Police Blotter: Underage Drinking Party Hosted by Parent, Retail Theft

The following arrest information was supplied by the Deerfield Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Retail Theft 

Linda Baenen, 52, of Lake Forest, was arrested last week for retail theft, according to Deerfield reports. 

According to the report, loss prevention personnel at Whole Foods spotted Baenen and an elderly male putting items in a shopping cart and then sitting down in the café area. She then left the store, came back and left again with the man and the food. She did not pay, according to the loss prevention person from the store. 

After Baenen told police the man was supposed to pay, police checked records to learn a similar complaint was filed against her at Wal-Mart in Vernon Hills, according to the report. She was released on bond and will appear in Lake County Court at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in Park City. 

Underage Drinking 

Kari Hector, 43, of Deerfield was charged with creating a public nuisance August 10 for allowing underage drinking in and around her home, according to Deerfield Police reports. Fourteen people were cited for underage drinking, possession of cannabis or both.

A neighbor called police to complain about noise from a loud party coming from the house. When police arrived they estimated between 30 and 40 people were present, according to the report. After gaining control of the situation, police tested each person under 21 for alcohol consumption. 

People who tested negative were released and those who showed traces of alcohol were detained. 

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DeerfieldResident August 31, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Is creating a public nuisance the only charge you can make for an adult who hosts an underage drinking party? I thought the penalties were more severe than that.
Melanie Santostefano (Editor) August 31, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Deerfield resident, great question-I have a call into the police department and the mayor and will follow-up on this. Melanie
bingoboy September 02, 2012 at 07:36 PM
yes, DeerfieldResident, such parents (if convicted) are stoned to death in a public arena...usually at the deerfield library
Tellinthetruth September 19, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Great follow up there Melissa.
Tellinthetruth September 19, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Being charged with "hosting" an underage drinking party is currently a felony in the Village of Deerfield. If Mr. Sadin had reported the story ACCURATELY you would have been informed that Kari Hector was NOT charged with a felony (meaning she did NOT host an under-aged drinking party) nor was she accused of "hosting" an under-aged drinking party. She was charged with "holding a party that had underage drinking" going on. Very big difference!! They let any old idiot report the news these days. Great investigative reporting there Mr. Sadin!!
Truth Detective February 23, 2013 at 04:15 PM
All of the cited minors arrived in an intoxicated state and without invitation 15 minutes prior to the police. This was a BBQ overtaken by circumstance and Mrs. Hector deserves an apology.
Truth Detective February 23, 2013 at 04:20 PM
If there were evidence then yes. Disturbing the peace is a last resort for the police to save face in the absence of evidence that a crime has been committed while requiring a scapegoat for thier incident report.


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