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Woman’s purse snatched in Oak Lawn

  • Written by Bob Rakow

 A woman was robbed in the parking lot of an Oak Lawn grocery store Dec. 21 when a man grabbed her purse, police said.
  The incident occurred at 1:35 p.m. at Jewel-Osco, 8801 S. Ridgeland Ave., when the 52-year-old woman was walking toward her car, according to reports.
  She said a man in a tan SUV motioned for her to approach his vehicle. When she arrived, the man reached his arm out of the driver’s side window and grabbed the purse, which contained $400 cash, police said.
  The man fled westbound through the parking lot. A witness ran toward the SUV and punched the rear driver’s window in an attempt to get him to stop. The SUV turned south onto Ridgeland Avenue.
  Approximately 30 minutes later, Alsip police reported a reckless driver matching the description of the SUV speeding north on Cicero Avenue. Oak Lawn police responded, positively identified the SUV and pursued it before terminating the chase, they said.

Knife-wielding intruder threatens Worth man at his apartment

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A Worth man said he was attacked Dec. 19 by a man who placed a knife to his throat and threatened to have him killed, police said.
  The 61-year-old victim told police that a man whose voice he recognized knocked at 5:40 p.m. on the door of his apartment in the 10600 block of Oak Tree Drive.
  When he opened the door, the man grabbed him, threw him to the ground, picked him up and threw him onto a kitchen chair, according to reports. The offender sat in an adjacent chair and placed a stiletto-style knife to the victim’s throat, police said. He repeatedly said, “I want my stuff back, according to reports.” The victim told the man he hadn’t stolen anything from him.
  The offender said he would not kill the man but would get a member of a motorcycle gang to do it. “You won’t know when it’s coming,” he said, before walking to the front door and handing the knife to someone standing outside the apartment who the victim could not see, he said.
  The victim ran into his bedroom and locked the door, he said. He could hear the offender in his apartment, so he pretended to call police. He waited in the bedroom for about a minute until he realized the man was gone and called police, he said.
  The victim told police that the offender owns a shop that was burglarized, and that might be the “stuff” to which he was referring.

Police News from 12-19-13

Chicago Ridge

  Hassan G. Aladwan, 18, of Chicago Ridge, was charged with theft by deception Nov. 28 after allegedly paying a pizza delivery person with counterfeit currency, police said.

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  Kevin R. Golembeski, 32, of Manhattan, was charged with burglary Dec. 10 after allegedly breaking into a car in the 6700 block of 104th Place, police said.
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  Ariel Rupert, 21, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft and false representation Dec. 12 after allegedly creating returns and issuing store credits to herself at Carson’s, where she was an employee, police said.

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  Kristen Ware, 18, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Dec. 15 after allegedly stealing $392 worth of clothing from Kohl’s at Chicago Ridge Mall, police said.

Evergreen Park

  Debon D. Stringer, 19, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft after allegedly stealing goods Nov. 30 from Menards, 9100 S. Western Ave., police said.
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  Samuel Tate, 21, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Dec. 4 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Walmart, 2500 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Kieyoun Smith, 39, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Dec. 5 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Dots, 2514 W. 94th St., police said.

Hickory Hills

  Alejo Altamirano, 44, of Hickory Hills, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and having no insurance and driving without a valid license Dec. 14 after a stop at 87th Street and Roberts Road, police said.
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  Russell A. Waggoner, 23, of Rockford, was charged with speeding, driving with open alcohol, having no insurance and driving on a suspended license Dec. 15 after a stop in the 8100 block of 87th Street, police said.
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  Mariela Medrano, 30, of Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended license and registration and having no insurance Dec. 15 following a stop in the 9500 block of 76th Avenue, police said.

Oak Lawn

  Saulius Einikis, 44, of Oak Lawn, was charged with retail theft Dec. 7 after allegedly stealing items from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Santos E. Bueno, 21, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Dec. 8 after allegedly stealing goods from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Someone glued cotton balls Dec. 8 to spell out derogatory remarks on a car in the 5900 block of 97th Street.
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  Mark E. Sheedy, 57, of Oak Lawn, was charged with drunken driving, improper lane use and failure to signal Dec. 9 after a stop at 103rd Street and Minnick Avenue, police said.
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  A catalytic convertor was reported stolen between Dec. 9 and 11 from a car in the 10400 block of Mason Avenue.

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  Dominique N. Brown, 24, of Evergreen Park, was charged with retail theft Dec. 11 after allegedly stealing goods from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Nathan L. Helms, 18, of Naperville, was charged with retail theft Dec. 11 after allegedly stealing items from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Shereen Fakoury, 33, of Alsip, was charged with drunken driving, speeding, improper lane use and illegal transportation of alcohol Dec. 13 after a stop at 105th Street and Cicero Avenue, police said.

Worth

  Donald R. Aducci, 27, of Palos Hills, was charged with domestic battery, disorderly conduct, damage to property and public intoxication following a Dec. 8 disturbance at 111th Street and Harlem Avenue, police said.
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  Dawid Siuba, 21, of Orland Park, was charged with drunken driving, having no insurance and possession of marijuana and drug equipment Dec. 14 after a stop at 115th Street and Nashville Avenue, police said.

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

Police News from 11-21-13

 

Chicago Ridge

  Anthony P. Messere, 48, of Lynwood, was charged with driving on a suspended license and no insurance Nov. 15 after a stop at 111th Street and Oxford Avenue, police said.
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  Jawson Timmons, 23, of Chicago, was charged with possession of marijuana Nov. 15 after a disturbance in the 7100 block of 99th Street, police said.
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  James Hank, 49, of Chicago Ridge, was charged with trespassing and damage to property Nov. 14 after he allegedly kicked out the glass door of the Chicago Ridge Metra station, crawled into the station, took a bicycle and left. Hank was arrested last week for allegedly urinating on the floor of the station, police said.
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  Ahmad Al Azaiza, 27, of Summit, was charged with possession of marijuana and violating an order of protection Nov. 17 following a disturbance in the 10400 block of Nashville Avenue, police said.

Evergreen Park

 

  Mario D. Robinson, 26, of Harvey, was charged with theft Nov. 9 after allegedly stealing cash three days earlier from a register at Meier’s, 9200 S. Western Ave., where he was an employee, police said.
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  Kyle E. Genes, 18, of Evergreen Park, was charged with trespassing Nov. 11 after allegedly entering a house in the 9100 block of Albany, police said.
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  Michael A. Johnson, 27, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Nov. 12 after allegedly stealing goods from Carson’s, 9700 S. Western Ave., police said.

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  Tonedalle Harmon, 41, of Oak Lawn, was charged with delivery and possession of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school Nov. 13 after a stop at 87th Street and Kedzie Avenue, police said.
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  Tristian A. Jones, 27, of Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended license and registration, no insurance and resisting arrest following a Nov. 14 stop in the 2600 block of 87th Street, police said.
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  Veronica Farmer, 53, of Oak Lawn, was charged with retail theft Nov. 14 after allegedly stealing goods from Wal-Mart, 2500 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Lashawn D. Spight, 24, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Nov. 14 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Wal-Mart, 2500 W. 95th St., police said.

Hickory Hills

Robert L. Jenkins, 36, of Chicago, was charged with possession of a controlled substance Nov. 14 after he was arrested at in the 8800 block of 87th Street, police said.

Oak Lawn

 

  A generator was reported stolen between Nov. 6-8 from a garage in the 4600 block of 98th Place.
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  Anthony P. Peck, 26, of Oak Lawn, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and a hypodermic syringe Nov. 7 after a stop in the 6000 block of 95th St., police said.
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  Christine C. Watson, 24, of Chicago, was charged with drunken driving and illegal transportation of open alcohol Nov. 7 after a stop in the 4300 block of 95th St., police said.
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  An air conditioning unit was reported stolen between Nov. 8 and 14 from a house in the 9800 block of Moody Avenue.
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  Darion W. Taylor, 18, of Harvey, was charged with retail theft Nov. 8 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.
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  A snow blower was reported stolen Nov. 8 or 9 from a garage in the 4600 block of 98th Place.
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  Approximately $400 worth of hand tools were reported stolen Nov. 8 or 9 from a garage in the 9600 block of Natoma Avenue.
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  Ghaleb S. Sandouka, 46, of Alsip, was charged with disorderly conduct Nov. 9 after a disturbance at St. Germaine School, 9735 S. Kolin Ave., police said.
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  Approximately $5,000 worth of tools were reported stolen Nov. 9 or 10 from a garage in the 9700 block of Natoma Avenue.
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  A cell phone was reported stolen Nov. 10 from the display case at the T-Mobile store, 5141 W. 95th St.
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  Daniel A. Gaytan, 35, of Merrionette Park, was charged with drunken driving, speeding, no insurance and transportation of open alcohol Nov. 10 after a stop at 88th Street and Cicero Avenue, police said.
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  Ali M. Yousef, 27, of Midlothian, was charged with drunken driving and improper lane use Nov. 10 after a stop at 109th Street and Cicero Avenue, police said.
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  Denise Swift, 20, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Nov. 11 after allegedly stealing earrings from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Karen P. Hallendoner, 64, of Worth, was charged Nov. 11 with retail theft after allegedly stealing items from Target, 4120 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Maurisio Hernandez, 32, of Chicago, was charged with disorderly conduct Nov. 11 following a disturbance at 109th Street and Keating Avenue, police said.
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  Samuel J. Hirtzer, 26, of Burbank, was charged with drunken driving, possession of drug equipment, speeding, driving on an expired license and no insurance Nov. 12 after a stop at 96th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said.
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  A purse was reported stolen Nov. 13 from a customer’s cart at the Salvation Army store, 8732 S. Cicero Ave.
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  Timothy A. Mullis, 42, of Melrose Park, was charged with drunken driving, speeding and improper lane use Nov. 14 after a stop at 95th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said.
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  Two televisions and jewelry valued at $3,000 were reported stolen Nov. 14 from a house in the 9200 block of Sproat Avenue.
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  A men’s bike was reported stolen Nov. 16 or 17 from a garage in the 10700 block of Kenneth Avenue.
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  Dale R. Kinzie, 53, of Burbank, was charged with retail theft Nov. 17 after allegedly stealing dog bones from Pet Supplies Plus, 8717 S. Ridgeland Ave., police said.

Palos Hills

 

  Esther Rosales, 33, of Chicago, was charged with theft Nov. 11 after allegedly stealing $6,000 from Insurance Navy, 10336 S. Harlem Ave., where she was employed, police said.
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  Several bottles of cold medicine were reported stolen Nov. 13 from Walgreens, 11053 S. Southwest Highway.
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  A purse and other miscellaneous items were reported stolen Nov. 15 from a car in the 9000 block of Sierra Lane.
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  Graffiti was found Nov. 16 on street signs in the 8500 block of Loveland Lane.
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  Christopher Marriott, 33, of Durand, Mich., was charged with drunken driving, speeding, improper lane use and possession of marijuana Nov. 17 after a stop at 110th Street and Roberts Road, police said.
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  Alredo Vargas, 43, of Summit, was charged with drunken driving and illegal transportation of alcohol Nov. 17 after a hit-and-run accident at 107th Street and LaGrange Road, police said.

Worth

 

  Mohammad S. Abdalla, 19, of Worth, was charged with driving on a suspended license Nov. 10 after a stop at 107th Street and Natchez Avenue, police said.
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  Patrick A. Bruno, 27, of Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended license Nov. 15 after a stop in the 7100 of 107th Street, police said.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hickory cop has just about seen it all in two decades

  • Written by Kelly White

  From carrying groceries to fixing flat tires to preventing suicides, this officer has seemingly done it all.
  Hickory Hills Police Officer, Daniel McCauley, was honored for 20 years of service and that impressed his boss.
  “Twenty years is quite an accomplishment,” Hickory Hills Police Chief, Alan Vodicka, said upon presenting McCauley with a 20 years of service pin at last Thursday’s City Council Meeting, “This doesn’t happen all that often and is definitely something to be acknowledged.”
  The length of time McCauley has been working for Hickory Hills was not the only reason he was honored. Vodicka reported throughout his 20 years of service, he has received a lot of positive feedback on the longtime officer, including changing a flat tire for a resident.
  On Aug. 3, 2009, McCauley was summoned to escort an 84-year-old man back to his disabled vehicle, after he walked nearly one and a half miles to report a flat tire. McCauley was only asked to provide the elderly man a ride back to his vehicle and wait with him until a tow company arrived, however, rather than have the man incur a bill for a service call the cop elected to change the tire himself, saving a senior citizen on a fixed income a considerable sum of money.
  He was also involved in more serious situations.
  McCauley responded to a call on June 13, 2006, where his actions were able to stop a suicide attempt.
  One handwritten later, dated June 10, 1997, referred to McCauley as “kind, thoughtful and caring’’ after Hickory Hills resident, Claudene Callahan, was driving home with a trunk full of groceries when a deer hit her car. Upon arriving on the scene, where Callahan was reportedly shaken up from the terrifying incident, McCauley placed all of her groceries in the squad car, drove her home and carried all her groceries inside her home for her.
  Vodicka added a lot of residents respect McCauley’s kind and understanding manner during difficult circumstances.
  “I would like to thank the city of Hickory Hills, Mayor Mike Howley, the city council and the residents for making this such a nice place to work,” McCauley said upon receiving his service pin.
  McCauley was born to parents, Patrick and Adelina, on Aug. 24, 1956. His father was a longtime Chicago Police Officer. McCauley admits his father was the reason his interest began in joining a police force.
  McCauley went on to attend St. Thomas More Grammar School and then graduated from Bogan High School. Before being hired by the Hickory Hills Police Department on Oct. 9, 1993, McCauley held a wide variety of jobs adding to his knowledge in the police force, including stints with McCormick Place Security, the Cook County Department of Corrections, Imperial Palace Casino Security in Las Vegas, the Tucson Arizona Police Dept., the University of Chicago Police Department, the Blue Island Police Department and the Cook County Hospital Police Dept.
  “As you can see, Dan came to us with a vast amount of experience, and he has also received additional extensive training during his twenty years with Hickory Hills,” Vodicka said.
  During his career with the Hickory Hills Police Department, McCauley has served in the capacity as a patrol specialist, investigator, motorcycle officer and he is currently assigned to a federal task force under the Department of Homeland Security.