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Police: Bolingbrook man recorded, posted conversations with two officers online

SHOREWOOD – A Bolingbrook man not only allegedly recorded a conversation with a Shorewood police officer without his consent, but also recorded one with a Plainfield police detective, authorities said.

Michael R. Cronin, 42, of the 1400 block of Danhof Drive has been charged with attempted eavesdropping for allegedly using a cellphone to record a conversation between himself and a Shorewood police officer without his consent and then posting it online.

Cronin also allegedly recorded a conversation between himself and a Plainfield police detective and posted it online as well, according to a Shorewood police report obtained by The Herald-News.

He has been summoned to appear in Will County court Tuesday or a warrant may be issued for his arrest.

Cronin failed to return an email and call Friday.

He owns On Demand Grass & Snow and he was sued for libel last year by two customers. The lawsuit was dismissed in December.

Maria and James Fredericks, both of Shorewood, alleged in the lawsuit that Cronin ran a blog called Grassholes and a post accused them of fraud, filing false reports, harassment and in the case of James Fredericks, being drunk.

A statement on the supposed blog said “Don’t Be A Grasshole.”

Grassholes was given a single one-star review on Yelp. The reviewer, named Maria C. of Hindsale, accused Cronin of having no customer service skills and performing poor quality work, and accused him of attacking her and her husband through email after they expressed disapproval.

In the Shorewood police report, an officer responded to a harassment complaint from a woman whose named was redacted. He was shown several Yelp posts that were allegedly from Cronin that he deemed to not be threatening or damaging.

The woman suspected Cronin caused damage to her property but reportedly didn’t have proof. She also showed the officer YouTube videos of a phone conversation the officer had with Cronin, along with one of the Plainfield detective.

Shorewood police investigated the grassholes.net website that allegedly contained links to the audio recordings, according the police report.

Plainfield Police Detective Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said they did investigate an incident where Cronin allegedly recorded a conversation with a detective without his knowledge and posted it online. He said the case was referred to the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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