SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Man charged with criminal damage in Orland Square lot

Orland Park police arrested John T. Blaha, 47, of Orland Hills, charged with criminal damage to property at 3:25 p.m. Feb. 2 after he allegedly exited the vehicle he drove and punched and damaged a side mirror of another vehicle in the parking lot of Orland Square shopping center. He was also charged with improper lane usage and failure to signal when required. He was cited with possession of drug paraphernalia after police found on his person a pipe with cannabis residue in it, according to the police report. He has a court date of March 9 at the 5th Municipal District Cook County Courthouse in Bridgeview. Jonathan D. Blaha, 22, was cited with possession of cannabis after an officer found an unspecified amount of cannabis on his person, police said. He has a hearing date of March 13 at the Orland Park Civic Center.

In other Orland Park police news, Daniela Barracco, 27, of Oak Lawn, was cited with liquor establishment over-service to a patron at Barracco’s pizza in the 18000 block of Wolf Road. Police said they responded to a call of an unconscious man in the restaurant parking lot at 10:48 p.m. Feb. 4. The 47-year-old New Lenox man was conscious, but unable to speak, police said. He was taken to Silver Cross Hospital, according to the police report. One restaurant employee reportedly said the customer paid his bill with cash; another said he used a credit card, but neither could locate his bar tab. Police determined that the man had been over served. Barracco has a hearing date of March 13 at the Orland Park Civic Center.

Mickey D. Loniello, 54, of Matteson, was arrested at 4:13 p.m. Feb. 3 and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol after he was stopped in the 15200 block of Harlem Avenue, police said. Loniello was also charged with failure to signal when required, operation of a vehicle with suspended registration, driving while license revoked and illegal transportation of alcohol after police found four cans of beer in the vehicle he drove, police said. Loniello has a court date of March 26 in Bridgeview.

Darlene M. Valenti-Galassi, 52, of Tinley Park, was arrested at 11:32 p.m. Feb. 5 and charged with DUI and speeding after she was stopped in the 8000 block of 159th Street, police said. Valenti-Galassi has a court date of March 26 in Bridgeview.

Mohammad Hadidi, 21, and Hasan D. Khatib, 18, both of Orland Park, were arrested at 12:03 a.m. Feb. 8 and charged with possession of cannabis after police found them both in a smoke-filled car in the 13600 block of Cherry Lane, according to the police report. Police found a lighted blunt and a total of 1.5 grams of cannabis in the vehicle, police said. Hadidi and Khatib both have a hearing date of March 13 in Orland Park.

Christopher A. Hacker, 21, of Orland Park, was cited at 1:26 a.m. Feb. 6 with possession of cannabis after he was stopped for speeding near 135th Street and 83rd Avenue, police said. Hacker reportedly told police there was a “bowl of weed” in the vehicle. Police found a small baggy that contained 1.5 grams of marijuana under the steering column, according to the police report. Hacker has a hearing date of March 13 in Orland Park.

Ramiro J. Carreno Jr., 37, of Chicago, was arrested at 1:45 p.m. Feb. 7 and charged with retail theft after he took a pair of stereo headphones with a retail value of $199 from a store at Orland Square, police said. While Carreno Jr. was in custody, police learned that he had an outstanding warrant from Newaygo, Mich., for failure to pay child support. He had a hearing date of Feb. 8 in Bridgeview.

Jacob A. Bettenhausen, 18, of Mokena, was arrested at 6:49 p.m. Feb. 3 and charged with retail theft after he took a watch and a bracelet with a total retail value of $100 from a store at Orland Square, police said. Bettenhausen has a hearing date of March 13 in Orland Park.

Brian L. Thomas, 31, of Chicago, was arrested at 6:35 p.m. Feb. 3 and charged with retail theft after he took a jacket with a retail value of $140 from a store at Orland Square, police said. Police said they also found two women’s T-shirts hidden in an inside pocket of Thomas’ jacket. He has a court date of March 22 in Bridgeview.

Theresa McKeithen, 49, of Chicago, was arrested at 8:56 p.m. Feb. 1 and charged with retail theft after she allegedly took perfume from a store at Orland Square. McKeithen allegedly took the perfume from a display and placed it in a bag she had brought in with her, police said. She has a hearing date of March 13 in Orland Park.

John D. Sanders, 18, of Hometown, was arrested at 8:54 p.m. Feb. 4 and charged with retail theft after he took a pair of True Religion jeans with a retail value of $130 from a store at Orland Square, police said. A store employee said Sanders also took a pair of the same brand of jeans from the store on Jan. 31, according to the police report. He has a court date of March 22.

Joseph J. Foster, 24, of Homer Glen, was arrested at 3:43 a.m. Feb. 5 and charged with driving while license suspended near 159th Street and Ravinia Avenue, police said. Police stopped the vehicle Foster drove because it had no working rear registration plate light. He has a court date of March 9 in Bridgeview.

Reuben Fernandez, 50, of Orland Park, was arrested at 7:28 a.m. Feb. 6 and charged with improper lane usage after the car he drove near 151st Street and Regent Avenue crossed the lane marker to his right, causing a bus in the right lane to have to brake several times in about two blocks. Fernandez was also charged with driving without a valid driver’s license. He has a court date of March 9 in Bridgeview.

Local News

Worth Mayor Mary Werner and Worth Police Chief Tim Denton expressed concerns over the impending no-cash bail provision of the SAFE-T Act. (File photo)

Some Worth officials are concerned about SAFE-T Act

By Joe Boyle A controversial criminal justice law that goes into effect on Jan. 1 has some Worth public officials apprehensive and believe it will actually cause an increase in crime. Worth resident Jack McGrath said that varying opinions about the Illinois Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, or the SAFE-T Act, have arrived in mailings at…

up in smoke license

Worth revokes second business license for selling illegal cigarettes

By Joe Boyle For the second time in less than a month, the Worth Village Board has voted to revoke the license of a business in which illegal cigarettes were being sold. The board accepted the recommendation of the Worth Police Department, which called for the license of Blowing Smoke II Inc., which did business as Up in Smoke, 11015 S. Harlem Ave., to be revoked.…

Pizza Castle will be moving from its longtime home in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood to new digs in Hickory Hills.

Pizza Castle moving from Gage Park to Hickory Hills

By Bob Bong Pizza Castle has had a long run at its Gage Park neighborhood home on the Southwest Side. But after almost 50 years, the Jensen family is pulling up the roots on the family business and moving to the suburbs. The pizzeria, which was founded in 1973, will be moving to 7737 W.…

market by macy's logo

Macy’s grand opening Friday in Evergreen Park

By Bob Bong The new Market by Macy’s and Macy’s Backstage stores will hold their grand openings this weekend at Evergreen Plaza in Evergreen Park. The new stores will open in the former Carson’s at 9700 S. Western Ave. Market by Macy’s will occupy the first floor and Macy’s Backstage outlet store will take over…

Palos Heights Alderman Michael McGrogan said Tuesday that the council should come up with a solution to the proposed parking lot controversy that would satisfy businesses and residents. (Photo by Jeff Vorva )

Parking lot nixed in Palos Heights but issue not dead yet

By Jeff Vorva The controversial parking lot proposal in Palos Heights was not approved Tuesday night but the issue is not dead. The city council needed a super-majority 6-2 vote for a zoning change from residential to business and granting a special-use permit for a municipal parking lot at 12303 S. 71st Court in the…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound October 5, 2022

Peggy Zabicki

Senior Center has re-opened

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 I hope everyone has been able to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather we’ve been blessed with. I visited the Southwest Regional Senior Center, 6117 S. Kedzie, recently. They are open once again, and everything looks very nice. New floors were installed and there are freshly painted…

Mary Stanek

Tabares’ shred day was a fun event

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Happy National Pizza Month! Don’t we live in a great neighborhood for pizza? There are so many pizza parlors to choose from. There are the big chains and the mom-and-pop establishments. I volunteered on last week at…

Kathy Headley

Kids visit gas station with a purpose

By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 Last Thursday, third graders from McKay School visited the new Roux Gas Station at 7051 S. Western. The station was recently built on the vacant lot where Napleton Buick and its predecessor, Van Male Buick, once stood. Now…

Richards High School Bands Director Jordan Fransler will be running the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9, raising money for Miracle Network Dance Marathon. (Supplied photos)

Richards teacher to tackle the Chicago Marathon

By Kelly White As bands director at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Jordan Fransler’s days are filled with education and music, but that’s not all. In his free time, the talented teacher likes to put on his running shoes. “Running became one of my favorite hobbies several years ago. It started out as a…

Neighbors

DVN JCs Restoration House Ad
Worth Mayor Mary Werner and Worth Police Chief Tim Denton expressed concerns over the impending no-cash bail provision of the SAFE-T Act. (File photo)

Some Worth officials are concerned about SAFE-T Act

By Joe Boyle A controversial criminal justice law that goes into effect on Jan. 1 has some Worth public officials apprehensive and believe it will actually cause an increase in crime. Worth resident Jack McGrath said that varying opinions about the Illinois Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, or the SAFE-T Act, have arrived in mailings at…

up in smoke license

Worth revokes second business license for selling illegal cigarettes

By Joe Boyle For the second time in less than a month, the Worth Village Board has voted to revoke the license of a business in which illegal cigarettes were being sold. The board accepted the recommendation of the Worth Police Department, which called for the license of Blowing Smoke II Inc., which did business as Up in Smoke, 11015 S. Harlem Ave., to be revoked.…

Pizza Castle will be moving from its longtime home in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood to new digs in Hickory Hills.

Pizza Castle moving from Gage Park to Hickory Hills

By Bob Bong Pizza Castle has had a long run at its Gage Park neighborhood home on the Southwest Side. But after almost 50 years, the Jensen family is pulling up the roots on the family business and moving to the suburbs. The pizzeria, which was founded in 1973, will be moving to 7737 W.…

market by macy's logo

Macy’s grand opening Friday in Evergreen Park

By Bob Bong The new Market by Macy’s and Macy’s Backstage stores will hold their grand openings this weekend at Evergreen Plaza in Evergreen Park. The new stores will open in the former Carson’s at 9700 S. Western Ave. Market by Macy’s will occupy the first floor and Macy’s Backstage outlet store will take over…

Palos Heights Alderman Michael McGrogan said Tuesday that the council should come up with a solution to the proposed parking lot controversy that would satisfy businesses and residents. (Photo by Jeff Vorva )

Parking lot nixed in Palos Heights but issue not dead yet

By Jeff Vorva The controversial parking lot proposal in Palos Heights was not approved Tuesday night but the issue is not dead. The city council needed a super-majority 6-2 vote for a zoning change from residential to business and granting a special-use permit for a municipal parking lot at 12303 S. 71st Court in the…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound October 5, 2022

Peggy Zabicki

Senior Center has re-opened

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 I hope everyone has been able to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather we’ve been blessed with. I visited the Southwest Regional Senior Center, 6117 S. Kedzie, recently. They are open once again, and everything looks very nice. New floors were installed and there are freshly painted…

Mary Stanek

Tabares’ shred day was a fun event

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Happy National Pizza Month! Don’t we live in a great neighborhood for pizza? There are so many pizza parlors to choose from. There are the big chains and the mom-and-pop establishments. I volunteered on last week at…

Kathy Headley

Kids visit gas station with a purpose

By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 Last Thursday, third graders from McKay School visited the new Roux Gas Station at 7051 S. Western. The station was recently built on the vacant lot where Napleton Buick and its predecessor, Van Male Buick, once stood. Now…

Richards High School Bands Director Jordan Fransler will be running the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9, raising money for Miracle Network Dance Marathon. (Supplied photos)

Richards teacher to tackle the Chicago Marathon

By Kelly White As bands director at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Jordan Fransler’s days are filled with education and music, but that’s not all. In his free time, the talented teacher likes to put on his running shoes. “Running became one of my favorite hobbies several years ago. It started out as a…

DVN Jack Pats Butcher Shop House Ad
Regional CC Asphalt House Ad