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At around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, Metra’s Rock Island Twitter account sent a message reading that the Joliet train scheduled to depart at 8:30 p.m. was delayed because of “a freight striking a pedestrian near Hickory Creek.”
Cody Mroczka
Abby Ohl, 25, of Tinley Park, taught 6th grade special education at Grissom Middle School for three years. During her time she “had developed wonderful relationships with our students and staff in her role as teacher and student council sponsor,” the school said.
Cody Mroczka

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
Benjamin Del Valle, 45, of Orland Park, has been charged with driving under the influence - drugs, reckless driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and no insurance stemming from a vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 8:00 p.m. on March 6 near 172nd Street and Oak Park Avenue.
Cody Mroczka

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
A male subject was seriously injured and air lifted to a local hospital after reportedly jumping from the 80th Avenue bridge onto the eastbound lane of Interstate 80 where he was struck by at least two vehicles, according to the Illinois State Police Public Information Office.
Cody Mroczka

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
According to New Lenox Police Deputy Chief Louis Alessandrini, a similar, possibly related incident occurred at a Tinley Park business.
Cody Mroczka

Tom McAuliffe and his sons, Tom Jr. and John, knew exactly what they wanted to do with one of the vacant spaces at the corner of 183rd Street and Oak Park Avenue in Tinley Park. 

The three – who are no strangers to the restaurant business – have decided to open Darla’s Deli & Cafe, which showcases a full menu of hot and cold sandwiches, wraps and panini. Customers can also mix and match flavored coffees with baked goods from Zettlmeier’s Bakerei. With a spot already in Manteno, the south suburban family opened the Tinley Park location in April. 

F. Amanda Tugade