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Year in Review: Lemont Police Blotter

Some of the more memorable items in the police reports over the past year.

Patch reported on a variety of crime-related stories in 2012, from burglaries and road rage to stolen cars and a coffee shop peep show. Here are just a few of them.

  • Lemont, Romeoville Residents Indicted in Luxury Auto Theft Ring: Five defendants were accused of purchasing vehicles in Cook and DuPage counties and shipping them overseas for resale without repaying loans used for the purchases.One of the defendants—Eva Gebus, 44, of Lemont—was arrested Jan. 16 at O'Hare International Airport as she arrived on a flight from Canada, according to the State's Attorney's Office. The remaining defendants were Lemont residents Wojchiech Kujawa, 41, and Jaroslaw Gebus, 38, and Romeoville residents Halina Gebus, 61, and Tadeusz Gebus, 64.
  • Cook County Police Search for Road Rage Shooter: Police were searching for a white male, between 20 and 30 years of age, who they said shot a 58-year-old Downers Grove man in a road-rage incident at 107th Street and 104th Avenue between two forest preserves near Lemont and Palos Park.
  • Judge Denied Bond for Olaska, Said He Posed Threat to the Community: Judge Kathryn E. Creswell denied bond for Daniel Olaska, who was charged in the February stabbing death of Naperville teacher Shaun Wild. Olaska was charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder after a fight at Frankie's Blue Room. Naperville elementary teacher Shaun Wild died as a result of his injuries. Lemont native and North Central College senior Willie Hayes was also injured and discharged from Edward Hospital several days after the attack.
  • Police Release Sketch in Lemont Sex Assault: Lemont police were searching for a man—described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s—who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in the 1100 block of State Street March 23. According to police, the victim was walking alone in the 1100 block of State Street at approximately 11:45 p.m. when she was approached by a man in a vehicle. The man reportedly forced her into his vehicle and sexually assaulted her, police said.
  • Lemont Man Sentenced to 6 Months in Jail for Molesting 14-Year-Old Girl: A Will County judge sentenced a Lemont man on Thursday to six months in jail and four years of sex offender probation for repeatedly molesting a teenage girl between 2003 and 2007. Greg A. Voegtlin, 44, was convicted in May of repeatedly sexually abusing a teenager from 2003 to 2007.
  • Lemont Police Investigate Hacked Tornado Sirens: Lemont Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy said it would be tough to track down the person responsible for setting off all seven of Lemont’s tornado sirens."It appears that someone defeated our system and activated the sirens," Shaughnessy said.
  • Passenger Comes Forward in Hit-and-Run Case: Detective. Sgt. Jerry Lehmacher said police were having a "hard time" tracking down the driver of 2007 black Lexus that fled the scene after crashing into a guard rail and speed sign on Main Street on July 29.
  • Arraignment Set for Man Accused of Planting Camera in Lemont Starbucks Bathroom: A Cook County judge ruled Aug. 6, that there was sufficient evidence to try Texas-native Brent C. Faulk, who was being charged with felony unlawful video recording. Faulk, 27, of Houston, TX, was charged with felony unlawful video recording for allegedly planting a camera in the Lemont Starbucks at 1243 State St., with intent to sell the images on the Internet. Faulk was arrested by Lemont Police July 10.
  • Police Evacuate McDonald's After Finding Live Grenades in Vehicle: Lemont Police evacuated the McDonald’s at 1152 State St. after discovering live grenades in a vehicle in the restaurant’s parking lot Sept. 16.The explosive devices were discovered as police and Lemont Fire Department personnel responded to the report of a man passed out in his vehicle in the parking lot of the restaurant at about 9:30 p.m. George Crocker of New Lenox was held on $300,000 bond on weapons and drug charges.
  • Bomb Threat at Old Quarry Result of Wrong Number: Old Quarry Middle School was placed under “soft lockdown” while police and school officials investigated an alleged bomb threat texted to an Old Quarry student’s phone. Police determined the text was sent to the wrong number and referred to an incident in DuPage County.
  • Police Blotter: Man Lets Pals Take Scrap Rap: Police say an alleged thief left his accomplices behind when confronted by a worker opening a scrap yard in the early morning hours Nov. 8. Three Chicago men were charged with the theft after allegedly being caught in the act of stealing materials from a scrap processing business in the 16200 block of New Avenue.
  • Police Nab Two Men in $500,000 Copper Heist Lemont Police, working in conjunction with the Tri County Auto Theft Task Force (TCAT), arrested two brothers Nov. 14 in connection with a theft of $500,000 worth of copper from a business on New Avenue in unincorporated Lemont. Kyle Anderson, 22, of Bridgeview and Mike Anderson, 27, of Oak Lawn were booked into the Cook County Jail on charges of felony theft.
  • Unlawful Possession of Weapons by a Felon: Philip D. Ipema, 56, of the 600 block of McCarthy Road, was charged with unlawful possession of weapons by a felon. Lemont police were called to assist the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) and while in the process of serving a search warrant, police allegedly discovered a shotgun in Ipema’s home.
  • Man Arrested Twice in One Day – for the Same Offense: Lemont police arrested Jeremy Townsend, 22, of the 14000 block of Pulaski Road in Midlothian, Dec. 15, following a traffic stop at Main and Stephen streets. Townsend was charged with driving while his license is suspended and no insurance. Police arrested Townsend again at 3:56 a.m. at Main and Wheeler streets – on the same charges.

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