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Police Reports

Surveillance footage leads to retail theft arrest

Cleveland L. Johnson,

41, of 212 Fir St. in Park

Forest, was charged June 1

with retail theft.

According to police reports,

an officer was dispatched

to the 11300 block

of West Lincoln Highway

for a report of retail theft.

Upon arrival, the complainant

advised the officer

that he had an employee,

Johnson, in custody for

allegedly switching UPC

labels on items, which he

then scanned and paid less

than the actual items’ values.

He further advised the

officer that Johnson had

been the subject of observation

since May 18.

After viewing video

surveillance of the alleged

thefts — which included

T-shirts, underwear and

food worth a total value of

$52.27 — the officer placed

Johnson under arrest.


Messenger’s police reports

come from the Mokena Police

Department. Anyone listed in

these reports is considered to

be innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of law.




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Mokena, Frankfort team up for Torch Run

Caitlin Fyfe

Freelance Reporter

Police officers and volunteers from Orland Park and

Mokena pose with the Special Olympics Torch of Hope

June 5, ready to pass it off to Frankfort Police.

Caitlin Fyfe/22nd Century Media

The annual Law Enforcement

Torch Run benefiting

Special Olympics

Illinois continued through

the southwest suburbs the

morning of June 5 with

the help of Mokena and

Frankfort police.

This stretch of the torch

run, which was 3.1 miles,

started at the intersection

of 191st Street and La-

Grange Road in Mokena.

The route proceeded

south on Lagrange, where

Mokena police and volunteers

then handed the torch

off to Frankfort police and


The torch run joined two

community’s for a cause

that helps raise money and

awareness for athletes who

participate in the Special


According to Special

Olympics Illinois, the Torch

Run includes an annual intrastate

relay conducted by

officers representing every

branch of law enforcement

within the state, as well as

with federal partners.

Special Olympian and

Ambassador for Special

Olympics Illinois Rikki

Kirsch participated in the

Mokena leg and rode her

bicycle. She was accompanied

by Mokena Chief

of Police Steve Vaccaro on

a bicycle.

Throughout the week, approximately

3,000 officers

carried the Flame of Hope

which traveled 1,500 miles

from June 2-7. The Torch

Run was held through various

Illinois communities

where 23 different routes

were designated. This lead

up to the opening ceremony

of the Special Olympics Illinois

Summer Games that

began on Friday, June 7, in

Normal, where torchbearers

ran into the stadium to create

a stream of flames.

“Anytime you can help

with an event like the Special

Olympics it is great to

be involved,” said Frankfort

Chief of Police John

Burica. “The run signifies

the kick-off of the games,

and this helps bring attention

to these athletes and a

great cause.”

Since 1986, the Law Enforcement

Torch Run has

raised nearly $51 million

while bringing awareness

of Special Olympics Illinois


Vaccaro said the Mokena

Police Department

raised about $6,000 so far

this year through the Cop

on a Rooftop and Chase a

Cop events.

To donate to Special

Olympics Illinois, visit

visit us online at


From Page 7

thing about your school

what would it be?

One thing I would

change about my school

is that I wish the start

time was later because I

am not a morning person.

What’s your favorite thing

to eat in the cafeteria?

My favorite thing to eat

in the cafeteria is the waffles

and fries.

What’s your best memory

from school?

My best memory from

school was going to

Springfield for the seventh-grade

field trip and

seeing Lincoln’s Library,

the State Capitol Building

and Lincoln’s Memorial. I

also enjoyed the bus ride

home from Springfield because

everyone took their

lanyards, connected them

and hung them all around

the bus.

Standout Student is a weekly

feature for The Mokena

Messenger. Nominations

come from Mokena-area