Saturday, February 2, 2013
Reports: Recently captured fugitive Daniel R. Kellogg appears in Kane County courtroom.
The area man who in 2011 reportedly fled to Turkey to avoid imprisonment on fraud and theft charges related to the theft of a home he rented in Campton Hills appears ready to make a deal with prosecutors, the Kane County Chronicle reports. Daniel R. Kellogg, 38, who was arrested in St. Charles on Jan. 19, appeared in Judge John Barsanti’s court on Thursday and said he wants to make a deal, according to the Chronicle, which also reported that Kellogg told the judge he wanted to represent himself. Barsanti talked him out of it, and appointed a public defender to represent Kellogg. Campton Hills police were assisted by St. Charles police and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 19 in arresting Kellogg, 38, after authorities received a tip…
The investigation reveals that Linda Knotts had cocaine in her blood at the time of the crash. Here are more details.
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Saturday, February 2
An Aurora woman will serve a prison sentence for a 2009 fatal DUI crash on Route 47 north of Sugar Grove. Linda L. Knotts, 48 (d.o.b. 7-17-1964), of the 200 block of East Galena Boulevard, Aurora, agreed this week to a sentence of seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of aggravated DUI, a Class 2 felony. Circuit Judge James C. Hallock accepted the plea. At about 5:30 p.m. March 20, 2009, Knotts was driving her yellow 2007 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up south in the northbound lane on Route 47 near Merrill Road when she struck head-on a vehicle driven by 54-year-old William McKenzie of Marengo. McKenzie was pronounced dead a short time later at a nearby hospital. Preceding the crash, …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Gary R. Kluber, 67, faces four to 15 years in prison.
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Friday, February 1
A St. Charles man faces between four and 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman with developmental disabilities last year. Gary R. Kluber, 67 (d.o.b. 9-21-1945), of the 100 block of South 10th Avenue, St. Charles, on Friday pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony. Circuit Judge John A. Barsanti accepted the plea and set Kluber’s next court appearance for 9 a.m. April 3, 2013, for sentencing. Kluber faces a sentence of between four and 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. On June 2, 2012, the woman was visiting her boyfriend in his home. Kluber also was present. When the boyfriend went upstairs, Kluber forced sexual contact on the woman despite repeated …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Kane County State's Attorney's Office conducts full investigation prior to decision. School District 304 adds a statement.
No criminal charges will be filed in a Jan. 9, 2013, incident at Mill Creek Elementary School in Geneva involving parent/volunteer Colin M. McGroarty. According to a press release issued Friday by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, sheriff’s investigators interviewed all known witnesses, as well as school officials who were present in the building but did not witness the incident. The investigators also reviewed "other statements and information that was relevant to the investigation," the press release said. When the investigation was complete, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the facts and findings with sheriff’s investigators and determined that McGroarty's conduct, "although disconcerting, was not criminal." The …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
This 46-year-old man had sexual contact with a boy while he was a foster parent to him,
A former North Aurora man has been convicted of sexually preying on a child he knew. Darrell E. Beck, 46, of the 3300 block of Boulder Ridge Drive, Champaign, was convicted Friday by Associate Judge Clint Hull of one count of predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony. Between Oct. 24, 2006, and June 26, 2007, Beck had sexual contact with a young boy he knew. The boy was younger than 13 during the assault. The assault took place at Beck’s North Aurora home when Beck was a foster parent to the victim. Beck since has been living in Champaign. Judge Hull set Beck’s next court appearance for 1:30 p.m. March 7, for post-trial motions and sentencing. Beck faces a sentence of between six and 30 years in the Illinois Department of …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Three other area residents were also charged. Police explain how they caught them.
A Batavia man and woman were among a group of five charged with cannabis trafficking after a three-month investigation, police said. The investigation, which involved six different agencies, ended in a seizure of 598 pounds of cannabis from two vehicles. Agents also took three firearms from the Batavia man and woman's residence, located on the 2700 block of Sperry Court. In September law enforcement personnel received information of a cannabis trafficking organization based out of Kane and McHenry counties. The organization was allegedly responsible for transporting hundreds of pounds of cannabis from Arizona to Illinois. Agents from the agencies conducted surveillance on the suspects and obtained additional information regarding the …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The 38-year-old woman charged in Sunday's incident was trying to protect herself against her boyfriend, the sister told Patch. Here is what she had to say.
The sister of a Batavia woman facing aggravated domestic battery charges claims her sibling was in harm's way and defending herself during Sunday's incident. Annette Romano said details initially released by police about a Nov. 4 disturbance at sister Diane Romano's house do not tell the whole story. According to Annette Romano, her sister's boyfriend was hitting her and would not stop. Annette Romano said her nephew tried to intervene in the situation between his mother and her boyfriend. "The son got into the middle of the fight, and that’s how he got hit," Annette Romano said. Police would not confirm the details Annette Romano gave of the incident, citing an open investigation. "I won’t get into what statements were made," Detective …
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Monday, November 5, 2012
The 38-year-old received three felony and three misdemeanor charges. Here are the details.
UPDATE: A sister of the woman accused in this story has come forward with an account of what happened during the Nov. 4 disturbance. A 38-year-old Batavia woman was charged Monday in connection to a Sunday disturbance that involved multiple stab wounds. Diane J. Romano, of the first block of North Van Nortwick Avenue, received the following charges: The charges result from what Batavia Police describe as a family disturbance involving two men and Romano. Officers were called to a home on the first block of North Van Nortwick Avenue at 2:34 a.m. Sunday. They found the two men, ages 19 and 34, with non-life threatening stab wounds. If convicted, Romano could receive up to seven years in prison for a class 2 felony, up to five years in prison…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
An investigation by two police agencies led to this 51-year-old man.
Police arrested a 51-year-old St. Charles man after a child pornography investigation in Naperville and Downers Grove led authorities to the area. Gary L. Harris, of the 1800 block of Howard Street, was arrested at 1 p.m. Monday, upon surrendering to St. Charles police, according to a release from the police department. He is charged with the following: According to St. Charles police, authorities in Naperville and Downers Grove began investigating the sharing of child pornography in a file-sharing network, and their investigation implicated a St. Charles resident’s involvement. Police in those jurisdictions provided St. Charles police investigators with an IP address and a DVD. St. Charles police obtained a search warrant, which they …