Woman Passes Away At Restaurant Thanksgiving Day

Also, things went badly when a man tried to remove his possessions from a woman's home. An arrest is merely an accusation, not evidence of a conviction.

Information is taken from Niles Police Department reports.

On Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving) at about 2:20 p.m., police and fire responders were called to a restaurant in the 9100 block of Golf Road. A 79-year-old woman, Ellis Szafranski, and her 82-year-old husband were picking up food, and she went to the restroom. After she did not return for about 30 minutes, the husband became concerned, and a 31-year-old woman went to check on her and discovered her lifeless. North Maine Fire Protection District arrived on the scene and the husband told them his wife, who had serious medical conditions, had a do not resuscitate order, which the firefighter/paramedics located in Mrs. Szafranski's purse. 

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Couple Disagree When He Tries To Remove Items From Home

A 39-year-old Niles man arrived at a home in the 7000 block of Cleveland in the morning of Nov. 28 with an emergency court order which granted him the OK to remove property belonging to his children and himself. The woman who lives in the home phoned Niles police, and an officer arrived and reviewed with the woman and the man, who had brought friends to help him, what could and could not be removed. Shortly after, the woman called police again to say the man was removing things not specified in the court order. Police returned to the scene and told the man to stop, return to court and get a more specific court order, since neither the police officer nor the man himself could make those determinations. Police also advised the woman to consult with her attorney. 

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Woman Charged With Felony In Retail Theft

Ganna Kosovchych, 49, of Park Ridge, was charged with a Class 4 felony count of retail theft Dec. 1 after a security agent at Kohl's at Golf Mill Shopping Center observed her via security camera slipping $365 worth of jewelry items from a display into her possession and leaving the store without paying for them. The agent stopped her after she left the store, and after police arrived on scene, the Cook County State's Attorney's office approved a felony charge due to the dollar amount. Police processed Kosovchych and housed her in cell #1812 pending bond hearing on Dec. 2. Her court date is Dec. 18 in the Skokie branch of the Cook County courts. 


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