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Man faces murder charge after an argument at party in Evergreen Park

  • Written by Bob Rakow

A Minooka man faces first-degree murder charges after PAGE-1-refer-mugPatrick J. Tantilloallegedly stabbing a man Sunday during an argument at an Evergreen Park yard party, police said.
  Bond was set at $5 million Tuesday for Patrick J. Tantillo, 39, during a hearing at Cook County Circuit Court in Bridgeview.
  The state’s attorney on Monday filed charges against Tantillo for causing the death of Lucian Nicolaescu of Chicago.
  Police said Tantillo and Nicolaecu both attended the yard party and got into a verbal argument that escalated until Nicolaecu was stabbed.
  Evergreen Park police responded at 1:04 a.m. Sunday to a call of an aggravated battery in the 9300 block of Springfield Avenue.
  Nicolaecu underwent emergency surgery at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead at 8:16 a.m., police said.
  Tantillo was arrested at the scene, and the weapon was recovered in a neighboring yard. Police did not reveal the type of weapon used in the incident.
  An autopsy performed Monday found that Nicolaescu died of a stab wound to the torso. His death was ruled a homicide, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Police News from 7-31-14

Chicago Ridge

Richard P. Melvin, 28, of Joliet, was charged with drunken driving and driving with open alcohol July 20 after his car was spotted driving on the railroad tracks under the Southwest Highway overpass, police said.

Michelle Watson, 29, of Tinley Park, was charged with retail theft July 24 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Kohl’s at Chicago Ridge Mall, police said.

Tawffitk Mohammed, 23, of Tinley Park, was charged with July 24 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Kohl’s at Chicago Ridge Mall, police said.

Jacqueline Sallas, 51, of Oak Lawn, was charged with drunken driving, driving on a expired license, improper lane use and expired registration after a July 28 stop at 100th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said.

Hickory Hills

Jaroslav Cipak, 28, of Palos Hills, was charged with driving without a valid license and speeding July 27 following a stop in the 8600 block of 95th Street, police said.

Frederick Sims, 29, of Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended license and speeding July 27 after being stopped in the 8700 block of 87th Street, police said.

Oak Lawn

Dewitt H. Hamilton, 34, of East Hazel Crest, was charge with retail theft July 14 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Walgreens, 10639 S. Cicero Ave., police said.

Kenneth D. Austra, 30, and Laura A. Hruska, 25, both of Alsip, were charged with possession of a controlled substance July 17 following a stop in the 4600 block of 103rd Street, police said. Hruska also was charged with possession of drug equipment, police said.

A water tank was reported stolen July 17-18 from the rear of a building in the 4400 block of 111th Street.

A catalytic convertor was reported stolen July 19 from a car parked in the lot of the Hilton Hotel, 9333 S. Cicero Ave.

A GPS, iPad and headphones were reported stolen July 19 or 20 from a car in the 9700 block of 52nd Avenue.

Diana M. Velazquez, 31, of Chicago, was charged with drunken driving, improper lane use, no insurance and illegal transportation of alcohol July 20 after a stop at 103rd Street and Lawler Avenue, police said.

Patrick R. Sullivan, 22, of Chicago, was charged with disorderly conduct July 20 following a disturbance at 102nd Street and Cicero Avenue, police said.

A cordless drill and two canvass bags containing hand tools were reported stolen July 21 from a car parked in the lot of Home Depot, 4060 W. 95th St.

A computer was reported stolen July 21 from an apartment in the 4700 block of 95th Street, police said.

Jonathan O. Valencia, 29, of Oak Lawn, was charged with driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to yield and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident July 21 after a stop at 96th Street and Cicero Avenue, police said.

A bicycle was reported stolen July 22 from the 8900 block of Ridgeland Avenue.

An iPhone5 was reported stolen July 22 from the AT&T store, 5251 W. 95th St.

Moises Najera, 33, of Oak Lawn, was charged with drunken driving, disobeying a stop sign and driving on an expired license July 22 after a stop at 88th Street and 50th Avenue, police said.

Tracy R. Glenn, 40, of Oak Lawn, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct July 24 following a disturbance at 102nd Street and Central Avenue, police said.
Palos Hills

A duffle bag was reported stolen July 22 from car in the 7800 block of 103rd Street.

Luay Khattab, 25, of Palos Hills, was charged with driving on a suspended license and possession of marijuana July 24 after a stop on Windsor Drive, police said.

Worth

Asif Feroz, 53, of Lombard, was charged with no insurance and disobeying a traffic signal July 21 after a stop in the 6800 block of 107th Street, police said. He also was arrested on a DuPage County warrant, they said.

Jeffery Carroll, 43, of Worth, was charged with driving on a revoked license, failing to signal, no insurance and driving on expired registration after a July 24 stop at 107th Street and Harlem Avenue, police said.

Vincent G. Hedge, 52, of Worth, was charged with domestic battery July 25 after a disturbance in the 6800 block of 111th Place, police said.

Pair charged in separate death crimes

  • Written by Jeff Vorva and Bob Rakow

An Evergreen Park man with the tattoo that saysPage-3-Magnan-Richard-BlurredRichard L. Magnan “F--- the World” has been charged with murder while a Hickory Hills man has been charged in connection with a July 1 fatal automobile collision that claimed the life of an elderly priest.
Chicago police said that Richard L. Magnan, 352600 block of W. 90th Place in Evergreen Park. Was charged with one count of first degree murder after he allegedly fatally shot a 30-year-old male at 1 a.m. Saturday in the 6200 block of South Austin Avenue in Chicago.
The alleged victim, whom news reports identified as 30-year-old Joel Bentley of Chicago, was transported to Christ Hospital in critical condition where he later was pronounced dead. Magnan was charged accordingly by the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office. We was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
Magnan has several tattoos on his face and head including one that says “F--- the World” on his forehead and “gangster” on his upper lip to go with a cross and a couple of Major League Baseball logos, including the White Sox.
Meanwhile, Nicholas Raspanti, 42, was charged with two counts of aggravated drunken driving in connection with the crash that occurred shortly before 7 p.m. July 1 in the 8200 block of State Road in Burbank according to Burbankpage-3-1-col-Screen-Shot-2014-07-08-at-4.40.03-PMNicholas Raspanti police reports.
Raspanti appeared at the Bridgeview Courthouse where he was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Police said Raspanti was driving a white Nissan northeast bound on State Road when he traveled into the southwest bound lane and struck a gray Ford head on.
The two persons in the Ford had to be extricated by firefighters. They were transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment as was Raspanti.
One of the passengers, the Rev. Jozef Brzek, 77, of Chicago, died from his injuries on Sunday.
A memorial website identified Brzek as the pastor of Divine Word Polish National Catholic Church for more than 25 years.
Funeral services for the Rev. Brzek were held Wednesday at Divine Word Parish, located in Chicago’s West Elsdon neighborhood.

Hickory Hills plans to promote two cops in July

  • Written by Kelly White

Two Hickory Hills police officers will be advancing their way up the career ladder.
  The retirement of Lieutenant Tom Dietz, resulted in Police Chief Alan Vodicka announcing at last Thursday’s city council meeting he is looking to promote two officers before the summer’s end: one sergeant to lieutenant and one patrol officer to sergeant.
  “It is imperative we get these promotions done so we have the supervisor positions filled over the next two months,” he said.
  Vodicka is planning to announce and promote the chosen officers at the July 10 city council meeting.
  Vodicka has not yet released the names of the officers up for promotion, however, he was granted permission by a unanimous vote among the city council to allow for the two departmental promotions.
  Upon the promotion of a sergeant and patrol officer, Vodicka will be looking to hire on one new recruit by September to begin the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Training Academy in October. A two-week notice must be given to the academy prior the recruit’s start date.
  “There are different training academies out there and we do tend to bounce between different academies, but general y we use the Cook County Sheriff’s Training Academy for our new recruits,” Vodicka said.
  Lieutenant Dietz retired after working with the Hickory Hills’ police department after 31 years of employment. City council members raised the concern of future retirees within the department.
  “My concern is if more than one officer retires in the future, you have to have guys to replace them,” Alderman Deborah Ferraro said.
  Vodicka explained since there are academy dates scheduled throughout the calendar year, this will hopefully not be an imminent concern within the department.
  “The academy has scheduled dates throughout the year when new recruits can begin, but I would like to get the new hired on officer to begin academy this October, pending the coming promotions,” Vodicka said.
  He said the department is also prepared for emergency situations where a new hire must be immediate.
  “We also book slots in academy classes in anticipation of departures or retirements. So, we do that and if we do not need them, we cancel them within a certain time period if we are not going to put somebody through the academy,” Vodicka added.
  Once an officer completes academy they progress onto live field training in the city. Hickory’s newest recruit, Officer Michael Franks completed academy this month and has begun his field training with the department. Franks was sworn into the department on March 27.
  “I went to his graduation ceremony about a week ago, so right now he’s out on the streets and doing his field training,” Vodicka said, “And, he should be released from his field training within three months.”
  In other news from the meeting:
  • Once a week, recycling will begin in Hickory Hills on September 1. Waste Management will be sending out a flyer to residents within the next week, informing them of the change from bi-weekly to weekly recycling.
  • Aaron’s rent-to-own store held its grand opening event on Saturday at 9600 S. Roberts Road. The store is a national leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential and office furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories.
  • The Hickory Hills Street Fair took place this weekend at 94th Street and Roberts Road with 82 crafters and 20 food venders participating and the Johnson-Phelps VFW Post No. 5220 sponsoring the bingo tent.

Police News from 6-26-14

Chicago Ridge

Tiffany S. Robinson, 22, of Chicago, was charged with theft June 20 after reportedly stealing money and merchandise from Sears at Chicago Ridge Mall, where she was an employee, police said.
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Brittney Porter, 20, of Chicago, was charged with theft June 20 after he allegedly stole money from Sears at Chicago Ridge Mall, where he was an employee, police said.
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Sandra Travis, 49, of Chicago Ridge, was charged with driving on a suspended license and driving with a loud muffler June 21 after a stop at 109th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said.
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Devarkonda A. Prasad, 39, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft June 21 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Home Depot at the Chicago Ridge Commons, police said.
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Latasha U. Boston, 34, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft and battery June 22 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Carson’s at Chicago Ridge Mall and pushing a security guard who tried to detain her, police said.
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Jaime Robles, 24, of Chicago, was charged with driving without a valid license and using a cell phone while driving June 23 after a stop at 95th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said.

Evergreen Park

Quentin D. Creamer, 22, of Robbins, was charged June 16 with driving on a suspended license after a stop at 96th Street and Kedzie Avenue, police said.
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Gregory J. Lichtenberger, 31, of Worth, was charged with driving on a suspended license June 19 after he was stopped at 109th Street and Pulaski Road, police said.
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Florentino Ortega, 36, of Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended license June 19 after a stop at 95th Street and Campbell Avenue, police said.
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Ronnie Cannon, 35, of Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended license June 20 after he was stopped at 91st Street and Pulaski Road, police said.

Hickory Hills

Kelly A. Norge, 31, of Blue Island, was charged with driving on a suspended registration June 21 following a stop at 87th Street and Roberts Road, police said.
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Leticia Arrieta-Ramirez, 41, of Orland Park, was charged with speeding, driving without a valid license and no insurance June 22 after a stop in the 8100 block of 95th Street, police said.
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Thomas R. Siemeck, 44, of Hickory Hills, was charged with possession of drug equipment, transportation of open alcohol and disobeying a traffic signal June 22 following a stop in the 9200 block of Roberts Road, police said.

Oak Lawn

Catalytic convertors were reported stolen June 15 from a car in the 9600 block of Mason Avenue and a vehicle in the 9300 block of Sproat Avenue.
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Groceries valued at approximately $115 were reported stolen June 17 from Jewel-Osco, 8801 S. Ridgeland Ave. A store security guard told police that a man and two children entered the store, loaded a cart with groceries and left without paying.

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A vacuum valued at $400 was reported stolen June 14 from Target, 4120 W. 95th St. Police later learned that the Evanston Police Department had in custody Meeghan E. Doherty-Alkaisari, 36, of Chicago, who they said admitted on June 18 to stealing a vacuum from the Oak Lawn Target, police said.
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Damage estimated at $1,500 was done June 19 to a car in the 9600 block of Ridgeland Avenue. Witnesses told police that a man was seen leaving the apartment parking lot on a 10-speed bike after damaging the windows of the car.
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Kenneth J. Rasussen, 55, and Christopher H. Berg, 55, both of Oak Lawn, were charged with battery June 19 after a disturbance in the 9800 block of 54th Avenue, police said.
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An ATV was reported stolen June 19 or 20 from a garage in the 6700 block of 87th Place.
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Two laptop computers, cash, credit cards and jewelry valued at approximately $2,200 were stolen June 20 from an apartment in the 9600 block of Ridgeland Avenue.

Robert C. Martin, 64, of Dolton, was charged with assault June 20 after an incident at Manor Care, 6300 W. 95th St., police said.
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Teymour Chehreh-Tab, 61, of Oak Lawn, was charged with retail theft June 20 after allegedly stealing goods from Fairplay Foods, 8700 S. Cicero Ave., police said.
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A wallet was reported stolen June 21 from the purse of a customer at Jewel-Osco, 4650 W. 103rd St., police said. The woman told police she was followed through the store by man who got his foot stuck in her shopping cart. The woman’s husband assisted the man. At that time, another woman showed up. The alleged victim realized that the woman had been standing behind her the entire time her husband was helping the man, police said. The alleged victim realized her wallet was missing when she was in the cashier lane, police said.
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A large amount of alcohol was reported stolen June 22 from Walgreens, 10639 S. Cicero Ave. Store surveillance video showed a man and woman enter the store and fill bags with multiple bottles of alcohol. The couple was seen entering an older, light blue convertible that headed east on 106th Street.
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Malachy M. Farrell, 34, of Oak Lawn, was charged with keeping a disorderly house June 22 following a report of a noise disturbance, police said.

Palos Hills

Daniel Torres, 25, of Palos Hills, was charged with driving on a revoked license June 18 after a stop in the 7800 block of 103rd Street, police said.
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Police received deceptive practice reports June 19 that involved giving money to someone who identified himself as a stranded motorist who needed money. Both victims said the alleged stranded motorist assured them that he would refund the money once he got home. The money was never refunded.

Worth

Johnnie R. Carey Jr., 45, of Worth, was charged with driving on a suspended license and failure to signal June 16 after a stop in the 10400 block of Southwest Highway, police said.
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Martin A. Strebs-Stelps, 57, of Worth, was charged with domestic battery June 18 after a disturbance in the 7100 block of 107th Street, police said.

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Heriberto Macias, 26, of Chicago, was charged with driving without a valid license, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and no insurance June 18 after a stop at 106th Street and Harlem Avenue, police said.