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Pair charged in separate death crimes

  • Written by Jeff Vorva and Bob Rakow

An Evergreen Park man with the tattoo that saysPage-3-Magnan-Richard-BlurredRichard L. Magnan “F--- the World” has been charged with murder while a Hickory Hills man has been charged in connection with a July 1 fatal automobile collision that claimed the life of an elderly priest.
Chicago police said that Richard L. Magnan, 352600 block of W. 90th Place in Evergreen Park. Was charged with one count of first degree murder after he allegedly fatally shot a 30-year-old male at 1 a.m. Saturday in the 6200 block of South Austin Avenue in Chicago.
The alleged victim, whom news reports identified as 30-year-old Joel Bentley of Chicago, was transported to Christ Hospital in critical condition where he later was pronounced dead. Magnan was charged accordingly by the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office. We was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
Magnan has several tattoos on his face and head including one that says “F--- the World” on his forehead and “gangster” on his upper lip to go with a cross and a couple of Major League Baseball logos, including the White Sox.
Meanwhile, Nicholas Raspanti, 42, was charged with two counts of aggravated drunken driving in connection with the crash that occurred shortly before 7 p.m. July 1 in the 8200 block of State Road in Burbank according to Burbankpage-3-1-col-Screen-Shot-2014-07-08-at-4.40.03-PMNicholas Raspanti police reports.
Raspanti appeared at the Bridgeview Courthouse where he was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Police said Raspanti was driving a white Nissan northeast bound on State Road when he traveled into the southwest bound lane and struck a gray Ford head on.
The two persons in the Ford had to be extricated by firefighters. They were transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment as was Raspanti.
One of the passengers, the Rev. Jozef Brzek, 77, of Chicago, died from his injuries on Sunday.
A memorial website identified Brzek as the pastor of Divine Word Polish National Catholic Church for more than 25 years.
Funeral services for the Rev. Brzek were held Wednesday at Divine Word Parish, located in Chicago’s West Elsdon neighborhood.

Hickory Hills plans to promote two cops in July

  • Written by Kelly White

Two Hickory Hills police officers will be advancing their way up the career ladder.
  The retirement of Lieutenant Tom Dietz, resulted in Police Chief Alan Vodicka announcing at last Thursday’s city council meeting he is looking to promote two officers before the summer’s end: one sergeant to lieutenant and one patrol officer to sergeant.
  “It is imperative we get these promotions done so we have the supervisor positions filled over the next two months,” he said.
  Vodicka is planning to announce and promote the chosen officers at the July 10 city council meeting.
  Vodicka has not yet released the names of the officers up for promotion, however, he was granted permission by a unanimous vote among the city council to allow for the two departmental promotions.
  Upon the promotion of a sergeant and patrol officer, Vodicka will be looking to hire on one new recruit by September to begin the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Training Academy in October. A two-week notice must be given to the academy prior the recruit’s start date.
  “There are different training academies out there and we do tend to bounce between different academies, but general y we use the Cook County Sheriff’s Training Academy for our new recruits,” Vodicka said.
  Lieutenant Dietz retired after working with the Hickory Hills’ police department after 31 years of employment. City council members raised the concern of future retirees within the department.
  “My concern is if more than one officer retires in the future, you have to have guys to replace them,” Alderman Deborah Ferraro said.
  Vodicka explained since there are academy dates scheduled throughout the calendar year, this will hopefully not be an imminent concern within the department.
  “The academy has scheduled dates throughout the year when new recruits can begin, but I would like to get the new hired on officer to begin academy this October, pending the coming promotions,” Vodicka said.
  He said the department is also prepared for emergency situations where a new hire must be immediate.
  “We also book slots in academy classes in anticipation of departures or retirements. So, we do that and if we do not need them, we cancel them within a certain time period if we are not going to put somebody through the academy,” Vodicka added.
  Once an officer completes academy they progress onto live field training in the city. Hickory’s newest recruit, Officer Michael Franks completed academy this month and has begun his field training with the department. Franks was sworn into the department on March 27.
  “I went to his graduation ceremony about a week ago, so right now he’s out on the streets and doing his field training,” Vodicka said, “And, he should be released from his field training within three months.”
  In other news from the meeting:
  • Once a week, recycling will begin in Hickory Hills on September 1. Waste Management will be sending out a flyer to residents within the next week, informing them of the change from bi-weekly to weekly recycling.
  • Aaron’s rent-to-own store held its grand opening event on Saturday at 9600 S. Roberts Road. The store is a national leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential and office furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories.
  • The Hickory Hills Street Fair took place this weekend at 94th Street and Roberts Road with 82 crafters and 20 food venders participating and the Johnson-Phelps VFW Post No. 5220 sponsoring the bingo tent.

Police News from 6-26-14

Chicago Ridge

Tiffany S. Robinson, 22, of Chicago, was charged with theft June 20 after reportedly stealing money and merchandise from Sears at Chicago Ridge Mall, where she was an employee, police said.
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Brittney Porter, 20, of Chicago, was charged with theft June 20 after he allegedly stole money from Sears at Chicago Ridge Mall, where he was an employee, police said.
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Sandra Travis, 49, of Chicago Ridge, was charged with driving on a suspended license and driving with a loud muffler June 21 after a stop at 109th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said.
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Devarkonda A. Prasad, 39, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft June 21 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Home Depot at the Chicago Ridge Commons, police said.
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Latasha U. Boston, 34, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft and battery June 22 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Carson’s at Chicago Ridge Mall and pushing a security guard who tried to detain her, police said.
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Jaime Robles, 24, of Chicago, was charged with driving without a valid license and using a cell phone while driving June 23 after a stop at 95th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said.

Evergreen Park

Quentin D. Creamer, 22, of Robbins, was charged June 16 with driving on a suspended license after a stop at 96th Street and Kedzie Avenue, police said.
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Gregory J. Lichtenberger, 31, of Worth, was charged with driving on a suspended license June 19 after he was stopped at 109th Street and Pulaski Road, police said.
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Florentino Ortega, 36, of Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended license June 19 after a stop at 95th Street and Campbell Avenue, police said.
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Ronnie Cannon, 35, of Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended license June 20 after he was stopped at 91st Street and Pulaski Road, police said.

Hickory Hills

Kelly A. Norge, 31, of Blue Island, was charged with driving on a suspended registration June 21 following a stop at 87th Street and Roberts Road, police said.
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Leticia Arrieta-Ramirez, 41, of Orland Park, was charged with speeding, driving without a valid license and no insurance June 22 after a stop in the 8100 block of 95th Street, police said.
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Thomas R. Siemeck, 44, of Hickory Hills, was charged with possession of drug equipment, transportation of open alcohol and disobeying a traffic signal June 22 following a stop in the 9200 block of Roberts Road, police said.

Oak Lawn

Catalytic convertors were reported stolen June 15 from a car in the 9600 block of Mason Avenue and a vehicle in the 9300 block of Sproat Avenue.
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Groceries valued at approximately $115 were reported stolen June 17 from Jewel-Osco, 8801 S. Ridgeland Ave. A store security guard told police that a man and two children entered the store, loaded a cart with groceries and left without paying.

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A vacuum valued at $400 was reported stolen June 14 from Target, 4120 W. 95th St. Police later learned that the Evanston Police Department had in custody Meeghan E. Doherty-Alkaisari, 36, of Chicago, who they said admitted on June 18 to stealing a vacuum from the Oak Lawn Target, police said.
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Damage estimated at $1,500 was done June 19 to a car in the 9600 block of Ridgeland Avenue. Witnesses told police that a man was seen leaving the apartment parking lot on a 10-speed bike after damaging the windows of the car.
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Kenneth J. Rasussen, 55, and Christopher H. Berg, 55, both of Oak Lawn, were charged with battery June 19 after a disturbance in the 9800 block of 54th Avenue, police said.
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An ATV was reported stolen June 19 or 20 from a garage in the 6700 block of 87th Place.
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Two laptop computers, cash, credit cards and jewelry valued at approximately $2,200 were stolen June 20 from an apartment in the 9600 block of Ridgeland Avenue.

Robert C. Martin, 64, of Dolton, was charged with assault June 20 after an incident at Manor Care, 6300 W. 95th St., police said.
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Teymour Chehreh-Tab, 61, of Oak Lawn, was charged with retail theft June 20 after allegedly stealing goods from Fairplay Foods, 8700 S. Cicero Ave., police said.
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A wallet was reported stolen June 21 from the purse of a customer at Jewel-Osco, 4650 W. 103rd St., police said. The woman told police she was followed through the store by man who got his foot stuck in her shopping cart. The woman’s husband assisted the man. At that time, another woman showed up. The alleged victim realized that the woman had been standing behind her the entire time her husband was helping the man, police said. The alleged victim realized her wallet was missing when she was in the cashier lane, police said.
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A large amount of alcohol was reported stolen June 22 from Walgreens, 10639 S. Cicero Ave. Store surveillance video showed a man and woman enter the store and fill bags with multiple bottles of alcohol. The couple was seen entering an older, light blue convertible that headed east on 106th Street.
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Malachy M. Farrell, 34, of Oak Lawn, was charged with keeping a disorderly house June 22 following a report of a noise disturbance, police said.

Palos Hills

Daniel Torres, 25, of Palos Hills, was charged with driving on a revoked license June 18 after a stop in the 7800 block of 103rd Street, police said.
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Police received deceptive practice reports June 19 that involved giving money to someone who identified himself as a stranded motorist who needed money. Both victims said the alleged stranded motorist assured them that he would refund the money once he got home. The money was never refunded.

Worth

Johnnie R. Carey Jr., 45, of Worth, was charged with driving on a suspended license and failure to signal June 16 after a stop in the 10400 block of Southwest Highway, police said.
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Martin A. Strebs-Stelps, 57, of Worth, was charged with domestic battery June 18 after a disturbance in the 7100 block of 107th Street, police said.

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Heriberto Macias, 26, of Chicago, was charged with driving without a valid license, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and no insurance June 18 after a stop at 106th Street and Harlem Avenue, police said.

 

Police News from 6-19-14

Chicago Ridge

  Raul Ortiz, 27, of Oak Lawn, was charged with driving on a suspended license, no insurance and driving while using a cell phone June 9 following a stop at Southwest Highway and Ridgeland Avenue, police said.
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  Michael A. Yakas, 58, of Chicago Ridge, was charged with driving on a suspended license and suspended registration June 10 after he was stopped at 103rd Street and Nashville Avenue, police said.
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  Marissa Buentello, 21, and Natalia Kois, 20, both of Burbank, were charged with retail theft June 11 after reportedly stealing merchandise from Carson’s at Chicago Ridge Mall, police said.
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  Guadalupe Mora, 49, of Hickory Hills, was charged with retail theft June 13 after reportedly stealing merchandise from Spencer’s Gifts at Chicago Ridge Mall, police said.

Evergreen Park

Lawrence E. McCullom, 44, Chicago, was charged with disorderly conduct May 30 after allegedly yelling threats at another person in the 2500 block of 95th Street, police said.
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  Thomas M. Jones, 22, Burbank, was charged with drunken driving, speeding, no insurance and driving without a valid license June 1 after a stop in the 3500 block of 102nd Street, police said.
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  Allen L. McKinzie, 21, of Chicago, was charged with trespassing June 1 at Aldi, 2541 W. 95th St., after he allegedly refused to leave the store, police said.
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  Alicia S. Warren, 25, Chicago, was charged with retail theft June 2 after reportedly stealing merchandise from Wal-Mart, 2500 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Terrance T. Jackson, 21, Chicago, was charged with theft June 3 after allegedly stealing a bicycle from the front of Walgreens, 3545 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Tony R. Nichols, 43, Oak Lawn, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, no insurance, driving on a suspended license and illegal transportation of alcohol after a stop June 5 in the 2600 block of 87th Street, police said.
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  Ismael Nieves, 39, Oak Forest, was charged with possession of marijuana June 5 following a stop at 97th Street and Western Avenue, police said.
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  Jeffrey M. Rezzardi, 41, Crestwood, was charged June 5 with possession of a controlled substance and expired registration after he was stopped in the 9100 block of Kedzie Avenue, police said.
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  Brian A. Wnek, 28, Oak Lawn, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug equipment, and his brother, Brad Wnek, 39, also of Oak Lawn, was charged with improper lane use and no insurance June 6 after a stop in the 8700 block of Central Park Avenue, police said.
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  Terrance O. Eagins, 48, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft June 9 after reportedly stealing four packs of steaks from Wal-Mart, 2500 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Joshua D. Johnson, 22, Palos Heights, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug equipment after a June 11 stop in the 3900 block of 98th Street, police said.

Hickory Hills

  Debra F. Aguinaga, 45, of Justice, was charged with possession of a controlled substance June 12 after a stop in the 8600 block of 87th Street, police said.
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  Quentia D. Harmon, 25, of Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended license June 12 following a stop in the 7600 block of 95th Street, police said.
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  Kevin J. Lyons, 19, of Justice, was charged with trespassing June 13 after allegedly searching through storage lockers at an apartment building in the 8700 block of 83rd Avenue, police said.
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  Bartlomiej Rybka, 30, of Palos Hills, was charged with disorderly conduct June 14 after a reported disturbance at Primetime, 7750 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Michael J. Perelka, 45, of Hickory Hills, was charged with disorderly conduct June 15 after reportedly begging motorists for money in the 8700 block of Roberts Road, police said.

Oak Lawn

  A computer, mini refrigerator and a printer were reported stolen between May 1 and 4 from the hallway of a physician’s building in the 5100 block of 95th Street.
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  Joel E. Golomb, 29, of Alsip, was charged with drunken driving and speeding June 1 after a stop at 109th Street and Cicero Avenue, police said.
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  Hand tools valued at $500 were reported stolen between June 8 and 11 from a garage in the 10000 block of Merrimac Avenue.
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  A backpack containing an iPad and a tablet was reported stolen June 9 from the Pizza Hut at Target, 4120 W. 95th St.
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  Accacia M. Tayor, 18, and Destiny Jackson, 18, both of Chicago, were charged with retail theft June 9 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Target, 4120 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Jennifer L. King, 33, of Crestwood, was charged with possession of a controlled substance June 9 after she was arrested at Walgreens, 4740 W. 95th St., police said.
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  An Oak Lawn woman who stopped June 11 to deposit a check in an ATM machine in the 4200 block of 95th Street told police that man who was a passenger in her car drove away in her vehicle, police said. She has been unable to contact him since.
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  Thaddeus A. Smith, 50, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft June 11 after reportedly stealing goods from Jewel-Osco, 9424 S. Pulaski Road, police said.
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  Krzysztof Maka, 31, of Oak Lawn, was charged with disorderly conduct June 12 after a reported disturbance in the 10700 block of Georgia Lane, police said.
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  Precious T. Grayer, 28, of Alsip, was charged with drunken driving, no insurance, failure to wear a seatbelt, improper lane use, illegal transportation of alcohol and driving on a suspended license June 12 after a stop at 99th Street and Cicero Avenue, police said.
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  Jaime Tenorio, 29, of Chicago, was charged with drunken driving, making an improper turn and no insurance after a June 12 stop at 95th Street and Merrimac Avenue, police said.
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  Humberto Bahena, 31, of Chicago, was charged with drunken driving June 12 after a stop in the 5500 block of 95th Street, police said.
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  A plastic garbage can was set on fire June 13 inside the skate park at Worthbrook Park, 6330 W. 89th Place.
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  Henry C. Morf, 81, of Chicago, was charged battery, disobeying a police officer, fleeing, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and no insurance June 13 after a stop at 94th Street and Massasoit Avenue, police said.

Palos Hills

  An unattended 18-month-child was found June 11 near 103rd Street and Kathy Court, according to reports. Police found the child’s mother asleep at home and unaware that the child was outside. The Department Children and Family Services was contacted by police.
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  Christian Zavala-Juarez, 20, of North Carolina, was charged with contributing the delinquency of a minor, possession of marijuana and drug equipment June 11 after a stop in the 8800 block of 103rd Street, police said.
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  Angel Arellano, 19, and Rosalie Suarez, 18 both of Chicago, were charged with illegal consumption of alcohol, Gabrielle Soltys, 25, of Worth, was charged with possession of drug equipment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of marijuana, and Eric Kopinski, 23, of Palos Hills, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and littering after a June 12 stop at 111th Street and O’Gorman, police said.
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  Karol Klosowski, 25, of Justice, was charged with drunken driving June 15 after a stop at 88th Avenue and 99th Street, police said.

Police News from 5-29-14

Chicago Ridge

Quinton Lang, 24, of Chicago, was charged with driving without a valid license and failure to wear a seat belt May 23 after a stop at 92nd Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said.
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Abrahim Hamed, 22, of North Olmsted, Ohio, was charged with driving on a suspended license, no insurance and failure to wear a seat belt May 23 after being stopped at 111th Street and Mayfield Avenue, police said.
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Barnell G. Howard, 40, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft May 23 after allegedly stealing men’s clothing valued at $430 from Kohl’s at Chicago Ridge Mall, police said.
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Wajdi Darmohammad, 22, of Oak Lawn, was charged with driving without a valid license and failure to signal after a May 25 stop in the 6400 block of 95th Street, police said.
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Paul Vazquez, 29, of Bridgeview, was charged with driving on a suspended license and speeding May 26 after a stop at 107th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said.
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Tarek Odeh, 20, of Palos Heights, was charged with damage to property May 26 after an incident in the parking lot of X-Sport Fitness, 222 Commons Drive, police said.

Hickory Hills

Jonathan D. Trumball, 24, of Chicago, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug equipment May 9 after a stop in the 9500 block of 88th Avenue, police said.
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Tuka Rachid, 19, of Lemont, was charged with speeding May 23 after a stop in the 8800 block of 95th Street, police said.
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David Zalewski, 20, of Hickory Hills, was charged with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor May 23 following a stop at 91st Street and 84th Avenue, police said.
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Ventez L. Grace, 20, of Blue Island, was charged with possession of marijuana May 26 after a stop in the 8600 block of 95th Street, police said.
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Kenneth K. Brown, 36, of Justice, was charged driving on a revoked license and no insurance May 26 after he was stopped at 87th Street and 88th Avenue, police said.

Oak Lawn

A grass trimmer reportedly was stolen between May 10-17 from a garage in the 9700 block of McVicker Avenue, police said.
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Sara N. Uzueta, 35, of Deming, N.M., was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, possession of marijuana, improper lane use, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, no insurance and driving too fast for conditions after a May 15 stop at Southwest Highway and Cicero Avenue, police said.
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Rosembergt Bustos, 19, of Chicago, was charged with drunken driving, no insurance, failure to yield, failure to signal, driving without a valid license, illegal transportation of open alcohol and illegal consumption of alcohol May 16 after a stop at 110th Street and Cicero Avenue, police said.

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David W. Compton, 57, of Burbank, was charged with trespassing May 17 following a reported disturbance at Walgreen’s, 9501 S. Cicero Avenue, police said.
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The center caps were reported stolen May 17 from the tires of four cars at Haggerty Buick GMC, 9301 S. Cicero Ave.
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Michael R. Kharallah, 40, of Chicago, was charged with trespassing May 19 after a reported disturbance at McDonald’s, 9128 S. Cicero Ave., police said.
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Leonard J. Voss Jr., 23, of Oak Lawn, was charged with aggravated assault May 19 following an alleged incident in the 10600 block of Cicero Avenue, police said.

Palos Hills

Adam Filalkowski, 21, of Palos Hills, was charged with trespassing May 25 after allegedly attempting to break into a building in the 11100 block of 84th Avenue, police said.
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Mark Zeglen, 22, of Indian Head Park, was charged with damage to property May 25 after he allegedly pulled a mailbox out of the ground in the 9900 block of 87th Street Avenue and threw it into the street, police said.
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Explosives were used May 25 to damage three mailboxes in the 11200 block of Helena Drive.

Area police departments
Chicago Ridge ........425-7831
Evergreen Park...... 422-2142
Hickory Hills ...........598-4900
Oak Lawn............. 499-7722
Palos Hills.............. 598-2272
Worth.................. 448-3979