Thursday, May 16, 2013
Imprisoned megachurch preacher Jack Schaap sued by the parents of the teen with whom he carried on a sexual affair.
OUTSIDE CHICAGO, IL -- A former megachurch preacher from Crete who carried on a sexual relationship with a teenage member of his congregation was sued in Will County court. Jack Schaap, 55, sentenced to 12 years in federal prison in March after pleading guilty to a single count of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, is in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. The lawsuit against Schaap was filed by the parents of the teen he had carried on with sexually in June and July. The lawsuit identifies the parents as "John Doe and Mary Doe," and the teen as "Jane Doe." The suit gives Jane Doe's date of birth as June 27, 1995. Schaap, the former pastor of the First Baptist Church of …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Applewood Nursing Home in Matteson is being sued for allegedly failing to take care of an 81-year-old-resident.
The family of an elderly woman who died after a stay at a Matteson nursing home is suing the facility, Sun-Times Media reports. The family alleges the staff neglected the elderly woman and contributed to her death. Emma Robinson, 81, was admitted to Applewood Rehabilitation Center two years ago after she suffered a stroke that left the right side of her body paralyzed. Near the end of 2011, she was taken to St. James Hospital for dehydration. While there, medical professionals noticed numerous bedsores on her body. Robinson died soon after in January of last year. Chicago law firm Levin & Perconti filed a lawsuit seeking damages in excess of $50,000. Get the whole story from the Sun-Times Media
Saturday, April 20, 2013
A former Plainfield North gym teacher pleaded guilty to meeting a teen for sex. And that was just one of the things going on in court this week.
More than two years after the police caught her in a car with a half-dressed student from the high school where she was a teacher, Ashley Blumenshine copped a plea. Blumenshine, a 30-year-old former Plainfield North gym teacher, will have to do 11 days in jail. She will also spend two years on sex offender probation and 10 yeas on the Illinois sex offender registry. She tearfully apologized before she was taken into custody to start doing her time. Let's look at what else was going on in the area's courthouses this past week: Check out all these stories and more on our Facebook page.
Monday, March 18, 2013
The famed R&B Artist’s former Olympia Fields home was sold for less than a fifth of its former value in a Monday auction.
J.P. Morgan Chase was the sole bidder in a Monday auction for R. Kelly’s mansion—formerly valued at $5.16 million, Sun-Times Media reports. They snagged the property, which they held the mortgage on, for $950,000—a number they set as the plaintiff in the foreclosure suit. The Emmy-award-winning singer and songwriter was reportedly in arrears on his mortgage payments dating back to summer 2010. Chase bank claimed last year that R. Kelly owed over $2.9 million on the property. The 22,000-square-foot mansion, located on Maros Lane in Olympia Fields, features: Get the full story by the Sun-Times Media Get in on the conversation. Join Patch today.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The former high school employee tried suing after he was fired for writing a controversial book, but the judge says he has no base.
The $1 million lawsuit filed against Rich Township High School District 227, by former Rich High School counselor and coach Bryan Craig was dropped Thursday, Sun-Times Media reports. Craig filed the suit in late September last year for damages he claims were incurred after the school fired him for self-publishing a controversial sex book titled, “It’s Her Fault.” In the book, Craig describes the ethnic variations in women's genitalia and recommends that all men and women should be promiscuous before marriage, among other divisive sexual topics. According to Craig, his termination violated the First Amendment, and caused him $1 million worth of humiliation, mental anguish and emotional distress. Judge Elaine E. Bucklo disagrees. According …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Heights residents should expect to see biannual water rate increases for the next two decades.
If you're unhappy about the increased rates in your water bill, enjoy paying $2.20 per $1,000 while it lasts. For the next 20 years, Chicago Heights residents will see rate increases every two years. The new prices will recalculte biannually to 88 percent of whatever Chicago's water rates are, according to Heights Corporation Counsel T.J. Somer. That means that, by 2015 when the rate recalculates, Heights water rates will rise to $3.36—88 percent of Chicago's expected rate of $3.82. This announcement comes with news of a deadline date to drop the federal lawsuit filed by the City of Chicago Heights against the City of Hammond and the Hammond Water Works. The lawsuit was initially filed in protest of the upcoming water price hike, but the …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
A Harvey man in jail on a burglary charge out of Frankfort says he is afraid correctional officers will kill him for lawsuits he filed alleging he was beaten and abused.
Six months after he was locked up in the Will County jail on burglary and theft charges, William Jenkins said guards bashed his head against a shower stall wall before pushing and punching him during a strip search. Six months after that alleged attack, the 29-year-old Harvey man said members of the jail's black-clad Emergency Response Team locked went into his cell and beat him so badly he was sent to the medical wing for two weeks. Jenkins sued six different deputies—three in connection with each alleged attack—shortly after the respective incidents. And now he fears he will be killed for blowing the whistle, said his lawyer. "That's exactly what he is alleging," said Joliet attorney John Schrock, adding that Jenkins is in "serious fear …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Chicago Heights to battle Hammond, IN, in court over skyrocketing water rates which could jeopardize one local business reliant on water.
Nine years ago, the Mankiewicz family breathed new life into a long-abandoned car wash. Empty for five years, the family took over the building and has operated it as Udo's Prairie State Car Wash ever since. Water is obviously a big part of running a car wash, and with the City of Chicago Heights at the end of its 30-year water contract with Hammond, IN, water will become much more expensive for this business.. The new contract, as it stands would bump the city's rate from 57 cents per 1,000 gallons to $2.20 per 1,000 gallons. Max Mankiewicz's eyes widened when he learned about the new rates. "It would be killing us," said Mankiewicz, who helps with the day-to-day operations at Udo's. "It would put us out." Some might say businesses in …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The employees claim they were excluded from the winnings despite contributing to the purchase of the ticket.
Two employees of Pita Pan in Chicago Heights are suing their coworkers less than two weeks after a group of eleven won the $118 million Mega Millions jackpot. Jose Franco and Marco Medina were regularly part of a lottery pool with co-workers at the bakery for about a year, with the group collecting money every Monday and Thursday for Mega Millions drawings, according to Chicago Tribune. On May 1 the group won $9 from a ticket Franco and Medina helped pay for. The two opted to allow the money to be spent on another ticket for the May 4 drawing. This was the ticket that won, according to the lawsuit. Franco and Medina were allegedly excluded from the winnings because they did not contribute additional money for the ticket as their eleven …
Friday, January 6, 2012
Details weren't disclosed, but Aurelio's Is Pizza Franchise and the owner of the chain's Frankfort location came to terms over a lawsuit claiming the owner sold improperly prepared frozen pizzas under Aurelio's name, the Chicago Tribune reports.
An Aurelio's Pizza franchise owner and the restaurant's parent company reached a settlement over a trademark infringement lawsuit that accused the Frankfort location of selling counterfeit pizzas at a fundraiser for the Homewood-Flossmoor High School girls’ field hockey team, according to a Chicago Tribune report. Kirk Mauriello, director of franchising for the Homewood-based Aurelio’s Is Pizza Franchise, wouldn't go into details about the settlement but said the company and Joseph Pascale, owner of the Frankfort franchise agreed to terms that would keep that location in the chain's system, the Tribune said. Mauriello said the company had received complaints and questions regarding the ingredients used in the pizzas Pascale provided for …