CEO of drug enterprise busted in Winnetka – updated

Yes, the darlings of Winnetka have done it again. a mere two blocks from New Trier High School, the training ground for the future CEO’s of America, an enterprising 21 year old, Mark Elliot Mansheim, was arrested Wednesday and charged with “production of marijuana plants, marijuana possession and manufacture of marijuana, all felonies,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

Officers executed the search warrant on the home about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday and found 75 marijuana plants “and further evidence of the production, use and distribution of [marijuana],” the release said. Also found in the home, according to the release, were growing stations, including tents equipped with lighting, irrigation and ventilation systems.

This was a breaking news story. When they get around to investigating further, like, for example, why this kid has a setup like this in his house and his parents weren’t arrested too, they will find more interesting information.

The house has been transferring hands nearly every year since 2003 when it was bought by Evelyn A. Liberis for $770,000 and quit claimed to 384 Hawthorne LLC for $0.00 in 2003, and then quit claimed and mortgaged nearly every year between Evelyn, 384 Hawthorne LLC, multiple banks,  Thomas and Melissa  Mansheim, who bought it from 384 Hawthorne LLC for $2.57 million in 2006, Steven and Constance Fapka (who took out a $1.5 million mortgage in 2008 while the Mansheim’s owned it) and somehow it ended up back with the LLC and corrected to show the Mansheim’s as owners.

The LLC lists Lloyd Gussis as the agent and the principal office as 1101 Fisher Lane in Winnetka. The managers are Kasey Tamara, Leslie Struthers and, you got it, Evelyn A. Liberis.

Makes you wonder if young Mark may be taking the fall for  what would seem to be a criminal enterprise involving Mom, Dad and who knows who these other people are.

Lovely living in the North Shore. Great neighbors. Wonderful place to raise your kids.

The newpaper’s forums are betting he gets 100 hours of community service.

I’d have the FBI investigate the whole enterprise. I’d bet it doesn’t stop there.

Wilmette Police press release

****Update****

A poster, dotherightthing, has this first hand account to offer.

first of all it wasn’t 75 plants. It was 4 plants and 71 germinated–which is basically the seed in soil. People are making it sound like he had a forest growing in his basement.

Always good to hear both sides of the story. You decide.

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Future CEO’s of America….

Two incidents that occurred in the “wealthy” suburbs of Chicago, have made news, not for what happened, but for what did not.

The first incident in Deerfield, involves a swim team “annual ritual” where the freshman team members throw toilet paper on the houses of the senior members, then the senior members “catch” them and drive them around for a while.

This year, the seniors were suspended for engaging in what the school described as hazing.

The Chicago Tribune who spoke with the father of one of the suspended seniors, reported this:

Steve Brew, parent of one of the seniors, said the team held a dinner Feb. 6 honoring the seniors. Annual tradition holds that after the dinner, freshman swimmers toilet-paper seniors’ homes, and seniors attempt to “capture” the freshmen, whom they then drive around town, Brew said.

“It’s essentially a game,” he said. “Some refer to it as team building.”

But someone complained this year and called it hazing, Brew said. Within days, the school district had interviewed every team member and decided to suspend all the seniors from future swim meets, he said.

From this standpoint it looks like good, clean fun. But the Pioneer Local, a community newspaper, described the incident in more detail:

On Feb. 6, freshman members of the swim team attempted to throw toilet paper on the homes of seniors, who in turn “captured” the freshmen, bound them with duct tape and took them for car rides through the neighborhood, according to those familiar with the events.

Sources say that one student was placed in the trunk of a car, and another had his hands taped to a basketball while teammates put a bonnet on his head, pulled his pants down and took pictures.

The issue has divided members of the Deerfield community who disagree over whether the acts qualified as a hazing or merely a playful exercise in teen bonding.

Many parents sympathetic to the seniors contacted the Deerfield Review to say the students were victims of an overzealous administration; one parent described the group as “the Deerfield 13.”

Some others agreed with the school’s findings, saying the game was not fun for everyone involved. One such reader asked to remain anonymous because, “I live in Deerfield and don’t want to have a lynch mob after me for going against these other parents.”

The second incident involved more children from wealthy neighborhoods.

A group of teens in Winnetka were caught drinking in a classmate’s unoccupied house. The house is being sold by the classmate’s mother. Both the owner and daughter, had moved to a condo while the house was being sold.

In this incident, the teens were caught on the premises, in a house they were not given permission to be in, and were engaged in underage drinking when the police and owner arrived.

The house has extensive damage including trash and debris, broken belongings and walls with crude images drawn on them. There is an estimated $10,000 damage to the house. Keep in mind they were doing this for weeks, not just a day.

The Winnetka police, according to the Chicago Tribune, gave the teens tickets for underage drinking, though they were clearly trespassing, had broken in, but according to police,

The students have not been charged with damaging the property, said Winnetka Deputy Police Chief Patrick Kreis.

“The house was in disarray … but there wasn’t evidence holding these people responsible for that,” Kreis said.

Five of the students returned later to clean and apologized to the homeowner. She believed they were sorry.

We decry the poverty-stricken neighborhoods where gang violence is rampant and were bad behavior is seemingly the rule rather than the exception, and we denounce the parents who don’t teach their children to behave responsibly.

Here we have children (17 year old children), who were raised in the lap of luxury, given every advantage possible, the best of educations and the brightest of futures, yet this is the response to clear violations of the most basic of rules.

They aren’t responsible.

No, their futures won’t be tarnished by mug shots, fingerprints, police records or jail time. When your future’s so bright “you gotta wear shades, ” we just couldn’t do that to you.

We can only do that to those who have a future by the grace of God, and we’ll try everything possible to be sure God doesn’t have his way, and demonize them as the worst of the worst of the worst to ensure he doesn’t.

Because that’s the way of the elite and the wealthy. The rules don’t apply to them, there is a different set that they have to abide by, and it is as simple as, you don’t have to pay your taxes until you are appointed to a cabinet post, or you can have the taxpayers money and your bonus too, because they didn’t get paid out of the same pot.

No, the 14th Amendment, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”, certainly doesn’t apply equally.

What do you think?

**UPDATE**

Laird Patten of Winnetka; Anna Soltysiak and Christopher Losey of Chicago; Spencer Carey and Kathryn Brown of Wilmette; and Marie Conway and Eric Padgitt of Northfield were sentenced Monday to 16 hours of community service.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Cook County Circuit Court judge Henry Singer told the teens “Please make sure you have the community service completed, because if not you’ll be in more trouble than you want to be.”

No restitution, damage to property charges, no trespassing.

I’m sure this sentence makes it all better for the homeowner and will teach a lasting lesson to the perpetrators of these crimes.

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