Bridgeview man charged in fatal Orland Park accident

By Bob Bong A Bridgeview man was charged Thursday with reckless homicide and additional charges in the January 23 crash in Orland Park that claimed the life of a 5-year-old girl. Orland Park police arrested Ahmad Alzobi, 56, of 7758 W. 79th St., after a lengthy investigation into the crash at 151st Street and Harlem…

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Father and son carry on family tradition at Palos Fire District

By Bob Bong It’s not unusual for a son to follow in his father’s footprints. That is definitely the case for the Mathias family whose tradition of fighting fires for the Palos Fire Protection District stretches back to the earliest days of the fire district when Glenn Mathias Sr. was a volunteer. Today, his son,…

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Family holds going away party for Palos Heights soldier heading to Kuwait

By Dermot Connolly Family and friends celebrated Sunday with Palos Heights resident Chloe Van Witzenburg at a “drive-by” farewell party outside her house on 69th Court. She’s an Army sergeant who is being deployed to Kuwait on Sept. 19. Chloe and her twin sister, Hanna, 22, both 2016 graduates of Shepard High School, enlisted in the…

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Firefighters respond to Orland home fire they saw from their firehouse

From staff reports Firefighters at the Orland Fire Protection District’s Station 5 at 8851 W. 143rd St. did not have far to go when responding to a house fire on Saturday. The firefighters were conducting their afternoon exercises inside the firehouse about 2:50 p.m. Saturday when they smelled something burning outside. The firefighters rushed outside…

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Woman charged with stealing from seniors at Palos Heights nursing home

From staff reports A Franklin Park woman has been charged by Palos Heights police with assuming the identities of nursing home residents and stealing more than $25,000 from those residents. Anna Zur, 39, was charged last week with multiple felonies related to wire fraud and continuing a financial crimes enterprise after an extensive criminal investigation…

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Palos Heights approves controversial gas station project

By Dermot Connolly The Palos Heights City Council voted 5-3 Tuesday night to allow a controversial Mobil gas station and 7-Eleven convenience store be built at the corner of Harlem Avenue and College Drive. The development by GW Properties will be on the northeast corner of the intersection adjacent to the Spectrum Palos Heights Senior…

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Children’s Farm Rummage Sale this weekend

The 19th annual rummage sale will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Children’s Farm at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park. Sunday is bargain day. The Rummage Sale will follow all CDC and Illinois stage guidelines for safety and for social distancing. Masks are required.

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Police say area residents are receiving fraudulent unemployment benefits

By Bob Bong Police in Palos Heights and Palos Park say residents are reporting receiving unsolicited unemployment benefit debit cards in the mail. More than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March. In Illinois alone, an estimated 1.45 million residents have filed unemployment claims due…

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