Regional Police Report: NIU Freshman Found Dead, Bond Denied in Naperville Stabbing Deaths and More

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.


NIU Freshman Found Dead in Fraternity House

A 2012 Palatine High School graduate attending Northern Illinois University was pronounced dead Friday morning in his fraternity house. 

. Police say there were no suspicious circumstances around the death that point to foul play, and an autopsy is scheduled for today. 


Bond Denied for Mom Accused of Stabbing Children

Prosecutors said 40-year-old Elzbieta Plackowska told her 7-year-old son Justin and 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski to get on their knees and pray before fatally stabbing both children nearly 100 times. 

The two young children pleaded for their lives as the woman killed her son first and then Olivia, stabbing them and slashing their throats, before also stabbing two dogs to death inside a townhouse in the 800 block of Quin Court in Naperville on Tuesday night, prosecutors said.

Plackowska was charged Wednesday night with two counts of first-degree murder. She appeared in DuPage County Court on Thursday morning, where Judge John Kinsella ordered that she be held without bond. Her next court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Crystal Lake

Man Charged in CVS Robbery

A Crystal Lake man arrested less than two weeks ago for firearms violations has now been linked to the September armed robbery at CVS Pharmacy in Crystal Lake.

Eric S. Sorenson, 29, of 198 Lake Ct., was arrested by Crystal Lake Police on Wednesday, and charged with one count armed robbery, a Class X felony, and one count of theft over $500, a Class 3 felony, according to a press release issued by Police Chief David Linder. 

Police said Sorenson was charged with the robbery, which occurred the evening of Sept. 2, at CVS Pharmacy, 1305 Randall Rd., Crystal Lake. Armed with a semi-automatic handgun, Sorenson passed the pharmacist a note demanding three bottles of Oxycodone, police said.


Firefighter Charged with Child Sexual Abuse

Donald Berthiaume, 41, of the 2500 Block of Fish Hook Way in Wauconda was arrested on Oct. 31, for two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. 

The victim, who was under the age of 13 at the time of the offense, reported to Lakemoor Police Department that in 2005 Berthiaume had inappropriate sexual contact with her when she was a juvenile. Lakemoor Police Department requested the assistance of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division to investigate the incident. 

Berthiaume is a 13 year veteran of the Wauconda Fire Department.

Des Plaines

'Elmer Fudd Bandit' Strikes Again

A serial bank robber who tried to rob a bank in Des Plaines has struck again, the FBI stated.

A TCF Bank branch located at 7342 W. Foster Ave. in Chicago was robbed Monday afternoon. The man is suspected of robbing several banks in the Chicago area in October and trying to rob the on Oct. 14.

The robbery is similar to the Oct. 14 attempted robbery in Des Plaines. In that incident, "The man approached the shift supervisor at the TCF Bank, and said, “Give me all your money or I’ll blow your head off.” He then showed the bank worker a notepad, which stated, according to police, “Give me all your money.”

On all of these occasions, the robber has worn a plaid flannel shirt, and in his most recent robberies, he has also worn a ballcap, which has led agents to refer to him as the 'Elmer Fudd Bandit,' the FBI stated.

MARIGOLD November 04, 2012 at 03:41 PM
When this article was written I think it was written to inform everyone about a terrible tragedy that happened to this unfortunate family. Prior to this I have heard of another case similar a few days before this happened in Naperville. So many bad things going on in our world, because of some people, even though I think given the right circumstances we are all capable of such violence no matter how well rounded and how well balanced we say we are...Perfect example is right here on The Patch. Look how everyone is attacking one another on-line. I personally think its a shame and disgrace of which even I am guilty, following up on what idiots say to my comments. WE MUST ASK OURSELVES THIS! ARE WE BETTER THAN THAT WOMAN THAT ATTACKED THOSE CHILDREN?. PUT US ALL IN PERSON IN A ROOM WITH WEAPONS SAYING THE SAME FOUL DISRESPECTING THINGS TO ONE ANOTHER, WHAT DO ALL THINK WILL HAPPEN? MY POINT EXACTLY.The Constitution guarantees all freedom of speech, but not to attack one another calling foul names. My mother have always told me growing up, WHO KNOWS BETTER DO BETTER.YOU ALL CAN KEEP ATTACKING EACH OTHER, I AM TURNING OFF THE PATCH FOR NOW ON THIS ONE. IT'S SUNDAY I am going to Church to serve my God Jehovah, and ask for his protection for me and my family.I AM PUTTING ON THAT NO STICK ANOINTING AND LET THE NASTY COMMENTS SLIDE OFF ME SO I CAN KEEP GODS BLESSING ON ME AND MY FAMILY LIFE. LETS ALL PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE IN THIS ARTICLE. Peace Out
Just Sayin November 04, 2012 at 09:59 PM
MARIGOLD...I can unequivocally say this... Yes...I am better than the woman who attacked those children. It's apparently you who can not be trusted in a room with weapons. I myself would leave the room and let the animals disguised as humans have at it. You are dark hearted and ignorant. Nothing you can do will wash that off of you.
Ashley November 05, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Just Sayin...It's nice to have a civil conversation with someone who is versed on policy, uses facts not fantasies and respect others regardless of their religion, Sadly, reading some post, we can see not everyone lives on plant earth. Winnetka...please re-read my post because I believe we are arguing the same points. Marigold....Please STOP YELLING and name calling. I hope you don't pray with that same mouth. John Robinson....this is exactly what I am talking about. Your points are NOT facts but made up statements or twisted truths to justify hating. I could refute each one of your points with FACTUAL evidence and completely embarrass you, but that would take time that I don't want to spend educating you. Regardless, even if people like you were faced with the truth, you would make up another lie to deny it. Go ahead, believe your own fantasies. It only once again proves to me and others that attempting to engage in civil discourse with someone not versed in reality is all but impossible. May I suggest that in the future if you want to win an argument or even attempt to give the impression that you know what you are talking about, do some research. Try fact checking your claims before you boldly make a statement then can be completely squashed by a fifth grader. Maybe it's time that voters are required to take some type of test before they vote so the completely deranged ones can be weeded out. Obama not permitting silence in schools...bahahahahaha
Ashley November 05, 2012 at 12:41 AM
ADH...Brilliantly said


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