Updated: May 12, 2013 2:05PM
Fire probe continues: Investigators still have not declared a definite cause of the fatal fire that struck a warehouse at Trinity Landscape of Northern Illinois, at 1050 Tamarac Lane, Friday night. But police Cmdr. Tim Bosshart said the fire spread quickly because of large amounts of fuel being stored in and around 12 riding lawn mowers inside the warehouse and large piles of hay being stored there for use in landscaping. Bosshart said the Kane County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy Tuesday on the victim, who has been identified as one of the firm’s owners, 44-year-old Kurt Cina of Sleepy Hollow. But Bosshart said an official cause of death will not be declared until after toxicology results are completed, several weeks from now.
Tagging arrested: Armando Cazares, 19, of the 600 block of Center Street, Elgin, was charged with a felony count of criminal damage to property over $300, and misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing identification following his arrest Tuesday in Elgin. According to police, Cazares is accused of “tagging” with graffiti the word “Rusty” on 154 curbs, street signs, buildings, playground equipment, garbage cans, real estate signs, railroad crossing arms, and business signs throughout Elgin between December 2011 and Tuesday. Police said he was caught in the act of tagging another structure and gave police a false name when questioned. Bail was set at $15,000, and he was given an April 24 court date.
Witness harassment charged: Brad C. Brickhouse, 38, of the 2000 block of Harvard Lane, Elgin, was charged with a Class 2 felony count of harassing a witness and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. According to police, Brickhouse is accused of communicating with a witness in a criminal case in a way to produce mental anguish or emotional distress on Tuesday. Bail was set at $30,000, and he was given an April 29 court date.
Fake ID charges: Tegana Rodrigues, 26, of the 1000 block of Valley Lane, Hoffman Estates, was charged with two felony counts of possession of fictitious identification following his arrest Tuesday. According to police, Rodrigues had both a fake resident alien and a fake Social Security card in another person’s name. Bail was set at $5,000, and he was given an April 18 court date. Also, Carlos I. Ramos-Bermudez, 25, of the 300 block of Ryerson Avenue, Elgin, was charged with a felony count of possession of a fraudulent identification card and misdemeanor obstructing identification following his arrest early Wednesday morning. He is accused of having a false Illinois identification card. Bail was set at $10,000, and he was given a May 1 court date.