Regional Crime Report: Manhunt For Murder Suspect, Dead Body Found and More

The following is a selection of police-related items reported in area Patches recently. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.


May 17

A no-bond has been obtained by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department for Vidal Rodriguez, aka “Chi-Town”, of the 80 block of Carriage Hill Road in Wheeling, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Thursday.

Rodriguez, 20, is wanted for an located near the southeast corner of Lake-Cook Road and IL Route 53 in Unincorporated Palatine Township.

He has previous arrests in his history and is a member of the Maniac Latin Disciples. Rodriguez is believed to be with a girlfriend, Corina Velazquez-Gonzalez, 17, of Wheeling, who was .


May 17

Seventh-grade students from Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake .

The students were with teachers and chaperones in Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin May 17 when someone found a purse at the top of a cliff. They looked over the edge and discovered a body below at the cliff base. Park Rangers eventually confirmed that a but would not speculate as to cause of death.

Authorities said her body was found at the bottom of a 100-foot overlook. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The Thursday. The school has counselors available for students.


May 15

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced May 15 that after a one-day bench trial, Judge George Bakalis has for carving anti-African American sentiments on a window ledge outside an Elmhurst College dormitory room in December 2011.

On Dec. 8, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Burton approached the dormitory located at 190 S. Prospect and damaged the window ledge by carving racial epitaphs, including “KKK” and “Negro,” among other things, into the ledge, said Berlin.

An investigation into the matter by the Elmhurst Police Department led to Burton, who was arrested the next day without incident. On Dec. 29, 2011, a DuPage County Grand Jury indicted Burton on one count of Hate Crime, a Class 3 felony punishable by probation or up to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Burton’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 19 for return of the pre-sentence report.

- The DuPage County State's Attorney provided this information.

Buffalo Grove

April 10

A company official on the 1200 block of Barclay Boulevard reported that someone hacked into the company’s Internet phone service and made numerous calls to Afghanistan and one to Spain. The calls totaled $948.06.

May 13

Someone took the lighted fountain between 9 p.m. May 13 and 7 a.m. May 14 from a pond on the 1200 block of Deerfield Parkway. The fountain and associated equipment is valued at $8,072.15.

May 11

A resident of the 900 block of Aspen Drive returned home from vacation and found that someone had left a number of plastic bags containing dog feces in her front yard. The resident did not know who may have done that, but she has had an argument with a neighbor whose dog defecated in her yard.

May 11

While on patrol at 11:40 p.m. in the 300 block of Horatio Boulevard, an officer noted a large mailbox that had been blown up by an unknown explosive device. No one was home at the residence and the officer left a note.

Local May 19, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Really, a class 3 felony for carving racist remarks on a window ledge? While I agree this is not a good thing, a felony?? This charge will stay with this young man for the rest of his life and may prevent him form getting jobs etc. I just don't think the punishment matches the crime!!
Margaret McCarthy May 19, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Agree. One of our neighbors has managed to stay out of jail after robbing another of about $30,000 of possessions and at most he will serve 18 months. Talk about a mixed up sense of appropriateness. Hurt feelings vs. robbery?
Sandra Sims May 19, 2012 at 09:52 PM
And Sue Facklam committed a class 4 felony, and the states attorney declined to prosecute, because she had not shown a pattern of crime. Did this kid have a pattern? How is this stuff decided? Because Sue Facklam is costing the taxpayers a hell of a lot of money, which is far more serious than carving the word "Negro" on a windowsill. Give me a break...
Norma Holmes May 20, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I think it has to do with the term "Hate Crime". I think there are specific punishments that have to be enforced once it is deemed that. Not sure but think so.
Donny May 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Labeling a crime a hate crime is nothing more than governments way of policing speech. Not one crime is committed out of love. Every crime by definition is a hate crime.


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