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Accused drunken driver charged

Palos Heights police arrested Vivina D.G. Soto, 21, of Hickory Hills, at 4:37 a.m. Sept. 22 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and improper stopping in the roadway after she was stopped in the 13000 block of South Comanche Drive, police said. Her court date is Nov. 4 at the…

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Woman charged with DUI

Orland Park police arrested Deborah H. Senese, 40, of Lock-port, at 6:02 p.m. Sept. 12 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after she was involved in a one-vehicle accident at 183rd Street and Imperial Lane, police said. Her vehicle jumped the…

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Registered offender charged with presence in school zone

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter A registered sex offender living in Orland Park was charged with unlawful presence within a school zone this week by Palos Heights police. Anthony J. Olszowka, 38, of Orland Park, was arrested at 9:36 a.m. Sept. 19 at St. Alexander School, 7025 W. 126th St. Detectives received a phone call…

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Driver charged with DUI

Orland Park police arrested Sean Uppstad, 26, of Orland Park, at 2:30 a.m. Sept. 10 and charged him with driving under the combined influence (DUI) of drugs and alcohol, failure to signal and improper lane usage, police said. He was stopped at 143rd Street and Union Avenue for speeding and not signaling on a lane…

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Accused drunken driver charged

Palos Heights police arrested Steven E. Rice, 42, of Oak Lawn, at 2:19 a.m. Sept. 18 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, disobeying a traffic signal, improper lane usage and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle after he was stopped in the 12600 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, police said.…

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Woman charged with DUI following head-on collision

Orland Park police arrested Eva M. Manzke, of Orland Park, at 4:17 a.m. Aug. 26 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, failure to reduce speed, improper lane usage and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, police said. She allegedly drove in the wrong lane in the 16700 block of La Grange…

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Driver charged with DUI

Palos Park police arrested Vladimer Zivaljevic, 51, of Chicago, at 9:19 p.m. Aug. 14 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol after police saw his stopped vehicle in the 8500 block of 119th Street, police said. A witness called police reporting the vehicle was allegedly driving all over the roadway from…

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Retail theft suspect charged

Palos Heights police arrested Sherri A. Schlosser, 27, of Oak Lawn, at 1:45 p.m. Aug. 25 and charged her with retail theft after she allegedly removed liquor from a store in the 6400 block of West 127th Street, police said. Her court date is Sept. 14 at the Cook County 5th District Municipal Courthouse in…

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Nine charged with disorderly conduct at Orland Square Mall

Orland Park police issued nine women citations on charges of disorderly conduct at 5:19 p.m. Aug. 14 after a physical altercation in a department store in Orland Square Mall. Police reportedly stopped Eboni Weeks, 20, and Gerica Glover, 20, of Hazel Crest; Asia Spann, 19, and Passionea Spann, 20, of Flossmoor; Lanesha Wilkins, 18, and…

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Man charged with retail theft of cases of beer

Palos Heights police arrested Christopher C. Seibert, 40, of Chicago Ridge, at 1:54 p.m. Aug. 20 and charged him with retail theft after he allegedly removed three cases of beer from a store in the 6400 block of West 127th Street without rendering payment, police said. His court date is Sept. 14 at the Cook…

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Driver with revoked license charged with aggravated DUI

Orland Park police arrested James A. Pedigo, 46, of Cen-tralia, at 7:12 p.m. Aug. 10 and charged him with aggravated driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pedigo was also charged with improper traffic use, driving on a revoked license, following too close, failure to give…

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Two charged with burglary of home in Orland Park

by Jesse Marx staff reporter Orland Park police arrested two men and one juvenile in connection with a residential burglary last week. Moatz A. Jaber, 17, of Orland Park, and Donyae D. Mason, 17, of Orland Hills, were arrested around 7 p.m. last Thursday and charged with felony residential burglary. Police reportedly responded to a…

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Driver charged with DUI

Orland Park police arrested Jason D. Pufahl, 20, of Tinley Park, at 1:10 a.m. Aug. 4 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, following too closely and improper traffic lane usage, police said. Pufahl was also charged with driving 1 to 10 mph above the speed limit. Police said his vehicle…

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Driver charged with cannabis

Palos Park police arrested Luis A. Ovalle, 20, of Burbank, at 11:12 p.m. July 30 and charged him with possession of cannabis, improper lane usage and failure to signal when required after he was stopped in the 12900 block of South La Grange Road, police said. A passenger in the vehicle, Jose J. Dominguez, 19,…

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Men charged with weapons

Palos Heights police arrested three men at 2:30 a.m. Aug. 13 and charged them each with unlawful use of weapon after the vehicle they were in was stopped for crossing the lane dividers in the 13100 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. A search of the vehicle found a loaded semiautomatic handgun, a stun…

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In visit to Illinois, VP Harris rallies voters around abortion rights

In visit to Illinois, VP Harris rallies voters around abortion rights

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Vice President Kamala Harris came to Chicago Friday to rally voters who support abortion rights and urge them to turn out in the upcoming midterm elections. Speaking at a roundtable discussion on reproductive rights at the University of Illinois Chicago, Harris said the recent U.S. Supreme…

What happens when cash bail ends?

What happens when cash bail ends?

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, cash bail will be abolished in Illinois. The measure that will eliminate it has been on the books since early 2021, giving the justice system two years to plan for the major overhaul of the state’s pretrial detention system. It’s also given…

National Guard to assist migrant welcoming effort as Pritzker declares disaster

National Guard to assist migrant welcoming effort as Pritzker declares disaster

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday that Illinois will continue to welcome migrants bused here from Texas as he blasted that state’s governor for relocating them to other cities without sharing information or providing resources. Pritzker said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his agencies have been providing…

At a remote mental health facility, a culture of cruelty persists despite decades of warnings

At a remote mental health facility, a culture of cruelty persists despite decades of warnings

By MOLLY PARKER Lee Enterprises Midwest BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Capitol News Illinois and Lee Enterprises. Over a year ago, the security chief at Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in southern Illinois sent an email to the head of the state…

Chief Justice Anne Burke to retire from Illinois Supreme Court in November

Chief Justice Anne Burke to retire from Illinois Supreme Court in November

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne M. Burke announced Monday she will retire from the bench effective Nov. 30. She has served on the state’s high court since 2006 and has been chief justice since 2019. “The decision to retire was not an easy one,” Burke,…

Tax rebate checks begin going out this week

Tax rebate checks begin going out this week

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday that Illinois taxpayers will soon start receiving rebates of their income and property taxes, either in the mail or by direct bank deposits. Speaking at a news conference in Chicago where he was flanked by other state officials and Democratic leaders…

Ahead of amendment vote, union membership grows in Illinois

Ahead of amendment vote, union membership grows in Illinois

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – As voters in Illinois prepare to decide on a state constitutional amendment that would guarantee workers the right to organize, a new study shows union membership in the state grew last year for the first time in four years. The study also showed, however, that the…

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