Halei S. Brinkcken (Age 20)
Kyle L. Shaw (Age 19)
In what appears to be a continuing practice of the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office to conceal the identity of courthouse employees and their family members involved in alleged criminal activity, State’s Attorney John Milhiser petitioned for a special prosecutor using the Springfield Park District police report number, thereby obscuring from searches of public records the names of defendants in embarrassing alleged criminal conduct. The customary practice had been to petition the court in the name of the defendant as this was done with Joe Aiello and three former assistant state’s attorneys.
The petition was granted earlier this month for a Special Prosecutor from the Illinois State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor’s Office.
Helei Brincken, Daughter of an employee with the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office, was arrested again but this time for Illegal possession of Alcohol by a Minor – Under 21 years old (Class A misdemeanor) and for Possession of Cannabis – over 2.5 Grams and under 10 Grams (Class B misdemeanor). Click here to read about Brincken’s prior arrest for Prostitution.
The arrest was by the Springfield, Illinois Park District Police. The arrest took place on March 8th, 2013. An Officer with the Springfield Park District Police pulled over a White Ford Vehicle because the front seat passenger was not wearing a seat belt near the intersection of Bergen Street and 6th Street. The officer stated that he went to the passenger’s side of the door and spoke with Brincken’s friend, Kyle Shaw, and noticed pieces of a green leafy substance suspected to be cannabis. The officer also noted that he saw a brown cigar paper burnt on one end on the front floor board of the vehicle.
In addition to Brincken and Shaw, there was a 17-year-old juvenile in the vehicle who was in the back seat. It was not disclosed to Springfield Leaks who the juvenile passenger was. The Park District Officer ordered everybody out of the vehicle and noticed green leafy substance suspected to be cannabis sitting on the back seat. While searching the vehicle the officer also searched the crack of Brincken’s seat and discovered additional green leafy substance suspected to be cannabis.
Shaw told the officer that the 17-year-old juvenile wanted to take responsibility for all of the suspected cannabis. The officer questioned how the suspected cannabis got in the front driver seat if it was the 17-year-old juveniles? Shaw advised the officer that the 17-year-old juvenile handed the suspected cannabis to him and he stuffed the suspected cannabis in the driver’s (Brincken’s) seat.
It was determined since all three of the occupants of the vehicle were in possession of the suspected cannabis, then they all would be arrested for the possession of cannabis more than 2.5 grams but not more than 10 grams. The 17 year old juvenile’s parents were contacted and advised that they need to come and pick up their child from the scene.
Possession of alcohol by a minor
While Brincken was under arrest and her vehicle being towed, she asked the officer to retrieve her purse from the vehicle. The officer retrieved the purse and searched the purse which revealed a small, 50 milliliter bottle of “Kinky Liqueur” vodka (Pictured to the left). The officer advised Brincken that she was being charged with possession of alcohol by a minor.
Brincken and Shaw were transported to the Sangamon County Jail and were released from the jail without having to post bond. Brincken and Shaw were given a notice to appear in court on May 8th, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. It is not known at this time if charges will be filed.
Springfield Leaks question’s the appointments of Special Prosecutors
Springfield Leaks sent an email to State’s Attorney John Milhiser and Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Kains to question the practice of appointing Special Prosecutor’s to conflict of interest cases. State’s Attorney Milhiser did not respond and Assistant State’s Attorney Kains stopped responding. Springfield Leaks wanted to know why it would be considered appropriate to petition the court using a Police Report number instead of the names of the defendant?
In previous cases, when the Honorable Judge John Schmidt was State’s attorney he petitioned the court for a special prosecutor in the name of the defendant as this was done with Joe Aiello and three former assistant state’s attorneys.
Springfield Leaks looks forward to a response and if one is provided, we will relay it to our readers.