Monday, April 8, 2013
The Wilmette Police Department is investigating 22 cases of identity theft, with the local grocery store as the suspected point of theft in all 22 incidents.
The Wilmette Police Department is investigating 22 cases of identity theft, all citing the local Treasure Island grocery store located at 911 Ridge Rd. as the suspected point of theft, according to police reports. Out of the 22 cases, nine reported that their card numbers had been fraudulently used in Texas. The 22 incidents occurred between March 1 and April 14, the reports state. Updated April 16 Seven more cases of Fraud with the Wilmette Treasure Island as the suspected point of theft have been reported to the Wilmette Police Department, putting the number of identity theft cases linked to the grocery store at 22. One of the incidents occurred on April 14, one occurred on April 9, another on April 5, one on April 6 and another …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The Wilmette Police Department arrested a man for selling Ecstasy online.
Undercover officers with the Wilmette Police Department arrested a Chicago man for attempting to sell Ecstasy (MDMA) on Craiglist on Feb. 22. Cortez T. Forte, 29, of Chicago posted an ad on Craigslist advertising that he had Ecstasy for sale. Undercover Wilmette Police Officers responded, reports state. Forte agreed to sell the undercover officers 20 pills for $300. On Feb. 23, Forte met a Wilmette detective near Wheeler Park, and he produced a plastic bag with 20 capsules in it. (The pills later tested positive for MDMA.) Forte was subsequently arrested, police reports state. Forte is being charged with felony counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance, according to the Wilmette Police …
Friday, March 1, 2013
An elderly Wilmette resident was bound by three masked offenders who proceeded to ransack her home.
An 82-year-old Wilmette resident of the 2500 block of Marion Lane was restrained by three masked offenders on Feb. 28 as she was leaving her home, according to the Wilmette Police Department. The offenders procced to ransack the home, removing jewelry and currency. The woman was leaving her home at approximately 9:30 p.m. when she was confronted by the offenders, who forced her back into the home, reports state. One subject was armed with a handgun. Once inside, the offenders bound the woman and proceeded to "ransack" the home, a release from the Police Department states. Family members discovered the woman and released her around 10:30 p.m. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The family owns a …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Alan G. Rottman was found not guilty of aggravated sexual assault.
Winnetka resident Alan G. Rottman was found not guilty of aggravated sexual assault after Cook County Circuit Court Judge Garritt Howard ruled there was insufficient evidence of the crime and inconsistencies in statements on Jan. 23, Chicago Tribune reported. Rottman was arrested in July 2011 and charged with abusing the daughter of a Wilmette woman he was dating. Wilmette detectives had been investigating Rottman since August 2008, when they were notified of the incident, which reportedly occurred in Wilmette. Rottman, 50, a retired futures and commodities trader, says even though he was acquitted of the charge, his reputation has been damaged and that he’s tattooed for the rest of his life just by the charge alone because it will …
Monday, February 18, 2013
The second of two men charged with a 2011 Wilmette burglary has been found guilty.
Christopher D. Boyd, 40, of Skokie was found guilty in a Dec. 2011 Wilmette residential burglary where he, along with Creed V. McGee, 46, broke into a residence and stole $7,000 in jewelry, according to the Chicago Tribune. Boyd is scheduled to be sentenced on March 8. Boyd and McGee were charged with residential burglary in Dec. 2011 after an 18-year-old resident of a home in the 900 block of Oakwood called the police, saying that he heard footsteps in the hallway, and saw the two men searching through a dresser, a previous Patch article states. Police arrested McGee at the scene, where they recovered $7,000 worth of jewelry including a pair of gold chains, a string of pearls and gold and silver pendants. Boyd allegedly fled the scene …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The Wilmette Police Department has had 24 cases relating to heroin in the past two years, while the Winnetka Police Department has had two cases in the past two years.
Heroin usage in the United States is on the rise, and the North Shore has witnessed that first hand. Wilmette has seen 24 cases related to heroin in the past two years and four residents dying of heroin overdose in the last three years, according to the Wilmette Police Department. Winnetka, however, has only seen two incidents in the last three years, with two incidents in 2011 and none in 2012, according to the Winnetka Police Department. "We're not working to actively control it because we don't believe, based on the numbers, that it's currently an issue," Joe Pellus, Winnetka Deputy Chief of Police, said. "I do know that you can certainly get it, and it's really cheap." Brian King, the Wilmette Chief of Police, believes that the low …
Monday, December 3, 2012
A 19-year-old told police she had mutual friends with the man whom she saw in her home, according to police.
Wilmette Police arrested a 20-year-old former New Trier High School student Friday after a school acquaintance recognized him when he attempted to burglarize her home earlier that morning, police say. Russell Thomas, 20, of the 700 block of 11th Street, Wilmette, was charged with one felony count of residential burglary. A woman and her 19-year-old daughter told police that they were upstairs in their home, located in the 1200 block of Richmond Lane, when they heard noises coming from the first floor early Friday morning. The daughter said that when she went downstairs to investigate, she saw Thomas standing in the foyer, sifting through her mother’s purse, police reported. When the daughter confronted Russell, he fled on foot, police said…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
As grub season peaks in New Trier Township, the stinky wildlife are more likely to be digging up people's lawns and ending up as road kill.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Glenn Wall
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
After several years on the rise, the population of skunks in New Trier Township appears to either be continuing to rise or holding steady, according to those who monitor the pungent black and white critters in North Shore villages. “It’s way up there,” said Katie Sweeney, Glencoe’s community service and animal control officer, regarding the current population of skunks in her village. “The (Illinois) Department of Natural Resources is not exactly sure why.” Sweeney said the mild winter and apparent lack of an outbreak of a disease that depletes the skunk population, like distemper, are likely contributing factors. As is a the current bountiful crop of grubs, the larva of the Japanese beetle, which skunks and other area wildlife feed on to…