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New Lenox Star (Newspaper) - December 5, 1999, New Lenox, Illinois Coming thursday. Inside today a inn places Terry Loncaric lists the Best bed and breakfasts. Firs look perfect i presents local residents talk about extra special gifts. Dimensions focus on it Jav Flowers poinsettias Are Raa Sare always a Holiday Floral favorite. M Hon guide or history lesson South Holland f a a residents protect i the area s past. Business star20 newspapers serving 54 communities 82 pages a 7 sections vol. 24, no. 86 sunday december 5, 1999 an edition of the Star a $1 per cop new Lenox a Manhattan ii by Kristen Zambo should local school officials have total control Over disciplining children or should a broader reaching political Agency or state and National political leaders jump in to alter those decisions the Issue is very much in the spotlight following the recent Flap Over multiple suspensions of students for fighting in downstate Decatur. Especially under scrutiny is a Zero tolerance a a policy popular among school districts across the nation. Like their colleagues elsewhere school officials across the South suburbs in recent years have passed Zero tolerance policies or stricter discipline codes As the level of school violence across the nation has grown deadlier. Local school boards adopt and enforce these policies often with the penalties administered directly at the individual school level. Some officials however Are wondering whether local control of disc inside a the South suburbs have had their share of Zero tolerance penalties. For instance in 1997, a second grader was suspended for five Days for bringing a Dinosaur shaped squirt gun to class. The superintendent wanted the child expelled. Page s. A when school Board members enforce Zero tolerance presumably they Are reflecting the wishes of the voters who put them in office. Page 5. Plenary matters might change. That concern has grown since the Rev. Jesse Jackson and gov. George Ryan travelled to Decatur in november seeking to reduce the severity of punishments for seven High school Stu a see discipline Page a-5 Frankfort soccer Star in critical condition by Dpi Folia Denise Peck a 19-year-old Frankfort resident and former All state soccer player for Lincoln Way High school remained in critical condition at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette ind., on saturday morning after a thursday car Accident. Peck and two friends were travelling to Wheaton College where Peck is a freshman after visiting a Friend at Purdue University. Their car was hit Headon by a 1989 Chevy Blazer that went Over the median on a two Lane Highway in an attempt to turn left. The Driver and the front seat passenger a a a ii w i n Chari 19, of Knoxville tenn., and Jonathan l. Stecher 18, of Naperville a were killed instantly police said. Peck who was in the Back seat remains in an induced coma at St. Elizabeth. Peck suffered multiple broken Bones internal injuries and some brain swelling. No spinal damage was reported. A see crash Page a-4 Denise Peck develop plan on Way by Susan Demar Lafferty new Lenox a new economic development coordinator finds himself in a Good situation. As Randall Lowstan begins drafting the villages first economic development plan he sees a lot of pluses in this growing Community. The construction of the Lake Michigan water pipelines and the possible Spring groundbreaking for the new Lenox commons Are All a Good for the Village Good for business and Industry and Good for Overall growth a he said. A new Lenox with its Southwest location is the Gateway for new growth and development opportunities a Lowman said. With the Village growing residentially at a rate of about one new House per Day Lowman believes new Lenox a future needs include additional growth in manufacturing Industrial and other Job related businesses. A see new Lenox Page a-4 Zero tolerance has it become intolerable educators fear lose discipline authority three teens charged in burglary Page finder around town a-2 business Section d classified sections e dimensions Section b editorials a-12 health watch a-6 Home guide Section f obituaries a-14 sports Section c our numbers main number 708 802-8800 circulation 708 802-8000 classified 708 802-8888 display 708 802-8001 editorial 708 802-8080 world we web Bito wwwstarn0w8papers.com newsroom email 6 "l,57544"00003"" 6 Brian Knutson right superintendent of Rich township High school District 227, says interference from politicians is a bad idea when it comes to school discipline. Marcia Heuser below vice president of the Blue Island Crestwood District 130 Board of education thinks the Decatur situation turned out to be a positive event because people need to know what a happening in their schools. Here she leads girl scouts of troop 802 in a pledge to open a meeting. Star photo by Robert Milkowsky by Kristen Zambo three juveniles were charged thursday with burglar izing a new Lenox business last month and police Are investigating whether they were involved in a string of up to 40 other incidents. New Lenox police arrested two new i Lenox teens and one Joliet teen wednesday night after police a caught a break in the Case and ran with it a said new Lenox police cmdr. Dennis Klier. According to Klier through admissions and recovered stolen property officers believe the three boys May be responsible for up to 40 additional incidents including burglaries to motor vehicles criminal trespass to motor vehicles and criminal damage to property. The string of incidents occurred Over the last four months in the Windemere West subdivision Klier said. Items taken in these incidents include stereo equipment cd and Cash he said. The nov. 22 burglary that police allege involved the youths occurred at the Neon clock shop 246 w. Third ave., new Lenox. Klier said a clock a video collection and a leather jacket were stolen from the business. The total value of the items was a see burglary Page a-4four held House seized in Frankfort drug bust Judy Fidkowski special to the Starby Gene of Shea special to the Star four South suburban men were arrested thursday on drug conspiracy charges and a Home in the upscale Southwick subdivision in Frankfort was seized by Federal agents authorities said. Charged in the Case were three Brothers and their brother in Law indicted on nine counts of drug conspiracy authorities said. Brothers Tracy Harrison 33 Sawano Harrison 28 and Stacy Harrison 30, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine and 50 Grams of crack cocaine. The fourth Man indicted in the Case was the Harrison Brothers brother in Law Cash an Powell 24, of 200 Park St., in Calumet City. Federal prosecutors and drug enforcement administration agents also moved to seize Tracy Harrison a Home at 7256 Southwick court in Frankfort authorities said. The Home a Brick Structure with a three car garage appears to be Well kept. Federal Law allows prosecutors to seize property that is derived from or used in illegal activities. Sawano Harrison and Stacy Harrison both live at 526 155th St., Calumet City Federal authorities said. According to a 14-Page Federal indictment the four men used cellular phones to arrange drug transactions from 1990-97. The indictment says the men spoke in code. The four men Are scheduled to be arraigned at a detention hearing wednesday according to . Attorney spokesman Randall Sam born. The House at 7256 Southwick court in Frankfort has been seized by police in a drug bust. A Brick Structure with a three car garage it appears to be Well kept

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