Regional Police Report: Family Feud Blamed in Three Shootings
The following is a selection of police-related items reported in area Patches recently. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
As the Evanston community reels from two homicides and one serious shooting in less than two weeks, police say the recent violence may all stem back to a murder that took place in Evanston in 2005, and the resulting ongoing feud between two local families.
In that incident, police say 19-year-old Antoine Hill shot and killed 22-year-old Robert Gresham at the Keg, 810 Grove Street. A judge sentenced Hill to 18 years in prison on charges of first-degree murder in October 2006; he was released on parole this September.
“Police believe that may have been the start of the violent back-and-forth issues between these two factions,” said Police Cmdr. Jason Parrott, a spokesperson for the Evanston Police Department. According to Parrott, the victims of three more shootings between 2010 and 2012 have family ties with either Gresham or Hill.
A 36-year-old woman is dead after fire occurred early Dec. 13 at the Hancock Square apartment complex at Arlington Station, the Arlington Heights Police Department said.
The victim, Iesha Bailey, lived alone in the fourth floor apartment, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The fire is believed to have begun in Baily's bedroom, according to the Chicago Tribune, but she was found unconscious and unresponsive in a separate room with no burns on her body.
Scott Corneliuson, 40, and Jennifer Corneliuson, 43, were arrested Dec. 13 and charged with endangering the life of a child and companion animal hoarding, according to the Glenview Police Department.
The Corneliuson family lives in the 3300 block of Lakewood Ct., where police said they found 35 dogs living in their own waste during an investigation Dec. 7.
The Corneliuson family had three children, according to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The kids are now in the care of a family member and the dogs are being removed per a DCFS safety plan.
A neighbor who asked Patch to withhold her identity said the Corneliuson children were between the ages of 5 and 8.
Charges will not be filed in Tennessee against Eva Cameron, an Algonquin mom who left her special needs daughter at a bar just northwest of Knoxville, Tenn. in June.
The Campbell County Grand Jury has been reviewing the case involving Lynn Cameron — Eva's 19-year-old daughter — since September, according to a press release from the 8th Judicial District of the Tennessee District Attorney's General Conference.
"There is no disagreement that the actions of the mother, Eva Cameron, in this case were inexcusable," according to the news release. "However, Tennessee law has not anticipated such behavior and thus the Grand Jury was faced with conduct which was not necessarily indictable."
"The Grand Jury made a very thorough investigation, looking at all factors and the appropriateness of any criminal charges and did not return a true bill against Ms. Cameron," according to the news release.