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  A 22-year-old man was reportedly charged with driving under the influence of drugs after the vehicle he was driving allegedly struck another vehicle in the 11100 block of Ridgeland Avenue.
  William P. Jaroszewski, of Oak Lawn, was arrested at 5:56 a.m. Feb. 28.
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  A 24-year-old man was reportedly charged with driving with a suspended license and disobeying a stop sign after police stopped the vehicle he was driving at the intersection of Worth Avenue and Southwest Highway.
  Nicklas A. Tellone, of Burbank, was arrested at 4:29 a.m. Feb. 23. He was also charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, expired registration and obstruction of justice after he allegedly gave police a false name.
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  A 29-year-old man was reportedly charged with driving without a valid license after police stopped the vehicle he was driving in the 6800 block of Crandell Avenue.

  Angel Silva-Lozano, of Worth, was arrested at 8:14 p.m. Feb. 25. He was also charged with failure to signal a turn, failure to stop exiting a parking lot and no insurance.
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  A 21-year-old man was reportedly charged with no driver’s license after police stopped the vehicle he was driving in the 6700 block of 111th Street.

  Kristen R. Triplett, of Worth, was arrested at 4:02 p.m. Feb. 25. The vehicle he was driving reportedly struck another vehicle in the parking lot of Rich Gas Station, 6760 W. 111th St.

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  A 20-year-old man was reportedly charged with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor after police saw him yelling and swearing at a group of men in the CVS parking lot, 6748 W. 111th St.

  Christian A. Hernandez, of Worth, was arrested at 12:54 a.m. Feb. 28. He was also charged with damage to property after he allegedly damaged the wire connecting a handcuff to a bench while in custody at the police station.
 

Family of teen killed in crash with cop car gets $2.5M

By Laura Bollin

The family of a Chicago teenager who was killed in 2010 when an Evergreen Park squad car traveling 90 miles an hour struck the vehicle he was driving has been awarded $2.5 million in a wrongful death settlement. 

Brian DeWitt, of Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood, died Oct. 5, 2010 after the squad driven by an Evergreen Park police officer pursuing a speeder on 95th Street crashed into his car at the thoroughfare’s intersection with Central Park Avenue. The speed limit on 95th Street is 35 mph.

DeWitt’s mother, Deborah, had reportedly sued the department and the officer who was driving the police car. She has also sent a letter to the Evergreen Park Police Department asking for changes in the department’s policy about police pursuits.

Other area police departments have a no-pursuit policy, or ask officers to consider the safety of other drivers and pedestrians before starting a pursuit. The Oak Lawn Police Department’s policy states the “immediate apprehension of the subject is generally not more important than the safety of the public and pursuing officers,” and notes that pursuits can only be conducted while a police car has its lights and sirens activated. The Oak Lawn policy also has officers stop a pursuit if speeds have become “unreasonably unsafe.”

The squad car involved in the fatal crash in Evergreen Park was reportedly unmarked and did not have its lights or sirens activated.

In Hickory Hills, the only crimes for which police officers are allowed to pursue suspects are “forcible felonies” such as armed robbery or homicide. Lt. Tim Stevens said traffic offenders are not pursued.

“It has to be a serious offense against a person where there is the threat or harm or there has been great bodily harm,” Stevens said. “But if it’s 3 p.m. and there’s a burglary and the person is refusing to pill over, we will gather license plate information and identify the person later.”

A similar policy exists in Chicago Ridge. Police chief Robert Pyznarski said pursuits must meet two criteria: if the person presents a danger to human life or may cause serious injury; or if the alleged crime is violent, like a person with a gun shooting someone at a bank or convenience store.

The Palos Hills Police Department has a no-pursuit policy.

Deborah DeWitt could not be reached for comment for this story. Pursuit SAFETY, a California organization dedicated to changing pursuit policies and reducing the number of deaths from police pursuits has been working with the DeWitt family, said Candy Priano, the organization’s founder. Priano’s 15-year-old daughter, Kristie, died in 2002 when a police vehicle crashed into the family’s car on the way to a basketball game.

“Families are told it doesn’t happen that often, which doesn’t make us feel good,” Priano said. “It’s like we drew the unlucky lottery number. Our organization is not about ending pursuits. That would be an unrealistic goal. Our goal is to change the policies and reduce the deaths.”

Priano met with the DeWitt family in April 2011, and said Brian’s mother is now volunteering with the organization.

“We want to help the families and have the police catch these suspects another way, especially when they are not posing an immediate threat,” Priano said. “We would like to see police pursue people for violent crimes and only violent crimes, or immediate threats, like where someone is shooting a gun out of a car window. If they’re not an immediate threat, why should they do a chase? It puts civilians and police officers at risk.”

Evergreen Park - Police Blotter

  A 42-year-old man was reportedly charged with false impersonation of a peace officer and no rear registration plate light after police stopped the vehicle he was driving at the intersection of 95th Street and Pulaski Road.
  Maurice A. Warren, of Twin Lakes, Wisc., was arrested at 9:21 p.m. March 2. He reportedly had a Homeland Security special agent badge in his vehicle, and told police he worked part-time for the federal agency. The badge was fraudulent, police said. Police reportedly found in the vehicle a pistol that only shot blanks, and a pair of handcuffs.
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  A 26-year-old man was charged with retail theft after he allegedly opened a bottle of vodka with a retail value of $50 and started drinking it at a store in the 9400 block of Western Avenue.
  Casey Tucker, of Chicago, was arrested at 5:10 p.m. March 7.
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  Two women were reportedly charged with possession of a controlled substance after police stopped the vehicle they were driving at the intersection of 87th Street and Pulaski Road.
  Jaclyn R. Massey, 29, of Worth, and Elizabeth A. Hurley, 26, of Chicago, were arrested at 6:59 p.m. March 7. Massey possessed 5.9 grams of heroin, a used syringe, three plastic bags and one tie-off, police said. She was also reportedly charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
  Hurley, the driver, possessed 1.9 grams of heroin and one suboxone pill, police said. She was also reportedly charged with driving with a suspended license and failure to wear a seatbelt when required.

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  A 55-year-old man was charged with battery and resisting a peace officer after he allegedly punched a police officer in the ear and face, and punched another officer and pushed him at a home in the 10200 block of Trumbull Avenue.
  Daniel P. Mazano, of Evergreen Park, was arrested at 5:18 p.m. March 4. Police were reportedly called to a disturbance at home.
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  A 50-year-old man was reportedly charged with criminal trespass to real property after he refused to leave a garage in the 9900 block of Spaulding Avenue.
  John S. McFee, of Oak Lawn, was arrested at 3:14 p.m. March 7.
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  A 22-year-old woman was charged with retail theft after she allegedly took a jacket with a retail value of $80 from a store in the 9700 block of Western Avenue.
  Iesha T. Washington, of Chicago, was arrested at 4:12 p.m. March 5.
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  A 21-year-old man was charged with retail theft after he allegedly took a video game with a retail value of $20 from a store in the 2500 block of 95th Street.
  Rufus J. Boykin, of Chicago, was arrested at 9:43 a.m. March 1.
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  A 45-year-old woman was charged with retail theft after she allegedly took 12 items of clothing with a retail value of $91 from a store in the 2500 block of 95th Street.
  Marvelicia C. Akins, of Glenwood, was arrested at 5:23 p.m. March 1.
 

Chicago Ridge - Police Blotter

  A 52-year-old man was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he allegedly shouted obscenities and insults at a resident of an apartment building in the 6100 block of 103rd Street.
  Thomas J. Karlicek, of Chicago Ridge, was arrested at 10:13 a.m. March 9. He reportedly pulled away from police while being handcuffed.
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  A 56-year-old man was reportedly charged with driving with a suspended license and suspended registration after police stopped the vehicle he was driving at the intersection of Ridgeland Avenue and Southwest Highway.
  Michael G. Dusk, of Summit, was arrested at 8:26 a.m. March 6.
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  A 42-year-old man was reportedly charged with driving with a suspended license after police stopped the vehicle he was driving in the 10100 block of Southwest Highway.
  Wilson Sapho, of Worth, was arrested at 4:40 p.m. March 5.
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  A 45-year-old man was reportedly charged with driving with a suspended license and unlawful display of a license plate after police stopped the vehicle he was driving at the intersection of 99th Street and Harlem Avenue.

  Stephen P. Morgan, of Chicago Ridge, was arrested at 6 p.m. March 7.
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  An 18-year-old man was reportedly charged with driving with a suspended license and no front license plate after police stopped the vehicle he was driving in the 10100 block of Ridgeland Avenue.
  Tyler M. Beardsley, of Woodridge, was arrested at 6:49 p.m. March 10.
 

Oak Lawn - Police Blotter

  Two Oak Lawn men were each charged with battery after they allegedly fought with patrons at TC Pub, 9700 S. Cicero Ave.
  Sean Furlong, 22, and David Onate, 21, were arrested at 1:35 a.m. March 10. Furlong fought with a man who was talking to his brother’s girlfriend, and Onate punched a man, police said.
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  A 28-year-old man was reportedly charged with DUI and driving with an unsafe tire after police stopped the vehicle he was driving in the 6400 block of 87th Street.
  Pawel Jan Chelbek, of Chicago, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. March 2. He was also charged with no proof of insurance, police said.
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  Battery was reported at 2:35 p.m. March 8 in the 9900 block of Southwest Highway. A man allegedly opened another the door of a car another man was driving at the intersection of Merton Avenue and Southwest Highway, and punched the man twice in the face before driving away.
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  Two Chicago men were cited with disorderly conduct after they allegedly fought behind an apartment building in the 9500 block of Kolin Avenue.
  Trendale L. Flowers, 20, and Curtis D. Murray, 19, were stopped at 5:42 p.m. March 10.
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  Criminal damage to property was reported at 3:08 p.m. March 8 at a school in the 8900 block of 52nd Avenue. A window was reportedly broken by pellets from a BB gun.
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  Theft was reported at 9:11 a.m. March 6 in the 4300 block of 95th Street. A front license plate was reportedly taken from a vehicle.
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  Criminal damage to property was reported at 4:06 p.m. March 5 in the 6200 block of 95th Street. A car windshield was cracked by children throwing snowballs at it, police said.
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  Motor vehicle theft was reported at 8:26 a.m. March 5 in the 5200 block of 95th Street. A 2004 silver Pontiac four-door vehicle worth $5,000 was reported taken.
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  Residential burglary was reported at 7:29 p.m. March 4 at a home in the 5600 block of 99th Place. Jewelry worth $300 and $1,000 in cash were reported taken.