Sunday, April 21, 2013
In the past week, you may have missed stories about whether records should’ve been released, sentencing in a sex assault case, other court cases dragging on, phones banned in courthouses and others in Orland Park and nearby.
MONDAY Orland Park Runner Wants Justice After Boston Marathon Explosions Anthony Catalano ran in the Boston Marathon Monday and was about six blocks away from the finish line when two explosions tore through the area, killing three people and injuring over 130 others. Local Yankee Runners Not Hurt in Boston Marathon Explosions Runners from Orland Park, Palos Heights, Lemont, Tinley Park, Homer Township, Chicago and other nearby areas were not near the finish line when explosions tore through the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. Drifter Gets 30 Years For Sex Attack on 83-Year-Old Good Samaritan A homeless drifter was sent to prison on a 30-year sentence for the brutal assault of a woman who fed him and tried to find him shelter Should …
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…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
This week, you may have missed triathlon training, a four-car accident, breast cancer survival, haunted woods, the man who helped bring down George Ryan and sex crimes in court, in and near Orland Park.
MONDAY Orland Park Woman 'Empowers' By Training Others for Triathlons MJ Slikas owns Tri Smart Coaching and organizes group workout activities with the regional Team Tri Smart, to help people overcome obstacles to participate in and complete triathlons. UPDATE: First I-80 Crash Caused Four Car Chain Reaction All four westbound lanes on I-80 were closed this morning after five vehicles were involved in two crashes. TUESDAY Union to Village: We Are Not Second Class Citizens Orland Park employees expressed dissatisfaction with higher insurance premiums and a lack of retroactive pay proposed by the village in contract negotiations, now in its 17th month, but also the way the village manager spoke to them at a recent meeting. Orland Park Man …
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…
Sunday, February 26, 2012
We look back at a week of guilty plea, DNA delay, roll over accidents, water conserving, jerk chicken and the brighter sides of Lent.
MONDAY New Water Rules in the Works for Orland Park At Monday night's Orland Park Committee and Board of Trustees meetings, we used the live blogging system Cover It Live. Read the full transcript below with a brief follow up to the meeting. Comings & Goings: Fox Head Apparel Coming to Orland A new Caribbean-style jerk chicken restaurant will soon be opening in Tinley Park, and other business news. TUESDAY Public Works Director Out as Part of Staff Reorganizing All that has been said surrounding the departure of Orland Parks Public Works Director Ed Wilmes is that it happened Thursday. Park District, Township Official Pleads Guilty to Theft But Brian H. Younker, of Tinley Park, said he was unaware of the 2010 crime until charges came a …
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 …
Sunday, January 29, 2012
We look back at a week of drug guidance, court baby steps, bakery opening, cameras in court, big money for cancer research and a disturbing arrest.
MONDAY State Close to Gathering All Evidence Against Allan Kustok Prosecutors are waiting on forensic opinion and reports from the Orland Park Police Department, one year and a half after the alleged murder. Comings & Goings: Orland Park Bakery Sets Moving Date Tinley Park moves ahead with a tax-sharing agreement with Toyota/Scion for sales taxes. The dealership is expected to go through a renovation. TUESDAY Pellegrino Brothers Getting It Done in Lower Weights for Sandburg Wrestling Jim Pellegrino and his brother, John, have teamed up to form a powerful one-two combination for the Sandburg wrestling team in the lower weights. John won the 126-pound title in the Southwest Suburban Conference tournament. Jim placed second at 106. …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Dennis Dodson, 35, has been indicted on 15 counts related to sexual assault and kidnapping. He was recently tested HIV and the result has not been disclosed.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jesse Marx
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Defense attorneys are seeking a second psychological opinion of a homeless man whose charges now include kidnapping in addition to sexual assault. Initial court-appointed testing suggests that Dennis Dodson — a drifter accused of sexually molesting an 83-year-old woman — is mentally fit for trial. His lead attorney, assistant public defender Camille Bachli, told Associate Judge John J. Hynes on Thursday at the Bridgeview Courthouse that she would look for another opinion from a private psychiatrist. Dodson, 35, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and assault last fall after police said he attacked a woman behind the Orland Park Home Depot, where he had been living. Police said the woman had past encounters with Dodson, in …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
We look back at a week of closings, trial movement, cancer fighting, firing and demotion strife and rallying.
MONDAY Orland Park Youths Break Into Country Scene as The G Brothers Country heartthrobs Brad Paisley and Keith Urban better watch their back. Orland Park's duo, The G Brothers, are quickly making a name for themselves on the music scene. Comings & Goings: Ruby Tuesday and Potsy's Pizza Close A look at new businesses coming into town and a fond farewell to those that have, for whatever reason, called it quits. TUESDAY Early Psychological Testing Says Drifter Fit for Sexual Assault Trial Dennis Dodson, a homeless man, remains in Cook County jail. He's accused of attacking an elderly Orland Park woman who tried to help him find shelter. Women Raise Bucks, Go Nearly Bald for a Cure Two women said goodbye to their locks, in the name of a good …