Friday, January 4, 2013
Two men have been charged in connection with the manhunt that started Jan. 2 in Tinley Park and ended in a car crash in New Lenox.
Two men were charged Friday with the Jan. 2 Tinley Park armed robbery that ended in New Lenox after they crashed their getaway car on Route 6 just east of Cedar Road. A third man was released pending investigation. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office charged Larone Smith and Lazeric Watkins, both are 24 and from Chicago. The pair appeared Friday at Bridgeview Courthouse. Smith's bond was set at $500,000, while Watkins' bond is set at $250,000. Tinley Park Police Chief Steve Neubauer said the two were armed just after 7 p.m. Wednesday when they robbed cell phones from the T-Moblie store, Harlem Avenue and 162nd Street. No shots were fired, but one store employee received minor injuries. With a description of the getaway car …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
New Lenox and Illinois State police departments arrested three Tinley Park armed robbery suspects who police say crashed the getaway car on Route 6.
Thursday 4:45 p.m. Further details are not expected until tomorrow in the case of the Tinley Park armed robbery at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday at the T-Mobile store, Harlem Avenue and 162nd Street, said Tinley Park Police Chief Steve Neubaurer. The investigation is continuing in the case of three suspects who were arrested shortly after 8 p.m. in New Lenox after their getaway car crashed in a ditch on Route 6 just east of Cedar Road. Thursday 10:50 a.m. Details of the Tinley Park armed robbery that spilled over into New Lenox last night continue to unfold. Three armed robbery suspects were arrested in New Lenox after their getaway car crashed in a ditch around 8 p.m. along Route 6 just east of Cedar Road. Six police departments out of the …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Ten people were injured in the Saturday afternoon attack. Three were hospitalized.
Updated at 8:52 p.m. A group of ‘anti-facists’ are being credited with Saturday’s mob-style attack inside a Tinley Park restaurant. An anti-racist website posted a response to the Patch story "Police: Mob Attacked Specific Group of People Inside Tinley Park Restaurant." The post states that “a group of 30 anti-fascists descended” on the restaurant “where the 5th annual White Nationalist Economic Summit and Illinois White Nationalist Meet-and-Greet" was reportedly taking place. “These anti-fascists are committed to shutting down and attacking any racist, nationalist or fascist organizers or individuals that they encounter,” the post states. Tinley Park police have not confirmed the claims. Updated at 8:06 p.m. Police are holding five people…
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Officers had to shatter a car window to wake a drunken man who they said they found on the side of a dark roadway, passed out behind the wheel of his idle car.
Tinley Park officers broke the front, passenger-side window of a vehicle last week to get to a sleeping man who wasn't responding to police. They said New Lenox resident Joshua P. Varichak did, at one point, flip them off when they were trying to get his attention Feb. 14. Even so, his head returned to a bent position and his eyes closed quickly, according to the report. That led police to contact emergency responders. Police initially stumbled upon Varichak's gray 2004 Dodge around 3:20 a.m. on the edge of the roadway on Southbound Ridgeland Avenue, they said. "The vehicle had no driving or parking lights on and due to the roadway being unlit … presented a dangerous roadway hazard," an officer wrote in the report. "… I approached the …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Caretaker told Cook County investigators that she had a history of gambling addiction.
Earlier this year, a caretaker accused of stealing $65,000 from an elderly Tinley Park woman told Cook County investigators that she suffered from gambling addiction. The money had been long lost by the time police caught up with her. Holly Ann Horst, 42, of New Lenox, pled guilty to the financial exploitation of an elderly person on April 8 and was sentenced to 4 years in prison with fines of $665, Cook County court records show. She was arrested late last year after an investigation by Tinley Park police revealed that she had taken at least $65,000 from her wheelchair-bound employer’s bank account without permission. According to police, Horst was only authorized to pay herself between $500 and $600 a week for her work as a caregiver. …
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Four others were injured in a single-car accident in the 6200 block of West 183rd Street in Tinley, according to police.
UPDATE (4:50 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14) An Alsip teenager was killed and four others were injured after a single-car crash late Saturday night in the 6200 block of West 183rd Street in Tinley park, a police release stated. A 2008 Pontiac G6 was traveling westbound on West 183rd Street at 11:38 p.m. Saturday and left the roadway, rolling several times before coming to rest in Cook County Forest Preserve property on the north side of the road, according to a Tinley Park Police Department release. Megan Elam, 18, of Alsip, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at 12:28 a.m. Sunday at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner. Elam was a passenger in the the vehicle, the release said. …
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Report obtained from the Frankfort Police Department.
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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Tinley Park police officer John Leonard had a glass of Guinness while driving and a handgun between his legs, according to documents obtained by the SouthtownStar.
Tinley Park police officer John Leonard had an open glass of Guinness in the car and his handgun between his legs when he was pulled over by New Lenox police in connection with a hit-and-run that slightly injured the other driver, according to documents obtained by the SouthtownStar. When contacted Thursday by Patch, Frankfort Police Cmdr. Robert Krause said the article describing the crash in a Tinley Park-owned vehicle was "very accurate." According to the article, Leonard, 37, taunted New Lenox police, who arrested him after he allegedly drove away from the 1 a.m. May 1 crash in Frankfort, saying he was "the real police" and the New Lenox officer was "a ticket-writing cop." When asked about the gun, Leonard allegedly said, "So what? I'm…
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Tinley Park police officer John Leonard, 37, accused of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, has been charged with a Class 4 felony. He also faces drunken driving and driving with an open container charges.
Frankfort police charged Tinley Park police officer John Leonard, 37, with a felony hit-and-run charge, and issued citations for drunken driving and illegal transportation of alcohol, Frankfort police Cmdr. Robert Krause said Tuesday. Leonard is accused of driving away after rear-ending another vehicle at LaGrange Road and Lincolnway Lane in Frankfort at about 1 a.m. May 1. The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office approved a Class 4 felony charge for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident on Friday, office spokesman Chuck Pelkie said Monday. If convicted of the felony charge, Leonard could face one to three years in prison, although he could also be eligible for parole, Pelkie said. The passenger in the vehicle was not seriously …
Monday, May 9, 2011
John Leonard, 37, could face one to three years if convicted, but also could get parole.
Tinley Park police officer John Leonard, 37, accused of driving away after rear-ending another vehicle in Frankfort at about 1 a.m. May 1, has been charged with leaving the scene of personal injury accident, a Class 4 felony, the Will County State's Attorney's Office said. Office spokesman Chuck Pelkie said the warrant was issued Friday afternoon. If convicted, Leonard could face one to three years in prison, although he could also be eligible for parole, Pelkie said. The passenger in the vehicle was not injured severely but was taken to the hospital. "(Leonard) was expected to surrender to the police department on Friday evening," Pelkie said. His bail was set at $35,000, meaning he would have to post $3,500 bond. Frankfort Police were …