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.

Lake In The Hills Not To Fine UpRising Bakery For Code Violations

By H. Douglas, The Chicago Times

August 5, 2022

LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL – Lake in the Hills made an agreement with a local bakery to allow the hosting of events after threatening to fine the business due to zoning laws.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the agreement allows UpRising Bakery and Cafe to reschedule the “drag brunch” that was canceled after the establishment was vandalized.  Lake in the HIlls has also allowed UpRising to hold other events in the future.

Lake in the Hills officials had first threatened to fine UpRising since entertainment events were considered a violation of zoning laws and would cite the business with multiple code violations.

“We are elated to have come to a mutual agreement with the Village of Lake in the Hills,” the owner of UpRising Bakery said in an ACLU statement.

In July, UpRising planned to host a “drag brunch” designed for juveniles.  The announcement of the event caused an outlash from members of the public.  UpRising received multiple insults, threats, and vandalism which caused the event to be canceled.

Lake in the Hills later threatened to fine UpRising $750 per day and suspend business and liquor licenses after they received complaints from angry citizens in addition to the event being considered a violation of zoning laws.

According to UpRising, past community events held at the bakery never brought this much pressure nor threats of fines from Lake in the Hills.  The ACLU accused Lake in the Hills of violating UpRising’s rights and being retaliatory in their actions.

“Today’s agreement ensures an equitable and fair resolution moving forward, and recognizes that violent extremists cannot dictate the discussion in our society,” Kevin Fee, an ACLU attorney said in a statement.

Tenneco: Revenue Up 2 Percent In Second Quarter

By Brooks M. Deering, The Chicago Times

August 5, 2022

SKOKIE, IL – Tenneco, Inc announced Thursday results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022. 

Tenneco reported a loss of $121 million in its second quarter with a per share loss of $1.44.

The Skokie based auto parts maker also reported second quarter total revenue of $4.7 billion, up 2% year-over-year.  In addition, Tenneco reported a Value-add revenue of $3.5 billion, up 6% year-over-year excluding a negative currency impact of $174 million.

On the downside, Tenneco reported a net loss of $121 million, or a loss of $1.44 per diluted share. In addition, a second quarter 2022 adjusted net loss of $69 million, or a loss of $0.82 per diluted share, was reported.

“Lower volumes, inconsistent production schedules, and inflationary cost pressures created a challenging business environment in the second quarter,” said Brian Kesseler, Tenneco CEO.   “The team’s solid progress on inflationary cost recovery coupled with other operational cost and cash optimization actions set the business up well to capitalize on S&P Global Mobility forecasts for improving light vehicle production in the second half of the year and entering 2023.”