16 | January 25, 2018 | The Lockport Legend news lockportlegend.com Police Reports Police: Woman stole more than $300 worth of merchandise at Lockport Jewel Brandi L. England, 40, of the 20 block of Arlington Drive in Romeoville, was charged with shoplifting by Lockport police Jan. 8 after allegedly taking more than $357 worth of merchandise from the Jewel located at 16625 W. 159th St. and not paying for it. Lockport Police Department Jan. 4 • Jonathan Zamudio, 22, of the 500 block of Harwood Street in Joliet, was charged with operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving with a suspended license. Jan. 6 • Jose Ortego, 29, of the 1200 block of Galena Boulevard in Aurora, was charged with driving without a license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and speeding after being stopped for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone, police said. Jan. 8 • Marvin A. Salguero, 27, of the 100 block of Hughes Avenue in Joliet, was charged with using a cellphone while driving and driving without a license after being stopped for using a cellphone while driving. 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 NEW LENOX PATRIOT Three men, one juvenile charged in string of burglaries Three men and one juvenile reportedly were apprehended near the Village Commons the morning of Jan. 15 in connection with a string of burglaries in New Lenox and neighboring communities. A public works employee who was plowing the streets observed the four checking on cars around 4 a.m. near Old Plank Trail Community Bank and called the police, according to New Lenox Police Deputy Chief Louis Alessandrini. When authorities responded to the area, all four fled, he said. One was found hiding in an unlocked vehicle; two were found hiding in bushes; and the other was caught as he was running across Route 30 — all in a short amount of time, Alessandrini said. Omar Ali, 22, of Harvey; Tyler Cupit, 21, of Dolton; and Abullah Mansurmasa, 20, of Calumet City, each were charged with possession of a stolen car and burglary to a motor vehicle. The juvenile, who is from Harvey, was released to his family and will be petitioned to court at a later time, Alessandrini said. Alessandrini said the four traveled to New Lenox in a car that was stolen out of Highland Park. Inside the vehicle, police reportedly found items that were connected to car burglaries from New Lenox and other towns over several days. “In this particular case, we’re very fortunate that our public works employee was observant and gave the police a call,” Alessandrini said. “We encourage all residents to give us a call if they see something fishy, even if it turns out to be nothing.” Reporting by James Sanchez, Editor. For more, visit NewLenoxPatriot.com. FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE Faith United Methodist presents first of safety training series This winter, Faith United Methodist Church of Orland Park is opening its doors for a series of Church Safety & Disaster Preparedness Training, aimed to help its congregation — and members of the community — gain skills to put to use in any number of emergency situations. On Jan. 17, the first of these classes — two additional courses are slated to be offered later in the season — was presented in two parts. Orland Park Police Deputy Chief Joe Mitchell led a session on church safety and, later, members of Faith United Methodist’s own Emergency Response Team led a session on Disaster Preparedness Training. It can be tough to engage in conversations about active shooters and bomb threats, but Mitchell explained the importance of “what if” thinking and developing response plans to such horrible scenarios. “We’re going to talk a bit about the background of what’s going on in houses of worship, active shooter situations that occur, and how to build and maintain site security,” he said before his presentation. “I have a manual that I will hand out about dealing with bomb threats, active shooters, suspicious people and disasters. The manual will give everyone questions that they should ask and answer to get in the mindset for these types of things.” Faith United Methodist Church is slated to offer the program again at 11 a.m. Feb. 17 (the Orland Park Police presentation only) and at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 25 (both sessions). For more information, visit www.faithumcop.org or call (708) 444-8560. Reporting by Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit OP- Prairie.com. FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER Multi-chamber event plays to Mokena’s Front Street plans A night of networking brought the south suburban business community together to share ideas, business plans and a few laughs at Little Joe’s in Frankfort. On Jan. 11, members of four local chambers of commerce — Mokena, Frankfort, New Lenox and Tinley Park — met in Frankfort for a business after hours staged by Spa Remedy and Little Joe’s. The gathering gave business owners and employees a chance to brainstorm ideas with colleagues while enjoying a casual night full of food, fun and music. Members of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce had plenty to celebrate at the event, as earlier that day it welcomed a new business to the community. “Today was exciting,” said April Jackson, Mokena Chamber of Commerce’s director. “We had the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Accelerate Indoor Speedway. Half of the proceeds from any go-kart race that you purchased and participated in during the opening went toward benefitting the Special Olympics, so it was a big fundraiser, too.” Revitalizing Front Street and drawing more businesses to Downtown Mokena is one of the priorities for the Mokena Chamber. Reporting by Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit MokenaMessenger.com. From THE FRANKFORT STATION Mayor administers oath to two new police sergeants Two longtime members of the Frankfort Police Department were sworn in as sergeants during the Jan. 16 meeting of the Village Board. Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland administered the oath of office to Sgt. Michael Jaicomo and Sgt. Leanne Bender. “I don’t think our residents necessarily know how complex and difficult it is to become a sergeant in the police force,” Holland said. Jaicomo began working for the Frankfort Police Department in 2005 and participated in the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois. Throughout his 12-year career in Frankfort, he has been assigned to several functions with the department, including the Investigations Division. In 2006, Jaicomo received the department’s life-saving medal after assisting a man experiencing a heart attack. The new sergeant also has been a part of the Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force and the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force, with which he has assisted with multiple investigations, including homicides. Bender joined the department in 2002 as a patrol officer and began working as a crime prevention officer in 2006. During her time in crime prevention, Bender played a role in implementing department programs such as the Night Out Against Crime, Citizens’ Police Academy, Seniors on Patrol, Trunk or Treat and school safety programs. She has assisted the department as a domestic violence advocate, elderly service officer, police cadet advisor and a firearms instructor. Reporting by Nuria Mathog, Editor. For more, visit FrankfortStation.com. FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION Applications open for Benches on the Avenue One of Tinley Park’s favorite traditions is to return this May for its 15th season. The Village of Tinley Park recently announced applications are now open for Benches on the Avenue, with this year’s theme of “Treasured Family Musicals.” Artists of all degrees and experience are encouraged to submit two designs that will become the art base for each handcrafted wooden bench sponsored by local individuals and businesses. The 6-foot benches are to be on display from May to October along Oak Park Avenue in Tinley Park’s downtown district. “We are looking for exciting, imaginative, three-dimensional designs depicting some of the most classic musicals of both stage and screen,” according to a press release issued by the Village. “Anyone with imagination and a bit of artistic creativity can be part of Benches on the Avenue.” An application and design form are available on the Village’s website, and selected artists will receive $400 for supplies, as well as a chance to win one of several awards based on various criteria, such as Best First-Time Participant and Judge’s Choice. Entries must be postmarked no later than Feb. 2 or can be dropped off at the Tinley Park Village Hall, 16250 S. Oak Park Ave. Artists whose designs have been selected are to be notified by Feb. 23, with an artist meeting planned for Feb. 28. Benches will be available for pickup on March 1 at which point the selected artists will work on the project from their homes or studios before the benches are due back by May 4. Reporting by Cody Mroczka, Editor. For more, visit TinleyJunction.com.
lockportlegend.com sound off the Lockport Legend | January 25, 2018 | 17 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From LockportLegend.com from Monday, Jan. 22 1. Flower bud from Abraham Lincoln’s funeral discovered in Lockport 2. Creative Chat: Getting to know Rich Green 3. City Council: Capital Improvement Program sparks discussion on funding options 4. 10 Questions with Treasure Thompson, Lockport girls basketball 5. Dance: Porters team receives 90.63 score at conference Become a member: LockportLegend.com/plus “I’m excited to announce that I’ve been selected as one of ten participating artists for ‘unLOCK: Merging Art and Industry in Downtown Lockport, IL.’ This project marries some of my very favorite things: local history, educational programming, and -of course!- art making.” Maggie Capettini Fine Art, from Jan. 16. from the assistant editor Encouraging children to be excited about learning Jacquelyn Schlabach firstname.lastname@example.org I remember back in fifth grade my class was the only one in the whole school to have laptops. There would be times that other classes would come and share the laptops with us because we were fortunate enough to have a teacher who was very knowledgeable in technology. A lot of times we would make short movies to demonstrate our understanding of a topic we were learning about. I remember one time, we were learning about levers and pulleys in our science unit, and the group of students I was working with decided to make our own show and talk about the machines. I really enjoyed it. At only 10 years old, I was using technology that not many students, or adults for that matter, had used. I had the opportunity to visit Schilling School last week to learn about a new computer program called Seesaw that students are using in the grade schools. It’s a program that allows students to upload videos, audio, drawings, pictures online to demonstrate their understanding of daily activities and lessons. The neat thing is that parents can see what their children are posting to stay up to date on their learning. You can read more about this on Page 3. It was actually pretty encouraging to see how excited the third- and fourthgraders were about Seesaw. Six students in a row all kept saying to me how they wanted to talk about Seesaw, and one boy went out of his way to explain to me all he does with the program. Children are getting passionate about learning and that’s inspiring to see. They love sharing their learning with their teachers and parents, because they’re proud of their work. They feel like they have a purpose and that their learning is really meaningful, which, of course it is. Although I was fortunate to have laptops when I was a fifth-grader, I still wish I had something like Seesaw for my earlier years of grade school. Not only is it a fun program, it also encourages students to pay attention and take the time to understand the material because they know they have to post about it later on Seesaw. I’m all for any educational tool that helps make learning easier and more fun. Especially as the students get older and enter high school, everything becomes more competitive. Seesaw can at least prepare them to focus on their own learning and work to find ways that help them understand material the best. I hope more schools continue to find the best learning tools to help their students excel. Like The Lockport Legend: facebook.com/LockportLegend “Our honor society members worked hard yesterday making posters for our next drive. The Pop Tab Drive benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charity! Send in pop tabs by 2/28. Thank you! #stjoelockport” @msboba8 Elizabeth Boba, from Jan. 18 Follow The Lockport Legend: @LockportLegend Letters to the Editor Leaving Lockport We moved out of Lockport a couple of months ago and I would like to explain and say goodbye. When we moved to Lockport in 2010 we had such high hopes and looked forward to starting a family and raising our kids there. Between the park district and businesses, most of our patronage was in Lockport. We strongly supported our community. All of that changed last year when we were told that the zoning on the land next to our beautiful new neighborhood had been changed and the Lockport board approved a proposal from Prologis to build warehouses. I wrote letters to our aldermen and attended meetings, with the rest of our neighbors, to stop this from occurring, but the planning for this proposal kept moving forward. After much discussion, my husband and I made the decision to leave the only home that our daughters have ever known. If we stayed we would risk our family’s safety and financial security. Living next to warehouses meant dealing with trucks driving up and down our residential streets, watching our property value continue to go down, and potentially witnessing our community fall apart. Walking away from our dream home was heartbreaking. I am a firm believer in “Everything happens for a reason.” So, we have kept our heads up and looked at the positive side of all of this. We are very happy with our new community and school district and we feel that we made the right choice. But, I wanted to voice again to the Lockport board how their decision has affected many families that were not listened to last year. I would love for them to please reconsider and listen to the people in the neighborhoods surrounding this land. I would like to thank Miss Jane at the Lockport Library. My girls and I looked forward to coming to your storytime every week and we will miss you. Thank you to Mrs. Julie and Mrs. Rhonda at the Meader House Preschool for taking such great care of our oldest daughter for her first two years of school. Thank you to Miss Shannon and Miss Keri at Wings Dance Studio for a great year of ballet/tap. Lastly, thank you to Miss Finnen and all of the teachers that worked with our daughter at Walsh Elementary the past four months in kindergarten. We will miss you. 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