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[ Richton Park man indicted for running major heroin ring ]]> Lead story image

Nine people have been indicted in Northwest Indiana for running a major heroin ring, including a Richton Park man whom federal authorities identified as the leader of the ring that they said operated from Chicago to Michigan City. “It’s certainly one of the bigger indictments on heroin coming out of LaPorte County that we’ve had,” David Capp, the U.S. attorney for Northern Indiana, said during a news conference Monday in Michigan City. Antwon “Yellow” Willis, 44, was the leader of the heroin ring, which started around 2009 and continued through this year, according to the federal indictment. It says Willis … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:06:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Community Oven Days offers fast-track baking for holidays ]]> Lead story image

Christmas is the one time of year when we all wish we were professional bakers. Fear not, intrepid spritzers, there’s a way to get all of your holiday baking done in a timely professional manner, while chatting up recipes with newfound friends. For the third year in a row, Creative Cakes Bakery & Cafe in Tinley Park is presenting Community Oven Days, where regular bakers can give their snickerdoodles and gingerbread men the baking finesse they deserve. Here’s how it works. You bring your pre-made unbaked recipes as well as your cookie cutters and finishing ingredients. Creative Cakes provides the … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:06:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ SXU gets $2.2M from state for science building renovations ]]> Lead story image

St. Xavier University is getting nearly $2.3 million in state funding to help pay for construction of more chemistry and biology labs, according to a press release from the university. The money also will be used for “innovative learning environments designed to foster creativity and collaboration” that introduce students to new laboratory techniques, experimental design opportunities, and statistical analysis, the release said. The funding, announced Saturday by Gov. Pat Quinn, is part of $100 million set aside this fiscal year in the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program that is to address the needs of the state’s private colleges and … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:07:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Train buffs keep coming back to Southland Model Railroad Show ]]> Lead story image

Santa may need a bigger sleigh when he packs for a Christmas Eve visit to Kolton Smith’s home. The 4-year-old boy from Chicago Ridge was asked his thoughts after seeing Jeff Viens’ sprawling train layout at the 12th annual Southland Model Railroad Show at Richards High School in Oak Lawn. Viens’ layout featured model trains and various scenes, all of which are built with LEGOs. Impressive? Try mind-boggling. “I want all of those for Christmas,” Kolton said Saturday as grandpa Gary Hankes laughed and mother Jill Smith rolled her eyes. “I may have to win the lottery,” she said. “This … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:07:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Appraiser from PBS’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’ appears at Beverly retirement home ]]> Lead story image

Independent appraiser Gary Piattoni often cautions anyone who gets theirs antiques appraised. “Folks are here for my opinion. I’ve been doing this for over 20 years,” Piattoni said. “Folks would have a different opinion than I would because they have high expectations from the numbers given on the shows.” Piattoni hosted “Antiques and Artifacts,” Sunday afternoon at Smith Village in Chicago’s Beverly Community. The event was a part of Smith Senior Living’s ongoing celebration of its 90th year. For a $25 donation, family, friends and the general public brought items that can be easily carried or wheeled in for examination. … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:08:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Four-legged friends face off at Canine2 Iron Dog competition ]]> Lead story image

Muddy, wet and winded, Darrin Jackson was proud of how his 2-year-old Dutch Shepherd partner, Rocco, performed during Sunday’s Canine2 Iron Dog Competition at Conkey Woods in Palos Heights. “He’s ready to go again,” said Jackson, catching his breath while Rocco greeted onlookers. They were the first team through the course that began in a field, winded through the woods, crossed a creek and ended up back in an open area. Jackson, who works as a canine officer for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, added, “I, on the other hand, might need a little more practice.” Not too … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:07:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Men rob bar, exchange fire with off-duty cop in East Hazel Crest ]]>

Gunshots were exchanged between an off-duty police officer and two men in an armed robbery in East Hazel Crest on Thursday. Two armed men entered Beano’s Tavern, 17308 S. Fisk, and told everyone inside to get on the floor, according to a statement from East Hazel Crest police. The men then proceeded to rob the bar, police said. An off-duty police officer was at the scene and shots were exchanged, police said. No injuries were reported. The men fled the area and entered a dark colored Audi, police said. The vehicle may have sustained damage during the gunfire exchange, police … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:18:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn trustee wants more police on patrol ]]> Lead story image

Citing concern over the number of burglaries in September, Oak Lawn Trustee Bob Streit wants each police officer assigned to a shift at least every three months patrolling the village’s streets. Doing so, Streit said, would provide more of a police presence on the streets and possibly make burglars think twice before they break into someone’s home or garage. Police reports indicate that Oak Lawn had 25 burglaries over a 28-day period in September, Streit said during Tuesday’s village board meeting. He did not say how many of those were homes or garages. But village manager Larry Deetjen said later … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Worth again holding Haunts Against Hunger parade ]]>

Plenty of ghouls will be seen Sunday evening walking on the streets of Worth, but there’s no cause for concern. It’s the fifth annual Haunts Against Hunger, a Halloween parade that has folks marching in costume for a good cause. Those marching are asked to donate nonperishable food items for the food pantry at the United Methodist Church of Worth, 7100 W. 112th St., after the parade, which starts in the village hall parking lot at 5 p.m. Worth police officer Anthony Ritz is the organizer. Five years ago, he worked traffic control for the event, which was put together … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:19:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fox’s Beverly Pub celebrates 50th year in Southland ]]> Lead story image

Through Fox’s Beverly Restaurant and Pub, Therese Fox took care of her employees and the community like they were her own children. Now in the restaurant’s 50th year, sons Frank and Tom Jr. continue their parents’ tradition. ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:12:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Halloween Hollow is this weekend in Mokena ]]> Lead story image

The Mokena Community Park District is hosting its 33rd annual Halloween Hollow on Friday through Sunday at Main Park, 10925 W. LaPorte Road. For $2 admission, there will be numerous contests, entertainment and activities such as hayrides, a pumpkin patch, horseback rides and ghost town games. There also will be a food court and Monster Market. The hours are Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 6 p.m. Parking and admission for children younger than 5 are free. On Friday, there is a Fire & Ice Halloween show and a performance by … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:10:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ebola a concern for Frankfort man, an international aid director ]]> Lead story image

Frankfort businessman John Shattuck recently canceled a scheduled trip to West Africa because of the Ebola virus. “I can do more from afar, and I don’t want to risk bringing something back here,” he said. Shattuck, who helps nonprofit organizations ship humanitarian aid to Third World countries, including in West Africa, was supposed to visit Jordan, Niger, Swaziland and South Africa in May. “When I realized I didn’t have to be there to do what I need to do, I changed my plans,” he said. He was first put on alert about the Ebola virus last March, when the organization … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:11:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Suiting up: Prepping for the front lines ]]>

It’s not for the claustrophobic nor the faint of heart. I’d say it took about 15 minutes for me to get into decontamination garb at Ingalls Hospital in Harvey. And even though I was only putting on a practice Level C containment suit, the least protective of three types, it took two people to help me. First came the clear plastic booties that reached up to my knees. Then I stepped into the bright blue plastic jumpsuit. After that came big rubber boots, the openings for which were duct-taped closed. Then I zipped up the suit and donned the first … ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:10:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Construction to close Tri-State lanes this weekend ]]>

Roadwork on the Tri-State Tollway in the Southland will close lanes in both directions this weekend. One lane in each direction will be closed between Halsted Street and the Bishop Ford Freeway starting at 9 p.m. Friday, according to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. A second lane in each direction will close at 10 p.m., with all lanes scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday. The weekend’s work will include repairs on bridges over the CSX Railroad, Thorn Creek and Thornton Quarry in Homewood, the tollway authority said. The weekend-long lane closure is needed to allow concrete to cure … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:18:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Stickney Senior Center to get state funding for addition ]]> Lead story image

Stickney Township will be getting $200,000 from the state for the construction of an addition to the Stickney Senior Center, according to a press release from township Supervisor Louis Viverito. Gov. Pat Quinn will hold a ceremonial check presentation at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the center, the release said. The Stickney Senior Center is at 7745 Leamington Ave. in Burbank. The public is welcome at the event. … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:19:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Teens hijack car in Country Club Hills ]]>

Two teenagers hijacked a Chicago woman’s car at gunpoint when she was visiting a friend this month in the 4200 block of 188th Place, Country Club Hills police reported. The woman told police she was cleaning the inside of her 2012 Mitsubishi Gallant on Oct. 1 in the driveway when she heard the driver’s door open and heard a male voice order her to the ground. When she looked up from the ground, a teenager was pointing a revolver at her and demanded her keys, police said. The woman said she asked the teens if they would allow her to … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:18:27 -0500