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
$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,
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
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.