Zion-Benton News

Stories from the October 23, 2014 Issue

Zion officer nabs felon in foot chase

By Ginny Skweres
Zion-Benton News staff 

Zion Police Sgt. Brian Fiene was driving in the 2300 block of Galilee Avenue about 8:15 p.m. Oct. 27. He had been in the area on a previous call when he saw a group arguing.

He heard shots fired and saw two sets of muzzle flashes. Sgt. Fiene pulled into a parking lot on the block when a man with a gun in hand ran in front of his squad car. The man fired his gun in the air and Sgt. Fiene went after him on foot, and caught him in the west alley of that block.

After the short foot pursuit, Marlon T. Coleman, 25, of the 2300 block of Salem Boulevard was arrested and he was unarmed.

Zion called Waukegan Police who brought their on-duty K-9 unit to the scene. K-9 Thunder led officers to the gun which had been dropped the 2300 block of Gilead Avenue. It was a loaded .40 caliber High Point handgun. Eight spent shell casings were found at the site of the incident.

Witnesses said that before shots had been fired Coleman pistol-whipped a victim, cutting his ear, and battered him. Coleman allegedly put his gun into the victim’s mouth while he was on the ground. The victim was taken to Vista East Medical Center by Zion Rescue. More...

An honor for the Winthrop Harbor Police Department

By Meridith Jumisko

Zion-Benton News staff 

On Nov. 8, the Winthrop Harbor Police Department is being honored at the 2014 Bishop's Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Chicago. The event is being hosted by Bishop James Alan Wilkowski of the Evangelical Catholic Diocese of the Northwest.

"At this event, those being honored are presented with the Saint Joseph the Worker Award for their contribution to the general good and welfare of their community," shares William Morton, Director of Media and Public Relations for The Evangelical Catholic Diocese of the Northwest. The Winthrop Harbor Police Department is being honored because "the Bishop knows several members of that department and is aware of their loyalty of service," according to Morton.

Among the other honorees at this year's event are a pastor, a politician, the director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Hispanic American Construction Association, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, and the United Auto Workers Union Local 551. A complete list of honorees can be found at evangelicalcatholicchurch.org/bjwdinner.htm. More...

Photo of the Week

The leaves were beautiful on the trees but now they are piling up on the ground. Jenny and Bill Ziemke spent a mild Indian Summer day raking leaves. But it sure beats shoveling snow.


AT&T Investing in Illinois Award

AT&T Illinois announced Oct. 20 that A Safe Place in Zion is the winner of an
“AT&T Investing in Illinois Award.” Colleen Cramlet, Human Resource Manager for A Safe Place displays the award with Brian Gray of AT&T and Senator Melinda Bush.

School News

Cells are the basic unit of life. Ms. Delaney’s 6th grade class studied the structure and function of cells. The class created edible cells where students’ demonstrate their understanding
of the learning target. They also enjoyed eating their projects. Pictured are Ty Love, Raven Morris and Anarion Benjamin.


Final game of the season against Warren. Pictured is Quarterback Doug Gates making a 32-yard run.