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.

Brian L. November 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
The roads are for motor vehicles, cars, walkers (when no sidewalks are present) Again, taken from illinois rules of the road. Drivers must yield the right-of-way to a bicyclist just as they would to another vehicle. • When passing a bicyclist, motorists must do so slowly and leave at least three feet of passing space. • Crowding or threatening a bicyclist is prohibited. • A motorist should not park or drive in marked bicycle lanes. • When following bicyclists, give them plenty of room and be prepared to stop quickly. Use extra caution during rainy and icy weather. At night do not use high beams when you see an oncoming bicycle rider. IF you almost hit one, please be more careful. That should never happen if you are observant of the road ahead of you. Again, sorry you feel inconvenienced, but they are treated like any other road vehicle.
Laura November 10, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Jose, you have got to be joking. It is unfortunate that you have experienced some riders that have inconvenienced you or even worse riding dangerously but the rules of the road include cyclist so maybe you should drive safer and have more patience for everyone else on the road. I myself ride on a normal basis, I am a very safe rider with full knowledge of the laws, and I wear as well as a safety vest and full reflectors and lights. I have been hit twice on my bike by drivers who think as you do and let me tell you they have paid the price for their ignorance. So I implore you to get some knowledge and patience before you seriously injure or kill someone, this could cost you a lot of money as well as life.
Laura November 10, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Brian has it going on! Thank you.
Brad Faxton November 10, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Apparently Dan, you are one of those rich snobby stuck up brats. Sure shows by an absurd comment like that. You really think that having someone making millions per year to pay 1% more in taxes "WILL GUT THE 1%ers" as you audaciously say? Please. Go back to Kenilworth.
Brad Faxton November 10, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Pending approval has been on for literally a year. The way posts get deleted is if you use abusive/foul language, use derogatory phrases or personally attack someone. (oh, side note, if enough folks hit the "flag as inappropriate" button, the post is auto-deleted.)
Just Sayin November 10, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Brad...They are running a scam to collect insurance money.
Just Sayin November 10, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Brad...Dan is simply an idiot. He does not live in Kenilworth. He lives in fear.
Pete November 10, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Hey Brian I've driven that touhy stretch of road where that guy was hit , an bikers an walkers insist on useing the street instead of the grassy area up on the curb .An they take up more lane useage than they have to just case they can. An it causes people to either brake hard last minute if you can't get over in the left lane or almost causes an accident cause the vehicles have no choice but to side swipe the vehicle next to them . Over the 20 yrs I've driven that same spot where he was hit on touhy I myself have almost takin out a walker or biker. ... The speed limit there is fast moving..
Brian L. November 10, 2012 at 05:01 PM
It shouldn't cause people to brake hard if everyone driving is paying complete attention to what is going on around them. Road bikes are not capable of riding in grass, they have to ride on a hard paved surface. Again, unless specifically stated otherwise, bikers and runners do have a right to the road the same as cars. I worked in a bike shop in Deerfield for roughly 15 years of my life. I have seen so many people come in after being hit by cars it is ridiculous. Yes, some could have been avoided had the cyclist been wearing better gear for visibility. They get some blame as well, but when you are riding on the right hand side of the road, obeying posted traffic laws, you should not have to ride in fear of being hit by a car...ever. The problem stems from what I said earlier. Many drivers now feel that they should own the road and their immediate space...others need to be aware of them. You see it all the time with lack of turn signals, rolling stops, not yielding to pedestrians. Many drivers seem to want to treat the rules of the road as suggestions of the road. That is not how it works.
Pete November 10, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Ok yes Brian pedestrians do have the right of way. So if u Wana jump out in front of a moving vehicle just cause u have the right to do so don't complain when ur ass gets hit cause he couldn't stop just cause u have the right as a pedestrian , cause ur right. You will win that battle every time but I also guarantee ill lose the war. An what good is ir rights if ur 6 feet under catch my drift pal......
Brian L. November 10, 2012 at 05:16 PM
What a well thought out response. Yes, I catch your drift pal. And when people talk about pedestrians having the right of way (like myself) I clearly mean they should just jump in front of cars any time they want to cross the road, right? Don't take my point and attach crazy just make it look wrong. And if I "will win that battle every time but I also guarantee ill lose the war," doesn't that mean I win the war and the battle? Sweet. Yes, you can run over as many people as you want, but you will end up in jail sometime and they will be either dead or seriously injured. Or, you can just slow down, keep your eyes open and on the road and watch out for dangerous situations as you drive.
Brian L. November 10, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Ahhhh...I get what you said. You just used so many yous that it lost it's original place. Well...I think I got it.
Matt Petersen November 10, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Brian, thank you for your comments and I am on your side. People need to respect the laws, each other and just stop being so damn mad and maybe we can get somewhere as a society!
Natalie Watson November 10, 2012 at 05:54 PM
It has long been my theory that a lot of driving actually fills people with rage, which they then take out on whoever is around them... and cyclists like myself are most vulnerable.
Puddinghead November 10, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I believe the complete article regarding the stolen jewelery stated that the jewelry was kept in a locked room.
Puddinghead November 10, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Personally I would have moved anything of great or personal value out of my home and into a safety deposit box before an open house. If the theft wasn't reported to the police then I suspect something else is going on between this homeowner and the realtor.
Pete November 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Hey Matt I think you need to button up your shirt , between that and your far left attitude is turning Brian on !!!
Brian L. November 10, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Ahh Pete....nothing like having no rational answer to a point that you resort to calling someone out as a "leftist" because they want people to "respect the laws and not be so mad." Assuming that means you lean to the right and can answer, does that mean that most right leaning people eschew the law and are generally angry at everything? Why are you getting so worked up over an issue as easy as saying don't run people over?
Pete November 10, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Brian L. November 10, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I missed that part. It did say it was in a locked closet...which I am guessing has some misused vernacular. I haven't heard of too many locked closets. There is a lot about that story that seems a bit shifty.
John L November 10, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Please, this should be a forum for opinions, which in this country, should not warrant a personal attack. We should remember that bikes have a legal right to use the road, and they are doing all of us some good. In some cases they are recreational (saving all of us money in the medical expense pool by staying in shape), but in some cases they are transportation (and are saving all of us valuable fuel and traffic congestion). On the other hand, cyclists also need to abide by rules. Bicycles have a rules of the road also: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a143.pdf They still need to a obey traffic signals, and are supposed to ride single file as close to the edge of the road as possible. There are going to be some cyclists that put themselves in danger, and there are going to be cases of cyclists that are victims of texting while driving, or lack of consideration for others. I feel that the bigger problem is our growing attitude of "it is all about me". Motorists would rather squeeze past a bike and wait at the next light, than slow down for 5-10 seconds to pass safely. Some cyclists would rather ride 2 abreast in the middle of the lane than ride single file on the edge where it might be a little bumpier. If we all gave some consideration to the other person, think how well that would work?
Pete November 10, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Well Brian you being a leftist are assuming that everyone who hits cyclist are doing it out of anger. You should read what you write. Second off if you want to exercise you right to ride in the street by all means do so. But accidents do happen. Some of the idiots driving on the street can't see an 18 wheeler next to them much less some ignorant cyclist who likes to temp fate . An this is about a man walking on the street who got hit by some Moran who took off an left him to die. But you cyclist wanted to make the story bout you ... Now Brian let me get some work done here today. An by the way I know you like Matt's shirt ;,)
Puddinghead November 10, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Brian, it was another article posted on patch not this one that mentioned the jewelry was kept in a locked room. I did mispeak about it not being reported to police, it had been back in April. Regardless something doesn't seem right about this whole scenario.
Brian L. November 10, 2012 at 06:59 PM
You don't have read....by all means, get some work done...and Matt's shirt suits him just fine for his running. I didn't say anyone did it out of anger. I said people need to pay attention to the road and what is around them, including cyclists, to help prevent this from happening.
Laura November 10, 2012 at 07:48 PM
You tell 'em Brian. I have found most people who are wrong get all worked up, suah a shame.
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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