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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

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

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

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
The Orland Park Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects from an armed robbery that reportedly took place this past weekend, in which the suspects used a vehicle reported stolen from Tinley Park. Orland Park police were dispatched at 3:16 p.m. July 8 to the parking lot near Macy’s at Orland Square for a report of an armed robbery, according to a press release issued July 10 by the department.
Bill Jones
A 38-year-old homeless man has been charged with robbing a Chase Bank branch on Feb. 3 in Tinley Park.
Cody Mroczka

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