3 youths charged with recent school threats

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From staff reports Over the past several weeks, schools in Oak Lawn, Palos Hills and surrounding communities have received several threats of violence via text messages and social media. The Oak Lawn Police Department, with the assistance of the FBI, has identified and charged three minors for making the threats. One of the students attended…

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Orland Park goes Foxx hunting with new resolution


By Jeff Vorva Orland Park trustees and Mayor Keith Pekau continued to pile on complaints against Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. Board members say she is letting too many criminals run free and it is affecting their village. “I’ve been an attorney for 25 years and in law school before that and I’ve never…

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Chicago man nabbed for Jewel burglary while at jail

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A Chicago man was arrested last week on felony counts of commercial burglary and felony retail theft stemming from a case in June. Anthony Bass, 19, was charged October 20 after he was found already in custody at Cook County Jail and being held without bail. Palos Heights police were initially called to the Jewel…

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Missing Palos Park college student found safe

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Palos Park police officers Ross Chibe and Dan Nesis were able to locate missing college student Eva Pillado just a few hours after her family reported her missing at 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Pillado, 20, was reported missing by her family in Palos Park when she did not return home from classes at Loyola University…

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Orland Park caregiver arrested for forgery

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From staff reports A caregiver for an elderly couple in Orland Park has been charged with stealing more than $4,000 from the couple, police said. Police said Shantae White, 36, of Calumet City, was charged with forgery (a class 3 felony) after a lengthy investigation discovered she had been forging checks and using their debit…

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Sheriff Dart, state Sen. Collins propose legislation to ban ‘ghost guns’

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From staff reports Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart and state Senator Jacqueline Collins have proposed legislation to ban “ghost guns”–homemade, untraceable weapons that are increasingly being found by police fighting Chicago area violence. “The rapid proliferation of these weapons is alarming, and they are intentionally being used by individuals who want to thwart investigations…

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Fire in Orland Hills smokes out apartment building

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The Orland Fire Protection District responded to a fire Thursday afternoon in an apartment building in the 9300 block of Hunter Drive in Orland Hills that spread to two apartments and caused smoke damage throughout the three-story, 12-unit apartment building. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. A fire alarm…

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Palos Park cop honored for helping elderly South Carolina women


By Jeff Vorva Right place. Right time. In a story full of what-if scenarios, Palos Park police officer Ross Chibe found himself in an unusual situation on July 26 in the early-morning hours and last Monday he was lauded at the Village of Palos Park council meeting for his actions. It was a happy ending…

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MWRD worker killed at Melvina Ditch worksite

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By Bob Bong A worker for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District was struck and killed this morning by an excavator driven by another worker at the Melvina Ditch restoration project site just west of Chicago Ridge Mall, according to Chicago Ridge Police Chief Robert Pyznarski. According to a news release, the incident is being treated…

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