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Domestic battery charge against  SD 218 board member dropped

Updated: February 14, 2012 8:11AM



A Community High School District 218 Board member spent Friday night in a holding cell at the Alsip Police Department after a domestic disturbance in the 5800 block of 126th Street, according to an Alsip police report.

A domestic battery charge against Thomas F. Kosowski, 59, was dropped Tuesday when the victim testified in court that she had moved out of state and did not want to proceed with the prosecution, court records show.

Police responded at 9:52 p.m. to a domestic disturbance at an Alsip residence, police said. The victim told police she had been in a heated argument with Kosowski, and that he grabbed her hair, pushed her against the wall and chased her down the stairs, police said. The victim said Kosowski then grabbed her and threw her to the ground, hurting her tailbone and causing injuries to her right wrist and thumb, but she refused medical attention, police said.

Kosowski stands 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He told police the victim had attacked him.

Police said there had been no prior domestic incidents at the home.

A recording indicated the phone at the Kosowski residence had been disconnected when a reporter called there Thursday.

Kosowski did not return a message left Thursday on his cell phone. Burt Odelson, who also is the school board’s attorney, said he’s been friends with Kosowski since before the latter was a board member.

“I think they’ve repaired their relationship. This was a little blip in the radar screen of Tom’s life. It’s unfortunate, but it’s over,” Odelson said.

“Tom’s a gentle, nice man. This was in anger and in the wee hours of the morning. I really don’t know exactly what happened because I wasn’t there,” Odelson said.

“I do know that what’s happened is in the past, and that they have patched things up and the charges have been dismissed,” Odelson said.

District 218 Supt. John Byrne declined to comment, adding he had not talked with Kosowski about the police report.

Contributing: Lauren FitzPatrick and Steve Metsch



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