Telling their side of the story

  • Written by Bob Rakow

The family of Brittany Wawrzyniak plans to hold a March 29 rally to bring awareness to what they perceive as a lack of attention given to the 18-year-old Worth girl’s death investigation.


Wawrzyniak was found dead Nov. 8 near the Worth boat launch, and family members have been highly critical of Worth police for failing to aggressively investigate the cause.


“It’s so unfortunate the way police are treating this,” said Rebecca Tully, Wawrzyniak’s mother.


The rally is scheduled for noon at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn.


Tully said she plans to give a PowerPoint presentation that will include all of the information the family has gathered so far related to her daughter’s death.


Tully said she’ll “try to be professional” during the presentation, which she expects to be emotional.


“This could happen to anybody,” she said. “Four months is enough.”


Tully said family members and friends will begin to promote the rally next week by passing out flyers throughout the community.


The rally is scheduled three days before the Worth Board of Trustees April 1 meeting, which Wawrzyniak’s supporters plan to attend to demand that community leaders and police focus on the case.


Tully predicted that the crowd at the board meeting will be big enough to warrant a larger venue.


Prosecutors said Wawrzyniak was ejected from the backseat of an alleged drug dealer’s car after buying pills from him—an explanation that her family does not accept.


They believe Wawrzyniak set up a bogus drug buy to arrange a fight between a friend and another girl.


Worth police questioned Adam Wilczek and his girlfriend, Agnes Smyk, several days after the couple met with Tully at an emotional meeting also attended by several other family members.


Family members believe a story published in The Reporter about that meeting led police to interview Wilczek and Smyk. The Burbank couple said they shared with police the same information they provided family members at the Feb. 22 meeting.


“To me it seems like it was a front,” Tully said.


Park Clips from 2-6-14

Chicago Ridge

  Christopher Jones, 25, of Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended, no insurance and failure to wear a seat belt Jan. 27 after a stop at 98th Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said.
  Samantha B. Cornwell-Adams, 27, of Worth, was charged with driving on a suspended license, no insurance and expired registration Jan. 29 after a stop at 103rd Street and Ridgeland Avenue, police said. She also was arrested on a Cook County warrant, they said.
  Katrell K. Moore, 19, of Dolton, was charged with retail theft Jan. 31 after stealing goods from Spencer Gifts at Chicago Ridge Mall, police said.
  Mosa H. Sheikh, 20, of Bridgeview, was charged with driving on a suspended license and no insurance after a Feb. 1 stop at 103rd Street and Lyman Avenue, police said.

Hickory Hills

  Michalina T. Krauowski, 28, was charged with driving without a valid license Feb. 1 after a stop in the 7600 block of 95th Street, police said.
  Aaron G. Reyes, 28, of Posen, was charged with drunken driving, no insurance, driving without lights and making an improper turn Feb. 3 after a stop at Hawthorn Drive and Ash Lane, police said.

Oak Lawn

  Jewelry valued at $9,700 was reported stolen Jan. 19 from a car in the 10200 block of Cicero Avenue.
  Reginald Thompson, 38, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Jan. 24 after allegedly stealing goods from Home Depot, 4060 W. 95TH St., police said.
  Ronnie E. Moore, 51, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Jan. 24 after allegedly stealing merchandise from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.
  Patrick J. Shea, 27, of Chicago, was charged with drunken driving, speeding, driving on a suspended license and disobeying a red light Jan. 24 after a stop at 104th Street and Tripp Avenue, police said.
  Maureen R. Piotrowski, 47, of Worth, was charged with disorderly conduct Jan. 31 after she was stopped in the 9600 block of Cicero Avenue, police said.
  A snow blower was reported stolen Jan. 31 or Feb. 1 from a shed in the 6600 block of 88th Street.
  A laptop was reported stolen Feb. 1 from the Oak Lawn Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave.
  A Bluetooth speaker was reported stolen Feb. 1 from Walgreens, 4740 W. 95th St.
  Marcelino Ibarra, 61, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft Feb. 2 after allegedly stealing goods from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.

Palos Hills

  Xavier Velazquez, 23, of Frankfort, was charged with drunken driving, improper lane use, failure to signal and following too closely Jan. 28 after a stop at 111th Street and Roberts Road, police said.
  A game system, games and a tablet were reported stolen Jan. 29 from an apartment in the 7900 block of 103rd Street.
  A laptop computer, leather coat and four Italian tinted glasses were reported stolen Feb. 1 from a house in the 10500 block of 88th Avenue.
  Katie Poskus, 27, of Hickory Hills, was charged with drunken driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and aggravated assault Feb. 1 after driving her car into a ditch in the 10200 block of 82nd Avenue, police said. Poskus swore at police, who noticed that she had an odor of alcohol on her breath and slurred speech. She swore at police and spat at officers when she arrived at the police station, they said.
  A wallet containing $500 was stolen Feb. 1 from a car in the 11100 block of Moraine Drive.


  Joshua Reilly, 20, of Worth, was charged with disorderly conduct Jan. 28 after a disturbance at an apartment in the 10900 block of Lloyd Drive, police said.
  Nicole M. Vass, 18, of Oak Forest, was charged with zero tolerance, driving too fast for conditions, improper lane use and no insurance Jan. 29 after a stop at 107th Street and Lloyd 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 officials make an Ancel-ary decision

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  Worth Village officials did some housekeeping at Tuesday’s board meeting.
  Trustees approved ordinances eliminating the village’s youth and recreational facilities commissions, committees that have not met in several years.
  “We’re cleaning up the code book,” Mayor Mary Werner said.
  The board also approved a waiver of conflict of interest that will allow its law firm, Ancel Glink, to continue to represent both the village and the Worth Park District as the park district assumes control of Worth Days.

  The village decided last year that the park district was better suited to run the fest, which this year will serve as the village’s primary 100th anniversary celebration.

  Trustee Mary Rhein voted against the measure, saying that a conflict of interest exists if Ancel Glink represents both the village and the park district.
  “I’m definitely not comfortable voting for this,” Rhein said. “It’s just too big a conflict of interest.”
  Rhein added that Werner’s husband, Steve, is president of the park board. And, she said, different municipal attorneys might examine various issues in different ways.
  Village attorney Robert Bush said the two intergovernmental agreements between the village and the park district are fairly routine and his firm would recommend another law firm if needed. He added that sticking with one law firm will save the village time and money.
  In addition to the agreement transferring control of Worth Days to the park district, the two taxing bodies plan to sign an agreement authorizing the police department to patrol village parks—a duty the department already performs but which has never be formalized, Warner said.
  Trustee Colleen McElroy said the Worth Days agreement should already have been presented to the board. The timing is important because centennial plans are already underway.

  In other business, Werner’s appointments to the centennial committee were approved. Committee members are: Gene Sikora, Linda Dawson, Bahira Karim, James Plahm, Barb Dziedzic, Robert Burns, Kari Fickes, Georgia Prendergast and Jeanne Elder. The members will serve through the end of the year. The next meeting is Feb. 3.

  The centennial kickoff celebration will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Feb. 8 at the Chieftain Pub, 6906 W. 111th St. Admission is $10 and features food and live entertainment.

Man tries to lure EP girl into vehicle

  A man driving an SUV attempted Friday to lure an Evergreen Park girl into his vehicle, police said.
  Police said the girl was walking in the 2700 block of 98th Street to Central Junior High School.
  The man, described as white, mid 40s, average build, bald with a black and brown mustache and wearing a black jacket, slowed his Chevrolet Suburban alongside the girl and said: “Do you want a ride? Get in.”
  The student did not reply and the man drove away south on Washtenaw Avenue, police said.
—Regional News report

Stolen car leads to burglary charges

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  A stolen car was the key to Evergreen Park police arresting four individuals involved in several recent resident burglaries in the area, police said.
  Police on Oct. 20 spotted a car at the Shell station in the 2600 block of 87th Street. The car was reported stolen 30 minutes earlier from a residence in Evergreen Park.

  Police later learned that the car’s keys were taken during a Sept. 6 residential burglary and that the driver and three passengers were involved in several burglaries in the area.
  A subsequent search of an abandoned building in the 8200 block of Kedzie Avenue in Chicago revealed several items which were taken during the burglaries, police said.
  Christopher A. Sparks, 30, and Robin M. Fields-Tiner, 23, both of Chicago, were charged with retail theft. Ryan N. Fields-Tiner, 22, of Chicago was charged with unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, and Levert P. Wragg, 59, of Chicago, was charged with criminal trespass to motor vehicle.

  The investigation is ongoing and has revealed the offenders’ involvement in incidents in Chicago, police said.