Saturday, January 5, 2013
The New Year didn't start out all that great for everyone.
The New Year turned five days old today. And out of those five days, the Will County Courthouse was only open for three of them. That may not be a lot of days, but they were still action-packed and exciting. How action packed and exciting? Well, let's take a look: Are you a fan of true crime? Then come like our Facebook page.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn getting sent to prison for the rest of his life was just one of the things going on at the Will County Courthouse this week.
Last week was a short one, with Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving Day II giving us a bit of a break from the courthouse. But we got right back to it Monday with the attorney for quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn blaming the guilty verdict on Drew Peterson and Drew Peterson's lawyers, among other things. The judge didn't buy this line of reasoning and declined to call a do-over and hold a whole new trial. Then he slammed Vaughn with four life sentences. That was rough. But at least Vaughn got an early start at serving all that time, as the county packed him off to Stateville Correctional Center the very next day. But that's not all. Let's look at what else was going on down at the courthouse during the week that just ended:
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Hinsdale and Joliet resident was arrested in Fulton County, Ga., and used a fake name but was identified through fingerprints, police said. Detectives believe her missing son is safe, too.
Missing mom Linda Fellenbaum has turned up in a Georgia jail cell and detectives believe her toddler is safe as well. Fellenbaum, 33, who recently lived in Hinsdale and Joliet, was last seen the night of Oct. 21 when she ran barefoot from her boyfriend's Joliet home. Besides her shoes, Fellenbaum left behind her cell phone and Toyota Camry. The whereabouts of Fellenbaum's 2-year-old son, Jonathan, also were not known. Joliet police Cmdr. Brian Benton said it appears the boy had been legally adopted and that detectives are currently confirming this. Benton said he is not aware whether the couple knew police were searching for the boy. “We’ve had no contact with the adoptive parents and we don’t plan to,” Benton said. Benton also did not …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Missing mother Linda Fellenbaum—who is wanted on an arrest warrant—was tossed out of her Hinsdale apartment a month and a half before she vanished. Her toddler son remains missing as well.
Just a month and a half before she supposedly ran barefoot into the Joliet night, never to be seen again, DuPage County Sheriff's deputies served an eviction order at missing mom Linda Fellenbaum's Hinsdale apartment. Fellenbaum's possessions were carried from the apartment on Sept. 5 and left outside. By then, according to police, Fellenbaum, 33, was living with her new boyfriend, Donald Wolak, in his house on Joliet's west side. According to the report, she did not return to collect her things. Wolak and Fellenbaum's relationship started after they met online in late August, police said, but the affair had apparently soured by Oct. 16. That was when Wolak, 40, told police Fellenbaum stole a "large sum of cash" and one of his handguns. …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The FBI and Illinois State Police have spent two days in Hammel Woods looking for Stacy Peterson while missing mom Linda Fellenbaum has been gone for more than two weeks.
While FBI agents and state troopers spent a second straight day scouring Hammel Woods for some sign of missing mom Stacy Peterson, there was no one to be found in a Joliet cul-de-sac just six miles away, the one where another mother was supposedly seen running off barefoot, never to be seen again. That mother, Linda Fellenbaum, 33, disappeared Oct. 21, leaving her cell phone, shoes and Toyota Camry at the home of the Joliet man she moved in with only two months before. Fellenbaum and her Joliet boyfriend, Donald Wolak, 40, had met on the Internet, police said, and their short relationship was made out to be a stormy one. Wolak told police Fellenbaum took off on him five days before disappeared for good. And when she absconded on Oct. 16, …
Friday, November 2, 2012
The missing woman met with a man who says he responded to an ad she placed on Craigslist.
Missing mom Linda Fellenbaum rendezvoused with a stranger for a sex date in Naperville on the last day she was seen alive, a Chicago man revealed. "She had listed an ad saying she was a visitor to the city, that it was her last day in town," said the man, who asked not to be identified by name. The man said he and Fellenbaum, 33, connected through an ad on Craigslist and met about 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, "in a parking lot by a cash advance place." "She said she got a hotel on Priceline and had to put money on her credit card," the man said. They then drove separately to a hotel in Naperville, he said, but when they got there Fellenbaum backed out. "We briefly saw each other and she got cold feet," he said, adding, "We never ended up doing …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
You send us a note on what you want to tell your mom (or your grandmother, the mother of your children or anyone else) and we'll publish it on Mother's Day.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Thursday, May 10, 2012
It's easy to buy Mom a card that expresses your feelings with someone else's words, but why spend $3 when you can write down your own sentiments and post them for all to see. Here's the deal: You send us a note with a personal note for your mother and we will publish here, on Plainfield Patch, on Mother's Day. Something short and sweet will work -- "We love you, Mom. From your kids, Mary and Joe" -- but you can write an ode, too, if you're so inclined. There's no limit on length. There's no expense involved, and we'll bet mom will be busting a few buttons with pride knowing all of her friends can see what a great kid she's raised. And don't forget grandmas are moms, too. You can post a note for grandma, your mother-in-law, your daughter …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Nature abhors a vacuum -- especially the vacuum created by kids going back to school.
No one is clamoring for my attention. There are no immediate needs or desires whose gratification is my responsibility. Nobody is asking to have a snack, or play Mario Kart, or go swimming, or invite a friend over, or watch TV, or have a piece of printer paper to make puppets. I can hear the air conditioner kick on and the mailman drive by and the cicadas in the neighbor's trees. I can take a shower or a nap, or both, without fear of interruption. You see, my youngest child is in first grade. He's adjusting just fine to the long days at school, complete with the short-lived novelties of hot lunch and recess. For me, though, the new schedule is sitting uncomfortably, like a patient who's been wearing the backless paper robe for so long he…
Thursday, March 3, 2011
While it may not be something mom can afford all the time, an hour-and-a-half class for $17 is a treat -- and $5 for child care a bargain.
Moms are often the folks most in need of -- and least likely -- to grab a little "me" time. Each week we scout out places for a little escape, and nothing's more likely to get your mind off the stress of life than an hour of yoga. Plainfield boasts one business that exclusively specializes in the relaxing yet strengthening form of exercise. Bikram Yoga Plainfield, located at 13717 S. U.S. 30, charges $17 for a single 90-minute class. So, even if you can't afford a membership, you can give yourself an occasional treat. Don't feel like bringing a towel or mat? You can rent them there. Can't find a baby sitter? They provide child care for $5 per child from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.