Man Accused of Hate Crime Released from Jail After Judge Reduces Bail
Another Elmhurst man remains in jail for fatal hit and run.
Elmhurst—Judge George Bakalis reduced bail on Jan. 23 for a Libertyville man accused of committing a hate crime when he carved racial epithets into a dorm window ledge on the Elmhurst College campus in December. Myles Burton, charged with felony criminal damage to property, had been held on $50,000 bail, but Bakalis agreed to drop the bond amount to $15,000. Burton, who is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 7, subsequently posted bond and was released from DuPage County Jail.
Elmhurst—An Elmhurst man charged in a fatal 2010 hit-and-run in Aurora is set to stand trial beginning Feb. 21, according to court records. Rocio Garza, 23, is accused of striking a Michigan man who was walking near Eola and Butterfield roads in December 2010 and leaving the scene. The man, Robert Vincze, later died of his injuries. Garza remains held in DuPage County Jail on $150,000 bail.
Darien—A man accused of shooting heroin with his wife in a gas station bathroom while their children were left inside a running car has pleaded not guilty to a drug possession charge. Andrew Burr denied the charge during a Jan. 23 hearing before Judge Kathryn Creswell. Andrew and Georgina Burr, both from the western Illinois town of Walnute, were arrested on Christmas Eve. A grand jury recently indicted the couple. Georgina Burr is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 6.
Naperville—Bail was reduced this week for a former Beebe Elementary School custodian indicted on charges he fondled himself and got bodily fluid on a teacher at the school in December. Kenneth R. Brown remains in DuPage County Jail on $100,000 bail, which was dropped from $150,000 by Judge John Kinsella. Brown is charged with aggravated battery and public indecency during an afterschool incident on Dec. 22. Brown has resigned from his job, according to court filings by his attorney. If Brown posts bond, he must wear a GPS monitor and stay away from any District 203 property. Brown returns to court Feb. 16.
Wheaton/St. Charles—A St. Charles man has denied charges he is responsible for the death of an acquaintance's cat in Wheaton last year. David Potts pleaded not guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals during a Jan. 23 hearing. A recent indictment against Potts, who remains held in DuPage County Jail on $25,000 bail, alleges he "intentionally committed an act" that caused serious injury to the cat named Patches.