Monday, April 1, 2013
Public safety and economic sustainability are two of the key considerations in this debate.
What’s more important? Up-to-date public buildings or roads? The Will County Board is now faced with this question after a recent study identified a $441 million need in county public building improvements and a $1 billion need in infrastructure improvements, the Sun-Times Media reports. Either project would be funded by Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) tax money. It was originally designed exclusively to pay for road improvements, but legislators have since allowed the money to be spent on public safety as well. There is currently about $45 million in the fund according to Will County Finance Director Paul Rafac. County officials have been delaying a decision on significant public building improvements since the late 1990s. Now, …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
New Lenox Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) scored big in Prairie State challenge.
Congratulations to our New Lenox CERT team for a job well-done. The team participated in the 3rd Annual Prairie State CERT Challenge Team, which was held Sept. 29. The event was held at a Glenview training facility for firefighters, law enforcement, emergency management professional and other first-responders. in lenview, IL that trains fire fighters, law enforcement officers, emergency management professionals and other first responders. The New Lenox CERT team achieved an excellent rating. Dan Martin, public safety division chief for New Lenox Police Department, said, "I can’t tell you of how proud I am of each of them. Each team member trained and prepared for the event which undoubtedly led to their success." The New Lenox CERT 2012 …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Tom G. Rohrbach, 46, of New Lenox, was charged Wednesday. Police say a two-month span of threatening phone calls, including some against Lincoln-Way schools, led them to Rohrbach.
The state filed 11 charges Wednesday afternoon against a New Lenox man who police say made a series of threatening phone calls, including two against the Lincoln-Way High School District. Tom G. Rohrbach, 46, of the 700 block of Lisson Grove in New Lenox, was charged with two counts of falsely making a terrorist threat, a Class 1 felony, and nine counts of disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony. After investigating six phone calls threatening violence, police executed a search warrant at Rohrbach's mother's home, where he lived. Two phone calls threatened violence against Lincoln-Way high schools, and the other four threatened harm to himself or his neighbors. Read more about the police investigation and arrest. Rohrbach appeared in …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Tom G. Rohrbach, 46, of New Lenox, was charged with two counts of falsely making a terrorist threat and nine counts of disorderly conduct.
Updated 4 p.m. May 2 A series of phone calls spanning two months led police to the man they believe made threats against the Lincoln-Way High School District this year. Tom G. Rohrbach, 46, of the 700 block of Lisson Grove in New Lenox, was charged with two counts of falsely making a terrorist threat, a Class 1 felony, and nine counts of disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony. After investigating six phone calls threatening violence, police executed a search warrant at Rohrbach's mother's home, where he lived. Police recovered two cell phones. New Lenox Police Chief Bob Sterba said there were no explosives or guns found in the home. "There was nothing of that sort that would lead us to believe this was anything more than sport for him," …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
For the second time in about two months, an anonymous caller threatened Lincoln-Way Central High School. Police believe a call Monday came from the same person, and they don't believe there is a threat on the school.
Police responded to the four Lincoln-Way high schools Monday morning after receiving a call threatening Central High School in New Lenox. District 210 administration called parents to say that school was "proceeding as normal" and that additional police were at all four schools. Lincoln-Way spokeswoman Stacy Holland said an anonymous man called the Will County Sheriff's Department and threatened the high school early Monday morning before classes started. A caller threatened to bring guns to the school on March 6, and police believe it was the same person who called 911 today. In that incident, an untraceable phone was used and police weren't able to track the call. The Sheriff's Department didn't immediately return phone calls seeking …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Champagne is for celebrating special occasions. But two bottles in down one throat leads to a special DUI arrest. Check out the latest drunken driving busts in the Southland.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012
PALOS HEIGHTS April 21: Nikola Ostojic, 38, of the 12900 block of Forestview Road, was charged with driving under the influence. He was stopped at 4:53 a.m. and failed a field sobriety test, police said. A breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of .143, police said. April 21: Trevor King, 33, of the 5000 block of 171st Street in Tinley Park, was charged with drunken driving. He was stopped at 1:50 a.m. for doing 55 miles per hour in a 35 zone, police said. He was also wanted on an outstanding $10,000 warrant in Cook County for failure to appear in court, police said. ORLAND PARK April 8: Police pulled over an SUV after seeing it speed and cross over lane lines on 159th Street near Will Cook Road around 4:05 a.m. The driver’s breath …
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Evidence comes in against man accused of soliciting sex from children through the Internet. Trial was set for one of two men, the search for whom caused a lockdown of Frankfort-area schools and neighborhoods last year.
The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week. NEW LENOX — A judge on Thursday denied Rodney Julun’s request to put a “gag order” on two men who could be called to testify against him during trial. Julun is accused of murdering Dwight Jones of New Lenox Township with a lamp and then enlisting David Reed and John White to rob his home and property over the next several days. Evidently unaware that court hearings are open to the public, Julun said he does not believe he can get a fair trial because Reed and White have been leaking “their stories” to the media. The two men remain in jail, awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to residential burglary, and have never spoken directly …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Police say Justin F. Benoit, 30, stole a car from a New Lenox home after he was released from Silver Cross Hospital and drove it to Chicago to use heroin.
A Tinley Park man was booked into Will County jail Sunday after he stole a car in New Lenox and drove it to Chicago to use heroin, police said. Justin F. Benoit, 30, of the 8800 block of 176th Street in Tinley Park, was charged in Will County with residential burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle. Deputy Chief Bob Pawlisz of the New Lenox Police Department said Benoit was also charged with heroin possession in Cook County. Pawlisz said Benoit was released from Silver Cross Hospital, where he stayed for an unspecified chemical dependency treatment. Benoit left on foot and went to a home in the 1100 block of West Route 6, which is near the hospital. New Lenox police were called to a home at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in …
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Accused drunken drivers flip trucks, cry in court, get slapped with five dozen felony charges and seek "payback" for Trayvon Martin. All in a night's work for a Southland patrol cop.
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Sunday, April 22, 2012
PALOS HEIGHTS April 15: Joseph Schadt, 33, of the 9200 block of Massasoit Avenue in Oak Lawn, was charged with driving under the influence. He was stopped at 3:32 a.m. for speeding and failed a field sobriety tests and a breath test, police said. April 15: Ralph Wojcik, 37, of the 7400 block of 162nd Street in Tinley Park, was charged with driving under the influence and operating an uninsured vehicle. He was stopped at 2:19 a.m. and officers noticed the smell of alcohol and his bloodshot and glassy eyes, police said. He failed all field sobriety tests, police said. April 14: Kyle Roderick, 24, of the 13300 block of 108th Avenue in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence and operation of an uninsured vehicle. He was …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Also, former-Tinley Park cop sentenced to probation for DUI hit and run. State's investigation into the death of Jeanie Kustok to wrap up soon.
The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week. OAK LAWN — There was no mention of a plea deal Tuesday for Michael T. Kelly, a former Village of Oak Lawn employee accused of beating and choking a young girl. Prosecutors dropped an unspecified video into the evidence pool. Kelly’s defense attorney, Ed Barron, said so long as the state continued to tender evidence, a possible deal would have to wait. Both parties return to court on May 31. ORLAND PARK — State to Finish Pretrial Murder Investigation Against Allan Kustok A year and a half later, Kustok's defense attorneys will soon begin a pretrial investigation of its own, one that may rely in part on conflicting forensic opinion. He …