Puppy Love Lost in Hounding Calls: Weird Crimes

Super fans mix cocktails and firearms • Relatives have more than blood and an address in common • There's no such thing as free government money ... This week's roundup of weird crime news in the Southland.

See the weird crime stories from the past week. Credit: File Photo
See the weird crime stories from the past week. Credit: File Photo

Football Fans Celebrate With A Bang

Sept. 8: Bullets and liquor and Bears, oh my!

An Orland Park man and a Joliet couple who celebrated the Bears' season-opener with a few cocktails and few gun rounds shot at a nearby berm were arrested on firearms charges Sunday, Joliet police said.

A Roth Drive homeowner called police at about 6:15 p.m. when they heard gunshots east of their house and found a bullet hole in their siding, Cmdr. Al Roechner said. As officers were getting the details, they heard more shots being fired and traced them to a home at 1411 Prairie Creek Drive, he said.

There, they found two men sitting in lawn chairs and a woman and a 9-year-old boy sitting on a porch, Roechner said.

The adults admitted they had been drinking and decided to celebrate the Bears' 24-21 comeback victory over the Cincinnati Bengals by taking turns firing a 9mm handgun into a berm, he said. 

Police recovered 20 spent shells from the area, he said. 

Daniel A. Borowiec, 33, who lives at the Prairie Creek house, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of ammunition without an FOID card and resisting/obstructing a peace officer.

Casandra D. Metroz, 33, who also lives at 1411 Prairie Creek and is the mother of the 9-year-old boy, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and endangering the life/health of a child.

Jeffrey M. Jalley, 31, of 9306 W. 141st Place, Orland Park, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of ammunition without an FOID card.

All three are being held in the Will County jail.

Read more on Orland Park Patch

(Repeatedly) Call It Puppy Love

Aug. 15: If Jerry Springer and Lassie were combined, this case would be a perfect fit for that show.

A 27-year-old man has received several harassing telephone calls since August concerning his newborn puppies, Chicago Heights police said.

The Chicago Heights man said a 43-year-old woman who lives about a mile away has complained that his dog, who had puppies on Aug. 9, was impregnated by her dog, police said. The recipient of the harassing calls said he wasn't sure if the woman's male dog was responsible.

The woman wasn't buying his story and phoned him numerous times about the puppies, according to a report. Police said the calls began on Aug. 15. No arrests were reported but the target of the calls was advised about how to press charges.

Read more on Chicago Heights Patch

A Family That Does Time Together ...

Aug. 30: Blood is thicker than water but not as thick as a pair of handcuffs.

Two relatives who live at the same Oak Lawn home were busted in Evergreen Park on drug-related charges, police said.

Brad A Wnek, 38, of the 5700 block of West 101 Place, was charged with possessing a controlled substance, Evergreen Park police said. He was a passenger in a car driven by Brian A. Wnek, 27, of the same address. Brian is accused of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia and was cited for improper lane use and driving without insurance.

The Wneks' car was stopped for improper lane use at about 1:15 p.m. near the intersection of 103rd Street and Kedzie Avenue, police said. Officers spotted a plastic baggie filled with what later tested positive as marijuana and a smoking pipe in the car.

Cops also saw Brad attempt to hide a plastic baggie in the waistband of his shorts. The bag contained 27 pills that were identified as Alprazolam, police said. He did not have a prescription for the pills. Police were not sure how the two men were related.

Read more on Evergreen Park Patch

Fed Grant Too Good To Be True

Sept. 4: Much like the real thing, a bogus promise of federal cash comes with strings attached. 

A Palos-area man fell victim to a scammer on the telephone promising federal grant money, police said.

The victim received a call from a stranger claiming he had qualified for a $9,200 federal grant, Palos Hills police said. All the Palos Hills man had to do was buy a $350 gift card from Walmart and give him the card number to the caller.

Police said the victim did as instructed and then got another phone call claiming $628 needed to be wired in order to finally secure the grant money. He skipped on making the wire transfer and, instead, called police. No arrests were reported.

Read more on Palos Patch

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