Log reveals troubled relationship between police officer's 3rd, 4th wives

Published: 12/1/2007 6:40 AM

A former Bolingbrook police officer's third and fourth wives had a history of animosity, including an incident where one allegedly punched the other in the face, according to a police call log released Friday.

Drew Peterson's ex-wife, Kathleen Savio, was later acquitted of charges that she struck Stacy Peterson in May 2002 because the younger woman was in the car during a child custody exchange.

Police responded to 19 calls for help in less than two years involving fellow officer Drew Peterson, Savio, his ex-wife who was found dead in 2004, and Stacy Peterson, his current wife who is missing and feared slain.

The calls show the three were embroiled in a bitter custody battle. No charges were ever brought against Drew Peterson, but he twice persuaded prosecutors to charge Savio with domestic battery. She was acquitted both times.

Savio called police in December 2002 to notify them she had sent Stacy Peterson a certified letter advising that she could be arrested for trespassing. Savio also claimed in September 2003 that Stacy Peterson had called her "several derogatory names" while Drew Peterson dropped off the children.

Peterson, 53, was a police sergeant and 29-year veteran of the force. He resigned earlier this month after he came under suspicion in his current wife's disappearance in October.

Peterson has denied any involvement in his wife's disappearance and has said he believes she ran off with another man and is alive. He was never charged in Savio's death.

Savio claimed in July 2002 that Drew Peterson broke into the house and held her against her will, the call log shows. She did not want to file a complaint but the report was forwarded to state's attorney for review.

Savio also showed up at Peterson's home in April 2002 and allegedly started removing items from his truck. When he came outside, the log says she started hitting him the back. In May 2002 Drew Peterson told police that Savio "struck him, spit at him, and pushed him in the back," but he did not want her arrested.

Many of the calls involved Savio or Drew Peterson complaining about alleged violations of a child custody agreement. For example, twice in September 2003 Savio said Drew Peterson did not drop the kids off on time.

Bolingbrook Police Lt. Ken Teppel has said that in all the calls, police conducted a thorough investigation. A department inquiry found no indication officers did anything wrong or violated procedure, he said.

Volunteers say they will resume the search for Stacy Peterson Saturday, and it will become a combined search for Peterson and Lisa Stebic, who disappeared from her nearby Plainfield in April.

Log summary

Feb. 2, 2002: Domestic Trouble -- Mutual argument between Drew and Kathleen. Drew left the residence. Kathleen's attorney was advised by supervisor.

May 3, 2002: Domestic Trouble -- Drew took the vehicle that Kathleen was driving (both were registered owners and still married). Vehicle was returned by Drew at 392 Pheasant Chase.

May 3, 2002: Domestic Battery, Disorderly Conduct -- Drew stated that Kathleen struck him, spit at him, and pushed him in the back. Drew did not want Kathleen arrested.

May 26, 2002: Battery -- Kathleen punched Stacy in the face because she was in the car when Drew was attempting to drop the kids off. Kathleen was arrested. Independent witnesses. Drew kept children. Kathleen charged and record was expunged by court order.

May 26, 2002: Domestic Trouble -- Kathleen complaining that she had sole custody of children. No such specification in court order. Drew kept children.

June 25, 2002: Visitation Interference -- Drew claiming that Kathleen would not turn over kids. Logged and referred to his civil attorney.

July 5, 2002: Criminal Trespass, Unlawful Restraint, Domestic Battery -- Kathleen claimed Drew broke into the house, and held her against her will. This was reported two weeks after the date of occurrence on 7-18-2002. Kathleen did not wish to file a complaint but report was forwarded to state's attorney for review.

July 11, 2002: Visitation Interference -- Kathleen claiming Drew was violating a court order. Logged for documentation.

Dec. 5, 2002: Well Being Check, Visitation Interference -- Kathy claiming Drew is outside pounding on door. Kathleen states the kids are sick and she will not give them to Drew. Logged for documentation, referred to their attorneys.

Dec. 5, 2002: Alleged Violation of Order of Protection, Visitation Interference -- Drew upset he was not getting kids. No Order of Protection had been issued by the court. Logged for documentation.

Dec. 20, 2002: Notification -- Kathleen called advising she sent Stacy a certified letter advising that she will be arrested for trespass for future violations. Logged for documentation.

Jan. 2, 2003: Notification -- Kathleen called stating that the kids had a late doctor's appointment and that she would not make the scheduled drop off time to Drew. Logged for documentation.

Feb. 18, 2003: Citizen Assist -- Drew wanted to pick up kids. Kathleen stated they were sick and she was not turning them over. Logged for documentation.

June 2, 2003: Residential Burglary -- Kathleen believes someone entered the rear sliding glass door and took her diamond wedding ring and a pair of diamond earrings out of her bedroom and a camera out of the kitchen. Drew denies any involvement. No witnesses or evidence.

Sept. 4, 2003: Visitation Interference -- Kathleen claims Drew did not drop the kids off on time. Logged for documentation.

Sept. 9, 2003: Visitation Interference -- Kathleen upset that Drew is 10 minutes late in dropping off the children. Logged for documentation.

Sept. 9, 2003: Disorderly Conduct -- Kathleen claims Stacy called her several derogatory names while Drew was dropping off the children. Referred to the state's attorney's office for complaints.

Nov. 11, 2003: Visitation Interference -- Kathleen claiming Drew has children too long. Logged for documentation.

April 28, 2002: Domestic Battery -- Kathleen showed up at Drew's residence and starting removing items from Drew's truck. Drew came outside and Kathleen started hitting him in the back. Drew filed a report but never followed up with state's attorney for charges.