Regional Police Report: Turkey Deep Fry Goes Awry, Sparks Fire

The following is a selection of police-related items reported in area Patches recently. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Crystal Lake

A Crystal Lake family using a deep fryer to prepare their Thanksgiving meal cooked more than they anticipated on Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

A homeowner in the 700 block of Windsor Drive, near Crystal Lake South High School, was deep frying a turkey in his garage when a fire broke out in the garage at about noon, the Tribune article stated.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the garage. The garage sustained heavy damage and the contents were ruled a complete loss due to the smoke, heat and water damage. The fire caused $80,000 in damage, the article said.

No one was injured in the fire.

Des Plaines

The parents of a Maine West High School student filed a lawsuit on Nov. 19 that accuses the school district, faculty and staff of allowing their son to be physically and sexually assaulted as part of a known hazing ritual for the boys' varsity soccer team.

, when, on Sept. 27, Michael Divencenzo, varsity soccer coach, Emilio Rodriguez, freshmen soccer coach, and other coaches ordered a “campus run” after the freshman soccer player was promoted to the varsity squad.

As a result of an investigation by Des Plaines police, six Maine West students were petitioned to juvenile court for various offenses, Deputy Chief Nick Treantafeles stated in an email to Patch. Treantafeles stated that because the investigation involved juveniles, no other information would be released.


Family Cat Dies in Fire

A house fire in the 200 block of E. Cedarwood Court claimed the life of the family cat and left the house uninhabitable.

No one was home at the time of the Nov. 20 fire. The fire was reported about noon by a passer-by who saw smoke coming from the tri-level, single family home. Palatine firefighters were on the scene within minutes, and began to extinguish the fire and ventilate for smoke and other gases. The fire was under control by about 12:11 p.m.

Buffalo Grove

Buffalo Grove police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed PNC Bank Monday afternoon.

Police said a white man, about 5-foot-8, who was wearing glasses, a Chicago Bears hat and striped sweater entered the bank's Lake-Cook Road location and demanded money from a teller at 4:50 p.m. Nov. 19.

No weapon was displayed or mentioned. The teller turned over an undisclosed amount of money and the man left on foot, police said. No one was injured during the incident.


Sheriff: Charges Filed in Animal Abuse Case

A Park Ridge woman _ who owns a Woodstock home where 91 animals in various states of neglect were rescued _ has been charged with animal cruelty, McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies said.

Virginia E. Dinucci, 54, of 1731 Pavilion Way, is charged with three counts of cruel treatment and 12 counts of owner’s duties, according to the sheriff's office. Her bond was set at $1,000.

Sheriff’s deputies went to 8617 Bull Run Trail in Woodstock on October 29 for a well being check but found 91 animals, some dead, in the home.

Nightcrawler November 24, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Memo to Allstate: How about a new "mayhem" commercial spotlighting the stupidity of deep frying the turkey in the garage?
Moe @ the Buck November 24, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Kind of funny how the police are looking for the publish help in identifying a bank robber and forgot to put up a photo. I'll bet the guy is really a packers fan, but used the Bears hat too throw them off.
Cristel Mohrman (Editor) November 24, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Hi Moe, One photo of the suspect is in the gallery on this story. If you click the blue link in the bank robbery item above, it will lead you to the full story on Patch, which features both photos that police released. Thanks for reading!
J.Lyn November 24, 2012 at 04:27 PM
The bank robber must have needed the money bad. He was so broke he couldn't afford a disguise !!! Geeeeeeezzzzzzzz
Sandra Reid November 24, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Our neighbor was deep frying a turkey and set the dead grass in the back yard on fire - Peoria, AZ Fire Dept put it out in no time! Thank you, Peoria Fire!
Jeff November 24, 2012 at 09:01 PM
check out the William Shatner remix on YouTube about deep fried turkeys
Nightcrawler November 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t2dwPTnsyA
TAKH November 25, 2012 at 01:46 AM
If you are thinking of deep frying a turkey DON'T, unless you watch and then meticulously follow the methods outlined by Alton Brown.
GuitarMan November 25, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Fire from a turkey fryer, never heard of that one. They should sell a extinguisher as part of the package, don't you think?
Moe @ the Buck November 25, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Thanks Cristal, I saw the picture of the fool who robbed th PNC. Hope this guy doesn't spend all the money cause he's gonna have to give it back when they do catch him. Guess he thought he'd be to suspicious if he wore a mask. Kind of looks like a negative of Waldo.
Shawn November 25, 2012 at 03:39 PM
As one who has deep fried a turkey. You have to Read the directions. 1. put turkey in deep fryer fill the fryer with water to cover the bird. 2. Remove the bird and mark the level of the water in the pot . 3. Fill pot with oil to the marked level. 4. Heat oil 5. Turn burner off and slowly lower dryed turkey into oil. 6. Clean any spilled oil and relight burner. Most fires from turkeys are from oil over spilling pot and lighting on the open flame. from not following directions.
Deepfryaturkey November 25, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Very sad. People should be more careful when deep frying their turkeys. You must never deep fry on a wooden surface, never overfill your oil and NEVER deep fry a frozen turkey. For more tips, we invite you all to check out: http://howtodeepfryturkey.com/safety-tips-when-deep-frying-a-turkey/ Hopefully everyone stays safe out there! Enjoy!


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