Monday, September 3, 2012
Lisa, a Lockport Township High School graduate saw several peers succumb to drugs, some before they could graduate high school. She shared her story for several teens and adolescents at the Blink of an Eye seminar.
Lisa has opportunities. The former Lockport Township High School student completed college, and will soon be traveling to Ghana, Africa to further her goals. When she was a teenager, she drank at parties along with several of her friends. But she decided to quit. Not all of her peers did the same. Some have not made it college, and have trouble holding down a steady job. Others have since died because of drugs. She spoke on July 18 at a Blink seminar, held at the Orland Fire Protection District Administration Building. Sign up for Orland Park Patch breaking news alerts. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter. Looking for more from the Blink of an Eye seminar?
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.
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, …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Two people were taken to Christ after a collision that left car parts all over 159th Street near 84th Avenue, blocking traffic moving both ways.
Police are investigating the cause of an accident Wednesday evening that left two people injured, and two cars totaled out with debris thrown across a stretch of 159th Street. The Orland Fire Protection District was called about the crash in the 8400 block of 159th Street, near the entrance of the Mercedes dealership, just after 6 p.m. An SUV was left with heavy front damage, coming to rest on the north side of 159th Street, while a sedan also was heavily damaged and stopped on the street’s south side, Orland Fire Battalion Chief William Bonnar said. The driver of the SUV was the only person riding in it, and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Two of the three people in the sedan were checked for injuries, but chose not to be …
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Orland firefighters responded Saturday afternoon to a fire at a local restaurant, where Palos Heights crews also showed to help.
Orland firefighters were called Saturday afternoon to a local restaurant where flames were reportedly extending into the dining area. Crews went to Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 14459 LaGrange Road in Orland Park, after getting a call about a possible fire on the building's roof. The first responders got to the scene within about three minutes, Orland Fire Protection District Spokesman Ray Hanania said in an e-mailed statement Saturday afternoon. A manager at the restaurant, who refused to give his name, said the fire "wasn't that big of a deal" and that following the incident, business resumed as usual. The restaurant will maintain its regular hours Sunday and each day following, he said. The building was evacuated by the time …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The single charge against the driver of a street sweeper that a witness said caused a three-vehicle crash in Orland Park, killing a mother, father and daughter from Tinley Park, is the traffic citation. The crash is still being investigated.
A witness to a three-vehicle accident in Orland Park Sunday night that caused the death of three Tinley Park family members told police a street sweeper ran a red light at an intersection, which led to the crash. The man driving the street sweeper has been cited with disobeying a traffic control device for running the red light, Orland Park Police Commander John Keating said Thursday. “One witness saw the whole accident in its entirety and clearly stated the street sweeper disobeyed the red light, making no attempt to stop,” Keating said. “We won’t be getting into specifics of where that witness was until the accident reconstruction is complete.” Police have held off from releasing the street sweeper driver’s name pending the crash’s …
Monday, April 16, 2012
A father, mother and 15-year-old daughter from Tinley Park all died after a three-car accident with a rollover in Orland Park Sunday night.
Updated, 12:10 p.m. Monday, April 16 Police did not find initial signs that drugs or alcohol played a part in a three-vehicle crash Sunday night that left three people dead and two others injured. The Orland Fire Protection District, Tinley Park Fire Department and Orland Park Police Department were called about a rollover vehicle accident at 171st Street and LaGrange Road around 8:40 p.m. involving three vehicles. A street sweeping vehicle was driving north on LaGrange Road when it struck a Toyota Camry turning left onto 171st Street from LaGrange, according to a release from the police department. The Toyota then struck a Ford pickup truck facing east on 171st at LaGrange, police said. The street sweeper had rolled on its side, while …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Over 60 professionals from an array of law enforcement, municipal, emergency, health care and educational departments joined for a meeting in Orland Park to build a joint method for countering rising heroin abuse among teens and adults.
John Roberts thought the best way to fight drug use was to put every dealer he could find in a jail cell. Since the retired Chicago police officer lost his 19-year-old son to a heroin overdose, he looked for another way to take on drug use. He started the Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization, or HERO, with Brian Kirk, another father who have lost his son to an overdose. The group’s purpose is to educate and offer support to those experiencing addiction firsthand among their loved ones. “I think we have to take a step back and find out what leads to our kids doing this stuff,” Roberts said. “Let’s stop number of kids going into this problem.” On March 14, over 60 law enforcement personnel, mental health professionals, emergency medical …
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Fire crews from around the Southland respond to two-alarm blaze that started in the garage. 'I'm alive. That's what's important,' says owner.
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Saturday, August 13, 2011
Fire crews from around the Southland battled a blaze that burned through an Orland Park townhouse Saturday afternoon. No one was injured in the two-alarm fire that started in the garage of the townhouse in the 9300 block of Bradford Lane, Orland Fire Protection District Acting Chief Raymond Kay. An adjoining unit also was damaged from the flames, smoke and water, but two units in the back were unharmed, he added. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to get the blaze under control, and investigators are still looking into what caused the fire, Kay said. Orland fire crews were called to the scene at around noon, and the blaze was raised to a two-alarm fire en route when firefighters saw the large column of smoke coming from the …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Man's body found near baseball diamond in southwest Orland Park.
An Orland Park man was found dead at Discovery Park Wednesday evening. Emergency teams were called to the park between Southwest Highway and Brook Hill Drive about a man who fell and wasn’t moving around 7 p.m. A resident who lives adjacent to the park said a man was seen falling down near benches next to a baseball diamond, and he remained there until an ambulance took the body away. Police are investigating the death but no evidence of foul play was found. Around 8 p.m. Orland Fire Protection District personnel hosed down the bench area. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office did not have information available about cause of death Wednesday night.