ran him down near the corner of Curtis Avenue and William Street. Vallaldid and his wife, 68-year-old Carmen Vallaldid, were walking their dog about 6:45 a.m. Saturday. The Vallaldids were in the street but near the sidewalk when a smaller, gray or silver car heading east on the westbound side of the roadway hit them, said Joliet police Capt. Mike Botzum. Luis Vallaldid suffered grievous injuries, Botzum said, but Carmen Vallaldid was just grazed by the car and unhurt. The driver got out of the car, walked over and looked …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Glen Higginbotham of Yorkville was out of prison for almost three and a half years when he was locked up again on Christmas.
A Yorkville man convicted of killing a 10-year-old girl in a 1999 drunken wreck is heading back to prison for a boozy Christmas Day crash. Glen Ray Higginbotham, 34, was found guilty Thursday of aggravated driving under the influence and aggravated driving with a revoked license by Will County Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak. Higginbotham took a seven-year prison sentence in April 2000 for ramming into a vehicle on State Street near 12th Street in Lockport, killing a 10-year-old girl riding in the back seat. On the night of the May 1999 crash, a county deputy clocked Higginbotham driving faster than 80 mph just moments before the collision. The girl who was killed, Candace Graham, was not wearing a seat belt. Candace's mother, Constance Graham, …
Monday, June 25, 2012
A Joliet man was killed in a head-on collision near Manhattan.
A Joliet man was killed Sunday night when he ran his pickup truck head on into another pickup on Route 52 near Manhattan, police said. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene of the 10:40 p.m. crash on Route 52 south of Delaney Road, according to a statement released by the Will County Coroner's Office. Officials were withholding the man's name until he could be identified at the Will County morgue by relatives. His wife reportedly was en route Monday from Mexico to Joliet to make the identification. The statement released by Will County Coroner Patrick O'Neil's office said the man's identity would be ascertained through fingerprint comparison. The driver of the other pickup truck was injured in the crash, police said. He was…
Monday, June 11, 2012
Joliet police say LeAndrae Blackman deliberately killed and hid the bodies of the two pets and then taunted his ex-boyfriend about it.
A former Joliet man is accused of killing his ex-boyfriends's two dogs and hiding their bodies in a suitcase. Joliet police obtained a warrant for 20-year-old LeAndrae Blackman's arrest on charges of aggravated cruelty to an animal and cruel treatment of an animal, according to a story in the Joliet Herald News. Blackman, who's believed to be living in Florida, texted the dogs' owner about where the dead animals could be found and then sent texts and left voice messages taunting the owner about the dogs, police told the newspaper. To read the full report, click here.