Regional Police Report: Drew Peterson Murder Case Drawing To A Close, Cougar Sought In Glencoe 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.
Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer, is charged with murdering his his third wife Kathleen Savio. Savio was found dead in a bathtub in March 2004 and her death initially was ruled an accident. Peterson was charged in Savio's death in May 2009.
Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in October 2007 and was never found.
After multiple unconfirmed sightings of a potential cougar in the north shore, Glencoe Public Safety’s attempts at catching the cat on film remain unsuccessful.
Glencoe’s Animal Control Specialist Katie Sweeney said police installed a “cougar cam” at Dell Beach, only to be taken down after two weeks because it only captured photos of wildlife native to the village. And while there was another possible sighting of the cat on Saturday, there was no evidence to prove an animal of that magnitude was ever at the scene.
“We actually had a report of a sighting this past Saturday, but our officers responded, checked out the area and there were no footprints,” Sweeny said. “The sighting was reported to be a cougar-sized animal in a tree. What would really substantiate these sightings would be large scratch marks on the tree, and there was nothing.”
Crystal Lake Police arrested a McHenry man after an alleged battery incident between him and a woman he had briefly dated.
Steven K. Henshall, 44, last known address of McHenry, faces several charges including attempted first degree murder and aggravated domestic battery. Police arrested Henshall after a domestic battery call at 11:30 p.m. Friday Aug. 24. Police said Henshall attacked a woman he had briefly dated.
A 13-year-old boy from Palatine drowned during a family reunion Sunday, Aug. 26 in Effingham County.
Benjamin John Stepp, 13, was about eight feet in the air when he slipped from a rope swing and fell onto the edge of a small cliff. A county official said that Stepp might have hit his head before rolling off the cliff and into a pond. The fall to the water was another eight feet, the official said.
The official said that family members an other children tried to rescue Stepp.
“No one could get to him,” said Terry Trueblood of the Effingham County Dive-Rescue Team. “There is zero visibility down there and the average swimmer can’t even free dive that deep.”
A 23-year-old Chicago man was charged with armed robbery, a class-X felony, after he allegedly stabbed a cab driver.
Antonio C. Olivier is alleged to have stabbed and robbed a cab driver in Park Ridge near the intersection of Elm Street and Wisner Avenue on Aug. 22 around 9:30 p.m.
Olivier directed the cab driver to an unlit street claiming that he needed to speak to his family. When the driver pulled over, Oliver then proceeded to stab the man in the head and stomach, police said. Olivier then took $65 from the cab driver and fled the scene.