Lyons police break open a huge crime organization

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By Steve Metsch It would have been easy for Lyons Police Officer Dever Kelly to simply report a truck had been broken into and nothing was stolen. But Kelly, in his second year with the department, went the extra mile. He took photos of what he saw inside the truck, of boxes that were broken…

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26 hurt in Bedford Park tent collapse

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From staff reports More than two dozen people at an event in Bedford Park last week were injured when the tent they were meeting in collapsed. Bedford Park Police said they responded to assist the Bedford Park Fire Department at 10:44 a.m. on Thursday, September 14, in the 5600 block of West 73rd Street with…

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Former McCook police chief pleads guilty to extortion

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By Bob Bong Mario DePasquale, former police chief of McCook pleaded guilty last week to conspiring with the village’s former mayor to extort two businessmen out of tens of thousands of dollars. DePasquale, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit extortion during a brief hearing before U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo. Bucklo…

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Crestwood to pay $1.8 million to 5 former cops who sought union

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From staff reports Crestwood trustees voted last week to approve a $1.8 million settlement in a civil rights lawsuit filed by five former village police officers against the village, former mayor, the chief of police and several other high-ranking village police officials. Former part-time officers Don Preston, Joseph Cortesi, Gilbert Hueramo III and Eric Chmura;…

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Summit residents voice 74th Avenue traffic concerns 

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By Carol McGowan  Residents who live on the north side of the village voiced concerns about traffic flow on 74th Avenue at the August 21 village board meeting. The residents are worried about the direction of traffic flow on 74th Avenue. At present, 74th Avenue is a two-way street from Archer Road to the first alley…

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Forest View names Zarate as police chief

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By Carol McGowan  There’s a new chief in town in Forest View. It was a full house at their August 22 village board meeting, when longtime village police officer, Bianel Zarate, had a ceremonial swearing in as police chief by Village Clerk Laura McGuffey. He had taken over as police chief on August 3. Those…

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Raccoons frustrate Evergreen Park homeowners


By Joe Boyle Some Evergreen Park residents are complaining about an increase in intruders to the village. The culprits in this case are raccoons. Several residents complained that they are seeing more of the pests and have found their remains on their property. One resident from the 9300 block of South Troy voiced her frustration during the Evergreen…

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Air Force veteran joins McCook Police Department

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By Steve Metsch  After spending 14 years in the Air Force, including the last 12 as a paralegal, Jenna Calderone is ready for a new challenge. She found one in McCook. On Aug.21, the McCook Village Board unanimously approved hiring Calderone as a police officer. She was sworn in by Ken Lyons, a McCook police…

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Do-it-all Chibe promoted to Palos Park sergeant


By Jeff Vorva Ross Chibe has done a variety of work in his police career in Palos Park starting at the bottom as an intern when he was still in school. No job was too small back then and no job has been too big in recent years, which included stints with a FBI task…

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