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Jamaican On Vacation Steals Cosmetics, Sundries, Police Say

An arrest is merely an accusation, not evidence of a conviction.


Elaine P. Seymour, 44, of St. Mary, Jamaica, was charged with retail theft Dec. 2 at a store in the 5600 block of Touhy after a security agent observed her place 30 items into a handbag and exit the store without paying, police said. The security agent approached her and recovered the items, which included cosmetics, vitamins, gum, toiletries and food. As she is a resident of Jamaica, Niles police faxed information about the arrest to the Jamaican embassy in Florida. They also contacted the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and an agent there verified she was a temporary visitor on vacation, scheduled to fly out Dec. 3. She was booked and released on an I-bond pending her court date, which is Dec. 18 in the Skokie branch of the Cook County courts. 

Man charged with DUI after crash at 3:20 a.m.

George Akhteebo, 26, of Niles was charged with DUI after he was involved in a car crash Nov. 30 just after 3:20 a.m. in the 6500 block of Touhy. Officers said they detected an odor of alcohol on his breath, and due to that and the crash, arrested him. According to the report, Akhteebo became verbally abusive and was speaking a foreign language to his cousin. He was also cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. His court date is Dec. 20 in Skokie. 

Man doesn't make it through yellow light, charged with DUI 

Keith Sleppe, 44, of Mishawaka, Ind. was charged with DUI after Niles police saw him accelerating to cross an intersection as a yellow light turned red on eastbound Oakton at Cumberland, according to the report. He accelerated to 49 mph in a 35 mph zone, they said, and when stopped, police smelled a moderate odor of alcohol on him. He told police he had had two 24-oz. beers at a concert. The incident happened Nov. 30 just before 11:20 p.m. He was cited for speeding and disobeying a traffic signal. His court date is Jan. 15 in Skokie.

Information is taken from Niles Police Department reports. 

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