Week in Review: Petitions Challenged and Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

In the past week, you may have missed stories about water rates, attempted murder and BB gun carjacking cases in court, a missing teen, a local sports hero, a 16-year prison sentence and others in Orland Park and nearby.



Water Rates Increase Sent to Full Board and More (Live Blog Transcript)

Orland Park trustees discussed raising rates by about $64 a year for average water use to account for increases handed down from Chicago and Oak Lawn. Read our live blog transcript from Monday night's meeting.

Business Comings & Goings: Outriggers Loses Lease in Tinley Park

Fashion Bug closing in Orland Hills • Animal hospital expanding in Tinley Park • Limestone Grill closes in Palos Heights


D135 Makes Hundreds of Snowflakes for Sandy Hook Victims

Orland School District 135 answered the call to help ease Sandy Hook Elementary School students’ transition to a different building for the second half of the school year by making snowflakes.

Prosecutors asked Judge Peter Felice to raise or revoke the $150,000 bond given to former Chicago Ridge Deputy Fire Chief Gary Swiercz, 49, who is accused of the attempted rape and murder of his Tinley Park neighbor.


Missing Lockport Teen Last Seen in Worth

Family turns to social media for help in finding 15-year-old daughter.


Cunningham’s D135 Election Petitions Challenged

The Orland School District 135 incumbent’s petitions to run for re-election were objected by another candidate, due to him also running for Moraine Valley’s board. The hearing will take place Tuesday.

16 Years in Prison for Orland Park Jewelry Store Robber

Darrin Carter, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday to armed robbery of an Orland Park jewelry store in October 2011, where the store's owner and a staff member were threatened with a gun and bound with duct tape as the robbery took place.


Pair Accused in BB Gun Carjacking May Go to Trial

The next court date for a man and a woman accused of carjacking an Orland Park restaurant employee with a BB gun could determine whether the pair will go to trial or consider a deal.

Athlete of the Month: Sandburg's Ruzevich Scores High Marks

Sandburg girls basketball standout Rachel Ruzevich has made herself right at home in the land of giants during her senior year. Her unselfish move has helped the Eagles bounce back from a slow start.


Victim's Family Watches As Reckless Homicide Case Drags On

It's been three years since an Orland Park man was charged with reckless homicide in a DUI accident that killed Jessica Mejia, a 20-year-old New Lenox woman.

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