Posted On: December 19, 2011

West Aurora High School band director charged with criminal sexual assault

Kane County prosecutors have filed charges against Stephen P. Orland, a band teacher at West Aurora High. Orland, who had been teaching at the high school for 19 years, was suspended last May after charges were announced stemming from allegations of sexual abuse.

According to court documents filed by prosecutors, The teacher was confronted by the school’s superintendant after a janitor reported seeing him hugging a female student in the band room. The janitor also stated that the teacher ran away immediately after seeing the janitor. The documents filed also allege that following this incident the district superintendent warned Orland that he could be fired if found alone with a female student.

Kane County authorities also allege that Orland engaged in sexual acts with female students on school grounds. In Illinois, there are circumstances where employers, such as schools, may be held liable for sexual abuse committed by their employees. In those types of cases it is important to determine whether the employer knew or reasonable should have known of similar allegations of sexual abuse by its employee or of potential danger of such abuse, but continued to employ that person or allow him or her access to children.

To speak with an experienced sex abuse lawyer from the Klest Injury Law Firm,click here, or dial 866-264-7639, for a free consultation.

Posted On: December 16, 2011

Arctic Cat snowmobiles recalled because of crash hazard

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission recently announced that Arctic Cat snowmobiles, models F, XF and M, were recalled due to a safety hazard. The affected snowmobiles can be identified by their Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN). The snowmobile VIN numbers recalled include the following ranges: 105092 through 112175 or 800001 through 800033.

According to reports the headlamp fuse on these vehicles can fail causing a risk of disorientation to the operator when visibility is low. This condition poses a possible crash hazard.

Faulty consumer products and defective auto parts can cause serious injuries. An experienced injury lawyer can advise you of your rights and guide you through the legal process when seeking compensation for your injuries. The Klest Injury Law Firm has been representing injury victims in Illinois for nearly 30 years. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident due to no fault of their own, click here, or dial (866) 264-7639 to schedule your free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.

Posted On: December 5, 2011

Woman Injured by Loyola University Shuttle Bus in Edgwater

This morning an elderly woman was seriously injured when a Loyola University shuttle busy struck her at the intersection of Bryn Mawr Avenue and Sheridan Road in the North Side neighborhood of Edgewater. The woman was taken to the hospital after the collision and is in critical condition.

A recent study indicates that 80 percent of pedestrian car accidents occur while a person is crossing the street at the crosswalk. These types of accidents often occur because of the carelessness of a negligent driver.

The Klest Injury Law Firm has been representing car accident victims throughout Chicago for nearly three decades. To speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer in Chicago, call 866-264-7639 or click here to schedule a free consultation.

© Joseph G. Klest 2011

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