Man freed, other on $50K bond in connection with shots-fired incident

SYCAMORE – An Aurora man is being held on $50,000 bond in DeKalb County jail while his apparent partner in a shots-fired crime, a Bartlett man, has been released on his signature.

Police say they found a loaded, uncased pistol early Saturday in the trunk of a vehicle belonging to Devonta Owens, 20, of the 1600 block of Colombia Drive in Bartlett. He and Montrell D. Brannon, 23, of the 200 block of Gregory Street in Aurora, are charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a defaced firearm.

A DeKalb officer was in an parking lot adjacent to the 900 block of Ridge Drive when he heard a gunshot, DeKalb Deputy Police Chief John Petragallo said.

The officer saw two groups of people who appeared to have been in a dispute run away. One group got into a vehicle and sped off, Petragallo said.

DeKalb County Judge Bradley Waller set bond Sunday morning at $50,000 for Brannon, who has a previous conviction for armed robbery with a firearm in Kane County, court records show.

Owens was released, but ordered to have no contact with Brannon or the scene of the crime, and that he surrender any guns he has, as well as his Firearm Owners Identification card, if he has one. Owens was convicted in 2017 of beating a pregnant woman in DuPage County, records show.

Assistant State’s Attorney Brooks Locke is prosecuting the case, and said he was not made aware of Owens’ criminal history before the bond hearing Sunday morning.

The DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office has been appointed to represent Owens and Brannon. A motion to reduce Brannon’s bond will be heard by Judge Philip Montgomery at 9 a.m. Nov. 20, court records show. Owens is due back in court at 9 a.m. Jan. 3.

DeKalb man tries to flee police, gets arrested

Drew B. Dazzo, 21, of DeKalb
Drew B. Dazzo, 21, of DeKalb

SYCAMORE – A 21-year-old DeKalb man with a litany of criminal convictions is in DeKalb County jail on $200,000 bond after police say he tried to ditch a gun as he fled arrest.

DeKalb police say Drew B. Dazzo, of the 800 block of Edgebrook Drive, tried to throw a pistol behind his couch Friday after police confronted him in the hallway outside his apartment about unrelated investigations, prompting Dazzo to dash back into his apartment and slam the door.

Dazzo is charged with unlawful possession of a defaced firearm, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, armed habitual criminal, and resisting a police officer. If convicted of being an armed habitual criminal, Dazzo would face six to 30 years in prison, and would be ineligible for probation.

Police say in court records they planned to arrest Dazzo in connection with two unrelated matters Friday, but that he ignored their orders to stop. Police recovered the gun Dazzo threw behind the couch and discovered the serial number was scraped off, records show.

Dazzo has been sentenced several times to probation, DeKalb County court records show: He received 2½ years of probation after a 2015 robbery conviction, two years probation for beating a pregnant woman that same year, and three years on an unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon charge in 2017. He also twice has been found to have violated terms of his bail, resulting in two years or probation apiece.

Dazzo is due back in court at 9 a.m. Dec. 4.

Shaken baby trial begins

SYCAMORE – Ryker Newhouse, then
6 months old, wriggled and giggled, as his mother tickled him, and DeKalb County Judge Philip Montgomery looked on.

The video shown in a DeKalb County courtroom was recorded Dec. 13, 2015, about 36 hours before police say Katie Petrie, 35, of the 900 block of 14th Street in DeKalb, inflicted injuries on the infant that resulted in permanent brain damage.

Petrie, who was statuesque and never so much as turned her head Tuesday afternoon, is on trial for two forms of aggravated battery to a child, the most serious of which is punishable by six to 30 years in prison.

Ryker’s mom, Jennifer Newhouse, 37, a special education teacher with DeKalb School District 428, said Ryker’s life will never be the same.

“Ryker has significant brain damage, which has affected his development,” she said. “He’s about a year behind in speech development.”

She added that his vision will likely always be impaired, and that he has limited use of his right arm.

“He also has some behavioral issues we’re working through, as well,” Newhouse said.

Petrie’s lawyer, Peter Buh, is pushing that Ryker was sick before he landed in Petrie’s care. He declined to comment after the first day of the trial.

Jennifer Newhouse vividly recalled the day she got the call from Petrie, while she was at work at Clinton Rosette Middle School.

“Se told me I needed to hurry up, come over, and that something was seriously wrong with Ryker – that she thought he was having a seizure,” Newhouse testified.

She told Petrie to call 911, called her husband, and sped off to the day care residence at 130 W. Amber Ave.

Newhouse said Ryker was in the ambulance by the time she arrived, and she was barred from seeing him, and that Petrie was in the house, along with officers.

Newhouse said she was allowed into the house, where she found her son’s clothes.

“They had vomit on them,” she testified, as Petrie used a tissue to dry a tear, still refusing to even subtly turn her head.

Despite what’s unfolded, Ryker’s father, Eric Newhouse, had only one word to describe his son.

“Perfect,” he said, as he broke down on the witness stand.

The Newhouses have had to resort to day care because while mom works for the school district, dad drives a bus for the Kaneland school district and works a full-time job at Nestle, State’s Attorney Rick Amato said.

Police said in court records they responded to a 911 report of a 6-month-old having a seizure, after which Ryker was taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and later flown to Rockford Memorial Hospital.

Jennifer Newhouse testified that Ryker was later transferred to a Chicago hospital for therapy.

Petrie, orginally jailed on $500,000 bond was allowed to post $5,000 bail to be releaed from jail after Montgomery agreed in February 2016 to reduce her bond to $50,000.

Amato said the prosecution will most likely rest Thursday, after which he’s not sure whether the defense will call any witnesses, including a long-debated expert witness.

One man freed, other held on $50K bond in connection with shots fired incident

SYCAMORE – An Aurora man is being held on $50,000 bond in DeKalb County jail while his apparent partner in a shots-fired crime, a Bartlett man, has been released on his signature.

Police say they found a loaded, uncased pistol early Saturday in the trunk of a vehicle belonging to Devonta Owens, 20, of the 1600 block of Colombia Drive in Bartlett. He and Montrell D. Brannon, 23, of the 200 block of Gregory Street in Aurora, are charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a defaced firearm.

A DeKalb officer was in an parking lot adjacent to the 900 block of Ridge Drive when he heard a gunshot, DeKalb Deputy Police Chief John Petragallo has said.

The officer saw a two groups of people who appeared to have been in a dispute run away from each other. One group got into a vehicle and sped off, Petragallo said.

DeKalb County Judge Bradley Waller set bond at $200,000 for Brannon, who has a previous conviction for armed robbery with a firearm in Kane County, court records show.

Owens was released, but ordered to have no contact with Brannon or the scene of the crime, and that he surrender any guns he has, as well as his Firearm Owners Identification card, if he has one. Owens was convicted in 2017 of beating a pregnant woman in DuPage County records show.

Assistant State’s Attorney Brooks Locke is prosecuting the case, and could not be reached to provide more information. The DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office has been appointed to represent Owens and Brannon . A motion to reduce Brannon’s bond will be heard by Judge Philip Montgomery at 9 a.m. Nov. 20, court records show. Owens is due back in court at 9 a.m. Jan. 3.

DeKalb man's attempt to flee police ends in arrest

Drew B. Dazzo, 21, of DeKalb
Drew B. Dazzo, 21, of DeKalb

SYCAMORE – A 21-year-old DeKalb man with a litany of criminal convictions is in DeKalb County jail on $200,000 bond after police say he tried to ditch a gun as he fled arrest.

DeKalb police say Drew B. Dazzo, of the 800 block of Edgebrook Drive, tried to throw a pistol behind his couch Friday after police confronted him in the hallway outside his apartment about unrelated investigations, prompting Dazzo to dash back into his apartment and slam the door.

Dazzo is charged with unlawful possession of a defaced firearm, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, armed habitual criminal, and resisting a police officer. If convicted of being an armed habitual criminal, Dazzo would face six to 30 years in prison, and would be ineligible for probation.

Police say in court records they planned to arrest Dazzo in connection with two unrelated matters Friday, but that he ignored their orders to stop. According to the records, police recovered the gun Dazzo threw behind the couch and discovered the serial number was scraped off.

Dazzo has been sentenced several times to probation, DeKalb County court records show: He received 2 1/2 years of probation after a 2015 robbery conviction, two years probation for beating a pregnant woman that same year, and three years on an unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon charge in 2017. He also twice has been found to have violated terms of his bail, resulting in two years or probation apiece.

Dazzo is due back in court at 9 a.m. Dec. 4.

Additional police, counselors to be at DeKalb High on Monday after weapons referenced in video

DeKALB – A DeKalb High School senior who alluded to weapons and violence while engaging with people on social media won't be in school Monday – but more police and counselors will be, for students concerned about what they've seen over the weekend.

According to James Horne, the high school's principal, administration was made aware Thursday of a video in which the 18-year-old was rapping and repeatedly using racial slurs, and that the situation was dealt with. Thereafter, however, the senior, whose name won't be made public because no arrest was made, according to Police Cmdr. Bob Redel, exchanged videos with people objecting to his use of the slurs, prompting the young man to share a video with the following quote:

"Yeah, I don't truly know what I'm capable of," he said, with a Confederate flag with a smiley face in the middle on the wall behind him. "I'm not even going to tell you what training I have, or what weaponry, because all that's going to do is spoil the fun."

Redel said police spoke with the young man and searched his car and house Friday morning, and no weapons were found. DeKalb District 428 Superintendent James Horne, however, said police presence – beyond School Resource Officer Aaron Lockhart, who was "essential" to the swift action take thus far, Horne said – will be bolstered Monday, and that more counselors will be made available.

"That's for students who might be troubled or have questions about what they saw over the weekend," Craven said.

Horne said he can't say exactly when the 18-year-old might be allowed back on campus, but it won't be tomorrow, and punishment will soon be determined.

"It's severe," Horne said. "That's what I can say. We don't take this lightly. It could end in a expulsion."

Two arrests made in shots fired, robbery incidents Saturday morning

DeKALB – An Aurora man and a Bartlett man have been arrested in connection with a report of shots fired and a robbery Saturday morning, according to Police Cmdr. Bob Redel.

Montrell D. Brannon, 23, of Aurora, and Devonta Owens, 20, of Bartlett, have both been charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon – Redel said he's unsure what made the charge aggravated – and defacement of a firearm.

Early Saturday morning, shots were fired in the 900 block of Ridge Drive, DeKalb Deputy Chief John Petragallo said Saturday.

A DeKalb officer was in an adjacent parking lot on a call and heard a gunshot, Petragallo said. The officer observed a dispute and saw two groups run away from each other. One of the groups got into a vehicle and sped off.

Petragallo said officers stopped the vehicle and found a loaded firearm inside. Redel said Brannon and Owens were arrested Saturday morning, and charges were approved by the DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office in the afternoon.

There was also a robbery reported at the Shell gas station at 308 N. 7th St., and Redel said the incidents are related.

Petragallo said a male with his face covered entered the gas station at 5 a.m., displayed a firearm, demanded money and obtained an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area.

DeKalb caretaker accused of using client's credit card to buy iPhones

Terril L. Myers, 45, of DeKalb

Terril L. Myers, 45, of DeKalb

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb woman is accused of using an elderly woman’s credit card to buy iPhones valued at about $2,400, according to DeKalb County court records.

Terril L. Myers, 45, of the 600 block of Ellwood Drive, has been charged with unlawful financial exploitation of an elderly person.

Police said in court records that on Aug. 19, Myers, a caretaker for the alleged victim, used the woman’s credit card to buy two iPhone X phones, valued at $2,400, at Best Buy in DeKalb.

Myers was released Thursday on her signature after a bond hearing and is due back in court at 9 a.m. Jan. 4.

DeKalb woman in fight that went viral sentenced to 2 years in prison

Susanna Mendenhall, 44, of DeKalb

Susanna Mendenhall, 44, of DeKalb

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb woman who was the aggressor in an October 2017 fight near the intersection of Peace Road and DeKalb Avenue has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Susanna Mendenhall, 44, of the 900 block of Ridge Drive, achieved notoriety after she was captured on a widely shared video fighting with another woman in the busy intersection as vehicles rolled past.

Mendenhall, who had several charges pending against her, was sentenced Oct. 9 by Judge Philip Montgomery after she agreed to plead guilty to a charge of aggravated battery.

The incident happened about 2 p.m. Oct. 17 on northbound Peace Road after three cars had been involved in a road-rage incident, Sycamore police Cmdr. Steve Cook said.

“Each one [was] thinking the other one cut them off,” Cook said at the time.

Mendenhall was one of the drivers involved, and got out of her car to confront another woman, Cook said. When the other woman said she was calling the police, Mendenhall went back to the woman’s vehicle, dragged her out of it, and the fight began. The two scuffled on the pavement as southbound vehicles crept past, some honking their horns. An off-duty police officer was the first to break up the fight.

Mendenhall must serve at least half of the sentence, based on her behavior.

Elderly caretaker accused of using client's card to buy iPhones

Terril L. Myers, 45, of DeKalb
Terril L. Myers, 45, of DeKalb

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb woman is accused of using an elderly woman's credit card to buy iPhones valued at nearly $2,500, according to DeKalb County court records.

Terril L. Myers, 45, of the 600 block of Ellwood Drive, has been charged with unlawful financial exploitation of an elderly person.

Police say in court records that on Aug. 19, Myers, a caretaker for the victim, used the woman's credit card to buy two iPhone X phones, valued at $2,400, at Best Buy in DeKalb.

Myers was released Thursday on her signature after a bond hearing, and is due back in court at 9 a.m. Jan. 4.

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