No Babysitter Leads To Man Caging His Two Baby Girls

July 4, 2008


A suburban Chicago man, Ricardo Gonzalez, 35, locked his two young daughters in a wire cage hidden in the back of his pickup truck because he didn’t have a baby sitter. He was arrested Monday after a woman at a gas station in Posen heard a crying child and witnessed him pushing small hands back into a cage, according to the police report.

Apparently, he had a wire cage behind the front seats of his truck. His truck had black-tinted windows and a large plywood board in the back window to keep[ the cage hidden. He said he wanted to control the girls, ages 2 and 5, so they wouldn’t run away. Police later added that the girls did not live in the cage.

The children were turned over to the state child welfare agency and placed in foster care Monday.
Agency spokesman Kendall Marlowe said the department was investigating abuse allegations against the father, they had already previously found the mother neglectful and provided unspecified “supportive services” to the family.

Gonzalez will appear in court July 31 on charges of misdemeanor child endangerment. Cook County prosecutors were exploring Thursday whether the charge could be upgraded to a felony.

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Man Attacked By Homeless with MoonPies

May 28, 2008

Police in Galesburg, Illinois said a homeless man was arrested for allegedly attacking an 84-year-old man with a box of Moon Pies.
According to the elderly man, he was on his way out of a dollar store on Friday when he felt something hitting him repeatedly in the back. He said he turned around and saw 53-year-old homeless man, Michael Farquer, hitting him with something inside a yellow plastic bag.
The victim went back inside the store, and Farquer followed him, at which point the clerk called police. Officers determined that the weapon was a one-dollar box of Moon Pies, which they confiscated as evidence before taking Farquer to the Knox County Jail on a battery charge.

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Oreo Cookies Spilled on Highway Cause Major Delays

May 19, 2008

Police say a trailer loaded with 14 tons of double-stuffed Oreos overturned, spilling the cookies still in their plastic sleeves into the median and roadway. The truck’s driver was traveling from Chicago to Morris on Interstate 80 around 4 a.m, according to Illinois State Police Sgt. Brian Mahoney, when he fell asleep and hit the median.

“The boxes came out of the trailer and boxes were ripped open,” he said.

The crash about 50 miles southwest of Chicago remains under investigation.

No charges have been filed but both lanes of traffic remain closed while authorities remove the cookies.

The story can be seen here: KTVU.com

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iPN Headlines, Feb.15th, 2008

February 15, 2008