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A Frankfort man faces five felony charges after he allegedly removed a young child from a Frankfort home on March 14, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

Ricardo Zambrano, 41, was charged with one count of residential burglary, two counts of criminal trespass, one count of aggravated battery and one count of unlawful restraint.

Nuria Mathog

An Orland Hills woman was charged with DUI on Dec. 22 after reportedly crashing into another vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Christina N. Karalis, 29, of 170000 Westwood Court in Orland Hills, also was cited for alleged improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. 

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A vehicle that reportedly crashed into a tree Jan. 24 was later discovered to be stolen, according to the Frankfort Police Department. 

Frankfort Deputy Police Chief Kevin Keegan said an officer was dispatched to the area of Stoll Road and Crimson Lane following the collision and did not locate anyone in the vehicle, a 2015 BMW 640. The vehicle’s registration returned to the 22500 block of Autumn Drive, and the owner reportedly told police he did not know his vehicle was missing and did not have any idea who had taken it.

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After a win last week that even Lincoln-Way East coach Rob Zvonar categorized as one of the best in school history, it would have been easy for the Griffins to have a letdown in Week 7 at Lockport.
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Cindy Westergaard’s cardiac history began three years ago when leg pain literally stopped in her tracks. Every few feet, the Frankfort woman would have to stop and rest.

“I knew something didn’t seem right when I had difficulty walking,” Westergaard, 62, explained. “Many of my jobs required me to be on my feet all day, but this type of pain in my legs seemed different. That’s when I saw my primary doctor, Michele Danaher M.D., and she referred me to a cardiologist.” 

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A Frankfort resident was one of two men killed Friday evening in a crash on I-57 in Matteson.
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Police are requesting the public's help in identifying two men who allegedly robbed the First Savings Bank of Hegewisch in Frankfort the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 24.

According to the Frankfort Police Department, officers responded to the bank at 4:40 p.m. and learned upon arrival that two individuals were involved in the robbery. Both offenders were described as men between the ages of 20 and 25, black and with thin mustaches. The first offender was reportedly wearing a black coat and black stocking cap, while the second offender was reportedly wearing a grey coat.

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If you could have one superhero power, what would it be? The answer that one little girl gave now drives Leah Freeman to do more every day.

“Invisible,” the girl told Freeman.

To this, Freeman asked herself, “How many women or girls are sitting in the same position as this girl next to me and no one even knows?”

This, she said, was the moment she realized she could do more. A successful hair colorist in the beauty industry and Frankfort business owner, Freeman knew she had the opportunity to reach women and girls to encourage and inspire them.

Kirsten Onsgard

When Jody Stretch talks about her daughter Katelyn, her words paint a portrait of a young woman who was profoundly, immeasurably kind — the sort of person who lent a supportive ear to anyone who needed it, who cherished her relationships with those around her and whose heart always had room available for one more friend.

“She was almost like a little social worker,” Jody said. “She was always helping people, helping everyone out. She loved her family deeply, and we knew it, and she knew we felt the same about her.”

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In a game in which the final score belied how tight it actually was, Lincoln-Way East needed as many big plays on defense as it could manage against Marist.

The defense – as it has all season – responded with its first three-takeaway game Saturday, Nov. 23, as the Griffins (13-0) stamped their ticket to DeKalb with a 24-7 win in the Class 8A semifinals in Chicago.

East will meet Warren (13-0) – a 28-0 winner over Brother Rice – in the 8A championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

Steve Millar

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