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[ Homewood-Flossmoor School Board fires Anthony Smith as girls basketball coach ]]> Lead story image

Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s embattled varsity girls basketball coach was fired Tuesday night as both coach and a teacher. The District 233 school board voted 4-3 to not renew the employment contract for Anthony Smith, who was suspended in February by the Illinois High School Association just before the state tournament was to start. The IHSA took the action against Smith, banned the girls team from the tournament and forfeited all of its games because of what the IHSA called serious and repeated violations of its bylaws. When reached by phone, Smith declined to comment on the school board’s decision, which … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:13:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lockdown ends at Sandburg ]]>

Sandburg High School was on soft lockdown earlier today after two people entered the building without permission. The school, 13300 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park, was put on soft lockdown at about 9:30 a.m. after two males entered the school “without invitation,” according to a statement posted on the Consolidated High School District 230 website and Orland Park police. The lockdown was ended after a search of the building by police turned up nothing suspicious, the district said in a subsequent statement. The males were apprehended by police “within minutes” off the school campus, according to the statement. Students were … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:30:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Irish president to visit Gaelic Park in Oak Forest ]]> Lead story image

The president of Ireland will visit Gaelic Park in Oak Forest next month and attend Mass there on Mother’s Day, according to a press release from Gaelic Park. It will be the first visit by President Michael D. Higgins to the Irish cultural and athletic center, 6119 W. 147th St., the release said. Higgins and his wife Sabina will attend the Mass at 10 a.m.. May 11 in the Emerald Room. After Mass, an Irish breakfast will be served. The public is invited. Admission will be $8, and all attendees will be required to be seated by 9.30 a.m., the … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Worth Board officials again face angry crowd over girl’s death ]]>

Things got heated Tuesday night at the Worth Village Board meeting, where the police investigation into the death of Brittany Wawrzyniak again was questioned by her family members and others in a crowd that spilled out of the board room into a hallway, Mayor Werner read a statement in which she pleaded for the family and public to be patient with the police investigation that she said will take “eight to 10 months to complete.” “At this time, I am confident in our investigation and the evidence that has been turned over to the (Cook County) state’s attorney to be … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:13:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge to hold hearing on  evidence issue in murder case ]]>

A Will County judge on Tuesday said she would hold a hearing on whether to allow trial testimony about whether there was an abusive relationship between a Joliet man and his girlfriend before he allegedly shot and killed her in June 2002. The state wants to present witnesses who will testify that Eric Glover, 42, had been abusive multiple times to his live-in girlfriend Velma Franklin before she was slain. Prosecutors in court records acknowledge that Franklin had not reported the alleged instances of domestic violence to police. “You don’t get twice-removed hearsay,” Circuit Court Judge Carla Alessio-Policandriotes told the … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:15:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Former Orland Park priest reinstated after sexual abuse allegation refuted ]]> Lead story image

The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in Chicago has been reinstated after an investigation refuted an allegation of sexual contact with a child nearly 20 years ago when he was assigned in Orland Park. The Rev. Michael W. O’Connell will resume his role as pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish on Thursday, according to a statement from Archdiocese of Chicago spokeswoman Susan Burritt. O’Connell agreed to step aside in early December at Cardinal Francis George’s request after a formal allegation was presented to archdiocesan officials that he engaged in sexual contact with a minor while working at Our Lady of … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:14:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Schools could get vote for elections ]]> Lead story image

When the Homewood branch of US Bank was robbed on Election Day in November 2010, it forced nearby schools to go on lockdown while police searched for one of the three robbers. No one was allowed to enter or leave the schools for 45 minutes — not even those who came to the schools to vote. The voters inside the schools could not leave, while those who came to vote were told to come back later. That incident prompted state Rep. William Davis, D-East Hazel Crest, to co-sponsor House Bill 4480, which would allow school districts to decline to have … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:14:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Palos Heights resident shot in home invasion ]]> Lead story image

When their neighbor banged on the front door of their Palos Heights home around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, shouting that he had been shot, the military training of Vicki and Mike Finegan kicked into high gear. The couple met in the Marine Corps, where they served for 10 years. “Even though it’s been 20 years, it all kicked in,” Vicki said. “We did not panic. We did what we had to do to get it done.” Mike calmed down the 51-year-old man to try to prevent him from going into shock and Vicki called 911. In moments, an ambulance arrived to … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park eyes medical pot ordinance ]]>

Tinley Park officials want to have a greater say on where medical marijuana is grown and sold in the village. As the state embarks on a pilot program allowing the cultivation and dispensing of marijuana for medicinal uses, communities are looking to enact their limits. Tinley Park trustees, at a committee meeting Tuesday, took the first steps toward restricting areas of the village where it could potentially be grown or sold. State agencies have crafted preliminary rules for licensing growers and sellers, but it’s unlikely that any final regulations will be developed until later this year. Without clear-cut guidelines from … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:14:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago Ridge hosts party of the century ]]> Lead story image

When you turn 100 years old, you’ve got to do something special. The village of Chicago Ridge did just that Saturday night with a Centennial Gala at the Glendora House, 10225 S. Harlem Ave. The village hoped to sell 300 tickets and wound up selling 438, said Judy King, secretary to Mayor Chuck Tokar and liaison to the Centennial Gala committee. Glendora House had to borrow tables from the village for the event, Tokar said. There was a social hour, dinner, dancing to live music by The City Lights Orchestra, and silent and live auctions. “Everything went off without a … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:12:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ H-F Park District to present plans for Dolphin Lake Park ]]>

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District will host a community meeting to present the plan for upcoming improvements to Dolphin Lake Park and Clubhouse at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Dolphin Lake Clubhouse, 183rd Street and Governors Highway. The meeting is open to the public. Those interested in learning more about the plan are encouraged to attend. Park district commissioners and staff will be on site to discuss the plan’s details and answer questions. Staff report … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:19:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Feuding couple leave young son home alone ]]>

A feuding Oak Forest couple left their 5-year-old home alone when each fled their apartment Saturday night after an argument, which they concluded hours later by causing a scene at a local bar, according to Oak Forest police. The incident has been reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, police said. Officers were sent to Oliver’s Bar & Grill, 6150 W. 159th St., Saturday night after a man at the bar was complaining loudly that his girlfriend was inside drinking and nobody was watching his child, police said. The father told police that the couple were drinking … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:20:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Christ Medical Center recognized for stroke care ]]>

Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn has been recognized for excellence in the treatment of stroke patients by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, according to a press release from the hospital. Christ Medical Center has one of the largest stroke programs in the state of Illinois and is designated a primary stroke center by DNV Healthcare, which works with national health care authorities and health care providers around the world to effectively manage risk and improve health care delivery, according to its website. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has selected the medical center and its Neurosciences Institute … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man shot on I-57 ]]>

A man was shot early Sunday while driving on Interstate 57 on the South Side. The 27-year-old man was shot in the thigh about 3:25 a.m. while he was in a vehicle traveling southbound on I-57 near Halsted Street, Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Stan Nowak said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with non-life-threatening injuries, Nowak said. No one is in custody while Illinois State Police investigate. … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Illinois man pleads guilty in 2012 home invasion ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — A Peotone, Ill., man pleaded guilty Monday to involvement in an August 2012 incident in which three men invaded a Porter County home and forced a woman to open a safe at gunpoint before leading Hobart police on a chase that ended in a suicide. Dominick Fazzini, 25, pleaded to a charge of felony burglary, with a possible maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, in exchange for the state dropping felony charges of robbery and confinement, according to the plea agreement. His sentencing is scheduled for June 2. Fazzini admitted that someone, who was not identified in … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:05:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ SD 135 adopts action plan ]]>

School board members in Orland District 135 on Monday adopted a multi-year guide, laying out priorities for education, staff training and other areas. The goal is to quickly make the action plan available online, not just for teachers and educators but parents as well, District 135 Supt. Janet Stutz said. Links providing more detailed information on subjects will be included and videos as well, she said. Stutz said it will be a “working document we will build upon,” noting that the plan is a guide for the board and district administrators to follow and will be adjusted as time goes … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:12:10 -0500