Crete man charged in U.P. armed robbery

by Dennis Sullivan
editor@ewcnews.com
Jan. 27, 2014

Hale

Hale

Updated 4:42 p.m. Jan. 27.
University Park Police Chief Ed Bradley said Crete resident Michael D. Hale, 43, of the 1700 block of South Dixie Highway was taken into custody without incident shortly after robbing the Speedway gas station at University Parkway and Western Avenue at gunpoint around 5 or 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Bradley said the robbery occurred during rush hour, and Hale stood in line for a few minutes before stepping up to the counter and displaying a revolver.

“He told them (the employee) what he wanted and they did the right thing” by obeying and then summoning police,” he said.

University Park Police, assisted by other police agencies, “set up a perimeter” and put Hale under arrest.

“No one was hurt and that makes it a great day for us,” Bradley said.

Bradley said he was puzzled that someone would try to rob the ordinarily busy Speedway “during rush hour, as well as Hale’s initial approach of standing in line.

“I don’t know if he got tired of waiting,” Bradley quipped.

Hale is scheduled to appear in Will County Circuit court Feb. 13 for a preliminary hearing on charges of armed robbery and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Armed robbery is a Class X felony, with a sentencing range of up to 30 years in prison if convicted. Hale remained in the Will County Adult Detention Facility today in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

BEECHER

  • Rural Beecher resident Richard V. Strzebonski was sentenced Jan. 9 to 10 days in jail and ordered by Will County Circuit Court Judge Domenica Osterberger to perform 100 hours of community service as part of his conditional discharge after he pleaded guilty to DUI with a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit. Strzebonski, 43, of the 29000 block of South Western Avenue, was arrested April 14 by Will County Sheriff’s Police during a traffic stop for making an improper turn at an intersection. The court dismissed associated charges of transporting open alcohol and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

CRETE

  • Dye

    Dye

    Park Forest resident Henry L. Dye is charged with aggravated battery/strangulation and domestic battery/third contact in connection with an alleged incident involving a Chicago Heights woman Tuesday in Crete. Dye, 21, of the 300 block of Niagara Street, is scheduled to appear in Will County Circuit court Feb. 11 for a preliminary hearing on the two-count charge. He remained in the Adult Detention Facility this morning in lieu of $4,000 cash bail.

  • Calumet City resident Frank S. Maluchnik Jr., 45, of the 1500 block of Memorial Drive, was arrested Jan. 16 on a felony charge of driving on a revoked or suspended license and ticketed for disregarding a traffic-control device, transporting open liquor and operating an uninsured motor vehicle during a traffic stop by Crete Police. Maluchnik is free on $2,500 cash bail and scheduled to return to Will County Circuit court Feb. 7.
  • A 33-year-old Crete man from the 3600 block of Edward Drive was arrested Jan. 16 for domestic battery in connection with an alleged incident at his home. He is free on $500 cash bail and scheduled to return to Will County Circuit court Feb. 20. Eastern Will County News isn’t naming the defendant because the charge is a non-DUI misdemeanor.
  • A 21-year-old Crete-area man from the 24100 block of South Volbrecht Road was taken into custody Jan. 17 by Will County Sheriff’s Police on a warrant charging him with criminal damage to property in connection with an alleged Dec. 8 incident in Plainfield. He is free on $300 cash bail and scheduled to appear in Will County Circuit court Feb. 25. Eastern Will County News isn’t naming the defendant because the charge is a non-DUI misdemeanor.
  • Twenty-seven Green Lantern action figures, 25 Walking Dead action figures, 12 Star Wars action figures and 5 Predator action figures were reported stolen Jan. 19 from a Beecher-area home on the 1100 block of West Goodenow Road in unincorporated Goodenow.
  • Copper piping was reported stolen from a vacant residence on the 24000 block of South Volbrecht in unincorporated Crete on Jan. 18.
  • Jewelry, miscellaneous coins and a laptop computer were stolen during a Jan. 13 break-in at a home on the 3000 block of East Poplar Lane in unincorporated Crete Township’s Willowbrook subdivision.

MONEE

  • Monee resident Christopher C. Patton, 27, of the 5200 block of West Orchard Trail was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance Jan. 18 by Will County Sheriff’s Police responding to a domestic battery call involving a 26-year-old Monee-area woman. Patton is scheduled to return to Will County Circuit court Feb. 11 for a preliminary hearing on the charges. He remained in the Will County Adult Detention Facility this morning in lieu of $4,000 cash bail.
  • Massey

    Massey

    Probation has been revoked for the 21-year-old Lansing man who burglarized a business on the 5700 block of West Monee-Manhattan Road in December 2011. Bryan K. Massey of the 18700 block of East Salem Court could be sentenced to 3-7 years in prison when he returns to Will County Circuit court March 21. Judge Richard Schoenstedt sentenced Massey to 63 days in jail, placed him on 30 months probation and ordered him to make $500 restitution to The Tobacco Store in July 2012 after Massey pleaded guilty to the break-in. Prosecutors filed to have Massey’s probation revoked in August 2012 after the Will County Adult Probation Department reported he had violated the terms. He remained in the Will County Adult Detention Facility this morning in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

  • Monee resident Steven W. LaMancusa Jr. was arrested Wednesday by Monee Police on a warrant charging him with felony theft in connection with an alleged Jan. 14 incident in that village. LaMancusa Jr., 24, of the 25700 block of South Polk Street is scheduled to appear in Will County Circuit court Feb. 13. He remained in the Will County Adult Detention Facility this morning in lieu of $2,000 cash bail.
  • A 23-year-old Monee man on probation for attacking a now 22-year-old Peotone man on Dec. 22 is scheduled to appear in Will County Circuit court Friday for a pretrial hearing on a five-count charge of violating an order of protection obtained by a 45-year-old Monee man. The defendant, a resident of the 6400 block of Binch Court, was taken into custody Jan. 17 on the new charge, which stems from alleged incidents on Nov. 5 and 6, and Dec. 1, 6 and 22. He was sentenced, on Jan. 22, 2013, to 128 days and placed on two-years’ probation after pleading guilty to battery and unlawful use of a blackjack/knife. He remained in the Will County Adult Detention Facility this morning in lieu of $1,000 cash bail. Eastern Will County News isn’t naming the defendant because the charge is a non-DUI misdemeanor.
  • Monee-area resident James P. Daugherty received a 24-month suspended sentence from Will County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Rozak Jan. 17 after pleading guilty to felony driving on a suspended license and an unrelated charge of DUI/drugs. Monee Police arrested Daugherty, 51, of the 8700 block of West Pauling Road on the license charge during a July 4 traffic stop for driving without a safety certificate. He was scheduled to enter a plea on Jan. 17. On Jan. 2, Will County Sheriff’s Police arrested him on the drugged-driving charge.

PEOTONE

  • A 48-year-old Peotone man from the 100 block of Wesley Drive was arrested Jan. 22 by Peotone Police on charges of domestic battery, interfering with a domestic-violence report, criminal damage to property and violating bail bond. Court information was unavailable this morning. He remained in the Will County Adult Detention Facility this morning in lieu of $2,000 cash bail. Eastern Will County News isn’t naming the defendant because the charge is a non-DUI misdemeanor.

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