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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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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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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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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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Accused drunken driver allegedly runs red light

Palos Heights police arrested Mark P.  Wyroba, 30, of Burbank, at 2:50 a.m. June 6 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, aggravated speeding, reckless driving and disobeying a traffic control signal, police said. He was stopped for allegedly running a red light at a high rate of speed in the…

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Man charged with cannabis possession, intent to deliver

Palos Heights police arrested Kamal W Atiq, 29, of Worth, at 6:58 a.m. May 28 and charged him with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance after he reportedly had a seizure in his vehicle while stopped in the 12100 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. A large…

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Accused drunken driver charged also with speeding

Orland Park police arrested Daniel J. Bracken, 22, of Orland Park, at 2:04 a.m. May 23 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving 15 to 20 mph over the speed limit after he was stopped in the 11000 block of 159th Street, police said.…

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Teen charged with battery

Orland Park police arrested Michael T. Epley, 18, of Orland Hills, at 10:50 p.m. May 19 and charged him with battery after he allegedly spit in a woman’s face outside a restaurant in the 9100 block of West 159th Street, police said. The woman gave police the license plate of the car Epley was driving…

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Accused drunken driver strikes Citgo sign: police

Palos Heights police arrested Izat J. Ibrahim, 20, of Alsip, at 12:01 a.m. May 23 and charged him with zero tolerance driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, battery and improper lane usage, police said. Ibrahim allegedly left the roadway while driving south on Ridgeland Avenue, crossed over College Drive and struck the Citgo gas…

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Driver charged with leaving scene of accident with injury

Palos Park police arrested Leo-poldo G. Cruz, 20, of Chicago, at 11 p.m. May 12 and charged him with no valid driver’s license and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident after he was stopped for one headlight in the 10300 block of West 123rd Street, police said. Another vehicle’s driver then alerted police…

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Woman charged with DUI

Orland Park police arrested Lisa Deany 38, of Worth, and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, speeding 15 to 20 mph over the speed limit, and not wearing a seat belt. Police pulled over Deany’s automobile for speeding in the 14300 block of La Grange Road and allegedly detected a strong…

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Curran eyes ‘balance’ as he prepares to lead Illinois Senate’s GOP minority

Curran eyes ‘balance’ as he prepares to lead Illinois Senate’s GOP minority

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Senate Minority Leader-elect John Curran will take over a caucus that’s more than doubled in size by the majority-party Democrats. His goal: “Bring balance to state government.” “Because we’re going to produce better results with that balance for working families throughout all Illinois communities,” Curran said…

CAPITOL RECAP: Statehouse Republicans choose new leadership

CAPITOL RECAP: Statehouse Republicans choose new leadership

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Republicans chose new leadership for their caucuses in the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday night, Nov. 15, while the two Democratic leaders have each announced they have the votes to maintain their positions. House Republicans elected Tony McCombie of Savanna and Senate Republicans chose John Curran of Downers Grove.…

With three session days left, SAFE-T Act changes could be forthcoming, ‘technical’ in nature

With three session days left, SAFE-T Act changes could be forthcoming, ‘technical’ in nature

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Changes may yet come to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform before its Jan. 1 effective date, but some of its major proponents in the General Assembly said the results of the Nov. 8 general election have signified that the ship has sailed drastic amendments to…

McCombie to take reins of House GOP caucus

McCombie to take reins of House GOP caucus

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Tony McCombie said Wednesday that her top priority when she becomes the next House minority leader will be to rebuild the GOP caucus following last week’s elections that were, for Republicans, a disappointment. “The top priority is to bring balance to the Republican Party,”…

GOP chooses new leadership in General Assembly as Dems retain control

GOP chooses new leadership in General Assembly as Dems retain control

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republicans chose new leadership for their caucuses in the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday night, while the two Democratic leaders have each announced they have the votes to maintain their positions. House Republicans elected Tony McCombie of Savanna and Senate Republicans chose John Curran of Downers…

Right to unionize amendment projected to pass

Right to unionize amendment projected to pass

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois voters have approved a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing workers the right to organize and engage in collective bargaining. Estimates compiled by multiple media outlets projected Tuesday that the ballot measure had support on an estimated 53 percent of the total ballots cast in the election,…

Theis, sworn in as chief justice, says partisanship has no role on state Supreme Court

Theis, sworn in as chief justice, says partisanship has no role on state Supreme Court

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Mary Jane Theis was sworn in as chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court on Monday in a public ceremony, becoming the fourth woman to hold the gavel since the court was created in 1818. By next month, the Democrat will find herself presiding over a…

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