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Two Cook County jail inmates die early Thursday morning

Thursday, April 09, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
by STNG wire reports

Two Cook County jail inmates died early Thursday morning, the Cook County sheriff's office reported.

The deaths were unrelated, and neither was being investigated as suspicious, said Steve Patterson, spokesman for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Juan Gonzalez, 39, of an unknown address, was arrested Sunday on two counts of heroin possession, Patterson said. He was being held without bond.

Around 10 p.m. Wednesday, Gonzalez told his cellmate that he had used heroin prior to his arrest and that he wasn't feeling well, Patterson said.

Around 3:40 a.m. Thursday, as sheriff's deputies delivered breakfast to inmates, Gonzalez didn't stir. Deputies discovered he was dead.

"There was nothing to indicate any trauma," Patterson said, adding that the office was awaiting autopsy results.

Patterson said Gonzalez gave arresting officers an expired license, and later a bogus address. Because of this, the sheriff's office has been unable to reach his next of kin.

The sheriff's office is also looking for the next of kin for Juliusz Kamieniak, 56, Kamieniak was arrested in April 2007 on a charge of kidnapping with a firearm, and was being held on $200,000 bond.

Kamieniak was taken from the jail to St. Anthony's Hospital Friday after suffering a seizure. He was transferred to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he died at 6:22 a.m. from advanced cancer, Patterson said.

"He hasn't had a single visitor in over a year," Patterson said. "We tried reaching out to his family, and now we're reaching out to his attorneys" in hopes they can find a relative.

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