Court Updates

Three local cases were recently heard in DuPage County Court.

A 46-year-old Hanover Park man working for Naperville company, DND International, Inc. has pled not guilty after a fatal crash on I-88 involving his semi resulted in the death of a toll way worker and the injury of a state trooper.

Renato Velasquez is charged with ten counts including: violating the motor carrier safety law, operating in an ill or impaired state, falsifying his logbook, failure to comply with hours of service requirements, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and failure to yield to stationary emergency vehicles.

Police say Velasquez crashed into a police car with lights flashing and a toll way service truck, which had stopped to aid a disabled semi, causing both vehicles to burst into flames.

The January 27 crash killed 39-year-old toll way worker Vincent Petrella of Wheeling and seriously injured 38-year-old State Trooper Douglas Balder from Oswego.

Velasquez is out on bond, his next court appearance is set for April 14.

Also arraigned was a Naperville man accused of killing his roommate, whom he had just found through Craigslist.

21-year -old, Grant Van Muren pled not guilty to all charges, which included first degree murder, along with robbery, arson and concealment of a homicide .

The body of 55-year-old Charles Clark was discovered in his townhouse on Vail Court on January 22.
Clark had been strangled to death, and the residence had been filled with natural gas from the stove, presumably in a failed attempt to conceal the crime by blowing up the home.

His attorney filed a reciprocal discovery order to go over paperwork from the prosecution.

Van Muren is being held in the DuPage County Jail. He will be back in court for a bond reduction hearing on April 10.

And, the Wisconsin man accused of threatening North Central College via social media must now undergo a psychiatric evaluation, as of his latest status hearing.

Aden Khan is currently out on bail and had pled not guilty to two counts of making a false report of a threat to school buildings or persons, for disturbing posts on a Facebook page about North Central he allegedly created and operated in early 2013.

College officials reported the page had no connection to North Central.

Khan, who was never a student at the institution, will have a mental evaluation before his next court date on April 28.

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