Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Plainfield resident admitted to police that she had been drinking before becoming disoriented and ending up on the tracks in Tinley Park.
A Plainfield woman was arrested in Tinley Park over the weekend after police found her behind the wheel of her idle car, which was stuck on the train tracks, Tinley Park police said. Rachel E. Mizwicki, 20, of 24215 Cropland Drive, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police discovered her four-door Oldsmobile stopped on the tracks at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the 17300 block of 68th Court, a block west of Oak Park Avenue, according to the report. "Rachel advised that she was not familiar with the area and turned the wrong way out of the parking lot," the report said. " ... She did not realize she was driving on the railroad tracks until her vehicle became stuck." The responding officer notified Metra about …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Renita Johnson is accused of cleaning out the bank account of a woman who left her card in an ATM machine inside the store.
A Walmart employee was arrested for theft Thursday after she cleaned out the bank account of a customer who accidentally left her debit card in an ATM machine inside the Plainfield store. Renita R. Johnson, 40, 8114 Concord Lane, Justice, who is a zone supervisor for the discount store, 12690 Route 59, was booked into Will County jail on charges of theft and identity theft. Plainfield Police Sgt. Mike Fisher said Johnson stole more than $400 from the customer, who left the card behind and didn't end the transaction. Police were able to determine her identity because of surveillance video taken by the ATM machine and inside the store, Fisher said.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Amber Glasgow is being held in the Will County jail on $75,000 bail after being arrested by Illinois State Police Wednesday.
The woman accused of blowing a Plainfield red light Sunday and plowing into an SUV, leaving the driver in critical condition, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence Wednesday night. Amber J. Glasgow, 25, 108 Hunts Bridge Road, Matteson, is being held in the Will County jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. The arrest was made by Illinois State Police District 5, which had been holding off on charges until Glasgow was released from Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora. The woman whose SUV she struck, 40-year-old Tamara Watkins of Plainfield, remains in critical condition at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Glasgow first turned up on police radar in Aurora shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, when they attempted to stop her …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Police say Douglas Wells broke into a car parked in the Jewel-Osco parking lot in September.
A Plainfield man who police say was caught on tape breaking into a vehicle in the Jewel-Osco store parking lot has been arrested on burglary charges. Douglas W. Wells, 48, 24125 W. Joseph St., was arrested by the Will County Sheriff's Office Monday on a warrant issued by the Plainfield Police Department stemming from the burglary that took place Sept. 11. Plainfield Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said police identified Wells from the store's parking lot security camera video, which captured the daytime break-in. Wells has been involved in numerous police cases over the past several years and it well known to village police officers, he said. McQuaid did not disclose what was stolen from the car. Wells is being held in the county jail in lieu of $10,…
Friday, November 25, 2011
The woman drew the police suspicion because she seemed out of place in the residential neighborhood, Sgt. Mike Fisher said.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. When Plainfield police spotted a lone woman seated in a car that seemed out of place Thursday night, they decided to check it out -- and nabbed a suspected burglar in the process, Sgt. Mike Fisher said. Ruby M. Sanders, 44, 205 S. Main St., Algonquin, was arrested and charged with residential burglary after she gave police a story about what she was doing in a residential area on Rockefeller Drive that "didn't add up," Fisher said. They decided to check on the one dark house in the cul-de-sac where she was parked and found that a window had been pried open and the home ransacked, he said. They recovered items believed stolen from the house in Sanders' car, he said. Fisher did not know…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
John P. Bitakis was arrested Tuesday after PSHS officials told police he had twice picked up his girlfriend's son from the school.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
A convicted sex offender was arrested Tuesday for twice going to Plainfield South High School to pick up his girlfriend's son, in violation of laws that restrict sex offenders from being in or near schools. John P. Bitakis, 39, of 7512 Townsend Blvd., Plainfield, was charged with two counts of being a sex offender in a school zone after the school notified police that he had been at the school on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, according to a story in the Joliet Herald News. School officials found Bitakis on the list of sex offenders and contacted police. Bitakis was convicted of having sexual relationships with two girls, ages 13 and 15, in 1995 and 1996, the story said. To read the complete Herald News story, click here.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
The pair face felony theft charges in connection with the sold items, which reportedly were stolen in home burglaries and from family members.
Two Plainfield teens have been arrested for selling jewelry stolen in home burglaries and from family members, a Will County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said. Joshua T. Hamad, 17, 21865 W. Juneau Court, and David Anthony Chavez Jr., 19, 14265 S. Napa Circle, have been charged with felony theft for selling stolen jewelry to a Rogers & Hollands store and a gold kiosk inside the Westfield Louis Joliet Mall in Joliet. Sheriff's spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said she anticipated there could be more charges and more arrests stemming from theft and sale of the stolen jewelry. The investigation is ongoing, she said. However, what is known is that Hamad and Chavez made in excess of $300 by allegedly selling stolen items, sometimes using friends to …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Police say the suspect was observed stuffing the merchandise into his shirt; he's been charged with retail theft and burglary.
A man observed stuffing $1,000 in cosmetics down his shirt at a local CVS store was arrested Monday by Plainfield police. Antonio Rivera, 34, 4602 S. Fairfield Ave., Chicago, faces burglary and retail theft charges in connection with the incident, which occurred shortly before noon at the 11840 S. Route 59 store. A store clerk watched Rivera stealing the merchandise and then followed him out as he left, Detective Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said. When she saw he was headed to a nearby Kohl’s store, she called the police. Officers apprehended Rivera as he left the department store and were able to recover the stolen CVS merchandise, McQuaid said. Rivera was also arrested on an outstanding warrant issued by the Schaumburg Police Department for retail…
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tomas Rascati admits injuring his father's pet but offers no explanation, police say.
A Plainfield man who so severely abused a pet cat that the animal's eye had to be removed has been charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal and criminal injury to a domestic animal. Tomas Rascati, 21, 14920 S. Arnold St., was arrested by Plainfield police at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. He has admitted to abusing the cat but provided no explanation for his behavior, according to a media statement released by Police Chief John Konopek. Animal Care Center, a Plainfield veterinary clinic, alerted police to the case at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Konopek said. The clinic told police the cat's owner had brought the cat in with a severe eye injury and told them that his son, Rascati, was responsible. The felony charges Rascati faces were approved by…
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Plainfield School District 202 confirmed Thusday that Darrell Stephenson had worked for them as a student teacher and coach in 2007 and 2008.
Darrell Stephenson, the 24-year-old soccer coach accused of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy, was slapped with fours counts of child pornography on top of the two charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse he already faces. The Will County state's attorney's office announced the new charges in a press release issued Thursday afternoon. It was also revealed Thursday that Stephenson had been a student teacher at Aux Sable Middle school in Plainfield in spring 2008, a volunteer assistant boys volleyball coach in spring 2007 and a paid assistant boys volleyball coach in spring 2008, Plainfield School District 202 spokesman Tom Hernandez said. He has not had any involvement with the district since 2008, Hernandez said. The new …