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Court Supervision: Brand New Year

The New Year didn't start out all that great for everyone.

The New Year turned five days old today. And out of those five days, the Will County Courthouse was only open for three of them.

That may not be a lot of days, but they were still action-packed and exciting. How action packed and exciting? Well, let's take a look:

  • Judge Sarah Jones found New Lenox resident Joseph Messina guilty of punching 29-year-old Eric Bartels into a coma outside the Mokena bar 191 South in July 2009. A friend of Messina had testified that it was actually someone else who delivered the fateful blow, but Jones apparently didn't buy what the friend was saying. Messina, 24, faces up to five years in prison but could get off with probation.
  • A Harvey man is afraid guards at the Will County jail will kill him for filing lawsuits against six of them, his lawyer said. The lawsuits claim the guards beat 29-year-old William Jenkins on two separate occasions since he was locked up in October 2011. Jenkins went to jail for allegedly breaking into a house in Frankfort.
  • A Lombard women pleaded not guilty to allegedly ripping off thousands of dollars from the Frankfort dentist she was working for as a receptionist. Dorothy Lynn Guerrero, 28, also faces a coke charge.
  • An Indiana man claims he broke a tooth after biting into an inordinately bony Subway pulled pork sandwich. He is suing the Bolingbrook company he says supplied the pork and bones to the Subway, and is also going after the Subway's owner.
  • A Frankfort lawyer charged with trying to put a hit on the estranged wife he allegedly beat up in a courthouse hallway asked to get his bond money back so he can hire an attorney. Judge Daniel Rozak said he can have his $2,500 bond back from the 2010 courthouse hallway attack case to pay for a lawyer in his 2012 murder-for-hire case. Let's hope he doesn't use it to try to pay a hitman.
  • She wasn't in court, in fact she's not even in Illinois anymore, but a Georgia man told us he lived with Linda Fellenbaum for 10 days after she disappeared. He also said she made him Thanksgiving dinner, and it looks like she may have even done the dishes.

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Sharon January 06, 2013 at 08:31 PM
The story does not say he will get life... Lisa. He could get 5 years or probation.
Despiser of Obama January 06, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Lisa who is getting life?
Despiser of Obama January 06, 2013 at 09:54 PM
He should get life. The poor victim got life in his own body!
Titan Dad January 06, 2013 at 10:17 PM
@editor...how are my comments any different then the first comment? i am tired of my comments being removed. you guys are terrible with your censorship. seriously... it is getting really bad. im sure you will reply with some reason that makes me look like some hillbilly that posts profanity and racism, but the fact is people come to this site to read the comments no matter how off base or humorous they may try to be. get off your high horse. this is entry level journalism your doing at the patch.
Ann Piasecki January 07, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Thank you both for your interest and comments on this story. However, they are inappropriate for the broader audience. No more comments will be accepted.

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