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  • Priest Attempts Suicide Following Sex Abuse Investigation

    Reverend Alejandro Flores was critically injured when he jumped from a balcony inside a closed church in downtown Joliet. The police have ruled out foul play, believing that Reverend Flores attempted to commit suicide stemming from an investigation by Kane County authorities into allegations of sexual abuse.
    Joliet Deputy Chief of Police Mike Trafton stated that the investigation is leaning toward a suicide ruling and expects the investigation to be closed soon. Kane County investigators will be handling the sexual abuse investigation.

    Although the church is closed, Reverend Flores apparently was able to access the building. He suffered severe head injuries after taking a 20-foot plunge from the church balcony. Prior to becoming a Vicar, Flores was a deacon at St. Elizabeth Seton in Naperville. He was ordained in November 2008.

    Flores was put on administrative leave last Monday after church officials learned that a 13-year-old had made sexual abuse allegations against Flores.

    Flores, 37, was charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and two counts of criminal sexual assault after being accused of molesting the minor in a West Chicago church. The abuse victim, a 13-year-old St. Charles boy, had allegedly been molested from January 2005 to January, 2010.

  • Hey...uh, that Glass is Bullet-Proof

    I haven't been in Chicago for very long, but I think that Chicago has a crime problem. Some of the criminals are caught, others break free of police, and like any major city, some are never caught. Those that are, for better or worse, depending on how you look at it, don't seem to be the brightest lights on the planet. Some of them should get nominated for Darwin Awards. Sometimes you just have to sit back, scratch your head, and wonder.

    Here's a perfect example.

    Travis Copeland, 19, from Zion, IL, ran out of a Lake County felony courthouse earlier this week. He made his way to the skyway that connects the courthouse to the jail, passing over a street that lies below. The fleeing teen decided to make a hasty exit when he realized that the Lake County Sheriff's Deputies were right behind him, and his escape route was taking him back to the jail.

    He stopped in the breezeway, and one of the Deputies drew down on him with his pistol. At this point, Travis decided to make a headlong run into a window, hoping to break through, fall two stories, and make good his escape. Luckily for him, his plan did not work and he didn't get shot in the process.

    Surrounded, Copeland took a running start and hit the glass on the walkway with force, bounced off, staggered, and then layed on the deck. He was handcuffed and taken back to court where his bail, previously $50,000, was raised to $1.5 million.

    It's almost a shame that his plan didn't work; Copeland is being tried for aggravated battery of a police officer.

  • CPD Officer Charged in Shooting

    File this one under "Hmm."

    A CPD Officer, whose identity is being withheld due to union restrictions, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault on other officers following a shooting in his home. The Chicago Police Department has not released much information regarding the case, and it's unclear whether Officer "Johnathon Doe"  committed, or witnessed, the crime. The off-duty officer was reportedly intoxicated when police arrived. The officer's home is located in a Southwest Side neighborhood called Mount Greenwood.  Police responded to the call at 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

    The officer has been removed from duty, but is free on a $100 cash bond for assaulting fellow officers.

    A female police sergeant, the first responder, cited that the off-duty policeman was drunk, agitated, and combative. According to police, he allegedly  began to swing his arms in the sergeant's direction. Fearful that she'd be assaulted, other officers who'd arrived on scene tackled the drunk man and placed him under arrest.

    The police were alerted when the off-duty officer called 911 to report a man had been shot in the head inside his home.

    The victim was rushed to the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He's reported to be in critical condition. Although not confirmed, there are rumors that the victim may have shot himself in an attempted suicide. Police officials indicated that the officer's weapon was used discharged in the shooting.

    Calumet detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority are conducting an investigation into the matter.

  • Drew Peterson Heads to Court; Media Fights for Open Proceedings

    The media in Chicago are going to court to fight for open court proceedings so that they can be in the court room later this month when Drew Peterson, accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Salvio.
    A combined effort between the Sun-Times, AP, and the Chicago Tribune have joined forces to deny the Peterson defense team motion to keep the hearing closed.

    The former Bolingbrook police sergeant was charged for the 2004 murder after the body of Salvio was exhumed. He's also a suspect in the disappearance, and assumed murder, of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, who went missing in October 2007.

    Although close friends and Stacy's family believe Peterson killed her, her body has never been found.

    Drew Peterson gained a weird celebrity-status during the case, never refusing reporters and even tried to draw attention to himself. He booked shows on both local TV and radio programs, and the media, never to miss out on an opportunity, covered the trial, his day-to-day exploits, and even his dating life. Peterson got engaged to a woman nearly 1/3rd his age in the midst of the media hoopla.

    Now that the case is in court, it seems that Peterson has changed his tune.


  • Craigslist Prostitution Ring Gets Nailed

    Seven people were arrested by police in the Aurora area for allegedly running an online prostitution ring. The sting occurred last Wednesday after undercover officers submitted responses to advertisements in the erotic section of Craigslist and Backpage.

    All those caught were arrested and charged with sexual solicitation. The name of the hotel was not released, but a police statement said that it was cooperating with the investigation.

    According to NBC Chicago:

    Charged were: Gordon Luedtke, 48, of Wayne, IL; Rafael Medrano (aka: Sandra Medrano), 34, of Aurora; Kathleen Szarowicz, 23, of Grandville, MI; Nicole Deuchler, 29, of  Aurora; Victoria Clausen, 20, of  Romeoville; Heather Kroner, 21, of Van Buren, AR; and Wendy Negron, 34, of  Lombard.

    Last year, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart took Craigslist to court weeks prior to the Craigslist murder investigation of Philip Markoff, a Boston-area medical found guilty of killing a prostitute he'd found on the site. Dart's case was thrown out of court.

  • Calumet City Police Kill Chicago Man

    During an arrest in Calumet City, police officers shot and killed a Chicago man when he attacked the officers during the arrest.

    Prince Alim Bantu Akbar, a Chicago performance artist, was running in and out of a school district building yelling and screaming, and then running back out. When the officers arrived on the scene, the 265-pound Akbar began to beat the first officer. They tried non-lethal force, including tasers, and were unable to subdue the 6'1" suspect.

    While the second officer was trying to subdue the officer, he was nearly knocked unconscious. Akbar returned to beating the first officer around the head and face. The second officer, regaining his senses, fired two shots at the assailant, mortally wounding him. Akbar died at the scene.

    The two officers were sedated and remain in the hospital with severe head and facial injuries, including possible broken bones.

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  • Elgin Man Faces Prison for Bathroom Cam

    Elgin resident Miguel Bribiescas admitted to charges of spying after a small camera was found in the bathroom of Ridgefield industries in Crystal Lake. The camera recorded one person using the female wash facilities before being discovered by another worker.

    Once the pen-sized device was turned over to police, they discovered that Bribiescas, aged 25, had mainly recorded himself while trying to determine how the camera worked. He was easily identified, and arrested by police. His mistake, and his crime, could cost him anywhere from one to three years in prison. However, because he does not have a criminal record, his attorney believes that probation would be the most appropriate punishment.

    Currently free on bond, Bribiescas' trial has been set for January 20th, 2010.

    U-Spy Store does not condone the use of surveillance equipment for illegal purposes; if you believe that you are being recorded illegally, e-mail us at U-Spy Store. We carry various products that detect the presence of audio and video recorders.

  • Chicago Police Sergeant Crosses the Line

    A Chicago police officer was arrested last week for allegedly stealing over $600,000 from the Chicago Police Sergeants Association. Sergeant John Pallohusky, President of the Association, is being charged with theft and money laundering.

    The Cook County attorney's office allege that the money was spent personal items for Pallohusky. Where did the money go? Gambling trips to Las Vegas, a reported $163,000 on Ameritrade, a whopping $75,000 at Chicago restaurants, downtown hotel stays, and his home.

    Police Superintendent Jody Weiss referred to the Sergeant as the "Bernie Madhoff" of the Chicago Police Department. Pallohusky's attorney, Robert Kuzas, stated that he believed in his clients innocence, stating; "I don't believe he misappropriated one penny of the union's money." Pallohusky is no stranger to crime; in 1989 he was arrested and subsequently plead guilty to a misdemeanor fraud charge over a petition drive to add a nonpartisan mayoral referendum to the ballot.

    Cook County prosecutors sought to subponeae the treasurer of the Sergeants Association, Sgt. Mary O’Toole, and then discovered that she was Pallohusky’s wife. The Chicago Police Department's Internal Affairs department began the investigation in late summer after the bank noticed that large sums of money were being deposited into Pallohusky's private account from checks, and a credit card, drawn off the Union's account.

  • Family Shoplifting Ring Get Caught on Video

    Although the woman to the left, Diana Burton, is certainly what most of us would call the grandmotherly type, warm and loving, there is more to her than that. She has raised her children, and is now helping her children raise their children, just like my grandmother did for our family. Still, there's something special about Diana. Do you feel your heart warming and getting fuzzy? Well, just let it go; Ms. Burton is a thief (allegedly). Yes, loving "Grandma Burton" is actually the matriarch of a shoplifting ring that was operating outside Cleveland just picked up by local authorities on Thursday. Her "gang" is suspected of not only committing the crimes for which they were arrested, but other thefts and fraud-type activities in Ohio, and their home town, Chicago.


    The theft ring, comprised of grandma, her son Donald Burton, his girlfriend Amina Frye, and Frye's two young children, an 8-year old boy and 10-year old girl, were operating in Cleveland when arrested.  They were captured on surveillance video at Macy's in Parma, OH, a suburb west of Cleveland. Amina Frye and the children entered Macy's and were seen on surveillance cameras stealing merchandise. When store security went to nab the children, the adults entered the store and a fight began as the ring tried to flee to their waiting vehicle, a 2009 Chevy Suburban. (Another Macy's in the Cleveland area had informed all the stores to watch for the gang after being hit the day prior.)
    After Burton and his mother freed the children and their mother, the five thieves fled, yet only made it a short distance as police cars shut down all escape routes. During a search of the Suburban, police documented stolen computers, credit cards, and gift cards. Four Chicagoans have thus far been identified as possible  victims.

    If you feel that you, or your place of business, are victims of shoplifting, call U-Spy Store for the latest video surveillance equipment. Whether your needs require a two camera system or something all-encompassing, we'll meet or surpass your security requirements. Our number is 773-529-2779, or send us an email.

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