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Pair of pleas and a trial date set in Kane County Court

Updated: March 11, 2013 6:40AM

ST. CHARLES - A March bench trial has been scheduled for a man charged with drunken driving that raised questions about an Aurora police officer’s handling of the arrest.

John Holdren, 68, is accused of driving under the influence near Galena Boulevard and West Park Place in May. The officer wrote in the DUI complaint that Holdren, 67, had glassy, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. Holdren registered a .147 blood-alcohol content level — the legal limit in Illinois is .08 — and told the officer he had had two or three glasses of wine, according to court records.

The case became complicated when the officer backdated and refiled a document with the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office to suspend Holdren’s license. After learning what the officer had done, Kathleen Colton, Holdren’s attorney, successfully sought to have the suspension rescinded. The officer reportedly made derogatory remarks toward Holdren after the hearing where the suspension was dropped. Colton tried to have the officer sanctioned by the court, but a judge did not agree to that request.

Holdren’s trial is scheduled for March 4.

Sentencing set in St. Charles assault

A 67-year-old St. Charles man, who at one time was a registered sex offender, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 3 after recently pleading guilty to one count of criminal sexual assault.

Gary Kluber was arrested in June after an Aurora woman, the girlfriend of Kluber’s nephew, reported Kluber forcibly fondled her and performed a sex act on her without consent while the pair was at a St. Charles residence. The woman is 35, but has developmental disabilities that cause her to function at a pre-adolescent level, prosecutors said,

Kluber faces between four and 15 years in prison at sentencing. Prosecutors dropped other related charges, but did not agree to a sentence, as part of the plea. Kluber has previous sex abuse arrests, which landed him on the sex offender registry, and was arrested in 2010 for illegally being in a school zone, records show. Kluber is being held without bond in the Kane County Jail.

Drug plea for
Aurora man

An Aurora man is back in prison after recently pleading guilty to drug delivery charges stemming from a large-scale federal sweep last year.

David Stewart, 29, was sentenced to three years in prison after a deal with prosecutors. He was charged with selling heroin within 1,000 feet of Gregory Island Park in September 2012.

Stewart was one of 19 people arrested as part of a federal and state investigation, which began in 2011, into drug and weapons trafficking in Kane County, officials said at the time. Stewart received credit for 115 days spent in Kane County Jail and is scheduled to be paroled in April 2014, according to the Illinois Department of Correction.

He has been in prison at least three times since 2003 for drug, weapons and obstruction of justice convictions.

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