Blotter: April 8, 2019

April 9, 2019


Kankakee police were called twice to Avis Huff Student Support Service School, 369 N. Fifth Ave., to investigate two battery incidents on April 4. One student was arrested for punching a teacher. A second student was arrested for punching another student.

Criminal damage

Kankakee police took several reports of vehicles with tires slash in the 1200 block of West Station Street and in the area of the block of 300 South Alma Avenue and the 1200 block of West Hickory Street on April 4.

Disorderly conduct

Kankakee police arrested Maurice L. Johnson, 28, of Kankakee, for disorderly conduct on April 5. According to a report, an officer responded to a fire alarm at Azzarelli Towers, 145 W. Broadview Drive. A person said she saw Johnson pull a fire alarm on the seventh floor, and then run back into an apartment. A judge set Johnson’s bail at $10,000.


Illinois State Police District 21 arrested Sean E. Connell, 23, of Steger, for driving under the influence of drugs on March 31. According to a release, at 7:29 p.m., a trooper was dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 57 northbound at mile marker 320 in Kankakee County. The driver, Connell, was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The trooper talked to Connell at the hospital. It was determined Connell had drugs in his system.

Illinois State Police arrested Stephen F. Barbieri, 35, of Kankakee, for driving under the influence of alcohol on March 27. According to a release, at 10:25 p.m., a trooper on patrol in Kankakee County observed the driver of a vehicle not wearing a seat belt on Park Avenue at Willow Street in Kankakee. The trooper stopped the vehicle. Barbieri showed signs of alcohol impairment.

Illinois State Police arrested Cory L. Kilgore, 44, of Watseka, for driving under the influence of alcohol on March 20. According to a release, at 9:31 p.m., a trooper responded to a motorist on the shoulder of Illinois Route 1 at 2850N Road in Iroquois County. The trooper attempted to speak to Kilgore but he was unconscious behind the wheel with the car in drive. The trooper woke Kilgore. Kilgore showed signs of alcohol impairment.

Kankakee police arrested Stella Coleman for driving under the influence of alcohol on March 22. According to a report, at 8:39 p.m. an officer was dispatched to the intersection of East Station Street and South Wildwood Avenue for a subject stopped at the stop sign for more than 15 minutes and laying back in the seat possibly asleep. According to a report, the officer smelled an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The officer had to reach into the vehicle and turn the vehicle off when Coleman put it into drive. The officer smelled alcohol on Coleman’s breath. A portable breath test came back with a .103 BAC. Coleman agreed to take a Breathalyzer test at the Kankakee County jail with a .234 BAC result.

Bourbonnais police arrested Tristan A. Hughes, 34, of Kankakee, for driving under the influence of alcohol on March 17. According to a report, an officer observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed. As he followed the vehicle, it swerved erratically in its lane. At the intersection of Arthur Burch Drive and Armour Road, the vehicle came to a stop in the middle of the intersection before turning onto Arthur Birch. After stopping the vehicle, the officer talked with the driver, Hughes. After field sobriety tests, Hughes was taken into custody. He refused to give a breath sample. After a judge issued a warrant, blood and urine samples were taken at a local hospital. Hughes was released from jail after posting the required bond.

Bradley police arrested Timothy L. Rogers Jr., 40, of Kankakee, for driving under the influence of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol with a BAC above .08 on March 17. According to a report, an officer on patrol in the area of Schuyler Avenue and Liberty Street observed a pickup truck make a wide turn from Schuyler onto Liberty. The officer saw the truck not stop for the stop sign at Liberty and Clinton Avenue. The officer stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Rogers. The officer smelled the odor of alcohol on the breath of Rogers. Rogers provided a breath sample with a result .189 BAC. He provided another breath sample at the station with a result .168 BAC.


A pizza delivery man told Kankakee police he was robbed of pizzas, cash and a knife when he went to make a delivery at a home in the 300 block of South Harrison Avenue on April 4. According to a report, one of the three suspected robbers pointed a gun at the victim.

Kankakee police took a report from a man who said he was robbed at gunpoint by four individuals while making a delivery in the 400 block of North Washington Avenue on March 29.

Sexual abuse

Kankakee County Sheriff’s police arrested Joseph M. Hamlin, 49, of Chebanse, for aggravated criminal sexual abuse on April 2. According to a court document, the alleged incidents occurred April 2, April 3 and between May 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2018. A judge set Hamlin’s bond at $75,000.

Shots fired

According to Kankakee police, a house in the 800 block of East Merchant Street was struck multiple times by gunfire at approximately 10:43 p.m. on April 2. A resident said she was in bed when she heard six or seven shots. There were four adults and four juveniles in the house. Shell casings and projectiles were recovered by investigators.

Kankakee police investigated two reports of shots fired in the area of the 500 block of South Wildwood Avenue and 400 block of South Lincoln Avenue at approximately 2:42 a.m. on March 29. Due a search of the area, officers recovered eight spent shell casings and a bullet fragment on the north side of the 500 block of Osborn Avenue.

Kankakee police investigated a report of shots fired in the 700 block of Country Club Drive at approximately 10:01 p.m. on March 24. Five spent shell casings were found in the street. No damage to property was found at that time.


Watseka police were contacted by the FBI’s office in Springfield in regards to a threat made over social media site. According to Chief Jeremy Douglas, the threat posted referred shootings to occur April 1 at schools.There was a picture of a gun posted. The post also said April Fools. An officer interviewed the juvenile and his mother. A report was given to the Iroquois County State’s Attorney’s office.


A Kankakee High School administrator turned a BB gun over to Kankakee police on April 2. According to a report, a student brought the gun to show off. A student he showed the gun told a teacher, who found the gun in the student’s book bag.

Bourbonnais police arrested Michael J. Rodgers-Pizano for felon in possession of a firearm on March 30. According to a prosecutor, two handguns were found in a book bag Rodgers-Pizano is accused of placing in a garbage can outside a home on Jordan Drive. The owner of the home found the bag in the trash can. He watched surveillance video and observed it being placed in the can. He called police after finding it. Officers had been to the house earlier in the day at the request of Bradley police. They were looking for a vehicle involved in an incident where a gun was displayed in Bradley. They believed the car would be found at the home on Jordan Drive. A judge set Rodgers-Pizano at $100,000.