Updated: November 24, 2012 6:12AM
Punched officer in groin: Alex S. Barrera, 26, of the Lexington Inn hotel in Elgin, was charged with a felony count of aggravated battery to a police officer. He is accused of punching an officer in the groin while being booked for additional felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report, and criminal damage to property. Officers said that at about 12:20 a.m. Monday they found Barrera picking up and smashing landscape pavers in Carleton Rodgers Park at 51 N. Spring St. He then allegedly told the officers that two men across the street had threatened him with a gun, but the officers said they determined that was not true, and that he was simply mad because the men had been talking to a woman inside a nearby nightclub earlier in the evening. In bond court Monday, prosecutors told the judge that Barrera had served time in prison following an April 2010 incident in another bond court, in which he had told Kane County Judge Bruce Lester he would “pop your (expletive) ass” during a bond call appearance on a theft charge. Bail on the new charges was set at $50,000 and he was assigned a Nov. 2 court date.
Cashiers illegally generous: Two employees of Burlington Coat Factory at 250 S. Randall Road were charged with retail theft by under-ringing after detectives investigated incidents that happened on Aug. 24-25. Bianca P. Butler, 23, of the 1200 block of Fleetwood Drive, Elgin, was charged with checking out more than $600 worth of items for four friends but actually charging them less than $10 apiece. Fellow employee Chevaneese M. Turner, 29, of the 300 block of South Clifton Avenue, Elgin, was charged with being one of the people who benefited from Butler’s generosity and also with allowing Butler to buy $149.94 worth of items for just $5.24. Both were released on their own recognizance and given Nov. 21 court dates.