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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Lyons police investigate backyard burials

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By Steve Metsch Excavation was set to begin Saturday morning in the backyard of a house in the 3900 block of Center Avenue in Lyons, searching for two bodies reportedly buried there, Police Chief Thomas Herion said Friday. Lyons police and the West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force are investigating. Police said the case began…

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Tributes honor retired teacher killed in Dan Ryan shooting

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From staff reports Friends and former colleagues are mourning the death of Denise Huguelet, a retired teacher who was slain last week while driving home to Orland Park from a White Sox game. State police said Huguelet, 67, and her husband, Michael, were heading home August 17 after attending an annual outing to the Sox…

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Man nabbed for Southfork burglary

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From staff reports An Oak Forest man was arrested last week by Orland Police for allegedly stealing two cash registers from a restaurant in the village. Police said Ronnak Niazi, 35, was arrested August 18 for stealing two cash registers from the Southfork restaurant, 14631 S. LaGrange Road. Police said Niazi, who worked at the…

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Orland Park police hit the ground for Special Olympics


By Jeff Vorva Things have changed a little bit. The old Dunkin’ Cop on a Rooftop event has transformed into Coffee for Champions and police from hundreds of communities in Illinois were grounded but still raised money for Special Olympics Illinois last Friday. “For safety reasons, that’s a smart thing to do,” Orland Park Police…

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Coffee for Champions Friday morning at Dunkin’ Donuts

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By Bob Bong Local police will all be hanging out at Dunkin’ Donuts across the south and southwest suburbs on Friday to raise money for the Special Olympics. The event formerly known as Cop on a Rooftop has been rebranded Coffee for Champions and will take place from 5 a.m. to noon Friday. Coffee for…

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Paying respect to slain CPD Officer Ella French

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By Steve Metsch A 100 or so people paid their respects to the family of slain Chicago Police Officer Ella French on Wednesday afternoon, standing along Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview. Residents and police officers from Bridgeview, Hickory Hills, Willow Springs and other suburbs quietly stood on the west side of the street near Niko’s Banquet…

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Orland cops looking for comfort from dog and cameras


By Jeff Vorva Orland Park’s police department is in line to get a dog and some body cameras. The dog may cost the village $100. The cameras may cost closer to $1 million. At the village’s Committee of the Whole meeting on July 19, the board of trustees voted to take the police’s request for…

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