Two teachers charged with pot possession

Two Chicago Public School teachers were stopped for traffic violations and later arrested for possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Jacqueline Hobbs Brown, 58, of the 10100 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue, was charged with felony possession of cannabis and cited with failure to stop at a stop sign, according to the Sun-Times.

Hobbs-Brown is listed as a teacher at Julian High School located at the 10300 block of South Elizabeth Street, the Sun-Times reports.

Hobbs-Brown was driving a 2004 Dodge Neon.  When the officers pulled over her vehicle they saw a medicine bottle on the front passenger seat containing several white hand rolled cigars containing a green leaf substance that was suspected to be cannabis, according to the Sun-Times. The Neon was searched and officers found another cigar box in the same area with three brown hand-rolled cigars which allegedly contained cannabis, the Sun-Times reports.

Brian Metcalf, 35, of the 5200 block of North Winthrop Avenue, was arrested and cited with failing to yield right of way and for driving on a suspended driver’s license, the Sun-Times reports.

Metcalf is a vice principal of George Armstrong Elementary School located at 2110 W. Greenleaf Ave. in Rogers Park, the Sun-Times reports. He was driving a 2004 BMW that was pulled over by police after failing to give right of way. Metcalf was unable to provide a driver’s license and officers learned that he had an outstanding warrant issued by the Illinois State Police for driving while on a suspended license, the Sun-Times reports.

Silhouettes have Spring Fever

By Jessica Meyer

Loyola’s a cappella group, The Silhouettes, will host its last concert of the semester, called Spring Fever, this Friday.

The group plans to perform songs ranging from Cyndi Lauper to Ingrid Michaelson, as well as Lady Gaga. In between songs the group will be raffling off prizes for attendees.

The free event will go from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in Centennial Forum Student Union’s Bremner Lounge.

More information can be seen on The Silhouettes’ website.

Criminal Justice Organization hosts book drive

By Angela Hanna

After a visit to St. Charles Correctional Center, a juvenile justice center, the Criminal Justice Organization at Loyola University Chicago was inspired to start a book drive to help fill the center’s inadequate library.

Jordan Burns, a 21-year-old sophomore Forensic Science major is president of the undergraduate Criminal Justice Organization. Burns organized the book drive and collected the books.

“The book drive helps the St. Charles Youth facility because we are providing them with donations for their library” Burns said. “The facility is a juvenile correctional facility and their resources are limited.  To help with this, we are taking any and all book-related donations to help them restock their library.”

This is the first year the organization held a book drive, and it is the first major book drive conducted to help a correctional facility.

Robert M. Lombardo, a graduate and undergraduate school criminal justice professor, is the faculty adviser for  the Criminal Justice Organization.

 “The Criminal Justice Organization goes on a trip from time to time. This year we decided to go to the St. Charles Youth Correctional Facility,” Lombardo said. “Everyone in the facility is between the ages of 12 and 21, and the youth there were convicted of a serious felony. After the students saw how little there was in the library though, they decided to do something about it. We felt that everyone deserves an equal chance to learn.”

The book drive will continue through finals week in May. Students can drop all types of books, flashcards, or any other educational resources in a drop-box located on the ninth floor of Lewis Towers.

Kelly McMahoun, a 24-year-old studying for her masters in criminal justice also helped launch the book drive.

“So far we have about 10 boxes full and we will hopefully get more donations,” McMahoun said. “Unfortunately we only have a box set up at the Water Tower Campus, but the community has been very generous with their donations. Some students are coming out from Lake Shore and giving us their books.”

The organization is pleased with the success of the drive so far and seems hopeful that the community will continue to come through.

“The book drive has absolutely been successful. We have already had many donations and we always appreciate more,” Lombardo said.

Students interested in donating to the St. Charles Youth Facility can drop off any donations at the Criminal Justice office on the ninth floor of Lewis Towers at the Water Tower Campus. Students who are unable to commute from the Lake Shore Campus and wish to donate should contact Jordan Burns at