Aug. 26 police blotter

By on August 26, 2011

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.

Fatal accident
on Beith Road

A woman from Bloomingdale, Ill., passed away following single-vehicle accident on Sunday in Virgil Township.

Kane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call Sunday afternoon regarding a traffic crash with injuries on Beith Road near Freeland Road in Virgil.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, the initial investigation indicates that a 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle, ridden by Kathleen Skimerhorn, was traveling east on Beith Road and for an unknown reason left the roadway near a curve in the road. The motorcycle continued traveling on the grass shoulder on the east side of Beith Road. Eventually the motorcycle went to the ground. The driver, who was the only person on the motorcycle, was transported to Delnor Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Skimerhorn was part of a group of approximately 100 motorcycles who were participating in the Friends of Mike Thomas charity poker run.

Beith Road was closed for approximately an hour while the crash was being investigated.

Former Elburn resident
pleads guilty to invading
St. Charles home

A former Elburn resident will go to prison after he pleaded guilty to forcing his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home and injuring her.

Mario M. Bocanegra, 30, with a last known address of the 2N block of Bieth Road in Elburn, agreed with the Kane County State’s Attorney on Aug. 18 to a sentence of seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to home invasion, a Class X felony.

Circuit Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon accepted the plea.

Bocanegra forced entry into his ex-girlfriend’s home on the 1-99 block of 13th Avenue on Dec. 17, 2010. In gaining entry, Bocanegra damaged the rear patio door and screen of the residence. Once inside, he argued with the victim, grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the floor, causing injury.

During the hearing, Judge Sheldon heard testimony about Bocanegra’s prior convictions for domestic battery, violating an order of protection and telephone harassment.

Based on Illinois law, Bocanegra was given day-for-day sentencing. Bocanegra was given credit for at least 219 days served in Kane County jail.

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Christina Wascher.

• Eight red signal lamps with aluminum housings valued at $2,500 were reported stolen from an open storage area on Union Pacific property on North Street on Aug. 10. Police are looking for a dark blue, full-sized regular cab pickup truck with yellor or gold writing and a ladder holder on the side that was seen in the area.

• Sometime between 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and 8:30 a.m. Aug.20, someone stomped a small tree in a front yard in the 200 block of East Shannon. The tree was broken off at the base. The offender also removed a cable TV pedestal cover and placed it on the trunk of the owner’s car.

• Police arrested Andrew C. Kumro, 20, of Sugar Grove, and Kristiana J. Lynch, 20, of Big Rock, after police were called about them arguing in the street on Aug. 20. Alcohol was detected and both were arrested for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor.

• Police questioned Steven J. Brown, 36, of Maple Park, after he was seen hitchhiking at Keslinger Road and Route 47 on Aug. 21. Police discovered an outstanding arrest warrent out for Brown in Kane County for driving on a suspended license. Brown was unable to post bond which was set at $3,000. He was transported to Kane County Jail.

Sugar Grove
• Sugar Grove Police on Aug.16 observed a vehicle make an illegal left turn into the Jewel/Osco store on Route 47, and made contact with the driver, Jesus A. Aviles, 38, of the 300 block of Main Street in Burlington, Ill. Aviles did not have a driver’s license, but gave police his state ID card. Police then discovered there were three valid warrants—domestic battery, obstruction justice and reckless driving/fleeing/theft-out of DuPage County for Aviles. Aviles was taken into custody and charged with disobeying a traffic control device, no valid driver’s license, and no insurance. He was later turned over to DuPage County Sheriff’s Corrections.

• Sugar Grove Police on Aug.17 were dispatched to the Sugar Grove Police Department on a report of a stolen badge. Upon arrival, the victim, a retired member of the Aurora Fire Department and an arson investigator, told police that his arson investigator badge was stolen from his vehicle, as well as a black leather badge-holder wallet, an arson ID card issued by the State of Illinois, and a Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) card.