Thursday, April 25, 2013
Elva Hernandez pleaded guilty to helping her son, Juan Cuellar, dispose of his gun after Cuellar allegedly shot to death Hinsdale South graduate Joshua Holmes last fall.
The mother of the man charged with last September's murder of Hinsdale South graduate Joshua Holmes will spend two years in prison for helping her son attempt to dispose of the murder weapon, according to the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. Elva Hernandez, 43, of Willowbrook, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Kathryn Creswell after she pleaded guilty to obstructing justice, a class 4 felony, for throwing into the Fox River the gun her son, 23-year-old Juan Cuellar, allegedly used to murder Joshua Holmes, 18, on the evening of Sept. 24, according to a state's attorney's office release. READ: Police Charge Willowbrook Man With Murder of Hinsdale South Grad The following day, the state's attorney's release reads, a local resident …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Patch recaps happenings in major court cases, including an update in a lawsuit against adult film star Jenna Jameson, a plea in the shooting death of a Hinsdale South graduate and a plea in a 7-Eleven robbery.
Willowbrook: A Willowbrook man charged in the shooting death of a Hinsdale South High School graduate has pleaded not guilty. Juan Cuellar denied a five-count murder indictment during an Oct. 22 hearing. He remains held without bond in DuPage County Jail. Prosecutors allege Cuellar drove up on 18-year-old Joshua Holmes as he walked near the Lake Hinsdale Terrace apartments and fired six times, hitting Holmes who later died. Cuellar is scheduled to return to court Nov. 27. Cuellar's mother, 42-year-old Elva Hernandez, also pleaded not guilty this week to obstruction of justice charges. She concealed the gun Cuellar used in the shooting, according to the indictment against her. Court records show Hernandez wanted her bail reduced to $30,000…
Monday, October 15, 2012
Patch catches you up on some of DuPage County's high-profile court cases.
The following are recent developments in notable DuPage County court cases: Willowbrook—Prosecutors in the case of Juan Cuellar, the 23-year-old Willowbrook man accused of shooting to death Hinsdale South graduate Joshua Holmes, have filed paperwork stating they will give immunity to two witnesses who might not otherwise testify to what they know about the killing, court records show. The witnesses, both identified as women, would likely refuse to testify or "produce evidence" for fear of self-incrimination without immunity protection, prosecutors stated in the court filing. Records do not elaborate on the content of their potential testimony. Cuellar remains in DuPage County Jail without bond. He is scheduled for an Oct. 22 hearing. …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Not surprisingly, several of the most-read stories this month were about the Sept. 24 Willowbrook shooting.
In reverse order, here are the top 12 most-read stories from September on Burr Ridge Patch. 15. Resident Opening Third Restaurant, Hinsdale South Dad Upset About Racy Movies: Week in Review 14. Pair of $1 Million Homes Among Burr Ridge Area's New Listings: House Hunt 13. Ex-Nazareth Football Player Sentenced to Prison for Armed Robbery: Court Watch 12. Hundreds in Cash Stolen from Purse, False Tax Return Filed: Police Blotter 11. Car Burglarized, Threatening Voicemail Received: Police Blotter 10. Free Coffee for National Coffee Day This Morning 9. Woman Gets DUI, Motorcyclists Get Cut Off by SUV: Police Blotter 8. Man Exposes Self to Female Employees at 2 Hinsdale Stores: Police Blotter 7. Men Charged After Chase Through Park: Police …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Patch looks back at five of the most read stories from the week of Sept. 24 to Sept. 30.
1. Police Charge Willowbrook Man With Murder of Hinsdale South Grad: Police say Juan M. Cuellar shot and killed 18-year-old Joshua Holmes Monday near Willowbrook. 2. D86 Board Does Not Suspend Showing of 'Brokeback,' 'American Beauty': The two racy films will be shown as planned in a Hinsdale South 'Film as Literature' class. 3. D86 Board OKs Sending Cease-and-Desist Letter to 'Hinsdale High Schools' Website: Board President Dennis Brennan will write and send the letter asking the anonymous operators of the oft-critical website to change its name. 4. Hinsdale Central Homecoming: Parade Through Downtown Opens Big Saturday: The Homecoming Court King and Queen were among those that waved to the crowds Saturday morning along 1st Street. 5. …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Juan Cuellar was arrested Wednesday at his parents home, according to a release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, which gave more details of the Monday murder.
Bond was denied Thursday afternoon for the man charged with the murder of Hinsdale South grad Joshua Holmes, according to a release from DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin. Juan Cuellar, 23, of the 10S700 block of Lilac Lane, unincorporated Willowbrook, was charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder stemming from the shooting of the 18-year-old Holmes on Monday evening among the Hinsdale Lake Terrace apartment buildings where Holmes lived. READ: Willowbrook Man, 23, Charged with Murder of Hinsdale South Grad Cuellar had a 4 p.m. bond hearing with Judge Karen Wilson, who ordered him to be held without bond, the state’s attorney’s release reads. Berlin’s office gave a few more details on the Monday night shooting. …
Police say Juan M. Cuellar shot and killed 18-year-old Joshua Holmes Monday near Willowbrook.
A man has been arrested and charged with the murder of 18-year-old Hinsdale South grad Joshua Holmes, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday. Juan M. Cuellar, 23, of the 700 block of Lilac Lane in unincorporated Willowbrook, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Police say Cueller shot Holmes near the intersection of Honeysuckle Rose and Hyacinth Lanes near Holmes' home at around 6:35 p.m. Monday. Both men were residents of the Hinsdale Lake Terrace apartment complex in unincorporated Willowbrook, according to Dawn Domrose, a spokesperson for the DuPage County Sheriff's Office. Witnesses told sheriff’s detectives after the shooting that they had seen a white four-door vehicle approach the intersection at …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The 2012 Hinsdale South graduate was shot and killed Monday night on the grounds of the Hinsdale Lake Terrace apartment complex where he lived.
On Monday night, several Hinsdale South students who live at the Hinsdale Lake Terrace apartment complex in unincorporated Willowbrook watched as a friend and former classmate was gunned downed on the grounds of the apartment community off Route 83. READ: '18-Year-Old Shot and Killed in Unincorporated Willowbrook.' When something like this happens, people want to know who the victim was and why. As journalists, our job is to find as many answers as we can to the questions out there and report facts that will help keep the public informed. But when a son, friend and fellow classmate is taken in a senseless tragedy, the question of why could never be answered by a journalist. I don't think it's a question anyone can answer. But we can try to…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Social workers are striving to help the community come together in the wake of 18-year-old Joshua Holmes' shooting death in unincorporated Willowbrook, which they say has aroused a lot of anger.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Sabrina Wu
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Twenty-four hours after a fellow resident was gunned down in their apartment complex, members of the Hinsdale Lake Terrace community gathered at the site where it happened. Stuffed animals were placed on the curb next to where 18-year-old Joshua Holmes fell after he had been shot. White paint covers the spot where the 2012 Hinsdale South graduate's blood had spilled on the pavement. It was about 6:30 p.m. Monday when neighbors of the apartment complex heard the sound of gunshots. It was a nice night out, with temperatures in the high 60s, so dozens of young people were out enjoying the weather. The basketball court, a few hundred yards from where the shooting took place, was filled with young people shooting hoops. According to the DuPage …
Joshua Holmes, 18, was a 2012 Hinsdale South graduate who was the victim of a drive-by shooting Monday night in unincorporated Willowbrook.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
- Sabrina Wu
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
UPDATED: 4:50 a.m. on Sept. 26 Hinsdale South staff and administrators are working closely with HCS Family Services in Hinsdale to provide support for about 250 students who live in the Hinsdale Lake Terrace Apartment complex in unincorporated Willowbrook. A 2012 Hinsdale South graduate was shot and killed on the grounds of the apartment complex where he lived, and a few Hinsdale South students were witnesses of the shooting, according to Hinsdale South Principal Brian Waterman. The principal at Hinsdale South released a statement Tuesday afternoon on the shooting of a 2012 Hinsdale South graduate Monday night. Joshua Holmes, 18, was shot in the area of Honeysuckle Rose Lane and Lilac Lane Monday night. READ: Witnesses say they saw the …