Orland Park community service officer injured directing traffic

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An Orland Park Police Department community service officer was struck by a vehicle directing traffic Thursday night at Ashburn Baptist Church, 15401 Wolf Road, as parishioners were leaving a gospel music concert. As one of the community service officers attempted to stop traffic that was moving southbound on Wolf Road, the lead vehicle failed to…

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Summit names Ortiz as new police chief

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By Carol McGowan Summit trustees last week removed the word acting from Police Chief Mel Ortiz’s title. Ortiz had been acting as chief since John Kosmowski was placed on unpaid administrative leave in May 2022 after he and former Public Works Director Bill Mundy were indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly sharing a…

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Driver charged with reckless homicide after Orland crash

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By Bob Bong A 23-year-old Broadview man has been charged with reckless homicide in a deadly crash last month at 151st Street and Harlem Avenue in Orland Park. Orland Park police responded to a report of a crash at the intersection of 151st and Harlem shortly after 4 a.m. on October 28. Upon arrival, officers determined…

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Pair charged in Summit bar burglary 

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By Bob Bong  A Chicago man and a juvenile have been charged with burglary for breaking into a bar in Summit on October 10. Jailen Loggins, 19, of the 7900 block of South Woodlawn Avenue, and a 15-year-old male juvenile were charged with burglary of the Exit Saloon in the 6300 block of South Harlem…

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3 pedestrians hit by vehicles in Palos Heights, 1 dies 

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By Bob Bong  One man, one child and a visitor from England were all pedestrians struck by vehicles in the past week on Palos Heights streets. Edward Durica, 80, was killed when he was struck by a Honda Pilot while crossing Harlem Avenue in the middle of the 12300 block after dining at the Highlander…

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Harvey man, woman charged in woman’s murder in Worth

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By Bob Bong  A man and woman from Harvey have been charged in the murder Saturday afternoon of a woman at an ATM in the 6800 block of West 111th Street in Worth. Tamara Jailynn Johnson, 22, and Jason Jerry Joseph Johnson, 23, were each charged Tuesday with first-degree murder. They were to appear in bond…

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Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park police arrest suspects in two bar robberies 

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From staff reports  Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park police worked in conjunction to arrest two male suspects following two bar robberies that took place on Oct. 10. Police arrested Jarlen Loggins, 19, of the 7900 block of South Woodlawn Avenue in Chicago, and a 15-year-old male in connection with the robberies. According to police, the…

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Orland Park police station named in McCarthy’s honor


By Jeff Vorva Tim McCarthy will always be a part of American history for taking a bullet for President Ronald Reagan in 1981 as a member of the Secret Service. Less known to the rest of the nation was his service to Orland Park as police chief for 26 years. On Oct. 23, he was…

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Students ‘comfy’ in mock city council meeting


By Jeff Vorva Sometimes mayors are on the hot seat. But for Palos Heights Mayor for a Day Ethan Bernsee? He liked the seat just fine. “The chairs are comfy,” he said. “And it (the meeting room at City Hall) looks fancy.” The Independence Junior High School eighth-grader was the mayor in the city’s annual…

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Bridgeview resident organizes event to help the police department

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By Steve Metsch  Bridgeview Police Chief Ricardo Mancha took time at the latest village board meeting to thank resident Mary Bilek. Bilek, 47, put together a special dinner on Oct. 1 at Nikos, 7600 S. Harlem Ave., to support the police department. The event raised $2,100 for the police department. Gift baskets were raffled off.…

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