Escapee

Merrillville, IN

#123 Dec 9, 2008
Norman Bequette, was he the kid that was found murdered in St. James cemetery in the mid 70s? I remember that one from the mid 70s, IIRC.

“The original 'Former Trustee'”

Since: Nov 08

Sauk Village

#124 Dec 9, 2008
Yes he was, infact, if I'm not mistake Billy Boren (spelling) was involved with that.
Escapee wrote:
Norman Bequette, was he the kid that was found murdered in St. James cemetery in the mid 70s? I remember that one from the mid 70s, IIRC.
Escapee

Merrillville, IN

#125 Dec 10, 2008
I was still in junior high at that time, but I remember it being big news and reported on Wally Phillips' show in the morning. There was another murder years before that one that my mom remembered. It was a woman on 217th Pl.(or St.?) near where Jeffrey Ave. now is. But back then it was a dead end into the cornfields. This must have been in the 1960s sometime.
Former Trustee wrote:
Yes he was, infact, if I'm not mistake Billy Boren (spelling) was involved with that.
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Old Timer

Denver, CO

#126 Jan 6, 2009
Former Trustee wrote:
Yes he was, infact, if I'm not mistake Billy Boren (spelling) was involved with that.
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And was there someone named Glenn involved?
poppeyye

Dyer, IN

#127 Feb 22, 2009
Old Timer wrote:
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And was there someone named Glenn involved?
Mark Sterns was also involved if my memory serves me right. I would also like to comment about the MURDER of Jose Mendiola. I was a close friend of Jose and I don't think it was home invasion.
svbear1115

Lansing, IL

#128 Feb 22, 2009
I was extremely close with Jose, we all hung around together. He had the nickname of Taco. He stood up at my wedding. Yes, I got married young. Jose went out with some friends one night (if you can call them friends), they got drunk and high, the friends dropped him off at a house, leading Jose to think he was home, the home was the then Mayor Thieson's house. Jose, being drunk and high couldn't open the door and thougth he forget his keys so he broke open the door. The Mayor's son shot and killed Jose, Jose WAS NOT ARMED! NO WEAPONS AT ALL! But, SV claimed it was a home invasion and it was justified. Gee, if the person who killed Jose would have just looked at him, he would have seen Jose not armed. Also, come one, if, as was stated, Jose was drunk and high, I highly doubt he was quiet when he was banging on the door, why did the Mayor or his family not come to the door and call pd about a person outside their door? He had to have been very loud. They waited until he knocked the door in and then shot him and THEN called the police. If it had been anyone other than the then Mayor's son, they'd be brought up on charges. We had an incident where someone was banging on our front door, he was loud enough for us to hear him, we called the police, he was trying to break in our front door thinking he lived there. WE DIDN'T SHOOT HIM! We didn't wait. Police came, funny thing, it was someone we knew who was dropped off by friends and he was drunk as a skunk thinking he lived there and he lost his keys. And if not mistaken the then Mayor, had a dog who barked when Jose was at the door.
poppeyye

Dyer, IN

#129 Feb 22, 2009
I was extremely close with Jose, we all hung around together. He had the nickname of Taco. He stood up at my wedding. Yes, I got married young. Jose went out with some friends one night (if you can call them friends), they got drunk and high, the friends dropped him off at a house, leading Jose to think he was home, the home was the then Mayor Thieson's house. Jose, being drunk and high couldn't open the door and thougth he forget his keys so he broke open the door. The Mayor's son shot and killed Jose, Jose WAS NOT ARMED! NO WEAPONS AT ALL! But, SV claimed it was a home invasion and it was justified. Gee, if the person who killed Jose would have just looked at him, he would have seen Jose not armed. Also, come one, if, as was stated, Jose was drunk and high, I highly doubt he was quiet when he was banging on the door, why did the Mayor or his family not come to the door and call pd about a person outside their door? He had to have been very loud. They waited until he knocked the door in and then shot him and THEN called the police. If it had been anyone other than the then Mayor's son, they'd be brought up on charges. We had an incident where someone was banging on our front door, he was loud enough for us to hear him, we called the police, he was trying to break in our front door thinking he lived there. WE DIDN'T SHOOT HIM! We didn't wait. Police came, funny thing, it was someone we knew who was dropped off by friends and he was drunk as a skunk thinking he lived there and he lost his keys. And if not mistaken the then Mayor, had a dog who barked when Jose was at the door
I forgot about Jose being nicknamed Taco. We had a lot of fun times together. We all use to hang out at his house and watch TV and play cards. It was just like a second family over there. His parents were pretty tolerant about all of us being there. They were pretty cool. Pops ( Jose Sr.) Bruce Rhein, Billy Sisk, Myself and Jose were all volunteers on the fire dept. and we would wait around there for the tone to go off. We would all go to the fire dept. and hang out until the trucks came back. Was Jose Sr. on the call for his son. Sure miss him.
poppeyye

Dyer, IN

#130 Feb 22, 2009
Sorry svbear. Some how my comment got tangled up with yours
Bob O Links

Fairfield, CT

#131 Feb 24, 2009
How about Bobby?

Then behind the building Terry Blankenship?

I think there were a couple more but been too long to remember.
svbear1115

Lansing, IL

#132 Feb 24, 2009
No problem with the mixup. Yes, also, Terry Blankenship. If memory serves me right, he was found behind the old Village Bowl. PD claimed it was due to drug OD?
poppeyye wrote:
Sorry svbear. Some how my comment got tangled up with yours
Jeffery Nicolaides

Fairfield, CT

#133 Apr 1, 2009
MARKHAM -- Murder charges have been filed against one suspect in the death of Terry Blankenship, the Sauk Village man whose body was found Friday morning behind the vacant Village Bowl and Lounge in the 1700 block of Sauk Trail.

Jeffery Nicolaides, 25, of Sauk Village, was charged Saturday, in 6th District Cook County Circuit Court, with first-degree murder in the death of Blankenship, 37, who was known around town as "T-Bone."

Nicolaides' cash bond was set at $150,000. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing June 6 in Markham.

Friday afternoon Deputy Chief of Police Tom Lacheta said he had three suspects, two men and one woman, in custody in connection with the investigation. At that time Lacheta said he expected charges would be filed against two of the individuals by the Cook County states attorney's office. Lacheta could not be reached Sunday for information regarding any other suspects.

Blankenship's body was found around 8 a.m. Friday, according to Lacheta. He said police were called to the parking lot of the vacant bowling alley to investigate an intoxicated man lying on the pavement. When police arrived it was reportedly apparent Blankenship was dead and a homicide investigation began.

The Sauk Village Police Department was assisted by the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Technicians in processing the area where Blankenship's body was found.

According to Lacheta the area where Blankenship's body was found is a spot where people are known to congregate, but he was not sure if Blankenship frequented the area.

Workers at several of the businesses located in the strip mall to the west of the bowling alley said Blankenship and several others were often seen in the parking lot behind their businesses drinking alcohol they would purchase at a nearby convenience store.

Sauk Village Detective Terry Cates verified rumors Friday that Blankenship's throat appeared to have had been cut, but said it would be up to the Cook County medical examiner's office to make a determination on the cause of death. No one could be reached at the medical examiner's office over the weekend.

Marion Sosnowski, owner of a business, just north of the site where Blankenship was found, said he arrived at work at 7 a.m. Friday and saw something in the parking lot that appeared to be garbage. He drove over to the spot and realized it was a body.

"There was a lot of blood around the face," Sosnowski said.
Anonymous

Chicago, IL

#134 Apr 2, 2009
just me wrote:
<quoted text>bonnies was a deli and groc store at sauk trail and calumet express way at the light....
It was where the day care center is now by 219th & Jerrery
70s gal

United States

#135 Apr 5, 2009
Does anyone have more information about the murder of Norman Bequette? I lived in SV in the 60s and 70s, but did not hear about this until reading these postings.
missingSV

Springfield, MO

#136 Apr 17, 2009
OMG I was sooo scared of Dr. Okotomo, he never smiled or did anything to make a scared kid comfortable :(
I grew up in the village, on Peachtree Ln, from 1970-1985 and have been back a handful of times since then to visit my cousins who still live there. It breaks my heart to drive through town and see how much things have changed, not for the better.
We didn't have a care in the world as kids in SV, all the neighbors watched out for all us kids so we didn't get away with much. My brothers got their hair cut at Ken's barbershop and my favorite Friday night dinner was a pizza from Ron's Pizza Train (I think thats the name, been too long).Anyone remember Peppermint Palace? good times.....
Open Whyyyyy wrote:
Dr Okomoto,
He had no mercy, but did really good work. Matt's Standard, Joe's Shell, Mobil on Sauk Trail and Torrence, National Grocery Store, Sauk Drugs. How about the Standard and Exxon Gas stations between Harper and the Calumet Expressway on Sauk Trail. The Calumet Expressway on Friday Nights with all the cars headed to Balmoral Race Track.
Before the library was the Bookmobile that came to town once a week.
With the exception of maybe Steger, Sauk Village had the hottest girls!
missingSV

Springfield, MO

#137 Apr 17, 2009
Ed was a super nice guy and employed many of us young teenagers for the summer pulling weeds from his soybean fields for $2 an hour, I worked for him the summers of 1983-1984 and saved so much money for school clothes I was in heaven!
I also spent alot of that money in the arcade that was next to the old 7-11, I think a dude named Mario owned that.
My sister worked at Dairy Queen when she was a teen, it was a great place to hang out and the Mr. Misty's were delicious!
It's very cool to read everyones memories of the village, I've smiled at many of the posts and remembered things I haven't thought of in years.
Honestly I couldn't have asked for a better town to grow up in than Sauk Village when it was in its glory days, it truly was a great town back then.
70s Guy wrote:
(Continuing)
Some other random bits of nostalgia:
Remember Ken's Silver Shears, at the plaza? That was in a small free standing building in the parking lot in front of the grocery store (National/Sterks and Walgreen's). Can't recall the name of that little restaurant though. I do recall getting my hair cut by Ken though, and the bubble gum bin next to the cash register.
Then there was the pool hall directly behind the Currency Exchange (entrance on the side). I believe it was "Cue 'N You." How about Jack's Hardware, next to the laundromat? And of course, the library in the little house on Sauk Trial.(Probably one of few suburban libraries that had a garage and fireplace.)
One of the real pioneers in that entire area was a farmer named Ed Kalvelage. If you drove down Sauk Trail toward Indiana, just past the grocery, his house was on the hill to the right next to a barn and some outbuildings. He owned many, many acres on both sides of Sauk Trail. Ed was a great guy and a gentleman. He died several years ago I understand. I remember he was a member of St. James Church and performed in those variety shows they did annually as a fundraiser.
hmmmmmm

Oak Forest, IL

#138 Apr 20, 2009
Do you know the Philipps family that lived on Peachtree?
missingSV

Springfield, MO

#139 Apr 20, 2009
I remember Joe and vaguely his parents, we lived about 5 houses down from them. He was a few years older than me, my sister had a SERIOUS crush on him. Very nice family!
hmmmmm

Oak Forest, IL

#140 Apr 20, 2009
What is your sisters name?
missingSV

Springfield, MO

#141 Apr 20, 2009
Sue
hmmmmm

Oak Forest, IL

#142 Apr 20, 2009
I had a crush on him too, he was hot. I thought he married a Sue.

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