Court Watch: Texas Man Accused of Planting Camera in Starbucks Restroom
Also, a Palos Park lawyer was sentenced to nine years for mortgage fraud and the attorney for a man accused of stealing donations for a woman with cancer asks the judge for a conference.
EVERGREEN PARK — Armed Robbery Case Continued
Marcus Parker, 23, of Evergreen Park remains in custody for an alleged robbery spree last December. He appeared in court Monday, July 9 but his case has been conitnued until 10 a.m. Aug. 30 in Skokie.
Brent C. Faulk, 27, of Houston was accused of placing a video camera in the women's bathroom at the Lemont Starbucks with intent to sell the images on the Internet. He was charged with felony unlawful video recording. He was freed on $2,000 bond Wednesday and will be back in court Aug. 6.
A Cook County judge allowed prosecutors to submit evidence that he says establishes a pattern of escalation in the criminal sexual abuse case of 35-year-old Kevin Skaritka. The defense argued the information, which Skaritka has denied, is prejudicial. Skaritka of Orland Park is charged with six counts of criminal sexual assault, six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and two counts of criminal sexual abuse and is accused of molesting his girlfriend’s teenage daughter and exposing himself to her between 2009 and May 2011.
His trial has been set for Sept. 4.
John Farano, 50, of Palos Park faces nine years in prison and was ordered to forfeit more than $2.3 million and pay out $1.3 million in restitution for his role in the scam involving more than 40 homes in Englewood.
Joseph Campione, 45, of Palos Hills, pleaded guilty to felony theft and as part of a plea agreement received 24 months of probation. Crestwood police said he ran out of a convenience store in the 13600 block of Cicero Avenue on Dec. 5, 2011, with a jar of money that was intended to help a 27-year-old Alsip woman pay her medical bills for cancer treatment.
In yet another twist to the animal cruelty case where a Tinley Park animal rescue owner has been accused of neglect, defense attorney Purav Bhatt said he is looking into the relationship between the prosecution's star witness and the director of the Animal Welfare League.
Bhatt said he subpoenaed the Animal Welfare League employment records for Larry Draus, whose photographs and documentation of a 2011 raid on Dazzle's Painted Pastures and Sanctuary as a Cook County investigator helped to secure more than 30 charges related to animal cruelty and neglect against owner Dawn Hamill.
TINLEY PARK — Carjacking Case Gets Continued
The case of Michael Kroll, 24, an Orland Park man who is accused of carjacking an elderly woman in Tinley Park in November of 2011, has been continued. Kroll is scheduled to be back in court on Aug. 17. His defense attorney did not return calls seeking comment about the continuance.
TINLEY PARK — Court Date Mix-up for Man Who Allegedly Attacked Restaurant Manager
A Mokena man facing battery charges for allegedly sending a Tinley Park restaurant manager to the hospital with broken ribs and a collapsed lung on March 18 faces was scheduled to appear in court on July 12, according to court records. But the state's attorney's office said Donovan Campbell, 42, and his attorney were actually supposed to be back in court on July 17.
Defense attorneys for New Lenox man Joseph Messina are bidding to have a mistrial declared in the case of a tragic bar fight because the police can't find a photo of the defendant's fist. Messina is charged with punching Joliet resident Eric Bartels into a coma in 2009.
On the Docket Next Week
Advocate Christ doctor facing sex abuse charges filed by Oak Lawn police
Homeless man accused of 2011 sexual assault of 83-year-old woman
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