Crestwood's Top Cop Pleads Not Guilty...

Crestwood's Top Cop Pleads Not Guilty in Federal Court

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James B

Blue Island, IL

#1 Aug 17, 2011
Chicago SunTimes:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/crime/7120019-41...

The police chief of Crestwood, under federal indictment in connection with a water scandal, has to surrender her weapons and gun permit, a federal judge told her Wednesday.

Theresa Neubauer, 53, appeared before Judge Joan B. Gottschall to plead innocent to 22 federal charges accusing her of lying to state and federal regulators for more than 20 years about the quality of Crestwood’s water while she worked as a water department clerk and supervisor.

She and the village’s former certified water operator, Frank Scaccia, were indicted Thursday, named in a scheme to cover up the use of tainted well water in the village of about 11,000.

The village told residents and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency it was only using Lake Michigan water after 1985, when it discovered a village well had been tainted by vinyl chloride, a known carcinogen. But regulators later discovered the village continued to use the well for as much as 20 percent of its water from 1985 to 2007.

Federal prosecutors said Neubauer and Scaccia acted with Public Official A, who was confirmed to be retired mayor Chester Stranczek by his own attorney. Stranczek has not been charged with any crime. His attorney says his dementia makes him unfit to stand trial.

The village’s police chief must turn over any firearms, including guns she uses in her job, and her Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.

Her attorney, Thomas Breen, said she may ask on a future date to get them back.

Neubauer, who’s on administrative leave from the police department, was released on a personal recognizance bond and may await trial from her Crestwood home. She left the courthouse without commenting Wednesday.

Scaccia, now 59, was fired in March 2010. His own arraignment has not yet been scheduled.

The village denies any problems with its water.

“The government’s investigation — resulting in only these false statements charges — confirms that there is not now and never has been any concern with the safety or quality of the drinking water in Crestwood and the health of our citizens has never been compromised or threatened,” it said in a statement released Thursday.“Our citizens’ well-being has always been and will always continue to be our top priority.”

An arm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined there is no safe level of exposure to vinyl chloride, which also can cause damage to the liver and nervous system.

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against the village over the use of the well water, including one by the Illinois attorney general’s office. Crestwood has footed the multimillion-dollar bill for various defense attorneys.

In December, the village settled one of those suits, which covered water bills paid by current and former residents and village business owners.

The settlement established a $500,000 fund to give residents partial refunds on their water bills from January 1985 to September 2007 — the years the village was found to have tapped the contaminated well. The village also agreed to a two-year freeze on the cost of vehicle stickers, business licenses and garbage collection fees, among other conditions.

Other lawsuits alleging wrongful death and personal injury still are pending.
Boil the Water

Blue Island, IL

#2 Aug 17, 2011
She needs to make the deal, rat out the others and take felony probation.
James B wrote:
Chicago SunTimes:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/crime/7120019-41...
The police chief of Crestwood, under federal indictment in connection with a water scandal, has to surrender her weapons and gun permit, a federal judge told her Wednesday.
Theresa Neubauer, 53, appeared before Judge Joan B. Gottschall to plead innocent to 22 federal charges accusing her of lying to state and federal regulators for more than 20 years about the quality of Crestwood’s water while she worked as a water department clerk and supervisor.
She and the village’s former certified water operator, Frank Scaccia, were indicted Thursday, named in a scheme to cover up the use of tainted well water in the village of about 11,000.
The village told residents and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency it was only using Lake Michigan water after 1985, when it discovered a village well had been tainted by vinyl chloride, a known carcinogen. But regulators later discovered the village continued to use the well for as much as 20 percent of its water from 1985 to 2007.
Federal prosecutors said Neubauer and Scaccia acted with Public Official A, who was confirmed to be retired mayor Chester Stranczek by his own attorney. Stranczek has not been charged with any crime. His attorney says his dementia makes him unfit to stand trial.
The village’s police chief must turn over any firearms, including guns she uses in her job, and her Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.
Her attorney, Thomas Breen, said she may ask on a future date to get them back.
Neubauer, who’s on administrative leave from the police department, was released on a personal recognizance bond and may await trial from her Crestwood home. She left the courthouse without commenting Wednesday.
Scaccia, now 59, was fired in March 2010. His own arraignment has not yet been scheduled.
The village denies any problems with its water.
“The government’s investigation — resulting in only these false statements charges — confirms that there is not now and never has been any concern with the safety or quality of the drinking water in Crestwood and the health of our citizens has never been compromised or threatened,” it said in a statement released Thursday.“Our citizens’ well-being has always been and will always continue to be our top priority.”
An arm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined there is no safe level of exposure to vinyl chloride, which also can cause damage to the liver and nervous system.
Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against the village over the use of the well water, including one by the Illinois attorney general’s office. Crestwood has footed the multimillion-dollar bill for various defense attorneys.
In December, the village settled one of those suits, which covered water bills paid by current and former residents and village business owners.
The settlement established a $500,000 fund to give residents partial refunds on their water bills from January 1985 to September 2007 — the years the village was found to have tapped the contaminated well. The village also agreed to a two-year freeze on the cost of vehicle stickers, business licenses and garbage collection fees, among other conditions.
Other lawsuits alleging wrongful death and personal injury still are pending.
water wings

Blue Island, IL

#3 Aug 20, 2011
Who is next to fall?
Who really cares

Oak Lawn, IL

#4 Aug 20, 2011
water wings wrote:
Who is next to fall?
This is just a waste of time and money. Nobody ever got sick or can prove they did.
BUSTED

Chicago, IL

#5 Aug 20, 2011
water wings wrote:
Who is next to fall?
They all will. Just like a row of dominos, they'll go down one by one!!
huh

South Bend, IN

#6 Aug 20, 2011
if she takes felony probation she in the state of Illinois if i'm not mistaken will be unable to have her FOID card and in turn no longer work in the field of law enforcement and with a felony record finding other work will prove rather difficult, she has to fight it or she is screwed.
Big Moe

Frisco, TX

#7 Aug 20, 2011
huh wrote:
if she takes felony probation she in the state of Illinois if i'm not mistaken will be unable to have her FOID card and in turn no longer work in the field of law enforcement and with a felony record finding other work will prove rather difficult, she has to fight it or she is screwed.
If she takes probation then it's not a conviction,
peter griffin

Midlothian, IL

#8 Aug 20, 2011
Treresa and Frank S were Chet,s yes men to keep there jobs but they sold there souls so if they go to jail screw them .Chet will never go Frank G ran the village 6 mos a year looks to be free and Nancy B. Treresa boss the village clerk for over 30 years did not know thing B.S .If you worked in the village hall for over 20 years you knew.
Justice Served

Blue Island, IL

#9 Aug 20, 2011
They deserve to go to prison. Chet and the Gass Man are next. How about the Village Idiots (Trustees) who knew all along.
Who really cares

Oak Lawn, IL

#10 Aug 20, 2011
Justice Served wrote:
They deserve to go to prison. Chet and the Gass Man are next. How about the Village Idiots (Trustees) who knew all along.
They have failed to prove any body got sick. The have stated all along the water was fine again who really cares.
Justice Served

Blue Island, IL

#11 Aug 20, 2011
I think the US Attorney cares. He indicted The Police Chief.
How many years in prison will she get?
Who really cares wrote:
<quoted text>They have failed to prove any body got sick. The have stated all along the water was fine again who really cares.
Oh yeah

Orland Park, IL

#12 Aug 21, 2011
It most certainly is a felony conviction if one pleads (found guilty)of a felony, and receives a sentence of probation.
EX 6L54

South Holland, IL

#13 Aug 22, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to Theresa, she was just the billing clerk in the water department. Scaccia and Chet and the trustees are the people that should go down the drain, not Theresa
Was on the inside

Oak Brook, IL

#14 Aug 22, 2011
Who really cares wrote:
<quoted text>They have failed to prove any body got sick. The have stated all along the water was fine again who really cares.
Everyone should care - the EPA told the village that the well was tainted but just like everything else Chester always knows better than the scientists.

I know for a fact that the village was testing the well - they knew it was dirty - but the mayor believed the well water would be diluted and not hurt anyone. The village never reported the tests from the well - I wonder why that has not come out in the press yet.

I remember seeing the well sample and the report - it was some of the dirtiest water I have ever seen - I started buying bottled water after that.....
Was on the inside

Oak Brook, IL

#15 Aug 22, 2011
peter griffin wrote:
Treresa and Frank S were Chet,s yes men to keep there jobs but they sold there souls so if they go to jail screw them .Chet will never go Frank G ran the village 6 mos a year looks to be free and Nancy B. Treresa boss the village clerk for over 30 years did not know thing B.S .If you worked in the village hall for over 20 years you knew.
they all knew - it was an open secret. Chet used to scream at Frank S in the Tuesday night meeting because the water bill was too high - barking orders to turn up the well.
Was on the inside

Oak Brook, IL

#16 Aug 22, 2011
Who really cares wrote:
<quoted text>This is just a waste of time and money. Nobody ever got sick or can prove they did.
Just because you can not prove anyone got sick from the well does not mean no one did. The scientific evidence is not there but that does not matter. The village knowingly violated the clean water Act.

Local government is responsible for protecting it's citizens - Mayor Chet always thinks he knows better than everyone.

You are right that this is a total waste of money - too bad for Crestwood. Mayor Chet would have had a decent legacy if he didn't keep that well on. I think the people of Crestwood would have been fine paying a little more for water.
ex employee

Thornton, IL

#17 Aug 22, 2011
I will say it one more time I worked for the village I was at the well doing some work and my village truck broke down I got on the radio and called to Frank S and about 2 min later Fank G got on the raido and said (when you get back see me in my office) and i almost got fired for saying (well on the radio) I was told to say tower. thats says it all
Cancer Cluster

Blue Island, IL

#18 Aug 22, 2011
Theresa signed the forms and submitted the fasle paperwork. She knew it was wrong. In fact they made her the water supervisor making extra money for the trouble. Then when the secret made it to the press, they gave her the Chief's job so she would continue go with the program.

It is time to clean house, dump them all and fire our police department. Start all over again.
Disgusted

Blue Island, IL

#19 Aug 24, 2011
She helped to cover up the crimes. She deserves to go to prison.
crestwood area

Thornton, IL

#20 Aug 25, 2011
maybe jim scaccia will help his cousin out after all his the rat

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