LPD executes search warrant; Lombard teen arrested by Bonnie MacKay A monthlong drug investigation resulted in the arrest of a Lombard teen on drug charges last week. According to Lombard Police Detective Jason Chudzinski, Lombard investigators went to a home, located at 352 W. Ann St., at about 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 21 to execute a search warrant. The detective related that the subject under investigation was outside at the time officers arrived on the scene. “He took off running,” Chudzinski said, adding that Lombard patrol officers set up a perimeter in the general area of the Ann Street address. The Lombard K-9 officers were not on duty at the time, but Lombard police called Elmhurst police to have its K-9 officers assist with a search for the teen. However within 15 minutes, before Elmhurst arrived on the scene, the 19-year-old Lombard teen was taken into police custody without incident, Chudzinski said, adding that when the teen ran, he allegedly dropped a “bunch of prescription pills and cannabis,” which were recovered by police. The detective related that several hundred prescription pills were recovered, all of which are controlled substances. Justin Gunderson was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, violation of bail bond and resisting a peace officer. He was transported to DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, where as of press time, he was being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.
Illinois Attorney General’s office enforces rules of Do Not Call Registry by Bonnie MacKay Techniques are changing with some telemarketers these days as their phone numbers on residents’ caller ID sometimes show up as a Lombard number–not an 800 or out-of-state number. An 88-year-old Lombard resident recently related that he receives a number of telemarketing calls each week, but the calls are generally from out of state, so he does not answer them. If he does call back the number, he related that it’s usually a dead number or the party will not call back. However, last week he received a call with a 630 area code and a Lombard exchange. Thinking that it may be someone he knew, he called the number back only to find that it was not a telemarketer, but a woman with an unlisted number. Lombard Police Deputy Chief confirmed that telemarketers “are spoofing numbers,” in the area, leading people to think the call is not from a telemarketer. There is something residents can do to stop telemarketers from calling, according to the deputy chief, but this includes going online or making a phone call to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. According to the Do Not Call Registry on the Illinois Attorney General’s Web site, to reduce the amount of unwanted telemarketing calls received, residents can register their home and cell phone numbers on the nationwide Do Not Call Registry. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office enforces the rules of the Do Not Call Registry to make sure that businesses follow the law and consumers do not become victims of fraud. The Web site adds that the service is free to consumers, and once registered, it is not necessary to sign up again. The site relates that it’s important to know that, under federal and state law, a number of businesses or organizations still can call numbers on the registry, including: •Calls from organizations with which you have established a business relationship •Calls for which you have given prior written consent •Calls which are not commercial or do not include unsolicited advertisements •Calls by or on behalf of tax-exempt non-profit organizations To register, visit https://donotcall. gov/register/reg.aspx or call 888-382-1222. You may register a complaint to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office by submitting a complaint form online or by calling the Consumer Fraud Hotline. The number for the Chicago office is 800-386-5438. A Senior Hotline is also available at 800-243-5377.
Lombard Public Works Department to conduct Water Use Survey The Lombard Public Works Department will conduct a Water Use Survey with all water customers within the village in the coming weeks. The survey will gather information regarding existing and potential cross connections within the drinking water system The village’s comprehensive Cross Connection Control Program safeguards public health by identifying and eliminating cross connections. A cross connection is defined as any physical connection or arrangement between two otherwise separate piping systems, one of which contains potable water and the other a substance of unknown or questionable safety or quality, whereby there may be a flow from one system into the other. The survey is a requirement of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is done biennially. According to Carl Goldsmith, the village’s public works director, the survey is part of the Clean Water Act and the village is hoping for a high level of compliance. The village has hired Aqua Backflow as the contractor to maintain the village’s Cross Connection Control Program and administer the Water Use Survey. Completed surveys should be returned directly to Aqua Backflow. According to a survey brochure, every day the village supplies over 4 million gallons of fresh water to its residents; water that exceeds the requirement of the EPA. Before the water is pumped into Lombard homes or businesses, it has undergone careful treatment and numerous tests to ensure its quality. Questions regarding the Water Use Survey should be directed to the Lombard Public Works Department at 630-620-5740 or public email@example.com.
New Senate bill adds deadly drugs Jan. 1 A recently signed law adds three deadly chemicals to the list of Schedule I narcotics in Illinois. State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) co-sponsored the measure to criminalize 25I-NBOMe, 25C-NBOMe and 25B-NBOMe. All are synthetic hallucinogens—similar to LSD—that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has linked to at least 19 deaths between March 2012 and August 2013. “These drugs are extremely dangerous to the health of their users and to the welfare of our communities. By making these illegal we can begin solving the problems tied to them and protect our families,” Cullerton, a co-sponsor of the law, said. The DEA claims that extremely small amounts of the most common of the three drugs—25I—can cause seizures, cardiac and respiratory arrest leading to death. The penalties associated with these newly outlawed drugs are the similar to LSD: possession of the drugs would be a Class 4 felony, with fines up to $25,000. The manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver would be a Class 3 felony, with fines up to $150,000. The law, Senate Bill 3275, takes effect Jan.1.
Papers set early deadlines for Labor Day holiday The Lombardian and Villa Park Review newspapers will observe early deadlines for the Sept. 3 issue of the newspapers in observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 1. The early deadlines will be as follows: •Display ads requiring a proof–Thursday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. •Editorial submissions–Thursday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. •Display ads not requiring a proof and classified ads–Friday, Aug. 29, at noon. Advertisers and those who wish to submit items for editorial consideration should keep these deadlines in mind and adhere to them as no exceptions will be made for late-arriving materials. The newspaper office, located at 116 S. Main St., Lombard, will be closed Monday, Sept. 1. The office will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, with business hours of Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Wednesday, Sept. 3, the office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Sept. 3 issue of the newspapers will be delivered on Wednesday as scheduled. Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, normal business hours of Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume.
Broadview man arrest on weapon charges at hotel by Bonnie MacKay Lombard police were called to a hotel during the early morning hours of Aug. 24 for the report of a fight and a subject with a handgun. Police reports show that about 10 Lombard officers, as well officers from nearby communities responded to the Residence Inn, 2001 S. Highland Ave., just after 1 a.m. According to Lombard Police Detective Sgt. John Malatia, investigators were advised that there was a birthday party with a lot of people at the hotel, when a fight apparently broke out. A Broadview man allegedly had a gun on his person, according to police. Jarvael Tuck, 24, was charged with resisting or obstructing a peace officer, possession of a firearm without a valid FOID (Firearm Owner Identification) card, aggravated unlawful possession of a firearm and obstructing identification. Tuck was transported to DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, where as of press time, he was being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Jury clears DuPage County in wrongful termination suit DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced Aug. 21 that a jury found that DuPage County did not violate former employee Kerry Vinkler’s rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when the county terminated Vinkler in the fall of 2012. The jury reached their verdict after approximately 30 minutes of deliberations following a three-day-long trial in federal court. In July 2005, DuPage County hired Vinkler to serve as its director of Animal Care and Control. In the fall of 2012, authorities with DuPage County’s Human Resources Department were made aware of allegations that among other things, Vinkler would leave work and not return for extended periods of time and falsified her time sheets. Following an investigation into the allegations, it was discovered that Vinkler had indeed falsified her time sheets on at least one occasion. Based on the findings of the investigation, Vinkler was terminated from her employment at DuPage County on Oct. 19, 2012. In her suit against the county however, Vinkler claimed that she was terminated from DuPage County in retaliation for taking FMLA designated time off from Oct. 4, 2012, through Oct. 16, 2012. “The residents of DuPage County deserve and expect county employees to show up for work every day and do their jobs,” Berlin said. “The evidence in this case overwhelmingly showed that DuPage County was well within its rights to terminate Ms. Vinkler. Simply put, Kerry Vinkler was hired to do a job and when it was discovered that she was not performing, she was let go. I would like to thank Judge Darrah for ensuring a fair trial for both sides, as well as the jury for seeing through Ms. Vinkler’s ridiculous claims of wrongful termination. I would also like to thank First Assistant State’s Attorney Nancy Wolfe as well as assistant state’s attorneys Greg Vaci and Bill Roberts for their work in protecting the county’s interests and good name in this lawsuit.”