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Driver and passenger pull a hit-and-run play near Worth baseball diamond

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  The driver and passenger of a van fled on foot Oct. 15 after striking a wooden barricade and damaging a backstop at Peaks Park in Worth, police said.
  The 2000 maroon Dodge Caravan struck the 18-inch barricade at 2:36 a.m. and continued into the park where it hit the chain link backstop of a baseball diamond located on the southeast corner of the park, according to reports.
  A witness told police that she heard the “screeching of brakes and a thump.” She went outside and heard the driver racing the engine in an attempt to leave. The driver and passenger eventually got out of the van and ran toward Oak Park Avenue, the witness said.
  The van was headed north on Lloyd Drive at a high rate of speed, according to police. It made a slight left turn and continued across the park property, striking the barrier before running into the backstop. The van had front-end damage, and a three-foot section of a utility pole was lodged beneath the frame, police said.
  The witness said both the driver and passenger were young males who wore hooded sweatshirts and shorts. The van is registered to a Worth residence, but police were unsuccessful in getting a response at the apartment, according to reports.

Name game — men lie to cops about monikers

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  An Oak Lawn man was charged with driving on a suspended license and arrested on three outstanding warrants Oct. 18 but not before lying about his identity, Hickory Hills police said.

  David Wesley Jr., 36, was stopped in the 7700 block of 95th Street for having an expired vehicle registration, according to reports.

  Police subsequently learned that Wesley Jr. was wanted on warrants for failing to appear in court in Montgomery, Ill., and Aurora and disorderly conduct in Kane County, according to reports.

  When he was pulled over, Wesley Jr. identified himself as David Wesley III, the name of his 18-year-old son, police said. He said he did not have any identification. Police, however, believed he was older than 18.

  In fact, Wesley III was a passenger in the car, who also lied about his identity when questioned by police. He was given a warning about lying about his name.

Man arrested with plethora of burglary tools

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A Merrionette Park man was charged with attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools Oct. 9 after attempting to open car doors in a garage of an Oak Lawn condominium, police said.
  Joseph A. Robinson, 19, was arrested at 9:03 p.m. in the parking lot of the condo in the 10300 block of Austin Avenue, according to reports.
  Robinson had a screwdriver, folding knife and two padlocks as well as a backpack that contained a flash light, latex gloves and a folding hex key tool, police said.
  A witness, who lives in the building, called police and said he saw two men in the parking garage checking for unlocked car doors. Police arrived and saw Robinson walking away from the building followed by the witness, who was pointing at him.
  The witness said he called police shortly after hearing noises in the garage, which is located beneath his unit. He activated security cameras that are focused on his two parking spaces and saw two men wearing hooded sweatshirts trying to enter the cars, police said.
  The witness said Robinson ran toward a car parked in the corner of the garage in an effort to hide after another resident entered the garage. The resident did not recognize Robinson and questioned him, police said.
  Robinson said he was there to visit his mother, but the resident did not believe him because she said she knows everyone who lives in the building. Robinson entered the building’s hallway and went upstairs, followed by the first witness, who saw him exit the building via the Austin Avenue door as police arrived.
  The man with Robinson was not found. Witnesses said he wore a black hoodie, a dark hat, which he wore backwards, and dark basketball shorts. He was last seen in the building’s hallway.
  The witness who encountered Robinson in the garage told police that the two padlocks on her storage unit were gone, but nothing was missing. The locks were not secured. She positively identified Robinson as the man she saw in the parking garage, police said.
  Robinson told police he was at the building visiting a friend who he met on Oct. 8 at the basketball court at Little Wolfe Park in Oak Lawn. He said he did not know his friend’s last name or the condo unit in which he lived, according to reports.
  Police asked him to call his friend, but Robinson said his phone was not on, police said. Robinson later told police he was in the garage while his friend went upstairs to get cigarettes, according to reports.

Police News from 10-24-13

Chicago Ridge

  Gary Cooper, 22, of Chicago, was charged with possession and delivery of a controlled substance and Lamont Wesley, 21, was charged with possession of a controlled substance Oct. 15. They were arrested in the 10400 block of Ridgeland Avenue, police said.
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  Steven M. Bogovich, 18, of Chicago, was charged with battery Oct. 17 after a fight in the 10500 block of Parkside, police said.
  Kelly Hazzard-Hilger, 35, of Oak Lawn, was charged with retail theft Oct. 17 after stealing merchandise from Kohls at Chicago Ridge Mall, police said.

Evergreen Park

  Vivian Martinez, 24, of Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, disobeying a red light, having no insurance, driving with open alcohol and damage to village property after a two-car accident Oct. 12 at 93rd Street and Pulaski Road, police said.
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  Kortney E. Skelly, 28, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Oct. 15 after allegedly stealing goods from Michael’s, 9140 S. Western Ave., police said.
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  Tashawn A. Chavis, 20, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Oct. 16 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Wal-Mart, 2500 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Michael J. Roland, 28, of Chicago, was charged with theft Oct. 16 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Wal-Mart, police said.
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  Dawan P. Lacey, 25, of Chicago, was charged with theft Oct. 17 after allegedly stealing two food trays from Edible Arrangements, 8732 S. Kedzie Ave., police said. Lacey purchased the items over the Internet using someone else’s credit card, they said.
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  Brian C. Malone, 41, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Oct. 17 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Wal-Mart, 2500 W. 95th St., police said.

Oak Lawn

  A cell phone was reported stolen Oct. 3 from the purse of a customer at the Salvation Army store, 8732 S. Cicero Ave.
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  A catalytic convertor was reported stolen between Oct. 5 and 10 from a car in the 10900 block of Keating Avenue.
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  A 70-inch television, a game system, an iPod and seven Gucci belts were reported stolen Oct. 7 from an apartment in the 9600 block of Ridgeland Avenue. Offenders entered the apartment after breaking the kitchen window.
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  Stephen G. Gaal, 55, of Oak Lawn, was charged with drunken driving, speeding and no insurance Oct. 8 after a stop in the 6100 block of 97th Street, police said.
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  Adan C. Garcia, 24, of Chicago, was charged with drunken driving, speeding, improper lane use, no insurance and no driver’s license Oct. 10 after a stop at 95th Street and McVicker Avenue, police said.
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  Cara B. Schrage, 37, of Hometown, was charged with drunken driving, speeding, no insurance and improper lane use Oct. 11 following a stop at Southwest Highway and Kilpatrick Avenue, police said.
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  Harold Morgan, 58, of Chicago, was charged with assault Oct. 10 after a disturbance at Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., police said.
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  A purse was reported stolen Oct. 12 from a customer’s shopping cart at the Salvation Army store, 8732 S. Cicero Ave.
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  Steven J. Haase, 21, and Luis A. Nunez, 22, both of Oak Lawn, were charged with disorderly conduct Oct. 12 following a disturbance in the 5400 block of 95th Street, police said.
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  Tools valued at approximately $4,000 were reported stolen Oct. 12 or 13 from a garage in the 9700 block of Ridgeland Avenue, police said.
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  Mario Romero, 42, of Berwyn, was charged with drunken driving, speeding and no insurance after an Oct. 13 stop at 91st Street and Cicero Avenue, police said.
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  Claudia A. Bautista, 40, of Bridgeview, was charged with drunken driving, improper lane use and no insurance after an Oct. 13 stop at Southwest Highway and Sproat Avenue, police said.
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  Nike V. Stevens, 18, and Marcel K. Porter, 18, both of Chicago, were charged with retail theft Oct. 15 after allegedly stealing goods from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.
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  Timothy K. Malone, 30, of Orland Park, was charged with disorderly conduct Oct. 16 following a disturbance in the 4800 block of 95th St., police said.
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  Leroy Stanton, 41, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Oct. 17 after stealing merchandise from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.

Palos Hills

  A credit card, money order and miscellaneous items were stolen Oct. 15 from a purse in the 14000 block of Robert Road.
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  Adam Fijalkowski, 21, of Palos Hills, was charged with trespassing and criminal damage to property Oct. 17 after he allegedly entered a house in the 11100 block of 84th Avenue, police said.

Worth

  Daniel J. Mario, 64, of Worth, was charged with domestic battery Oct. 18 following a disturbance in the 7200 block 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

Florida man accused of stabbing two in Chicago Ridge

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A Florida man was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon Sunday after stabbing two men at a Chicago Ridge trucking company, police said.
  Dmytro Zavarygin, 27, of Hollywood, Fla., was arrested at 12:20 a.m. at HMD Trucking, 10031 Virginia Ave., according to reports.
  Zavarygin was arrested at the trucking company shortly after the two men that he allegedly stabbed with a knife arrived at the Chicago Ridge fire department, which is located next to the company, police said.
  One victim, 28, told police he was stabbed in the arm during an argument with Zavarygin. The other victim, also 28, tried to separate the men and also was stabbed in the arm by the offender. Both men were treated at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.