Monday, April 29, 2013
Former Lincoln-Way Central teacher Ryan Gardner's mental state improved while he was in a Chicago hospital, but has deteriorated in the three and a half months he's been locked up in the county jail, said his lawyer.
Former Lincoln-Way Central High School teacher Ryan Gardner got his chance to talk in court Monday, but passed on it. Gardner, who has been jailed since January for allegedly threatening Lincoln-Way school district officials, still wanted to speak even after his attorney warned him that prosecutors could end up using his words against him. "That's fine," Gardner told his lawyer, Alexander Beck. "I've been doing a lot of research since I was in jail," Gardner said, "and I've read a lot of books." Will County Judge Edward Burmila asked Gardner why he wanted to address the court. "See, your honor, everything is pushed," Gardner replied. "Pushed, pushed back." Beck has been trying to prove that Gardner was legally insane when he allegedly made…
Friday, April 19, 2013
A psychiatric evaluation of a former Lincoln-Way Central teacher charged with threatening district officials will be available for his hearing on whether he is fit to stand trial.
A Will County judge scheduled a fitness hearing for a former Lincoln-Way Central High School teacher charged with threatening school district officials. Judge Edward Burmila set an April 29 date for arguments on whether jailed former teacher Ryan Gardner, 41, was legally sane when he allegedly made threatening statements. Gardner, most recently a resident of downstate Danville, has been jailed since Jan. 16 on a felony charge of making a telephone threat. Prior to his being processed at the Will County jail, Gardner was receiving psychiatric care at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. He had checked himself into the hospital voluntarily. Gardner was hit with the felony charge after he allegedly made a Dec. 6 telephone call to …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Former Lincoln-Way teacher Ryan Gardner will be examined to see if he was legally insane when he allegedly made threats against district officials.
A former Lincoln-Way Central High School teacher charged with threatening school district officials may have been legally insane at the time of the incident, his lawyer suggested during an arraignment Friday morning in Will County court. Ryan Gardner, 40, most recently a resident of downstate Danville, has been jailed since Jan. 16 on a felony charge of making a telephone threat. Prior to his being processed at the Will County jail, Gardner was receiving psychiatric care at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. He had checked himself into the hospital voluntarily. Gardner was hit with the felony charge after he allegedly made a Dec. 6 telephone call to Lincoln-Way School District Deputy Superintendent Thomas Eddy. About a week after …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Patch announces the winner of our crazy Christmas sweater contest.
Last week, Patch put out a call to our readers in Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenox -- share your crazy Christmas sweaters. You did not disappoint. The big win goes to Keith Wallace, whose sweater incorporates several staples of the classic crazy Christmas sweater, including snowmen, Christmas trees and a three-dimensional component in the pom-pom snowballs. Not only that, but Keith has paired his sweater with a Santa wig and hat. As the contest winner, Keith will receive a Patch T-shirt and water bottle. Thanks to everyone who submitted their sweaters for consideration! Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these Lincoln-Way Patch sites:
Monday, December 24, 2012
Share a photo of your tackiest seasonal knits in our gallery and win Patch merchandise.
Christmas is a time for joy, giving ... and truly terrible sweaters. This holiday season, share your Christmas sweater pics with Patch. The craziest sweater submitted by a Mokena, Frankfort or New Lenox Patch reader wins a Patch T-shirt and water bottle. We'll accept uploads from Dec. 19-24 and will debut the winning sweater on Christmas Day. May the best (worst?) sweater win! Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these Lincoln-Way Patch sites:
Sunday, November 18, 2012
See photos, prices and other information on homes that are showing in Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenox.
Hunting for a new home? Just want to see what's for sale in the area? Then scroll through the photo gallery above for pricing information and times of open houses this weekend. For all the updated news, subscribe to your Lincoln-Way community Patch sites: New Lenox Patch, Mokena Patch and Frankfort Patch. "Like" us on Facebook too: New Lenox, Mokena and Frankfort.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
There are warrants out for the arrest of more than 100 accused criminals in the Lincoln-Way communities of New Lenox, Mokena and Frankfort. These warrants are for driving under the influence.
There are warrants out for the arrest of more than 100 accused criminals in the Lincoln-Way communities of New Lenox, Mokena and Frankfort. The Will County Sheriff's Department last updated its warrants list on Nov. 12, 2012. The list below pertains to people wanted for driving under the influence. Like New Lenox Patch on Facebook Like Mokena Patch on Facebook Like Frankfort Patch on Facebook The information above should not be construed as authority to apprehend anyone yourself. Any information regarding warrants should be passed on to the Will County Sheriff's Office at 815-727-8575 or the Sheriff's Office tip line.
Monday, February 13, 2012
A quick glance at the massive growth Lincoln-Way 210 has seen in the last 12 years.
Three-fourths of Lincoln-Way 210 didn't exist when the millenium turned. Although the district dates back to 1951, according to the official district history, it was one school, now known as Lincoln-Way Central, for the next half-century. The housing boom of the 1990s brought droves of new families to the Mokena, Frankfort and New Lenox area, filling the five local elementary school districts. Eventually, those kids became high-school aged, requiring the district quadruple. Lincoln-Way East opened in the fall of 2001, Lincoln-Way North in August 2008 and Lincoln-Way West a year later. Enrollment was always the driver, but West was at less than half of its 2,500-student capacity during the 2010-11 school year. Watch video of Superintendent …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Lincoln-Way 210 is eyeing several options to close a multi-million-dollar budget gap. Board President Arvid Johnson walks us through a few of the ideas that could change how your child graduates.
Of all the changes being discussed in the wake of a special Lincoln-Way High School District 210 meeting about budget cuts, few would have more direct impact on students than changes to the graduation requirements. We talked to board President Arvid Johnson about three of the graduation requirement changes being considered. The current schedule of classes a Lincoln-Way student must take is attached to this article as a pdf document. One change Johnson said is unlikely would save millions of dollars. Two other changes that would give parents and students more flexibility in choosing elective credits wouldn't affect the budget much if at all. Idea: Cutting graduation requirements from 22 credits to 20. Potential Saving: An estimated $1 …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
We will take your questions about the Lincoln-Way 210 proposed budget cuts, fee hikes or any other topic to Superintendent Lawrence Wyllie for a series of video interviews.
Lincoln-Way High School District 210 has been in the news lately, after a weekend meeting where Superintendent Lawrence Wyllie unveiled a series of proposals, which included adding student fees and lowering graduation requirements, to deal with a state funding crisis. State funding is projected to drop by $7.5 million in each of the next five years. Poll: Are You Scared for Your Kids' L-W Education? As he has done in the past, Wyllie will be meeting with Patch for video interviews over the next few weeks to discuss the state of the district. Do you have a question for the superintendent? Leave it in the comments section, and it could be asked during the interview. Questions will be chosen by Frankfort Patch editor Joe Vince.