This week in THE REPORTER history

News and events from our archives

50 years ago
Feb. 14, 1963

Consolidated High School District 230 sold $1.1 million in bonds to start construction on Stagg High School, 8015 W. 111th St. in Palos Hills. Construction on the school was expected to begin April 1.


Members of the Worth Lions Club donated a portable typewriter, a standard typewriter, a typewriter desk and a chair to blind students at Worth Main (now Worth Elementary) School.

25 years ago
Feb. 18, 1988

An Oak Lawn man tried to convince police he taught his old dog new tricks after being pulled over for suspicion of DUI.

The 25-year-old man reportedly told police his Labrador retriever was behind the wheel when his car drove into a ditch in the 11200 block of Lawler Avenue. The man was arrested at 4:29 a.m. Feb. 11.


A 17-year-old Oak Lawn man was found shot to death in the basement of his parents' home four hours after police arrested a Hometown man who allegedly implicated the 17 year-old man in an auto theft.

Dino C. Nielsen was found at 6:47 a.m. Feb. 14 with a gun near his body, police said.

The Hometown man was stopped at 2:23 a.m. Feb. 14 in the 8700 block of Natoma Avenue. When police learned the car had been reported stolen out of Chicago in December, the man implicated Nielsen.

10 years ago
Feb. 13, 2003

The family of an elderly Palos Park couple killed Dec. 22 when a Palos Hills squad car driven by Palos Hills police officer Mike Hehl broad-sided the vehicle in which they were riding filed a lawsuit against Hehl and the city.

Edward and Vivian Siepak, 74 and 69, respectively, died after the collision that occurred at 12:48 a.m. Dec. 22 at the intersection of 103rd Street and Roberts Road. Hehl was speeding en route to assist a traffic stop in Worth and ran a red light at the intersection. He was ultimately dismissed from the Palos Hills police force because of the incident.