Friday, May 17, 2013
Will County Sheriff's Sgt. Terri Ellinghma will speak with Romeville-area senior about scams to avoid.
Romeoville TRIAD will host a program on current frauds and scams impacting senior citizens from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 23, at the White Oak Library District's Romeoville branch, 201 W. Normantown Rd. Admission and parking are free at the event, which features speaker Sgt. Terri Ellingham of the Will County Sheriff's Department. Romeoville TRIAD is a branch of the Will County TRIAD for Seniors, which unites the sheriff's department, local police departments and local seniors with local law enforcement and community service agencies to address specific needs in the senior community. For more information about Will County TRIAD, contact the Will County Sheriff's Elderly Services Section at 815-727-5678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org…
Monday, March 25, 2013
Jeremiah Terry Komon is accused of stealing a Jaguar from a Romeoville gas station while the owner was inside shopping.
An unincorporated Plainfield man is accused of stealing a car that was left running and unattended from a Romeoville gas station earlier this year. Jeremiah Terry Komon, 33, of the 5400 block of Keystone Court was arrested and booked into the Will County jail March 21 on charges stemming from an incident in January. Romeoville Assistant Police Chief Steven Lucchesi said a patron was inside the Speedway convenience store at Weber and Normantown roads at about 1:20 p.m. Jan. 29 when he looked outside and noticed someone speeding away in his 2005 Jaguar. Lucchesi said Komon jumped into the car, which was left running and unoccupied, and took off. Later, police received information that the stolen Jaguar was parked at an intersection in …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Keith Gaines, 18, allegedly tried to head-butt a cop outside of a Romeoville gas station.
March 17 Michael Guziec, 55, of the 24000 block of DeJohn Boulevard, Naperville, was arrested by Plainfield police at 7:41 p.m. at Illinois and Main streets and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane use and violating a traffic signal, police said. March 16 Keith Gaines, 18, of the 13000 block of of South Jonesport in unincorporated Plainfield, was arrested by Romeoville police at 9:35 p.m. at the Circle K gas station, 20 S. Weber Rd., after police received a report of a man in front of the building yelling and screaming. When officers attempted to talk to Gaines, he tried to head-butt a policeman, according to Romeoville Assistant Chief Steve Lucchesi. Police also reportedly found an open bottle of vodka on the…
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Chief Mark Turvey said a patrol officer shot the pit bull/boxer mix twice to avoid an attack.
Updated at 3:45 p.m. March 1 Romeoville police said an officer believed an attack was imminent when he shot a dog that was running loose last week near Irene King Elementary School. Chief Mark Turvey said an investigation into the Feb. 19 incident is under way. The dog did not die immediately following the shooting and was ultimately euthanized, police said. “Anytime we discharge a weapon, we do an investigation, we review it,” Turvey said. Mayor John Noak said he asked Turvey and Village Manager Steve Gulden to review the incident, along with the police department’s policies. “I asked the village manager and the police chief to review all of our training and polices regarding our officers’ interaction with animals,” Noak said, adding the …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The victim drove into a pole near Weber and Grand Haven roads, according to the Will County Coroner's Office.
An 85-year-old Plainfield man was killed Monday when his car struck a pole at Weber Road and and Grand Boulevard in Romeoville, the Will County Coroner's Office said. Henry R. Kutchins was pronounced dead at about 12:15 p.m. at Adventist Bolingrook Hospital, according to a news release from the coroner's office. The Romeoville Police Department is handling the investigation. No additional details were available Monday night. An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday, the release said. Modell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. ------- Sign up for Plainfield breaking news alerts. Follow Plainfield Patch on Facebook.
Monday, July 23, 2012
The 81-year-old told police she was swerving to avoid a pedestrian when her car crashed into the Romeoville post office.
No one was hurt early Monday when an elderly woman accidentally drove her car into the Romeoville post office, 315 W. Romeo Rd. The crash happened shortly before 9 a.m. Romeoville Assistant Police Chief Steven Lucchesi said the woman, an 81-year-old from Plainfield, told police the accident happened after a teenage boy walked out in front of her Buick LaCrosse from in between two parked cars. “[She] said she swerved left to avoid hitting the pedestrian and drove through the front of the building,” Lucchesi said. “It appears she may have pressed the accelerator instead of the brake.” The driver was uninjured, and no one inside the post office was hurt, police said. The woman was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an …
Friday, January 27, 2012
Officers participated Jan. 21 in the snowy sporting event to raise money for Wish Upon a Star Foundation.
On Friday, several inches of the white stuff fell in the second big snowstorm of the year. On Saturday, they went out and played softball. Officers from several area police departments braved the snow and the slush to raise money for the Wish Upon A Star Foundation, which grants the wishes of terminally ill children. Romeoville police faced off against Plainfield officers, losing 4-3 but helping raise $1,300 for the cause. Other teams taking the field during the Jan. 21 event at St. Joe's Park in Joliet were the Joliet, Lockport and Will County Sheriff's departments. “We do it every year,” Romeoville Officer Gary Augustine said of the annual Softball in the Snow tournament. The Romeoville Police Department has been a part of the event …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Police said Juan Villegas sent anonymous emails attempting to extort money from his ex and her fiancé.
A Plainfield man was in jail Friday after secretly videotaping his ex-girlfriend, then threatening to post the videos on YouTube if she and her fiancé didn’t pay him $13,000, Romeoville police said. Juan C. Villegas, 32, of the 14000 block of Danbury, was arrested Friday after a 31-year-old Romeoville woman told police she’d been receiving anonymous harassing emails. Assistant Police Chief Steven Lucchesi said the woman received emails containing still photos of herself that appeared to have been taken in her home—and without her knowledge. The anonymous emailer threatened to post video of the woman on YouTube if she didn’t pay him $5,000. Meanwhile, her fiancé received similar emails, this time containing video and demanding $8,000 to …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Ronald Utsler accused of violating order of protection filed in May.
Romeoville and Plainfield police teamed up last weekend to arrest a man accused of stalking an employee at a Route 53 gentlemen’s club. Ronald Utsler, 58, 24625 Woodstock, Plainfield, was arrested Sunday at his home after police said he violated an order of protection filed this spring by the woman who claimed he stalked her and left a note on her vehicle, police said. Romeoville Assistant Police Chief Steven Lucchesi said the victim contacted police after Utsler allegedly showed up at the Crazy Rock Gentlemen’s Club, 9 Rock Road, Friday night and asked other employees if she was there. Lucchesi said the woman obtained an order of protection in May that prohibited Utsler from coming to the club. “Apparently, on a couple different occasions…
Monday, May 23, 2011
James D. McDonald charged with running marijuana-growing operation.
A 51-year-old Romeoville man and his son were arrested Friday after police discovered nearly 50 marijuana plants in their Pell Avenue home, according to Assistant Police Chief Steve Lucchesi. James D. McDonald, 51, was charged with producing 20 to 50 cannabis plants and manufacture/delivery of 2.5 grams or less of marijuana. Police discovered 48 plants growing inside the home in the 200 block of Pell, Lucchesi said. Son James J. McDonald, 31, was also arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. A third man, Joshua A. Vanderwall, 30, of Crest Hill, was arrested at the home and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis, police said. Lucchesi said police executed a search warrant at the home …