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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.

Oak Lawn

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.