April 30 Police blotter

By on April 30, 2010

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

• A 16-year-old male from Georgia led police on a high-speed chase Saturday after he stole a local resident’s vehicle parked in front of a business in Elburn at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday. The owner left his 2007 Saturn Ion running outside of the Mobil gas station at 213 S. Main St. when the theft occurred. Elburn police were able to follow the offender because the vehicle had a GPS device. He was apprehended after going north on Route 47 to Route 20 in Elgin and hitting a median. The offender was wanted in several states, including Georgia and Iowa.

• A 2008 H & H tilt-flatbed trailer was stolen on April 19 from a loading dock outside of Correct Direction, 801 Paul St., Elburn, where its owner stored it. The trailer is valued at $5,600.

• Robert Grant Headly, 30, of Riverton, Utah, was arrested at 11:28 p.m. April 25 for driving while his license was suspended. Police stopped him for speeding on Route 47 at Shannon Street in Elburn.

• Barbara J. Kujawa, 46, of the 400 block of Conley Drive in Elburn, was arrested at 12:57 a.m. on April 24 for driving under the influence of alcohol after the vehicle she was driving struck the car ahead of it on Route 38 near Anderson Road in Elburn. She also was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash. No one was injured in the accident.
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• Cheryl L. Bartle, 53, of the first block of Sugar Lane, Aurora, was arrested at 2:32 p.m. on April 26 on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge from the Aurora Police Department of driving without a license. She was at the Police Department at the time of arrest.

• Someone punctured the tires on a car parked at The Fireside Grille Restaurant between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on April 24.

• Jeremy T. Migonis, 32, of the 15000 block of McGirr Road, Hinckley, was arrested at 7 p.m. on April 21 on an in-state warrant from DuPage County Sheriff’s Department for driving on a suspended license. He was northbound on Route 47 at KaDeKa Road.

• Mitchell J. Wagner, 25, of the 1900 block of Annette Circle, Sugar Grove, was arrested for driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured vehicle at 6:42 p.m. on April 19. He was southbound on Route 47 from Galena Boulevard.

• Marcelino Garcia, 31, of the 800 block of Kramer Avenue, Elgin, was arrested for driving with an obstructed windshield and no valid driver’s license at 4:27 p.m. on April 19. He was northbound on Route 47 at KaDeKa Road.

Kane County

Defendant faces additional charges for murder for hire
The attempted murder trial of an Elgin man was postponed April 26 when the defendant was accused of attempting to hire someone to kill a witness in the trial.

Bernardino Hernandez Jr., 22, of the 800 block of South Liberty Avenue, Elgin, was charged with one count of solicitation for murder and one count of solicitation for murder for hire, each a Class X felony.

Authorities allege that Hernandez, while in custody at the Kane County jail on charges in two separate cases—attempted murder (2008) and unlawful use of a weapon (2009)—had sought to have someone kill a witness in the attempted murder case.

In 2008, Hernandez was charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, each a Class X felony, for the June 2008 shooting of an acquaintance. On Sept. 9, 2009, Hernandez posted $15,000 bond and was released from jail. A short time later, authorities obtained evidence that Hernandez, while out of jail on bond, had been in possession of a firearm, which is a violation of his conditions of bond. Hernandez was taken into custody in late December 2009 and charged with three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, each a Class 4 felony, and other charges. His bail in that case was set at $1 million, and he has been held in the Kane County jail since.

Hernandez’s trial in the 2008 case was set to begin April 26. When Hernandez appeared for his trial in front of Circuit Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon, the new charges were read to Hernandez. Judge Sheldon set Hernandez’s bail in the new case at $2 million and set his next court appearance for 9 a.m. May 13, in Courtroom 319. In addition, Judge Sheldon rescheduled the trial to begin Aug. 30.

If convicted of the most serious charges in each case, Hernandez would face a combined sentence of between 52 and 118 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Montgomery man returns to prison
for burglary of VNA office

A Montgomery man will return to prison for burglarizing the Visiting Nurses Association office in Aurora.

Cornell Vinegar, 51, most recently of the 2200 block of Gallant Fox Circle, Montgomery, was sentenced April 22 to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his conviction on one count of burglary, a Class 2 felony.

Vinegar pleaded guilty Feb. 25, 2010, in front of Judge Golden.

At about 3 a.m. March 14, 2009, Vinegar broke through a window at the entrance of the Visiting Nurses Association office in the 400 block of North Highland Avenue, Aurora, and attempted to steal an ATM machine and place it in his SUV. While in the process of loading the machine into his vehicle, a private security guard who had been alerted to the crime arrived and Vinegar fled. A short time later, Aurora police, having been subsequently alerted, witnessed Vinegar’s vehicle driving away from the scene with the tailgate open.

During sentencing, Judge Golden cited Vinegar’s extensive criminal past, which began with a 1976 robbery in Cook County. In all, Vinegar has been convicted of 13 felonies and three misdemeanors, and has had 10 prior terms in IDOC in the last 34 years. During that time, he has been free from custody for about eight years.

Because of his criminal past, Vinegar was subject to enhanced sentencing guidelines.

In addition, Judge Golden ruled that this sentence is to be served consecutive to a six-year sentence for a Feb. 2, 2009, burglary in Kendall County. In December 2009, Vinegar was sentenced to six years for that crime. Judge Golden said the consecutive sentence was necessary to protect society.

Based on Illinois law, Vinegar was given day-for-day sentencing. Vinegar was given credit for 406 days served in the Kane County jail.

Aurora man sent to prison
for slashing ex-neighbor with machete

An Aurora man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for severely injuring his former neighbor by using a machete-type knife in July 2009.

Nicholas A. Worley, 26, last known address of the 1-99 block of Madison Street, Aurora, was sentenced April 22 by Circuit Judge Thomas E. Mueller to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. In addition to the 15-year sentence, Worley must pay $3,600 in restitution to the victim.

Worley was convicted March 2, 2010, by a Kane County jury of one count of armed violence, a Class X felony.

At about 4:50 a.m. July 6, 2009, Worley pounded on the apartment door of the victim in the 1000 block of Fifth Avenue, Aurora. The victim awoke, recognized Worley’s voice as a former neighbor and let him into his apartment.

An argument ensued, and Worley then attempted to slash the victim in the face or neck with a 15-inch machete-type knife that Worley brought with him. The victim was able to block the slash with his left arm, but was left with a deep laceration to his left forearm that required multiple stitches and staples to close.

Because Judge Mueller determined that the victim suffered great bodily harm, Worley is required to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence.

Worley was given credit for 248 days served in the Kane County jail.

Worley had been held in the Kane County jail on $20,000 bail. Bond was revoked upon conviction.