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Illinois man accused of West Lafayette burglary

March 30th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

LucyAn Illinois man was recently accused of at least one burglary that occurred in a West Lafayette neighborhood.

At about 9:15 p.m. on Mar. 4, police were called to a home in the Arbor Chase neighborhood for a reported brick being thrown through the window. Along with the assistance from the K-9 unit if the Tippecanoe Co. Sheriff’s Office, the West Lafayette police officers set up a perimeter around the area.

The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Albert Goins, who was tracked down to the nearby Amberleigh Village subdivision, which was where he was arrested around 10:30 p.m. that same night

Goins has also been accused of burglarizing a home in Amberleigh Village on Jan. 30 along with throwing the brick through a window into a home in Arbor Chase of Mar. 4. According to Lt. Troy Harris from the West Lafayette Police Department (WLPD), Goins is not a resident of Amberleigh village. The address that Goins provided to the police is a University Park, Illinois address.

WLPD is also investigating four other burglaries that occurred in the Amberleigh Village neighborhood, one of which occurred on Jan. 30. The burglaries were reported first on Jan. 25 and the last one was reported in Feb.

There are detectives still working to determine whether or not Goins was involved in those other three incidents in the same neighborhood.

If you have been charged with a crime like Albert Goins has, contact an experienced criminal attorney in Rolling Meadows, Ill. today. Criminal attorney Chris Cosley will fight for you in court.

 

Gov. Pat Quinn says street crime is priority to fight

March 27th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

LucyGov.  Pat Quinn recently told congregants of a prominent Chicago church that fighting street violence is a priority and his proposed budget will help to address the problem.

“We’re never going to give up. We’re never going to let the gangbangers take over!” Quinn shouted from the pulpit to the attendants at Greater St. John Bible Church.

This speech was not schedules for the  governor, however, it came only days after the Chicago Democrat delivered what he said was the most difficult budget that the state has ever faced as Republicans and even some fellow Democrats are talking of challenging him in 2014.

Quinn’s new budget contains more money in some areas of public health, including new cadet classes for Illinois State Police and $25 million for mental health care, and huge cuts in education. The governor also spoke about his efforts to retain money for early education and increases for mental health.

This extra stop is most likely a preview of Quinn’s coming months as he prepares for a potential primary challenge and he offered a glimpse of his spirited campaign persona. He frequently quoted the bible at the church and spoke without notes to play to his crowd, which was made up mostly of black families from Chicago’s West side.

During his visit, he mentioned last year’s killing of 7-year-old Heaven Sutton, who was shot by a stray bullet as she was selling snow cones in her neighborhood, which isn’t too far from Quinn’s Chicago home. Her death was one of over 500 murders in 2012, which was higher than years passed.

Quinn said, “Little Heaven’s up in heaven today. We better take good care of our babies.”

The Illinois governor is cracking down on crimes more than ever before, so if you have been charged with a crime, you’ll need a good defense attorney. Contact Chris Cosley and attorneys in Rolling Meadows for a great criminal lawyer today.

Chicago Man Ends Up in Prison for Selling Drugs

March 24th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

LeeviA 21-year-old man has been sentenced to six years in prison for selling drugs to undercover Naperville police, according to a recent story in the Naperville Sun. Jermaine N. Moore was found guilty of a Class 1 felony charge of the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance on February 25. Drug charges should always be taken seriously. An experienced criminal defense attorney can significantly improve your chances of achieving success in the courtroom.

Moore and his sister, Kymtika D. Moore, were arrested two years ago. The arrest took place in a parking lot near McDowell Road and Route 59 on the city’s far northwest side. According to police, the arrests were made by a special police unit ending a month-long investigation concerning Moore’s criminal activities in Naperville.

Police said Moore was arrested “after he brought approximately 20 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $4,000 to sell in Naperville.” Kymtika Moore helped her brother by driving him to and from the locations where the drugs were sold. She was sentenced “to four days in DuPage County Jail on a charge of unlawful possession of less than 15 grams of cocaine” in December 2011. In addition, she was placed on two years of probation, had to serve 15 days in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, and had to pay $1,370 in fines and legal costs.

If you have been charged with drug possession or another drug crime, it is in your best interests to contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer who will defend your rights and make every effort to fight the allegations against you. Contact an Illinois drug charges attorney as soon as possible.

 

Transit Officials Concerned Over Concealed Weapon Law Passing

March 21st, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Millions of people rely on public transportation – buses, subways, L-trains, trains. Chicago is known for their transit system and its efficiency and mass usage. Diverse people utilize all forms to get to work, home, play and for tourism. As a relatively safe option for moving around town, what would happen if weapons were allowed on these transportation systems?

The Chicago Transit spoke to legislators to reassess the concealed weapon law for transit systems. They mentioned a bad mix of people who are drunk, violent and hot headed could lead to more violence. Chicago is already on the rise for murders just two months into 2013, and officials are concerned that if anyone can carry a concealed weapon on board public transportation, it would bring about more problems.

Christine

Legislators are looking at a variety of options as Illinois is the only state left to make a decision on the concealed weapon law. From full on out permission to carry the concealed weapons to only in specific areas, Illinois is faced with making a clear and concise decision. Supporters believe it will give people a chance to protect themselves; others believe it will just cause more trouble.

Until the concealed weapon law is clarified, you must know your rights and what you can and cannot do for protection. Your safety is extremely important but how you handle weapons to protect yourself is crucial. Know the law. If you have any questions or need representation, contact an Illinois criminal attorney who can share with you the safety and criminal aspects of concealed weapons.

 

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Cyberbullying Teachers Now Crime For Students

March 18th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

ChristineWe all have had a teacher, or two, who we just could not stand. Yes, we might have said a mean thing or two, but did to take it to the internet? Make fake accounts to humiliate those teachers? Spread awful rumors that could potentially harm their career and even harm their families?

North Carolina legislators have said students bullying educators has reached its limit. Harassing, intimidating, or tormenting teachers online has now become against the law. For example, posting pictures of teachers stating they are pedophiles, homosexuals, violent individuals. Also, setting up fake online accounts such as Twitter and posting things as if they were stating things is illegal as well. The law states that it is not allowed to create fake profiles for teachers; however, it is a crime to post real images or make any sort of statement online, true or not. If caught, students could spend up to one month in jail and pay up to $1,000 fee.

The ACLU of North Carolina says the law is too broad, making it too harsh for someone who just might make a dumb mistake. Being punished for speaking out on any government official restricts the First Amendment Right of freedom of speech making it according to some legal experts another way to criminalize speech.

Regardless, of the opinion of legal experts, no one deserves to be bullied, harassed or tormented. If you have been accused of bullying online you have rights as well. If you are in a situation where you are, please find a criminal lawyer who will be able to stand up for your rights and work for your freedom. A criminal defense attorney in Illinois will be able to assist you.

 

 

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Woman Accused of Leaving Scene of Fatal Accident

March 15th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Chicago criminal defense lawyer (Kerry)A 44 year-old Chicago woman is being held on $2 million bail for a January crash that killed two women.   Lisa Elner has been charged with failure to report an accident involving death, aggravated driving under the influence involving death, possession of cocaine and other traffic charges.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, on Jan. 26, around 7 a.m., police found Elner wandering around near the entrance ramp to southbound Interstate 55 at Harlem Avenue. She was freezing and according to police, intoxicated. She also was seriously injured and police took her to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn. Elner told police she was walking home from a barroom, but never said anything to them about a car accident.

Five hours later, a trucker found an overturned SUV, along the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Police later discovered the bodies of two women, Michelle Miranda, 37, of Berwyn, and Sandra Frankum, 36, of Bolingbrook. An investigation revealed that that the SUV was headed south on Harlem approaching the I-55 ramp about 3 a.m. when the driver lost control and the vehicle jumped a curb and crashed through a barrier before plunging at least 50 feet onto the road below.

Given the condition police found Elsner, and the proximity to the accident location, they concluded that she must have been involved in the accident. She surrendered to police.

The defendant in this case is facing very serious charges and if found guilty, is also facing prison. If you are accused of a serious crime, contact an experienced Illinois criminal defense attorney to make sure your rights are protected.

Two Women Arrested for Protesting Naperville’s Smart Meter Installation

March 12th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

KerryTwo members of a group opposing the installation of wireless electric ‘smart meters’ in Naperville, IL have been arrested for refusing to allow utility workers on their property to install the meters. Malia “Kim” Bendis and Jennifer Stahl are members of Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (NMSA), a group formed to protest the City of Naperville’s decision to make everyone who lives within the Naperville city limits and is a customer of the city-owned electric utility — have the new wireless meters installed in their homes and businesses.  If a customer doesn’t want the smart meter, they can pay $68 to have a non-wireless meter installed and a monthly service fee of $25 to cover the cost of having a meter reader come to the property to obtain the read. The city has already installed 57,000 smart meters and is about 99 percent finished with the process according to an article in the Chicago Tribune.

NMSA objects to the forced installations, citing concerns of over whether the wireless meters will affect health, security and privacy and have filed a federal lawsuit against the city.

The city has been sending police escorts along with utility workers to the remaining locations that still require meter installations. These locations had previously sent away installers. When they showed up at Stahl’s home and she refused them entrance onto her property, installers cut the lock she had he had placed on her fence came onto her property.  When she stood in front of her electric meter and refused to move, she was arrested.

She has received two ordinance violation citations — interfering with a police officer and preventing access to customer premises. Bendis, who was the president of NMSA, was also at the home and was charged with attempted eavesdropping and resisting a peace officer.

If you’ve been charged with a crime related to any type of civil disobedience or protest, you should contact an experienced Illinois criminal defense attorney to make sure you receive the best defense possible.

Man Charged with Domestic Battery | Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney

March 9th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Chicago criminal defense attorney (Kerry)

Joseph L. Lopez Jr.

A 34 year-old Mt. Prospect man is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond, accused of choking and beating a woman and telling her that he would “kill her or bury her alive” after she told him she wanted to end their relationship.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Joseph L. Lopez Jr., grabbed the woman and pushed her into her car, striking her with a closed fist after she tried to break off their two year relationship. Lopez threatened the woman, telling her he would “kill her or bury her alive” if she did not continue dating him. He also told her he would “drive her to Chicago and dissolve her body” if she tried calling police.

Prosecutors told the court that Lopez also slammed the woman’s head into the center console of the car. He choked her until she lost consciousness. When she came to, she told Lopez she would continue to see him and he let her go.

She then drove herself to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with internal injuries, including a lacerated liver. The woman also had several clumps of hair missing from her scalp. Lopez was taken into custody three days after the incident when police found him in the 1400 block of Brownstone Court in Mount Prospect. He threatened to shoot police and then turn the gun on himself, according to a Cook County Sheriff’s report. Lopez has been charged with two counts of domestic battery.

If you have been charged with domestic battery, or any other serious crime, you need to retain the services of an experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney. Depending on mandatory sentencing guidelines and past criminal history, a guilty finding could mean a prison sentence.

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty to Fraud

March 6th, 2013 at 8:00 am

American FlagIn a surprising turn of events, Jesse Jackson Jr. went from a man with huge political aspirations to someone who seems to have lost control.  The Democratic Representative from Chicago stepped down recently while being investigated and dealing with health issues.  He pleaded guilty to one felony fraud charge on Wednesday February 20th to secure a plea deal.  He was charged with fraud for using $750,000 in campaign money to pay for his lavish living expenses.

The court filed a 22 page report which outlines the spending habits of a politician who many thought would one day run for Mayor in Chicago or President of the US.  It started when Jesse opened a campaign account and then withdrew nearly $45,000 to purchase a Rolex watch.    He went on to purchase “high-end electronic items, collector’s items, clothing, food and supplies for daily consumption, movie tickets, health club dates, personal travel, and personal dining expenses,” according to the prosecution.

The details of his plea agreement allow his punishment range to be between 46 to 57 months in prison.  Though, it is not set in stone because both the defense and prosecution can influence the sentencing of the case.  The defense will urge the judge to consider probation given Jesse’s recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

Jesse’s wife Sandi has also been charged with assisting the cover-up of this fraud.  Sandi was formerly an alderman for the city of Chicago.  She pleaded guilty of failing to report that money from her aldermanic campaign was used as personal income also for failing to report this income on her tax return.  Her possible sentencing will be in the range of 1 to 2 years in prison.

What was once a promising career in politics for the Jackson may now be forever damaged.  White collar crimes can ruin reputations and result in jail time.  If you have been charged with any white collar crime, then it is important to receive legal guidance.  Contact a skilled criminal defense attorney in Rolling Meadows today.

Lovers Quarrel on Valentine’s Day Turns Bloody

March 3rd, 2013 at 8:00 am

loveOn Thursday February 14th, a couple celebrated Valentine’s Day with a night on the town.  Skokie resident Elaine Cook, 51, and her boyfriend later returned to her apartment and got into a fight.  The altercation became bloody when Cook bit her boyfriend’s tongue.

At first, Cook requested that her boyfriend of ten months to leave.  She became even more upset when he attempted to kiss her goodnight.  Cook bit off a chunk of her boyfriend’s tongue.  She was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic battery and is being held in place of a $100,000 bail.

The boyfriend, who asked not to be named in the press, put the portion of his tongue on ice in an attempt to have it reattached.  An ambulance was called by Cook’s roommate and transported the boyfriend to Evanston Hospital.  Unfortunately, the doctors were unable to reattach the chunk of tongue due to a lack of blood flow.

At this point, the 47 year old man from Chicago is unsure what the next step will be.  He reported that “It’s just sad. The whole thing.  I’m in a lot of pain and I’m not sure what direction I’m going to at this point.”  He does know that he doesn’t want to see Cook in jail or have her life ruined.

Most people are not lucky enough to have charges dropped when a crime is committed.  The reality of this situation is that Cook might be tried and found guilty of domestic abuse.  If you have been accused of assault, it is important to have the legal guidance of a professional.  Contact a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer in Cook County to protect your reputation and future.

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