Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Bail for Ralph Grajek, 46, was set at $200,000 on Wednesday. He is accused of striking a woman and ripping out a telephone line after pushing his way into the home.
An Orland Park man was charged Wednesday with home invasion after police said he forced his way into an unincorporated Palos Heights home. Ralph Grajek, 46, appeared in Bridgeview bond court Wednesday, according the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. His bail was set at $200,000. Grajek is accused of forcing his way into the house on 128th Street at around 12:45 a.m. Feb. 17, hitting a woman who was home several times in the face and ripping a telephone line out of the wall when she tried to call 911, police said. After fleeing in a black GMC Jimmy, Grajek was arrested several days later on Feb. 25 after a manhunt led police to Chicago Ridge, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody without incident. Grajek is due in …
Friday, November 23, 2012
'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' popped into the Best Buy in Orland Park on Thanksgiving, surprising one lucky family from the South Side with a shopping spree and thousands of dollars in Best Buy goodies—and handing out $50,000 in gift cards to others.
They came in hordes and formed a line thousands long—the length of a strip mall, out around the corner, and north along LaGrange Road. Amidst Black Friday excitement and rumors of a cameo by Ellen DeGeneres, eager shoppers and fans flocked to Best Buy in Orland Park on Thanksgiving, hoping to snag a prized purchase, and a glimpse of the talk show host. Though DeGeneres did not appear and most might have been disappointed, one lucky family's day got a lot brighter. A South Side family chosen from millions of contest entrants was treated to a Best Buy shopping spree and thousands of dollars in giftcards, courtesy of The Ellen Show. Members of the show's production staff were mum on how they chose the winning family, whose name is being …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Authorities are investigating deaths of an estranged couple in a quiet Orland subdivision, after a suicide note was found written by the man in Hickory Hills.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A separated Orland Park couple was found dead in their home Tuesday afternoon, according to police. Police discovered the bodies after performing a well-being check on the home. "Hickory Hills Police related they were searching for a 55-year-old male who had left a suicide note at the home of his parents in Hickory Hills," a statement read. "Responding officers entered the home and located the man and a 48-year-old female, both deceased inside the residence." Neighbors told Patch that three daughters live in the home.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Fireworks were reported seen in the area though an official cause for the fire hasn’t been determined as of Sunday afternoon. The field is at 143rd Street and Wolf Road, about one mile outside Palos Park.
One firefighter was injured, but wasn’t hospitalized, and no homes or buildings were damaged as a result of a prairie fire that burned up about 10 acres of land in Orland Park Saturday night. Witnesses reported seeing firework flares falling from the sky near a field north of 143rd street and west of Wolf Road, around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Flames began shortly there after and Orland Fire Protection District personnel then arrived on scene. “They were the big mortar shots that burst in the sky,” said Tony Gloria, RoccoVino’s Italian Restaurant general manager, who saw the fire begin from the restaurant across the street. “The fire grew pretty quickly, and the wind was a major factor I think. The flames were blowing south towards 143rd, …
Friday, September 30, 2011
A salary increase is in the works for teachers in some local schools next fiscal year.
Unlike many Illinois school districts, Consolidated High School District 230 is beginning its 2012 Fiscal Year "in the black." The district's board passed that $121 million budget Thursday night during its regular meeting at Victor J. Andrew High School. Assistant Superintendent for Business Steve Langert, who presented it, pointed out that the combined operating funds and working cash funds of $52.3 million make up 44 percent of the budgeted operating expenses for FY2012. With Cook County tax bills likely being collected a month earlier this year, he doesn't anticipate any cash flow issues, he said. The district’s operating revenue is expected to increase 1.1 percent from last year, nearly matching the projected expenses for this year. …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Benefit, arts, entertainment, family friendly and government events happening this weekend, Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, in the Orland, Palos, Tinley and Oak Forest area.
The perfect weekend activity can be just as difficult to find as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster or a Chicago highway without traffic. Have faith! Patch has come to the rescue with the best bets for the weekend. So, set aside that low-quality video camera, put down your fishing rod and discover the weekend. For the Love of Liz - Benefit for Elizabeth Corley Friday, September 30, 7pm | 115 Bourbon Street Help Elizabeth Corley as she battles brain tumors and their side effects while trying to care for a daughter. Tickets include food, wine, beer and entertainment, and are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. JEWEL-OSCO's "Give a Little, Feed a Lot" Food Drive Daily Until September 30, All Day | Jewel Osco "Give a Little, Feed a Lot" in Jewel-…
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Performing arts, festivals, green, charitable and library events happening this weekend, Aug. 18 - 21, in the Orland, Palos, Tinley and Oak Forest area.
When it comes to picking weekend activities, many of us suffer from decidophobia (fear of making decisions). Fear not! Patch has come to the rescue with an amazing weekend all lined up for you. Tinley Summer Fest August 20, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Easter Seals Enjoy an evening of food and fun with performances by Yard Fulla Cars, Joey Midnight & the Fleshtones and more. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family. Proceeds go to Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School, Child & Family Connections #12 and Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago Zante's Lounge Celebrates 2nd Anniversary August 21, 3 p.m. | Zante of Orland Celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of Zante's in Orland Park with a pig roast, bean bag tournament and several contests. Hear performances…
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Events are happening this weekend, August 11-13, in the Orland, Palos, Tinley and Oak Forest areas.
Just like prairie dogs in U.S. deserts, life is easier if you hang with a group. This weekend, take friends, relatives or even a date out to see what the south 'burbs have to offer including fundraisers, mini-golf and back to school fun. Together We Cope Rock Bottom Fundraiser August 11, 6pm - 9pm | Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery Support Together We Cope by trying a custom brew (called Cope-asetic) sold in Together We Cope pint glasses for $5 each. Enter a raffle for an iPad2. 10% of all food sales will be donated to Together We Cope. Friday Night Date Night August 12, 7pm - 9pm | El Morro Park, Miniature Golf Course Take that special someone for a round of mini-golf. Couples golf for $5 and receive a flower. Concessions will be open …
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Nightlife, festivals, charitable and kid friendly events are happening this weekend, August 4-7, in the Orland, Palos, Tinley and Oak Forest areas.
Just like when searching for the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, finding something do for the weekend takes a little digging. Fortunately, Patch has already done the dirty work for you. So, put down your shovel, lay aside the brushes and return that excavator - this weekend's events have been unearthed and classified. Taste of Orland Park Friday August 5, 5-11pm | Orland Park Civic Center Saturday, August 6, 1-11pm Sunday, August 7, 1-9 Enjoy music, kid-friendly activities, and great food from local resturarts in this weekend long event. Admission is free. Movie Night: Rango Saturday August 6, 6:30pm–8:30pm | Christ Community Church Bring a blanket and your favorite stuffed animal - it's movie night! Enjoy free …
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Performing arts, sports, kid friendly and charitable events this weekend, July 21 - 24, in the Orland, Palos, Tinley and Oak Forest area.
Just like an 1848 gold prospector, we all need to find a little piece of treasure every now and then. Look no further, Patch has turned over every stone, panned every river and scoured every event calendar to find little nuggets of fun that make an awesome weekend. This weekend we found the "mother lode" of activties for kids, families, and pets. Kids' Reptile Party July 23, 11am–1pm | Marquette Bank Let your kids learn about Jim Nesci's Cold Blooded Creatures such as alligators and snakes at the Marquette Bank. Lights, Camera, Harry Potter! July 23, 6pm–8pm | Tinley Park Public Library Join the celebration of all eight Harry Potter movies. Experience the excitements of a movie set from auditions to special effects. Feel free to dress as …