Calumet City family charged with defacing South Shore Line property

2012-10-04T12:30:00Z 2012-10-04T21:45:30Z Calumet City family charged with defacing South Shore Line propertyTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 04, 2012 12:30 pm  • 

CHICAGO | A Calumet City man, his daughter and son-in-law face misdemeanor charges after transit police say the trio was found posting obscene signs at the Hegewisch South Shore station, police said.

William Conti Jr., 61, and his son-in-law, Robert Roy, 23, both of 878 Campbell Ave. in Calumet City, were charged with misdemeanor criminal defacement of property and criminal trespass to state supported land, according to Chicago police. Police said Lauren Conti, 32, also of the Calumet City address, was charged with criminal trespass to state supported land.

The three were found in possession of literature from alleged anarchist and white supremacist groups called the Burnside Bums and Hegewisch Vagabonds, a news release from the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District states.

At 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, NICTD transit police Officer Charlie Mathewson was patrolling the Hegewisch station, 13730 S. Brainard Ave., Chicago, when he stopped the trio, who said they were putting up garage sale fliers. Mathewson quickly discovered the family was gluing obscenity-laced signs to NICTD property. The signs were directed at the individuals who tore down their professionally printed signs promoting anarchist and white supremacist beliefs, the release states.

The three have a Nov. 7 court date in Cook County Circuit Court.

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