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New Lenox Teen Jailed For Allegedly Threatening Lincoln-Way West Staff

The 17-year-old has spent three days in jail and will be in another two before his lawyer can make a case to reduce his bond.

Logan Bowman. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Logan Bowman. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
A New Lenox teen was locked up in the Will County jail Friday for allegedly threatening Lincoln-Way West High School staff.

Logan Bowman, a 17-year-old student at Lincoln-Way West High School, was arrested Friday and charged with felony disorderly conduct.

One of Bowman's younger relatives who is also a student at Lincoln-Way West was involved in a fight in the school's auditorium, according to the Will County Sheriff's Department.

"He was upset by the fight," a department spokeswoman said of Bowman.

Lincoln-Way West staff attempted to calm Bowman but he ran off, police said, and "when he came back he made threats to the staff."

"He was making threats regarding a weapon," the spokeswoman said.

Bowman's father appeared at his bond hearing Monday afternoon. Assistant Public Defender Eric Berg tried to ask Judge Dave Carlson to reduce Bowman's bond but prosecutors said the matter had to be scheduled for a later date. Carlson said arguments on the matter will be heard Wednesday afternoon.

Berg said Bowman's bond should be reduced due to his age.

Bowman needs $1,000 to get out of jail. In the event Bowman gets the money together before his Wednesday hearing and is released from from custody, Judge Carlson ordered him to stay away from both Lincoln-Way West Principal Monica Schmitt and the school itself.

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New Lenox Mom December 17, 2013 at 06:14 PM
@All Seeing eye. Your statement does not reflect fact. The fact is, his brother and another student were having words and Logan instigated, and started yelling, get him, get him, take him down. Then the fight started, it was broken up and one of the deans told Logan to go to his office at which time he chose to scream and swear. They attempted to calm him, but instead he kept swearing at the staff, dropped his stuff and ran out the door, delaying the buses and ran across the street. The staff waited for him and when he returned for his belongings he escalated the situation including threatening staff members and including use of a weapon in the threat. The police were called and he was arrested. He made really bad choices, first by instigating his brother into a fight and then taking his anger out on the staff. There are consequences that come with those choices. I will state again, I hope he gets the help he needs.
Bird Wodarski December 17, 2013 at 07:44 PM
This kid is my close cousin. Ive known logan obviously longer than anyone talking about him in this manner. He doesnt have any weapons, and hes never been involved with charges like this. Logans seriously the nicest calmest kid I know. His brothet was incolved ina fight and didnt fight back because of football. Logan got angry and obviously said the wrong thing . Who knows logans side of this story?? Nobody. Does anybody know if a teacher made a comment or physically put there hands on him? No. My cousin made a mistake by using the wrong words. Of course we all know about schools recently getting shot up, which is the reason for his sentence. All im saying is people posting on this shouldnt say shit if you dont know my cousin or exactly what happened
lala December 17, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Cat - you said "Logan and a group of boys ran when the police came and the police happened to chase that particular group. Wow. So he did not learn his lesson from back then when he was thrown on the ground, handcuffed and questioned for over 2 hours by new lenox's finest barney fife police officers. The only lessons to be learned from that incident is that new lenox cops are idiots. And so are people that try to hurt kids like you Susan. " I don't think it is the New Lenox cops that are the idiots here. Why are you trying to blame the cops for doing for their job? You run from the cops, they chase you. If you are innocent, you don't run. Real simple. Hope this kid gets the help he needs and turns his life around before it is too late.
Cat December 17, 2013 at 08:06 PM
My point is the punishment needs to fit the crime. People in this town blow things way out of proportion. There needs to be some laws enacted where newspapers cannot print this stuff about people until after they've been convicted. Nothing but a smear campaign otherwise. Very unfair to do this especially to kids. Ruining people's lives and then never printing a retraction. Horrible.
Cat December 17, 2013 at 08:10 PM
And lala. ALL the kids ran.100 kids running in all directions. None of them were in the fight. Logan got arrested but one of the girls actually fighting got herself a lawyer and got it dismissed. There ya go. Money. That's the only difference.
lala December 17, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Yeah money or a special prosecutor makes a difference. Still though if he hadn't ran the police would not have chased him. Once you are 17 you are fair game in the media. All public record once you get arrested.
Moe December 17, 2013 at 11:14 PM
As a mother of 4 in New Lenox I can say there's a lot of fights,drugs, and 'improper' discipline on behalf of the schools and police. We've been here for 12 years we moved from Park Forest not the greatest of towns.My oldest boy lived there for 15 years,not one problem. Move here,forget it. Did you know if you pull grass out of lawn to play with kids while waiting for second run bus hour later,its "vandalism" to property!? Did you know that if one person "plans a fight at school and the other doesn't fight back because of sports,they get the same punishment! I think the schools just look for reasons to send these kids to McKay or Premier! Rather than addressing the issues. Don't we pay for these schools teachers,deans,social workers,pshycoligists,security? It. Is all about the money, and the court system is all about the money.As for Police I can say they have helped in time of need.But I do see a lot sitting around
hpratt-saulinskas December 17, 2013 at 11:49 PM
seems to me a lot of people have tried this boy already.. NOW lets see as ADULTS have you EVER lost your temper?? have you ever made an idle threat to anyone?? (even without a weapon).. I do know that may of the anti gun zealots are upset.. and I realize that shootings at schools are becoming less rare (especially in COLORADO personally I think something is in the water there).. I have to say first that teenagers seem to run off at the mouth.. it's like their brains and mouths are not connected and most of the time it's a way for them to vent.. for the most part it's not the ones who vent that are dangerous.. it's the ones who keep it bottled up that blow.. There is a certain segment of the population that loves to hype everything up to a feverish pitch and get themselves hysterical..this is the same segment that LOVES kids that are androids and would love to pump them up with drugs till they are 40 so they never show emotion..good or bad.. all the stories 2nd hand are like having eye witnesses to a crime NO ONE sees the same thing nor hears the same thing.. YES this kid has to learn to what is acceptable to say and what is not .. but he's a kid.. as for the APRIL upheaval seems to me there were a lot of kids involved so unless we brand them all we shouldn't brand him.. there are 2 kinds of people in this world those that can do anything and come out of it smelling like a rose and others that get caught for everything and go down this kid is one of the ladder and should realize it NOW before the arena of public opinion try and brand him for life..
Truth in this bish December 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Free this nigga
RJ December 18, 2013 at 01:17 AM
The law was passed in 2010 allowing 17 year olds to be charged as juveniles for misdemeanors but if they are arrested for a felony, they can be treated as adults. With everything that's been happening in schools across the country they have to treat all threats as real and serious. And so much for school. That's done too.
Cat December 18, 2013 at 06:15 AM
Hprat saulinkas you said it exactly right. There are police in this town that seem to be bored and then go overboard when dealing with our young people. Young people make mistakes. Most of them are minor and could be used as a teaching tool rather than always slapping on cuffs. What happened to police being our neighbors and working with and liking the people in their community.
Vader December 18, 2013 at 06:13 PM
I'm a student at Lincoln-Way West and I was in the cafeteria. I SAW what had happened. Not all of it because we were getting on the busses, but most of it. Here's the story (his sibling told me the story, too).. Everything was fine then all of a sudden you heard Mr. Petrakis yelling over by benches and everybody started crowding around. I went over there with some people. There was a kid who said something to Logan's sibling, they started going at it saying stuff, then the kid punched him so all his sibling did was hold his shoulder. Mr. Petrakis (dean/teacher) pulled them apart, when Logan got in it and I'm not sure if this is true, but a dean touched him. He then walked out of the school, bunches of students following, flipping off the teachers and threw his bag. He then made a threat to the deans and Monica Schmitt that he was going to shoot. We all went to he busses so nobody knows what happened after except the fact that 3 sherriff's showed up & the rest is to be seen here..
b December 18, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Proverbial no dog in this fight...but...wanted to add "If you're innocent you don't run..."? Whoa Nellie Rodney King John Burge!
Cat December 18, 2013 at 06:32 PM
All 100 kids ran. So you mean all 100 were guiltyof something? They were given charge of disorderly conduct for running. Last time I checked running was not a crime. All 100 should have been arrested for disorderly conduct then. The real reason they got charged with disorderly conduct was because they did not tell the cops the names of the girls fighting. New lenox cops are Barney fifes.
New Lenox Mom December 18, 2013 at 08:13 PM
I didn't say anything about the 2nd amendment. I stated a fact that the NRA believes that more guns are the answer to all the gun problems....and as far as the "crazies", those are the people out en masse who feel the need to prove how big their "gun" is. I personally could care less who feels they need to own a gun to make themselves feel they are uber protected. What I do care about is the innocents that die daily, especially the children, who get a hold of weapons left carelessly around by "responsible" gun owners.
Moe December 19, 2013 at 06:08 AM
I didn't see anything about a gun being withdrawn here, but yet I do understand a threat is a threat! But like I said if these schools would use their Phycs,counselors Deans,social services, for what we pay for! Rather than just throwing them to the police!!!?? I'm sorry but you piss someone off,mess with a sibling,no matter what age, you're not going to say nice things! You shouldn't get jail time! I know of a few offenders with felony agg battery that only got probation! He's 24! For a 17 year old to go away!!!? That's wrong! I don't know full circumstances but my kids do know of this family and part of what happened, but I mean come on ! Every day I see a 30 or 40 year old doing the same bad thing day after day,and they get away with it! Maybe the focus of arresting in this town should be the adults,Parents, kids need Education not Jail! Kids won't learn because its the parents that have to pay all the fines when the courts and police expect them to pay when they don't even have a job!!!
PAT FETTA December 19, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Hey Kathie, Please do not be sorry. These threats can not be taken lightly anymore from troubled teens. So many young innocent kids have died because of these kids going into schools and shooting them up. This must be stopped and dealt with at the first signs of trouble. I remember when New Lenox was considered the place to live and raise your kids. Why are the police being blamed and called names? when it sounds to me like his parents are somewhat irresponsible. I don't know the situation. However, people need to stop thinking a slap on the wrist will make this go away. It will not. Logan is 17 years old and still has a chance to get help and hopefully he will. Bird, I know Logan is your cousin and you seem to know him very well and you also seem to care about him. He could really use your support.
Liz Kuecker December 19, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Calling the police names and making fun of them When you're an adult shows a lack of respect for law enforcement and sets a very poor example. Some of the parents expressing themselves here need to remember that. As far as the whole matter is concerned, the media in general will try you before you get in front of a judge or jury, so good luck with that.
Bob Wadas December 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM
running from police is a crime. Fact: states passing conceal gun laws all saw a drop in violent crime and murder. more guns=less crime
Cat December 20, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Police acting like gestapo and overstepping boundaries shows lack of respect to the citizens and taxpayers. In the process, they are teaching our youths to be afraid of and untrusting of law enforcement. The police are not god, they are human beings. What happened to the police being our neighbors and working WITH the community?? And it is NOT a crime to run from the police if you have not committed a crime. No crime had been committed by the boys - the girls in the fight were the ones committing the crime. Police were just looking for some action and they admitted it saying they were happy to get a chance to use their cuffs that night. Why would anyone respect that?
Bob Wadas December 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM
I taught my kids if your not doing anything wrong then you have no reason to run. If you run from police this gives them reasonable suspicion you are doing something wrong and they will chase you and handcuff you ! Look at the goups of kids that are doing MOB attacks, smashing into stores and stealing then people ask why police are not stopping it.
Bob Wadas December 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM
My kids know its a felony to flee the police !
Cat December 20, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Bob, you can Google this question very easily. It is your choice to teach your children something that is not true. Fact is, kids in New Lenox are afraid of the police because they know they are profiling them. And police profiling IS actually illegal. Running when you have not committed a crime, is not. There have never been any MOB attacks or smashing into stores going on in the town of New Lenox by any kids. We live in a lily white town with privileged families and the majority of our kids are good kids. I want the police in this town to stop treating our children like hardened criminals.
Bob Wadas December 20, 2013 at 01:47 PM
You are guilty of profiling by identifying the town of as Lily white. You are profiling them saying they are less likly to commit these crimes based on their skin color. and yes, its illegal to run from the police if they are chasing you. Even if you are not being arrested it will be considered fleeing and resisting arrest. I have already taught my kids who have grown into extremely successful adults, one is currently a Nuclear Engineer in the Navy and the other is in the motion picture union. They knew better than to run from police because it is a crime. I guess the police are supposed to know what town these kids are from in a mob and know they are not doing anything illegal because they are white ?.... be smart..tell your kid not to run..however do tell them not to say anything else than who they are until you are there. Never say a word without a parent present !
New Lenox Mom December 20, 2013 at 02:22 PM
New Lenox is a wonderful town, but Lily White? Seriously? We have a police department that works hard, and this is one of the last PD's that I would ever accuse of profiling. What exactly does privileged families mean in your mind??
Cat December 20, 2013 at 03:24 PM
The term lily white seems to upset you. I am white. Have you ever read of all the minority arrests that occur at Rte. 30 and Gougar? I live near there and see it constantly. The NL police getting the minorities as they leave our town. Profiling them and stopping them. Giving them the message not to shop in lily white New Lenox. And privileged to me New Lenox Mom means you get to grow up in a town with good schools, low crime rate, you have 2 parents and dinner every night. Do you realize the majority of our world are not as privileged as those living in New Lenox?
Bob Wadas December 20, 2013 at 03:50 PM
A study was done because minorities were complaining that they were arrested more at traffic stops. The study found the reason for this was because the minorities that were pulled over had warrants out for their arrest. Take your lily white skin and shop on chicagos west side. If you survive you will see you are not welcome there !
New Lenox Mom December 20, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Doesn't upset me at all. But maybe because we have different views of the term lily white. I view that term as being perfect, without blame. I do tend to not look at the world through different color glasses. When I look at the police blotter what I see is PEOPLE who are alleged to have done something wrong and the police wrote them tickets, arrested them, etc. I doubt the police are actively out trying to keep those who are in your words, not lily white, from shopping in town. The more who shop here, the better the tax revenue, the better for the whole town. Hmmm, according to your definition of "privileged" there are quite a few people in my subdivision who don't belong here, including me as there are not 2 parents in the home. Although we do have dinner every night! I did not realize that this conversation had now gone on to a world wide discussion. I guess in that sense we are much more privileged than the people fighting for their lives in Syria. Could you provide statistics on exactly how much more privileged the residents in New Lenox are as compared to other cities, states, countries? It sounds like maybe you have had some run in with the police that has totally prejudiced you against them? The name calling and bashing of this police department is what leads me to that conclusion.
Bob Wadas December 20, 2013 at 03:59 PM
would it be racial profiling to say that once a city becomes 20% minority the violent crime rate doubles exponentially in 100% of the cities this occurred. I guess it is just one big coincidence right ?
Bob Wadas December 20, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Violent crime rate in 2011 New Lenox: 30.7 U.S. Average: 213.6 horrible police dept

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