Here are some of the top stories from the past week in Patch's South Suburban region:
Oak Lawn—Odelson Endorses Bury for Mayor—A strongly worded letter from well-known government and election attorney Burt Odelson landed in Oak Lawn voters’ mailboxes on Thursday, endorsing candidate Sandra Bury for mayor.
Beverly-Mt. Greenwood—18 Alleged Gangbangers Charged in Large Drug Trafficking Bust—Eighteen alleged members or associates of the Black Disciples street gang were charged with drug and gun charges in a recent bust that include parts of Chicago’s South Side and the south suburbs.
Orland Park—Police Use Taser Twice on Man Who Allegedly Punched Cop—A 29-year-old man is charged with felony aggravated battery of a police officer and several other offenses after struggling with officers, police said.
Evergreen Park—Driving Range at New Park Nearing Completion—Duffers will have a new spot to chip golf balls this summer with the completion of the driving range at the new 50-acre park that is currently under construction at 91st Street and California Avenue.
Palos—Body Pulled from Palos Heights Lake is Missing Crestwood Man—Rescue crews found the missing 21-year-old, along with a Honda Civic, in a Cook County forest preserve lake.
Tinley Park—Village Honors Heroism of 2 Groups of Rescuers—Four lives were saved thanks to the efforts of these local heroes.
Homewood-Flossmoor—Newborn Found in Popeye’s Bathroom Has Homewood Connection—A newborn baby girl was pronounced dead shortly after she was discovered in a Calumet City Popeye’s restaurant bathroom earlier this week.
Chicago Heights—Bloom Grad Named Miss Windy City 2013—Ariel Fuller, a 2008 graduate of Bloom HIgh School, was named Miss Windy City last month. Next step: Miss Illinois.
Oak Forest—$10K Cash Snatched in Oak Forest Burglary—Expensive jewelry, laptop computers and $10,000 cash meant for a trip to the Philippines were reported missing from a ransacked apartment.
Mokena—Mokena Man Jailed for 'April Fools' Crime in New Lenox—A 26-year-old Mokena man was arrested for groping a woman jogger Monday in New Lenox..
New Lenox——Lester P. Farrelly Jr. was hit by Rock Island Train 402, roughly a half-mile east of Schoolhouse Road shortly before 6 a.m. Monday..
Frankfort—Frankfort Family Needs Your Help to Win Customized Wheelchair—A couple mouse clicks could make a big difference for 7-year-old Bella. Voting ends May 10.