Friday, September 19, 2014

ALDERMAN: Higher Bond Sought For "Arson Suspect" Today; Lenient Judge Calabrese Presiding

Effects of a recent arson fire in the 900 block of
Margate Terrace, Uptown. (Image: Facebook)
UPDATE 2:03PM: After today's hearing, Grunauer is being held without bond. Another bond hearing is scheduled for next week.
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Daniel Grunauer, described by 48th ward staffer Marko Zaric, as an ”Arson suspect!” will be in court at 9:30 this morning and Zaric has asked concerned residents to be there, too.
He received a very low bond amount ($4000). We need to have court advocates [this morning] to show the communities [sic] resolve in keeping this individual off the streets. The trial attorney will be requesting an increase in the bond amount. The more community members we have [in court], the better the argument will be for this to happen. Judge Calabrese will be on the bench. He is very considerate of the community's concerns. Alderman Osterman will also be in court ... to represent the community.
The location of Branch 42 is 2452 West Belmont (Belmont and Western) Court Time: 9:30am (Please get there no later than 9am to make it through security)
[…] We need to send a strong message to the courts that this behavior will not be tolerated in our community. The most effective way to do this is to be in court as an advocate.
As CWB reported earlier this week, Grunauer has never been charged with arson. He is currently charged with burglary.

Should you decide to make an appearance this morning, keep in mind that cell phones are NOT allowed past security in Cook County Criminal Court buildings.

It’s A Breeze With Calabrese

CWB readers may recall our recent report on local burglary and theft arrestees. The previously-mentioned Judge Anthony Calabrese was highlighted several times for his willingness to let burglary and theft offenders off with slaps of the hand.

Most famously, he likes to drop burglary tool possession charges in exchange for destroying the defendants’ crowbars and screwdrivers—even if the defendant is a repeat offender.

Coincidentally, one of the individuals in our story who was let off by Calabrese was stopped by police late last night after being seen breaking into cars near Surf and Broadway. He was sent on his way because officers could not find a complainant.
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