A court-ordered new ‘do for Drew Peterson
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org July 20, 2012 8:06PM
Drew Peterson with a mustache and beard in February 2008.
Updated: August 23, 2012 10:39AM
Hair scare . . .
Going . . . going . . . gone.
Don’t be surprised if Drew Peterson, who’s charged with killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, shows up in court Monday with a clean shave.
◆ Translation: Sneed is told a court order had to be obtained to get a barber to cut Peterson’s shaggy locks and shave off his mustache and goatee.
◆ Tress stress: “Because Drew is basically in isolation near the Will County jail’s medical unit, he did not have access to . . . barbers,” said a Peterson source. “So his hair was getting chopped off pretty badly.”
Crime time . . .
Book ’em, Danno! Add Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) to the list of new crime fighters — which now includes former felons (CeaseFire); Minister Louis Farrakhan; Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, and a cadre of angry ministers.
Sneed hears O’Shea helped catch a man he suspected was dealing drugs outside his Beverly office recently.
◆ The scene: Spotting a man exchange something with neighborhood kids in an alley behind his ward office a few weeks ago, O’Shea jumped in his black SUV, called 911 and tailed the suspect’s car.
◆ The script: Witnessing two “exchanges” with kids in the next few minutes, O’Shea told Sneed, “I figured if I didn’t physically stop him now, this guy’s going to get away.”
So he turned on his brights, put his car in drive and bore down on the rear bumper of the guy’s car, a Chrysler PT Cruiser.
“I jarred him pretty good from behind . . . his front bumper was against a wall . . . I had him pinned,” O’Shea tells Sneed.
“If you weren’t particularly bright, like I was hoping the guy wasn’t, you’d probably think I was a cop,” said O’Shea, who got out of his car when the man exited the vehicle. “I said ‘Get back in the f - - - - - - car!’ as sternly as I could . .. and he did. And the cavalary arrived moments later.”
◆ The buckshot: The driver, Vernell Heard, 26, was arrested, along with his passenger, Jordan Landry, 21, on June 27. Both were charged with felony possession of a controlled substance . “They had pills on them, some sort of painkiller . . . and there was a baby in the car,” O’Shea tells Sneed.
◆ The afterthought: “It was like . . . the adrenaline gets going, you’re trying to protect the neighborhood — and trying to keep in mind, ‘Hey, you’ve got a wife and three young kids and you’ve got to go home tonight, chief.’ ”
◆ O’Shea’s wife’s response: “She was not happy. I think the exact words were, “What the hell were you thinking?’ ”
◆ The flipside: “My kids thought it was great.”
A sad note . . .
Campaign staffers at President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago spent Thursday night at work — celebrating the life of longtime Obama staffer Alex Okrent, who unexpectedly died last week at the age of 29.
◆ To wit: They shared memories; played his favorite music, and dedicated a corner of the office to him. And yes, Okrent’s parents were there.
Mama mia Shia!
A Sneed spy spotted actor Shia LaBeouf on Wednesday at the Starbucks at State and Pearson getting primped by a stylist for a sidewalk photo shoot.
◆ The onlooker: Crooner R. Kelly was spotted watching the LaBeouf fluff stuff from his outdoor table.
◆ The upshot: “R. Kelly seemed both amused by the activity and attention Shia was generating as well as a bit put off that no one really noticed him,” said the Sneed spotter, who said Kelly arrived on a Mercedes-Benz bicycle.
◆ They make bikes now?
Bye, Abdon . . .
Gov. Pat Quinn snagged the Chicago Sun-Times’ award-winning political reporter Abdon Pallasch to be Illinois’ assistant budget director.
◆ Let’s hope his 25 years dissecting federal, state, county and city budgets for the Chicago Sun Times and other publications will help him sort out the state’s financial mess.
Sneedlings . . .
Condolences to the family of Kelly McGrath, whose beloved father — news vet/photographer/Mayor Jane Bryne’s former chief of staff Paul McGrath — died this week after a brief illness. No father had a better daughter. . . . Sunday’s birthdays: Jim Edgar, 66; Selena Gomez, 20; Alex Trebek, 72; David Spade, 48; Danny Glover, 66; Willem Dafoe, 57; Albert Brooks, 65, and Bob Dole, 89.