Former trustee Stone pleads not guilty to violating an order of protection
BY BETH KRAMER firstname.lastname@example.org March 15, 2013 10:58AM
Updated: April 17, 2013 6:06AM
WAUKEGAN — Former Buffalo Grove trustee Lisa Stone denied allegations that she defied a court order barring her from contacting her father in court Friday, March 15.
Stone, 52, pleaded not guilty to three criminal misdemeanor counts of violating an order of protection before Judge George Strickland. Stone faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a fine up to $25,000, Strickland said.
The Buffalo Grove woman’s father and stepmother were granted an emergency order of protection against Stone on Feb. 7 that is extended through March 21. Stone was ordered to stay at least 500 feet away from her dad and stepmother. She is not allowed to have any contact or to have a third party contact them on her behalf, according to the order of protection.
Her stepmother alleged that Stone called almost daily during a two-week period in late January to early February of this year “harassing me and threatening me,” the complaint states.
“She states that I was the cause of her mother’s death and that I have it coming to me. She is verbally abusive and threatening to come to the house and take my husband to a nursing home. Lisa has mental illness ... I fear that her behavior is escalating and I am afraid/terrified that she will show up at my house and hurt me and/or my husband,” Stone’s stepmother wrote in her complaint.
Stone is alleged to have called her father on Feb. 24. She is also alleged to have a woman (a third party) relay a message to her father and stepmother on Feb. 25, according to the informational warrant filed against Stone. These contact attempts came more than two weeks after Stone was served with the order of protection barring her from contact.
Strickland ordered Stone not to have any contact with her father and stepmother as a bond condition. Stone is free from custody, having posted 10 percent of $10,000 bond, according to court records.
“Any contact will constitute a separate criminal offense,” Strickland said.
Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Kleinhubert also asked Strickland to order Stone not to dial 9-1-1 unless it was an emergency.
“We’re asking any correspondence with Buffalo Grove or Mundelein Police Departments be through a general number, not 9-1-1. There’s been a problem with that,” Kleinhubert said.
Stone called 9-1-1 March 7, the day before she was arrested for violating the order of protection. She told the 9-1-1 dispatcher that she was concerned that “somebody could kill me,” according to the 9-1-1 recording. She also told the dispatcher she worked with the FBI, DEA and Katie Couric. She did not clarify what made her feel threatened.
Strickland agreed to order Stone to only dial 9-1-1 for emergencies.
“Illinois law prohibits any non-emergency call. Any call would make a separate criminal act. I will make it a condition of bond,” Strickland said.
Earlier in January, Buffalo Grove Village President Jeff Braiman told officers Stone visited his Arlington Heights law office to give him her business card for her sex toy business.
Stone said on Friday that she started her sex toy business, Forgotten Romance, in 1999, at the request of a local elementary school principal, who had been cheating on her husband and looking for ways to win him back. Her company’s slogan, she said, was “Tell your beloved, ‘I want you back.’”
Stone said that Buffalo Grove was a prime market for such work.
“All the people are having affairs all over the community,” she said.
Stone is represented by attorney Frank Quatrino. She is due back in court Thursday, March 21.
She served 19 months on Buffalo Grove’s Village Board between 2009 and 2010.