Home crash kills 1, reveals pot farm

Life’s never easy for an ex-con that has a gun, a back-bedroom marijuana farm and a neighbor with a jammed accelerator.

It's never a good day when firemen visit your home.

It's never a good day when firemen visit your home. (from Chicago Sun-Times)

Consider the story of Thomas Micucci, 27, from the outskirts of Chicago, who was at home enjoying playing video games with his roommate when a woman trying to back her car down the driveway across the street brought his world, and walls, crashing down.

The roommate, 28-year-old Zachary Isenberg, died when the 1995 Mercury Marquis driven by Patricia Dolton ran him over in his living room, according to an article on WGNtv.com.

Micucci was hospitalized, and police searching the home for more victims found a locked room containing 13 marijuana plants.

In Isenberg’s room, police found half an ounce of cocaine and about $2,000 in cash.

They also found a gun in Micucci’s bedroom, something convicted felons aren’t supposed to have. He faces felony charges for marijuana production and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.

* Read Chicago Sun-Times article.

45 comments Add your comment


September 11th, 2011
12:56 pm

Reverse Midas touch


September 11th, 2011
1:00 pm

I am at a loss for words. Even though he was conducting activities that appear to be illegal, it sucks to get busted this way. I wonder if a sharp lawyer can get him off using a lack of search warrant claim.

Old Geezer

September 11th, 2011
1:05 pm

If we continue to give car keys to women, then we can expect these kinds of accidents to keep happening.


September 11th, 2011
1:17 pm

No, lack of search warrant is not a valid defense in an emergency situation.


September 11th, 2011
1:34 pm

These are friends of mine. I hate the way the media portrays everything. Say what you want about the drugs but they are both good dudes. Zach was hilarious and great company but no one would ever know that based on all the articles I’ve read. All they really focus on the the drugs. I was with Thomas before he went back to the house. His kids birthday was yesterday and was picked up an hour before.

I wish there would be reports that focus on more of the good about people and not just the wrongs they have done.


September 11th, 2011
1:40 pm

Yes, I’m sure they were growing all that pot for their own use, and the gun was just a collector piece. Uh huh. If he was “good” he would be dealing drugs.

Old Geezer

September 11th, 2011
1:42 pm

Do the crime, do the time, it matters not how “good” the person is. I’m sure a lot of child molesters were “good” people except for the times they diddled children. Ted Bundy volunteered at a crisis hotline.


September 11th, 2011
1:43 pm

Breaking down a locked door in an undamaged bedroom is required in an emergency situation?


September 11th, 2011
1:44 pm

So what about the idiot female who crashed her car into their house? She killed a man. It’s her sorry ass that oughta be in jail.

Old Geezer

September 11th, 2011
1:45 pm

That lady should have her keys taken away and be forced to make me sandwiches for the next 5 years.


September 11th, 2011
2:16 pm

Only a low-life scumbag would equate marijuana with child-molestation. Old Geezer must like to take it up the poop shoot from his wrinkled old man friend. Get your mind out of the gutter Old Geezer you sick twisted pervert.

Old Geezer

September 11th, 2011
2:35 pm

I’m glad that Sam and I can agree that growing marijuana is a crime worth being punished the same way child molestation is. Sam, you’d be surprised how many people disagree with the two of us, my brother.

Grow Up Sam

September 11th, 2011
2:36 pm

My Two Cents

September 11th, 2011
3:56 pm

A person who has a criminal record should not be owning a gun or growing pot. One takes chances and there is always the possibility of getting caught. The cops might have smelled the pot and felt they needed to pursue further. More time in the pokey. Oh, well!


September 11th, 2011
4:47 pm

Don’t feed the trolls.


September 11th, 2011
5:41 pm

It’s basically this a criminal is a criminal regardless if you are considered a “good guy” or not
your growing weed plants and you are a convicted felon with a gun, he is growing that weed to sell to our kids, and if he gets cornered he is going to use that gun on you and me in a quick minute. that woman accidentally killing that person is tragic he should have been more careful of the people
he hangs around with, hard truth but the truth. we have to remember a criminal is a criminal regardless of race creed or color u can’t feel one way about that criminal and another way about this criminal, remember all groups have their bad people.


September 11th, 2011
6:28 pm

dang, you people have never smoked pot before I guess, I have & have been molested as a child & I can bet you that the child molestation WAS far worse than smoking weed. the convicted felon with the weed & a gun though was stupid


September 11th, 2011
6:55 pm

They’ll have a hard time making any of those charges stick if the guy has a good attorney. You can’t just go searching a man’s home without a search warrant, no matter what the case may be.

Hard Time

September 11th, 2011
7:03 pm

I like trolls.

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September 11th, 2011
7:20 pm

they say expect the unexpected but this really came out of left field…

dr. ben

September 11th, 2011
9:26 pm

Wake up america. Drugs, especially weed are not your problem. You say, oh the children, what aout the children. First of all no one gives drugs away, you buy them like anything else. And second your kids don’t have to go to ar to get high. Just hae to make it to mommy and daddy’s drug cabinet. You as parents are the only people gettging kids high for free. Wake up and end prescription drug abuse before ir kills one of your own. Weed does not kill, no one has overdosed on weed.


September 11th, 2011
10:55 pm

@dr. ben, its a fact weed is a gateway drug, after you get burnt out on weed you looking for the next high, coke, pills etc. our biggest problem as people we do not want to admit when we have done something wrong. its this simple he has those plants so he can sell weed to who ever wants to buy it, and he has the gun to shoot who ever gets in his way of him making his money. and for those who say weed is harmless, hmm I dont want the train conductor or the air traffic controller or the bus driver high on anything while he or she is driving me around.

bill clontz

September 12th, 2011
12:40 am

Don’t know the facts, but the families of these guys shouldn’t have to suffer for what these guys were evidently doing, but they will have folks make cracks about this to them I’m sure. As for the guys, if they were doing what is suspected, I can only say…RIP Mr. Isenberg, and Mr. Micussi, I hope you get a fair trial and use your time in the pokey to reflect on the young lives you affect when you sale these drugs……Karma can be mighty non forgiving sometimes…….

Progressive Humanist

September 12th, 2011
12:41 am


I think you need to get your “facts” straight. For the vast majority of people marijuana does not lead to harder drugs. But if you want to call pot a gateway drug, then you’d have to call tobacco, alcohol, and even caffeine gateway drugs because just about everyone who uses hard drugs took those first. Lay off the coffee, man, or next thing you know you’ll be a junkie. There’s no more of a causal link between pot and hard drugs than there is with any of those others. You’ve been duped by the media.

You are right that we wouldn’t want train conductors, air traffic controllers, or bus drivers high on weed, but we wouldn’t want them drunk either, which would have a far worse impact on their performance.

It would be a good thing if laws sometimes made sense.

Old Violin

September 12th, 2011
12:43 am

Is it true that the narcotic squad has invited this brave lady to join the Swat Team? Probably just a rumor………


September 12th, 2011
4:18 am

@ Progressive Humanist
I am talking from experience, I grew up in a bad neighborhood and see what the effects drugs had on it, these drug dealers will kill u in a second if u cross there path in a wrong way or during a shoot out so dont even think its just about the drug its about everything around the drug, the person selling it, they have to protect there turf, etc. and if that air traffic controller was drunk or high on something and got caught they will loose there job and go to jail and u know that so stop trying to make it right when u know its wrong. I got an easy solution why dont all that want weed to be legal and they want to smoke it as much as they want move to Amsterdam :-) U know it wont stop at weed being legal u know coke will be right around the corner. Its so funny we all want to live for as long as possible but still want to put poison in our bodies on a regular basis and wonder why we get lounge cancer, and other deceases brought on by drugs, alcohol and over eating. just too funny.

Jane Cunningham

September 12th, 2011
12:17 pm

don’,;t see how this was a legal search as the locked room wasn’t part of the crash So how could the think there were more victims in a locked room. . everyone knows what the cops are like in Chicago . I am sick of cops stamping on the 4th amendment

joe e buttafusco

September 12th, 2011
12:39 pm

The article DID say: “and a neighbor with a JAMMED accelerator”, RIGHT?

It happens! Comments about the lady are not warranted, according to this story.

James Reed

September 12th, 2011
12:58 pm

That sucks, I’m sure the old lady feels bad, I hope for her sanity something really was wrong with the car.
Old Geezer, good job of parody there, for a minute I thought you might actually mean those horrible words you posted, but that’s improbable, unless Archie Bunker was patterned after you!
Is there is a fund for the dead guys family and other guys legal bills? Unless these two have a long history of violent crimes and robberies I would be happy to donate.
The current law is BS and needs to be changed. New studies show more people are smoking marijuana and less are smoking cyrstal meth, lets hope the numbers keep going that way, but I’m sure the real “old geezers” out there don’t think there is a difference between the two. I hope you never find out by having one relative hooked on meth. You probably have quite a few who smoke pot already but just don’t know it, because they don’t usually cause any problems, and the walking around in a tie dye looking stoned thing is in movies mostly.

james reed

September 12th, 2011
2:31 pm

Wow , ruserious seems to be the real deal. Sorry you grew up in bad neighborhood, I grew up with average white people who hunted and had lot’s of guns and many of them smoked weed.

Sorry for your crappy life , hope it gets better and you meet some average people instead of crack heads and gangsters, pimps and Ho’s.

I have known lots of people who used marijuana and only a few of them ever went on to try cocaine or harder drugs, none are in jail or pimping their bodies on the streets. Most quit without spending any time in jail, going to rehab or having a TV style intervention.

I know a good many who have died from drinking and driving and cirhosis of the liver and bar fights and the like from good old alcohol abuse. How do you feel about making it illegal? I’m sure it caused more problems than marijuana in your neighborhood.


September 12th, 2011
2:55 pm

Well if the guy was on parole or probation they would not need a warrant anyway. However with the emergency response the entire house was viable because of structural integrity, natural gas, etc… It doesn’t matter the crime, a crime is a crime lock one up and burry the other saved some tax payer money anyway.

american pie

September 12th, 2011
4:48 pm

I think the women should be charged with involintary manslaughter and put in jail for 10 years. As for the guy who died, its a terrible tragedy. As for the living victim, I dont condone the drug dealing, or possession of a firearm, but to enter a locked door even in that situation should constitute an illegal search.


September 12th, 2011
7:25 pm

Dude was just tryin to work his “green job” when this ho on the police payroll blows the whole operation. You know the gun was a cop drop. Nice plan there sarge, you just killed a guy.


September 12th, 2011
7:41 pm


There is no “gateway” drug. That theory has been dismantled. Go back to DARE Class, oh ya, that has been founded, by science to be a waste of money. Another waste of your tax dollars. This guys trial, jail time and all the money the cops will blow, putting this menace away.

What a joke. this tea baggin town wants to eliminate public education, but wants the war on drugs to continue. That war has killed 1000’s in mexico, but the people of Georgia wonder why people cross the desert to come to america. ignorance is bliss!!


September 12th, 2011
8:28 pm

I tell ya: one minute your playing Xbox with your roommate, getting high on a lazy Saturday, the next some crazy woman drives through your house, kills your friend, and opens that can of worms in your closet. What are we supposed to do with that, caulk it up to happenstance? I hope for Micucci’s sake, he got to see this Patricia Dolton one more time to personally thank her for wrecking his life. If it wasn’t for her meddling car, he would have been slumped on the couch still, wondering how to be a more productive member of society, then forgetting all about it. In Micucci’s case, things have a way of happening to him, it seems, without him even making the slightest effort.


Billy Bob

September 12th, 2011
10:26 pm

If the room was locked, exactly how would a victim get in there? Did the police think the car threw them so hard they went through the wall without damaging it? Even criminals have rights people, that is kind of what America was founded on…..

Billy Bob

September 12th, 2011
10:28 pm

Ummm Mark, did you notice this was in Chicago?? That’s where Obama came from brilliance, tea baggin??


September 13th, 2011
8:39 am

Billy Bob: “If the room was locked, exactly how would a victim get in there? Did the police think the car threw them so hard they went through the wall without damaging it? Even criminals have rights people, that is kind of what America was founded on…”

Ummm perhaps the potential victim was in the room before the accident? For all the police knew, a room was locked in a severely damaged house, and the two room mates kept a child slave locked in there. And that’s why all rooms are searched in situations like this. Better to find out then than to get sued later when somone dies because the responders assume no one else was in the house.


September 13th, 2011
10:31 am

Stereotypes and lies are all the opposition has to work with.

Considering our last 2 presidents and our current president (as well as many other former presidents) have admitted to marijuana use of some kind in their past I could theorize that marijuana is a gateway drug to the presidency. Michael Phelps, currently holding the record for having won the most Olympic gold-medals in history, had a very public controversy regarding photos of his consumption of marijuana. Recreational cannabis use didn’t seem to stop him from outperforming the competition. Next up on the list of those who have partaken of the demon weed and excelled in life … we have former vice president Al Gore, Billionaire George Soros, famed astrophysicist Carl Sagan, Conan O’Brian, John F Kennedy, Billionaire Businessman Richard Branson, Nobel Prize Laureate physicist Richard Feynman, best selling author Stephen King, the list can go on and on. Listen to any 70’s rock? 80’s rock? 90’s rock? Jazz? Hip Hop? Burn all the albums you’ve got, because the vast majority of those artists were on drugs.

“It’s illegal.” That’s all some of you have to say on the topic?
Perhaps you forget that we in America are the product of lawbreakers. The founders openly defied the laws of England to establish this nation in their attempt to create a free society. It was illegal for a woman to vote in our nation’s not so distant past. Jim crow laws (only repealed in the 60’s) made it illegal for blacks to drink from ‘whites only’ fountains or to sit in the front of public buses. The list of horrendous laws in our history can go on and on. Dismissing the ongoing persecution of pot smokers/growers/dealers solely on the ground that “it’s illegal” is just lazy. The least one could do is get informed on the standard prohibitionist talking points and parrot the party line. If the federal government made practicing Christianity/Judaism illegal overnight, I doubt those same people would be happy to hear their grievances dismissed by the general populace with a simple “it’s illegal”. Marijuana is a religious sacrament to Rastafarians but I don’t see many Americans standing up for the Rasta’s right to practice their religion freely.

The fact is, many of those who support the ‘war’ on cannabis users believe that God says marijuana is evil. Therefore, in their minds, since god say’s it’s wrong (or so his most vocal earthly representatives have told them) they must impose “god’s will” upon everyone else in this nation by any means necessary. That includes law, lies and sabotage. They have no respect for the concept of the Republic, the constitution, atheists, agnostics, rastafarians or anyone else who doesn’t follow the lifestyle of their chosen god / religion. They don’t respect a free society. They’re quite frankly very unAmerican.

I’m philosophically opposed to violence and will never stoop to the level of my opposition. At times I wish I wasn’t so peaceful and civilized, so I could return the favor to those who have used violence against me in the ‘war on drugs’. Perhaps burst into their homes in the wee hours of the morning, hold them at gunpoint, lock them in a cage with violent criminals for a few years and ‘reeducate’ them. Like most cannabis users I expect we will win our freedom by peacefully living our lives, leading by example, and dispelling myths / stereotypes about the men & women behind the smoke. For now, I will simply have to exercise my patience.


September 13th, 2011
2:57 pm

“I am talking from experience, I grew up in a bad neighborhood and see what the effects drugs had on it, these drug dealers will kill u in a second if u cross there path in a wrong way or during a shoot out so dont even think its just about the drug its about everything around the drug, the person selling it, they have to protect there turf, etc. ”

The gangs are only able to make their income this way because it is illegal.
Imagine pot smokers could buy a pack of joints at the local convenience store and take them home for consumption. In that scenario who would risk going to the ghetto to buy drugs of questionable quality when Marlboro is putting out a better, cheaper product that can be had by any adult? Nobody would choose to buy from the street dealers which then takes away the gang’s income.

Now, following that train of thought, if drugs were legal and the local gangs are no longer are able to make an income selling drugs, will all the violence in the ghetto stop? Of course not, because it’s not the drugs, it’s the poverty that causes the violent cutthroat environment in the ghetto. If it were legal, at least the gangs would have less cash on hand to buy guns and ammo. That cash could be going into the legitimate economy and put to good use. With all the nonviolent drug users no longer a target, law enforcement would have more resources to focus on the violent criminals that we’re all concerned with.

If you grew up with hippies in berkely, CA you would have witnessed an entirely different drug scene and perhaps realized that drug use alone does not cause people to behave like characters out of the film “Menace to Society”.

“I got an easy solution why dont all that want weed to be legal and they want to smoke it as much as they want move to Amsterdam :-)

As much as I love the Dam (have visited many times) this country is my home, born and raised. I have family, friends, and people that depend on me right here. I take my responsibilities very seriously and would not abandon all for your convenience. My cannabis and I are going nowhere.

“he is growing that weed to sell to our kids”
“and if he gets cornered he is going to use that gun on you and me in a quick minute”

you have not a shred of evidence to support your assertions regarding this guy’s intentions, you’re really reaching here. is there something your not telling us?

Randy D

September 14th, 2011
4:03 pm

Legalize weed, bankrupt the cartels, empty the prisons, and save BILLIONS of US money that we need desperately to pay our bills. Keep the money here, within our borders. Trying to regulate a weed that grows wild all over the earth is the most ignorant proposition ever attempted.
Pot hurts no one. No one smokes a joint and goes and hurts anyone. In fact, if all the world leaders passed around the peace pipe before having serious discussions, there would be much less war and far more peace. Many industrialized nations have legalized it, and none have fallen into anarchy or worse. Wake up people. Pot users hurt no one at all,


September 14th, 2011
10:48 pm

scallywag, i guess stealing other websites traffic by spamming your link on their news article comments is what a ‘productive member of society’ does.

i’ll take a pothead over a lowlife spammer anyday!


September 15th, 2011
8:46 am

Was the woman charged with manslaughter or destroying someone’s home? To hell with the marijuana farm and their illegal stash and gun possession.

I like Old Geezer

September 20th, 2011
3:26 pm

Pot and driving is dangerous-she probably inadvertently took a hit off his pot plant fumes and backed into the home. Jail time for them all! *shakes fist in air*