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Woman charged with DUI denied bail for violating terms of probation

Fifty-nine-year-old Illinois resident Leslie Thurow has been ordered to be held without bail for violating terms of her probation. The probation came from Thurow pleading guilty to an aggravated DUI charge just days prior.

According to Cook County records, Thurow struck an unidentified state trooper as she was driving along Interstate 294 in the northbound lanes of the Tri-State Tollway near Berkeley on the Saturday afternoon of August 30.

After pleading guilty to the aggravated DUI charge, Thurow was given a $450,000 bond, but the bond was forfeited.

Thurow’s current charges, which are all felonies, include leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, aggravated DUI in a personal injury accident, and aggravated DUI.

Assistant State Attorney Sean Brown said the trooper involved suffered a broken shoulder blade, vertebrae, arm, ribs, and knees due to the accident.

If you have been accused of committing a crime in Champaign or other areas in Illinois, contact our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices. Talk with us about your rights and legal options for criminal defense by calling our offices today at 217-328-6000.


Officer shot by another agent in the California immigration and customs office

Ezequiel Garcia, a California Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, shot his superior, Kevin Kozak, six times during an argument at the Long Beach, CA immigration office.

Kozak and Garcia were supposedly in a heated discussion in a counseling session about Garcia’s performance when he opened fire with a service weapon and shot Kozak six times.  Another agent near the scene shot and killed Garcia to prevent further shots at Kozak.  Kozak was transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition.

The F.B.I. is still investigating the incident, and special agent in charge for I.C.E. in Los Angeles, Claude Arnold, stated, “We are doing everything humanly possible to understand why it happened and ensure it will not happen again.”


Funeral service for Whitney Houston on Saturday

Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Thomas A Bruno & Associates are deeply saddened to announce the funeral of Whitney Houston.

Whitney Houston, 48, died on Saturday afternoon in her hotel suite of the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles shortly before she was supposed to attend a pre-Grammy Awards party hosted by her mentor, Clive Davis.

There will be a private funeral service held this Saturday at 12pm in Newark, New Jersey at New Hope Baptist Church.  The service will be televised and also streamed live on the internet.  A long list of celebrity guests will be in attendance, and Houston’s godmother, Aretha Franklin, will sing.

For more information, visit CNN.com


Meth drug bust in Algonquin

On Tuesday, Feb 2, McHenry County Sheriff’s Police seized 700 grams, or $25,000 worth of methamphetamine at an Algonquin home.

This was found to be unusual in the northwest part of Illinois, as the use methamphetamine is more common in the central and southern parts of the state. According to Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Bill Backus, “The greater Chicagoland area is still not seeing the prevalence in cases that we see in the southern and western part of the state…I have not seen or heard of any upswing of meth-related incidents…”

According to a 2007 Illinois Meth Project study, one in four teens in Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, and the surrounding areas said that locating meth is “very easy” or “somewhat easy.”

If you have been charged with drug possession, contact Champaign drug defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices, P.A. by calling 217-328-6000.


Arcola man sentenced to 5 years in prison for DUI

Heath Baumann, 39, of Arcola, Charleston, and Matoon, was sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated driving under the influence.

Baumann was arrested and charged on March 8, 2011 when he crossed the middle line on Prospect Avenue before making an extremely wide turn onto Marketview Drive and drove onto the curb.  When he was pulled over, an officer performed sobriety tests, and found that his blood-alcohol level was 0.182 percent–more than twice the legal limit.

This is his fourth DUI conviction.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact Champaign DUI defense lawyers of Thomas A Bruno & Associates by calling 217-328-6000.


Comedy this weekend

Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices are excited to announce a variety of comedy shows happening this weekend in Illinois…

Greg Behrendt, the writer of the book “He’s Just Not That Into You,” will be doing standup at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg Friday through Sunday. 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. Tickets are $22. For more information, visit improv.com

The controversial, but oh-so-funny comedienne, Kathy Griffin, will be doing her standup comedy show this weekend at the Chicago Theatre. Come hear the Emmy award winning woman rant on the latest celebrity gossip. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.thechicagotheatre.com


Man charged in shooting on Wednesday

Sean Dale, 24, of Millerstown, was charged with felonious assault, having weapons while intoxicated, and possession of marijuana after shooting his friend on Wednesday morning over a dispute during an early morning card game.

Jason Lockwood, 31, suffered gunshot wound to the left thigh and right hip and is being treated at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana. According to authorities, Dale asked Lockwood to leave his home, but he refused and Dale shot him.

Lockwood moved to a nearby family member’s home before police found him.

If you have been charged with assault and battery, it is important to have experienced representation on your side. Contact Champaign assault and battery lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling (217) 328-6000.


Man sentenced to five years in prison for arson

Tristain Jackson, 19, of Urbana, was sentenced to five years in prison for setting fire to an apartment building in Urbana.

According to Champaign County prosecutor, Nick Selvaggio, there was no excuse for the crime, and Jackson had a long criminal history including hard drug use.  Selvaggio states, “What’s problematic for Mr. Jackson is his conduct seems senseless…there doesn’t seem to be any real reason why he did it.”  On Sept 5, Jackson set fire to a trash can in the laundry room of Stoney Ridge apartment complex on Mosgrove Street.

If you have been charged with arson, it is important to have experienced representation.  Contact Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000.


Holiday light display covers a Rossville home

Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices are thrilled to announce a fantastic holiday light display for the whole family to see.

Gary and Debbie Kinnett of Rossville create a spectacular holiday light display outside their home each Christmas season. The family strings 33,000 lights over anything and everything on their property. Gary purchases new lights every year to replace burnt ones, and counts every light and offers a cash prize to family members who guess the correct number.

A new element of their light display this year is Santa Claus, who sits at the end of their property to hand out candy canes. For more information, visit the Commercial News website.


Illinois law professor slashed in Champaign train station

Joshua Scaggs, 23, of Fithian, was arrested and charged on Wednesday for attempted murder and aggravated battery charges after he cut the throat of Dhammika Dharmapala, a University of Illinois law professor.

The incident occurred at a Champaign train station, and according to a witness, Dharmapala was standing in a waiting area when Scaggs jumped from a seat and shouted about this being his country and attacked. Dharmapala was rushed to a local hospital with a cut about 6 inches long on his throat.

Scaggs is in jail on $500,000 bond. No report has been made on Dharmapala’s condition.

If you have been charged with attempted murder, contact Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.

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