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Saturday, May 18, 2013
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Pot possession charge for Chicago man at White Castle • Thief finds illegal way to plan a wedding • Harvey man accused of smelly crime • Man looking for a boost steals supplements ... This week's roundup of weird crime news in the Southland.
May 8: Harold and Kumar would be proud of this trip to White Castle. Joseph Bermejo, 27, of the 9200 block of Brandon Avenue, Chicago, was charged with possession of marijuana, according to an Evergreen Park report. Police saw a car in the rear parking lot of White Castle, 2555 W. 95th St., and reported smelling an odor of marijuana coming from it. When the car tried to leave, a cigar was tossed out of the window. About 0.7 gram of a substance that tested positive for marijuana was found. Read more on Evergreen Park Patch May 12: A fight broke out between two workers at Burger King over the rude way one employee asked the other to make a burger. Police were called at about 1:24 p.m. to the fast food restaurant, 18301 S. Harlem Ave., …
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A lawsuit against an imprisoned preacher from Crete and an Indiana megachurch topped the week's court news.
A former megachurch preacher sentenced to 12 years in federal prison in March for carrying on a sexual relationship with a teenage member of his congregation was sued in Will County court. In addition to preacher Jack Schaap, 55, of Crete, the First Baptist Church of Hammond was named as a defendant in the lawsuit. The parents of a teenage girl Schaap had sex with while he was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hammond filed the lawsuit. The suit identifies the parents as "John Doe and Mary Doe," and the teen as "Jane Doe." The suit gives Jane Doe's date of birth as June 27, 1995. Here's what else was going on at the area's courthouses: Check out all these stories and more on our Facebook page.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Passed by a 35-21 vote, the bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet said whether he intends to sign it.
By a vote of 35-21, the Illinois Senate approved legislation on Friday that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe marijuana as pain relief for severe medical conditions. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature. According to the Chicago Tribune, the bill covers 33 specific conditions—including multiple sclerosis, cancer and HIV infection—and includes several controls, with a four-year trial program, dosage limits, fingerprinting, background checks and licensed dispensing centers. “This bill is filled with walls to keep this limited,” the paper quoted sponsoring Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), who urged lawmakers to pass the legislation as a compassionate measure for those suffering with extreme pain. In opposition, Sen. …
Marchex Institute says Illinois residents are among the worst offenders in the country when it comes to swear words, though we are pretty courteous with 'please' and 'thank you.'
Well gosh darn it, turns out we're a bunch of potty mouths here in Illinois, thank you very much. That's the finding from the Marchex Institute, a data analysis firm, which ranks Illinois as the 5th worst cursing state in the country, though acknowledges that we're pretty liberal with our "pleases" and "thank yous." Just in time for National Etiquette Week, Marchex released findings on the most courteous and the least courteous states in the nation. The Institute examined more than 600,000 phone calls from the past 12 months. You know, the calls that "may be recorded for training purposes." The calls were placed by consumers to businesses across 30 industries, including cable and satellite companies, auto dealerships, pest control centers…
Prosecutors wanted Allan Kustok to be held without the possibility of bonding out.
In the more than two and a half years Allan Kustok has been locked up for allegedly murdering his wife, he has yet to scratch together the $200,000 he needs to get out of custody. On Monday, a prosecutor argued that Kustok should have no hope at all of securing his release before trial. Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Gonzalez moved to have Kustok held without bond. Gonzalez argued that an expert determined Kustok used a gun to kill his wife, Anita Kustok. Since Allan Kustok used a firearm, another 25 years—or even a life term—can be tacked on his sentence if he is found guilty, Gonzalez said during a Monday morning hearing at the Bridgeview courthouse. And with Allan Kustok looking at life behind bars, Gonzalez said he …
Here's the story of Marlene Konkoly, who found creative ways to spend less and save more so she can retire at 50. This story is the first in our series about Extreme Savers.
Americans may be living longer, but our retirement plans aren’t keeping up. Which means people are living longer with smaller bank accounts. But Marlene Konkoly will retire at age 50. How did she do it? She contributes a whopping 45 percent of the gross annual income she earns as a procurement officer for an automotive finance company to her retirement—all while owning a home and remaining debt-free. Konkoly is actually well ahead of the retirement savings curve compared to many of her fellow Americans. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, fewer than half of Americans even know how much money they would need to retire. And nearly a third of employees who had access to a defined contribution plan such as a 401(k) did not participate …
Want a day of free rides at Orland Days this year? Want to bring three other people along for the rides? Fill out the form ONCE in this article, and enter to win our drawing for four free Orland Days all-day ride passes.
Can you handle a day of fun? I'm talking about a day full of carnival rides, food and music, outside in the warm sun. If this is your idea of a good time, you'll want to visit Orland Days. Run each year by volunteers from the Orland Park Lions Club, this year’s festivities will include carnival rides, live music, food, the famous parade and other attractions, including an updated entertainment venue with TVs showing sports. Sound good? Well, by signing up for Orland Park Patch's newsletter in our handy form above these words, you enter to win four free all-day ride passes. You'll also get the latest daily news and breaking news alerts emailed to you. Not a bad deal for less than a minute of your time. On Wednesday, May 29, we will choose …