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TC Pub owner contrite after OL fines him $1,250 for violations

  • Written by Bob Rakow

The owner of an Oak Lawn tavern has agreed with the village on a series of modifications designed to prevent underage drinking and other illegal conduct at the bar.

Robert Olson, owner of TC Pub, 9700 S. Cicero Ave., was fined $250 for being open after hours on Dec. 13 and $1,000 because cocaine was found in the office of the establishment when police responded to a disturbance at the bar that night.

“I’m sorry for everything that happened,” Olson told Mayor Sandra Bury at Monday’s liquor commission hearing. Bury serves as the village’s liquor commissioner.

The agreement calls on Olson to enforce an employee code of conduct as well as a drug-free workplace policy. Additionally, he agreed to hire security to be at the bar from 8 p.m. until close on Fridays, Saturdays and other nights that a large is expected. An off-duty police officer is one of the two security personnel hired by Olson, he said.

The agreement requires employees to complete the state’s Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training program.

“I took (what happened) very seriously. It was my dad’s. It’s mine now,” said Olson, who said he now spends about 40 hours a week at the bar in addition to his work as an attorney.

“We don’t want anyone underage,” said Olson, who added that employees have been told to check the identification of anyone who appears under 30 years old.

Olson said the agreement was reached after a meeting with Bury and village staff.

“I put together a plan prior to coming in, and the mayor pretty much told me what she wanted, and whatever the mayor wanted we put in.”

The code of conduct states that the bar’s last call will be at 1:30 a.m., and customers must leave by 2 a.m. Employees must leave by 3 a.m.

“We really want everyone out of there by 2 o’clock. That gives our employees time to clean up,” Olson said.

Employees may not consume alcohol after the bar closes. Friends and customers are not allowed on the premises after close, according to agreement.

Man charged with stabbing wife, daughter in Palos Hills

  • Written by Bob Rakow

Waldemar DzbikWaldemar Dzbik

 

A Palos Hills man was charged with two counts of attempted murder Tuesday afternoon after allegedly stabbing his wife and daughter with a collector’s keepsake knife during a domestic disturbance, police said.

 

Waldemar Dzbik, 50, stabbed his wife multiple times in the bathroom of their home in the 9700 block of Maple Crest Drive, police said. He stabbed his 19-year-old daughter once in the chest when she tried to pull him off her mother, police said.

Both women were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where Dzbik’s wife underwent surgery, police said. Information on her condition was not available.

The incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. When police arrived, they located the victim and her daughter at a neighbor’s house. Dzbik, meanwhile, fled in his Volkswagen Jetta. Palos Hills Police Chief Paul Madigan found Dzbik sitting in his car at 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a McCook trucking company, police said.

Dzbik drove away when he saw Madigan approach his car, but was later arrested by McCook police near 47th Street and Harlem Avenue, according to reports.

Police have responded in the past to domestic disturbances at the house, they said.

‘A direct slam to the family’

  • Written by Bob Rakow

 

Two months after death, family of Brittany lashes out at local police

 

Brittany WawrzyniakBrittany Wawrzyniak Two months after Brittany Wawrzyniak’s death, the family of the 18-year-old girl have broken their silence and are strongly criticizing the Worth police department for failing to keep them apprised of the investigation.

“We’ve got a dead 18-year-old girl with no information on how she died other than they state she was jumping out of a moving car on a drug buy. That’s ludicrous,” Wawrzyniak’s step-grandfather, Earl Lane, said Tuesday.

Wawrzyniak’s mother, Rebecca Tully, is equally dismayed over the police department’s failure to inform the family of the investigation’s progress, but did meet briefly with Police Chief Martin Knolmayer on Monday afternoon.

“The [Worth police] chief basically told her she ought to go out in [her] car, climb in the back seat and jump out and see how it’s done”

— Earl Lane

“I feel like they were more polite with me because Brittany’s dad called (Worth Mayor Mary Werner),” Tully said on Tuesday.

Tully said she had no intention of returning to the police department following a Dec. 2 meeting with the chief.

Tully’s mother, Rebecca Lane and Earl Lane sat down on Tuesday with The Reporter to talk about the police department’s handling of the case.

“It seems like a direct slam to the family,” Earl Lane said of the police department’s refusal to share information about the case.

Knolmayer has refused to publically comment on the case, saying only that his department is the midst of an ongoing investigation.

“She wanted to know what was going. What was happening, who they interviewed,” Earl Lane said of the December meeting.

“They weren’t returning her phone calls. She finally got to make an appointment,” Rebecca Lane added. “She figured if she went in in person she might be able to get some answers.”

Tully brought a close friend to the meeting, who was escorted out at the chief’s request when she began to ask questions about the witnesses police had interviewed, Tully said.

Tully asked the chief how her daughter could have fallen out the car. The chief’s response shocked her.

Thinking of packing heat?

  • Written by Kevin M. Coyne

New Chicago Ridge site offers classes on new concealed carry law

  Before Ron Pohrebny was able toPAGE-1-COLOR-4-col-gunsCarry Chicago, 10349 Southwest Highway in Chicago Ridge, will begin teaching the state-mandated 16-hour concealed carry course on Jan. 10.. Photo by Kevin M. Coyne legally drive a car, the now 53-year-old has enjoyed shooting and teaching others the awesome responsibility associated with owning a firearm.

  For the past 25-years, Pohrebny has worked as a firearms instructor. He is certified by the National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Police to teach concealed carry.
  Pohrebny is the new owner of the former Chicago Ridge Gun Shop and Range, which is now the site for his concealed carry company, Carry Chicago, 10349 Southwest Highway. Starting Jan. 10, Pohrebny will start preparing Illinois residents for the new concealed carry laws.
  “The course is a lot of basic information on firing, handling, unloading and using a firearm safely,” Pohrebny said. “It’s geared towards people’s ability and knowledge and most people getting concealed carry have been gun enthusiasts for a while.”
  Starting Sunday, the state of Illinois will begin taking applications for concealed carry. Despite immense pushback from anti-gun groups, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois is now the last state to lift the ban on concealed carry.
  For Chicago-area resident who plan on packing heat, a 16-hour training course is required. Training is broken into separate eight-hour courses. The first part of the training program focuses solely on teaching students to safely shoot, transport and stores a firearm. The second part of training deals with gun laws, specifically Illinois gun laws.
  “The advantage of having my own storefront facility is the ability to work with the student’s schedule,” he said. “It’s a 16-hour course and people work so it’s hard to do 8-hours a day or the entire 16-hours in one weekend.”
  The course will cost $275. In other states concealed carry courses can run as high as $300. During the Dec. 17 Chicago Ridge board meeting, Pohrebny’s license to open the storefront facility was approved.
  At this point, the shooting portion of the course is done at the Harvey Police shooting range. In the future, Pohrebny is hoping to repair and reopen the range in his facility.
  “I want to reopen the shooting range at the facility and open it up for my current and former students to practice drawing from a holster,” he said. “People should practice 100 times a day because if you ever do need to draw your gun you don’t want to be tugging at your holster.”
  Illinois residents who have been convicted of a felony, including domestic violence, or have a criminal record are subject to denial of a FOID card and concealed carry permit. State and local law enforcement must also approve the concealed carry permit, regardless of the individual’s reason for applying. Law enforcement officials may deny a request for concealed carry is the individual has certain psychological issues or a history tied gang-related crimes.
  “Are we that stupid in Chicago to not know that it’s the bad people with guns who are committing these violent crimes?” Pohrebny said. “Good people feel the need to arm themselves as long as there continues to be bad people illegally obtaining firearms.”
  For more information on Carry Chicago, visit www.carrychicago.org or call 708-357-6241.

Dist. 230 VP concerned about ‘test overload’

  • Written by Tim Hadac

  In a time of growing criticism about the amount of standardized tests that children take in school, District 230 officials last Thursday discussed the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests set for implementation in the 2014-15 academic year.
  “Boy, it just seems like we do a lot of testing,” said board Vice President Patrick O’Sullivan, in reaction to a presentation made by Dr. Kim Dryier, the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction. “I think a lot of that is not our doing, it’s kind of forced on us. But boy, you take these PARCC tests, these pre- and post-assessment tests, your ACT, your ACT prep, and it’s almost like you’re being tested as much as you’re learning. It’s like there’s a kind of test overload.”
  The discussion took place at Sandburg High School, before an audience of fewer than 10 people.
  The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), as described on its website, “is a consortium of 18 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support.”
  PARCC plans to “create high-quality assessments that measure the full range of the Common Core State Standards, support educators in the classroom, make better use of technology in assessments, and advance accountability at all levels.”
  Exactly what that will mean at the classroom level is something that school administrators and faculty, both locally and elsewhere, have grappled with for the last year, as the effort takes shape slowly.
  “This seems to be extremely confusing. I’d hate to be a kid right now,” said board member Tony Serratore, who wondered aloud if the coming PARCC method of student assessment will differ significantly from the well known ACT test, and if that difference will affect students’ ability to get into the college of their choice.
  Echoing what many have said in districts across the U.S., Dryier acknowledged that there are still “uncertainties and variables” associated with PARCC implementation and described aspects of the process as “frustrating” and “trying” for administrators and faculty alike.
  She encouraged board members to take a longer view, saying that the district’s goal remains to “prepare kids the best way that we can. We truly believe that good instruction, good critical thinking skills will help kids solve problems, regardless of what [those problems] look like,” she said.
  “The good news is, we do good instruction here,” she added. “We have good school improvement plans. We are focused on student achievement, regardless of what the [type of] test is. We fully believe that our students will be well prepared for any assessment that may show up on our doorstep next year.”
  Dryier added that basic information about PARCC and what it will mean for students in the district will be posted soon at d230.org, but she, and that information may change over time.
  A big-picture view of PARCC is available at parcconline.org.
  In other matters, board members congratulated and thanked district staff for their handling the Dec. 4 evacuation of Stagg High School, 8015 W. 111th St., Palos Hills.
  “We tested before school, during school, after school, outside, inside, in spaces near the boiler,” stated district Superintendent James M. Gay. “We had an outside contractor — White Environmental — come in to help.”
  Gay said there is no evidence to suggest any kind of environmental health concern at the school, but that steps have been taken to prevent a re-occurrence of the strange odor that led to the evacuation and to about a dozen students and teachers transported to local hospitals as a precaution.
  School officials have said they believe that unusual weather conditions to a high amount of vehicle exhaust to be pulled into the building’s fresh-air intake vents.
  The new, preventive steps will be announced at the next board meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at Sandburg, 13300 S. La Grange Road. The public is encouraged to attend.