Denise

Members
  • Content count

    4,830
  • Joined

  • Last visited

    Never

About Denise

  • Rank
    Advanced Member

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Metropolitan St. Louis
  1. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-peterson-legal-help-18sep18,0,586556.story Peterson adding to his defense team September 18, 2009 To help get a handle on about 40,000 pages of discovery documents in the Drew Peterson murder trial, the former Bolingbrook police sergeant's attorneys have brought on a team of recent law-school graduates and third-year law students. A court order allowing daily face-to-face visits with Peterson's legal team was recently expanded to include Michael Raff, Anthony Nehme and Kendall Hartsfield. Joel Brodsky, one of Peterson's attorneys, said third-year student Melissa Anderson also is assisting. "It's the crème de la crème," said Brodsky, declining to say whether they are getting paid. The team, with help from another group associated with Peterson's Michigan attorney Andrew Abood, is about 80 percent of the way through the paperwork, Brodsky said. Peterson has pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered ex-wife Kathleen Savio in 2004 and remains jailed in lieu of $20 million bail. A Will County judge is expected to rule Oct. 2 on whether the trial should be held in Joliet and hear arguments on the constitutionality of a new state hearsay law.
  2. http://www.examiner.com/x-15948-Homicide-Examiner~y2009m9d12-Drew-Petersons-attorneys-challenging-state-hearsay-laws Drew Peterson's attorneys challenging state hearsay laws September 12 Drew Peterson’s attorneys have filed final papers to have the new Illinois hearsay law declared unconstitutional. The law would allow testimony from Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio who died in 2004. Peterson is charged with first-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. Originally ruled accidental, Savio’s death was ruled a homicide after a new autopsy. Peterson also is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.
  3. http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1747936,4_1_JO02_BONE_S1-090902.article Divers called after angler snags bone September 2, 2009 By CINDY WOJDYLA CAIN ccain@scn1.com BOLINGBROOK -- Divers searched Whalon Lake on Tuesday morning after a fisherman snagged what he thought was the skeletal remains of a human arm. With two northern Will County women -- Lisa Stebic of Plainfield and Stacy Peterson of Bolingbrook -- still missing, police weren't going to take the report lightly. "In today's day and age, you can't just let a report of a human arm go without a look," said Bob Murphy, chief of the Will County Forest Preserve District police. "As fate would have it, it turned out to be an animal." Murphy said the partial skeleton appeared to be the remains of a bird. "He (the fisherman) probably hooked it right where the wing joins the body and it looked to him like a hand," Murphy said. The fisherman was on the lake around 7:45 p.m. Monday. Divers waited for daylight Tuesday to search the lake. The fisherman took them to the spot he thought he had found a body. The lake is owned by the Will County Forest Preserve District and is located off Royce Road. Bones are found on forest preserve land now and then and they're usually taken to the coroner's office for identification, Murphy said. But this is the first time his department has had to call for divers to search a forest preserve district lake. The divers came from Wilmington's Emergency Services and Disaster Agency. Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas said his evidence unit was on alert Tuesday morning in case the skeleton turned out to be human. "You've got to take it serious," Kaupas said. Stebic, a mother of two, vanished in April 2007. Peterson, also a mother of two, has been missing since October 2007.
  4. http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1747936,4_1_JO02_BONE_S1-090902.article Divers called after angler snags bone September 2, 2009 By CINDY WOJDYLA CAIN ccain@scn1.com BOLINGBROOK -- Divers searched Whalon Lake on Tuesday morning after a fisherman snagged what he thought was the skeletal remains of a human arm. With two northern Will County women -- Lisa Stebic of Plainfield and Stacy Peterson of Bolingbrook -- still missing, police weren't going to take the report lightly. "In today's day and age, you can't just let a report of a human arm go without a look," said Bob Murphy, chief of the Will County Forest Preserve District police. "As fate would have it, it turned out to be an animal." Murphy said the partial skeleton appeared to be the remains of a bird. "He (the fisherman) probably hooked it right where the wing joins the body and it looked to him like a hand," Murphy said. The fisherman was on the lake around 7:45 p.m. Monday. Divers waited for daylight Tuesday to search the lake. The fisherman took them to the spot he thought he had found a body. The lake is owned by the Will County Forest Preserve District and is located off Royce Road. Bones are found on forest preserve land now and then and they're usually taken to the coroner's office for identification, Murphy said. But this is the first time his department has had to call for divers to search a forest preserve district lake. The divers came from Wilmington's Emergency Services and Disaster Agency. Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas said his evidence unit was on alert Tuesday morning in case the skeleton turned out to be human. "You've got to take it serious," Kaupas said. Stebic, a mother of two, vanished in April 2007. Peterson, also a mother of two, has been missing since October 2007.
  5. http://blogs.discovery.com/criminal_report/2009/06/lisa-michelle-stebic.html The Missing – A Weekly Exposé of Lost Souls – Issue #35 June 02, 2009 The mysterious disappearance of Lisa Michelle Stebic In this week's edition of "The Missing," we revisit the mysterious disappearance of Lisa Michelle Stebic, a 38-year-old resident of Plainfield, Illinois, who went missing in April 2007. Prior to Lisa's disappearance, she was in the process of divorcing her husband of 14 years, Craig Stebic. Despite the turmoil in their relationship, the couple continued to live together in the same house - perhaps for the sake of their two young children. Lisa was last seen on the evening of April 30, 2007. The following day, a concerned neighbor reported her missing. When investigators arrived at her home, they discovered that her car was in the garage, but her cell phone and purse were missing. Craig told police that he had not seen his wife since the previous evening, when she went jogging. Lisa's divorcee attorney informed investigators that on the day of his wife's disappearance, Craig had been served with a petition for eviction. The document cited verbal abuse and cruel and inconsiderate behavior toward Lisa and the children. A police check of Craig's background revealed two prior felony convictions dating back to 1995 for the unlawful use of a weapon after police stopped his pickup truck and found a 10-gauge double barrel shotgun, a .44 magnum semi-automatic pistol, a Ruger Mini-14 assault rifle and an AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle. In addition, police records showed that officers had been called to the Stebic residence in December 2006 for a domestic dispute. According to the report, it was a verbal altercation, and no assault or battery charges were filed. The investigation into Lisa's disappearance continued; in July 2007, Police Chief Donald Bennett laid all his suspicions on the table, holding a press conference naming Craig Stebic a "person of interest" in his wife's disappearance. According to Bennett, Stebic had offered only minimal assistance and would not allow police to question his children. "Mr. Stebic's refusal to allow access to his children has clearly hampered our investigation," Chief Bennett told reporters at the press conference. "It is also the belief of this agency that the children, if allowed, would welcome the opportunity to locate their mother." Also in July 2007, Craig and a bikini-clad television reporter named Amy Jacobson were photographed together in the backyard of Craig's home. While there was nothing illegal about the reporter's actions, she was subsequently let go by the local NBC affiliate. Unwilling to sit by the wayside, Lisa's family members have been active participants in the search. They have organized searches, passed out flyers, held vigils and fought inside the courtroom to obtain visitation with Lisa's children. They also joined forces with the family of Stacy Peterson, a Chicago-area woman who went missing in October 2007. The families of the two missing women believe that they can create more public awareness of the two cases by working together. "It's very frustrating for the family that two years have passed and we still don't have answers as to what happened to Lisa that day that she disappeared," Lisa's cousin, Melanie Greenberg, was recently quoted by the Plainfield Sun as saying. "We know it's not a cold case, but it's very difficult not knowing and not having resolution." In April 2009, County State's Attorney Charles Pelkie told nbcchicago.com that authorities have uncovered new developments in the case, but he refused to elaborate. "While these developments haven't cracked open the case, they have shed additional light on what happened to Lisa Stebic," Pelkie said. The following month, a special grand jury that had convened to look into the disappearances of Stacy Peterson and Lisa Stebic and the killing of Kathleen Savio came to an end, having returned only one indictment on two first-degree murder counts against former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson in Savio's death. A second blow came to Stacy and Lisa's families on May 27, 2009, when a forensic crime lab determined that human remains found in the Des Plaines River the previous week were not those of either missing woman. "It's disappointing," Greenberg said in an interview with chicagotribune.com. "There's no grave to visit. Even if we hadn't had all of her, it would have made all the difference in the world to put her to rest with dignity." Meanwhile, the detectives investigating Lisa's disappearance remain hopeful that the case will be solved. In addition to their efforts, the FBI has added Lisa to its missing person's Web site, giving her case national exposure. The FBI estimates that over 2 million people a month peruse the Web site. Lisa Stebic is described as 5' 2" tall, 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She has a small rose tattoo on her ankle and a butterfly tattoo on her lower back. A $75,000 reward is currently being offered for information leading to the discovery of her whereabouts. Anyone with information is asked to call the Plainfield Police Department at (815) 267-7217 or Will County Crime Stoppers at 800-323-6734. If you are a family member of a missing loved one and have a case you would like covered here, contact me via e-mail. If you are a reader who would like to help, please spread the word about this site so others can find us. The more people who see these stories, the better the chances that someone might come forward with information.
  6. http://blogs.discovery.com/criminal_report/2009/09/mary-denise-lands.html The Missing – A Weekly Exposé of Lost Souls – Issue #36 September 16, 2009 The mysterious disappearance of Mary Denise Lands In this edition of "The Missing," we revisit the disappearance of Mary Denise Lands, a 39-year-old resident of Marshall, Michigan, who went missing in 2004. The mystery into Mary's disappearance began on March 12, 2004. According to her live-in fiancé, Christopher Luke Pratt, he and Mary got into an argument at about 10:30 that night and she left their apartment, located in the vicinity of the 1200 block of Arms Street, to "cool off." Mary left behind her purse, cell phone and car keys and was wearing only her medical scrubs and a brown leather jacket. She has not been seen since. Residents of California, Mary's family was not immediately aware that she had gone missing. As a result, her disappearance was not reported until March 15. When questioned by police, Pratt detailed the events of the night Mary went missing and told them that he had not reported her disappearance himself because it was not unusual for her to storm off during an argument. He said he was still expecting her to return. Looking into Mary's background, police found no indication that she had been planning on leaving the area. In addition, her employers said she was not known to miss work and her bank accounts, which contained a substantial amount of money, had not been touched since the date of her disappearance. A team of tracking dogs was brought in to retrace Mary's steps and they were able to successfully track her to a nearby hotel; however she had not formally checked in and there was no sign of her inside any of the rooms. From the start, it was obvious to police that Mary was a victim of foul play. While they have been hesitant to call Pratt a suspect in her disappearance, they have called him a "person of interest." They have also labeled Mary's case a homicide, "I'm personally very disgusted, I feel that people do have information in this case and it's very frustrating to me that more people are not coming forward with information and I would just like to ask the public if they know anything or if they are not sure if it's involved or related to the case at all that I would really like to know about it." Sgt. Scott McDonald from the Marshall Police Department said in an interview with WZZM 13 News. Interestingly, Christopher Pratt was arrested on June 24, 2007, after his most recent girlfriend accused him of assaulting her. He was later sentenced to between 4 1/2 - 15 years in prison on domestic violence charges. Pratt is currently incarcerated at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia. He will not be eligible for parole until Feb. 24, 2012. While the mystery of Mary's disappearance continues, the search for her is far from over. The Michigan based search and recovery group Track Missing has headed up three recent searches for Mary and they are currently preparing for a forth search, scheduled to take place on Sept. 26, 2009. "This [next] search may likely be the best chance ever to locate Mary's remains and we do need peoples' help if that is going to happen," said the group's organizer, Chad Scott. Anyone interested in volunteering for the search can get more information at: www.trackmissing.org or www.marydeniselands.com. Mary Denise Lands is described as a white female, 5'8" tall, 160 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Marshall Police Department at 269-781-2596. Photo Credit: Mary Lands: Contributed; Christopher Pratt: Police File Photo If you are a family member of a missing loved one and have a case you would like covered here, contact me via e-mail. If you are a reader who would like to help, please spread the word about this site so others can find us. The more people who see these stories, the better the chances that someone might come forward with information.
  7. http://www.wwmt.com/articles/search-1366675-disappearance-0in.html Search continues in woman's mysterious disappearance September 07, 2009 7:46 AM CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – There is an update on a story and mystery that has run for five years right here in West Michigan. People continue to wonder what happened to missing Marshall woman Mary Lands. This weekend search teams concentrated once again on areas they believe may hold the secret to what happened to Mary Lands. Mary's parents, Cliff and Anita Marshall, as well as private investigators believe that Mary Lands was killed. This weekend they concentrated with search dogs and teams on certain areas. Track Missing, a missing persons advocacy group, conducted its third search that lasted more than 10 hours this past weekend. They looked in the Albion and Marshall areas. They say that they got some good results with special search dogs. The last few searches have featured specially trained dogs, looking for some sign, any sign really, of remains. "They're actually trained on actual human remains, tissues, bones, a lot of times placentas because they contain all the material of the human body, the whole hair, bone, teeth, fingernails, all scents of the human body are in placentas," said Chad Scott of Track Missing. The searches from this weekend proved fruitful according to Track Missing and will probably be followed up with more searches on September 26th.
  8. http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2009/9/20/whats_in_the_water_near_haleighs_home.html What’s In The Water Near Haleigh’s Home? Sunday, September 20, 2009 4:42:53 PM PALATKA -- Putnam County deputies have said very little about their draining and search of a pond near the home of Haleigh Cummings. Dive teams had been searching the pond for more than 24 hours before officials admitted the efforts were, indeed, related to a new tip deputies received in the case of the missing 6-year-old. Sheriff’s officials said they were draining the pond because the water was too murky, but told the media various excuses as to what they were searching for, ranging from training to looking for drugs, to recovering stolen property taken from another nearby home. Even if they were not specifically looking for drugs, searchers did find about 100 potted marijuana plants along the water’s edge early Saturday morning. Finally, Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy released a statement before noon Saturday that the search was, indeed, for new clues in the Haleigh Cummings case, though he dispelled rumors that they had found a body. Deputies have received thousands of tips in the case. The details of this latest tip were not immediately revealed. Some nearby residents told News 13 they were not optimistic searchers would find anything in the pond, because they said it was unlikely anyone could drive a vehicle to the water’s edge. Other neighbors said they were standing ready to help in the search in any way they could. “We’ve got bottles of water, cans and cold drinks,†one resident told News 13. “Our kitchen is preparing sandwiches and everything for them.†Deputies did say the search was not related to the recent arrest of Hank Croslin, Jr., the brother-in-law of Haleigh Cummings’ father. Croslin was questioned about the girl’s disappearance, but officials suggested the timing was a coincidence.
  9. http://www.timesoftheinternet.com/112218.html Pond searched in Haleigh disappearance PALATKA, Fla., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Florida authorities say they were searching a pond south of Palatka, Fla., for evidence in the case of missing 6-year-old Haleigh Cummings. Lt. Johnny Greenwood of the Putnam County, Fla., Sheriff's Office issued a statement Saturday saying police activity at the pond was indeed linked to the missing girl, who vanished from her home in February, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported. "The current search is the result of one of the over 4,000 tips received in the case," Greenwood said in a written release. The newspaper said water levels in the pond were lowered to help with the search, adding that it is in an area generally known for weekend partying among those who drive in on four-wheel-drive vehicles. Haleigh has not been seen since Feb. 9. Misty Croslin Cummings, who was then the girlfriend of Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, told police the girl went to bed about 10 p.m., and that she awoke at about 3:30 a.m. to find Haleigh missing, the Sentinel said.
  10. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/kennewick_pasco_richland/story/624104.html Woman charged in Tiairra Jo Garcia's '08 shooting death By Paula Horton, Herald staff writer PASCO -- A 27-year-old woman pleaded innocent Tuesday to new charges connected to her involvement last year's fatal shooting of Tiairra Jo Garcia. Andrea Parr is now charged in Franklin County Superior Court with second-degree rendering criminal assistance and making false or misleading statements to police. Both charges are gross misdemeanor offenses. Parr is accused of helping her boyfriend, Ashone Hollinquest, and his friend, Marnicus Lockhard, avoid arrest after Garcia disappeared June 22, 2008. Hollinquest, who is charged with second-degree manslaughter for his role in the case, also was in court Tuesday. His attorney, Shelly Ajax, wasn't available, but another attorney who stood in for Ajax said Hollinquest was expected to enter a guilty plea next week. Lockhard, Garcia's boyfriend, was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for fatally shooting Garcia and dumping her body in Mount Rainier National Park near Enumclaw. Garcia's body has not yet been found, but Lockhard is supposed to help investigators try to find her body. He entered an Alford plea of guilty earlier this month to second-degree manslaughter and unlawful possession of a gun. The plea means he denied committing the crime but said he believed prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him. Parr had charged with first-degree kidnapping in Franklin County District Court in connection with the case. According to court documents, the van Garcia, Lockhard and Hollinquest were in the night Garcia was shot belonged to Parr. It had been involved in a crash after the shooting and was then driven to Verla Spencer's home. Prosecutors say Lockhard and Hollinquest carried Garcia's body into Spencer's home, then drove the van to Ronald Kinsey's home, where they left the van. Parr told investigators that Hollinquest had borrowed the van June 22, 2008, and that she hadn't seen him again until he arrived at her hotel with Lockhard the next morning, documents said. They reportedly told her the van had been in a crash and told her to report the van as being stolen, which she did later that day, documents said. Parr then rented a car for them so they could leave town. Hollinquest and Parr were arrested last July in Arizona after a nationwide manhunt. Lockhard was found in Wisconsin. Parr has also previously been charged with second-degree possession of stolen property for allegedly stealing jewelry from her aunt in early July 2008 and selling it at a pawn shop. The new charges replace the kidnapping charge and were connected to her stolen property case. Parr faces an Aug. 5 trial on the three charges. Spencer pleaded entered an Alford plea of guilty last week to second-degree rendering criminal assistance for lying to police about the badly damaged van parked in her yard. She told officers she had no knowledge of the van or who had been driving it, documents said. She also allegedly bought tape that was later found in the van with several blankets and a blood-stained rug. Spencer was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 324 days suspended and credit for having already served 40 days.
  11. http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2009/07/shon_pernice_911_tapes_pernice_son_asks_dad_to_put_down_the_knife.php Shon Pernice's son asks his dad to 'put the knife down' on 911 tapes KCTV 5 interviewed Shon Pernice's neighbor, the one accusing Pernice of stealing his gun. But the exclusive interview wasn't all that interesting; at least, compared to the 911 tapes of calls made by Pernice on the the Fourth of July -- the night he was arrested for disturbing the peace for crashing the same neighbor's party. KCTV 5 reports that: Pernice "said he would kill them [his neighbors]." One of Pernice's children says "dad you are too mad ... put the knife down." Pernice is described as "highly intoxicated and out of control." A grand jury indicted Pernice for two felony counts of witness tampering and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the Independence Day incident. Pernice is in the Clay County jail on $250,000 bond.
  12. http://blogs.kansascity.com/crime_scene/2009/07/shon-pernice-arrested-again-inlaws-seek-custody-of-his-kids.html Shon Pernice arrested again -- inlaws seek custody of his kids Pernice, whose wife, Renee, disappeared earlier this year, was arrested on Thursday after being indicted for allegedly threatening to kill his neighbors back on the Fourth. Authorities have also moved to have his bond revoked in his earlier gun-theft charge. From Glenn Rice's article: In court documents filed in the revocation case, authorities say his threatening comments were caught on tape during 911 calls he placed. “I will kill them,†authorities quote Pernice as saying. “I am now prepared to protect myself.†Moments later, authorities said, one of Pernice’s sons is heard saying, “Dad, you are too mad. … Let me talk. Put the knife down.†Pernice says: “I am prepared to protect myself. The blades are going to start going. It is bad.†Meanwhile, Renee Pernice's family are seeking custody of the couple's children. But Shon Pernice had already made arrangement for his mother to serve as their guardian. None of the charges that Pernice faces tie back to the disappearance of his wife.
  13. http://www.nebraska.tv/Global/story.asp?S=10708803 Neb. AG applauds court ruling upholding murder conviction Associated Press - July 10, 2009 6:25 PM ET OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says the state Supreme Court's ruling today in an Omaha murder case served the interests of justice. The court upheld Christopher Edwards' murder conviction in the 2006 disappearance of his girlfriend, Jessica O'Grady. Edwards has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for the crime even though O'Grady's body was never found. Bruning says Edwards brutally murdered Jessica O'Grady using a sword and disposed of her body. Bruning says Douglas County prosecutors did an outstanding job getting a conviction in a difficult case that relied heavily on DNA evidence.
  14. Decomposed body found along Des Plaines River: 'It could be Lisa, it could be Stacy' May 21, 2009 BY DAN ROZEK AND JOE HOSEY Staff Reporters A cleanup crew working along the Des Plaines River discovered a decayed body near Channahon, but police late Wednesday couldn't determine if the remains might be those of Stacy Peterson or Lisa Stebic. "They're unidentified human remains," said State Police Master Sgt. Tom Burek, after the body, found on the riverbank, was transferred to a Will County coroner's van. It appeared to be that of a woman, a law enforcement source said. An autopsy will be done today, but a source said further forensic tests likely will be necessary to determine the identity of the body. Relatives of Peterson and Stebic, who vanished in 2007, said they don't expect to immediately learn the identity of the body. "We're just being patient right now. We're waiting," said Pam Bosco, a spokeswoman for relatives of Stacy Peterson, 23, of Bolingbrook, who vanished Oct. 28, 2007. Meanwhile, Channahon resident Michelle Williams said she notified local police about a blue barrel she saw on the riverbank three days before the remains washed up. Police had no comment. A witness has said he helped Drew Peterson carry a heavy blue barrel, which he thinks contained Stacy Peterson, hours before she was reported missing. Drew Peterson was charged this month with the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, but not in Stacy's disappearance. Lisa Stebic disappeared from her Plainfield home April 30, 2007. A relative said family members just hope the body can be identified. "It could be Lisa, it could be Stacy, it could be someone different," said Melanie Greenberg, a cousin. http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1584936...-body21.article
  15. http://blogs.discovery.com/criminal_report...y-peterson.html Stacy Peterson Found? May 21, 2009 Investigators in Will County, Ill, are trying to determine the identity of partial human skeletal remains that have been found on the shores of the Des Plaines River, near the Big Basin Marina. The discovery has since led to speculation that the remains could be that of Stacy Peterson or Lisa Stebic. The human remains were found by a river cleanup crew at about 2:00 p.m. yesterday and were removed from the scene by Will County coroner's staff at 7:50 p.m. Police have yet to comment on the gender or condition of the remains. "We're not identifying whether or not it's male or female. It would be very premature to do that. Nor are we making an attempt to associate with any current investigation. We would be very premature to do that," said Master Sgt. Tom Burek, Illinois State Police. Regardless of the lack of information being released by police, tidbits of information have leaked to the media, including allegations that the remains were clad only in woman's underwear and that a blue barrel was found a mile downstream. In addition, a source close to the investigation has told Investigation Discovery that the remains, which are badly decomposed, are of the lower portion of a human body. The source claims that nothing above the waste has been recovered. An autopsy on the remains was scheduled to be conducted at 9:30 a.m. today. The results of that autopsy have not yet been released.