Week in Review: Fire, School Budgets and Sex Crimes in Court
In the past week, you may have missed stories about the holiday tree lighting, delay in the Ghost Rider trial, an oil leak, the Ellen Show shopping spree winners, Berrios and the family, yet another candidate for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s old seat and others.
Orland Park ushered in the holiday season with music, face painting, sleigh rides, visits with Santa Claus and more, all culminating in the tree lighting outside Frederick T. Owens Village Hall.
Kevin Skaritka is accused of sending sexual images sent over the Internet, and he is still facing sexual assault charges from an unrelated case.
The 22-year-old man is facing multiple felonies in a case stemming from Youtube videos he filmed speeding while through the village on a motorcycle and avoiding police.
The Mokena oil tank spill indeed poses no known health risk, but officials acknowledge that someone should have notified the public.
Dean Milenkovic, 46, a former Orland Park firefighter charged with felony possession of child porn and accused of attempting sex chatting with a minor, pleaded not guilty to his more recent charges Tuesday.
See the broadcast of "The Ellen Show" where two women were given a large holiday gift from the show's host, in return for the ways they frequently care for others around them.
Orland Park's housing market saw another increase in 2012 during October, rising just shy of 62 percent with 34 sales compared to 21 last year. Median selling price also went up.
If the Irish can stack government with family, the Puerto Rican can, too, says Berrios, who has several family members on his assessor's staff and a host of others on county, school and state payrolls.
The Orland Fire Protection District board voted in favor of a budget with $29,035,294 in expenditures. How salaries for the district’s staff will affect the budget remain to be seen until contracts are in place.
As officials examine the 2012 property tax levy, worry grows over shortfalls that might hit the district.
Cheryl Becker, 54, pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony theft in a Bridgeview courtroom this week, denying that she stole more than $9,600 in cash deposits.
The Orland Fire Protection District’s board president announced Thursday that he will be running for the 2nd Congressional District in the upcoming special election.