Orland Park To Bypass Controversial SAFE-T Act

By T. C. Mayfield and Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times

September 21, 2022

ORLAND PARK, IL – In response to the controversial SAFE-T Act, Orland Park announced a new policing program involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

According to the new plan, which was approved Monday, Orland Park has agreed to make two Orland Park police officers part time ATF agents which will open the door to submitting cases directly to the Assistant US Attorney.  The plan is set to sunset in 2027.

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau believes this is one way to get around the controversial SAFE-T Act.  The SAFE-T Act, or Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, will make Illinois the first state to eliminate cash bail with the expectation that released alleged criminals will appear in court of their own accord.  It has been reported that nearly 100 Illinois state’s attorneys oppose the new law, which will take effect January 1, 2023.

“This came about because our police department was looking for ways to bypass both Kim Foxx who often times doesn’t charge some of these cases, and often times we get very poor bails, and with the SAFE-T Act, it’s going to be much worse, so this allows us to go to the federal government and will allow them to not only bring charges, but hold people on bail, so that will be great for us as well,” Pekau said in a statement.

Kim Foxx, the Cook County State’s Attorney, has been under fire for her policies on limited bail and out right release of alleged criminals awaiting trial.  Some of the released alleged criminals have been involved in violent crimes that have ended in murder on the streets of Chicago.

Governor J. B. Pritzker believes the SAFE-T Act will address the economic disparities of the criminal justice system.

“Making sure that we’re also addressing the problem of a single mother who shoplifted diapers for her baby, who is put in jail and kept there for six months because she doesn’t have a couple of hundred dollars to pay for bail.  So that’s what the Safe-T Act is about.  Are there changes, adjustments that need to be?  Of course, and there have been adjustments made and there will continue to be.  Laws are not immutable,” Pritzker decreed in press conference.

Sources in Springfield admitted the SAFE-T Act was passed so quickly that many lawmakers did not take the time to read what was written in the act.

Cook County Man Charged With Armed Habitual Criminal & Illegal Possession of Loaded Gun

By Ann Nguyen, The Chicago Times

September 15, 2022

WHEATON, IL — DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced on September 8 that bond has been set for a convicted felon accused of illegally possessing a loaded firearm.

According to prosecutors, Nicolas Mayfield, 31 of the 1000 block of Darrow Avenue, Evanston, appeared at a bond hearing on September 8 where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bond at $250,000.  Mayfield has been charged with one count of armed habitual criminal, three counts of aggravated unlawful use of weapon by a felon, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

On August 1, 2022, the victim of an alleged battery was returning to his vehicle in the parking lot of the Carol Stream Police Department when a verbal altercation ensued between the victim and a friend of the defendant in the battery case, later identified as Mayfield. It is alleged that during the heated argument, Mayfield screamed at the victim “I’ll kill you right here!” while gesturing that he had firearm.  The victim then retreated to his vehicle and drove away.  When the victim returned, he again entered a heated verbal argument with Mayfield at which point Carol Stream police officers broke up the altercation.  The victim reported that Mayfield allegedly threatened to kill him with a firearm.  Police searched the vehicle in which Mayfield was a passenger and discovered a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun with on bullet in the chamber.  It is alleged that Mayfield was illegally in possession of the weapon. On August 5, 2022, Judge Jeffrey MacKay issued a $500,000 with 10% to apply arrest warrant for Mayfield. He was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force without incident.

“As a convicted felon, Mr. Mayfield is prohibited from ever owning or possessing a firearm,” Berlin said. “It is alleged however, that instead of conducting himself within the legal limitations placed upon him due to his multiple felony convictions, Mr. Mayfield thumbed his nose once again at the law and decided to not only illegally arm himself, but also threaten to kill another human being. As I have said before, we will use every tool at our disposal to aggressively pursue and hold accountable anyone who would commit a crime while in DuPage County. I thank the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force for their truly outstanding work in locating and apprehending the defendant in this case. I also thank the Carol Stream Police Department for their proactive work on this case that allegedly took a dangerous weapon out of the hands of a convicted felon as well as Assistant State’s Attorneys Claudia Fantauzzo and Denis Cahill for their efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Mayfield.”

Cook County Trio Charged with Burglary At Oak Brook Nordstrom Rack

By Kathy Whitaker, The Chicago Times

September 14, 2022

WHEATON, IL – Three individuals have been charged in the robbery at Nordstrom Rack near the Oak Brook Center shopping mall.

According to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, 23-year-old Doniesha Chew, of the 800 block of E. 153rd Street, Phoenix, 37-year-old Terrance Reed, of the 6000 block of S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago, and 25-year-old Jaquay Shines, of the 6800 block of S. Throop Street, Chicago, have been charged each with one count of burglary, one count of aggravated assault, one count of criminal damage to government supported property, and three counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer.

On September 6, 2022, around 2:45 pm, Oak Brook police responded to a report of a retail theft at Nordstrom Rack located at 2155 W. 22nd Street.  When police arrived on scene, they immediate flipped on the squad lights and blasted their siren at the suspected vehicle, a Mazda 6, involved in the theft.  In response, the Mazda 6 allegedly accelerated head on into the squad car.  The Mazda 6 then sped off and travelled west bound on 22nd Street, leading police on a 100-mph chase that ended southbound on I-294 just south of 75th Street.  It was later discovered that Chew was allegedly the driver and that the alleged occupants were Reed and Shines.  It is alleged that Reed fled the scene on foot leaving Chew and Shines in the vehicle where they were taken into custody.

After a prompt investigation, it was discovered that Chew allegedly brought empty bags into Nordstrom Rack with the intent to steal merchandise with her co-conspirators Reed and Shines.  It is alleged that Reed and Shines entered the shoe department and removed four sets of children’s boots from their boxes and placed them inside Chew’s empty bags, and then returned the empty boxes to the shelves.  It is further alleged that the trio then left the store together without paying for the merchandise.

“The type of criminal behavior alleged in this case clearly displays the defendants’ complete and utter disregard for the rule of law and for public safety,” Berlin said “The allegations that these three defendants entered a retail store in the middle of the afternoon, stole merchandise and then led authorities on a high-speed chase, will not be tolerated in DuPage County and will be met with the full force of the law. I thank the Oak Brook Police Department for their work on this case and for their continued efforts in keeping our retail establishments safe. I thank the Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Elmhurst and Hodgkins Police Departments as well as the Illinois State Police for their assistance on this case. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Jaclyn McAndrew and Robert Willis for their work in preparing a strong case against these defendants.” 

Chicago Man Sentenced For Shooting Father Of 5 During Traffic Dispute

By Ann Nguyen, The Chicago Times

September 13, 2022

WAUKEGAN, IL – On Friday a Chicago man was sentenced to 65 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree murder after shooting another man during a traffic dispute in 2020.

According to prosecutors, on October 9, 2020, around 11:50 pm, 34-year-old Sheldon Brown and 38-year-old victim Dwanye Young, of Beach Park, were driving in separate vehicles when they were involved in a minor collision.  Court records indicate that Brown exited his vehicle with firearm and fired several times into Young’s vehicle.  Young was struck once and later found by Waukegan police at 8th and Jackson Street.  Young, a father of 5, later died at an area hospital.

It has also been reported that Brown was out on bail for a weapons offense in Cook County at the time of the shooting.  Furthermore, Brown has also been charged for murder in a separate incident by Cook County prosecutors.

There was no comment from Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office when asked if the death of Dwanye Young could have been prevented if Sheldon Brown had not been released from custody in Cook County in 2020.

Oak Park Man Charged with Drug Induced Homicide

By Kathy Whitaker, The Chicago Times

August 25, 2022

CLARENDON HILLS, IL – An Oak Park man has been charged with supplying fentanyl to an acquaintance who then supplied it to his girlfriend that resulted in her death.

According to the DuPage County State’s Attorney, Bishop Moore, 62, of Oak Park, Illinois, has been charged with one count of drug induced homicide.  

According to authorities, on November 5, 2021, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an unresponsive female, later identified as Margaret McCabe, 29, in Clarendon Hills. McCabe was taken to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

An investigation into McCabe’s death found that she died of a fentanyl overdose. The investigation also revealed that on November 5, 2021, McCabe traveled with her boyfriend, Sergius Harty, 29, to Chicago to purchase narcotics from Moore.  Harty allegedly purchased several bags of narcotics from Moore and later supplied one bag containing fentanyl to McCabe.  McCabe allegedly ingested the fentanyl purchased from Moore and given to her by Harty.  Harty was charged on August 18 in connection with the incident.

“As I said earlier, the only way to stop this heartbreaking, senseless loss of life is to hold those who supply fatal doses of narcotics responsible.  Thanks to the outstanding work of DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick’s office, we were able to file charges against another individual suspected of being a link in the deadly supply chain of illegal narcotics that allegedly took the life of Margaret McCabe.  I thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Thomas Elsner and Adam Frahm for their work not only on this case but also for their continued efforts in going after those who illegally sell deadly drugs,” said Robert Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney.

Moore is expected in court again on September 12, 2022.

Glendale Heights: Alsip Teen Accused of Attempted Murder

By T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

August 24, 2022

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, IL – A teen from Alsip, Illinois, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm. 

According to the DuPage County State’s Attorney, on August 12, 2022, at approximately 8:30 pm, Nathan Gaytan, 16, and another unknown individual allegedly confronted the two victims on Army Trail Road.  During the confrontation, Gayton and the unknown individual allegedly pointed guns at the victims who then retreated from the scene.  Shortly after the incident, Gayton allegedly drove up and exited his vehicle and fired nine shots at the victims, with one of the victims being wounded in the arm and thigh.  According to the victims, Gayton then fled the scene.  Gayton was later arrested on August 18. 

“It is alleged that for no reason whatsoever, Mr. Gaytan fired nine times at an innocent couple simply enjoying an evening stroll.  Regardless of the age of the accused, violent gun crimes will not be tolerated in DuPage County and will be aggressively prosecuted. I thank the Glendale Heights Police Department and MERIT for their outstanding work in identifying Mr. Gaytan as the person allegedly responsible for this unprovoked attack. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Joseph Lindt and Claudia Fantauzzo for their work in securing charges against this defendant,” Robert Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney, said in a statement.

A $500,000 dollar bond has been set for Gayton, who is expected back in court on September 16, 2022.