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Crime & Courts

Waterman woman accused of biting security guard

Heather J. Ryan, 21, of Waterman
Heather J. Ryan, 21, of Waterman

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb County judge ordered a Waterman woman accused of biting a security guard at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital be released from jail without posting bail Thursday.

According to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Heather J. Ryan, 21, of the 200 block of Pine Street in Waterman, bit a security guard about 10 p.m. Wednesday while refusing to cooperate with service.

If Ryan is convicted of aggravated battery, she faces two to five years in prison.

She also has been charged with aggravated assault of a police officer and resisting arrest.

The charges stem from an incident that began with Ryan’s arrest Wednesday evening at Lions Park in Waterman.

The Waterman police officer who made the arrest said in court Thursday that Ryan was extremely drunk, and that she wrestled with him and threatened to kick him.

Assistant State’s Attorney Dan Regna also said police had contact with her July 21 during Waterman Summer Fest, at which she’d provided alcohol to a minor.

Ryan was cleared Wednesday night by medical staff and taken to the jail, according to the news release.

Judge Philip Montgomery ruled Thursday that she be released, but only after she’d been fitted for an alcohol-monitoring bracelet.

She is due back in court at 9 a.m. Sept. 28.

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