State Briefs 7/9/08

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Man arrested for selling bootlegged movies and music

SPRINGFIELD – A man was arrested Monday evening after police caught him with hundreds of allegedly bootlegged movies and music CDs inside his car.

Abdulwahab O. Atanda, 24, of Springfield, was taken to the Sangamon County Jail after officers spotted him selling the items out of a Dodge Neon parked in the lot of a Currency Exchange.

Officers recognized the car from previous contact with Atanda and reportedly saw several people milling around the vehicle and Atanda writing in a white notebook.

When officers found the allegedly bootlegged materials, they arrested Atanda. A search of his clothing turned up $149 cash.

In all, police confiscated 1,800 music CDs and 1,275 movie DVDs. Several of them were of movies recently released in theaters, including “Get Smart,” “WALL-E,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Hancock,” “Wanted” and “The Happening,” police said.

Atanda also was arrested in late January after police similarly caught him and another man inside a car with hundreds of DVDs and CDs allegedly packaged for illegal resale.

State Journal-Register

Trailer of hijacked semi still missing

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove police confirmed Wednesday the trailer of the hijacked Eby-Brown semi-truck containing cartons of cigarettes is missing.

Deputy Police Chief Jim Black said when Chicago police located the truck Tuesday only the cab, or power unit, portion remained.

“When Chicago Police called and said they located the truck, we assumed it was the whole truck,” Black said. “When we got out there, the only part they recovered was the cab part, and the trailer was gone.”

Black said it is unclear whether the hijacker stole a different truck cab to move the trailer or if the cigarettes were transferred into another vehicle and the trailer was ditched.

“(The trailer) was 90 percent full of cigarettes,” Black said. “It’s probably a pretty significant loss to the company at this point.”

Black said police are waiting to receive a full inventory of the trailer’s contents and have not determined a monitory loss.

The Eby-Brown semi-truck was hijacked at gunpoint Monday afternoon from a Downers Grove Speedway. The armed robber also kidnapped the truck driver, who was later found in Joliet, police said.

The trailer’s license plate number is 351 683 S/T and the number 947 also appears on the trailer.

Suburban Life Publications

Man gets 65 years for shooting cop

LOMBARD – A Lombard man who shot a police officer in 2004 was sentenced Wednesday to 65 years in prison

A DuPage County jury convicted Paul Grygo, 59, of attempted murder May 9. DuPage Circuit Judge Kathryn Creswell handed down Wednesday's sentence.

Grygo opened fire on three Lombard officers with a .38-caliber revolver on Sept. 2, 2004, when they came to his apartment to investigate the theft of an $8 bottle of vodka from a local Jewel-Osco store. Officer Jerry O’Meara was shot in the shoulder, ending his 13-year career with the department.

Suburban Life Publications

Moratorium on title loan stores extended to building permits

PEORIA - A 180-day moratorium on new payday and title loan companies was strengthened Tuesday when the Peoria City Council approved adding to the ban the issuance of building permits for such stores.

With a 9-1 vote, the council agreed to include permits into a moratorium that also includes zoning certificates. The moratorium is in effect while city staff members develop an ordinance aimed at regulating the stores within city limits. The ordinance is expected to be drafted by November.

City officials said adding building permits simply filled in a possible loophole these companies might utilize in order to open a store in Peoria during the 180-day moratorium.

There are more than two dozen of these stores in Peoria, compared to only about 14 last year. The stores are often criticized for charging outrageously high interest rates and for creating neighborhood problems.

Journal Star, Peoria

3 face charges for alleged video game console theft

PEORIA - Three people face charges of home invasion and residential burglary for allegedly barging into someone's house with a knife and stealing a video game console Sunday night.

Bradley M. Hause, 18, Darryl C. Holmes, 21, and Britney Schirer, 18, appeared in Peoria County Circuit Court on Monday on the two counts.

Hause was ordered held on $60,000 bond, while Holmes' bond was set at $125,000. Schirer's was set at $30,000.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Pattelli said Schirer had gone to the house and knocked on the door. When she learned only a 15-year-old boy was at home, she left. Later, two people, allegedly Hause and Holmes, came back and entered the house, armed with a knife.

One put the knife to the boy's throat while the other took the video game console and the TV before leaving, the prosecutor said in open court.

No one was hurt.

All three were arrested a short time later, and the TV and the video game console were recovered.

Journal Star, Peoria

Peoria man gets prison time for breaking into home of alleged 'snitch'

PEORIA - A Peoria man was sentenced to 7 1/2 years for breaking into his neighbor's house earlier this year because he believed she "snitched" on his father.

Roy M. Moore, 22, pleaded guilty Monday in Peoria County Circuit Court to one count of home invasion. In return, additional charges of home invasion and aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and residential burglary were dropped.

On Jan. 4, Peoria police raided the home of Moore's father, Will Moore, 64, on a tip that drugs were being used there. The younger Moore was upset about the raid and went into his neighbor's house and accused her of tipping off the police, said Assistant State's Attorney Jodi Hoos.

Anthony D. Brown, 21, and Frederick Danage, 18, followed him into the house as well. Danage hit another woman in the home because she "looked scared," and had her perform oral sex on him, prosecutors have alleged.

Brown and Danage were indicted along with Moore on the same charges. Their cases are set for trial next week. They, like Moore, were charged on the theory of accountability for some of the counts, meaning they were accountable for each other's actions and, therefore, just as culpable.

If convicted, they face up to 30 years in prison. They remain in custody

at the Peoria County Jail pending their trial.

Journal Star, Peoria

Large fight erupts after couple asks kids to leave property

ROCKFORD — Police say a fight erupted Tuesday night between neighbors that stemmed from one neighbor telling the other neighbor’s kids to get off her property and ended with home invasion charges.

Police responded to a large fight at 5:15 p.m. to find a 30-year-old woman and her husband at their home where a door and a window had been broken.

The woman told police that three neighbors came to her home and choked and pushed her after she told their kids to leave her yard, police said.

Police arrested Rosie M. Boose, 48, Sylvester Villarreal, 30, and Marvin D. Owens, 39, all of Rockford, for home invasion.

Police say Boose, Villarreal and Owens confronted the couple about what they said to the kids and a fight ensued. The fight started on the couple’s front porch, police said, and progressed into the home.

Rockford Register Star