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Chicagoan accused of battering woman, fleeing cops

Updated: March 21, 2013 6:19AM


Hits, runs, struck by car: Police said Darin T. Ward, 23, of Chicago, was charged with two counts of domestic battery and two counts of resisting a peace officer after a foot chase through downtown Elgin Monday morning. Officers said they were called at 7:28 a.m. to a home in the 800 block of South Liberty Street after Ward allegedly punched, kicked and knocked down the woman who is the mother of his three children, causing her to lose consciousness. When police arrived, Ward reportedly escaped out a bathroom window. Expecting that he might try to board a Metra train, officers from the Elgin and Metra police forces later found him near the Chicago Street train station. But he ran away, police said, leading them on a four-block foot chase around downtown Elgin that ended with Ward being struck by a car at Chicago and State streets. He apparently was not seriously injured. Bail was set at $20,000 and he was given a March 1 court date.

Oriental garden stolen: Someone broke into 10 storage units in the Blackhawk Apartments in the 110 block of Blackhawk Drive between Feb. 7 and Feb. 11, police reported this week. Items stolen included a hand-carved Oriental garden and village, a computer and a box of glass picture frames.

Burglar liked games: Someone entered a home in the 500 block of Wilcox Avenue on Friday morning and stole a PlayStation 3 game console plus about a dozen PlayStation games, the owner told police.

Not her bill: A 63-year-old Elgin woman told police that a collection agency contacted her and claims she owes $1,245 on an unpaid Dish Network satellite television service account dating back to 2010. She said he never received service from that company and had never received a previous bill from it, either. Police advised her to put a fraud alert on her credit file because a thief probably has stolen her identity.


Crackdown on carts: Police have issued several ordinance-violation warning tickets to homeowners in recent weeks in a crackdown on residents who leave their garbage carts at the curbside for more than 24 hours.

Multiple substances: Morgan M. Smith, 22, of Hampshire was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of cannabis and illegal transportation of liquor after her car was stopped for speeding on Route 72 at 7:39 a.m. on Feb. 9, police reported this week. She was released on $420 bond pending court hearings on Feb. 25 and Feb. 27.


Disorderly conducts: Michael J. Piszczek, 19, of the 100 block of Ferryville Drive in Lake in the Hills, was arrested by Huntley police and charged with two counts of disorderly conduct based on incidents that occurred on Feb. 1 and Feb. 5, police reported this week. Police said that on Feb. 5, Piszczek went to the 10400 block of Casselberry North in Huntley to sell fake marijuana to a person under the age of 18. They allege that Piszczek also made threatening statements to a person under the age of 18 on Feb. 1. He was released on bond with a McHenry County court date of March 1. Police said a 17-year-old boy from Lake in the Hills also was charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the fake-marijuana incident. The juvenile was released to a family member and will be petitioned into juvenile court.

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