Gun-shooting cyclist faces several charges
September 11, 2013 7:26PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:27AM
JOLIET — A motorcyclist faces several charges after he fired a gun into the air while riding Tuesday evening and then tried to flee police, according to police.
Police Capt. Tab Jensen said witnesses called police at 5:40 p.m. after Karl Ziegler, 40, fired shots near Essington Road and Ingalls Avenue.
When officers caught up with Ziegler at Wake Island and Maserati drives, he tried to flee and a struggle ensued before he was wrestled to the ground, Jensen said. He said police found a handgun in the waistband of Ziegler’s pants.
Ziegler, of 1987 Calla Drive, Joliet, is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, fleeing from police and driving on a suspended license, according to police.
Guardian faces abuse charges
JOLIET — A city resident has been accused of child abuse for allegedly beating children who have been in her care since January, police said.
Capt. Tab Jensen said police were called Aug. 28 when a 12-year-old girl came to an elementary school with “bruises around her eyes and bumps on her head.” After the child was interviewed at the Will County Child Advocacy Center, authorities notified the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the girl and three siblings were removed from the care of their guardian, Leticia Williamson-Jewell.
Williamson-Jewell, 40, of 105 Edward St., Joliet, was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of domestic battery, aggravated battery of a child, endangering the life or health of a child and unlawful restraint, according to police.
Two hit in drive-by shooting
JOLIET — Two teenagers were wounded Tuesday night by shots fired from a passing car in the 200 block of Second Avenue, police said.
A group of five friends were standing outside about 8:10 p.m., when the occupants of a white car, possibly a Cadillac, began firing at them, according to police.
They said an 18-year-old youth was struck under his right arm, and another 18-year-old was hit in his left arm. Both were treated for non-life-threatening wounds at Saint Joseph Medical Center, police said.