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12 | April 12, 2018 | The Lockport Legend News lockportlegend.com Police Reports Police: Man attempted to steal $600 worth of merchandise from Walmart Dorien Smith, 23, of the 600 block of Cass Street in Joliet, was charged with shoplifting by Lockport police March 30 after allegedly removing more than $600 worth of merchandise past the last point of sale at Walmart in Lockport without paying for it, resisting an officer and attempting to flee. Lockport Police Department March 30 • Crystal Johnston, 37, of the 1300 block of Highland Avenue in Lockport, was charged with driving without a valid driver’s license and operating a vehicle without insurance after being stopped for not wearing a seatbelt. March 29 • Tracy Miele, 34, of the 7000 block of Mason Drive in Burbank, was charged with driving with a suspended license and speeding after being pulled over for going 48 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to police. • Kyla J. Gavin, 19, of the 1400 block of Pioneer Road in Crest Hill, was charged with driving without a valid driver’s license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and speeding after being stopped for going 44 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to police. Will County Sheriff’s Office March 23 • Maria Hernandez, 46, of 10400 S. Mayfield Ave. in Oak Lawn, was charged with driving under the influence, improper lane usage and operating an uninsured motor vehicle in the area of S. State and Harvard streets. March 22 • Derrick Lomax, 26, of 108 North Avenue in Lockport, was charged with driving with a suspended license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving without registration lights and failure to notify the Secretary of State of address change after being stopped in the area of North Avenue and S. State Street. EDITOR’S NOTE: The Lockport Legend’s Police Reports are compiled from official reports found online on the Will County Sheriff’s Office or Lockport Police Department’s website or releases issued by the department and other agencies. Individuals named in these reports are considered innocent of all charges until proven guilty in a court of law. FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE Trustees open discussion about reverting mayoral role to part-time status The days of a full-time mayor in Orland Park may be on borrowed time. During the Finance Committee meeting April 2, three Village Board members forwarded on an item — without a recommendation — to the full Village Board for discussion and possible action that could revert the full-time Village president position back to a part-time position after the 2021 election. The three members of the committee are trustees Michael Carroll, Dan Calandriello and Patricia Gira, who asked for the item to be placed on the April 2 committee meeting agenda. During the meeting, Gira said there has been a lot of discussion — and confusion — regarding the role of the full-time position. “It is very difficult without clearly outlined parameters for the full-time position versus the part-time mayor’s position,” Gira said. “We’re not clear on it, and I don’t think anyone has a good understanding of it.” Carroll, the committee chairman, said he checked with the Village clerk’s office to confirm that Mayor Keith Pekau was sworn in May 15, 2017. To give it a full year to see “the effectiveness of our ordinance,” The committee members voted 3-0 to send the item on to the Village Board without a recommendation for discussion and possible action May 21. Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit OPPrairie.com. FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT Police: Phone charger may have caused house fire that killed man, dog A 69-year-old New Lenox resident died Friday, April 6, following a house fire on April 3 that took place in the 2200 block of Sanford Avenue in New Lenox. Larry Crabb Sr. reportedly was removed from the burning house by his son, Larry Crabb Jr., and a utility line worker, who was working nearby. The family’s dog died during the fire, according to New Lenox Deputy Chief Louis Alessandrini. Alessandrini said Crabb Jr. was out to take the family’s other dog to the vet and came back at around 9:30 a.m. to find that the house was on fire. He solicited help from the aforementioned utility line worker to help save his dad. The tri-level home sustained “extreme” damage before it was extinguished by the New Lenox Fire Protection District and several other fire departments, according to a press release from the New Lenox Fire Protection District. Alessandrini said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but he was told by detectives at the scene that an off-brand phone charger may have been the source of an electrical fire. Reporting by James Sanchez, Editor. For more, visit New LenoxPatriot.com. Expo From Page 7 expo that I see year to year is that we see a lot of girls getting together and starting a ladies day out,” Warthen said. “We also draw moms, daughters and granddaughters. That’s what makes me happy. It’s a great prelude into Mother’s Day weekend and a great chance for women of all ages to bond.” Among the highlights this year will be an expanded roster of vendors, as well as entertainment options. “I think people like to see what the vendors have to offer,” Warthen said. “It’s a great opportunity, because we have an entire stage of cooking demos, which is back again this year. We have some great local chefs, and you can pick up some new cooking tips. I know that was a huge draw last year.” She also pointed to the main stage attractions, such as Danni Allen — the winner of Season 14 of “The Biggest Loser” — and plenty of free fitness classes, including cardio and yoga. Also returning to the expo this year is Silk Avenue, from whom attendees can purchase custom-made scarves. “We’ve got something for everybody,” Warthen said. “There’s plenty to do, and I think people like seeing the variety of vendors we get. It’s not all clothing or food or home remodeling or Cooking demo schedule • 9:15-9:45 a.m. Chef Ruben L. Pazmino, Rubi Agave Latin Kitchen, Tequila and Whiskey Bar Homer Glen • 9:50-10:20 a.m. Chef Sue Kainrath, Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts and Neighborhood Gourmet owner • 10:25-10:55 a.m. Chef Tom Grotovsky, The Unforgettable Chef • 11-11:30 a.m. Chef Chris Schwellenbach, Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts • 11:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Chef Tim Bucci, Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts • 12:10-12:40 p.m. Tin Fish Restaurant, Tinley Park repairs; we really do try to bring in a variety that people will enjoy.” New this year will be Tracy DeGraaf, who authored the 2010 book, “Laugh Anyway Mom: Hilarious Survival Stories From a Mother of Five Who Has Learned How to Keep the Joy in Motherhood and How You Can Too.” Also new this year will be a couple of mobile boutiques, such as Coash Clothing Company and Three B’s Mobile Boutique. LifeSource also will be Entertainment schedule • 9-9:15 a.m. Dr. Finkelstein, Women’s Healthcare of Illinois • 9:15-9:30 a.m. Ingalls Health System • 9:30-10 a.m. Cardio with Planet Fitness • 10-10:45 a.m. Planet Fitness presents Danni Allen, winner of “The Biggest Loser” Season 14 • 10:45-11 a.m. Dancing with Fred Astaire Dance Studio • 11-11:30 a.m. Yoga with Yoga 360 • 11:30 a.m.-noon “Life Happens Laugh Anyway” - Laugh Anyway Mom Tracy DeGraaf • Noon-12:15 p.m. Dancing with Fred Astaire Dance Studio • 12:15-12:30 p.m. Chicago Sky WNBA sponsoring blood and bone marrow drives during the expo. Appointments may be made in advance by calling (877) 543-3768 or visiting www.LifeSource.org. Free gift bags also will be given to the first 500 people through the doors. To learn more about Lady - A Women’s Expo, visit www.22ndcenturymedia. com/lady.

® lockportlegend.com Sound Off the Lockport Legend | April 12, 2018 | 13 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From LockportLegend.com from Monday, April 9 1. LTHS grad searches for justice after alleging abuse by LTHS teacher from 1997-2000 2. LTHS grad Ron Coomer opens restaurant in Lockport 3. City Council: Officials approve plans for downtown streetscaping project 4. Local family designs necklace in late mother’s honor 5. Baseball: Porters power their way to tourney title Become a member: LockportLegend.com/plus “The Lockport police were invited to Walsh School for their Super Hero Assembly. The officers and detectives competed against the students in a relay race, tug of war and human Hungry Hungry Hippo” Lockport Police Department, from April 2. Like The Lockport Legend: facebook.com/LockportLegend “I have concluded after countless hours of study that the Lockport Township Wind Symphony was the best band to ever record J’ai été au Bal.” @broonloops, LTHS grad Brian Stapleton, from April 3 Follow The Lockport Legend: @LockportLegend From the Editor Revelling in rivalry Max Lapthorne max@lockportlegend.com One of the most enjoyable parts of being a sports fan is the rivalries. Enjoying the beauty of the sport and basking in victory are great, but there’s no better feeling than your team establishing its dominance over a rival. The satisfaction is nearly unparalleled. Every rivalry has its own history, so no two are quite the same. And the intensity of the rivalries often depends on the sport. For example, some college rivalries tend to be more extreme than those in professional sports, because the students and alumni of those schools feel such a deep connection to the university. People have pride in their hometown, but, in my experience, feuds between collegiate rivals run a little bit deeper. I feel at least somewhat qualified to judge rivalries, as I’ve had experience with a number of them. As a high school baseball player at Tinley Park High School, there was nothing worse than losing a game to our rival, Oak Forest. I attended Michigan State University, where I had the pleasure of watching the football team there dominate our rival University of Michigan three out of the four years I attended. Going into my freshman year there, I had no strong feelings about U-of-M, but most of the in-state students were born and bred with that rivalry, and within a few months, the vitriol for the school in Ann Arbor wore off on me. My first love in the sports world, though, is the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs and Cardinals have a longstanding rivalry, but until the last few years the level of play on either side was so lopsided, it was mostly just a friendly recognition of two historic franchises. And obviously sharing the city with the White Sox creates a natural rivalry between the two, but aside from friends arguing in bars about whether Michael Kopech could strike Anthony Rizzo out, the two teams mostly just coexist. They clash only four or six times per season, which I find to be the least enjoyable games of the year, because it brings out non-baseball fans on both sides who just want to get into fights on Facebook. I also had the pleasure of seeing a budding rivalry between the Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers firsthand this past weekend. The Brewers were surprise contenders last year, and threw multiple CONTACT anti-Cubs stones during the offseason, including holding a presale for tickets to games against the Cubs for Wisconsin residents only in an effort to lessen the Wrigley North effect of so many Cubs fans filling their stadium. It takes more than a year and a couple of cheeky tweets by team Twitter accounts to create a real rivalry, but if both teams continue to compete in the division in the coming years, who knows what can happen. But what got me thinking about all this rivalry talk was a story on Page 37 in this week’s issue that spotlights Lockport Township High School softball player Tara McElligott and the rest of the softball team. They lost just five games last year, but three of those losses came to conference rival Lincoln- Way East, including one that knocked them out of the playoffs. The Porters have lost their last nine games against the Griffins, so they would like nothing more than to take them down. Lockport will get its first shot at East Friday, April 13, and I’m sure there will be just a little more pep in the step of the Lockport players during that one. And no matter the outcome of that game, or the rest of the season, the rivalry will live on. That is why sports are such a beautiful thing. Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Lockport Legend encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. The Lockport Legend reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of The Lockport Legend. Letters that are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of The Lockport Legend. Letters can be mailed to: The Lockport Legend, 11516 West 183rd Street, Unit SW Office Condo #3, Orland Park, Illinois, 60467. Fax letters to (708) 326-9179 or e-mail to max@lockportle gend.com. www.lockportlegend.com. HELP YOUR CUSTOMERS INTO ACTION THIS SEASON. The Lockport Legend JULIE MCDERMED 708.326.9170 ext. 21 j.mcdermed@22ndcenturymedia.com