Saturday, February 11, 2012
In other court news: Restaurant owner pleads not guilty to arson; Orland Square Mall case on the docket.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jesse Marx
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week. OAK LAWN — Ed Barron, an attorney defending a 54-year-old man accused of beating and choking a girl, said he will continue negotiating with the state about a possible plea deal before the next pretrial hearing on March 13. Michael T. Kelly, a former Village of Oak Lawn employee, has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery. To give the girl and her family a little “peace of mind,” assistant state’s attorney Kelly Coakley obtained a protection order against Kelly on Tuesday because, she said, the defendant had been caught staring intently at the girl in October. Barron did not challenge the motion or the ruling. Court …
Friday, February 25, 2011
The court case for an Orland Park man accused of shooting his wife moves to another date without progress.
Allan Kustok looked back at his daughter Sarah and smiled briefly before turning to face Judge David Sterba in Courtroom 101. But 59-year-old Kustok’s smile was the only different aspect to Friday’s court date at the Bridgeview Courthouse. All the court hearings since he pleaded not guilty in November to one count of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife Anita “Jeanie” Kustok have ended with continuances. Despite informing the court on Jan. 21 that police reports relating to the case were in the hands of her office, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Gonzalez said Friday that evidence is still being gathered. “We are waiting on police reports and other labs,” Gonzalez said during the hearing. Rick Beuke, …
Thursday, November 18, 2010
With children Zak and Sarah Kustok looking on, Allan Kustok maintains he did not kill Anita "Jeanie" Kustok.
Allan Kustok squinted as he glanced around Courtroom 101 Thursday morning before he pleaded not guilty for the murder of his wife. Shackled and clad in yellow prison garbs, the 59-year-old Orland Park man didn't make eye contact with his children Zak and Sarah Kustok, who appeared in court supporting their father. Allan Kustok replied with a faint "yes" when asked by Judge David Sterba if he understood the terms of his case, after the plea was given. He is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Anita "Jeanie" Kustok. "The bond hearing information indicated that he's not sure what happened with respect to the shooting," said Rick Beuke, Allan Kustok's defense attorney. "But clearly it is being maintained that he didn't …
Monday, October 25, 2010
Orland Park man appears in shackles before a Cook County judge Monday. His family maintains its support, Kustok's lawyer says.
Allan Kustok stared at the ground in Courtroom 103 Monday morning as he was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the killing of his wife Anita "Jeanie" Kustok. The Orland Park man's only words were an alert "yes, your honor" after his next court date was set for Nov. 18, when a plea is expected to be entered. The 59-year-old Kustok arrived unshaven, wearing glasses and shackles. He did not once look back at his son Zak, who was in the courtroom. Judge Raymond Jagielski agreed on the next court date with defense attorney Rick Beuke and Cook County assistant state's attorney Jennifer Gonzalez shortly after the hearing started. "We are waiting for discovery in the case to try to understand the theories the prosecution will employ," …
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Mourners gathered at a Lansing funeral home Wednesday to pay respects to Anita Kustok. Memorial service will be in Calumet City.
Updated Wednesday at 5 p.m. A line stretched out the door Wednesday afternoon at Rosemoor Funeral Home in Lansing as mourners gathered to pay their respects to Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, 58, who was shot to death last week in Orland Park. The Riverside schoolteacher will be laid to rest on Thursday. On Thursday, a memorial Mass will take place at Our Lady of Knock Church, 501 163rd St., Calumet City, at 12:30 p.m., Chelbana said. Kustok worked as a schoolteacher throughout her life, and most recently taught a gifted program for students between 3rd and 5th grade at Central Elementary School in Riverside. Donations can be made in Kustok's memory to the Children's Memorial Foundation in Carol Stream by calling 708-474-2404. People interested in …
Friday, October 1, 2010
Orland Park man accused of murdering his wife told police he woke to find she was shot in the head and she still held the gun.
Only Allan Kustok knows what happened in the brick house next to a horse farm on Royal Oaks Lane. Three days after Anita Kustok's death, disbelief has descended on the community as a family everyone described as happy and friendly now finds itself shattered, its 59-year-old patriarch charged with his wife's murder. Allan Kustok tells a tale of waking up to a bloody suicide. Police and prosecutors don't believe him. He says he awoke Wednesday morning to a loud noise. Kustok told police he found his wife dead with a gunshot through her face. Anita "Jeanie" Kustok was lying on the floor, arms crossed, with a .357 Smith and Wesson revolver in her right hand, he said. The husband and wife of 34 years were alone in the family's Orland Park home…
Accused Orland wife killer was moved to Kankakee County Jail Saturday morning. Authorities decided his familiarity with Cook County Jail after working there was a risk.
Allan Kustok was transferred from Cook County Jail to Kankakee County Jail Saturday morning after officials decided Kustok's past jailhouse employment was a risk. "Because of his familiarity with our jail and some staff, we made the decision to move him," Steve Patterson, spokesman for the Cook County Sheriff's Office, wrote in an email. Kustok worked as a sanitarian at Cook County Jail between 2004 and early 2007, where he made about $46,000 a year. The sanitarian makes inspections and evaluates living quarters, dining halls, recreation areas, bathrooms and medical facilities within the jail to make sure all health codes are met. He arrived at the Kankakee jail around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Kustok remains in custody on one count of first-…