The Chief of Police of the Village of Oak Brook took the stand last night to testify in the second day of hearings to remove Stephen Peterson, son of Drew Peterson, from the force.
Peterson has been disciplined numerous times during his career at Oak Brook, but the charges that he accepted a large sum of money and hid guns for his father during the early days of Stacy Peterson‘s disappearance are grounds for termination according to Police Chief Thomas Sheahan.
Sheahan testified that by hiding those guns the younger Peterson obstructed the investigation into Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. “If it was a toaster—he should have known better and he should have cooperated with the State Police. The evidence could have helped solve the case or exonerate someone.”
Officer Peterson maintains that his decisions and actions were those of a dutiful son, trying to help out his father and that the money and weapons had no evidentiary value.
Chief Sheahan doesn’t it see it that way, “He’s a police office. He knows what evidence is.”
Oak Brook Fire and Police Board will meet again on January 10 for a closed session to come to a decision about how they will proceed. Meanwhile, Stephen Peterson remains on paid leave from the force.
As is typical, when there is news about Stephen, Drew’s people manage to get items planted in the gossip columns to try to deflect from it. Today’s nonsense is downright bizarre. The upshot is that due to Drew becoming out of shape and developing high blood pressure while being detained, he has been inspired to draw up yet another will in which he states that upon his death he would like his remains to be cremated and then pressed into diamonds to be given to his family.
Sure beats being dumped in a landfill, or the Cal Sag Channel…