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The Blotter: Hickory Hills

A 37-year-old woman was charged with retail theft after she allegedly took 12 Beanie Babies with a total retail value of $64 from a store in the 9500 block of Roberts Road.

Lorreen L. Cure, of Bridgeview, was arrested at 4:02 p.m. March 16.
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A 22-year-old woman was reportedly charged with DUI, failure to yield turning left and illegal transportation of open alcohol after police stopped the vehicle she was driving in the 8700 block of Roberts Road.

Brittney J. Dlugopolski, of Justice, was arrested at 12:41 a.m. March 17. Police reportedly found two open bottles of beer in the car.
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A 19-year-old man was reportedly charged with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor after he allegedly began yelling obscenities at police oficers after he was involved in a disturbance at an apartment building in the 7800 block of 95th Street.

Scott Alan Summerfield, of Bridgeview, was arrested at 11:14 p.m. March 13.

 

Oak Lawn man still missing

  • Written by Kevin M. Coyne

An Oak Lawn man who left home last Saturday for a routine walk in a Cook County Forest Preserve is still missing.

Oak Lawn, Cook County Sheriff’s and Cook County Forest Preserve police officers have searched Country Lane Woods, off 95th Street west of La Grange Road, for Algimantas Bauza, 58, of the 9500 block of Mansfield Avenue. Police continued to search Wednesday using canines and all-terrain vehicles. 95th Street was closed west of La Grange, with a Cook County Sherif’s Police cruiser blocking westbound traffic from accessing 95th Street.

“We are using the canines to locate the missing person but the more people that use the forest preserve the harder it is to track him,” said Oak Lawn police Division Chief Mike Kaufmann. “We are relying heavily on the family to help located the individual.”

At roughly 3 p.m. Saturday, Bauza’s car was reportedly found at the forest preserve by his son. Giedrius Bauza of Willow Springs, who contacted Willow Springs police. Willow Springs police contacted the Cook County Sherriff’s Police, Cook County Forest Preserve police and Oak Lawn police departments.

“At this point there are no new developments,” Kaufmann said on Wednesday. “We will continue to search for the man using the canines and officers on all-terrain vehicles and rely on the family’s report to find him.”

Bauza is described as white, about 6 feet 2 inches tall with gray hair and balding. He was last seen wearing blue sweat pants, gray sneakers and a shirt of an unknown color, according to police. 

Ridge man charged with possession of child porn


A criminal investigation that began 11 months ago in Canada has resulted in a 25-year-old Chicago Ridge man being charged with aggravated possession of child pornography.

Matthew A. Wydra, of the 5800 block of West 107th Street, was arrested Jan. 8 and charged by the Orland Park Police Department. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Peter Felice has set Wydra’s bond at $100,000; however, Wydra is in the custody of the Will County Sheriff’s Police stemming from charges levied against him in May by the Frankfort Police Department.

The Ontario Provincial Police last February contacted the Illinois State Police and Orland Park police regarding an investigation related to unlawful dissemination of child pornography, according to Orland Park police. The case was referred to Orland Park police because the suspected computer involved in the dissemination of child pornography was located in suburban Chicago, police said.

The Orland Park Police Department’s Internet Crimes Unit and Illinois State Police last April executed a search warrant on Wydra’s apartment at 5800 W. 107th St. Chicago Ridge. Police reportedly recovered “computer-related evidence” that was analyzed by investigators. An arrest warrant for charges of aggravated possession of child pornography was issued in December.

Wydra was at the time of his arrest in the custody of the Will County Sheriff’s Police. He was transported from Will County Jail to the Bridgeview Courthouse for a bond hearing, then taken back to Will County. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in Room 103of the Bridgeview Courthouse.

Hickory Hills

A 44-year-old man was charged with battery twice last week, the first time after he allegedly kicked a man in the leg at Prime Time Bar, 7750 W. 95th St.

Darrel H. Bennett, of Hickory Hills, was arrested at 9:16 p.m. Friday.

Bennett was also arrested at 8:58 p.m. Sunday. He was charged with battery after he allegedly punched a man in the face at Jewel, 9528 S. Roberts Road. He was reportedly yelling at other patrons and was asked to leave the store. Bennett was stopped on a bicycle at a BP gas station, 7933 W. 95th St.

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A 23-year-old woman was reportedly charged with driving while license suspended and failure to signal after police stopped the vehicle she was driving in the 9100 block of 87th Street.

Felicia R. Jackson, of Chicago, was arrested at 3:01 p.m. Jan. 13.

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A 24-year-old man was reportedly charged with expired registration, no proof of insurance and unlawful display of registration after police stopped the vehicle he was driving at the intersection of Kitty Lane and 88th Avenue.

Shadi K. Ahmad, of Oak Lawn, was arrested at 2:55 a.m. Jan. 12.

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A 71-year-old woman was charged with retail theft after she allegedly took three bags of coffee, an energy drink and a bag of organic sugar from a store in the 9500 block of Roberts Road.

Sabina J. Szymanska, of Palos Park, was arrested at 12:26 p.m. Jan. 14.

Chicago Ridge

A 30-year-old woman was charged with retail theft after she allegedly took $533 worth of clothing from a store at the Chicago Ridge Mall.

Annette Wieckowski-Harper, of Alsip, was arrested at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 9.

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A 56-year-old woman was reportedly charged with driving with a suspended license, improper lane usage and no insurance after police stopped the vehicle she was driving at the intersection of 106th Street and Oxford Avenue.

Deborah Alexander, of Hometown, was arrested at 1:27 a.m. Jan. 13.

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A 34-year-old man was reportedly charged with driving with a suspended license after police stopped the vehicle he was driving at the intersection of 112th Street and Ridgeland Avenue.

Isreal Millan-Mendez, of Alsip, was arrested at 7:16 p.m. Jan. 11.

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A 34-year-old man was reportedly charged with driving with a revoked license and failure to signal after police stopped the vehicle he was driving at the intersection of 103rd Street and Harlem Avenue.

Santiago Escalona, of Chicago, was arrested at 6:29 p.m. Jan. 8. He was also charged with driving without rear registration and driving with no insurance.

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A 28-year-old man was reportedly charged with driving with a suspended license and improper lane usage after police stopped the vehicle he was driving at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and 104th Street.

Eman J. Zeidan, of Justice was arrested at 1:07 a.m. Jan. 10.