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Chicago Heights Star (Newspaper) - March 4, 1990, Chicago Heights, Illinois Mother children escape injury a tar photo by pm Foo no one was injured but an Early morning Blaze at homeless. Fire officials said the fire was started Acci-1618 Butler St., Chicago Heights saturday destroyed dentally about 6 30 . By a 9-year-old boy who this House and left a Mother and her three children knocked into an electric Heater setting a bed on fire. Attorney and client acquitted rape of party guest Heights Man leads protest on Anchor office closing in alleged by Pete Reynolds a Chicago Heights attorney and his one time client and Friend were acquitted thursday of rape and unlawful restraint charges stemming from an incident involving a 17-year-old girl at a party in the lawyers Home nearly three years ago. Attorney Brent Hopper 32, 640 travers court Chicago Heights breathed a sigh of Relief and then sobbed emotionally at the verdict handed Down by associate judge Paul Foxgrover in the Markham Branch of circuit court. Chicago Heights police charged Hopper with unlawful restraint in connection with the alleged incident at a party at his Home on feb. 12, 1987. The alleged victim said Hopper held her Down while the co defendant Richard Fox 23, a construction worker from Richton Park three Cook county sheriffs detectives received an unexpected Bonus wednesday morning on the East Side of Chicago Heights after arresting a suspect on gun charges. As the detectives were leading the suspect out of 1229 Wentworth ave. In Handcuffs a Trio of alleged drug dealers situated across the Street offered them dope for Sale according to it. Thomas Ouellette commander of the county a criminal intelligence unit Ciu. A the investigators were in Plain clothes and the men across the Street apparently did no to see the fourth Man was wearing Handcuffs when they made the offer a Ouellette said. Two investigators walked across the Street to attempt a a a buy when one of the other men noticed an unmarked squad car parked nearby. The detectives announced their office and one of the suspects later identified As Walter Lee Ward of Park Forest yelled a run Man. Run with the dope a Ouellette said. The suspect whom police say a was holding the dope a took off. Police chased the Man but he got away Ouellette said. Ward allegedly interfered with the Chase and was taken into custody he added. During a scuffle while attempting to handcuff Ward one of the investigators Semi automatic handgun was knocked from his grip. The weapon discharged shattering a window across the Street at 1230 Wentworth ave. Where a woman and her two Small children lived Ouellette said. Arrested on three warrants for unlawful use of a weapon was Donald d. Bell no age Given 1229 Wentworth ave., Chicago Heights. Ward 29, 163 Forest blvd., Park Forest was charged with resisting arrest Battery and Possession of marijuana after police searched his the Star Chicago Heights uses 103600 Homs Wood Flossmoor uses 249200 Hazel Crest country club Hills uses 249200 Park Forest uses 421820 Crete Una Versley Park uses 421820 Mattason Richton Park uses 421820 Norman a. Rosonski president and publisher Lester g sons vice president amp editor Jamess melded. Vice president amp general manager a Chicago Sun times company newspaper publication office at 1526 Otto Boulevard p o Box 157. Chicago Heights. Illinois 60411 Telephone 755-6161 so cents per single copy subscription rates Home delivery by Star Carrier a $2 85 per month. $34 20 per year u s mail delivery local Trade zone and where Star Carrier delivery is available $34 20 per year payable in Advance u s p s zones rates available on request second class postage Raio at Chicago Heights Illinois 60411 beat and raped her and then assaulted her with a sexual object As other party goers looked on. The complaining witness now 20, said she drank two shots of whiskey and two Beers before the alleged attack began. She also testified that she and Fox whom she had dated As a 16-year-old, had previously engaged in sexual Intercourse. The acquittal came at the close of a Bench trial that began in february and was continued twice to accommodate defense attorneys Patrick Tuite who represented Hopper and John Armellino who defended Fox against the rape charge. Foxgrover said the state had failed to prove its Case. He said evidence presented by both sides left doubts in his mind As to the Validity of the accusation by the alleged victim who testified earlier in the trial. Van and found $1,577 in Cash and a Small amount of cannabis Ouellette said. Hopper took the stand in his own defense thursday and told the court he was asleep when Fox and the complaining witness along with four others came to the House he shares with Law partner Wallace Solum. Solum and his housekeeper testified that no attack occurred. Awakened by the sounds of the party Hopper testified he went downstairs to the family room and found the complaining witness engaged in Oral sex with Fox. He said the act appeared to be consensual. According to testimony Hopper watched for a while left and then returned with Solum to watch Fox and the teen Ager engage in sexual Intercourse. He later supplied Fox with the sexual object. Again he testified that it All appeared to be a consensual act. Tuite argued that his client a at worst was guilty of being a voyeur in his own Home a and that no attack occurred. A i feel fantastic a Hopper said Friday. A after 37 months of hell being under this Cloud of suspicion and knowing i was innocent hearing those magic words that the state had failed to prove its Case i feel by Laurens Grant a Chicago Heights Man is forging a Campaign against the Anchor health maintenance organizations plan to close its Park Forest facility and merge with its Calumet City office. Joseph Gleiter will seek signatures from other area residents and senior citizens who also oppose the move. Gleiter decided to begin the Campaign after contacting Anchor officials. He aired his concerns with or. Harold Firfer vice president for special projects for Rush presbyterian St. Luke a health plans inc., the Parent group of the Rush Access Rush hmm and Rush Anchor hmm plans. He also sent a facsimile to or. Jerome Hahn president of the Rush health care plans. A Cdr. Firfer called me Back and said the main reason they re closing is the building Isnit being maintained properly a Gleiter said. A a lot of offices have Leaky roofs and such i done to think that a a Good a the Calumet City facility is located at 159th Street and Torrence Avenue in what the Illinois department of transportation labels the most congested intersection in Southeast Cook county a said Gleiter. A a that a not but Firfer said the decision has already been made and a petition drive May be futile. Some 5,500 patients will be affected by the move and the Calumet City facility is newer and has additional space to accommodate the Park Forest facility said Firfer. A the decision has already been made a Firfer said Friday. A but i have tried to answer any Calls. In be gotten three Calls from people who have said they have a problem with the move a he said. Senior citizens have contacted fir ferns office to say they will lose transportation to the Calumet City facility he said. Firfer urged people with any concerns to Contact him. Many Park Forest senior citizens depend on the villages Jolly trolley which stops at various locations through the Village including the Anchor facility located in the Park Forest Centre. Anchor officials announced two say no the Star newspapers weeks ago they will refer the Hmok a elderly patients to the villages nurses plus program said Lois Cox Worth Village director of nursing. Coxworth said the referrals will have More Lon term benefits because the department already sees a number of Anchor patients from Park Forest and other municipalities she said. A it makes More sense for local officials to take care of its residents because they know the needs a she said. A this is really a positive move. There will be More continuous service at the local if residents prefer to visit the Calumet City office they Are free to do so Coxworth said. Firfer said bus service to the Calumet City office for senior citizens will be provided by Bloom township but he does not know where the pick up Point will be. Firfer also said most Anchor clients do not live in Tinley Park As the Star reported he said last month. A a there a a bulk from Chicago Heights and Park Forest. Also our lease wont terminate until the fall of 1991. Our move will terminate the lease a Firfer said. But Many residents remain in a bind with the move Gleiter contends. He signed up for the Anchor hmm option with his Bedford Park employer at the beginning of the year. He is not allowed to switch health care options until the beginning of next year said Gleiter. A each year where i work i have the Opportunity to file with a different health plan but in be always been satisfied with the doctors and staff at the Park Forest Anchor. Had i known about the move i have chosen Anchor a he said. A that is a Good question a Firfer acknowledged. A a in a not sure of the answer at this area resident Jackie Coluzzi agrees. In a letter to the Star she called the move a a deceitful and said South suburban residents will help Anchor recoup revenues from the empty Calumet City facility. Her letter says a it is obvious that the corporation was planning to close our local Anchor but deceitfully did not inform us thereby guaranteeing themselves a full year of insurance payments but never intending to provide medical care for us at our local or. Paul a. Veld announces the opening of his office for the practice of optometry veld vision Center 1040 Steger re. Lincolnshire commons 111 Crete in professional Eye Caro you can Trust comprehensive Eye examinations fashion frames Contact lenses extended Wear Gas permeable soft lenses for bifocals amp astigmatism tinted lenses disposable lenses attention senior citizens As a service to our senior citizens anyone age 55 and Over is invited for free Cataract and glaucoma screening every wed. Morning from 9 00 11 00 until further notice. Coffee and donuts will be provided. We take medicare assignment. J for your convenience Sci evening and saturday et1ii to appointments Are available Call 708-672-eyes i incoming common ii Chicago Heights National promotes three officers Patricia a. Dewey vice president and cashier mrs. Dewey has been Active in the South suburban banking Community since 1973 and came to the Chicago Heights National Bank in 1985. She has a degree from the graduate school of banking at the University of Wisconsin. She also has a degree in Community banking from the University of Indiana. Her professional memberships include financial women International and the Sauk Trail chapter of the Bank administration Institute. She and her husband or. Donald Dewey reside in University Park. Angelia f. Smith assistant vice president mrs. Smith began her career with Chicago Heights National in 1974. She attended University of Illinois Chicago Circle and is a graduate of the school for Bank administration at University of Wisconsin. Her professional memberships include financial women International and the Sauk Trail chapter of the Bank administration Institute. Active in Community affairs she is also a Board member of Young discovery child care Center Ceda entrepreneurship program and distressed homeowners inc. And member of the Eyvette women club As Well As serving with the american cancer society. She and her husband Russell reside in Frankfort with daughters Rashaun and Regina. Lassie Kouchis Trust officer miss Kouchis started her banking career in 1965 with Chicago Heights National. She is a graduate of Bloom township High school and has taken courses from Prairie state College and the Chica Goland american Institute of banking. Her professional memberships included financial women International and Althusa club of South Suburbia. A life time resident of Chicago Heights she has served with the american cancer society and United Way. The Chicago Heights National Bank 1030 Dixie Highway Chicago Heights in 60411 708 754-2500 member Pic group tries to sell drugs to police making arrest postmaster Sand address changes to either Post office Box or publication address shown v

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