by Dennis Sullivan
Feb. 25, 2014
The son of a Beecher-area landlord is accused of breaking into tenants’ home Sunday.
Zelig W. Hitzelburger, 18, of the 2700 block of East Indiana is charged with residential burglary in connection with the break-in at the home on the 2700 block of East Indiana Avenue. The rental property is near the Hitzelburgers’ home.
Will County Sheriff’s Police Spokesman Kathy Hoffmeyer said items reported missing include two televisions and a set of silver coins.
Hoffmeyer said the residents told deputies they returned home through their back door after having been away for awhile and spotted a man they identified as Hitzelburger exiting through their front door.
After talking with his father, the couple called Sheriff’s Police around 9 p.m., she said.
Asked about the method of entry, Hoffmeyer said the couple told investigators they had been having problems with their door locks. The couple said Hitzelburger and his father were aware of the problem, Hoffmeyer said.
Residential burglary is a Class 1 felony, carrying a sentencing range of 4-15 years if convicted.
- Utica resident Niamalika Edwards, 38, is charged with DUI, transporting open alcohol, failure to signal before turning, failure to carry driver’s license and no proof of motor vehicle insurance in connection with a Feb. 15 traffic stop by Beecher Police. She is scheduled to be arraigned March 26 in Will County Circuit court.
- Brian T. Patterson, 29, of the 23000 block of Ashland Avenue was arrested for possession of a controlled substance Wednesday night by Will County Sheriff’s police serving an order of protection for the homeowner. Deputies reportedly agreed to give Patterson a ride to a different location but first searched him, allegedly discovering small amounts of heroin and cocaine. Possession of a controlled substance is a Class 4 felony, published by up to 3 years in prison.
- A Will County Circuit court judge Monday agreed to allow textbooks to be given to a Monee teen accused of vandalizing a Monee church graveyard in November 2012. Justin C. Qunell, 19, requested the books after his bond was revoked on Feb. 10. Qunell, of the 5400 block of West Orchard Trail, is accused of intentionally causing more than $100,000 property damage to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery. The felony criminal-damage charge carries a sentencing range of 3 to 7 years in prison if convicted.
- Roselawn, Ind. resident John T. Kocur, 35, was arrested Feb. 9 for DUI with a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit during a traffic stop by Peotone Police. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Will County Circuit court.
- Mokena resident Christine A. Krause, 23, of the 10800 block of Crystal Creek Drive was arrested Feb. 8 for DUI and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision. She is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 26 in Will County Circuit court.
- A 30-year-old Steger man from the 3500 block of Phillips Avenue has been charged with domestic battery in connection with an incident in the village on Friday. Eastern Will County News isn’t naming the defendant because the charge is a non-DUI misdemeanor.
- A 26-year-old Steger man from the 3400 block of Chicago Road was formally charged Friday in Will County Circuit court with disorderly conduct in connection with a Jan. 14 incident in the village. Eastern Will County News isn’t naming the defendant because the charge is a non-DUI misdemeanor.
- University Park resident Gregory E. Evans, 28, of the 700 block of Burnham Drive was booked into the Will County Adult Detention Facility Saturday on a Failure-To-Appear warrant. Evans was scheduled to appear in Will County Circuit court on Jan. 23 — three months after he was re-sentenced to 60 days in jail and ordered to obtain alcoholism treatment. Evans had pled guilty to the January 2012 domestic battery of a now 22-year-old woman at their apartment.
- A 27-year-old University Park man from the 800 block of White Oak Lane is charged with domestic battery in connection with an alleged incident in University Park Sunday. Eastern Will County News isn’t naming the defendant because the charge is a non-DUI misdemeanor.
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