April 15 police blotter

By on April 14, 2010

The following reports were obtained from the local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

• Thomas J. Billingsley, 28, of the 1100 block of Emerald Drive in Aurora, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, at 12:41 a.m. April 11. Police arrested him after he stopped his vehicle in the middle of Nebraska Street just west of Main Street in Elburn and shut off the headlights.

• Brittney K. Roscoe, 20, of the first block of North River Road in North Aurora, was arrested at 8:26 p.m. April 3 on a warrant for failure to appear in court on charges in St. Charles of littering. Elburn police arrested her at the corner of Route 38 and Route 47 and turned her over to police in St. Charles.

• Someone pried open the door of a shed in the 800 block of Gee Court in Elburn sometime between 1 p.m. April 1 and 10:20 a.m. April 3. Damage was estimated at $100.

• Richard D. Meaderdes, 27, of the 200 block of North Lincolnway in North Aurora, was arrested at 2:04 a.m. April 3 for driving without having vehicle insurance. Police stopped him on Route 47 south of Capes Drive in Elburn, for speeding.

• Modesto M. Ferral, 19, of the 100 block of North Main Street, was arrested at 1:30 p.m. March 31 for driving without having a valid license. Police stopped him for driving in the wrong lane as he was southbound on Route 47 near Pierce Street in Elburn.

• A resident of the 1000 block of Wise Street in Elburn reported that someone smashed a passenger window and side mirror on his 2002 Hyundai Elantra sometime between 9 p.m. March 26 and 6 a.m. March 27. Damage was estimated at $30.

Sugar Grove
• Joanna R. Villamil, 25, of the 700 block of New York Street, Aurora, was charged with operating an uninsured vehicle, driving without a valid driver’s license, and operating a vehicle with expired registration at 3:33 p.m. on April 8. She was westbound on Galena Boulevard at St. James Parkway.

• Someone threw a rock through a window in a home in the 100 block of Arbor Avenue on April 10. The report was filed at 8:39 p.m. The window will cost $150 to 200 to replace.

• Jenaro H. Samaniego, 23, of the 100 block of Loucks Street, Aurora, was charged with driving with a suspended license and with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, at 4:18 p.m. on April 11. He was southbound on Route 47 from Galena Boulevard.

• Enrique Gomez, 47, of the 100 block of N. Fourth Street, Aurora, was charged with driving without a driver’s license and with an unlawful number of passengers, at 10:41 p.m. on April 1. He was eastbound on Settler’s Boulevard at Cornell Drive.

Kane County
• A Wayne man pleaded guilty last week to reckless homicide and aggravated drunken driving in a June 2009 DUI crash that killed a West Chicago man and seriously injured two others.

Onofrio J. Lorusso, 19, of the 4N block of Honey Hill Circle, Wayne, Ill., pleaded guilty to one count of reckless homicide, a Class 2 felony, and three counts of aggravated DUI, one a Class 2 felony and two counts Class 4 felonies.

Circuit Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon accepted the plea and set 1:15 p.m. May 13, for sentencing. Lorusso faces a sentence of between 3 and 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, or probation if Judge Sheldon rules that extenuating circumstances exist.

At about 3:20 a.m. June 14, 2009, Lorusso was driving a red 2005 Ford Explorer west on in the 3100 block of Royal Fox Drive when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a mailbox, an unoccupied parked car and two trees on the south side of the street. The vehicle came to a rest when it wrapped around the second tree, which it struck on the front passenger side. Eighteen-year-old Cameron J. Godee of West Chicago, who was riding in the front passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two others, who were passengers in the Explorer’s back seat, sustained serious injuries. The investigation revealed that Lorusso was traveling at approximately 77 mph in a posted 25 mph zone when he lost control of the vehicle shortly before impact, and that Lorusso had marijuana in his system and a blood-alcohol concentration of .227. Illinois’ legal limit for persons under 21 is 0.00.

Lorusso remains free on $50,000 bond. Judge Sheldon ordered Lorusso remanded to custody at 9 a.m. April 30, at the Kane County jail when Lorusso completes studies for the semester.

• Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the intersection of Dauberman and Lasher roads in unincorporated Big Rock Township for a report of a traffic crash with injuries at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, the initial investigation shows that a 1999 Acura, driven by Louise Wentworth, 55, of Downers Grove, was traveling eastbound on Lasher and failed to stop for the stop sign for eastbound traffic. A 2005 Ford pickup, driven by Thomas Tecza, 43, of Elgin, was traveling northbound on Dauberman. The truck did not have a stop sign and entered the intersection and struck the Acura on the passenger side. The female driver of the Acura was pronounced deceased at the scene. The male driver of the truck was transported by Big Rock Fire Department ambulance to Delnor Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

Members of the Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team responded and are assisting Sheriff’s Detectives with the investigation. The Kane County Office of Emergency Management also assisted at the scene. The roadway was closed for approximately three hours.

It does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in this crash, and no tickets have been issued.