Two murder cases, a lawsuit, and a case that crosses the state border, its been a busy year here at the DuPage County courthouse.
Daniel Olaska is charged with seven counts of first-degree murder for the stabbing death of Naperville elementary teacher Shawn Wild at Frankie’s Blue Room in February of 2012.
Olaska also faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder for the initial attack on Wild’s friend, Willie Hayes, and the subsequent injury of a bar employee. He is also charged with four counts of armed violence and one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
DNA tests have been ordered in the case and a doctor has evaluated Olaska. Hundreds of pages of reports as well as security camera footage have been presented for discovery.
Olaska has pled not guilty. As the two-year mark approaches, he remains in the DuPage County Jail waiting for trial.
After being injured the night of the murder, Willie Hayes filed a lawsuit against Features Bar and Grill for over serving Olaska. The lawsuit was settled this year outside of court for an undisclosed amount.
In another notable proceeding, Elzbieta Plackowska’s case is moving forward.
The Naperville mother was charged with ten counts of first-degree murder after the October 2012 stabbing deaths of her son, 7-year-old Justin Plackowksa and 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski, whom she was babysitting at the time of the crime. She was also charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals after two family dogs were also found stabbed to death at the scene. Plackowska has pled not guilty.
Both sides are waiting for reports from a doctor who evaluated Plackowska. The reports are expected to be complete by her next court date, January 24.
Also expected back in court at the beginning of the year is Aden Khan, a Wisconsin man who is charged with two counts of false report of a threat to school building or persons, after disturbing posts were found on a Facebook page about North Central College that he allegedly operated.
Kahn has pled not guilty.
Two smart meter opponents have also been in court after being arrested nearly a year ago. Jennifer Stahl and Kim Bendis allegedly interfered with city officials who were trying to install a smart meter on Stahl’s house.
Stahl is charged with interfering with a city official or employee.
Bendis is charged with attempted eavesdropping without consent and resisting and obstructing a police officer.
Both women have pled not guilty and have court dates early next year.
We will continue to follow all of these cases as they unfold in 2014.
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