Police Blotter: Blaze damages Homer Township house
December 22, 2012 9:36PM
Firefighters work on the home that had a fire at 16552 W. McDonald Drive in Lockport, IL on Friday December 21, 2012. No one was hurt in the fire. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:28AM
HOMER TOWNSHIP — Fire spread from an attached garage to damage a house Friday afternoon, but no one was injured in the blaze.
Capt. Edward McCormack said residents were home when the blaze began at 1:05 p.m. in the 16500 block of West McDonald Drive but were able to escape.
An ATV parked inside the garage was destroyed, and firefighters were on the scene for two hours.
Fire Chief Bob Tutko said the cause of the fire remained undetermined Friday afternoon but looks to have started near where the ATV was hooked up to a battery charger.
He said the quick response of his firefighters helped prevent further damage and a steel entry door between the garage and the house helped slow the spread of the fire.
Still, the fire caused an estimated $500,000 damage to the home, which was valued at $1.5 million, he said.
Firefighters were able to salvage the Christmas presents for the family, who have another place to stay for the holidays, Tutko said.
Car burglar arrested
HOMER GLEN — A 22-year-old man allegedly took items from several unlocked vehicles.
After Christian Kuhny argued with his mother Sunday night she found cell phones, GPS units and car chargers in the basement of 14440 S. Pine Grove Drive, Will County sheriff’s police reported.
After police were notified, Kuhny was questioned and allegedly admitted taking the items from other cars. He was booked into the county jail Wednesday on four counts of burglary to a motor vehicle.
In other police news:
Jeremy A. Gorman: 35, of 2202 Jackson Branch, New Lenox, was arrested by sheriff’s police Monday on charges of driving on a suspended license and no insurance.
Anthony Collins: 56, of 160 N. Leamington St., Chicago, was arrested by sheriff’s police Monday on charges of driving on a suspended license and no insurance.
Mario A. Lozano: 28, of 412 S. Ottawa St., Joliet, was arrested by sheriff’s police Monday on a charge of driving on a suspended license.
Brittany A. Rotto: 23, of 708 Schoolgate Road, New Lenox, was arrested by sheriff’s police Monday on a charge of drug possession.
William A. Murphy: 76, of 15525 Hoff Road, Manhattan, was arrested by sheriff’s police Monday on a charge of driving on a suspended license.
Larry D. Williams: 47, of 14 Bradford Road, Joliet, was arrested by Joliet police Monday on a charge of residential burglary.
Clarence E. Knight: 20, of 410 E. Bellarmine Drive, Joliet, was arrested by Joliet police Tuesday on charges of aggravated battery and aggravated domestic battery.
Kenneth Smith: 25, of 104 Winston Court, Bolingbrook, was arrested by Bolingbrook police Tuesday on charges of domestic battery, marijuana possession, aggravated fleeing from police, driving on a suspended license and no insurance.
Starlinda L. Stubbs: 21, of 1835 S. Hamlin Ave., Chicago, was arrested by sheriff’s police Tuesday on a charge of forgery.