Regional Police Report: Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run, Man Pleads Not Guilty in Murder, Pot Seized

The following is a selection of police-related items reported in area Patches recently. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.


Skokie Man Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Skokie resident Kristian Hernandez, 36, of the 8200 block of Knox Avenue, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident resulting in a death, a Class I felony, authorities said Friday.

Patch reported on Nov. 6 that 53-year-old Park Ridge resident Ronald Bougan was found dead near Axehead Lake on Touhy Avenue, just east of the I-294 expressway in Des Plaines, on Nov. 5.

A man riding his bicycle found Bougan in a grassy area and initially, in the dark, thought he was looking at a deer or other animal, authorities said. Hernandez worked as an EMT for an ambulance company in Skokie, the Sheriff's Department said.


The Evanston man charged with the shooting death of 14-year-old Evanston Township High School freshman Dajae Coleman pled not guilty to 153 felony counts in Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

The State’s Attorney’s Office charged Wesley Woodson, 20, with first-degree murder and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, among multiple other counts, after police say he fired a gun at Dajae and his friends as they were walking home from a party Sept. 22. Evanston police say Woodson, who has gang affiliations, mistook Dajae for someone he knew, and described the shooting as “a retaliatory act upon an innocent group of teens with no gang affiliations.”

Wonder Lake

A Wonder Lake resident was arrested on multiple drug charges after concerned citizens reported suspicious odors coming from his house, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

Anthony S. Johnson, 40, 7402 Hancock Dr. #1A, was arrested and charged Monday. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Intelligence Led Policing Unit on conducted a narcotics investigation at Johnson's rental property in unincorporated Wonder Lake after receiving tips about the suspicious odors.

Deputies met with Johnson, a twice-convicted felon for selling cannabis and LSD during the 1990s, McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren stated in a press release.


McHenry Man Charged with Sexual Assault

A McHenry man has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13, McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said.

Ryan J. Frazier, 31, 5323 Meadow St., McHenry, was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of , according to a press release issued by Nygren.

Highland Park

Highland Park resident Lena Katamanin is suing a Winnetka based real estate firm, claiming the firm is responsible for the theft of more than $162,000 worth of jewelry from her home during an open house in April, according to Winnetka Talk.

Katamanin filed the suit Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court against Midwest Realty Ventures, LLC, Winnetka Talk reports. In the suit, Katamanin claims the brokerage had "sole control" over her Sheridan Road home during an open house on April 22 that ended with more than $162,000 of her jewelry missing.

Des Plaines

Man Drives Vehicle into Building

Police are saying a Des Plaines man drove his vehicle into a building near Greenwood and Peterson avenues on Oct. 30. His vehicle would ultimately catch on fire and the offender would later flee the scene, police said.

Grzegorz Klimko, 37, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and disobeying a traffic control device around 9 p.m. Officers eventually found Klimko hiding behind some bushes in the 1300 block of Higgins Road, police said.

Correction: The original headling on this post stated that a "Bicyclist" was killed in a hit-and-run. The person hit was on foot.

NotWastingTime November 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Roads are paid for by taxes. Bicyclists pay taxes. They are entitled to use the road (they should however be considerate of and mind the cars)
Cole Pierce November 10, 2012 at 11:52 PM
It's fun to see all the desperate loser Republicans. You lost. Your party is 20th Century. Your kind are dying off. I enjoy the antique type comments. The Dems won with only 39% of the white vote. Next time we will only need 35%. I am white, married to a wonderful woman and a proud American. I like the melting pot that my country is. God Bless Barack Obama and Brad Schneider. God Bless the 6 Gay members of Congress and the 1 bisexual member of Congress(Senator elect Baldwin-WI).
Winnetka November 11, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Um...I think Brad was trying to make a funny.
Winnetka November 11, 2012 at 01:11 AM
If you insist upon riding your bike during heavy vehicular traffic times and at dawn, dusk or night you have a death wish. Yes bikes should be able to ride the roads along with cars. Reality: people behind the wheel may be tired from work, under the influence of drugs/alcohol/prescriptions, distracted, texting, talking whatever...fill in the blank reason. That is why it is simply NOT WORTH IT. Even people and kids walking or riding their bikes on sidewalks, such as the deaths that occurred in Skokie and Highland Park, aren't safe. We live in a time that requires vigilance of one's surroundings at all times. With so many people on the roads now, the odds are stacked not in favor of "if" something will go wrong, but "when" something will go wrong. You need to be alert and aware. Very sorry for the family of Bougan.
Richard Hertz November 11, 2012 at 04:00 AM
I hear that robbers will come to people's open houses and steal any prescription drugs they can get their hands on. This boob should have removed the valuables before having any open houses. If this is a fraud thing, I bet she has to show receipts for all the supposive jewelry that was stolen.


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