Charges dropped in River Forest golf club altercation

Judge says police lacked probable cause

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

A Cook County judge on Friday dismissed a felony battery charge against River Forest man who reportedly hit his ex-wife's boyfriend over the head with a golf club on Valentine's Day.

Police responded to the 1500 block of Thatcher Avenue on Feb. 14 at about 6 p.m. to investigate a battery report. A 49-year-old South Elgin man told police that 51-year-old Gil J. Lemar had attacked him, hitting him in the head and upper body four times with a golf putter.

According to the police report, Lemar told police he was acting in self-defense and that he had been attacked first. The South Elgin man was transported by River Forest paramedics to Gottlieb Hospital for treatment of head injuries.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved one count of felony battery against Lemar. But at a preliminary hearing on Friday morning at the Maybrook courthouse, Judge Geary Kull ruled police had no probable cause to arrest Lemar and dismissed the battery charge.

"We thought justice was done by the immediate dismissal of charges," said Lemar's attorney, Earl Grinbarg.

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