March 18 police blotter
The following reports were obtained from local police departments. The individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
• The Kane County Grand Jury on March 1 returned indictments against two Sugar Grove men for their roles in an incident that occurred at Gardner Cemetery in Maple Park on Aug. 2, 2010.
John Karas, 21, of the 1800 block of Fays Lane, and Alexander Wagner, 22, of the 1900 block of Annette Circle, were each charged with two counts of aggravated battery, two counts of mob action and four counts of battery last August following an altercation between the two men and a 21-year-old Elburn man, as well as a 30-year-old man who attempted to come to the victim’s aid.
• Sugar Grove Police on March 14 performed a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling 71 mph in a 55 mph zone on Ke-Da-Ka Road. Upon making the stop, police detected the smell of cannabis emanating from the vehicle. The driver, Melanie Whitt, 42, of the first block of East Highland Drive in Bristol, Ill., gave police a wooden box containing a small amount of cannabis, as well as a smoking pipe.
Whitt was taken into custody and issued a speeding citation and two ordinance violations for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.