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A 23-year-old man was reportedly charged with possession of stolen property after police found stolen property in his coat as he was walking in the 6200 block of 94th Street.

Jeffrey A. Smith, of Oak Lawn, was arrested at 1:40 a.m. Jan. 6 after police received a report of a man rummaging through a van. Smith had two car chargers, 13 CDs, a radio face plate and a set of ear buds in his pockets, police said.

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Theft was reported at 9:33 p.m. Jan. 5 a home in the 6200 block of 92nd Place. Clothing, vitamins, 20 1881 Morgan silver dollars and 50 half-dollars worth a total of $1,590, and $200 were reportedly taken.

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Burglary to a motor vehicle was reported at 4 a.m. Jan. 9 in the 5900 block of 89th Street. The front driver's-side window worth $150 was smashed, and a radar detector worth $200 was taken, police said.

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A 46-year-old man was charged with retail theft and possession of drug equipment after he allegedly took two bottles of liquor from a store in the 9400 block of Pulaski Road.

Limmie E. Varner, of Chicago, was arrested at 2:21 p.m. Jan. 3. Police reportedly found Varner hiding under a vehicle in the 9500 block of Harding Avenue. He had two bottles of liquor, a can of beer and a metal pipe in his coat, police said.

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A 20 year-old man was reportedly charged with speeding after police stopped the vehicle he was driving in the 6300 block of 87th Street.

Damian Kowalkowski, of Burbank, was arrested at 1:27 a.m. Jan. 6. He was reportedly driving 75 mph in a 35 mph zone.

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A 28-year-old man was charged with retail theft after he allegedly ripped the sensors off three sweatshirts with a total retail value of $149 at a store in the 9600 block of Cicero Avenue.

Patrick R. Carroll, of Oak Lawn, was arrested at 2:55 p.m. Jan. 7.

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A 22-year-old man was reportedly charged with DUI after police stopped the vehicle he was driving in the 5600 block of 95th Street.

Deontae R. Sanders, of Chicago, was arrested at 10:57 p.m. Jan. 4.

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A 54-year-old man was reportedly charged with retail theft after he allegedly took eight packages with a total retail value of $245 from a store in the 9400 block of Pulaski Road.

Steven Adams, of Chicago, was arrested at 8:58 p.m. Jan. 7.

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Retail theft was reported at 5:48 p.m. Jan. 5 at a store in the 10600 block of Cicero Avenue.

A man and woman reportedly took 17 bottles of liquor with a total retail value of $382. The thieves are described as a black man between 30 and 40 years old, balding with brown hair, and wearing glasses and a green or black puffy coat, and a white woman between 25 and 30 years old, with black hair and wearing a black puffy coat.

Palos Hills

Deceptive practice was reported at a liquor store in the 10300 block of Roberts Road at 1 p.m. Jan. 7.

A person who claimed to be from "Money Gram International" phoned the store and told employees they would have to be trained how to use a new money gram program. The employees were told to transfer $20,000 into an account in two separate transactions of $10,000, then destroy the receipts.

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A 42-year-old man was reportedly charged with DUI after police stopped the vehicle he was driving in the 10100 block of Roberts Road.

David Garrett, of Blue Island, was arrested at 4 a.m. Jan. 13. He was also charged with illegal spinning, squealing and screeching of tires, improper lane usage, and speeding.

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A laptop computer was reported taken from a home in the 10200 block of 84th Avenue. The alleged incident was reported at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10.

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Theft was reported at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in the 11100 block of Spathis Drive. A parking sign was taken.

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Identity theft was reported at 9 a.m. Jan. 14. A man told police he received a $237 bill from Comcast.

Worth

A 24-year-old man was reportedly charged with possession of a controlled substance after police stopped him at the Metra station 11100 S. Depot St.

Jameel W. Atiq, of Worth, was arrested at 6:39 a.m. Jan. 10. He was reportedly asleep on a bench at the station. He reportedly possessed nine hydrocodone pills.

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A 33-year-old man was charged with battery after he allegedly punched another man in the face while drinking alcohol at a home in the 11000 block of Ridgeland Avenue.

Christopher W. Krentkowski, of Worth, was arrested at 5:49 p.m. Jan. 4.

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A 45-year-old man was charged with retail theft after he allegedly took a cart full of beer and merchandise from a grocery store in the 6600 block of 111th Street.

John G. Satala, of Worth, was arrested at 3:20 p.m. Jan. 12.

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A 24-year-old man was reportedly charged with no valid driver's license after police stopped the vehicle he was driving in the 11300 block of Harlem Avenue.

Angel Patino, of Chicago, was arrested at 9:08 a.m. Jan. 11. He was also charged with driving with an obstructed windshield and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, police said.

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A 24-year-old man was reportedly charged with driving with a suspended license after police stopped the vehicle he was driving at the intersection of 111th Street and Harlem Avenue.

Clifford Kenniel, of Calumet Park, was arrested at 11:07 a.m. Jan. 13. He was also charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and no front plate displayed.

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

Ridge man charged with possession of child porn


Matthew Wydra was already in jail for same charges

By Laura Bollin

A 25-year-old Chicago Ridge man has been charged with possession of child pornography, culminating an investigation that began in Canada nearly one year ago.

Matthew A. Wydra, of the 5800 block of West 107th Street, was arrested Jan. 8 by Orland Park police.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Peter Felice last Friday set Wydra's bond at $100,000; however, Wydra is in the custody of the Will County Sheriff's Police stemming from criminal charges - including possession of child pornography and unlawful restraint - filed against him last 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 police. The case was reportedly referred to Orland Park police because the suspected computer involved in the dissemination of child pornography was located in suburban Chicago. One of the IP addresses of a computer was determine to belong to Wydra, who used to live in Orland Park, police said.

Ontario Provincial Police got involved in the case because child pornography files from Wydra's computer were shared with Canadian citizens, according to Orland Park police. People with whom Wydra shared pornography are also being investigated, police said. Police do not believe Wydra produced pornography.

Police have not release the ages or genders of the children in the pornographic material Wydra allegedly possessed.

Wydra was arrested by Frankfort police last May 20 after police reportedly stopped him for speeding in the 9900 block of Route 30, also known as Lincoln Highway. In the front passenger's seat of the car Wydra was driving was an 18-year-old woman who was reportedly screaming hysterically and told police Wydra was holding her against her will. Police also reportedly found in the car several adult sex toys, DVDs and CDs containing child pornography, and a warrant issued by the Orland Park police for a search of Wydra's apartment in Chicago Ridge.

Wydra met the woman in an online chat room, and planned to take her to a cornfield in Manhattan and have sex with her, police said. Police also found an Orland Park police search warrant in Wydra's vehicle for a search of his residence.

OL man accused of letting pit bull attack his mother

Jeremy Rusin charged with assault, battery

By Laura Bollin

An Oak Lawn man has been charged with battery and assault after allegedly allowing his girlfriend's pit bull terrier attack his mom.

Jeremy F. Rusin, 21, was arrested at 9:42 p.m. Jan. 4 at a home in the 4900 block of 91st Street in Oak Lawn.

The seemingly chaotic incident began when Rusin came out of his bedroom at the residence and started yelling at his mother, causing the 75-pound pit bull to bite the 51-year-old woman on the arms and stomach, police said. Rusin pulled the dog away, but when his mother tried to flee outside he allegedly let go of the animal and allowed it to attack her a second time, police said.

Rusin reportedly grabbed his mother's shoulder to prevent her from going outside, causing her to hit her head on a wall, and when she made it outside Rusin did nothing to stop the dog from attacking her a third time, police said.

The woman fled to a neighbor's home. Meanwhile, a witness who was driving past the home and witnessed the incident stopped to call 911 was accosted by Rusin, who allegedly told the man to mind his own business, then took off his shirt and told the man he was going to "kick [his] ass." When police arrived, Rusin allegedly hit an officer in the chest with his shoulder, and later at the Oak Lawn police station threatened an officer, refused to be fingerprinted and banged a cell door.

Rusin's girlfriend, who lives in Worth, was told to take the dog to an animal shelter. The dog has since been returned to her. The dog never barked or growled at police officers so there was no reason to keep it at the shelter, police said.

Any dog that bites a person or another animal unprovoked could be considered a dangerous dog, but the severity of the bite also needs be considered, police said. Oak Lawn's vicious dog ordinance, which was amended in January 2012, allows the village to fine the owners of vicious dogs - a dog biting a person, for example - between $750 and $7,500. The maximum fine for a third offense is $10,000.

Rusin may not be fined at all because the incident occurred inside his home and not out on the street, police said.