In brief

1999-12-07T00:00:00Z In brief nwitimes.com
December 07, 1999 12:00 am

Mayors, managers group

names interim director

The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association search committee has

appointed Ed Paesel interim director of the organization, effective Jan. 1.

Paesel is currently serving as director of the Third Airport Information

Clearinghouse, which has an office in the SSMMA building. He was previously

mayor of Sauk Village.

Angelo Ciambrone, president of the SSMMA, appointed a search committee last

month to find an executive director to replace Beth Ruyle. Members of that

committee include Rudy Banovich, Richton Park; Ed Zabrocki, Tinley Park; Tom

Murawski, Midlothian; Rich Zimmerman, South Holland; and Ciambrone, Chicago

Heights.

$300 grant awarded

to Calumet City school

CALUMET CITY -- Students at Lincoln Elementary School will soon learn new ways

to save the planet with some money recently awarded to the school through an

environmental education grant.

A grant totaling $300 was awarded Monday to the school by officials from Sam's

Club, 17555 Torrence Ave.

Money will be used to fund school recycling programs, tree planting programs

and the purchase of environmental literature for students.

The funding is part of a program designed by the Wal-Mart Foundation to foster

environmental education programs in schools throughout the country.

TF South concert set

for Thursday night

The TF South music department is preparing for its holiday concert to be held

at 7 p.m. Thursday in the TF South gymnasium. There is a suggested donation of

$1 for admission.

The marching band earned a third-place ranking in its class, plus awards for

best visual performance and best guard in a competition at Northern Illinois

University. In a competition at Illinois State University the band placed

fourth in its class, and at the Bands of America competition in St. Louis the

Rebels took 12th place in their class.

Highland man accused of

threatening friends with gun

HIGHLAND -- A 21-year-old Highland man invited a group of fellow patrons from a

bar to come to his house on Sunday, then chased them away with a shotgun,

according to police.

The man said he invited about eight people to his home while they were at a

bar, police said. But when they arrived at his house, in the 2600 block of 45th

Street, about 3:41 a.m., he told them to leave and displayed a shotgun at the

back door, police said. They then ran to the front, and a window was broken,

police said.

After first denying he had a gun, the man admitted it after others reported

seeing it, police said. Police then found the unloaded gun.

The man said the gun was never loaded, he did not point it at anyone and he was

only protecting his property, police said. He then was advised that he could be

arrested for criminal recklessness, police said. No arrests were made.

Cops find truck with

sleeping driver in yard

HIGHLAND -- An 18-year-old Highland man was arrested Saturday on drunk driving

charges after his vehicle ended up in a resident's front yard, according to

police.

Officers found Nicholas C. Ruhs, 3545 Jewett St., asleep behind the wheel of

his Ford truck about 6:04 a.m., police said. The truck, with the lights and

engine still on, was sitting in the front yard in the 3300 block of Lincoln

Street, police said.

An odor of alcohol was noticed, and Ruhs stated he had been drinking with some

friends on 42nd Street, police said. He performed poorly on several field

sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol count of 0.11 percent, police said.

He said he had no idea how he ended up in the front yard, police said.

Ruhs was charged with driving while intoxicated and operating with a BAC over

0.02 percent while under 21 years of age, police said.

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