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5 arrested for alleged New Year’s antics

New Year’s Eve revelers were apparently on their very best behavior last week in Naperville.

Of course, that’s if you don’t count the woman who allegedly urinated in the doorway of a downtown bar and then battered a police officer, or the man who reputedly brandished an ax handle while threatening guests at a party on the city’s far south side.

Three men and two women spent part of the first day of the new year at the Naperville police station, on charges that ranged from urinating in public to felony aggravated battery of a police officer, according to written police records.

Willette T. Duncan had the “distinction” of being the first person to be arrested in Naperville in 2014. Duncan, 27, of Chicago’s north side, remained Friday night in DuPage County Jail on $75,000 bail, where she has been since New Year’s Day.

Police reports indicated Duncan was arrested about 12:22 a.m. Wednesday at Features Bar & Grill, at 14 W. Chicago Ave.

Sgt. Bill Davis said police who were sent to the bar “observed (Duncan) in the entryway of the business, urinating on the ground.” Bar security workers told police “they denied her entry when she refused to pay the cover charge” of $20, Davis wrote Friday in an e-mail.

Duncan, after being taken to the police station for processing, “resisted and kicked a police officer,” Davis said. The officer was not seriously hurt, but Duncan’s alleged behavior led to her being charged with aggravated battery of a peace officer, resisting or obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct/breach of peace, Davis said.

In the second incident, which occurred about seven minutes later, police were sent to a house on the 3700 block of Bronte Court in the Ashbury neighborhood, where a homeowner was hosting a New Year’s Eve party.

Events there culminated in the arrest of a party guest, Jeffrey L. Wheeler, 42. He lives on the 3500 block of Falkner Drive in Ashbury, about a half-mile north of the party scene.

Davis said Wheeler, at some point during the party, allegedly “became upset and argumentative” about someone or something. Wheeler allegedly left the house “and a short time later returned ... pounding on the door, yelling and threatening the homeowner.”

Wheeler allegedly left the area prior to the arrival of police. Davis said guests told police Wheeler “had a blunt object resembling a bat in his hand” when he returned to the party.

“A short time later, officers observed (Wheeler) return to the residence in a vehicle,” Davis said. “Wheeler was uncooperative, verbally abusive towards the officers and physically resisted arrest,” he said.

“The blunt object he had possessed earlier was identified as an ax handle, and (was) found in Wheeler’s vehicle,” Davis said. Wheeler ended up being charged with assault, driving under the influence, disorderly conduct/breach of peace and resisting or obstructing a police officer.

Police, in a third incident, returned about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday to Features Bar & Grill, to deal with another New Year’s reveler.

“Officers responded to the scene at the request of security,” who reported Kara L. Homolka “was arguing with security and refusing to leave,” Davis said.

Police tried to persuade Homolka to leave the area, and arrested her when she refused to do so, Davis said. “Homolka then pulled away from the officers” in an unsuccessful attempt to escape.

Homolka, 21, of Joliet, faces trial on charges of criminal trespass to land and resisting or obstructing police.

The last bit of New Year-related trouble occurred about 1:49 a.m. Wednesday, and culminated in the arrests of Christopher E. McCarthy, 46, and John F. Flaherty, 32, both of San Diego.

Davis said officers on patrol saw Flaherty urinating in front of a business on the 0-99 block of West Jefferson Avenue. Flaherty, when confronted by police, “refused to cooperate with the officers and attempted to walk away,” which led to his arrest, Davis said.

McCarthy, Flaherty’s companion, allegedly obstructed the police investigation. Davis did not say how McCarthy allegedly impeded police.

As in the other three cases, Flaherty and McCarthy were taken to the police station, where Flaherty was charged with public urination and McCarthy with two counts of resisting a peace officer.

Duncan is scheduled to appear Jan. 13 in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.

Wheeler, Homolka, Flaherty and McCarthy are all free on bond. Their preliminary court dates are pending.

An examination of court documents indicated none of the five have criminal records in DuPage, Kane and Will counties.

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