Monday, October 8, 2012
Several students face disciplinary action and will not be allowed to play, pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Maine Township High School District 207.
Reports of inappropriate conduct by several players on Maine West High School’s boys’ soccer team are being investigated by the high school, school district, Des Plaines Police Department and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, according to a statement released by Maine Township High School District 207. The Maine West soccer players who face disciplinary action will not be allowed to play, pending the outcome of the investigation, according to the school district’s statement. Michael Divincenzo, varsity soccer coach, Emilio Rodriguez, freshman soccer coach and three other coaches that are not teachers in the district, were temporarily reassigned with pay to duties outside the classroom, pending the investigation …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A Chicago woman was seen with a rope tied around her neck on the Elmhurst Road overpass on Interstate 90 on Aug. 23, according to police.
When Jennifer Causey headed to her accounting job on Interstate 90 on Aug. 23, she was unaware of the critical situation she would encounter. At the city council meeting on Monday, Des Plaines Police Chief William Kushner said Causey, while exiting I-90 at Elmhurst Road, saw a woman standing on the overpass bridge. “The female had one end of a rope tied around her neck and was in the process of tying the other end to the guardrail in an apparent attempt to jump off the bridge and commit suicide,” Kushner said. Causey stopped her car, got out and spoke with the woman to try and talk her out of carrying out her intentions, Kushner said. “[Causey] engaged the woman in conversation, and, after a short time, was successful in convincing her to …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Officer Dave Kerfman administered chest compressions on a man with no pulse until Des Plaines firefighter/paramedics arrived on Aug. 2.
A Des Plaines man survived a medical emergency thanks to the quick action of a Des Plaines police officer recognized for his response at the city council meeting on Monday. Des Plaines Police Chief William Kushner and Mayor Martin Moylan presented Officer Dave Kerfman the Life-Saving Award plaque and medal to a standing ovation at City Hall. Kerfman located an unresponsive 47-year-old man without a pulse at a Des Plaines business at approximately 4:20 a.m. on Aug. 2, Kushner said. “Kerfman immediately began life-saving procedures by administering chest compressions,” Kushner said. Kerfman continued giving the man chest compressions until the Des Plaines Fire Department arrived, Kushner said. “The victim eventually regained a pulse and a …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Des Plaines aldermen tell new chief, “good luck.”
Des Plaines has a new chief of police. Mayor Martin Moylan swore in William Kushner, former Lakemoor police chief, at the city council meeting on Tuesday. “I think it’s a very important time in the city that we bring in a person not only with his character, but his experience,” Mayor Moylan said. Kushner, a 35-year law enforcement veteran, follows Police Chief James Prandini, who retired at the end of 2011. Acting Police Chief Mike Kozak has served as interim chief since then. Earlier: Resident writes open letter to city about Fountain Blue noise. Mayor Moylan asked Kushner to stand next to him, raise his right hand, and repeat the following: “I, William Kushner, having been appointed to the office of chief of police in the City of Des …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Former deputy chief claimed in another suit he was fired to cover up brutality.
Richard Rozkuszka, former deputy police chief at the Des Plaines Police Department, has been named in a lawsuit that claims he contributed to the breakup of a Des Plaines marriage, Journal and Topics Newspapers reported. Rozkuszka filed a lawsuit against the city and officials which claimed he was fired to cover up misconduct including the beating of handcuffed prisoners within the police department. Earlier: The brick-laying past at Des Plaines River Road and Campbell Avenue.
Monday, August 20, 2012
The city, mayor, former police chief and former city manager are named in lawsuit filed last week.
A former Des Plaines deputy police chief is suing the city, former police chief, mayor and former city manager for forcing him to retire after he reported multiple instances of misconduct, according to court documents filed Aug. 14. Richard Rozkuszka, a 29-year law enforcement veteran, served as deputy police chief of investigations until he was forced to leave the department on Aug. 15, 2011, according to the lawsuit. Rozkuszka was fired in retaliation for reporting criminal activity within the department to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force, the complaint stated. Rozkuszka received reports from other Des Plaines police officers, from 2009 to 2011, that Officer John Bueno “…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Former Chicago cop talks about background, management style and plans.
The City of Des Plaines will have a new police chief after Sept. 4, the city announced in a press release last week. Lakemoor Police Chief William Kushner, a 35-year law enforcement veteran, has accepted the post held by former Police Chief James Prandini until his sudden retirement at the end of 2011. Acting Police Chief Mike Kozak has served as interim chief since that time. Kushner joined the Chicago Police Department in January 1977, became a detective in 1980, a sergeant in 1988 and lieutenant in 1998. In 2006 Kushner left Chicago to take a police chief position in Berwyn, where he served until 2010, when he accepted his current position as police chief in Lakemoor. Kushner recently spoke with Patch about his background, management …