Week in Review: Escaped Bank Robbers and Joke Text Gone Wrong

In the past week, you may have missed stories about an ongoing murder case, home sales and prices up, stores cutting down on guns, a plea deal turned down and election candidates in Orland Park and nearby.


Hopeful candidates for five Orland Park boards have started submitting petitions to get on the ballot. Find out who they are as they join the races.

Five Indiana men charged with assault in the Ashford House brawl have decided not to take a plea agreement offered by a Cook County judge and will instead move forward with a motion to suppress the vehicle stop where they were arrested.


Scenes From a Manhunt (Photo Gallery)

Patch captured the images from Tuesday's search in Tinley Park and the surrounding area by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies for two men who escaped a downtown Chicago prison complex.

Fugitive Manhunt: FBI Posts $50K Reward for Info on Convicts (Updated)

Patch goes through the timeline of Tuesday's events as two convicted bank robbers escaped from a downtown Chicago prison and made their way to Tinley Park.


The Newtown school shooting has spurred some retailers to suspend gun sales.

Landlord: Mother Turned Away Escaped Convict at Front Door

Ronald Bailey owns the house authorities surrounded Tuesday as they searched for two fugitives who broke out of a Chicago prison. How did he find out about this? Thank TV news.


Defense Opposes Evidence From Cell Phone in Kustok Murder Case

A Cook County judge will look at case law presented by both sides in the murder case against Allan Kustok before deciding whether to allow new cell phone evidence to be admitted.

Orland Park Home Sales and Prices Up Again in November

Home sales and prices they sold for continue trickling up in Orland Park month-to-month compared to 2011.


Convicted Bank Robber and Prison Escapee Appears in Court

Joseph "Jose" Banks appeared in court after escaping a downtown prison on Tuesday, visiting Tinley Park and being arrested Thursday in Chicago.

Daughter's Bank Heist Prank Text Prompts Mom to Call Cops

A Tinley Park woman was cited after her joking text was taken seriously, leading to a false 911 call about a robbery at an Orland Park bank Tuesday and a large police response.


And the Winner of Our Holiday Gift Card Basket Is...

We collected over $400 of gift cards and certificates from Orland Park businesses that will go to our lucky winner before Christmas. And we donated the equivalent dollar amount to Hurricane Sandy relief.

Mark Williamson, 46, pleaded not guilty to charges after he was accused of seriously beating his father, and was also barred from having any contact with him after a Cook County judge issued a protection order.

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