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[ Widow of truck driver killed in I-55 crash files suit ]]>

The widow of a semi truck driver killed in a crash on Interstate 55 near Channahon on Monday afternoon has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his employer and the company that supplied the trailer of the truck he was driving. Neringa Mockus filed the suit in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday against Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Direct Trucking Corp. on behalf of her late husband, Deividas Mockus. Deividas Mockus was an independent owner and operator of a semi truck who had been hired by Direct Trucking to transport a container and trailer owned by Mediterranean, according to the … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:43:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ BAPA boss goes out with Cycling Classic ]]> Lead story image

Matt Walsh, the outgoing executive director of the Beverly Area Planning Association, wanted his last day in the post to be memorable, so he linked it to the 12th annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic, which took place Thursday in Chicago’s Beverly and Morgan Park communities. “Only two other (Chicago) neighborhoods have a professional bike race,” Walsh said. “It’s bringing something exciting to the neighborhood. People can see their neighbors and enjoy a nice summer night.” The women’s pro-am bicycle race started at 4:40 p.m. and the men’s at 6:30 p.m., both from 107th Street and Longwood Drive. A Kids’ Big … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn officially reopens improved Memorial Park ]]> Lead story image

The reopening ceremony for Oak Lawn’s renovated Memorial Park this past week brought out dozens of families to celebrate the park’s new features, designed to offer something for all ages. Mayor Sandra Bury said the Oak Lawn Park District and director Maddie Kelly had done an “incredible job” in upgrading and renovating the park, 102nd Street and Major Avenue. “Maddie was right when she said park districts should reinvent themselves,” Bury said. “There’s something for everyone. It is a jewel.” Kelly said the park district wanted the park to offer activities to attract people of all ages, including basketball and … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:55:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Husband of former Country Club Hills police chief sentenced ]]> Lead story image

The husband of a former police chief was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison Friday for his role in a fraud scheme involving his wife and her brother. Ronald Evans Jr., husband of former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans, pleaded guilty in August to federal charges of money laundering and wire fraud, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of Illinois. Regina Evans was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay restitution in May after she pleaded guilty to fraud charges. Her brother, Ricky McCoy, pleaded guilty in … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:32:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Robbins plans walk for peace on Saturday ]]>

Robbins Mayor Tyrone Ward has a slogan he shares when he’s proactive in things that involve his constituents. “We’re not just talking the talk, we’re walking the walk,” the mayor says. “They (community) think it is a great idea and they are very supportive.” Ward and the Village of Robbins has partnered up with the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s South Suburban Center for the Walk Against Violence scheduled for Saturday. The 3K run/1.5K walk will start on the 13600 block of south Sawyer Avenue in Robbins at 8 a.m. Points of interest during the run/walk will include the National Guard Armory … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:12:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Proud American Days on in New Lenox ]]> Lead story image

What started out in 1984 as a couple of guys, a tent and a keg has turned into one of the largest summer festivals in the Southland. More than 30,000 people are expected this weekend for the annual Proud American Days in New Lenox. The festival, hosted by the New Lenox Park District, runs through Sunday and features a carnival, car show, military tribute and numerous other activities. Organizers said there will be a variety of new food vendors. As part of the military tribute, Makena Hartlin will perform “Proud To Be an American.” Hartlin is a New Lenox resident … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:11:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Two major events at Chicago Ridge Library ]]>

Anyone with a TV probably has heard of the show “America’s Got Talent.” We’ll soon find out how much talent exists in Chicago Ridge. A talent show for kids through their teen years will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chicago Ridge Public Library, 10400 Oxford Ave. The event is free to all participants and those watching, said Irene Ciciora, the library’s director of youth services. It’s the second big event planned for the library in two days. Friends of the Library will host a free ice cream social, complete with an Elvis impersonator, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:17:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ New chapter ahead for Frankfort Public Library ]]> Lead story image

The Frankfort Public Library will branch out with a new addition to its building at U.S. 30 and Pfeiffer Road. In separate meetings this past week, the village board approved a variance for the project, allowing it to be built closer to U.S. 30, and the library trustees hired George Allen Construction, of Mokena, as its general contractor with a base bid of $2.2 million. “This is something that has been coming for a long time. We needed additional space,” said library board president Keith Ogle. The library district has saved up for this 9,300-square-foot expansion and will not require … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:17:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man charged in murder of South Holland cab driver ]]> Lead story image

A Chicago Lawn man is the second to be charged with the fatal shooting of a 48-year-old cab driver in 2013 on the South Side. Gregory James, 29 of the 6400 block of South Richmond, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of forcible murder, according to Chicago Police. Another man, 28-year-old Eric Taylor, was previously charged in the shooting that killed a cab driver in March 2013. Taylor is being held without bond in the Cook County Jail. About 5:45 p.m. on March 14, 2013, cabbie Edwin Obazuye of South Holland picked up James and … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hammond man charged in fatal Lansing shooting ]]> Lead story image

A Northwest Indiana man has been charged with the fatal shooting of a Chicago man during a robbery at a south suburban gas station in May. David Snelling, 23, of Hammond, has been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm in connection with the death of Myron A. Parker, according to a statement from Lansing, Illinois, police. Parker, 20, was found at the BP Amoco station in the 17000 block of Torrence Avenue in Lansing about 10:15 a.m. on May 25, police said. Parker was pronounced dead at Community Hospital in Munster, authorities said. Snelling was confronted … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:03:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lawsuit filed over drowning death of Justice boy ]]>

The estate of a 6-year-old Justice boy who drowned while swimming at a Bridgeview swimming pool last month has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the villages of Bridgeview and Justice and their respective park districts. The suit was filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court by Andrzej Kolodziej, who was appointed as an administrator of the estate of Michal Duda. The suit claims the villages and park districts were negligent and holds them responsible for Duda’s death. Duda, of the 8100 block of Concord Lane, died June 17 at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, officials said. He … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:10:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Despite disagreement, golf at Woodbine seems over ]]> Lead story image

Folks are not just hitting golf balls at Woodbine Golf Course, they’re tossing around political footballs, too. Seven months after the Homer Glen Village Board voted unanimously to purchase the 103-acre property and its banquet hall, some trustees still are trying to allow former owner Jim Ludwig to continue to operate the golf course for one more year. Mayor Jim Daley objects to that idea, and the village board is divided on the issue. Ludwig is willing but says he needs a definitive answer. Next month, trustees will consider whether to allow another season of golf at Woodbine, while the … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:10:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Suit says tainted Crestwood water caused man’s cancer ]]>

The brother of a Crestwood man who died of cancer last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the village, claiming that hazardous chemicals in the village’s drinking water supply caused the illness. Michael Wakeham filed the suit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of his brother, Robert Wakeham, who died a year ago. It names the village, former mayors Chester and Robert Stranczek and Burke Engineering as defendants. The suit says Robert Wakeham regularly used water provided by the village for drinking, bathing and cooking. State regulators notified the village in 1985 that it must stop … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:27:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ 8 Frankfort Square homes evacuated after severed gas line ]]>

A severed gas line on Wintergreen Drive in Frankfort Square Thursday evening caused the evacuation of eight homes. Frankfort Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Tim Campbell said the gas line was severed by workers who were planting parkway trees for the Frankfort Township program to replace ash trees destroyed last year by the Emerald ash borer. Campbell said although there was no risk of an explosion because of the ruptured line, the homes were evacuated as a “precautionary measure” because of the potential risk of igniting the gas. That was the main concern of Marty and Sandy Otway whose home … ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Why a day of jazz is just what you need ]]> Lead story image

Take time to listen. In fact, take all day. That’s the vibe of the new South Suburban Jazz Society, formed by four musicians who want to make sure jazz maintains a place in today’s fast-paced, electronic society — and in the Southland. “The sound itself connects your spirit right away,” said Bernard Scott, of Country Club Hills. Earlier this year, Scott created the South Suburban Jazz Society with Roy “Doc T” Turner, Sidney “Silk” Donaldson and Dee Hudson, who will be among the performers at the group’s daylong Jazz Explosion Club Tour on Saturday. The inaugural event runs from 2 … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:11:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ 25th year of Ridge Fest to fill weekend with rock, country ]]>

The 25th edition of Ridge Fest will bring a mix of music and, Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar is hoping, better weather Thursday through Sunday. Last year, unseasonably cool weather hurt the festival when usually big draw Ted Nugent took the stage on a Saturday night. Crowds were down. So were beer sales. Fewer people and fewer suds sold means less money for the village. “The first two times Ted was out here, he did tremendous for us. We went to the well a third time and thought he would do great. He probably would have but we had temperatures … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:10:36 -0500