Monday, April 8, 2013
The 19-year-old was arrested on March 30. Here's what happened.
A 19-year-old Wheaton man remains in the DuPage County Jail as he faces a felony charge of possessing a stolen car. Matthew R. Grote, of the 1400 block of Stonebridge Trail, is accused of receiving, possessing or attempting to sell a black 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. He is being held on $150,000 bail. The charge involves an incident that took place between 9 p.m. March 29 and 8:15 a.m. March 30 on the 1400 block of Stonebridge Circle, about a half-mile from Grote's residence. Grote was arrested at 10:58 a.m. March 30 on West Loop Road east of Naperville Road. He was booked at the Wheaton Police Department, 900 W. Liberty St., and then transferred to the DuPage County Jail that afternoon. The next court date for Grote's case is April 11, …
Monday, March 18, 2013
A judge overruled attorneys' objections and will allow cameras in the trial of Willow Springs resident Johnny Borizov, set to begin next month, for a Darien triple-murder.
The trial of a man charged with plotting the murder of three Darien residents will be open to photographers and videographers, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday, a first in DuPage County according to the newspaper. Johnny Borizov of Willow Springs will be on trial beginning April 16 for the murder of Jeffrey, Lori and Michael Kramer, who were shot to death in March 2010 by Jacob Nodarse in a scheme, prosecutors allege, plotted by Borizov and meant to kill Angela Kramer, daughter of Jeffrey and Lori, sister of Michael, and father of Borizov's son. Angela Kramer was in the house at the time and survived by hiding in a closet and dialing 911, officials have said. Nodarse pleaded guilty in 2011 to a single murder count in a deal with …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Patch covers happenings in major court cases, including those of a Darien man charged with killing a man dating his ex-girlfriend, a man convicted of hitting and spitting on a man at a gas station, and the Naperville man charged with the stabbing death of
Darien: The Dec. 17 hearing for Joseph Spitalli's arraignment in his murder case has been pushed back after a request for cameras in the courtroom was filed. Spitalli is charged in the November murder of a man dating Spitalli's ex-girlfriend. A motion has been filed seeking extended media coverage of Spitalli's arraignment. The judge set a Jan. 9 hearing on the media request, while scheduling the arraignment for Jan. 14, records show. Related posts: Darien: Ali Akel recently pleaded guilty to aggravated battery as part of a hate crime attack inside a Woodridge gas station in 2011. Akel was sentenced to two years of probation and 364 days of work release from DuPage County Jail, according to court records. He will also spend time in a …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Patch reports updates in major court cases, including an evaluation for a man suspected of murder and the unknown whereabouts of a carjacking suspect.
Lisle: A second man charged in a July 7-Eleven robbery has pleaded guilty for his part in the incident, records show. Antonio Finley, 21, pleaded guilty to a robbery charge and was sentenced to six years in prison as part of a deal with prosecutors, who dropped several other counts against Finley. He was given credit for four months in DuPage County Jail and received a recommendation of a prison boot camp, which could shorten his prison time. In October, 17-year-old Steven Gayden was sentenced to four years in prison in connection to the robbery. He also was given a boot camp recommendation. Two other men - DeShaun Wilson and Antwan James - have related cases that are pending. Related: Naperville: A Naperville man will be evaluated once …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
A judge will allow testimony a Wheaton man has post-traumatic stress disorder when he stands trial on first-degree murder charges Oct. 17.
A DuPage County Judge will allow testimony that a Wheaton man charged with first-degree murder has post-traumatic stress disorder after a 1980s military accident, the Daily Herald reported. Michael Delaney of Wheaton is charged with the 2009 stabbing murder of a Wheaton man outside an apartment in the 800 block of Crescent Street, according to the Chicago Tribune. Defense attorneys say the condition may have caused Delaney to think he was defending himself when he stabbed neighbor Michael Scalzo in 2009, according to the Herald. Delaney returns to court Oct. 17.
Friday, August 17, 2012
A Wheaton woman charged with prostitution, an inmate charged with soliciting someone to kill two public officials, a Wheaton man accused with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and others return to DuPage County courts next week.
MONDAY, AUGUST 20 Christine Obarr, of the 400 block of Sunnybrook Lane in Wheaton faces prostitution charges after a sting by Naperville police in May. The string resulted in charges for six people with prostitution and pandering, Naperville police said. The Naperville Police Department’s special undercover unit regularly checks social media websites for suspected prostitution activity in the Western suburbs, said Naperville Police Department Sgt. Gregg Bell. Thursday’s arrests resulted from online communications and police setting up meetings at a location on Iroquois Avenue, he said. Obarr is free on $1,500 bond. She will return to DuPage County court Monday, Aug. 20 to set a trial date. Related posts: TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 Michael Delaney…
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Donald Ratcliff, a former Wheaton College professor charged with possession of child pornography, will appear in DuPage County court Wednesday morning. He pleaded guilty to the charges March 29.
A former Wheaton College professor charged with possession of child pornography and weapons with no FOID card will appear for a hearing in DuPage County Wednesday morning. Donald Ratcliff, 60, of Carol Stream pleaded not guilty to seven charges of aggravated possession of child pornography and three weapons-related charges March 29. He was scheduled to undergo a psyco-sexual evaluation before the May 2 hearing. According to an Apr. 5 Daily Herald report, Ratcliff posted bond Apr. 3 to be released from DuPage County Jail, where he had been held on $300,000 bail. As part of his release, Ratcliff may not have contact with minors, access to the Internet or a smart phone with web access. After his March 1 arrest, Ratcliff "intellectually …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Patch catches you up on some of DuPage County's high-profile court cases.
The following are recent developments in notable cases from DuPage County court: Downers Grove—A Downers Grove woman, charged with official misconduct relating to her job with the Illinois Tollway Authority, was briefly taken into custody a second time after DuPage County Jail officials determined part of her $75,000 bail was paid with counterfeit money. Hilen Chammas was arrested earlier this month on charges she illegally searched a law enforcement database for personal use. A woman posted $7,500 bond for Chammas on Feb. 3, but $1,080 of that amount was found to be fake. Chammas was arrested on a warrant and later released on Feb. 10 after a second person posted the necessary $1,080 bond. She returns to court March 5. Elmhurst—Attorneys …