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A 33-year-old man was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly yelled at a woman at El Gallo restaurant, 10164 S. Roberts Road.

Francisco Alverez, of Oak Lawn, was arrested at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 27. Alverez reportedly went to the restaurant and yelled at the woman at 4:20 p.m. Jan. 26, and then left, police said. Alverez went to the police station the next day to talk about the incident, and was charged, police said.

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Theft from a motor vehicle was reported at 5:30 a.m. Jan. 25 in the 9000 block of Windsor Drive. A Ludwig snare drum and three other drum pieces were reportedly taken.

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Theft from a motor vehicle was reported at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Cour De La Reine area. A GPS unit was reportedly taken, and the front passenger window was broken.

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Burglary was reported at a home in the 9900 block of S. Hill Terrace at 3:50 p.m. Jan. 22. An Xbox was reportedly taken and the front door was damaged.

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Theft from a motor vehicle was reported at 8 a.m. Jan. 26 in the 8500 block of 99th Terrace. The center caps on the vehicle's rims were reportedly taken.

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Fraud was reported at 3 p.m. Jan. 26. The alleged victim reportedly told police her credit card had been deactivated, and when she phoned the credit card company was told a woman had called identifying herself as the owner of the card. The alleged impersonator told the company to send a new card to Las Vegas, which the company did, police said. The new card had reportedly never been used.

Worth

A 24-year-old man was reportedly charged with driving with a suspended license and obstructed windshield after police stopped the vehicle he was driving in the 10800 block of Southwest Highway.

Emmanuel Garcia, of Chicago, was arrested at 4:09 p.m. Jan. 14. He was also charged with suspended registration.

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A 46-year-old man was reportedly charged with driving while license suspended and obstructed windshield after police stopped the vehicle he was driving in the 7100 block of 111th Street.

Jose A. Bustos, of Stickney, was arrested at 7:11 a.m. Jan. 22.

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

Accused murderers of Park couple file motions for separate trials

By Laura Bollin

Three young men who have been charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of a Palos Park couple are now seeking separate trials.

A spokesperson for the Cook County State's Attorney's office confirmed that attorneys for John Granat, 18, of Palos Park; Christopher Wyma, 18, of Bridgeview; and Ehab Qasem, 21, of Hickory Hills; filed motions Jan. 25 that the accused murderers be tried separately. Granat, Wyma and Qasem are represented by public defenders.

A fourth defendant, Mohammad Salahat of Hickory Hills, has already requested a separate trial. Salahat is represented by attorneys Joel Brodsky and Mohammad Ramadan.

The four men allegedly planned and carried out the murders of Granat's parents, John, 42, and Maria, 44, in September 2011. The couple was found dead in the bedroom of their home, 12762 S. 81st Court in unincorporated Palos Park, at 7:12 a.m. Sept. 11. Granat was charged with two counts of murder on Sept. 13.

John Granat was bludgeoned to death, and Maria had been beaten and stabbed, according to police.

Granat and Wyma were seniors and Salahat a junior at Stagg High School in Palos Hills. Qasem is a 2011 graduate of Stagg High, was friends with the defendants, police said.

Wyma and Qasem were reportedly driven to the home by Salahat, who remained in the car, according to Brodsky. Salahat did not know what was happening inside the home, Brodsky has said.

When the youths arrived at the Granat home at about 2 a.m., Wyma and Qasem went with baseball bats upstairs into the bedroom, where Wyma beat the elder Granat and Qasem beat Maria, according to Cook County State's Attorney Peter Troy. Wyma was bludgeoning John, and Qasem was striking Maria, Troy has said. John Granat Sr. woke up during the attack and attempted to fight off Wyma off, at which point Qasem began striking Granat, Troy has said. John Granat Jr. is accused of being present and participating in the beating of his parents.

After the killings, the youths allegedly went to Wyma's home in Bridgeview to wash off the baseball bats and knife, and threw away gloves they wore during the attack. Granat was on his way home when he was stopped by Palos Heights police at 122nd Street and Harlem Avenue because the vehicle he was driving did not having an illuminated license plate. He reportedly had bleach or ammonia in the car. He then returned home, and later called police to report finding his parents beaten to death, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has said.

The baseball bats were found near one of the suspect's homes, the knife in a forest preserve, Dart has said.

The men allegedly planned the murders over Skype, an Internet video chatting service. They knew there was about $35,000 in the home, according to Cook County Sherriff's police.

Granat, Wyma, and Qasemare scheduled to appear in court March 8. Salahat is scheduled to appearing court Feb. 25.

Evergreen Park

A 45-year-old man was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding after he allegedly sped away and ignored 12 stop signs after police tried to stop the vehicle he was driving in the 9100 block of Western Avenue.

Michael R. Reidy, of Merrionette Park, was arrested at 8:54 p.m. Jan. 10. Police reportedly stopped the vehicle Reidy was driving for traveling 46 mph in a 20-mph zone, and when they told him he would have to be taken into custody for expired registration he allegedly refused to exit the car and sped away. Police reportedly stopped him again at 91st Street and Oakley Avenue. He was also charged with speeding, expired registration, suspended registration, improper use of registration and driving with a suspended license.

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Two men were arrested after they allegedly refused to pay a cab driver, and one of them attempted to punch the driver, after being dropped off in the 9700 block of Albany Avenue.

Jordan P. Benoit, 22, of Chicago, and Jonathan D. Rickert, 21, of Evergreen Park, were arrested at 4:06 a.m. Jan. 12. Benoit was reportedly charged with theft of services and battery, and Rickert was charged with theft of services.

The duo exited the cab and refused to pay the $26 fare, and when they returned to the cab to retrieve an item left behind Benoit attempted to punch the driver, police said. Benoit and Rickert were reportedly driving around Evergreen Park in Benoit's car and were stopped by police.

Benoit was also charged with failure to signal and driving with no insurance.

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Two women were charged with retail theft after they allegedly took cosmetics items from a store in the 2500 block of 95th Street.

Michelle M. Griffin and Korlu S. Yekeh, both 19 and of Chicago, was arrested at 9:24 p.m. Jan. 10. Griffin reportedly took $66 worth of items, and Yekeh took $49 worth of items.

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A 34-year-old man was charged with retail theft after he allegedly took three canned air canisters with a retail value of $14 from a store in the 2500 block of 95th Street.

Erik R. Vanwerven, of Oak Lawn, was arrested at 10:01 a.m. Jan. 11.

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Two Chicago women were charged with retail theft after they allegedly took clothing and cosmetics from a store in the 2500 block of 95th Street.

Donna D. Campbell, 30, and Sharlamar S. Runles, 25, were arrested at 4:25 p.m. Jan. 12. Campbell reportedly took $44 worth of cosmetics, and Runles took $71 worth of clothing.

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A 23-year-old woman was charged with retail theft after she allegedly took $45 worth of clothing from a store in the 2500 block of 95th Street.

Gabriel M. Howell, of South Holland, was arrested at 3:50 p.m. Jan. 11.

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An 18-year-old woman was charged with retail theft after she allegedly took $94 worth of clothing from a store in the 2500 block of 95th Street.

Tulisa L. Rowlett, of Chicago, was arrested at 5:34 p.m. Jan. 10.

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A 40-year-old man was charged with retail theft after he took a bottle of vodka worth $49 from a store in the 2400 block of Western Avenue.

Bruce L. Collier, of Chicago, was arrested at 1:20 p.m. Jan. 11.

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A 32-year-old man was charged with retail theft after he allegedly took two belts worth $39 from a store in the 9700 block of Western Avenue.

Steven D. Macias, of Chicago, was arrested at 12:51 p.m. Jan. 10.

Chicago Ridge

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

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

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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.

S antiago Escalona, of Chicago, was arrested at 6:29 p.m. Jan. 8. He was also charged with no rear registration and no insurance.

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

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

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A 56-year-old woman was reportedly charged with driving with a suspended license and improper lane usage after police stopped the vehicle she was driving at the intersection of 106th Street and Oxford Avenue.

D eborah Alexander, of Hometown, was arrested at 1:27 a.m. Jan. 13. She was also charged with driving with no insurance.

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A 22-year-old woman was reportedly charged with driving without a valid license and expired vehicle registration after police stopped the vehicle she was driving at the intersection of 110th Street and Ridgeland Avenue.

M elissa Martinez, of Blue Island, was arrested at 6:23 p.m. Jan. 12.

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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.

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