Police: Joliet man tries to steal bottle of gin from Walmart

JOLIET – A Joliet man tried walking out of the Walmart on West Jefferson Street with a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin, police said. Shortly after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Stevie C. Booker, 56, was inside the Walmart at 2424 W. Jefferson St. and allegedly grabbed the bottle of gin. Booker then hid the bottle of gin under his coat, police said. The bottle sells for about $21, according to Walmart’s website. A loss prevention employee spotted Booker taking and hiding the gin, said Joliet Police Deputy Chief Ed Gregory, and he was stopped when he left the store. Walmart workers reportedly turned Booker over to Joliet police. He was charged with theft and issued a compliance ticket. Booker was scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 10.

Police: Joliet West High School student arrested after making threats with a knife

JOLIET – A Joliet West High School student was arrested after allegedly pulling a knife and making a threat during a locker room argument with another student, police said. After school dismissed on Friday, a 15-year-old boy got into an argument with a 14-year-old boy in a locker room, according to police. The 15-year-old then brandished a knife and threatened the younger teen with it, said Joliet Police Deputy Chief Ed Gregory. The incident was investigated by school officials and a Joliet police detective who is also the school’s liaison officer, Gregory said. When school resumed Tuesday morning, the 15-year-old was arrested and a knife that he was allegedly carrying was confiscated. The teen was charged with aggravated assault and criminal trespass to state-supported property. Gregory said the 15-year-old was hit with criminal trespass charge because weapons are not allowed on school grounds. Gregory said no one was injured during the incident and there was no physical contact b..

Boil order issued in Preston Heights

JOLIET TOWNSHIP – The Southeast Joliet Sanitary District on Wednesday issued a 48-hour water boil order for Girard Boulevard and Luana Road in Preston Heights due to a water main break. For more information, call the district at 815-722-7875.

Police: Joliet man hopped fences, ran through backyards in foot chase

JOLIET – A Joliet man wanted in connection with a Romeoville retail theft case sprinted through backyards and jumped fences in a failed effort to evade the law, police said. Shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday, Monte L. Alexander, 38, of Joliet, a 31-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman were reportedly sitting inside of a red Jeep Cherokee at the BP gas station at 6 McDonough St. when they were approached by the police. All three were suspects in a retail theft case in Romeoville, said Joliet Police Deputy Chief Ed Gregory. Romeoville police had sent out information on the suspects to other law enforcement agencies, Gregory said. When the officers got close to the Jeep, Alexander took off running, Gregory said. Alexander then vaulted a few fences and cut through backyards before officers eventually caught up with him in the 300 block of South Ottawa Street, he said. Alexander was arrested and charged with obstructing a police officer. Alexander and the two other people he was with were ..

Family holds funeral for mother, two children who died in apparent murder-suicide

JOLIET – Family, neighbors and community members mourned the tragic deaths of a mother and her young twin daughters, each of whom died from gunshot wounds to their heads in an apparent murder-suicide. A funeral was held Wednesday for Celisa Henning and her 5-year-old daughters Makayla and Addison Henning, who were found dead by Joliet police Aug. 28 in the bathroom of their North Reed Street home.

Joliet police still seeking clues in Saturday morning death

JOLIET - The Joliet Police Department is seeking information on the death of Jacob Iovino, 25, who was found dead Saturday morning behind the Rialto Square Theatre. Police Chief Brian Benton said that while the investigation is ongoing, detectives have not found any conclusive evidence about whether Iovino jumped or fell. A preliminary autopsy by the Will County Coroner on Saturday found Iovino had suffered multiple injuries due to a fall from heights. Benton added that investigators found no evidence Iovino was with anyone at the time of his death. “We really don't have many answers to those questions,” Benton said. There were also questions about where Iovino was living at the time of his death. Benton said they were unsure because he was not a Joliet resident, but they found he was staying at the MorningStar Mission in Joliet. A witness told The Herald-News he noticed the body about 8 a.m. Saturday and that police officers arrived on the scene soon after. The coroner'..

Police trying to find Morris 17-year-old who’s been missing since Friday

The Morris Police Department is attempting to find Anthony Grieff, 17, according to a post on the department's Facebook page. Grieff was last seen Friday, Sept. 1, around 10 a.m. in the 100 block of East Washington Street in Morris. He was wearing a gray button up long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and black and white gym shoes at the time. Grieff is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 250 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and a full beard. Anyone with information on Grieff's whereabouts is asked to call 815-942-2131.

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Cops: Beating outside Beggars

A New Lenox resident was arrested and jailed for attacking an another man outside the Beggars Pizza on West Maple Road Friday afternoon, police said. Edgar Budrevicius, 25, was taken into custody on a charge of aggravated battery in connection with the alleged attack outside Beggar's. An officer was dispatched to the pizza restaurant shortly after 4 p.m., according to police, and was reportedly met there by a 51-year-old man. The man proceeded to tell the officer that Budrevicius had struck him, police said. Budrevicius and the allegedly beaten man have no relationship with each other, according to police. Budrevicius was taken into custody and transported to the Will County jail. Budrevicius, who lives on Forest Street, according to county jail records, appeared in Will County court Saturday morning and his bond was set at $10,000. Budrevicius posted $1,000 bail and was released from custody shortly after 5 p.m. Friday wasn't the first time Budrevicius had a run-in w..

Joliet police seek public assistance in identifying reported debit card thief

JOLIET — The Joliet Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying an alleged debit card thief. The department posted a photo on its Facebook page Wednesday asking for information on the identity of the person pictured. The post said the subject stole a debit card and used it at various liquor stores in Joliet before it could be reported stolen. Anyone with information on the reported thief should call Joliet Detective Brad McKeon at 815-724-3231. Anonymous tips can be reported to CrimeStoppers of Will County by phone at 800-323-6734 or via their website at crimestoppersofwillcounty.org.

Channahon considers increase to video gaming terminal fees

Channahon village trustees are considering raising annual fees for video gaming terminals located in village businesses. The board approved first read Tuesday evening and plans on taking the measure up for a final vote at its Sept. 18 meeting. Staff this week presented trustees with a proposal to increase the current fee of $100 per terminal to $200 beginning Jan. 1, 2019. After that, the fees would continue to increase by $50 every other year until the year 2042, when it would reach $750 per terminal. The fees would apply to video gaming terminals as defined by the Illinois Video Gaming Act, Finance Director Heather Wagonblott told trustees, and not to arcade games such as pinball. The license fee was begun to keep track of which businesses have terminals, Wagonblott said during an executive session break in the meeting, and as an available revenue source for the village. The increases are to keep up with administration costs, she said. In her agenda item overview on the matter, W..

Slammers’ rent goes down in new lease with Joliet

JOLIET – The Joliet Slammers’ rent goes down to $25,000 in the coming year from the team’s current rent of $75,000 at the city-owned stadium where they play. The Joliet City Council on Tuesday approved a one-year lease that starts Oct. 1 with little discussion. The rent decrease was not mentioned, and the lease was not available for public view. “We literally finished this agreement with the Slammers this afternoon,” interim City Manager Marty Shanahan told the council. The council also approved six contracts totaling nearly $955,000 for stadium improvements related to the installation of artificial turf during the off-season. The turf contract itself is slated to come to the council for a vote Sept. 19. The entire project is estimated to cost between $1.6 million and $1.9 million. Neither Shanahan nor Slammers’ owner Nick Semaca would discuss the reasons for the rent decrease other than to say it was a complicated matter. “There are a lot of issues we discussed,” Semaca said. “T..

Morris City Council approves ordinance that will allow VFW raffle to continue

MORRIS – The Morris City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday night that will allow the Queen of Hearts raffle at the Morris VFW to resume at a future date. There has to be a 10-day period until the law goes into effect, making Monday, Sept. 18 the soonest the VFW or any other entity can be granted a raffle license by the city, according to city attorney Scott Belt. The drawing of the Queen of Hearts $1.59 million lottery was abruptly canceled on Monday, Aug. 21, after the Morris police were notified about the game being in violation of a state statute and the municipal code. Attorney Larry Wennlund, on behalf of the VFW, said the post is looking to hold the next drawing Saturday, Oct. 7 because Grundy County Corn Fest takes place the previous weekend.

Joliet students hear about dangers of substance abuse

JOLIET - The Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition hosted a forum at Joliet West High School on Tuesday with hundreds of students from District 204. The event also included special guests like Joliet native, Super Bowl champion and former Chicago Bear Tom Thayer, television analyst and former Chicago Bulls Head Coach Doug Collins, Bradley University Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Christena Hamilton, Vanderbilt University Associate Head Coach Roger Powell, and Cameron Payne of the Chicago Bulls. Local officials like Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow and Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley, who moderated the event, were also in attendance. Dianna Feeney, the Director of Clinical Services at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, or TASC, was also one of the speakers and shared her story addiction and recovery with the students. “I had a lot of great encouragement and great advice from people that I didn't listen to,” Feeney said. “I felt as a teena..

Driver airlifted after two-vehicle crash on Rt. 47 south of Yorkville

A North Aurora man was airlifted from the scene of an accident involving a Honda sedan and a semi pulling a trailer on Route 47 near Caton Farm Road south of Yorkville Monday evening, according to information from the Illinois State Police. According to Master Sergeant Jason Bradley of the State Police, a Honda sedan was traveling west on Caton Farm Road approaching Route 47 and a semi truck was traveling south on Route 47 when the Honda entered the intersection and made a U-turn in the path of the oncoming semi. The semi truck struck the driver's side of the Honda, Bradley said. Bradley said the driver of the Honda, Sergio A Galindo, 26, of North Aurora, was transported via helicopter to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Bradley said a passenger in the Honda, Allyson L. Soucek, 21, of Plainfield, was transported by ambulance to Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora in critical condition with life-threatening i..