Here are some of the top stories from the past week in Patch's south suburban region:
Palos—Family Escapes Apartment Fire in Palos Hills—A father and four children were treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center following the fire early Tuesday morning.
Homewood-Flossmoor—Baby Left in Hot Car While Mom Shopped: Police—Cops found the crying baby belted into a car seat while mom shopped inside at Kohl's.
Orland Park—Our Troops Need Fudge, And You Can Make That Happen—Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Orland Park will ship a pound of fudge to the troops for every pound you buy. What are you waiting for?
Tinley Park—The Caribbean Comes to Tinley Park—Droves of people filled the streets of downtown Tinley last week during the village's annual Caribbean Block Party.
Chicago Heights—Bomb Threat Forces Food 4 Less Evacuation—The Cook County bomb squad had been called but determined there wasn't a bomb in the grocery store, located at 1333 Western Ave.
Oak Forest—BB Gun Shooter Scored Headshot on Man in Moving Car—A 21-year-old Oak Forest man was the victim of a pellet gun shooting on July 15.
Oak Lawn—9 Baby Ducks Rescued in Hometown—The story has a happy ending as all the feathered friends were brought out to safety after a manhole cover was removed.
Evergreen Park—4-Year-Old Battles Cancer with Help from Her Friends—Amy Jongsma, 4, is battling cancer, and the Evergreen Park community is helping out by selling lemonade to raise money for her.
Beverly-Mt. Greenwood—Burbank Man Gets 5 Years In Crash That Killed Vito and Nick's Bartender—The 20-year employee was also a grandmother of 12.
Frankfort—The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade Inspired L-W Kids at Basketball Camp—The Miami Heat Superstar Dwayne Wade came back to the Southland to teach kids basketball, sportsmanship and more.
Mokena—Mokena Woman Pleads Guilty to Killing Her Mother—Gaye Wern pleaded guilty to second degree murder by reason of a mental illness.
New Lenox—Rescuers Save Man From Flaming Car Wreck—A 19-year-old Manhattan man along with two other fire alarm inspectors sprung to action and pulled a man from a burning car July 22, west of Gougar Road on Laraway Road in unincorporated Will County.