More than two years after the police caught her in a car with a half-dressed student from the high school where she was a teacher, Ashley Blumenshine copped a plea.
Blumenshine, a 30-year-old former Plainfield North gym teacher, will have to do 11 days in jail. She will also spend two years on sex offender probation and 10 yeas on the Illinois sex offender registry. She tearfully apologized before she was taken into custody to start doing her time.
Let's look at what else was going on in the area's courthouses this past week:
- In Bridgeview, a homeless drifter got 30 years for sexually assaulting an 83-year-old woman who gave him food and was trying to find him shelter.
- A Will County Board member's daughter who stole more than $1,000 while working as a cashier at Target got off with court supervision after doing community service and paying the money back.
- An Orland Park man charged with gunning down his wife in September 2010 was supposed to be in court for a hearing in his murder case, but nobody brought him.
- A Joliet man sued four Will County jail guards he says tripped and beat him when he couldn't remove his tongue ring fast enough.
- The new attorney for the alleged Orland Park Ghost Rider was given a stack of discovery documents.
- A former Orland firefighter charged with trying to chat up a 13-year-old Iowa girl and possessing child pornography wasn't allowed to take a trip to Atlanta.
- A New Lenox man charged with fondling one teenage student and trying to set up a three-way with two others when he was a basketball coach and substitute teacher at Bremen High School appeared at the Markham courthouse and was told to come back again next month.
- A Joliet woman who claimed she was tortured and intimidated by one of the four alleged Hickory Street killers while she was romantically involved with him says her current boyfriend has subjected her to vicious abuse as well.
- A hearing was set to determine whether a former Lincoln-Way Central High School teacher jailed for allegedly threatening district officials is psychologically fit to stand trial.
- Lawyers for a Joliet woman charged with setting up a sex date with a teenage boy in the home she shares with her 77-year-old boyfriend were still gathering email records they believe will clear her.
- A Romeoville woman was sued by a man who claims her "minor daughter" shot him in the eye with a pellet gun.