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Prosecutor: Harvey hostages threatened during 21-hour ordeal

The women and children held hostage in a Harvey home last week were threatened “with having their heads blown off” over the course of the 21-hour ordeal, and one of the two women was sexually assaulted multiple times, a prosecutor said Friday. At a bond …

Flooding fixes planned because problems are ‘not going away’

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There was just too much water coming down in too short a period of time.

The result was traffic nightmares, waterlogged basements and even a handful of school closures.

In many areas of the Southland, the flooding problems that struck once again Friday are the …

Flooding victim: Water came in like ‘The Blob’

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Jeff and Joanna Stefanek were awakened by a neighbor at their door at 3 a.m. Friday, telling him that water was rapidly nearing their Burbank home in the 6400 block of West 84th Street.

Jeff is appreciative of the visit, as water soon began seeping …

New top medical officer at Christ

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Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn has named Dr. Richard Scott as its chief medical officer, effective Sept. 2. An orthopedic surgeon for 20 years, Scott is system senior vice president of clinical effectiveness at Meridian Health in Neptune, New Jersey. He also served as …

Three charged with scamming $652K from organ donor network

Three southwest suburban residents have been indicted on federal charges for defrauding more than $652,000 from an organ and tissue donor network, prosecutors said Friday. Shari L. Hansen, 41, of Bolingbrook, was auditing coordinator of the donor network, which was not identified in the indictment, …

Will County looks for transportation answers

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As its population and economy grows and Will County becomes a “major player in the global marketplace,” it faces many transportation challenges, County Executive Larry Walsh said Thursday in his State of the County address. In tackling those challenges, the county must balance the concerns …

Will Co. advances office relocation plan

The former Social Security building in downtown Joliet will become the new offices for the Will County coroner and recorder of deeds. The county board on Thursday awarded a contract to remodel the building, 158 N. Scott St., to Lite Construction, of Montgomery, for $1.35 …

Vickroy: An icy dousing for a great cause

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On Friday afternoon, SouthtownStar reporter Steve Metsch and I went “under the bucket” to help raise awareness and money for ALS research. When Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki issued the challenge to us, I called Teehan’s Tavern on Oak Park Avenue to see if they …

Tinley Park show has latest electronic gadgetry to aid police

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The next time an intruder barges into a school, a teacher can hit her “panic button” and alert the nearest police officers and her fellow teachers even before 911 dispatches officers. And if you think Big Brother is not watching your every move on social …

Buyer courted for former home of NBA star Wade

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Anybody interested in buying stately Wade Manor? The former home in South Holland of NBA star Dwyane Wade is on the market for $1.2 million, but a bank also is moving to foreclose on the mortgage on the sprawling manse at the northeast corner of …

Lockport may ban some businesses downtown

Lockport is considering making it tougher for certain businesses such as thrift stores, loan shops and private contractor offices to locate in the downtown historic district. “The intention is to preserve the historic nature of what we have in our area,” Pamela Hirth, Lockport’s economic …

Ex-Hickory Hills man charged in fatal ’04 crash

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A former Hickory Hills man has been arrested in Poland after a decade as a fugitive and returned to face reckless homicide charges for an October 2004 crash on Chicago’s Southwest Side that left two people dead, Chicago police said. Andrzej Rybka, 31, formerly of …

Cool way to help others a red-hot trend

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There’s no question that Southlanders are getting soaked by the hundreds as they get swept up in the nationwide viral craze of taking the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS research. There’s even a concrete example — almost literally — as mother and …

Good turnout for St. Francis of Assisi’s annual picnic

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With cool weather and sunshine peeking occasionally through overcast skies, the conditions were just right for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church’s annual parish picnic Sunday. The Rev. Artur Sowa, who became the Orland Park church’s pastor in June 2013, appreciated the nice weather, which …

Two in custody, one at-large after Oak Lawn home invasion

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Two men were taken into custody after an armed home invasion Wednesday night in Oak Lawn, but a third suspect is still on the loose. About 11:30 p.m., three armed men robbed a home in the 9200 block of South Central Avenue, according to a …

$25,000 reward offered for arrest of Bolingbrook bank robber

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The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man who shot a bank employee during a robbery at a Bolingbrook bank.

The reward was announced Thursday, 10 days after an armed man entered the First Midwest Bank at …