Former Buffalo Grove trustee admits to marijuana use, repeatedly calling 911
Updated: April 29, 2013 10:03AM
WAUKEGAN — A Lake County judge Thursday upheld an order of protection against Lisa Stone, barring the former Buffalo Grove trustee from contacting her stepmother.
Saying that Stone had displayed in court the kind of erratic behavior described in the petition, Lake County Judge George Strickland approved Barbara Shuman’s order of protection, with one major change: Stone may communicate directly with her father, Hurd Shuman.
In court, Barbara Shuman agreed to remove Hurd’s name from her Feb. 7 petition, explaining that she did not want to force her husband, currently healing from a back injury, to come at a later date to the Lake County Courthouse to testify.
Shuman, however, testified that she fears Stone.
“I have seen her behavior for the past 35 years, and she is scary to me,” Shuman told the judge. “I don’t want the emotional abuse. She enjoys it.”
“I’ve never threatened her,” Stone later testified. “It was strictly verbal.”
The hearing took three hours, including several recesses and a few points at which Strickland had to silence Stone.
“Wait for the next question,” Strickland told Stone, cutting her off in mid-sentence.
“I’m trying,” she answered.
“No, you’re not,” the judge responded.
Shuman petitioned for an order of protection on Feb. 7 for both herself and Hurd, citing a string of angry phone calls they had received from Stone. Explained in court, Hurd suffers from Parkinson’s disease, and Stone claimed that Barbara takes poor care of him. Barbara said it was Stone who never came to her father’s side.
Both testified that their relationship had been strained since Hurd and Barbara married in 1978.
Barbara Shuman brought to court recordings of voicemails Stone left at their home on Feb. 4, 5 and 6, in which Stone could be heard calling Barbara a slew of derogatory names and threatening to bring the DEA, FBI and other Shumans against her.
Gary Stone, Lisa’s husband and an attorney, represented her in the hearing. The couple sparred at a few points: He told her to lower her voice twice, and, when Shuman’s attorney asked Lisa if she had made 35 non-emergency calls to 911 so far this year, Gary attempted to object to that question, but Lisa responded anyway, saying it was true.
“I was on a mission, with the clean water situation, and the heroin I have found,” she said.
When asked about potential drug use, Stone also testified that she is experimenting with marijuana in her home as a possible remedy for her hypertension.
“I’m trying to legalize it,” she said.
She also noted that she uses Xanax, albeit irregularly.
“Sometimes I don’t take it, which is a problem,” she said. “I don’t like taking medications.”
Stone wore one of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s campaign buttons on her lapel. About halfway through the proceeding, she pulled out a cigarette and lighter, placed both on the table in front of her, but did not light up. She also pulled out a framed, glass-encased photograph of her family and attempted to bring it with her to the witness chair, but Strickland instructed her to leave it with her husband.
Barbara Shuman’s son, Jake Fine, testified that when he visited the Stone’s residence in January, he found complete disarray, including punch-holes in the walls and two plastic bags filled with a variety of prescription medications. He told Strickland that Stone offered marijuana to him, and that when he refused to partake with her, she punched his face with her closed fist.
“My stepsister was someone who was very troubled,” Fine said. “She’s not a bad person who deserves punishment, she needs help.”
After he and Barbara Shuman testified, Strickland told them that he would need to hear from Hurd Shuman before he could uphold an order protecting both of them. Barbara told him that Hurd had injured his back in a fall three weeks ago, and then asked to remove his name from the petition so he would not have to appear in court.
When Barbara made that request, Lisa told Gary that she intended to bring her father to court.
“I want the judge to hear my dad,” she told her husband.
Strickland explained to Lisa that, if Barbara dropped Hurd from her petition, it would allow Lisa to speak directly with her father. Gary called for a recess, and when they returned, Lisa agreed to Barbara’s change.
At the hearing’s conclusion, Strickland told Stone that her behavior that day had convinced him that Shuman’s concerns were valid.
“Any question that she was acting in that fashion were removed when she testified,” the judge said.
The change in the order will allow Stone to call her father’s cell phone, but not the house phone; she may meet him in person, but may not have any contact with Barbara.
“People have the right to be left alone,” Strickland told Stone.
The ruling has no bearing on the criminal case against Stone, which Strickland also presides over. On March 8, Mundelein police arrested her, alleging that she called her father, which at that time would have been a violation of the order.
Strickland also raised the issue of Stone’s mental fitness to stand trial.
Stone, 52, pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor counts of violating an order of protection on March 15. She faces up to a year in jail and $25,000 in fines. That case is scheduled for another hearing on May 1.