Thursday, January 10, 2013
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.
One of four men accused of robbing an Orland Park jewelry store more than a year ago pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to court records. Darrin Carter, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery in Cook County Judge Colleen Ann Hyland's Bridgeview courtroom on Tuesday. As part of the deal, 16 additional felony counts, including aggravated kidnapping, unlawful restraint and robbery, were dismissed. In addition to the 16-year stint, Carter is set to spend three years on parole upon his release and pay $394 in court costs. He has been in custody on $500,000 bond since he was arrested days after the robbery and will receive credit for 441 days he spent in county hail. …
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Four men are facing 23 to 27 counts related to kidnapping and armed robbery, many of which are felonies.
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- Jesse Marx
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Four men charged with felonies in connection with the armed robbery of an Orland Park jewelry store pleaded not guilty in court Friday. According to the Orland Park Police Department, Antoinne Kelly, 31, and Charles Harper, 37, allegedly entered Jewelry Gems and Designs, 9542 W. 147th St., on Oct. 25 posing as customers and then, brandishing a gun, tied the store’s employee and owner with duct tape. A third man, Darrin Carter, entered and helped gather an undisclosed amount of jewelry before splitting up into two cars, one driven by Lance Vaughn, police said. Carter and Vaughn, both 32 and from Chicago, were stopped within minutes, whereas Kelly, of University Park, and Harper, of Lansing, managed to outmaneuver officers on I-80, police …
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Prosecutors continue to gather evidence, prepare to test DNA samples.
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- Jesse Marx
Saturday, November 19, 2011
A drifter accused of violently molesting an 83-year-old Good Samaritan and threatening a man behind the Orland Park Home Depot this summer pleaded not guilty on Thursday. Dennis Dodson, 35, has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony, and assault. Prosecutors allege that, in September, Dodson wrestled an elderly woman to the ground—forcefully inserting his finger—behind the Home Depot, at 159th Street and Harlem Avenue, where he was living at the time. She had offered Dodson food and crackers two days prior, and returned to tell him she was working to find him a shelter. Orland Park police say Dodson verbally threatened a Home Depot employee, one month prior. His rap sheet includes 60 arrests in 15 states. In…
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Patch also analyzed batteries, drug arrests and other crime statistics in a major traffic area of the village.
While crime rates as a whole fell in Orland Park between 2009 and 2010, the number of hit and runs, batteries and drug arrests rose markedly. Most notably, hit and runs increased sevenfold in the course of one year, from four to 27. Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy said it’s impossible to know with certainty what caused the hit-and-run fluctuation. “Some (drivers), in fact many of them, will always say that they didn’t realize they hit anybody, and some are probably true and some are probably not.” However, he added, it’s possible that the poor economy caused more people to seek a police report for insurance purposes rather than simply cough up the repair dough. What’s more, batteries increased villagewide between 2009 and 2010, from …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Prompted by September's mall shooting, Orland Park Patch analyzed retail theft and other crime statistics in a major traffic area of the village.
Although the number of retail theft arrests rose in Orland Park between 2009 and 2010, they fell significantly inside the police zone that includes Orland Square Mall, according to crime statistics analyzed by Patch. In an area stretching from 143rd Street to 151st Street and 88th Avenue to LaGrange Road that represents one of the village’s eight patrol beats, Orland Park police logged 546 retail thefts in 2009 and 436 in 2010. Villagewide, 728 retail thefts were reported in 2009 and 737 in 2010. Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy credited his detectives and officers, who patrol that area “quite regularly with a target response unit,” he said, as well as the daily efforts of lost prevention agents. He also noted, “Often times if you …
Monday, October 3, 2011
Orland Park police reports, Sept. 19-22
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22 Justin S. Slee, 24, of the 15600 block of Centennial Court in Orland Park, was charged with possession of cannabis, improper lane usage, no valid driver’s license, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Police said they stopped Slee’s car at West Avenue and Ravinia Avenue around 4:30 a.m. for swerving and found a container of K2, a form of synthetic marijuana, in his pocket. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21 Brittany N. Simpson, 18, of the 7500 block of Halesia Court in Orland Park, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. In the same incident, Steven M. Rachanski, 19, of the 16800 block of Rainbow Circle in Orland Park, was charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said they were …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Orland Park police reports, July 17-21
THURSDAY, JULY 21 John Campas, 37, of the 11100 block of Moraine Drive in Palos Hills, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Police said they stopped Campas’ car near Brigitte Terrace and Wolf Road around 3 a.m. for a warrant out of McLean County for contempt of court. Next to the front driver’s seat, officers found a small bag of cocaine, weighing 1.1 grams, according to the report. TUESDAY, JULY 19 George W. Bell, 19, of the 9100 block of Frances Lane in Orland Park, was charged with domestic battery. Police said Bell threw a TV controller at a pregnant woman inside his home, around noon, hitting her in the stomach and causing a red mark. Bell was described by police as “calm” and “cooperative” during questioning and …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Orland Park police reports, July 12-16
SATURDAY, JULY 16 David B. Kendall, 22, of the 15600 block of Bramblewood Road in Oak Forest, was charged with domestic battery, harassment by phone and criminal damage to vehicle. In a parking lot in the 15600 block of Harlem Avenue, around 11 p.m., Kendall struck a woman in the chest and then pulled her by the arm, police said. He also struck the woman’s windshield with a closed fist, causing it to crack, and threw her personal items into the street. Witnesses told police that Kendall threatened them when they came to the woman’s aid, saying, “I know where you live,” and took off on foot. While police questioned the woman, she received 35 phone calls from Kendall, and in several of them he threatened to surprise her at work and “bust up…
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Orland Park police reports, July 5-7
THURSDAY, JULY 7 Kelly A. Mrozek, 43, of the 11000 block of Karen Drive in Orland Park, was charged with endangering the life of a child after turning herself in to police at 4:10 p.m. Mrozek was released on an I-bond. WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 Mario C. Rodriguez, 20, of the 10700 block of West Voss Drive in Orland Park, was charged with theft. A woman called police July 2 saying Rodriguez had been staying at her residence in the 16800 block of Rainbow Circle, and the woman noticed several items were missing from the home, including a gaming system, police said. A witness said Rodriguez might have taken some video games and DVDs to Disc Replay, where they could be traded in for cash. Disc Replay told police Rodriguez brought in a total of 19 …
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Police looking for information about the home invasion suspect, who was wearing women's underwear and a black hoodie, according to police.
Police are looking for a man who broke into a local home in the middle of the night and stood over the couple's bed while wearing female underwear and a black hoodie. Cook County Sheriff’s Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man. The incident happened around 3 a.m. Wednesday in the 16400 block of Lee Avenue in unincorporated Orland Park, according to a statement by sheriff's police. A female resident told investigators she awoke when a child in the home called out for her. At that point, she noticed a man dressed only in a black hoodie sweatshirt and women’s underwear standing above her, police said. She told police she saw him move to the foot of the bed and lay down, in an apparent attempt to avoid being seen by …