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December 2010 Archives

Carolee Bildsten, a 56-year-old Gurnee resident, was sent to jail on $10,000 bond yesterday after failing to appear in court last week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Her alleged crime? An officer said she walked on out her tab at Joe's Crab Shack and then threatened the officer with what is being described as a "clear, rigid feminine pleasure device."

Gurnee police Cmdr. Jay Patrick said she was charged with theft of labor for the alleged dine-and-dash and misdemeanor aggravated assault for the alleged, ahem, sex toy assault after the initial Nov. 9 arrest.

Wilmette resident Anthony Rapoport was charged with murder in the death of his aunt, 49-year-old Nancee Rapoport, the Chicago Tribune reported. The 24-year-old suspect, his aunt and his grandparents had lived together in a house.

Police said they were called to the residence to mediate arguments between Anthony and Nancee Rapoport, most recently on Christmas Eve and again on Christmas Day.

But when they were called again on Saturday afternoon, the second call of the day, police found Nancee Rapoport unconscious on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood. She suffered a fractured skull and died from brain injuries the next day.

Reputed Chicago mobster Michael "The Large Guy" Sarno was found guilty on 15 criminal counts including racketeering last Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reported. He faces up to 25 years in prison for the racketeering charge.

Michael Sarno has prior convictions related to his work in the 1990s with the infamous Outfit gang but the racketeering conviction is by far his most serious to date. Four other defendants were found guilty of the same charges in the trial, including 86-year-old getaway driver Samuel Volpendesto.

Walter Miller, 39, was charged with battering his girlfriend and forcing her into prostitution in suburban Stone Park, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was arrested after a complaint by his 30-year-old girlfriend prompted a joint investigation by the sheriff's office and the Cook County State's Attorney's office.

The woman, whose name has not been publicly disclosed, told police she began dating Walter Miller in January 2010. Unemployed, he allegedly forced her to prostitute herself because her job as a waitress reportedly didn't earn them enough money.

Neighbors of a Tinley Park family charged with the cultivation of 97 marijuana plants told Chicago Tribune reporters they were shocked by the discovery. The family of four is scheduled to face charges of running an indoor pot growing operation on Jan. 10.

John Gecan, wife Darlene Gecan, 27-year-old son Christopher Gecan and 22-year-old cousin James Osmolski all were charged with the crime. John and Christopher Gecan also were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

All four have been released on bail.

Three men were charged in connection to the kidnapping and murder of Francisco Favela, who was found bludgeoned in the head and stabbed to death in a West Side garage earlier this week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety said the victim was kidnapped on Saturday afternoon.

Keith Watts, 34, is being held on $800,000 bond, according to Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for today.

Artesine Ramey, 61, and 24-year-old granddaughter Jessica Washington were charged with the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from utility companies and the theft of multiple victims' identities, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. ID theft victims were senior citizens and disabled people.

Jessica Washington was charged with one count of forgery and one count of aggravated identity theft. Her grandmother was charged with one count of felony theft over $500,000, one count of felony theft over $300, 21 counts of aggravated identify theft and six counts of identity theft.

Jamba Juice employee Da Naan Fujiwara and alleged male accomplice Kevin Martin were charged with one count each of armed robbery, Chicago Police News Affairs spokesman Ron Gaines told the Chicago Tribune. They allegedly collaborated in a robbery of the Jamba Juice store at 2212 N. Clybourn Ave.

Kevin Martin, the 21-year-old alleged robber, works at a Jamba Juice store in west suburban Warrenville. That store was robbed just one week earlier and police believe he may have been involved in that crime as well, according to the Plainfield Patch.

Jeffrey Gonsiewski, a former First Trust & Savings Bank loan officer who pleaded guilty to federal bank fraud in August, was sentenced to 63 months in prison, according to the Chicago Tribune. The 56-year-old bank employee was accused of changing the loan terms of more than 50 struggling borrowers so it would appear that they were current with their payments.

He apparently didn't enjoy any personal benefit from his scheme but wanted to help his clients.

Reputed neo-Nazi Mariusz Wdziekonski was convicted last Friday on charges that he desecrated 67 Jewish graves at a suburban cemetery, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The 24-year-old spray-painted swastikas and other anti-Semitic images on the graves.

Marc Jacobs, president of Temple Sholom of Chicago, which owns and operates the cemetery, said he believed the timing of the conviction during Hanukkah was appropriate:

"Hopefully, we can expose with some light -- during the season of light -- the evils in which this defendant was engaged."

Eutimio Rodriguez, an 18-year-old former class valedictorian at Washington High School, was arrested and charged with bringing a loaded handgun into his former school, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The gun was not fired and he was arrested without incident.

Cook County prosecutors charged the Hegewisch resident with felony unlawful use of a weapon at a school and Judge Israel Desierto ordered him held on $10,000 bond. Eutimio Rodriguez also was cited for not having a valid FOID card, which is required for gun ownership.

Denzel Pittman, the boyfriend of a 17-year-old girl who along with her mother and sister was found stabbed to death, has been arrested and charged for the murders, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. A Cook County judge denied bail to Denzel Pittman at a hearing yesterday.

Prosecutors said the suspect and girlfriend Jade Hannah were sitting inside her mother's Morgan Park apartment when they began to argue.

Convicted armed robber Timothy Herring Jr. is back in custody after allegedly killing police officers Michael Flisk and Stephen Peters in cold blood, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Prosecutors say the paroled convict returned to the scene of a burglary he'd committed earlier in the day and heard Michael Flisk, an experienced evidence technician, say "I've got a good fingerprint." Determined not to go back to prison, he allegedly crept behind the officers and fatally shot them.