Monday, January 21, 2013
A public defender for Dennis Dodson, the drifter accused of sexually assaulting a then-83-year-old woman in Orland Park, is filing a motion to quash the arrest based on the identification of Dodson in a photo array.
A public defender for a homeless man accused of sexually assaulting an elderly woman is questioning the photo identification of her client and announced Thursday that she is filing a motion to get his arrest thrown out. Dennis Dodson, 36, is currently in Cook County jail and appeared in Judge John J. Hynes' Bridgeview courtroom in his customary khaki Department of Corrections uniform and ponytail. Prosecutors say on Sept. 26, 2011, Dodson wrestled an elderly woman to the ground, and sexually assaulted her behind the Home Depot at 159th Street and Harlem Avenue, where he was living at the time. She had offered Dodson food and crackers two days prior, and returned to tell him she was working to find him a shelter, according to reports. Are …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Accused of sexually molesting an 83-year-old woman in 2011, Dennis Dodson told a Cook County judge Wednesday that he wants a new attorney but the judge refused.
A homeless man charged in the 2011 sexual assault of an 83-year-old woman asked for a new public defender Wednesday, just as it looked as though a trial date may be getting close. But the request was denied by Judge John J. Hynes. Dodson, 36, appeared in Hynes' Bridgeview courtroom with his public defender, whose name could not immediately be confirmed. He has been in custody since Sept. 26, 2011 after receiving no bail during his bond hearing more than a year ago. Prosecutors allege that Dodson wrestled an elderly woman to the ground, and sexually assaulted her behind the Home Depot at 159th Street and Harlem Avenue, where he was living at the time. She had offered Dodson food and crackers two days prior, and returned to tell him she was…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A public defender for Dennis Dodson, the homeless man accused of sexually molesting an 83-year-old woman in 2011, said the evidence phase of the case is complete.
Dennis Dodson, the drifter accused in the 2011 sexual assault of an 83-year-old woman, may be nearing a trial date. A public defender for Dodson said the pre-trial discovery phase of the case is complete, at a hearing in Judge John J. Hynes' Bridgeview courtroom on Wednesday. Dodson, 35, appeared cleanly shaven in a yellow Department of Corrections jumpsuit with his red hair back in a ponytail. He didn't speak during the brief hearing. He has pleaded not guilty to the September 2011 assault and has been in custody since then on a $1.5 million bond. Prosecutors allege that Dodson wrestled an elderly woman to the ground, and sexually assaulted her behind the Home Depot at 159th Street and Harlem Avenue, where he was living at the time. She…
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Orland Park police reports: April 26-May 3
THURSDAY, MAY 3 Police were called about a retail theft at Macy’s around 9:10 a.m. Security said a woman was recognized in the store from a retail theft a week prior and was carrying the same grey and pink Nike bag, though she wasn’t caught the last time, according to the report. Security saw her enter a dressing room with items, and found after she purchased two items that she had placed nine other items into her purse that she didn’t pay for, police said. The nine items are worth $524.93, police said. Barbara T. Cygal, 48, of the 9800 block of Mill Drive in Palos Park, was charged with retail theft. WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 Police were called about a domestic disturbance in the 14500 block of Golf Road around 8:05 p.m. A man held a kitchen knife…
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Orland Park police reports: March 8-April 2
MONDAY, APRIL 2 Police pulled over a car after seeing it make a wide turn onto LaGrange Road and cross the center line near 135th Street around midnight. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol, he failed field sobriety tests and was tested for alcohol with a Breathalyzer, police said. Edgar M. Pico-Zamudio, 38, of the 3500 block of South Oakley Street in Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08, driving without a valid license, improper lane use, improper turning and driving an uninsured vehicle. SUNDAY, APRIL 1 Police were called about a man in custody with Chicago Police with an active warrant around 1:25 a.m. at 7100 S. Cottage Grove Ave. …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Orland Park police reports: March 23-28
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 Felicia N. Blunt, 20, of the 17800 block of Ridgewood Drive in Hazel Crest, was arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for battery. Orland Park police was called by Markham police about a woman who reported an accident to their station at 16313 Kedzie Ave., and found she had an active Orland Park warrant for her arrest around 3:05 p.m. MONDAY, MARCH 26 Shannin M. Cox, 39, of the 300 block of Pasadena Drive in Crest Hill, was arrested on a warrant for theft. Joliet police picked up a woman with an active Orland Park warrant, and called the Orland Park Police Department around 11:25 p.m. An Illinois State Police trooper found an Orland Park warrant for a woman in custody after she took part in a fight, and brought her to …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Public defenders had been looking to split evidence and conduct separate analysis.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jesse Marx
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Attorneys for Dennis Dodson argued unsuccessfully on Thursday that the state’s plan to test, and thereby destroy, DNA evidence at the center of the case violates the defendant’s Constitutional right. Dodson, 35, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping for allegedly molesting an 83-year-old woman behind the Orland Park Home Depot in 2011. Special prosecutor Clarissa Palermo said she’s looking to test all four swabs taken from the victim, on the recommendation of a state forensic scientist who has argued that he needs to test each sample to know with certainty whether a complete DNA profile of Dodson is present. In turn, assistant public defender Camille Bachli asked Judge John J. Hynes to divide that …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Orland Park police reports: Dec. 9-13
TUESDAY, DEC. 13 Police pulled over a car after seeing it turning without signaling and crossing over the center line at Wolf Road and Bernard Drive, around 1:45 a.m. Police smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath, he slurred his speech, gave police an expired insurance card and gave a state ID card that wasn’t his, police said. Police later found his driver’s license, with a different name on it than he told police, according to the report. Christian J. Madrid, 20, of the 16500 block of Brenden Lane in Oak Forest, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving an uninsured vehicle, failure to signal while turning, improper lane use, displaying another person’s identification, obstructing identification and consumption of …
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Prosecutors continue to gather evidence, prepare to test DNA samples.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jesse Marx
Saturday, November 19, 2011
A drifter accused of violently molesting an 83-year-old Good Samaritan and threatening a man behind the Orland Park Home Depot this summer pleaded not guilty on Thursday. Dennis Dodson, 35, has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony, and assault. Prosecutors allege that, in September, Dodson wrestled an elderly woman to the ground—forcefully inserting his finger—behind the Home Depot, at 159th Street and Harlem Avenue, where he was living at the time. She had offered Dodson food and crackers two days prior, and returned to tell him she was working to find him a shelter. Orland Park police say Dodson verbally threatened a Home Depot employee, one month prior. His rap sheet includes 60 arrests in 15 states. In…
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Orland Park police reports, Oct. 6-Nov. 1
TUESDAY, NOV. 1 Police arrested Matthew L. Hall, 39, of the 8700 block of West 169th Street in Orland Park, around 8:45 p.m. in the 8300 block of 171st Street in Tinley Park, on a warrant out of DuPage County for contempt of court. He was also charged with improper lighting and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. TUESDAY, OCT. 25 Michael A. Ores, 22, of the 16700 block of Hilltop Avenue in Orland Hills, was arrested around 12 p.m. at the Palos Heights Police Department on a warrant for identity theft out of the Tinley Park Police Department. TUESDAY, OCT. 8 Police were called to a car crash in the 15400 block of Harlem Avenue around 2:45 a.m. Dispatch was told a Chevy Camaro was seen striking a concrete median and driving away, though …