Court Watch: Frankfort Man Pleads Not Guilty to Trying to Buy Sex With Minors

Reckless homicide investigation stalled in Cook County.

The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week.

Cook County

OAK FOREST — Pretrial hearings for Norberto Rodriguez were continued to March 14 as attorneys continue their separate investigations. A former Chicago cop, Rodriguez was charged in late 2010 in the murder of his estranged wife, Irma. His rap sheet includes attempted murder of the same woman and a federal conviction of drug trafficking.

ORLAND PARK — Reckless Homicide Investigation Waiting on DNA Analysis

Prosecutors to send blood and hair samples to state crime lab. Defense hoping to reconstruct crime scene to their advantage.

Will County

FRANKFORT — Man Accused of Trying to Buy Sex With Minors Pleads Not Guilty

Brandon Bergthold, of Frankfort Township, faces 12 to 40 years in prison if convicted.

On the Docket Next Week


Three men accused of shooting a 24-year-old woman during an attempted burglary in Oak Lawn

Brian Younker, the Orland Township highway commissioner charged with theft, is set for bench trial. At his last hearing, attorneys spoke of a possible plea deal.


Darrell Stephenson, accused of harboring child porn and having sexual contact with a boy

Marcus Parker, accused of going on an armed robbery spree


Dennis Dodson, charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault


Nicholas Sord, 94 West, The Charley Horse Restaurant and Bar, Redstone American Grill and Sord Management are scheduled in civil court. The Mejia family of New Lenox—whose daughter died in a car crash—is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.

Trial looms for Joseph Messina, accused of punching a man into a coma in 2009


Looking for more crime news from this week?

Cops: Two Men Caught After Smash and Grab at Salon Store

Police: Fired Dental Employee Accused of Stealing Money and Supplies

Police Investigating Crowbar Incident After Stagg Basketball Game

Help Palos Heights Police Raise Funds for Special Olympics Illinois

Police: Diners' Refusal to Pay Customer Service Fee Leads to Assault Charges at Hooters

POLICE: Children Knocked Over in Chuck E. Cheese Brawl

FBI Steps Up Search for Bank Bandit

No Charges In Church Parking Lot Fight

New Deputy Chief of Police, Sergeant Sworn Into Duty

K9 Officer Sniffs Out Intruder Holed Up in Basement

Pregnant Woman Choked and Beaten After Delivering News, Police Say

Police: Fired Dental Employee Accused of Stealing Money and Supplies

Scam Artists Use Granddaughter to Exploit 73-Year-Old T

inley Police Arrest Trio of Midlothian Men, Accuse Them of Burglary

New Lenox Man Shot at Over Chicago Bears Gear


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