Palos Park adopts new crime reporting system

By Jeff Vorva Palos Park’s crime rate in 2021 could go up even if it stays the same as 2020’s rate. The Palos Park Police Department, in conjunction with the FBI, will have a new data collection system in place in 2021. The FBI is retiring its Summary Reporting System in favor of the improved…

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Bridgeview man charged in fatal Orland Park accident

By Bob Bong A Bridgeview man was charged Thursday with reckless homicide and additional charges in the January 23 crash in Orland Park that claimed the life of a 5-year-old girl. Orland Park police arrested Ahmad Alzobi, 56, of 7758 W. 79th St., after a lengthy investigation into the crash at 151st Street and Harlem…

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2 men rob 7-Eleven store

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From staff reports Two men robbed the 7-Eleven convenience store at 6350 W. 135th St. in Palos Heights late Monday afternoon. Deputy Police Chief Bill Czajkowski said two men, who did not display weapons or indicate they were armed, got away with an undetermined amount of cash in the robbery that took place about 5:30 p.m.…

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Woman charged with stealing from seniors at Palos Heights nursing home

From staff reports A Franklin Park woman has been charged by Palos Heights police with assuming the identities of nursing home residents and stealing more than $25,000 from those residents. Anna Zur, 39, was charged last week with multiple felonies related to wire fraud and continuing a financial crimes enterprise after an extensive criminal investigation…

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Police say area residents are receiving fraudulent unemployment benefits

By Bob Bong Police in Palos Heights and Palos Park say residents are reporting receiving unsolicited unemployment benefit debit cards in the mail. More than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March. In Illinois alone, an estimated 1.45 million residents have filed unemployment claims due…

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Police Blotter

PALOS HEIGHTS Theft Three pieces of lawncare equipment were reported stolen from an open landscaping truck parked in the 12900 block of South Oak Park Avenue, at 10 a.m. Friday. The landscaper who reported the equipment missing was working nearby at the time of the theft. Police are investing a report of theft from Jewel-Osco,…

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3 teens pinched for stealing from cars

By Dermot Connolly Three 18-year-olds face felony charges after undercover Orland Park police officers caught them stealing from vehicles in the 15300 block of Treetop Drive at 8:49 p.m. Aug. 12, police said. Plainclothes officers responding to a report of a possible car burglary on that block noticed three men pulling on car door handles…

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Palos Heights woman robbed of purse in garage

By Dermot Connolly Palos Heights police are investigating a strong-armed robbery of a woman in her garage in the 11900 block of South 71st Avenue about 5 a.m. Tuesday. An unidentified man knocked the woman down and snatched her purse, according to police. “Unfortunately, it is true,” said Deputy Chief Dave Delaney, confirming reports going around…

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Police Blotter for July 23

PALOS HEIGHTS Suspended license Creiesha B. Jones, 28, of Chicago Heights, was charged with driving with a suspended license after a traffic stop at 12:10 a.m. July 12, in the 11800 block of South Harlem Avenue. Police said she is due in court on July 29. Ryan E. Logan, 27, of Country Club Hills, was…

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Orland Park declares Aug. 2 as Chief McCarthy Day

By Dermot Connolly To a standing ovation, Sunday, Aug. 2, was declared “Chief Timothy J. McCarthy Day” in Orland Park, in honor of the man who is retiring after serving the village as police chief for 26 years. With his wife, Carol, children and grandchildren looking on, the Village Board passed the proclamation on Monday…

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