None hurt in two Joliet fires
BY BRIAN STANLEY email@example.com August 22, 2013 11:50AM
Updated: September 23, 2013 1:54PM
JOLIET — Separate fires temporarily shut down a Chinese buffet and caused about $60,000 in damages to a house Tuesday, but no one was hurt.
The BC Osaka Chinese Buffet, 2811 Plainfield Road, began filling with smoke about noon. The restaurant was evacuated as crews found a small fire in the ventillation system that was quickly extinguished, Battalion Chief Jeff Carey said. The restaurant has reopened.
At 6 p.m., crews arrived at a house in the 3000 block of Frank Turk Drive, where a rear porch and attached garage were on fire. The fire caused about $60,000 in damage before being put out, Carey said.
Ransom man killed in crash
GRUNDY COUNTY — A Ransom man was killed when his vehicle rolled over Tuesday afternoon near Seneca.
Mark Phelan, 47, was driving to work on Route 170 when he lost control and crashed, Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan said. Phelan was taken to Morris Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:15 p.m.
The LaSalle County Sheriff’s police are investigating the accident.
Empty safe stolen
HOMER GLEN — A man wearing a garbage bag over his head broke into a restaurant earlier this month and stole what turned out to be an empty safe.
The intruder forced open the back door of a vacant business at 14057 S. Bell Road on Aug. 6, and smashed through the walls of two more businesses in the same strip mall. About 2:20 a.m., the man entered Tazza Italian Ristorante, 14065 S. Bell Road, while “wearing a large garbage bag over his head and gloves on his hands,” according to Will County Sheriff’s police.
The burglar stole a safe that turned out to be empty and an employee’s iPod before damaging the empty cash register.
In other police news:
James H. Berry: 41, of 106 North Ave. in Lockport, was arrested by sheriff’s police Friday on charges of drug possession, aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license.