Aurora dog attack lawsuit settled
By Dan Campana For Sun-Times Media September 8, 2013 7:44PM
Updated: October 10, 2013 6:08AM
An Aurora couple has settled its lawsuit related to a fatal attack on their dog in 2010, according to court records.
Michael and Heather Mengarelli sued Angela Marquardt in 2011 after her English Mastiff named Buttercup mauled the couple’s five-pound Pomeranian during a 2010 holiday event at Orchard Road Animal Hospital. The lawsuit also accused the hospital of negligence.
Court documents show a settlement, which was finalized last month, called for Marquardt to pay the Mengarellis $14,000 and to keep Buttercup muzzled at all times when in public.
The lawsuit accused Buttercup of cornering Heather Mengarelli and her dog, Dolce, at the event before grabbing Dolce with its mouth. The animal hospital agreed to pay $5,000, records show.
Trial date set for Aurora woman
accused of theft
A December trial has been scheduled for an Aurora woman accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her former employer.
Robyn Duddleston has pleaded not guilty to theft and financial crime charges stemming from her time working for Addison-based Connelly Electric. According to the criminal charges and a lawsuit against Duddleston, she used a complex payroll scheme to take between $100,000 and $150,000 over a three-year period ending with her resignation in 2011.
Duddleston has generally denied the lawsuit’s allegations, while asserting the Fifth Amendment in response to certain accusations.
She contends the company has offered no facts to support its claims she created “phantom” payments to company employees, court records show.
The lawsuit returns to court later this month.
Woman accused of sex abuse
A 25-year-old Aurora woman remains held in Kane County Jail on charges she fondled and performed a sex act on a teen girl in 2012 and 2013, court records show.
Marcela Lopez, of the 500 block of Florida Avenue, faces four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
She made a brief appearance in court on Thursday and is also scheduled for an Oct. 3 hearing.
An investigation by the Kane County Child Advocacy Center led to Lopez’s arrest last month. She is accused of engaging in sexual activity between August 2012 and August 2013 with a 16-year-old girl, court documents state. It was not immediately clear what prompted the investigation.
In July, the teen’s father filed for an order of protection which claimed Lopez harassed his family. Lopez denied the allegations, but a judge granted the protective order for two years.