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A longtime Andrew High School art teacher died July 6 after 22 years teaching at the high school. 

Tor Dettwiler, 48, was found by Oak Forest police in his home July 6, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

“We were made aware of his passing [Thursday, July 9] of last week,” said Andrew principal Robert Nolting.

Elissa Chudwin

Five years ago, Maria Zientara started making vintage candy apples. Then, Maria, along with the help of her husband, Randy, began to sell what became their signature caramel-coated treats at area farmers markets.

On Feb. 1, the Tinley Park couple welcomed family and friends to their new shop, Short and Sweet Tasty Treats, located at 9975 W. Lincoln Highway in Frankfort.

F. Amanda Tugade

Tinley Park may see a historical landmark get new life.

During the regular Village Board meeting held March 21, Tinley Park Board of Trustees voted 5 to 0 to approve an economic incentive agreement between the Village and Banging Gavel Properties, LLC. Trustee Kevin Suggs was absent from the meeting.

F. Amanda Tugade
A 64-year-old Tinley Park man allegedly stabbed a manager at an automotive center in Orland Park during a dispute over a delayed oil change. J. Luis Barrios, of 16549 Prairie Drive, was charged with aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, after he stabbed the 37-year-old man with a pocket knife Saturday, March 18, at Sears Auto Center, 2 Orland Square Drive, according to a press release issued the next day by the Orland Park Police Department.
Bill Jones

Tinley Park High School Athletic Director Michael Mongan has been charged with drunk driving by the Oak Lawn Police Department.
Mongan, 46, of the 9800 block of Lawndale Avenue in Evergreen Park, was stopped by an Oak Lawn patrol officer for several traffic violations around 1 a.m. June 10, according to Oak Lawn Police Chief Michael Murray. Mongan was seen erratically driving a Honda Pilot in the eastbound lanes in the 4500 block of 95th Street.

Michael Gilbert

On the evening of April 4, the Village of Tinley Park voted in a new mayor for the first time in 36 years. 

Jacob Vandenberg, a two-year Village trustee, has been elected mayor, after claiming 53.43 percent (677) of the votes in Will County and 62.42 percent (4,763) in Cook County, according to the unofficial results from each of the county’s respective clerk’s websites. 

F. Amanda Tugade

Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 was subpoenaed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to testify before a grand jury May 18 at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago, according to a subpoena released Monday, May 23, by Taryn Atwell, community relations director for District 210.

District 210 was required to bring to the hearing a variety of documents and recordings from Jan. 1, 2000, to present, many of which related to former superintendent Lawrence Wyllie. The subpoena was dated May 4.

Danielle Tabor

Families, friends, faculty, students and staff have tied blue ribbons around Tinley Park High School’s trees to stand strong and to show support for Park Forest Police Officer Tim Jones, who was shot after responding to a break-in call March 19 about at an empty residence near Neola Street.

Jones, 24, is a graduate of the high school and has been a police officer for a year.

F. Amanda Tugade

The opening quarter of the 2015 football season did not begin as Andrew’s coaches and players had planned.
What matters more, however, is how the game ended; and in that regard the result was exactly what the Thunderbolts had hoped it would be.
Andrew overcame a rocky start that saw Bloom Township score twice midway through the first stanza on consecutive offensive plays, and topped the visiting Blazing Trojans 31-19.

Michael Gilbert
Tinley Park police are searching for a pair of subjects who fled on foot into a cornfield Friday, July 29, after their vehicle struck two cars at the intersection of 191st Street and 80th Ave., police said.
Danielle Tabor