Tennessee man allegedly boasts of .40 breath tests from previous arrest

  • Written by Brett Rush


  A Nashville, Tenn., man arrested for driving under the influence Aug. 4 allegedly bragged to Oak Lawn police of a higher blood-alcohol content during a previous alcohol-related arrest while he was “running moonshine” in his home state, according to police reports.

  Jay A. Ultsch, 54, and a companion, Scott L. Fitzgerald, 43, of Gary, Ind., were arrested around 1:15 a.m. after a traffic stop in front of a car dealership near 114th Street and Pulaski Road, according to reports.
  Police reportedly witnessed the red 1992 Ford F-150 pickup truck Ultsch was driving swerve into the left lane several times while heading south on Pulaski Road between 109th and 111th Streets.
  After police activated their squad car’s emergency lights, Ultsch stuck his hand out the window before driving up and over the curb while stopping the truck, according to reports.
  Police reportedly noticed a strong odor of alcohol and saw that Ultsch’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy while speaking with him. When asked where he lived, Ultsch reportedly told police his address was 1006 Cahal Avenue, despite his driver’s license showing an address of 1024 Cahal Avenue. When police asked Ultsch twice where he was coming from, Ultsch responded “that little market,” according to reports.
  Ultsch, who reportedly told police he drank two-and-a-half beers, dropped his foot several times during a roadside sobriety test before saying he thought he would “blow probably a six” during administration of the preliminary breath test, according to reports. Ultsch was reportedly unsuccessful in giving a sample for the preliminary breath test.
  As police arrested Ultsch and Fitzgerald — who had an outstanding warrant for a traffic offense — Fitzgerald allegedly struggled with police, shouting “get your hands off me before I pop you in your [expletive] mouth!”
  Police also found a 12-ounce bottle of Icehouse beer on the floor of the truck near the front seat, according to reports.
  During processing at the Oak Lawn police station, Ultsch and Fitzgerald reportedly discussed which officers they would like to fight before Ultsch took a preliminary breath test a second time. When told he registered a blood-alcohol level of .218, Ultsch reportedly said, “Is that all? I was a ‘four’ when I was running moonshine in Tennessee.”



  • Written by Jeff Vorva

  No more Mr. Nice Guy.
  Last week’s Whatizit? was too easy — it was DOUBLE-RUN-COLOR-2-COL-WHAZthe Stanley Cup and many of you got it right although there was a guess of a food processor and one of a car bumper.
  This week, Whatizit? has expanded to the Regional News. We’re getting big for our britches and now the good people of Palos Heights, Palos Park and Orland Park have a chance to play this popular game.
  The hint for this week is that it helps bring Reporter and Regional readers together.
  You veterans should know the drill by now but for newcomers guess the above photo by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put Whatizit in the subject line. Deadline for guesses is Monday night.
  Those who guessed right last week were Worth’s Gene Sikora, Robert Solner, Carol and Jerry Janicki, Linda Martin, George and Theresa Rebersky, Debbie and Jon Gruver and Sandy Joiner. Other Stanley Cup Whatizit champs were Chicago Ridge’s Shirley Ivers, Dana Owsald, Michael and Linda Denham and Dan and Kathy Higgins.
  Others who scored goals in the game were Oak Lawn’s James Wucka, Kristen Gute, Cindy Foulkes and Jane Foley plus Evergreen Park’s Vince Vizza, Amanda Callas and Sheila Popp. Others lighting the lamp were Hickory Hills’ Bella Freundt and Jack and Griffin Burke Faddis plus Vicki Strzembosz and Cindy Foulkes of parts unknown.
  Also, a winner from two weeks ago was accidentally omitted — Worth’s Linda Martin guessed right on the giraffe.

Goodlines and good times – 50 years of Worth Library memories

  • Written by Claudia Parker

  Back when a new house cost $12,000,REPORTER-2-col-worth-lib2An early photo of students studying in the Worth Library. the average income per year was $5,300 and a gallon of gas was 25 cents, Delores and Donald Goodline were starting The Worth Public library in their basement.

  Fifty years later, the library is still going strong. It plans on holding a celebration later this year. In the meantime, those who were around in the early days shared their memories with the Reporter.
  Adele Benck, 85, has been a Worth resident for more than 50 years. She volunteered at the library after it was relocated into the Village Hall. She was a stay-at-home mom of three and volunteering was her way to escape.
  “The Goodlines got water in their basement,” she said. “There was some kind of flood but thankfully, the books didn’t get damaged.”
  Benck felt that incident made everyone realize the location needed to change and that’s when the Village Hall agreed to take over. It was timely because the Goodlines were outgrowing their home quarters. They had over 2,000 books with a circulation of more than 100 books per week.
  There were 600 people registered for a library card. It wasn’t exactly easy trying to check out people’s books and prepare dinner.
  Relocating to the Village Hall offered a bigger space and the opportunity to receive financial assistance. The Goodlines’ Library was believed to be the first free library in the state to exist without state or federal funding. Benck went on to become a library board member and credits Illinois for implementing the suburban systems that allow access to a wealth of materials.
  Kari Fickes, another lifelong Worth resident, also has a rich history with the Worth library.
  She remembers the excitement felt among library patrons once construction was completed at 6917 W. 111th St. This has been the library’s address since 1972.
  Kari’s father, Robert Fickes was a Library Trustee, her mother, Jeananne Fickes, was the children’s librarian and past president. Kari grew up participating in all the summer reading programs, children’s programs, and she utilized all of the library resources throughout her college years.
  Following her parent’s footsteps, she too served as a trustee and past president up until 2011.
  “I remember going into the library at night and cleaning with my dad because there wasn’t enough funds for a cleaning service. We love our library. It’s the heart of the Worth community. My mother loved it so much she left a portion of her estate to them when she died.”
  Officials think the library remains strong in the community because it’s evolved with the times.
  At the beginning, patrons came into the library to check out books. Now, they can download them onto an electronic device.
  At one time, people used a library computer at a desk. Now, they’ll provide a laptop and they can go anywhere within the premises.
  Back then, libraries were viewed by some as a restaurant to those starving for knowledge derived from books. Now, they’ve become a gathering place for innovative minds from children to adults who take part in various workshops and author talks.
  In the beginning, officials said the Worth community passionately cared for its library.
  A lot of things may have changed, but some feel the community still feels that way 50 years later.

Cook County Sheriffs locate at-risk missing EP man

  Cook County Sheriff’s Police located a missing at-risk man alive in a wooded area near Merrionette Park last Friday, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said.
  Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at 4:25 p.m. near the 3400 block of West 119th Street and learned a 24-year-old Evergreen Park man in a “despondent” state was the driver and was missing from the car.
  A K-9 Unit led a ground search and a helicopter was used in an air search to locate the man. He was finally caught after a K-9 unit dog found him via a scent used from the man’s clothing. He was found lying on the ground under a thermal blanket with injuries to his wrist, according to the report. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

— Cook County Sherriff’s Office

Impressive panel

Ed McElroy, host of “The Ed McElroy Show” REPORTER-2-col-mcelroy-cutlineat Access Comcast, channel 19, recently interviewed Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White (right) and Michael Barrett (left), an attorney at Barrett & Sramek Law Firm. McElroy is Past National Commander of Catholic War Veterans, U.S.A.