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After setbacks, HellsGate Haunted House is now scheduled to open Oct. 6 in Lockport.
Kirsten Onsgard
Former Lockport Mayor Tim Murphy, 45, died earlier today, according to a release issued by the City of Lockport this morning.
Max Lapthorne

A vehicle crash in Homer Glen Saturday, April 9, resulted in two fatalities.

Sameh F. Atiq, 20, of Lockport, and Noah Kask, 32, of Homer Glen, died after a reported vehicle crash at the 15000 block of 151st Street, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Atiq and Kask were driving separate vehicles at the time of the crash, the coroner’s office said. Atiq was pronounced dead at 6:18 a.m. at the scene of the crash, and Kask was pronounced dead at 5:49 a.m. at Silver Cross Hospital.

Elissa Chudwin

A 38-year-old man died after obtaining a head injury during an industrial accident at Homer Tree Service, 14000 Archer Ave. in Lockport, according to Lockport police.

The Lockport Police Department and the Northwest Homer Fire Protection District received the call at approximately 1:37 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, that there had been an accident, according to Lockport Deputy Chief Ron Huff. The man was then transported to Silver Cross Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Elissa Chudwin
Nov. 28 marked the first time eight-month-old Sean Roppo slept entirely through the night; it was also the last night of his mother’s life. Celeste Roppo, 24, battled drug addiction for six years, and died early in the morning on Nov. 29 after relapsing and overdosing on fentanyl.
Erin Redmond

Two bodies found the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 29, in a townhome under construction in Lockport’s Sagebrook subdivision have been identified.

The two men have been identified as Marco Ceja-Sanchez, 37, and David Ceja-Sanchez, 36, both of Aurora, according to a press release issued the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 30, by the Lockport Police Department. The two men are thought to be related, police said.

Both men died of gunshot wounds, according to an autopsy by the Will County Coroner’s Office conducted Nov. 30.

Danielle Tabor

Lockport residents help support submarine’s mission

George Schmoll of Lockport used to hunt submarines from the air. Now, he’s sponsoring the construction of one.

Schmoll, 69, is a member of the USS Illinois Commissioning Committee, a group of volunteers helping to coordinate events surrounding the launching and commissioning of the Illinois, a nuclear submarine now under construction on the East Coast.

Danielle Tabor

Cruise nights in Lockport will be held every Monday evening from June 2 through August 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Central Square and First Midwest Bank parking lots, located at 9th and Hamilton streets in downtown Lockport.

The weekly event will feature a classic car show, as well as live entertainment. Food and drinks will be available and kids may enjoy the inflatable obstacle course, face painting and other activities.

Danielle Tabor

When it came time for Mervet Nolte to choose the perfect name for her new restaurant, she let the sound of a hot grill do the talking. Sizzles, located at 571 E. 13th Street, is Lockport’s latest go-to for char-

broiled gourmet burgers, dogs and sandwiches.

Opening Sizzles has been a culinary dream come true for Nolte, who has worked in various eateries, from humble burger n’ fries-type of establishments to five-star fine dining. She paid her dues, taking every front and back-of-the-house position in order to hone her skills. 

Danielle Tabor
A high-speed car chase Aug. 17 in Lockport Township — in which a passenger was observed hanging out of a car window and firing a handgun back at a pursuing vehicle — resulted in two juveniles being hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a press release issued by the Will County Sheriff's Office.
Eric Skalac