Oz in the News 3.26.14

extralargePolice Arrest 3 for Theft of ‘Wizard of Oz’ Slippers  Police arrested three people accused of stealing Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from a display case in a Staten Island hotel. The three took the $2,500 replica shoes from the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn on South Avenue earlier this month, police said. Julie Walker-Merkle, 39, and Joseph Cipoletti, 58, turned themselves in March 21, police said. Ronald Geraghty, 57, was arrested March 24. Walker-Merkle and Cipoletti lifted the display case the slippers were in while Geraghty kept lookout on March 2, court documents said.Walker-Merkle, a former congressional aide, was caught on surveillance video wearing the slippers in the hotel and later left with them on, hotel owner Richard Nicotra previously told DNAinfo New York.

Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra Presents Magical Concert and Sing-Along  The Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra will present a concert full of wizardry and magic on Sunday, April 6th. The highlight of the concert will be an audience sing-along to selections from The Wizard of Oz. The show starts at 3 p.m. with a free pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m. All Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra concerts take place at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077. Come dressed as your favorite wizard or witch to participate in a costume contest!

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