Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT Southtown Star logo 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Boy, 16, crushed to death by brick wall; two teens charged with trespassing ]]> Lead story image

One of three teenagers who were trying to steal metal rods at an Alsip construction business died early Wednesday when 34,000-pound concrete and brick panels fell and pinned him, police said. The boy was identified as Dallas Harden, 16, of the 4300 block of West Park Lane in Alsip, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Two 15-year-olds who were with Harden were charged with criminal trespass and released to their parents, police said. The accident happened at The Lombard Co., 4245 W. 123rd St. The panels that pinned the teen were precast concrete clad with brick, according to … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:17:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Will County looking for answers to transportation challenges ]]>

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 in his state of the county address during Thursday’s board meeting. In tackling the transportation issues, the county must balance the concerns of residents with the needs of business and industry, he said. He specifically pointed out that the “massive increase in global trade” has brought an increase in freight traffic, and with it the “frustrations of traffic congestion,” he said. Next month, Walsh said he will present his annual budget, which will … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:45:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Good turnout for St. Francis of Assisi’s annual picnic ]]>

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 last Sunday. The Rev. Artur Sowa, who became the Orland Park church’s pastor in June 2013, appreciated the nice weather, which helped draw about 270 people for the picnic, which began at noon with an outdoor Mass in a tent on the church grounds, 15050 Wolf Road. Parishioners Jim McCormick and Laurie Arrendo, co-chairmen of the picnic and members of the church’s social committee, as well as dozens of volunteers from its youth group, helped … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Two in custody, one at-large after Oak Lawn home invasion ]]>

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 statement from Oak Lawn police. Two victims were struck by the suspects, but no one was shot, police said. Both victims suffered minor injuries. After the robbery, one of the victims followed the suspects in a vehicle while communicating with police dispatchers, police said. Burbank police saw the vehicle and pulled it over, but the … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:48:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ $25,000 reward offered for arrest of Bolingbrook bank robber ]]> Lead story image

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 southwest suburban bank. The reward was announced Thursday, 10 days after an armed man entered the First Midwest Bank at 450 N. Bolingbrook Road in Bolingbrook just before noon, according to a statement from the FBI. He walked up to a teller, brandishing a handgun, and “loudly announced the robbery,” according to the FBI. During the robbery, a female bank employee was shot in the arm. The suspect ran away after receiving an unknown … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:59:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man acquitted in infant niece’s death files suit against Sauk Village ]]>

A man who spent seven years in jail until he was acquitted of murder last year in the 2006 death of his infant niece in Sauk Village has filed a lawsuit against the village and two detectives who he claims coerced a false statement from him. Barry J. Burrell, now 32, had faced one count of first-degree murder in the death of his 1-month-old niece Kalia Burrell, according to court records and the suit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court. Kalia was found dead the morning of Aug. 23, 2006 at her home in the 22500 block of South … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:28:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 175th Street section closing in Tinley Park ]]>

175th Street between LaGrange Road and 94th Avenue in Tinley Park will be closed as of Friday for about a month because of work on the LaGrange Road widening project, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced. IDOT said the closing is necessary for the reconstruction of the 175th Street intersection at LaGrange Road. It said drivers should follow the posted detour signs on 94th Avenue, 179th Street and LaGrange Road. Motorists still will be able to access all businesses along 175th Street, according to IDOT, and the two-block segment is expected to reopen in mid-September. IDOT reminded drivers to pay … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:12:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man fatally shot by police in Chicago identified ]]> Lead story image

A man who was shot and killed by Chicago police on Tuesday night in the far Southeast Side Riverdale community has been identified. Darius Colegarrit, 21, of the 200 block of East 132nd, was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m. in the 13200 block of South Forrestville, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Calumet District officers responding to a tip about an armed bicyclist in the area saw a male riding a bicycle in the 13300 block of South Forestville about 9:35 p.m., according to a statement from police News Affairs. The officers approached him to conduct a field … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ SD 157C faces budget deficit ]]>

Frankfort School District 157C will have a projected $500,000 deficit in its operating budget for the 2014-15 school year, according to a news release from the district. The District 157C board recently approved a budget calling for operating expenses of $31.1 million and revenues of $30.6 million. The district plans to use about $500,000 of its $28 million in reserves to make up the difference, according to the release. The budget reflects continued cost-cutting measures and flat revenues, with cuts in state funding and a lower equalized assessed valuation, officials said in the release. School officials will continue to take … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Variety aplenty at Will County Fair ]]> Lead story image

The Will County Fair, now in its 111th year, has grown into five days of nonstop activities. From antiques to zoology, the fair that runs from Wednesday to Sunday in Peotone has something for everyone. The fair is a great opportunity for urbanites to experience agriculture, said Mark Schneidewind, the Will County Farm Bureau manager. The bureau will have a large tent featuring numerous activities and a petting zoo. The fair typically draws about 75,000 to 80,000 people each year, spokeswoman Jackie Cain said. The fair kicks off Wednesday with Family Day, opening at 10 a.m. Carnival rides, which begin … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:14:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crestwood crowd strongly against planned strip club ]]> Lead story image

More than 150 people crammed into the Crestwood Civic Center on Tuesday evening, voicing their staunch opposition to a proposed strip club in the village. And they exploded in applause when Mayor Louis Presta, after hearing about a dozen residents speak against the club, vowed to fight in court any attempt to establish such a club in Crestwood. Earlier Tuesday, Jamie Marcanio, owner of the At The Office tavern, 4901 W. Calumet Sag Road, filed for a special use zoning permit and paid a $500 filing fee at village hall to open an “adult cabaret” in a vacant building at … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:13:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police: Head-on crash kills one, injures another in Beecher ]]> Lead story image

One person died and another was hurt Tuesday afternoon in a head-on crash in Beecher, according to police. Just after 1 p.m., a car and a sport utility vehicle hauling a small trailer were southbound on Route 1 about a mile north of Eagle Lake Road, according to Illinois State Police. The car pulled into the northbound lane of Route 1, attempting to pass the SUV, but the driver realized the car would not be able to complete the pass with a semi truck approaching in the oncoming lane. The car then tried to cut back into the southbound lane … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:15:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orland Park OKs property tax rebate ]]>

Orland Park residents again will be rebated a portion of the property tax they pay to the village, but how much they’ll get back remains to be determined. Village trustees Monday night approved an ordinance for the rebate, which would be paid to homeowners in March. Postcards with information about the rebate program will be sent to homeowners in late October or early November, and applications will be due sometime in December. They can be made by mail or online. A total of $2.2 million will be returned to taxpayers, and the rebate applies to only the 2013 village tax, … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:10:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Worth Days to run Thursday through Sunday ]]> Lead story image

With a different organization in charge of Worth Days, the village’s annual summer celebration, there’s bound to be some change. But Carlo Capalbo, director of parks and recreation for the Worth Park District, doesn’t expect any complaints from the changes visitors will see this weekend. The park district, which has taken over managing the event from the village, will have a larger food tent and has done away with a large tent that covered some of the audience for the main stage and made it difficult to see the bands. Capalbo said about 50 volunteers will help out this weekend. … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:10:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Park Forest man, 18, shot to death ]]>

An 18-year-old man died after he was shot Monday night in Chicago Heights. Erin C. Knox, 18, was shot in the 500 block of Minette Lane about 8:50 p.m. Monday, according to a statement from Chicago Heights police. Knox, of the 300 block of Winnebago Street in Park Forest, was airlifted to Stroger Hospital in Chicago, where he was pronounced dead at 3:47 a.m. Tuesday, according to police. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not confirm the fatality. Chicago Heights police are investigating along with the South Suburban Major Crime Task Force and Illinois State Police. … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:10:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man shot to death in Chicago Heights ]]>

A man was shot to death early Tuesday in Chicago Heights. Annanias Carter, 32, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1500 block of Portland Avenue, according to Chicago Heights police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Carter, who lived on the block where he was shot, was taken to St. James Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m., authorities said. An autopsy Tuesday found Carter died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide. … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:10:54 -0500