Woman, toddler hurt when wrong-way driver hits car
September 15, 2012 7:16PM
Updated: October 17, 2012 6:34AM
Two injured, driver charged: Ramone Mendoza, 17, of the 1600 block of Seminole Lane, Carpentersville, was charged with aggravated reckless driving after his car struck a parked car, which then hit two pedestrians, police said. Police Cmdr. Tim Bosshart said Mendoza was driving westbound on Chippewa Circle, in the eastbound lane, when he struck the parked car near the intersection of Chippewa and Papoose Road at 2:13 p.m. Thursday. The pedestrians — a 53-year-old woman and a 3-year-old boy — had been standing behind the parked car, Bosshart said. They were taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where their conditions were unavailable Friday. In bond court Friday, an officer said Mendoza had been driving at least 20 mph over the speed limit as well as driving in the oncoming lane. A judge set his bail at $15,000, banned him from driving while the court case proceeds, and scheduled a Sept. 21 hearing.
Fugitive escapes: Three schools were placed on “shelter-in-place” status for about an hour Friday morning after a fugitive ran away from police officers trying to arrest him. Carpentersville Police Cmdr. Tim Bosshart said East Dundee police asked for help from Carpentersville officers to serve an arrest warrant on the man after he had been seen at a home in the 2000 block of Berkshire Circle in Carpentersville. But as the officers approached the house at 10:22 a.m. Friday, the man saw them coming and ran away on foot, police said. Nearby Golfview, Meadowdale and Lakewood schools were secured as a precaution until officers gave up the search at about 11:30. The man remained at large late Friday afternoon.
Charges from two towns: Tyree J. Marshall, 18, of the 6500 block of Marble Lane, Carpentersville, was charged with felony counts of theft and obstruction of justice. He is accused of stealing a bike and giving false information to a police officer after an incident Wednesday in East Dundee. Additionally, he was charged with a felony count of residential burglary and a misdemeanor count of obstructing identification after he was accused of burglarizing a home on Green Street in Carpentersville and giving police a false name and date of birth. Bail was set at $200,000 and he was given a Sept. 28 court date.
Elevator incident: In what might be called a case of “elevator rage,” a 41-year-old employee of Sherman Hospital told police she was assaulted inside Sherman’s medical building Monday afternoon by a young mother pushing a baby in a stroller. The employee said she was inside an elevator on the first floor, on her way to work, when the elevator door began to close onto the stroller. She said the young mother then lashed her with vulgarities for not pressing the “open-door” button on the elevator, followed her into the office where she works, and physically grabbed her until her boss pulled the woman off and escorted her out of the office.
Robbed with string: A taxi driver told police three male teenagers robbed him on Friday, Sept. 7, after one of them, who was sitting in the cab’s back seat, wrapped a string around the driver’s neck. The driver said the three had called his dispatcher on a telephone and asked to be picked up along North Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg at about 5 p.m. They asked to be taken to Bode Road and Highbury Drive in Elgin, but asked the driver to stop when he came to the 100 block of Mulford Drive. After throwing the string around the driver’s neck, they demanded his cellphone and the $145 in cash that he had, he told police, and they ran away through nearby yards.
Husband, child, knife: Police were trying to untangle exactly what happened after an Elgin woman reportedly became suspicious that her estranged husband had raped her 2-year-old daughter. Police said the woman reportedly arranged to meet with him in the parking lot of a laundromat in the 400 block of Dundee Avenue Wednesday morning and tried to hold him at knifepoint until police could be summoned. The husband told police she also tried to stab him in the parking lot. Police said the child was examined by nurses at Sherman Hospital and the nurses could find no signs of any sexual assault. Officers did not arrest either the mother or the father but turned over the investigation to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Metal theft: William E. Alatorre, 17, of the 400 block of Ashland Avenue, Elgin, was charged with a felony count of theft. He is accused of taking scrap metal valued at over $500 on Sept. 13. He was given a recognizance bond and an Oct. 5 court date.