8 | June 13, 2019 | the mokena messenger news mokenamessenger.com Real estate on your mind? Call Sharon Ahrweiler at CRIS REALTY I can 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. EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mokena 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. 815.263.2844 firstname.lastname@example.org SERVING THE LINCOLNWAY AREA FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS SharonAhrweiler.com 1200 E. Lincoln Hwy New Lenox 815.485.5050 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 volunteers. The torch run joined two community’s for a cause that helps raise money and awareness for athletes who participate in the Special Olympics. 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 athletes. 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 soill.org. visit us online at www.mokenamessenger.com STUDENT 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 schools.