Friday, April 26, 2013
A Matteson man charged with a March murder on Nicholson Street pleaded not guilty.
A Matteson man charged with a deadly shooting on Nicholson Street pleaded not guilty to murder charges during his arraignment Friday morning. Ruben Wayne Washington, 32, appeared before Judge Robert Livas and was returned to the Will County jail, where he is being held on a $3 million bond. Washington allegedly gunned down 31-year-old Antonio Tyler March 30 in an apartment on Nicholson Street. The Joliet police captured Washington five days after the slaying. He was taken into custody at a residence in the St. Patrick neighborhood. Washington caught an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance when he was arrested. He was allegedly holding cocaine. At his bond hearing the day after his arrest, Washington claimed to have "no…
Monday, April 22, 2013
A Joliet mother was still sad and angry after her son's killer was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
After the man who gunned down her son was sentenced to 35 years in prison, Treasona Bew said it wasn't enough. "I'm not satisfied," Bew said in the courthouse hallway Monday morning. "I can never be satisfied." Bew's son, Mark Bew, was shot to death at age 19 in August 2009. Two men, Calvin "Cal Cal" Russell, 23, and Jeremy Travis, 22, were charged in connection with the killing. Russell pleaded guilty on April 5 to charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Travis pleaded guilty to one count of murder last month and was sentenced Monday. Travis was already pulling a 12 year sentence for aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm in connection with…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The triggerman in a June 2009 killing was sentenced to 14 years, but with good time and time served will likely be out in less than four years.
A Joliet man took a 14 year prison sentence for a 2009 killing but will likely be free in less than four years. Marcos Camargo, 30, had pleaded guilty in January to a charge of second-degree murder in exchange for the sentence. While Judge Edward Burmila gave Camargo 14 years behind bars, with credit for the more than three years and three months he has already spent in the county jail and for day-for-day good time, Camargo could be paroled by November 2016. Camargo was indicted on charges of first degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm in connection with a June 2009 killing in the St. Patrick neighborhood. Just prior to the fatal shooting, 17-year-old Alfredo Aguirre and "several individuals…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The 29-year-old gunman pleaded to a reduced charge that could see him released from prison in less than four years.
A plea deal struck Tuesday in Will County Court could spring a killer from prison in less than four years. Marcos Camargo, 29, copped to second degree murder and agreed to take a 14-year prison sentence. But Camargo can get out in half that with good time credit, said his attorney, Cosmo Tedone. And Camargo has already served more than three of those seven years in the Will County jail while waiting for his case to play out. "I just think this is a fair disposition based on the facts of the case, the witnesses, their being no forensic evidence, and the fact that somebody did die," Tedone said. "Even though my client has maintained his innocence all along, this is a fair disposition," said Tedone, who along with attorney Charles Bretz …
Monday, December 17, 2012
A juvenile male was found with an Airsoft pistol in the parking lot of the church, according to police.
Yorkville police responded in force to calls reporting someone with a gun in front of St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Monday afternoon. "It was mayhem for a while," Police Chief Richard Hart said after it was all over late Monday afternoon. Sometime between 4:30 and 4:45 p.m., a 911 call reported a young man carrying a handgun, Hart said. That is about the same time children show up to the church for religious studies classes, said Father Matt Lamoureux, pastor of St. Patrick's. Hart said he was one of the first officers to respond and they found a 17-year-old juvenile male in the parking lot carrying what Hart described as an Airsoft pistol that looked like a lethal handgun. Police descended on the juvenile with weapons drawn, Hart said…
Monday, November 26, 2012
Vaughn was convicted this summer of killing his wife and three children in a desperate attempt to free himself from responsibilities and start a new life.
Christopher Vaughn had set a plan in motion to start a new life in the Yukon with an unwitting Chicago stripper on whom he had a secret crush. Instead, he will be starting a new life in prison, and he will be staying there until he dies. Vaughn, 38, faces an automatic life sentence for killing his wife, 34-year-old Kimberly Vaughn, and three children—Blake, 8, Cassandra, 11, and Abigayle, 12—in June 2007. The Oswego man will still go through what is expected to be a lengthy sentencing hearing today. Members of Kimberly Vaughn's family are scheduled to testify. The Vaughns were making an early morning trip to a Springfield waterpark when Christopher Vaughn pulled off Interstate 55 and stopped on the frontage road outside Channahon. He …
Friday, November 2, 2012
A local teen was jailed for allegedly shooting at a woman.
A teenage boy went to juvenile jail for letting bullets fly at a woman driving on Englewood Avenue Halloween night. The 15-year-old was taken into custody at a residence on Luther Avenue about 5 p.m. Thursday and booked into River Valley Juvenile Detention Center on a charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm. The teen allegedly shot up a woman's car on Englewood Avenue about 5:30 the evening before. The woman was heading south on Englewood when the teen, who was riding in a car ahead of her, stuck a gun out and fired twice, police said. One bullet reportedly hit the hood of the woman's car and the other shattered a window. The gun attack was in retaliation for a previous shooting investigated by the Will County Sheriff's Department, …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Anthony Wilkinson, 18, was arrested by Joliet police on Sunday. Police are still seeking information on the whereabouts of 20-year-old Ryan Beattie, wanted in connection with the Aug. 14 shooting, as well as a third unidentified suspect.
Updated 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21: One of two men wanted in connection with an Aug. 14 home invasion in Plainfield has been apprehended. Anthony W. Wilkinson, 18, of the 400 block of Linden in Joliet, was arrested Sunday by Joliet police and booked into the Will County jail, according to jail records. Wilkinson is charged with residential burglary, a felony. Bond was set at $250,000, meaning Wilkinson would have to post $25,000 to be released. A second Joliet man, 20-year-old Ryan Beattie, is wanted on warrants for aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, residential burglary and four counts of home invasion. Plainfield police on Friday said they are working to determine the identity of a third man involved …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Darrius Williamson was charged with attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon; no one was injured.
A Joliet man who's accused of firing a gun at a couple outside a Joliet Township bar has been arrested by the Will County Sheriff's Office and charged with attempted murder. The incident took place shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday near Jerry's Place, 1827 E. Washington St., according to a story in the Joliet Herald News. Alleged shooter Darrius L. Williamson, 32, of 116 Davison St., fled the scene but officers were able to track him down to a back yard on Anderson Avenue, the story said. He was also was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon. No one was injured, but a bullet did go through the windshield of the SUV the couple was driving, the story said.
Friday, February 24, 2012
I may be a gender traitor, but I don't want to get shot, either!
Every now and then, the magnitude of an event in one of our 22 happy Friday Patch suburbs makes me sit up and take notice. And let me tell you, when the fine folks in Downers Grove set out to pique my interest, they go all in. Let’s just say, were I an inhabitant of that fine municipality and my wife, girlfriend, or maybe even my sister, asked me to do the dishes, people would say they’d never seen an old guy move that fast. I’d be practicing my best “yes dears” 24/7. Vickie D. Podruzek, 43, currently faces charges of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery with a firearm and may ultimately be charged with attempted murder. DuPage County Judge Elizabeth Sexton set her bail at $1 million. If she does manage to post bond, Podruzek…