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POLICE BLOTTER: .38-Special Found During Traffic Stop, Tagger Tagged at Richards High School

Oak Lawn police reports June 8 through June 10.


Ammo, Gun Found In Car

A Merrionette Park man was arrested on weapon charges and driving on a suspended license when police pulled him over on the 110th Street and Cicero Avenue around 1:42 a.m. Police stopped a 2006 Chevy Impala driven by a man indentified as William Bodnar, 25, when a check showed that his license plate to be suspended for violation of mandatory insurance. Police stopped the car and learned that Bodnar’s driver’s license had also been suspended, reports said. Asked if he had any weapons or drugs in the car, Bodnar said there was a pistol on the floor in a gun case with ammo inside it, according to police. The officer located a gun case, which was unsecured, and within reach of the driver on the passenger floor, reports said. Inside the case was a Tauras .38-special that police said was unloaded. Next to the gun were three rounds of .380-caliber ammo in the pouch, reports said. Bodnar was taken to the Oak Lawn police station where he was charged. His next court appearance is July 24.


‘Kore Was Here’

Police were patrolling Richards High School at 10601 S. Central Ave. to check on unattended construction equipment when they spotted a 19-year-old man identified as Jesse Cihlar walking away from the construction equipment. The officer said he heard the rattle of spray paint cans when he drove up to Cihlar.  According to reports, Cihlar was holding a clear plastic backpack over his right shoulder and has his other hand in pocket. Police said Cihlar did not comply with orders to remove his hand from his pocket and appeared nervous. When he finally did take his hand out, police noticed spray paint on it, reports said. The officer also noticed several cans of spray paint inside the clear backpack. Asked where he had spray painted, Cihlar said, “Around,” police said. The officer said he also found a marker in Cihlar’s pocket during a pat down. Cihlar then took police around the construction area and showed them where he had allegedly tagged Dumpsters and several pieces of construction equipment. Police said that the word “Kore” had been spray painted on a crane, truck, trailer and a garbage can next to the scoreboard. Cihlar told police that “Kore” didn’t mean anything, but his artist tag name. He further told police that he worked alone but does not tag residential properties or schools, reports said. Damages were estimated at $1,000 and the owners of the equipment and Dumpster were notified. Cihlar, of the 5300 block of West Stony Creek Drive, was charged with felony criminal damage to property. He was being held awaiting a bond hearing on June 9 at the time of this report.

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Pat F June 19, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I believe Tagging is another of the bad things society has brought upon themselves. Politicians and cities pat self proclaimed artists on the back and let them paint murals on walls, viaducts,etc..This may be art to some people, but to me it's vandalism to someone's property. If you want art, go to a museum or to a legitimate source..Tagging and these murals are nothing but vandalism and as long as you allow it to go on, good luck stopping graffiti!!
Farrell July 05, 2012 at 10:20 AM
My God, that cop was lucky the armed driver with the suspended license wasn't some trigger-happy maniac. It could have been much worse.
Jerry January 26, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Look at the bright side, Kevin. More room for you in the trailer now.
Jerry January 26, 2013 at 11:38 PM
In illinois, a person may transport a firearm in their vehicle or on their person as long as the firearm is unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container. Firearms that are not immediately accessible or are broken down in a non-functioning state may also be carried or transported under the Criminal Code. The article implies that since the case was within the driver's reach, was "unsecured", and had ammo in the case the driver was in violation. This is inaccurate and irresponsible. If he had a valid FOID card, based on the facts reported here, he was not I violation of criminal law in Illinois pertaining to transport of a firearm. Is there more to the story?
Lorraine Swanson January 27, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Kevin k, I had to delete your post because it violated Patch's terms of use. You are welcome to repost without the profanity.


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