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Six months in jail for cursing at judge

Updated: January 20, 2013 6:15AM


Cursing in court: Joshua D. Coontz, 34, of the 400 block of Villa Street, Elgin, was charged with a misdemeanor count of attempting to defeat a drug test. He is accused of bringing a condom filled with another person’s urine to a drug test on Monday. Coontz also had a $3,500 bail on a warrant. However, while he was in front of Kane County Judge Kathryn D. Karayannis in Elgin bond court on Tuesday, Coontz began arguing with the judge about the bond amount and charges, including shouting a profanity at the judge. That led Karayannis to sentence him immediately to six months in the Kane County jail for contempt of court. She set his bail at $10,000 on the misdemeanor charge and assigned him a Jan. 7 court date.

Woman in shower hears break-in: A woman who lives in the 500 block of North Alfred Street told police she heard an odd noise about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday while she was taking a shower. When she walked out to the home’s attached garage about a half hour later, she realized that what she had heard was a would-be burglar breaking the window in a door leading into the back of the garage. The intruder apparently then had figured out that someone was at home and had left before taking anything. Police searched the area with a canine team, but the dog was unable to pick up the burglar’s trail, police said.

Tree stand theft: Jacobie D. West, 21, of the 1200 block of Robinwood Drive, Elgin, was charged with a Class 4 felony count of retail theft. She is accused of taking a tree stand from the Elgin Menards store Monday while having a previous retail theft conviction. Bail was set at $15,000, but she was released on her own recognizance and given a Jan. 16 court date.

Holiday traffic enforcement: The Elgin Police Department will conduct increased traffic enforcement between Dec. 18 and New Year’s Eve, through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Christmas Holiday Campaign. Police Lt. Dan O’Shea said the special enforcement will include seatbelt enforcement zones, nighttime DUI patrols and a roadside safety check. “The Elgin police and the Illinois Department of Transportation wish to remind everyone to wear their seatbelts and to not drink and drive,” O’Shea said in a statement.


Christmas nastiness: Huntley experienced a series of Christmas decoration damage and theft incidents earlier this month, according to police reports released recently. On Dec. 3, someone cut holiday lights on homes in the 10700 block of Allegheny, the 12200 block of Tulip Tree and the 12300 block of Scarlet Drive. Outdoor decorations were stolen in the 10600 block of Matthew Street on Dec. 3 and holiday lights were stolen in the 10700 block of Biltmore Lane on Dec. 4.

Students arrested: Three teenagers were arrested at Huntley High School, according to police reports announced recently. A 14-year-old Huntley boy was charged with disorderly conduct on Dec. 3, a 17-year-old Lake in the Hills girl was charged with battery on Dec. 4, and a 17-year-old Huntley boy was charged with disorderly conduct on Dec. 7. All three were released to their parents and scheduled to attend peer jury.

Equipment stolen: Someone broke into a trailer and stole some construction equipment from a work site near the intersection of Route 47 and I-90 on Dec. 5, police reported recently.

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