Home security cameras could be big help to Orland cops


By Jeff Vorva Residents of Orland Park could have a hand in solving crime in the village. The board of trustees unanimously approved to move forward with a voluntary security camera registration program at its Jan. 4 meeting. It’s expected to start on Feb. 1. This program gives citizens and businesses a chance to assist…

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2 killed in Worth bar shooting

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By Bob Bong Worth Mayor Mary Werner confirmed Monday afternoon that two people were shot and killed and a third wounded in a shooting early this morning at the Crossing Bar and Grill, 6959 W. 111th St. in Worth. Werner said the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force was assisting Worth police with the investigation.…

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Stepson charged in Evergreen Park murder

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By Bob Bong A 24-year-old Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in the New Year’s Eve shooting of his stepfather in Evergreen Park. Brandon K. Kizer, 24, of the 8100 block of South Loomis in Chicago, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Young, 52, on the morning of…

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2 men rob Palos Heights Shell gas station

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Two masked men robbed the Shell gas station at 12121 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Palos Heights early Tuesday morning. The men armed with a firearm entered the station at 2:11 a.m. and announced a robbery. During the robbery, cigarettes, lottery tickets, and approximately $200 cash was taken from the establishment. The cashier was forced to…

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Orland Park will not enforce Cook County vaccine mandates


By Jeff Vorva The Orland Park Board of Trustees gathered for a special meeting Tuesday night to voice their opposition to Cook County’s new mandates regarding COVID-19. The board voted 6-0, with trustee Brian Riordan absent, to oppose the county’s vaccination passport mandate, which was issued Dec. 23 and scheduled to begin Monday. The mandates,…

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Teen dies, 6 hospitalized in Palos Heights car crash

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By Bob Bong A 14-year-old girl from Alsip was killed Monday night in a two-vehicle crash in Palos Heights that sent six other people to the hospital, two in critical condition. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Madison Harrison as the girl who was killed when she was ejected through the rear window of…

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Bridgeview adds full-time police officer, two vehicles

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By Steve Metsch The village of Bridgeview has a new full-time police officer, and is buying two new vehicles for the department. That was among action taken by the village board at its matinee meeting on Dec. 15. The board approved all actions by a 5-0 vote. Trustee Michael Pticek did not attend the meeting.…

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Chicago Ridge police honor memory of Steven Smith with toy drive


By Kelly White Richards High School graduate Steven Smith joined the Marines and served in Afghanistan before coming home to join the Chicago Ridge Police Department as a part-time officer. He soon became a full-time officer, working a job he loved. “Steven was an amazing young man who loved life, believed in living it to…

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Oak Lawn police arrest 5th teen for making school threats

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By Bob Bong Oak Lawn police announced last week they had arrested a fifth teen for his role in a series of bomb threats made against schools in Oak Lawn and surrounding communities. The fifth teen, also a minor, was arrested November 30 and charged with three counts of disorderly conduct for bomb threats he…

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Missing Palos Heights man’s body found

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By Bob Bong The search for a missing Palos Heights man ended Tuesday when his body was found in the Cal-Sag Channel near the Harlem Avenue bridge. Palos Heights police said they received a tip, reportedly from a barge captain, of a body floating in the channel. It was subsequently identified as that of Robert…

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