Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Lack of communication from police in Burbank caused confusion with two separate criminal incidents, including a double homicide and police chase that forced schools to go on soft lockdown.
Last Wednesday when all hell broke loose on West 83rd Place in Burbank, residents took to Facebook to find out why helicopters were hovering over the neighborhood. Sign up for the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and follow us on Facebook. It turned out that two serious, but unrelated incidents had occurred just a few blocks away from each other on 83rd Place. On Wednesday morning, two elderly people were found murdered inside a home in the 6400 block of West 83rd Place. Most residents were unaware of the death investigation—first reported by CBS News as a murder-suicide—which wasn’t made public until Wednesday evening. Investigators from the Burbank Police Department and South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the double …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Former colleagues, scouts and youth baseball league players recount the missed cues of the Boy Scouts' most prolific serial pedophile.
Among the many red flags that stood out about convicted child sex predator Thomas Hacker were the shorts he wore coaching games and running the concession stand at Westside Baseball in the early 1980s. Connect with Patch: Oak Lawn / Beverly-Mt. Greenwood / Evergreen Park He liked to wear them pulled high over his waist so that they barely covered his thighs, recalled Bill Olsen, who was 12 years old when he played for Hacker on the Westside's all-star team, circa 1980. “I found him odd, just the way he presented himself,” Olsen said. “Just hearing the name gives me chills. Even talking about it right now I get a little angry.” Hacker was convicted in 1989 on multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault against three Boy Scouts, ages 11 and…
Saturday, January 26, 2013
A TCF Bank branch in Burbank was robbed on Jan. 26
The FBI is searching for a man who is suspected of holding up a Burbank bank Saturday morning. A man wearing what appears to be a yellow safety vest walked into the TCF Bank branch at 7910 S. Cicero Ave. inside of Jewel-Osco and robbed it, according to the FBI. Get Breaking News Alerts: Oak Lawn/Beverly-Mt. Greenwood/Evergreen Park The man did not show a gun and the incident is described by officials as a non takeover-style bank robbery. The suspected robber was a black male between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9. He has on a gray hoodie and has a thin mustache. No one was injured and the suspect was seen fleeing the scene on foot, the Chicago Tribune reports. If you have any information about the crime you are asked to contact the Chicago branch…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Burbank Police report on an overnight shooting.
A man was shot in Burbank early Friday morning in what police are saying was not a random incident. The shooting occurred at 12:25 a.m. on Dec. 7 in the 6700 block of 85th Street, according to the Burbank Police Department. A 20-year-old man was walking alone when a maroon mini-van drove by and its occupants began to yelled "gang jargon" at him, police said. The man heard shots ring out and realized he had been shot in the leg. Police say the van drove away southbound down New Castle from 85th Street. The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Hospital where his injuries were determined not to be life threatening, police said. The Burbank Police Department is asking for anyone who heard or witnesses the incident to step forward.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Burbank residents blast mayor at city council meeting after back-to-back gang shootings in August.
Facing a council room of scared residents, Burbank Mayor Harry J. Klein blamed parents, city interlopers and the court system for the town’s uptick in gang violence during a city council meeting on Aug. 15. After two gang-related shootings is as many weeks, 150 residents packed Burbank City Hall and demanded their local elected officials to “get these people out of our neighborhood.” Subscribe to the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. In the early morning hours of Aug. 2, four people were shot during a party outside a home on the 6400 block of West 86th Street. All four were treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. The second shooting occurred around 10 p.m. Aug. 12, on the 8200 block of…
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Single-engine plan crashes in Burbank.
A single-engine plane crashed into a retention pond in Burbank on Saturday afternoon. Four people were inside, two adults and two children, though no injuries were reported according to Bedford Park Fire Lieutenant Steve Klotz.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Welcome to Tony and Barbara Macak's little corner of hell in Burbank, with proceeds from their 6,500- light display going to ComEd. Part 4 of Oak Lawn Patch's tour of local ghoulish yards.
The road to Hell's Corner is paved with good intentions, like Tony and Barbara Macak's vision of Hades in on the 8100 block of South Newland in Burbank. Hell's Corner runs through Oct. 28 from 7-9:45 p.m. and Oct. 29-31 from 7:30-11:30 p.m.) When it comes to staging a haunted front yard display, most homeowners are limited by the typically cramped confines of their lawns. But not Tony and Barbara Macak, who benefit from having a corner lot and a wide stretch of turf on which to depict what can only be described as a dark and twisted menagerie of the damned. Welcome to Hell's Corner, home of all manner of wretched souls, accursed creatures and—ahem—blood-vomiting villains. Nearly every square inch of the Macak family's front lawn is …