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Pair charged with assault

Orland Park police arrested Marcelino Rojas, 22, of Orland Park, at 11:35 p.m. June 23 and Cleo Romero, 31, of Oak Forest, and charged them each with two counts of aggravated assault and pedestrian influence of alcohol. Rojas pulled an unloaded replica BB gun out of his pocket and threatened two persons in the 9100…

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Worth girl among three youths charged in paintball shooting

by Bob Jaderberg From The Reporter Charges have been filed against three youths, including a Worth girl, who were allegedly involved in a paintball shooting spree that resulted in a boy being shot in the eye. Samantha Buglio, of Worth, and Jeff Brewer, of Robbins, both 17, are each charged with four counts of misdemeanor…

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Accused drunken driver charged

Palos Heights police arrested Adam C. Schurch, 24, of Chicago Heights, at 2:38 a.m. July 11 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol after he was stopped in the 12000 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. His court date is Aug. 20 at the Cook County 5th District Municipal Courthouse…

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Driver charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested David T Pierson, 37, of Calumet Park, at 3:55 a.m. July 3 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and illegal transportation of alcohol after he was stopped in the 12700 block of Harlem Avenue for having an expired registration sticker, police said. He was also charged…

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Minor charged with alcohol

Palos Park police arrested Orland Urbina, 20, of Chicago, at 12:34 a.m. June 26 and charged him with unlawful possession of alcohol by a minor, unlawful consumption of alcohol and operation of uninsured motor vehicle, police said. He was stopped in the 11900 block of South La Grange Road as part of a police roadside…

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Man charged with disorderly conduct

Orland Park police arrested Reiner H. Teets, 62, of Palos Park, and charged him with one count of disorderly conduct after he allegedly exposed himself to two women in a department store in Orland Square Mall. Police said he was trying on shoes when he allegedly spread open his swim trunks and exposed himself until…

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Man charged with theft

by Jesse Marx staff reporter Orland Park police arrested a man on Monday last week and charged him with theft after he allegedly stole a purse inside a restaurant in the 15100 block of South La Grange Road. After snatching the purse off a table, Hoy A. Scivally 52, of Chicago, fled northbound while the…

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Accused drunken driver arrested after accident

Palos Heights police arrested Abid K. Akel, 27, of Tinley Park, at 4:17 a.m. June 17 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after he was involved in a car accident in the 11800 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. He…

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Man allegedly fails to report accident

Orland Park police arrested Andrew Krupa, 55, of Orland Park, at his home in the 9000 block of Croydon Lane on June 13 and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report accident. Krupa allegedly sideswiped another vehicle near Windsor Drive and 151st Street without stopping. He has also been…

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Man charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested James B. Michalski, 51, of Tinley Park, at 3:28 a.m. June 13 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, speeding, improper lane usage and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle after he was stopped in the 12500 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. In other Palos…

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Cyclist charged with theft

Palos Park police arrested George O. Rojas, 32, of Oak Lawn, at 8:42 p.m. June 7 and charged him with theft: possession of stolen property after his motorcycle was pulled over in the 13000 block of South La Grange Road for having the license plate flipped up so it could not be read, police said.…

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Woman arrested on prostitution warrant

Orland Park police arrested Kelly J. Heide, 27, of Burbank, at 6:48 p.m. June 5 on a Cook County Sheriffs warrant for prostitution. Police responded to an alleged domestic disturbance in the 10300 block of Hibiscus Drive when they identified Heide. Her court date for the prostitution charge is June 7 at the Cook County…

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Driver of auto in ditch charged with DUI: police

Orland Park police arrested Donna J. Barkowski, 43, of Orland Park, at 1 a.m. June 3 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and improper lane usage after police observed her standing near her vehicle in a ditch in the southeast corner of 135th Street and Southwest Highway. Her court date…

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Accused suspended driver charged also with cannabis

Palos Park police arrested Stephen R. Malick, 40, of Worth, at 2:26 p.m. May 29 and charged him with driving with a suspended license, unlawful possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, suspended registration and unsafe tires after he was stopped at the intersection of Route 83 and Kean Avenue, police said. Malick admitted he…

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Motorcyclist charged with DUI

Orland Park Police arrested Joseph S. Tazelaar, 27, of Homer Glen, at 12:33 a.m. May 26 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and failure to wear eye protection after police pulled over his motorcycle in the 15900 block of South Ravinia Avenue, police said. His court date is July 1…

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Hundsdorfer brings investigative experience to Capitol News Illinois reporting team

Hundsdorfer brings investigative experience to Capitol News Illinois reporting team

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Capitol News Illinois on Monday welcomed Beth Hundsdorfer to its full-time reporting staff. Hundsdorfer is a veteran investigative reporter who spent nearly 20 years at the Belleville News-Democrat, 13 of which were spent on the investigative beat. She also covered cops and courts. Her investigative journalism included work on…

Democrats deny racial gerrymandering in legislative maps

Democrats deny racial gerrymandering in legislative maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers for the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders filed documents in federal court Wednesday denying that newly drawn state legislative district maps amount to racial gerrymandering, instead accusing the plaintiffs in the three lawsuits of trying to use race to redraw districts for their own purposes. Wednesday’s…

House Democratic Leader Greg Harris announces retirement plans

House Democratic Leader Greg Harris announces retirement plans

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Democratic Leader Greg Harris said Monday he will not seek reelection in 2022 and will step down from the General Assembly after eight terms in office. Harris, 66, of Chicago, is the first openly LGBTQ legislative leader in Illinois history who spent much of…

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

By ANDREW ADAMS For Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Republican state Rep. Adam Niemerg grew up in a family that cared about politics, so it felt like a natural step for him when he ran his first campaign to get a seat in the House of Representatives in 2020. “There’s a lot of things that…

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

By ANDREW ADAMS For Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Republican state Rep. Adam Niemerg grew up in a family that cared about politics, so it felt like a natural step for him when he ran his first campaign to get a seat in the House of Representatives in 2020. “There’s a lot of things that…

Freshman legislator Pacione-Zayas focuses on ‘solutioning’

Freshman legislator Pacione-Zayas focuses on ‘solutioning’

By MARIA GARDNER For Capitol News Illinois State Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas’ friends tease her for changing the meaning of words. “Solution” becomes a verb when she says “I’m about solutioning.” Pacione-Zayas, 43, D-Chicago, has been actively “solutioning” since she took office in December when then-state Sen. Iris Martinez stepped down to become Clerk of the…

Freshman legislator Pacione-Zayas focuses on ‘solutioning’

Freshman legislator Pacione-Zayas focuses on ‘solutioning’

By MARIA GARDNER For Capitol News Illinois State Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas’ friends tease her for changing the meaning of words. “Solution” becomes a verb when she says “I’m about solutioning.” Pacione-Zayas, 43, D-Chicago, has been actively “solutioning” since she took office in December when then-state Sen. Iris Martinez stepped down to become Clerk of the…

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