Area communities plan National Night Out events 

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By Bob Bong Several area communities are making plans to celebrate the National Night Out Against Crime next Tuesday. Thousands of communities in the United States and around the world celebrate as people are asked to turn on outside lights and join first responders to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out was started in 1984 by the National Association of Town…

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Orland Park police nab felon with a gun, stolen car parts

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From staff reports Orland Park police on patrol in the parking lot at 288 Orland Square Drive on July 21 were checking out an unoccupied vehicle with a Temporary Dealer Permit in the window when they saw a black handgun with an extended magazine on the driver’s side floorboard. A short time later, officers observed…

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Pekau, Rossi visit paralyzed Chicago cop Golden


By Jeff Vorva Chicago police officer Danny Golden received a visit from Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau and the village’s police chief, Eric Rossi, Monday afternoon. Golden is paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot in the Beverly neighborhood in Chicago while trying to break up a fight at a bar on July…

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Bridgeview man’s body recovered from I&M Canal

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By Bob Bong A Bridgeview man’s body was recovered last week after he slipped and fell into the Illinois & Michigan Canal in Willow Springs. He was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Servando Padilla, 61, of Bridgeview. His death was ruled as an accidental drowning. Padilla was walking along the I&M…

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2 passengers die in early morning Bridgeview crash

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By Bob Bong A man and a woman were killed early Saturday morning when the passenger vehicle they were traveling in at speeds of more than 115 miles per hour crashed into a semi-truck at 79th Street and Roberts Road. Bridgeview police said the car was coming from the Palos area when it struck the…

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Bridgeview adds two police officers, one firefighter/paramedic

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By Steve Metsch Bridgeview’s police department has two new employees, while the fire department has a new firefighter/paramedic. The personnel additions were unanimously approved by the board at its matinee meeting on June 15. Adolfo Garcia was appointed as a full-time police officer. Mayor Steve Landek submitted his name for board approval. Garcia had worked…

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3 juveniles arrested for setting off fireworks inside Chicago Ridge Mall

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From staff reports Initial reports of gunshots inside Chicago Ridge Mall on Wednesday afternoon turned out to be fireworks set off by three juveniles who were later apprehended. Chicago Ridge police said they responded to reports at 3:50 p.m. of gunshots inside the shopping mall at 95th Street and Ridgeland Avenue. Several 911 callers stated…

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Oak Lawn approves license plate readers at village entrances

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Business license fees on hold for one year By Joe Boyle A series of cameras will be set up in Oak Lawn to monitor vehicles entering and exiting the village that may be involved in acts of crime. A resolution waiving the competitive bidding requirements awarding a services agreement with the Flock Camera Safety network…

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Car crashes into Oak Lawn hair salon

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A burning car crashed into an Oak Lawn hair salon Saturday night and caused extensive damage to the business and the building. No injuries were reported. Firefighters received a call about 6:45 p.m. that a Nissan Altima with an engine on fire had crashed into Scissor Hands, 10822 S. Cicero Ave. The car reportedly was…

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