Week in Review: Resignation Call, Gifts from Ellen and Verzbicas Returns

In the past week, you may have missed stories about a BB gun carjacking case in court, another Eva’s Bridal rebirth, bond sales, small businesses on Facebook, cell phone evidence in a murder case, retail theft sting and other Orland Park news.


Village Saved Over $2 Million in Bond Sales and More (Live Blog Transcript)

A new bike path connecting trails on Wolf Road and 108th Avenue also was discussed Monday night, as were plans for a new McDonald's on 179th Street near Wolf Road. Read the full meeting transcript.

Attorneys Done Exchanging Evidence in BB Gun Carjacking Case

Lawyers said Thursday that they are finished with the discovery phase of the felony carjacking case against Jonathan Sarolas and April Schmidt, who are accused of stealing the car of an Orland Park restaurant employee with a BB gun.

Eva’s Bridals of Oak Lawn Opening Second Location in Orland Park

The wedding dress salon will be taking over the former House of Brides location on LaGrange Road.


D135 Board Member Calls for President to Step Down

Orland School District 135 board member Mary Bragg called for president John Carmody to leave the board, citing a violation of board policy about conversations between board members.

Orland Hills Man Caught With Felony Worth of Drugs in Frankfort

Eric D. Chojnowski, of Orland Hills, was transporting 20 grams of cannabis and several bags of prescription drugs when he was arrested by Frankfort police.


Cell Phone May Reveal New Evidence in Kustok Murder Case

Prosecutors said Wednesday, Nov. 21 that new technology will allow investigators to gather data off of an old cell phone in the murder case against Allan Kustok, 61, who is accused in the 2010 fatal shooting death of his wife.

Verzbicas Returns to Racing at Orland Park Turkey Trot

About four months after a bicycle accident nearly ended the record-breaking Sandburg alum’s burgeoning triathlon career, Lukas Verzbicas is back on his way to the Rio 2016 Olympics.


22 People Arrested in Retail Theft Sting

Orland Park police worked with local retail security, officers from neighboring towns and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to go after theft crews earlier in the month.

30 Orland Park (and Nearby) Facebook Pages Worth Liking Before Small Business Saturday

As part of Patch's countdown to Small Business Saturday, check out—and follow—some of the village shops and restaurants that frequently update their statuses with news and sales alerts. Plus, add your own suggestions.


The sold out race welcomed over 700 participants, including Sandburg running star and Olympic triathlete hopeful Lukas Verzbicas, four months after doctors told him he may never walk again after a serious biking accident.

'The Ellen Show' Delights with Southland Surprise

'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' popped into the Best Buy in Orland Park on Thanksgiving, surprising one lucky family from the South Side with a shopping spree and thousands of dollars in Best Buy goodies—and handing out $50,000 in gift cards to others.

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