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Police Officer Foil Grinchs’ Attempts at Stealing Christmas Packages

December 5th, 2012 at 6:31 am

According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, an off-duty police officer on his way to work began his shift a little earlier than planned when he noticed two men stealing mail from a postal truck and stopped them in the act. The men were not in uniform, yet they were unloading packages from a U.S. Postal truck parked on the 5900 block of West Fulton Boulevard. The officer watched them load the packages into a Black SUV that was parked close by. After loading the vehicle, the men sped off.

The officer began following the men and called into 911 with the description and information about the men and the SUV they were driving. Officers who were monitoring the radio spotted the men and began following them. When one of the men realized they were being followed by police officers, he began throwing the stolen mail out of the vehicle and onto the street.

Officers pulled the SUV over and arrested one of the men, Darrick Smith, 43, of Chicago, who was charged with burglary. The other suspect fled and was not caught. Police believe the two men broke a window in the mail truck, using a large piece of concrete that was found lying next to the truck.

Although Smith has been only charged with burglary, there is also the possibility, because of the alleged theft of U.S. mail, the postal inspector may also press charges. The offense would then become a federal offense and a guilty could find the defendant incarcerated in a federal penitentiary. If you’ve been charged with a crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you in DuPage County. Having the right representation could mean the difference between a guilty and a not guilty finding.

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Four Involved in Drug Trafficking in DuPage County

October 20th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Timothy N. Morris, 29, was found guilty of calculated criminal drug conspiracy and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on October 1. The crime is a Class X felony which carry mandatory sentences of 6 to 30 years in prison upon conviction. The Naperville Sun reports that Morris has to serve at least 75 percent of his term in prison and pay about $2000 dollars in fines and court costs. Furthermore, he will be supervised for three years after completing his time in prison.

Morris was part of a narcotics ring that operated last year in the Naperville-Aurora area and Chicago.  Naperville Police Department’s Special Operations Group arrested three other suspects in connection with the drug ring: Ian E. Lona, Gilda L. Ruales, and Teresa I. Sanchez. They were arrested on October 6, 2011, in Naperville and Morris was arrested 14 hours earlier on Chicago’s west side.

Police started investigating the actions of the group after Ruales had been arrested for selling cocaine in Aurora. Later, police found out that Ruales and Sanchez were dealing drugs in Naperville and Aurora. Following this lead, undercover police agents purchased cocaine and hundreds of ecstasy pills from the members of the ring.

Ruales faces trial on four Class X felony counts later this year. Lona and Sanchez have already been sentenced to six years in prison for manufacture or delivery of 200 but less than 600 ecstasy pills.

Drug crimes, even possession of small amounts of narcotics, may result in harsh penalties. If you have been charged with a drug crime, be it a misdemeanor or felony, it is important to seek the help of a knowledgeable defense attorney. Contact an experienced drug crimes defense lawyer in Illinois today.

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Man Killed Over Bicycle

October 16th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

A 22-year-old man had an argument over a bicycle that led to him getting shot and killed. The incident took place in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood, according to authorities. The Chicago Tribune reported a story on the case.

The 22-year-old man was outside, and he was arguing with another man over a bicycle when the shooting happened, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said. According to officials, the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the shooting.

The 22 year old man was identified as Parrish Flournoy by the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Flournoy does not live in the area where the shooting took place, and it is unclear why he was in the area.

According to a witness, the two men had been arguing about who owns the bicycle. The second man had taken the bicycle and pedaled away, but Flournoy had started following the man on foot. The two men had continued arguing, and the police believe a third person had opened fire and shot the victim multiple times before fleeing the scene.

Flournoy was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Flournoy was on parole in two felony burglary cases, with sentences amounting to four years in prison.

If the suspected shooter is found, they will face criminal charges. Whenever you or a loved are facing criminal charges, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A skilled attorney can build you a more solid defense, so it is important for your own sake to get qualified legal help. Get help in your case, and contact a criminal defense attorney in Illinois today.

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Pharmacy Tech Facing Drug Charges

August 14th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

The Chicago Tribune recently reported a story about a pharmacy technician, who is facing thirteen drug charges after the police found marijuana and over 2,300 prescription pills in her car. The medication uncovered in her car included Hydrocodone, Oxycontin, and Adderall. The pharmacy technician admitted to selling the medication on the streets for profit.


On August 2, the Lake County Sheriff’s department responded to a call about a reckless driver and a black Toyota matching the description was found parked at a McDonald’s parking lot in Volo, says a news release from the Lake County Sheriff’s office. The officers approaching the vehicle smelled burning marijuana and noticed a clear plastic bag containing marijuana inside the car, says the release.


The driver of the black Toyota, Holland R. Hernandez, 26, was taken into custody, and the police searched her car. The search left the police with more than 2,300 prescription pills and over $4,700 in cash, in addition to the marijuana. The police also found a shotgun with ammunition shells attached to the weapon in the trunk of Hernandez’s car.


Hernandez told the interrogators that she is a pharmacy technician, and she sells the pills on the streets for $2 a pill. She will face charges for six counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of cannabis. She is also being charged for operating an uninsured vehicle and driving with a suspended license. Her bail is set at $50,000.


If you find yourself or a loved one in a similar situation, you will need all the help you can get. Do not hesitate, but get qualified legal help as soon as possible. Contact an experienced Cook County criminal defense attorney today to determine the best course of action for dealing with your criminal charges.

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