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Drew Peterson Hearing Update

On  March 1, 2004, neighbors discovered the lifeless body of  Kathleen Savio in an empty bathtub. According to reports from the Peterson hearing on Chicago Breaking News. Neighbor Mary Pontarelli found Kathleen Savio and, upon seeing her lifeless body, threw herself on a bed and beat it with her fists. Savio and Pontarelli were close, their families traveling and spending holidays with one another. In confidence, Savio told her friend that her ex-husband, Drew Peterson, would kill her.

Other witnesses stated that Savio made sure that the doors were locked and the house secure, fearing that Peterson would eventually attempt to take her life. A locksmith testified that only one of three locks on the door was in use the night of Savio’s death.

Pontarelli’s son backed his mom’s testimony, stating that Savio had stated that Peterson would attempt to kill her. Savio’s death occurred two weeks prior to the property settlement hearing in her divorce from Peterson.

Pontarelli’s son also stated that, according to Savio, Drew Peterson had bugged the home and was recording conversations. She showed the then 14-year old a box attached to a phone extension in the basement.

Mary Pontarelli stated in court that years earlier Savio had phoned her, stating that Peterson was trying to kill her. Pontarelli went outside and a terrified Savio ran to her, stuffing a letter for an attorney down her blouse. Ptold the court that one day in 2001, Savio called her to say Peterson was trying to kill her. When she went outside, Savio ran out and shoved a letter that she had been trying to fax to an attorney down Pontarelli’s blouse. The letter, written anonymously, stated that Peterson was having an affair, and warned Savio to; “Protect yourself and your family.”

An EMT testified that a towel from the crime scene photos had not been there upon arrival. The defense countered by asking him if he had seen towels and a bathrobe behind the door to the bathroom. The EMT stated that he had not.

Stacy Peterson, Drew Peterson’s fourth wife who is missing and presumed dead, confided to her pastor that Peterson had disappeared the night of Savio’s death and had coached her to lie about his whereabouts. The Pastor’s testimony was taken last Friday.

CPD Officer Charged in Shooting

File this one under “Hmm.”

A CPD Officer, whose identity is being withheld due to union restrictions, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault on other officers following a shooting in his home. The Chicago Police Department has not released much information regarding the case, and it’s unclear whether Officer “Johnathon Doe”  committed, or witnessed, the crime. The off-duty officer was reportedly intoxicated when police arrived. The officer’s home is located in a Southwest Side neighborhood called Mount Greenwood.  Police responded to the call at 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

The officer has been removed from duty, but is free on a $100 cash bond for assaulting fellow officers.

A female police sergeant, the first responder, cited that the off-duty policeman was drunk, agitated, and combative. According to police, he allegedly  began to swing his arms in the sergeant’s direction. Fearful that she’d be assaulted, other officers who’d arrived on scene tackled the drunk man and placed him under arrest.

The police were alerted when the off-duty officer called 911 to report a man had been shot in the head inside his home.

The victim was rushed to the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He’s reported to be in critical condition. Although not confirmed, there are rumors that the victim may have shot himself in an attempted suicide. Police officials indicated that the officer’s weapon was used discharged in the shooting.

Calumet detectives and the Independent Police Review Authority are conducting an investigation into the matter.

Chicago Police Sergeant Crosses the Line

A Chicago police officer was arrested last week for allegedly stealing over $600,000 from the Chicago Police Sergeants Association. Sergeant John Pallohusky, President of the Association, is being charged with theft and money laundering.

The Cook County attorney’s office allege that the money was spent personal items for Pallohusky. Where did the money go? Gambling trips to Las Vegas, a reported $163,000 on Ameritrade, a whopping $75,000 at Chicago restaurants, downtown hotel stays, and his home.

Police Superintendent Jody Weiss referred to the Sergeant as the “Bernie Madhoff” of the Chicago Police Department. Pallohusky’s attorney, Robert Kuzas, stated that he believed in his clients innocence, stating; “I don’t believe he misappropriated one penny of the union’s money.” Pallohusky is no stranger to crime; in 1989 he was arrested and subsequently plead guilty to a misdemeanor fraud charge over a petition drive to add a nonpartisan mayoral referendum to the ballot.

Cook County prosecutors sought to subponeae the treasurer of the Sergeants Association, Sgt. Mary O’Toole, and then discovered that she was Pallohusky’s wife. The Chicago Police Department’s Internal Affairs department began the investigation in late summer after the bank noticed that large sums of money were being deposited into Pallohusky’s private account from checks, and a credit card, drawn off the Union’s account.