Documents spell out the charges against Drew Peterson’s cop son

Stephen Peterson

UPDATE: A hearing to decide whether or not to fire Oak Brook police officer, Stephen Peterson, is scheduled for tonight, November 30, at 7 pm. See comments section for the latest. Next hearing scheduled December 9.
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On October 18, Thomas Sheahan, the Chief of Police for the Village of Oak Brook brought three charges against Drew Peterson‘s son, Officer Stephen Peterson, calling for a hearing and the termination of Peterson. Peterson is charged with Obstruction of and Failure to Disclose Facts to Law Enforcement Officials, Possession of Unlawful Weapon and Failure to Keep Internal Investigation Confidential–all in connection to his actions in the days following the disappearance of his father’s wife, Stacy Peterson.

The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners has set aside nine hours for Stephen Peterson’s hearings to take place over three days.

We’ve acquired a copy of the charges, which includes a background of what occurred in the days surrounding Stacy Peterson’s disappearance (Stephen’s testimony as to what his father requested and what he did for him), as well as outlining Stephen’s prior disciplinary history. Fascinating reading!

The second document is the motion to suspend Stephen Peterson without pay (which has since been denied).

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104 thoughts on “Documents spell out the charges against Drew Peterson’s cop son

  1. Thought I’d paste Stephen’s prior history here since I know there has been some discussion of it and it hasn’t always been clear what the violations and penalties were:

    Officer Peterson’s Disciplinary History

    39. Officer Peterson has a long history of disciplinary issues as an Oak Brook Police Officer. His disciplinary record exhibits a disregard for the Rules and Regulations of the Department.

    40. On April 15, 2005, Officer Peterson received a one day suspension without pay for sending a mobile data terminal (“MDT”) message from a Department patrol car to another patrol car inquiring about the physical appearance of a female civilian.

    41. On May 15, 2007, Officer Peterson received a one day suspension without pay for failing to interact with a member of the public, specifically, a Village of Oak Brook Trustee, in a manner consistent with the ordinary rules of good conduct and behavior at the Village Hall while Officer Peterson was off-duty.

    42. On May 27, 2008, the Board imposed upon Officer Peterson an eight day suspension, without pay, for violating Department rules and regulations when he drove a Department patrol car to the Will County grand jury proceedings to testify on November 29, 2007, and December 13, 2007. With regard to the December 13, 2007, incident, Officer Peterson had told his immediate supervisor that he was traveling “to court,” but failed to disclose that the court was in Will County and that the proceedings related to Officer Peterson’s personal business. The Board found that Officer Peterson’s conduct constituted “disingenuous avoidance of the truth prompted by [Officer Peterson’s] personal agenda or an arrogant disregard for the Orders and Rules and Regulations of the Police Department.” The eight day suspension was later reduced on administrative review.

    43. Less than six months later, on November 19, 2008, the Board imposed upon Officer Peterson a twenty-five day suspension, without pay, for violating a Department General Order and the Illinois Administrative Code when he made unauthorized LEADS inquiries for personal purposes on fourteen separate occasions. The Board found that Officer Peterson had run multiple unauthorized LEADS inquiries on his wife, his friend, his personal vehicle, the personal vehicles of other Oak Brook police officers, the vehicle used by Deputy Chief Larson, and the vehicle used by the Oak Brook Village Manager. The Board found “absolutely no credibility in [Officer Peterson’s] testimony regarding his inability to recollect” running these unauthorized LEADS inquiries. The twenty-five day suspension was later reduced by agreement between the Board and Officer Peterson after a ruling by the Circuit Court of DuPage County remanded the penalty phase of the hearing back to the Board.

  2. 22. On Friday, November 2, 2007, at approximately noon or 12:30 p.m., Drew Peterson drove to Officer Peterson’s home on his motorcycle. While at Officer Peterson’s home, Drew drafted a will in which he bequeathed his entire estate to Officer Peterson, signed the title of his motorcycle over to Officer Peterson, and ate lunch. At approximately 1:45 p.m. that same day, Officer Peterson drove Drew Peterson back to Drew’s home.

    Sure sounds like Drew was expecting to be charged with murder and tossed in jail right off the bat.

    Wonder if the bike title stayed in Stephen’s name?

  3. If Drew was expecting to be looked at suspiciously, and investigated for his involvement in Stacy’s disappearance, it’s still mind boggling to think that he involved his son in his mess. Why? What the hell is wrong with him? So now, he supposedly draws up letters and sends them off to Sneed for her column, and blames, blames, blames, everyone he possibly can for his situation and that of his son. Yet, he sees no reason to accept any blame himself? That’s just amazing.

  4. Wow like Father, like son! Looks as though Stephen was following right behind in his Dads footsteps! Either his Father taught him well, or he is caught up in an awful mess and needs to take a step back and realize helping his Father out is destroying his life! How more does he have to lose? Sometimes having a Father in ones life just isn’t worth it when the truth is right in front of your face.

  5. Lorie :Wow like Father, like son! Looks as though Stephen was following right behind in his Dads footsteps! Either his Father taught him well, or he is caught up in an awful mess and needs to take a step back and realize helping his Father out is destroying his life! How more does he have to lose? Sometimes having a Father in ones life just isn’t worth it when the truth is right in front of your face.

    It seems like it’s too late for him to redeem himself with the OBPD now.. Stephen’s in this over his head. The allegations and charges brought against him by his Chief seem to be proven by the testimonies of those he allegedly(?) told about his troubles… including DP and the media, thru JB.

    Stephen’s soon to be ‘ex’, Teresa, has distanced herself from the Petersons.
    Hope she is smart (or scared) enough to cooperate with LE after Stephen began pulling the same “multiple unauthorized LEADS inquiries on his wife, his friend, his personal vehicle, the personal vehicles of other Oak Brook police officers, the vehicle used by Deputy Chief Larson, and the vehicle used by the Oak Brook Village Manager.”

    What makes him think he can help his father by further breaking laws?

  6. FYI – Another high profile case that Brodsky and Odeh took on about a year and a half ago was the Nour Hadid case, which was the woman who beat to death her two year old niece. At the time, the legal team was more concerned about her being “humiliated” by having to remove her headscarf for the mug shots, rather than showing some sympathy for the horrific beating death of a baby.

    An Orland Park woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the beating death of her 2-year-old niece in April 2009 at the woman’s home.

    Nour Hadid, 27, 9016 W. 140th St., pleaded guilty Friday to felony aggravated battery of a child.

    Looks like she wasn’t represented by the Brodskers after all. Guess once the attention waned, he wasn’t interested, heh? Really though, Brodsky thinks it’s a “shame” she took a plea deal. A shame?

    Attorney Joel Brodsky, who formerly represented Nour Hadid, said Monday that he was surprised at the plea agreement.

    “That’s a shame. When I was looking at the case, I saw it at worst as involuntary manslaughter,” Brodsky said. “She was a recent immigrant from Jordan and from a conservative religious family. She was disciplining the child the same way she was disciplined. You need to look at her state of mind.”

    John K. Ryan
    Southtown Star
    http://www.southtownstar.com/news/2876946,110910hadidplea.article

  7. Hadid should consider herself lucky with just the 15 years in prison. If she had kept Joel as her lawyer, he’d still be harping on the hijab issue and using it to get his face on the news while she sat in jail awaiting trial.

  8. Statement of Facts

    Background on Disappearance of Stacy Peterson

    4. On October 20, 2007, Officer Peterson’s wife, Teresa Peterson, had a conversation with Stacy Peterson, the wife of Officer Peterson’s father, Drew Peterson, at Drew and Stacy’s home. During this conversation, Stacy Peterson told Teresa Peterson that she wanted out of her marriage to Drew Peterson.

    5. Nine days later, on Monday, October 29, 2007, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Officer Peterson received a telephone call at his home from Drew Peterson. During that telephone call, Drew Peterson told Officer Peterson that Drew Peterson’s wife, Stacy Peterson, had called him the night before and told him that she had left him for another man, gone on vacation, and would deal with Drew Peterson when she got home. Drew Peterson also told Officer Peterson during that telephone call that Stacy Peterson had taken with her $25,000 and the title to the couple’s home.

    6. At approximately 9:00 p.m. on October 29, 2007, Drew Peterson again called Officer Peterson at home and stated that Stacy Peterson still had not returned home and that Stacy’s family had filed a missing person report with the police.

    7. On Tuesday, October 30, 2007, at approximately 7:00 a.m. or 7:30 a.m., Drew Peterson called Officer Peterson and told him that local news outlets were running a news story about Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. During that same telephone call, Drew Peterson told Officer Peterson that he was going to bring some of his guns to Officer Peterson’s home.

    1) Attached as Exhibit 1 is the Illinois State Police Report outlining the activities of Officer Peterson immediately after the disappearance of Stacy Peterson. During his internal interrogation Officer Peterson affirmed the accuracy of the facts in the Illinois State Police Report, with one exception. Officer Peterson stated that he last saw Stacy Peterson when he and his wife visited Drew and Stacy’s home on October 20, 2007, not October 27, 2007, as indicated in an Illinois State Police report. This error was noted in a subsequent Illinois State Police report.

    8. At approximately 7:30 a.m. that same day, October 30, 2007, Drew Peterson arrived at Officer Peterson’s home with three firearms contained in two separate gun cases: a Colt AR-15 .223-caliber rifle, an Ithasa 12-gauge shotgun, and a Magnum Research .22-caliber rifle.

    9. The AR-15 rifle had an 11.5 inch barrel, 4.5 inches shorter than the standard barrel length of 16 inches on that model weapon used by the Oak Brook Police Department.

    10. Officer Peterson is familiar with the AR-15 model weapon because he typically keeps such a weapon in an Oak Brook Police Department patrol car. Officer Peterson is trained and qualified by the Department in the use of the AR-15 rifle.

    11. When Drew Peterson arrived at Officer Peterson’s home with the three guns, he told Officer Peterson that he knew the police would be looking at his house and he did not want anything to happen to these particular guns because they were his “favorites.” Drew Peterson further told Officer Peterson that the story of Stacy’s disappearance would be all over the news.

    12. After opening the two gun cases and looking at the weapons, Officer Peterson concealed the weapons, contained in two separate gun cases, in the closet of a spare bedroom of his home.

    13. Officer Peterson admitted in his internal interrogation that he did not possess Drew Peterson’s guns for any purpose related to his law enforcement duties as a police officer for the Village of Oak Brook.

    14. Officer Peterson did not alert any law enforcement authorities, including the Illinois State Police or Chief Sheahan, or any other supervisor at the Oak Brook Police Department, that he and Drew Peterson had concealed three guns, including an AR-15 with an 11.5 inch barrel, in his home in order to prevent law enforcement from discovering those guns during a search of Drew Peterson home in connection with Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. Instead, Officer Peterson willingly concealed his father’s guns in a spare bedroom of his home and alerted no one to their location.

    15. Later that same day, October 30, 2007, Drew Peterson called Officer Peterson and told Officer Peterson to come to his home.

    16. At approximately 2:00 p.m. that day, October 30, 2007, Officer Peterson arrived at Drew Peterson’s home where Drew Peterson was present with his two young children. While Officer Peterson was present at Drew Peterson’s home, Drew Peterson told Officer Peterson that he wanted Officer Peterson to take all four of his children in case of his arrest. Drew Peterson gave Officer Peterson the telephone numbers of two lawyers to call if he were arrested, as well as personal financial information regarding his bank accounts, trust funds, etc. Drew Peterson also gave Officer Peterson three checks totaling $236,800, including a $225,000 check drawn on a home equity line of credit Drew Peterson had established on his home. The $225,000 check was dated October 29, 2007. Drew Peterson told Officer Peterson that he wanted Officer Peterson to have this money to assist him in caring for Drew Peterson’s children and also so that no one else could access it. Drew Peterson told Officer Peterson not to deposit the checks until Drew Peterson instructed him to do so. After accepting these checks from Drew Peterson, Officer Peterson went home.

    17. After receiving checks totaling $236,800 from his father, Officer Peterson still did not alert law enforcement authorities to the fact that he had concealed three of his father’s guns, including an AR-15 with an 11.5 inch barrel, in his home in order to prevent law enforcement from discovering those guns during a search of Drew Peterson’s home in connection with Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.

    18. By Thursday, November 1, 2007, there was intense media coverage of Stacy Peterson’s disappearance and it was widely speculated in the news media that Drew Peterson was a suspect in Stacy’s disappearance.

    19. On November 1, 2007, the Illinois State Police executed a search warrant at Drew Peterson’s home in connection with their investigation of Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. During this search, Drew Peterson called Officer Peterson and told him to pick up Drew’s children at the home of Drew’s neighbor. After receiving this phone call from Drew Peterson during the search of Drew’s home, Officer Peterson still did not alert law enforcement authorities to the fact that he had concealed three of his father’s guns in his home in order to prevent law enforcement from discovering them during their search of Drew Peterson’s home.

    20. During the search of Drew Peterson’s home, members of the Illinois State Police located four unloaded magazines for the AR-15 that Officer Peterson had concealed in his home on October 30, 2007. A State’s Attorney Investigator asked Drew Peterson where the AR-15 was located and Drew Peterson responded, “I knew you guys were coming and I took it to my son’s house Tuesday.”

    21. Also on November 1, 2007, the day his father’s home was searched by the Illinois State Police, Officer Peterson attempted to deposit the three checks Drew Peterson had given to him on October 30, 2007. The two checks for smaller amounts were honored but the $225,000 check drawn on Drew Peterson’s home equity line of credit was not honored because the line of credit had a maximum amount of $220,000. Drew Peterson realized his mistake when he spoke with Officer Peterson on November 1, 2007, just after Officer Peterson attempted to deposit the check, and he corrected the
    mistake shortly thereafter by providing Officer Peterson a second check for $215,000 on the home equity line of credit. This second check cleared and the funds were deposited in Officer Peterson’s personal checking account sometime during the week of November 4, 2007.

    22. On Friday, November 2, 2007, at approximately noon or 12:30 p.m., Drew Peterson drove to Officer Peterson’s home on his motorcycle. While at Officer Peterson’s home, Drew drafted a will in which he bequeathed his entire estate to Officer Peterson, signed the title of his motorcycle over to Officer Peterson, and ate lunch. At approximately 1:45 p.m. that same day, Officer Peterson drove Drew Peterson back to Drew’s home.

  9. Wow what a busy man from the minute Stacy went missing! Seems to me someone proclaiming to be innocent wouldn’t of went through all of this if he had nothing to hide, or did anything wrong! Drew from the get go was already ready to be arrested,hiding his possessions(including the guns), signing over his estate, wrote up a will, wrote checks to care for his children, and getting everything in order to be arrested. Does this sound like something an innocent person would do? I mean seriously any normal person would be shouting from the roof tops for his wife to come home, out looking for her everywhere he possibly thinks she might be, calling everyone,down at the courthouse getting a temporary custody order on abandonment charges, and calling the police himself to say she took off and left the kids so he can get custody, and they can help track her down! Instead he is making plans for his arrest? Signing over all his assets, writing up a will? This is just the tip of the iceberg, nowhere near the topping to the cake! Surely there is a good reason there is a 20 million bond in place 🙂

  10. To Drew, his children are stage props and convenient excuses; use them as he sees fit and leave them to their own resoources when the doo doo hits the fan.

    Stephen chose to involve himself and now he must face the consequences. Maybe the Cicero or Berwyn police depts. can find a place for him among their ranks……

  11. OMG after 3 yrs, it’s all coming out in the wash.I hate to speculate, but I am. Officer Peterson did not handle things properly. Thank Goodness, Theresa took off for the hills.

  12. 20. During the search of Drew Peterson’s home, members of the Illinois State Police located four unloaded magazines for the AR-15 that Officer Peterson had concealed in his home on October 30, 2007. A State’s Attorney Investigator asked Drew Peterson where the AR-15 was located and Drew Peterson responded, “I knew you guys were coming and I took it to my son’s house Tuesday.”

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    Anyone notice it took Drew about a nano second to rat on his own son !

  13. Other than being incredibly busy for a man whose wife just went missing, he made quite a few sloppy mistakes in his haste to cover his a.., such as leaving unloaded magazines for the AR-15 at his own home and writing a check to his son for more than the total line of credit (!!)

    Makes you wonder what other details he overlooked at the time.

  14. justanotherhen :

    20. During the search of Drew Peterson’s home, members of the Illinois State Police located four unloaded magazines for the AR-15 that Officer Peterson had concealed in his home on October 30, 2007. A State’s Attorney Investigator asked Drew Peterson where the AR-15 was located and Drew Peterson responded, “I knew you guys were coming and I took it to my son’s house Tuesday.”

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    Anyone notice it took Drew about a nano second to rat on his own son !

    Isn’t that incredible that he wasted no time in implicating his son’s involvement? Great dad. So, why now is he moaning that most everyone else is out to get him and his son, when it was he that told LE Stephen was holding the gun to avoid having it confiscated? Why on earth did he do that? He could have shut his mouth and got the gun back himself without involving his son. I think Drew Peterson doesn’t care who he takes down with him if it suits him, regardless of how he proclaims his unconditional love for his children. After all, he is accused of erasing the mothers of his children, so taking down his son doesn’t seem to bother him much either. He just wants everyone to think he gives a rat’s ass.

  15. Rescue, in referance to #14, I coudn’t agree more. Drew,DOES NOT CARE who he takes down with him, either be his son, his mother, brother, sister, wives,…it does not matter. He is a Psychopath.He is not Human. Too bad for Stephen,KARMA is a BITCH. I do not feel sorry for his pathetic ass, I feel sorry for the OTHER children of Drew, and Stephen’s little daughter. What a mess these 2 have created.

  16. Anyone remember when ISP went to Stephen Petersons home, they found him cowering in the basement.

    To now see in writing it was his own father to lead ISP there must have been hard for him to take (!!)

  17. 4. Officer Peterson did not alert any law enforcement authorities, including the Illinois State Police or Chief Sheahan, or any other supervisor at the Oak Brook Police Department, that he and Drew Peterson had concealed three guns, including an AR-15 with an 11.5 inch barrel, in his home in order to prevent law enforcement from discovering those guns during a search of Drew Peterson home in connection with Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. Instead, Officer Peterson willingly concealed his father’s guns in a spare bedroom of his home and alerted no one to their location.

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    As can be viewed from the above Stephen is in big doo-doo now as he knowingly and willingly concealed his fathers guns and told no one of their location, yet he did not get the same loyalty from his own father as Drew told ISP straight away the guns were hidden at Stephens house, in fact it even looks like he boasted about it by saying: “I knew you guys were coming and I took it to my sons house” (!!)

  18. This is crazy! All of you are so “on” w/ur comments! It does make u wonder why on earth he would bother “hiding” the guns so they wouldn’t get confiscated during an “presumable search” of an innocent man, and then tell were they are when the time came! HUH??? Is it just that he likes drama all that much? After reading the above documents it seems that OPD has justification in their request for termination. Kind of feel sorry for Stephen but just kinda — he’s a big boy that should’ve known better.

  19. I’m wondering if the Savio teens, Tom and Kris, will see what their ‘dad’ has done to their older brother… or if DP has already given them some of his twisted b.s. to justify his sicko actions.

  20. noway406 :

    Didn’t Drew say that Stacy often took off? I wonder if he took the same steps the “other” times she left.

    If Drew Peterson told the authorities that Stacy often “took off,” I believe that was just another one of his made-up tales. No one, not one person that I have seen anywhere, came forward in his defense about her leaving her home and children for long lengths at a time. If she left the home for ANY amount of time, including having her hair done at a salon, he had her tracked, and he called her constantly. That only serves to make him look even more involved in her disappearance, and he knew he looked suspiciously guilty in taking steps to hide evidence and money, via his son, when the cops came-a-looking.

  21. Interesting reading indeed. Prior to reading these docs, I was willing to give Stephen the benefit of the doubt. NOW, after reading …. It is quite clear to me that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. His blatant disregard for authority is disgusting, just like his father. This now raises concerns to me, about the welfare of the children.

    I sincerely hope that Cass, as well as the Savio’s have someone to help them make sure the children do not end up in this sick cycle. I just hope that those kids have a chance!

  22. I’d be willing to bet the farm that DOD (Dear Ol’ Dad) told Stephen to keep his trap shut and that he’d ‘take care of it’. And Stephen, under his father’s thumb as always, said, “Yes sir.”
    Stephen was, after all, raised by this worthless piece of lying flotsam-even went into the same line of work. Wonder how THAT happened? What strings and/or favors were called in there?

  23. I didn’t really mean ‘raised’. “Influenced’ I guess would be more like it. And I don’t think it takes too much speculating to imagine the kind of guilt trip Drewpy put on Stephen because he DIDN’T havwe Stephen full time to warp and manipulate.
    Mods, if this is too much imagination, you have my permission (lol) to delete the post. I just had to say it.

  24. Just found this on my profile when I changed my picture:

    “Please note: The blog surfer is being phased out and replaced with the new Subscriptions feature. All of your blog surfer subscriptions will be transferred within the next 48 hours, after which the blog surfer feature will be removed. For more information on the new subscriptions features, please take a look through the support page.”

  25. doggies all over :I didn’t really mean ‘raised’. “Influenced’ I guess would be more like it. And I don’t think it takes too much speculating to imagine the kind of guilt trip Drewpy put on Stephen because he DIDN’T havwe Stephen full time to warp and manipulate.Mods, if this is too much imagination, you have my permission (lol) to delete the post. I just had to say it.

    ‘Raised’, ‘Influenced’, ‘Primed’,’manipulated’, ‘brainwashed’, =

    ‘PROGRAMMED’ from Birth

    We all saw on TV, how he did the same thing with each of his younger four children.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they need to be ‘De-Programmed’ just like those that have been rescued from some of those ‘cults’. However, IMO, they need to know they are ‘safe’ to let go and move on by having every ‘Influence’ from the ‘Programmer’ completely removed from their lives forever.

  26. It has been shown that sociopathic behavior can be genetic. Stephen seems to think he is above the law and rules do not apply to him, just like daddy-dearest.

    I am sure Stephen will be recruited by some LE or private security firm, such as Xe. He’ll fit in quite well, I think.

  27. http://www.cltv.com/news/nationworld/wghp-story-zahra-baker-101112,0,4271553.story

    BREAKING NEWS: Police Think They’ve Found Body of Zahra Baker

    Associated Press Staff Writer
    3:16 p.m. CST, November 12, 2010

    HICKORY, N.C. (AP) —

    Investigators said Friday they believe they have found the remains of a disabled North Carolina girl who was reported missing about a month ago.

    Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said investigators matched a bone found a couple of weeks ago with 10-year-old Zahra Baker’s DNA.

    “I’ve been dreading this moment from early on in the investigation,” Adkins said. “We have recovered enough physical evidence to think we have found Zahra.”

    [snipped]

  28. Wow. Verrry interesting. Thank you so much for this post, ladies. Great work.

    So we have more corroboration from Theresa for Stacy’s desire to be finished with Drew. That’s interesting. Drew’s own

    I can’t put my finger quite on why it’s disturbing to me that the non-hunter Drew’s “favourite” firearms are 2 rifles and a shotgun. (1 a pimped assault rifle)

    I’ve got to say that MOO of Stephen has never been very high. We see his transgressions listed officially here, but we’ve heard about it in the meantime. Of course. It’s *just* my opinion that SP is well involved in Stacy’s disappearance, if only after the fact. At the very least I believe he knows all about it. Teling him all about it is another way to bind Stephen to him.

    As for Stephen’s future employment prospects; he may yet land in prison, but if not, his dad’s got a contact in Thailand with a security firm, hasn’t he?

    OT it’s great to “see” everyone, especially those we don’t see often!

  29. …on the positive side, my son was similarly groomed by my narcissistic ex to be his creature during/after our divorce. I really worried for him. Happy to say his mom’s early influence has won in the end.

  30. Bucket, I’m so glad your son inherited your common sense and ability to reason. He’s a very strong young man, and I commend him. And you.
    ***
    O/T So horribly tragic about Zahra. I’m reading now that the authorities are wondering why the parts were found so far apart. (5 miles!)
    ***
    Judgin, if we’re right, then what the younger kids are getting now is just the second go-round. Reinforcement, if you will.
    Terrifying.

  31. Peterson Wants To Donate Gun Part To Cops
    November 16, 2010 7:28 AM

    (WBBM) – Drew Peterson’s lawyer says Peterson wants to donate an unusual gift to the police department he served for almost 30 years before he was accused of murdering his third wife.

    Call it generosity, says Drew Peterson’s attorney Joel Brodsky.

    Whatever you call it, Brodsky says now that illegal gun charges have been thrown out against Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police sergeant wants to reconfigure the gun with a longer barrel and give that to his son Stephen.

    Stephen Peterson is an Oak Brook police officer who was suspended for allegedly hiding his father’s guns.

    Brodsky says Drew Peterson wants to donate the short barrel of the gun–the part that ostensibly made it illegal–to the Bolingbrook Police.

    “He’s decided that he’s going to donate the short barrel, when it’s replaced, he’s going to donate that to the Bolingbrook Police Department SWAT team.”

    Will County State’s Attorney’s office Spokesman Charles Pelkie says – “We’re not going to give Peterson an illegal weapon on the promise that he’s going to reconfigure it and make it legal.”

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2010/11/16/peterson-wants-to-donate-gun-part-to-cops/

  32. Ha, what a bunch of morons. Looks like the Bozo boys are getting desperate once again for media recognition. Guess it sucks to drift off into oblivion every now and then and makes for creative thinking on how to stir the pot
    Maybe Brodsky should think about donating his brain someday to the Legal Institute of Has-Been Whack Jobs. Wonder if people would gather around the Mason Jar and look at that glob, much like gathering around the water cooler for a chat? Haha, they could discuss how the man behind the glob used his creative side to ascertain absolutely nothing positive on behalf of his client.

  33. What a dumb way to spin the fact that Drew just wants to find a way to give that gun to Stephen. Because, that is really all this is about (with the usual half-assed dig from Drew tossed in just for ‘fun’).

    IMO, Stephen should steer clear of anything his father wants to give him.

  34. Well, sounds like Peterson doesn’t want to part with the gun, which means he expects to be reconnected with it someday via giving it to Stephen. I am quite surprised that with all of Peterson’s day-to-day problems, meaning how adjusted his little children are, and how his teens are doing, he’d give a rat’s ass about donating a shortened barrel to his former employer and ensuring that one of his adult sons has the gun of his dreams. Weird.

  35. For someone who claims to be innocent, all he is worried about is material possessions. For someone who claims his wife just ran off with another man, where is the outrage that he is sitting behind bars locked up for crimes he didn’t commit, and she needs to come home and clear his name? Nothing about Stacy, nothing at all since the beginning except remarks making her look bad. No pleading, no looking, nothing! Even locked up behind bars still no mention of her! Only he wants his guns backs, he wants this back, he wants that back! If I was locked up and accused of a crime that I knew I didn’t commit I would be livid, and speaking out all over for someone to find her, and for her to get her ass back home and clear this mess up, and my name. All of this to me proves even more he is guilty because he has nothing to say regarding Kathleen, or Stacy, other than he wants his stuff back! This is why he never mentions Stacy, or pleads for her to come back because he knows she isn’t coming back because he knows what happened to her! Absolutely sickening, and pathetic that all he is worried about is his guns!

  36. Yep, the guy sure has weird priorities. Funny how he’d rather have the public see and read nonsense like this, rather than try and come across as a softened, compassionate, caring father who misses his kids and does what he can to remain an important part of their lives.

    In fact, they’ve probably come a long way back from the darkness he plunged them in and are thriving. Life goes on, and he’s certainly not an integral part of it. Heh, and all he gives a rat’s butt about is who gets what parts of his favorite gun.

    Sounds like he’s cracked a whole bunch and his lawyer certainly is enabling that aspect of it.

  37. Magic word is priorities…Drew’s priority does not include, Kathleen,Stacy or his children, never has been, never will be. And Lorie, you are so right. For a person locked up for a crime he didn’t commit,You would think he would be hollering from the cell, Hey find out who did this to Kathleen, so that I can be cleared…. And Damn It Stacy…..Where are you, come home,I am in some deep doo doo….Because he killed Kathleen, and he knows where Stacy is, and what happened to her. Drew’s Priority is DREW, and NO ONE ELSE.

  38. And seriously,WHO CARES anymore what comes out of the mouths of IDIOTS. It’s useless babble. After 3 yrs Drew and Brodsky, NO ONE cares….Only that YOU get what you have coming in the end…And HE will.
    Thanks Facs.

  39. Amen to that Irish, he sure will! Justice is coming soon for Kathleen, Stacy, their family, and the children! The wheels of justice are turning slowly but they will turn!

    Rescue, exactly nothing about his children at all unless someone is saying, or doing something against him. If it is him doing it…. like the talk shows he did, radio interviews, letter writing, that is alright! Other than that he doesn’t give a rats butt about them IMO unless he thinks he can get sympathy by throwing them in the picture.

  40. 09L 000326 Estate of Kathleen Savio, Deceased wrongful death suit
    BRODSKY JOEL ALAN 11 17 10 930 WCCA PETERSON DREW 09L 000326 CIVJ
    PETERSON DREW 11 17 10 WCCA 930 09L 000326 Hearing

  41. It’s nice to know people are still interested in researching these cases:

    David Turvey
    Researching the missing women of will county Illinois cases. Possible new lead.

  42. DAILY HERALD

    Oak Brook cops moving to fire Drew Peterson’s son
    Board will decide whether to fire officer accused of violating rules

    By Anna Madrzyk

    A hearing on whether to fire Oak Brook police officer Stephen Peterson, son of murder suspect Drew Peterson, will go on as scheduled Nov. 30.

    Oak Brook’s Board of Fire and Police Commissioners on Monday denied Peterson’s request for a continuance.

    Peterson has been on paid leave from his $67,422-a-year position since August. Earlier this month, commissioners rejected Chief Thomas Sheahan’s motion to halt Peterson’s paychecks.

    Sheahan is seeking Peterson’s dismissal.

    Peterson, a six-year veteran of the force, is accused of violating department rules when he briefly stashed his father’s “favorite” guns so law enforcement authorities wouldn’t find them. He also is charged with failure to tell his superiors.

    The guns included an assault rifle with a prohibited shortened barrel. Oak Brook rules limit an officer’s off-duty firearms to handguns, which must have departmental approval.

    Peterson admitted under oath that he hid the guns his father brought to his house on Oct. 30, 2007 just a few days after Drew Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, 23, went missing. Drew Peterson, a retired Bolingbrook police sergeant, has not been charged in her disappearance, but is awaiting trial for first-degree murder in connection with the 2004 bathtub drowning of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

    Police raided Drew Peterson’s home two days later, on Nov. 1, 2007. Drew Peterson told them his son had the three guns and Stephen Peterson turned in the weapons.

    Officer Peterson later knowingly broke department rules by talking about the internal investigation into his conduct with numerous people, including several fellow officers, Sheahan charged.

    Tamara Cummings, who is Stephen Peterson’s police union attorney, has said the officer is being unfairly targeted because of his father’s notoriety. In a news release, she called the charges “meritless” and “vindictive.”

    But his father aside, Stephen Peterson “has a long history of disciplinary issues as an Oak Brook police officer,” according to documents submitted to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. That disciplinary history includes a 25-day suspension without pay for running unauthorized police data checks on village employees’ cars. The 25-day suspension was later reduced.

    The board is expected to hear testimony from both sides at the Nov. 30 hearing before making a decision on Peterson’s employment. If necessary, the hearing will continue to Dec. 9.

    Neither Peterson’s attorney nor Charles E. Hervas, attorney for the police chief, could be reached for comment Tuesday.

    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101123/news/711249879/

  43. Ex-cop ordered held on $5M bail in wife’s slaying…

    …Norberto Rodriguez, 51, of the 15400 block of Alamaeda Avenue in the southwest suburb was charged Tuesday with the June 2009 murder as well as concealment of a homicide.
    At his bond hearing at the Markham courthouse this morning, prosecutors said the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force used his cell phone records to find his wife’s body and car.

    And the week before she went missing and was found dead, she told her family, “If I show up missing, you know what to do,” they said.

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/11/ex-cop-ordered-held-on-5m-bail-in-wifes-slaying.html

  44. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I am thankful for so many things, not the least of which is the ability to come together for a common purpose. May Stacy be found soon.

  45. Per Judgin:

    According to public records…

    Stephen and Teresa Peterson have officially ended their marriage.

    Certificate of Divorce was filed 11/15/2010 and case is closed.

    The sale of their home was finalized on 11/22/2010.

  46. BTW, Walter Maksym is one of five challengers who are attempting to get Rahm Emanuel knocked off the mayorial ballot. Still looking for attention?

    …Odelson filed his challenge on behalf of Thomas L. McMahon, a retired Chicago police officer, and Walter P. Maksym Jr., a lawyer. Maksym and McMahon are paying Odelson “to the extent I bill them,” Odelson said…

    http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2010/11/veteran-election-lawyer-tries-to-knock-rahm-emanuel-off-chicago-mayoral-ballot.html

  47. facsmiley :BTW, Walter Maksym is one of five challengers who are attempting to get Rahm Emanuel knocked off the mayorial ballot. Still looking for attention?

    …Odelson filed his challenge on behalf of Thomas L. McMahon, a retired Chicago police officer, and Walter P. Maksym Jr., a lawyer. Maksym and McMahon are paying Odelson “to the extent I bill them,” Odelson said…

    http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2010/11/veteran-election-lawyer-tries-to-knock-rahm-emanuel-off-chicago-mayoral-ballot.html

    ~~~

    Hmmm, it also says…

    “Maksym has had his own high-profile cases. He represents Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police officer who is suing Chase Bank over a line of credit the bank froze after Peterson was charged in the drowning death of this third wife.”

    Shouldn’t that read…

    Maksym recently ‘lost’ his own high-profile case when he represented Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police officer who was suing Chase Bank over a line of credit the bank froze after Peterson was charged in the drowning death of this third wife.

    Maksym’s frivolous high-profile case was thrown out of court after many of their usual creative lame attempts at throwing B.S. at the judge.

  48. You’re right, Judgin. Thanks for the accurate reporting!

    It would have been nice to see them also give Maksym a shout out for being co-author of “Perfect Pleasure: Beyond the One-Hour Orgasm” and how could they have omitted his high-profile legal defense of Lafayette Morehouse in this case?

    Sex Academy Sues to Keep Its Homeless Camp;
    Dan Reed, Chronicle Correspondent
    San Francisco Chronicle 12-24-1992

    …More University, the quirky academy known for its courses in prolonged sex and for delivering free food from its fleet of purple limousines, sued Contra Costa County yesterday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

    The civil rights suit claims that the county’s attempts to shut down a homeless encampment on the academy grounds by enforcing county zoning laws and by suing the university last month violate constitutional guarantees of free assembly, free expression, privacy and use of property.

    “When those ordinances were approved,” Walter Maksym, More’s attorney, said of the county zoning laws, “I don’t think they contemplated the breakdown in society, the need (for food and shelter) and that someone would be this generous.” …

  49. and this should read…

    “I don’t think they contemplated ‘our vigorous prolonged attempts to aid’ in the breakdown in society,…

    It’s only taxpayers’ money!

  50. judgin :and this should read…
    “I don’t think they contemplated ‘our vigorous prolonged attempts to aid’ in the breakdown in society,…
    It’s only taxpayers’ money!

    LOL This sounds like someone made this stuff up, but then you see Walter’s name attached to the story.

  51. One question.

    When the cops asked Drew where his missing guns were, why didn’t he keep his big trap shut and deal with it appropriately, rather than ADMIT his son had them? Wouldn’t none of this be happening if he hadn’t sold his son out as the one that was holding them?

    Just askin’………

  52. Source: Drew Peterson

    Nothing like a ringing endorsement from one of the most hated men in america. This is one of those “Please stop helping me.” situations, right?

    And since when are releases about a court date worded like party invitations? I swear I was looking for the instructions on how to dress, a map to the event and wondering whether or not the press is supposed to BYOB!

  53. This action against Stephen Peterson is a Witch Hunt that shows the ugly side of government. I would suggest that any police officers with the time should show up at that Tuesday night Oakbrook hearing in support of a decent young cop.

    I snatched this from the dude who 100% supports Drew Peterson and/or his son merely because they are police officers and they’re all buddies. You know the guy – Paul “the I wanna be Joel Brodsky’s main private investigator” Huebl.

    Yeah, Paul, maybe when they’re done attending yet another wake for an officer that was gunned down doing his job, they can run over and support Drew Peterson’s son for taking possession of possible evidence he knew the cops would be looking for. Yeah. Why not? I’m sure this is just as important to them as wondering who’s blowing away cops on the streets. AAMOF, Brodsky was representing one of the suspects that gunned down young Chicago police officer Alex Valadez in cold blood last year. Shawn Gaston. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6878439

    IMO, it’s pathetic the way these cast of characters think anyone gives a rat’s ass about the Peterson/Brodsky crew. So desperate are they, that they have no other choice but to put out press releases and beg for supporters. Too late. No one cares about a cop’s adult son that had a mind of his own and a chance to turn down the opportunity of his career by saying NO to his father. He’s a big boy. He’ll figure out how to prove himself, right or wrong. Get over it.

  54. facsmiley :

    Source: Drew Peterson

    Nothing like a ringing endorsement from one of the most hated men in america. This is one of those “Please stop helping me.” situations, right?

    And since when are releases about a court date worded like party invitations? I swear I was looking for the instructions on how to dress, a map to the event and wondering whether or not the press is supposed to BYOB!

    Hahahaha! Funny one.

  55. “decent young cop”

    I guess that’s a matter of opinion, but who am I going to believe; a publicity-seeking friend of Joel Brodsky or a former co-worker of SP who says:

    …Petersons son is a idiot who has commited many offenses he should have been fired for. I was an oak brook police officer and i can tell you that kid is a jackass. You wouldn’t believe the shit he got away with that hasn’t even been reported…

    ?

    Of course, only the facts will be considered tomorrow night–opinions won’t factor into the decision. But as the court documents make clear, the younger officer Peterson has been disciplined numerous times in the past for infractions. The clandestine “assistance” he gave to his father in the early days of Stacy’s disappearance is just the last instance of his documented misdeeds.

  56. Drew Peterson’s Lawyer Asks Federal Court to Let Accused Killer Out of Jail

    As the former Bolingbrook police sergeant awaits trial, his lawyer filed a federal appeal today to get him released from jail. Meanwhile, his son could be fired from his police job.

    By Joseph Hosey

    CHICAGO – Attorneys for accused wife-killer Drew Peterson filed an appeal in federal court in hopes of having the disgraced former cop sprung from jail while he awaits trial.

    Joseph “Shark” Lopez, one of the five lawyers defending Peterson against charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio, said he filed the appeal today.

    Lopez said he could not discuss contents of the appeal as it was filed under seal.

    Peterson allegedly drowned Savio in March 2004 but was not arrested until the disappearance of his next wife, Stacy Peterson, attracted attention to her death.

    The State Police have said they suspect Drew Peterson might have killed Stacy Peterson as well, but have yet to bring charges against the disgraced former Bolingbrook cop.

    Stacy Peterson vanished in October 2007. She remains missing and the State Police have labeled her case a “potential homicide.” Peterson was jailed in connection with Savio’s death in May 2009.

    Peterson’s attorneys first appealed Peterson’s continued incarceration after prosecutors pulled the plug on his July trial at the eleventh hour. The trial was postponed indefinitely when Will Count State’s Attorney James Glasgow appealed Judge Stephen White’s decision on what hearsay testimony will be allowed as evidence.

    The State Appellate Court shot down the initial appeal, prompting Lopez and his team of attorneys to step up the ladder to federal court.

    Charles B. Pelkie, spokesman for the State’s Attorney’s Office, said he was unaware of the latest appeal in Drew Peterson’s murder case.

    “We have not received any notification on this,” Pelkie said. “Obviously we’ll deal with this on a federal level if need be.”

    Peterson’s Son Could Lose His Job

    Drew Peterson is not the only cop in his family in trouble and under scrutiny in connection with Stacy’s disappearance. His son, Oak Brook Patrol Officer Stephen Peterson, is under the gun at his own department and faces a disciplinary hearing Tuesday night that may end with him losing his job.

    Stephen Peterson is in trouble with Oak Brook Chief Thomas Sheehan for stashing an illegal assault weapon for his father just before the State Police executed a search warrant at Drew Peterson’s home in November 2007. The state police were looking for Stacy Peterson, or some clue as to what may have befallen her.

    Stephen Peterson admitted under oath that Drew Peterson smuggled the gun into his possession in the days before the search. Stephen Peterson was testifying about the gun during a pretrial hearing in a felony weapon case the state brought against his father. Drew Peterson was arrested on the charge in May 2009 for allegedly possessing an assault weapon with a barrel shorter than the state-mandated 16 inches.

    Judge Richard Schoenstedt dismissed the weapon case Oct. 1. He ruled that prosecutors failed to prove Peterson was not protected by a federal law allowing police officers to carry concealed weapons.

    The Oak Brook Police and Fire Board blocked out three nights to hear testimony in Stephen Peterson’s hearing, with each session slated for three hours.

    http://plainfield.patch.com/articles/drew-petersons-lawyer-files-federal-appeal

  57. Soon the elder Peterson was arrested and Illinois State Police demanded to know where his guns were. The elder Peterson informed them they were at his son’s home. Investigators went to the younger Peterson who voluntarily handed over the cased guns. Included was that short barreled rifle that was later the subject of a failed prosecution against the elder Peterson on a very technical legal question.

    I think it’s obvious that Paul Huebl is doing his buddy Brodsky a favor by posting this nonsense on his blog, since his information lacks accuracy as it was related to him, or his interest is lackluster and he hasn’t bothered to check his facts. Peterson hid his guns from the ISP shortly after Stacy disappeared, which was October 28. He was merely questioned, not arrested. He was not arrested until May of 2008.

    ISP “demanded” to know where his guns were? How would Paul Huebl know that? Oh, never mind. Huebl must have been with Drew during his “arrest” and while the ISP “demanded” to know where the guns were.

    Anyone got an extra pair of boots and a shovel?

  58. judgin :

    It’s too late for ‘boots and a shovel’

    get out the rowboats!

    Stephen Peterson should win or lose his potential employment termination based on whether he violated his department’s rules, or whether he violated any laws. He was in control of the situation, and he was able to make his own decisions on what to do when his father came to him with potential evidence in an investigation. He was not in the middle of taking fingerprints and gunned down in cold blood. He had a choice.

    To ask the “Drew Peterson adoring public” to rally and appear at the hearing to express their concerns that this guy is being railroaded based on his father’s problems is ludicrous, and it’s sickening.

    He’s a big boy. He needs to pull up his big boy underwear and face the music. If he doesn’t deserve to lose his job, then so be it. Losing his job is not going to make the rest of us any better off for it. It’s just that most of us have enough sense to see that we are not the saving force that should come to the aid of Drew Peterson or his son. They need to handle their problems with their lawyers, the right way, and quit bellyaching in the media about how this is all just a big witch hunt, and quit putting out press releases about where to show up for this guy’s hearing. If Brodsky wants to show up, along with ALL of Drew and Stephen Peterson’s other supporters, wonderful. I’m sure the Oak Brook Police Board will appreciate that and use it to give Stephen Peterson the break of his career. Not!

  59. What an excellent point Rescue!

    If you appreciate and support the efforts of the police and the sacrifices they make daily to ensure our safety and uphold our laws, then rally around the good cops and the families who have lost officers in the in the line of duty.

    But it’s ludicrous to suggest that there should be an outpouring of support for an officer who is asked to stand and defend some very questionable actions, especially when those actions are not the first spot on said cop’s reputation. Officer Peterson is not a victim–he’s being asked to account for serious violations of protocol and possible breeches of the law that were the result of his own choices.

    Stephen Peterson is under protection of the law and should be happy he has the benefit of a hearing and legal representation.

  60. joehosey Opening arguments in Stephen Peterson hearing —
    board is going right into executive session.

    3 minutes ago via txt

    FYI: Executive session means that the public was cleared from the room and listening in on the proceedings. No idea if that is for the whole session or not.

  61. Locals Speak Out on Fate of Oak Brook Patrol Officer Stephen Peterson
    Accused wife-killer Drew Peterson’s son could lose his Oak Brook Police job for allegedly hiding a gun for his father
    By Christine Scherf 5:27pm

    As the Oak Brook Police and Fire Board prepare for a Tuesday night hearing on whether to fire Oak Brook Police Officer Stephen Peterson, Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills residents are talking about the controversial case.

    “This is not just a nationally prominent story, it’s right here where we live,” said Clarendon Hills resident Luke Goss. 

    Stephen Peterson is the son of former Bolingbrook police officer, Drew Peterson, who is in accused of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and allegedly having a role in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

    Stephen Peterson is in trouble with Oak Brook Police Chief Thomas Sheehan for stashing an illegal assault weapon for his father just before the state police executed a search warrant at Drew Peterson’s home in November 2007.

    “For [Stephen Peterson] to have hid a weapon in such an important case just shows that he is protecting his father, but it doesn’t make it right,” said Goss. “His credibility is shot in my eyes, and that’s how I would feel if he pulled me over.”

    But some local residents say they can understand why Stephen Peterson did what he did.

    “I think [Stephen Peterson] did what every son would do to protect their father—he put his family first,” said Hinsdale resident Heidi Beeaker .

    Stephen Peterson has been on paid administrative leave since August. Many Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills residents say they have been watching the news for updates on the outcome of his hearing.

    “I spend time [in Oak Brook.] I shop there; I will be following this,” said Ellen Pesch of Clarendon Hills. “This is an officer of the law. This is somebody we’re hoping is going to protect us.”

    The Oak Brook Police and Fire Board will begin deliberations on the fate of Peterson’s job tonight.

    http://hinsdale.patch.com/articles/locals-speak-out-on-fate-of-oak-brook-patrol-officer-stephen-peterson

  62. rescueapet :Attorney Brodsky had better things to do than show up in support of his client’s son. Hmmm, guess he left that up to those he called out to do it.

    ~~~~~~

    In a line stretching 2-1/2 blocks …

    Mourners pay respect to Chicago officer

    Dan Ponce WGN News
    5:30 p.m. CST, November 30, 2010
    http://www.cltv.com/news/wgntv-mourners-pay-respect-to-chicag-113010,0,1095904.story

    Family, friends and fellow officers gather Tuesday evening in Evergreen Park for a wake honoring Officer Michael Flisk.

    Even though most of the uniformed police officers in attendance didn’t know the evidence technician personally, they stood together in support of his family and in support of the entire Chicago Police Department.

    Many officers waited in line outside for more than an hour to pay their respects. Many city leaders also attended the visitation.
    [snipped]
    ~~~

    Murdered in the line of duty, Officer Flisk left a wife and four children… 😦

  63. Wonder what Huebl did? Did he follow his own advice, as posted on his blog, and hightail it over to Stephen Peterson’s hearing to show his support for a police officer who was in control of his own fate and has a problem with authority, or did he stand in line for an hour or more to mourn the fate of a decorated police officer who was gunned down?

  64. Oh NO! I don’t know or care where JB is…

    I’m sayin that an honorable police officer was murdered serving and protecting in the line of duty, and his supporters were …

    In a line stretching 2-1/2 blocks … to pay their final respects and honor him for his services.

    None were there supporting someone who doesn’t respect authority or live up to the Oath he took when he swore to uphold the law.

  65. judgin :

    Oh NO! I don’t know or care where JB is…

    I’m sayin that an honorable police officer was murdered serving and protecting in the line of duty, and his supporters were …

    In a line stretching 2-1/2 blocks … to pay their final respects and honor him for his services.

    None were there supporting someone who doesn’t respect authority or live up to the Oath he took when he swore to uphold the law.

    Certainly not that we’ve heard… 🙂

  66. Peterson’s Son Spills About Stashed Guns and Missing Stepmom

    Officer Stephen Peterson publicly discusses the events surrounding Stacy Peterson’s disappearance for the first time.
    By Joseph Hosey 9:24pm

    For the first time, the embattled Oak Brook cop son of accused wife-killer Drew Peterson publicly discussed his relationship with his father and the events surrounding the disappearance of his much younger stepmother, Stacy Peterson.

    Stephen Peterson claimed he harbored no suspicions at all about Stacy supposedly running off with another man and abandoning not only her two young children, but also the two boys she adopted after Peterson’s previous wife, Kathleen Savio, mysteriously turned up drowned in a dry bathtub in March 2004.

    “He said his wife had left him,” Stephen Peterson said during a disciplinary hearing convened by the Oak Brook Fire and Police Board Tuesday night. “He was upset and I was helping him out.”

    That help might end up costing Stephen Peterson his job. Police Chief Thomas Sheahan is gunning to dump him from the department for stashing an assault rifle and two other firearms at his home while the state police rummaged through his father’s house in the wake of Stacy’s disappearance in October 2007.

    Stephen Peterson admitted under oath that he hid the guns in the closet of a spare bedroom in his North Aurora house while the state police executed a search warrant at Drew Peterson’s place. The state police were looking for some sign of Stacy or clue as to what happened to her.

    They apparently came up empty, as she remains missing and Drew Peterson–the only person to be identified as a suspect by the state police during their “potential homicide” investigation—has yet to be charged with harming her.

    Stacy’s disappearance did prompt the state police to arrest Drew Peterson in May 2009 and charge him with Savio’s murder. He has been jailed since while he awaits the start of his trial.

    While Stephen Peterson went out of his way to help his troubled father, Drew Peterson showed loyalty does not seem to run in the family. He ratted out his own son when an investigator found unloaded ammunition magazines for the AR-15 and questioned him about it.

    According to Charles Hervas, the attorney representing Sheahan in the matter, Drew Peterson told the detective, “I knew you guys were coming and I took it to my son’s house Tuesday.”

    Snitched off by his father, Stephen Peterson surrendered the guns to the state police the day after the search. Five months later, the state police arrested Drew Peterson on a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly possessing an assault rifle with a barrel shorter than the state-mandated 16 inches.

    The assault rifle was the same one he smuggled over to his son’s home for a few days. For some reason, Stephen Peterson, who possessed the rifle that landed his dad in jail, was never arrested or charged. Stephen Peterson, for one, was not surprised by this.

    “I didn’t believe I was in any danger of being investigated for this,” he said.

    In the near year and a half, that the gun case dragged through court, Will County Judge Richard Schoenstedt twice dismissed the charges. The second time, in October, he determined that prosecutors failed to prove Drew Peterson was not protected by a federal law allowing police officers to carry concealed weapons.

    State’s Attorney James Glasgow, who triumphed in the appellate court the first time Schoenstedt tossed the case, chose not to pursue a second appeal.

    But the lack of a criminal case has not discouraged Sheehan in his bid to rid his department of Stephen Peterson.

    Besides hiding the gun from the state police and possessing an allegedly illegal weapon, Sheahan has charged Stephen Peterson with failing to disclose he did this to his own department. Sheahan also took issue with Stephen Peterson accepting nearly more than $230,000 from his father after Stacy vanished and neglecting to mention this to either the state police or the Oak Brook department.

    “I didn’t believe it was relevant. It had no evidentiary value,” Stephen Peterson said, explaining that the money was to assist him in caring for his four younger half-siblings in the event Drew Peterson was arrested.

    Sheahan also has charged Stephen Peterson with discussing his travails with others, as the chief considers it a confidential matter.

    During his testimony, Stephen Peterson also acknowledged that Stacy told his own wife, Teresa Peterson, that “she wanted out of her marriage ” on Oct. 20, 2007.

    Just over a week later, Stacy was out, but Stephen Peterson saw nothing strange about it.

    “At that time, my father told me she left with another man and she would be back some time to deal with him,” he said.

    The hearing is scheduled to resume Dec. 9.

    http://hinsdale.patch.com/articles/petersons-son-spills-about-stashed-guns-and-missing-stepmom

  67. Drew Peterson’s son questioned at hearing on his cop job
    November 30, 2010 9:55 PM UPDATED STORY

    Steve Schmadeke

    Oak Brook police officer Stephen Peterson was questioned for more than an hour Tuesday night about why he failed to notify authorities when his father, a suspect in his fourth wife’s highly-publicized disappearance, gave him three guns and $236,800 cash a day after she vanished

    Peterson, 31, repeatedly told an attorney for Oak Brook police chief Thomas Sheahan, who is seeking to fire him, that he didn’t see any reason to share the information either with investigators or his own supervisors, even after he was subpoenaed earlier this year.

    “I felt it had nothing to do with my duties as an Oak Brook police officer,” Peterson said. “(My father) was upset. I was there to help him out.”

    Peterson, who remains on paid leave, has been brought up on three charges before the police and fire commission, which began a formal hearing on them Tuesday.

    Peterson’s father Drew Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, is jailed on $20 million bail, charged with murder in the drowning death of his third wife. Authorities also say he is the sole suspect in his fourth wife Stacy’s disappearance, but has not been charged.

    A few new details about what happened after Stacy vanished emerged during the hearing. Stephen Peterson said investigators had twice brought cadaver-sniffing dogs to his North Aurora home.

    Peterson also testified that his father called him while Illinois State Police were searching his home on Nov. 1, 2007, and told him to cash three checks worth $236,800 that he’d given his son on Oct. 30 to help care for his four children.

    Most of the money, which came from a line of credit on his father’s home, was returned because the interest payments were too high, Peterson testified.

    The Oak Brook police chief charges allege that Stephen Peterson, a village police officer since 2004, violated state law and at least 10 departmental rules when he kept quiet after Drew Peterson asked him to hide three of his “favorite” guns at his North Aurora home a day after Stacy was reported missing.

    Peterson, who said Tuesday he stored the guns because his dad worried that police would damage them when they searched his Bolingbrook house, is also charged with keeping an illegal weapon and failing to keep quiet about the internal investigation against him.

    On Nov. 2, 2007, Drew Peterson drafted a will leaving his entire estate to Stephen. That same day, Peterson admitted to state police investigators that he’d hidden his father’s weapons, but failed to mention the large amount of cash he’d received, the charges say.

    Nothing struck him odd about his father drafting a will, Peterson testified, saying his father was “overcautious” and would draft new wills anytime he took a vacation.

    Oak Brook officials didn’t learn that Peterson had hidden his father’s guns until this spring, when Peterson was subpoenaed in an illegal-gun case against his father, the charges say.

    The gun charge, alleging Drew Peterson’s AR-15 rifle had an illegally-shortened barrel, has since been dropped.

    Tamara Cummings, Peterson’s attorney, argued Tuesday that the illegal gun charge against her client should also be dropped.

    The board of commissioners denied her motion after Sheahan’s attorney, Charles Hervas, argued that unlike his father, Peterson was not using the gun for law enforcement purposes.

    Tuesday was the third time Peterson had appeared before the board of commissioners for a disciplinary hearing. He has been disciplined four times before on charges ranging from running improper background checks to sending an inappropriate message on his patrol car computer about a “female civilian”, according to the charges.

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/11/drew-petersons-son-questioned-at-hearing-on-his-cop-job.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChicagoBreakingNews+%28Chicago+Breaking+News%29&utm_content=Twitter

  68. State Investigators Cut Stephen Peterson a Break During Investigation

    Sgt. Gary Lawson: Peterson asked to move meeting with them elsewhere, so his wife would not find out about his father’s situation.

    By Joseph Hosey

    Two state investigators cut Stephen Peterson a break and let him wait to surrender the guns he stashed during a search warrant so his wife wouldn’t find out what was going on with her allegedly murderous father-in-law.

    State police Sgt. Gary Lawson testified that he and another investigator paid a visit to Peterson’s North Aurora home the day after they searched the Bolingbrook residence of his father, Drew Peterson.

    The state police were looking for some sign of Drew Peterson’s missing fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, or clues to what happened to her.

    Two days before the search in November 2007, Drew Peterson smuggled three guns to his son’s home. Now, his son, an Oak Brook police officer, might lose his job over it.

    Oak Brook Police Chief Thomas Sheahan has asked the Fire and Police Board to fire Stephen Peterson for hiding the guns and for possessing one that prosecutors later claimed was an illegal weapon.

    While the state police were searching Drew Peterson’s home, Dave Margliano, an investigator with the state’s attorney’s office, found ammunition for an AR-15 assault rifle, Lawson said. But no one could find the AR-15.

    When investigators questioned Drew Peterson, he reportedly told them, “I knew you guys were coming and I took it to my son’s house Tuesday.”

    So Lawson and state police Special Agent Herbert Hardy headed over to Stephen Peterson’s home on Nov. 2., 2007. Earlier in the hearing, Stephen Peterson denied that this ever happened.

    Despite Stephen Peterson’s denials, Lawson described not only the exterior of the house, but the sparsely furnished interior. He went on to say that Stephen Peterson asked to meet with him and Hardy later in the day at the Bolingbrook Police Department, where his father worked for 29 years leading up to Stacy’s disappearance and a couple week’s after, until an internal affairs probe prompted him to retire.

    Peterson asked to move the meeting elsewhere out of concern that his wife, Teresa Peterson, would find out about his father’s situation.

    “He said he’d cooperate in the investigation but he didn’t want to be interviewed in the house because he didn’t want his wife to know what was actually going on with his father,” Lawson testified.

    Teresa and Stephen Peterson initiated divorce proceedings earlier this year.

    Lawson said he and Hardy agreed to put off their interview until later because Stephen Peterson “was a police officer and he was agreeing to cooperate with the investigation.”

    When he met with Lawson and Hardy that afternoon, Stephen Peterson surrendered the three guns and submitted to an interview.

    Stacy Peterson remains missing, but her disappearance spurred the state police to charge Drew Peterson with murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found drowned in March 2004.

    Drew Peterson was charged with Savio’s murder in May 2009. For the three and a half years between her death and Stacy’s disappearance, the state police insisted Savio was the victim of a freak accidental bathtub drowning.

    Stephen Peterson’s disciplinary hearing is scheduled to resume on Dec. 9.

    http://hinsdale.patch.com/articles/state-investigators-cut-stephen-peterson-a-break-during-investigation

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