September 24, 2009
WOODSTOCK – Theft charges were again dropped Thursday against an Algonquin woman who removed a pet-waste can from near her townhome, but the ordeal may not be entirely over. Carrie Fosdale, 46, has said she took the dog waste station in October in protest after Old Oak Terrace Homeowners Association representatives installed it. She was charged with theft under $300, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 file.
After the charge was first dropped earlier this month on a technicality, the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office refiled the case, only to drop it again on Thursday.
“I don’t think she’s ready to feel relieved or satisfied just yet because, at the end of the day, she is the one who had to endure all this nonsense for the last year,” said her attorney, George Kililis.
While Fosdale does think the right decision was made, she is still very upset by the actions of the association, he said.
“She feels that she was deliberately targeted and became the butt of a joke in her community and can no longer enjoy her home,” he said.
Kililis said he was hired to first beat the case and second, help Fosdale fight back.
They will take the next few weeks to decide what the next step will be, Kililis said.
“We’re not filing anything; we’re not countersuing anyone right now,” he said. “We are going to take some time to think about everything and decide with a cool head.”