Alcohol, drugs prevalent among indictments

Grand Jury returns charges against 18 people

A new Grundy County Grand Jury has indicted two individuals from outside the county on charges of aggravated DUI.

Rashagun Hale of Kankakee and Richard Walker of Joliet, were among 18 individuals the grand jury indicted when it met Tuesday in the Grundy County Courthouse. Another nine people were indicted for license violations.

Hale, 27, was indicted on four counts of aggravated DUI.

About 5:25 a.m. June 6, Hale was driving a truck on Storm Road, north of Scully Road, when he went off the road and struck the southbound ditch bank. The truck rolled four or five times and caught fire.

Hale was charged with aggravated DUI because the accident resulted in permanent disability or disfigurement to Angela Spears, 16, Kankakee, and he did not have liability insurance at the time of the accident.

Deputy Brett Black testified before the grand jury.

Walker, 18, was also indicted on four counts of aggravated DUI.

He was arrested about 2 a.m. July 19, after the vehicle he was driving west on Jackson Street entered the intersection with Division Street and collided with a vehicle driven by Tamala Christian, 49, Whitetie Road.

Walker was indicted for aggravated DUI because, while intoxicated, he was involved in the accident, which caused great bodily harm or permanent disability to Christian and a passenger in her vehicle, Kevin Christian, 50, Whitetie Road.

Morris Officer Daniel Burke testified before the grand jury.

James Wymore, 34, 317 Osceola, Minooka, was indicted on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

He was charged with inappropriately touching a girl under 17 between August 2007 and June 2008, and touching a different girl under 17 between August and November 2008.

Minooka Det. Kiedra Meece testified and bond was continued at $1,000 cash.

Audrey Kraatz, 35, who claimed to be homeless, was indicted for delivery of Alprazolam (Xanax) within 1,000 feet of a park, and possession of 10 to 30 grams of marijuana on Aug. 12.

Kraatz and George Wicks, 18, who also claimed to be homeless, were also indicted for delivery of 10 to 30 grams of marijuana on Aug. 3.

They were arrested Aug. 12 by the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad. A MANS agent testified before the grand jury.

Wicks posted $500 cash bond and Kraatz remains in the county jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bond.

Alek Johnson, 21, Rockford,, was indicted for possession of 30 to 500 grams of marijuana on Aug. 6. He was arrested by Deputy Paul Clampitt in Dwight after he was stopped for traffic violations on Interstate 55. About 62 grams of marijuana were found in the vehicle.

Deputy Clampitt testified and bond was continued at $100 cash.

Jovan La Mar Evans, 30, Dubuque, Iowa, and LaCortland Stewart, 28, Dolton, were indicted for possession of 500 to 2,000 grams of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of 30 to 500 grams of marijuana, and possession of more than 15 grams of cocaine.

They were charged Aug. 10 by Illinois State Police on Interstate 80. Trooper D. Dulakis testified and bond was continued at $500 for Stewart and $200 for Evans.

Thomas Stella, 49, Chicago, was indicted for possession of psilocybin, a controlled substance; possession of 30 to 500 grams of marijuana; and reckless driving on Aug. 21.

A MANS agent testified and bond was continued at $500 cash.

Matthew Huff, 25, Chicago, was indicted for possession of cocaine on May 19, after he was arrested by Morris police.

Sgt. John Severson testified and bond was continued at $500 cash.

Brandon Swindells, 18, 1280 Brendan, was indicted for possession of Hydrocodone (Vicodin) on July 8.

Morris Officer Curtis Kneller testified and bond was continued at $250 cash.

Richard Olson, 34, 5245 Sandridge Road, was indicted for threatening a public official on Aug. 15.

He was charged with threatening to shoot Morris Officer Daniel Burke and to kick him in the nose at the Morris Hospital Emergency Room.

Officer Burke testified and bond was continued at $750 cash.

Roberto Chavez, 30, Aurora, was indicted for possession of a fraudulent identification card. He was arrested Jan. 3 by Minooka police.

Officer Sean Wojtczak testified and bond was continued at $200 cash.

Angel Salto, 19, 1224 Wabena, Minooka, was indicted for felony criminal damage to property. Salto was charged Feb. 9 with causing more than $300 damage to a Chrysler owned by Tracy Perez at 1218 S. Wabena.

Minooka Officer Matthew Juras testified and bond was continued at $2,000.

Harry Rogers, 31, was indicted for harassment of a witness. He was charged Aug. 14 by Morris police with harassing Joette Howe, who could testify against Rogers in a pending case.

Morris Officer Dustin Seale testified.

Bradley Krause, 19, was indicted for criminal damage to property. He was charged with damaging corn and bean fields owned by Paul Frobish along Goodfarm Road on June 19.

Deputy Paul Clampitt testified before the grand jury.

David Zumbahlen, 45, 626 E. Washington St., was indicted for felony DUI. He was charged Aug. 12, after the truck he was driving overturned at the westbound ramp at Illinois 47 and Interstate 80.

He was charged with driving an International truck, a commercial vehicle with Oklahoma registration, with a blood alcohol level greater than .04.

Trooper D. Dulakis testified and bond was continued at $1,000 cash.

Leodegario Puchata, 21, 110 E. Chapin St., was indicted for felony DUI. He was arrested July 8 by Morris police after striking two vehicles in the 1200 block of Liberty Street.

He was charged with a felony because while intoxicated he was driving without a license or a judicial driving permit and did not have liability insurance on the vehicle.

Officer Kneller testified and bond was continued at $300 cash.

Grand juries meet for six months and, in addition to returning indictments in cases brought by the Grundy County State's Attorney's office, they also inspect the county jail.

In Grundy County, the grand jury meets on the first Tuesday of September and March, and on the first Wednesday in all other months.