Friday, May 17, 2013
A protest against alleged profiling by local police departments is scheduled to march down 95th Street this Saturday.
The organizer behind Saturday’s protest in Evergreen Park over alleged racial profiling pleaded guilty to hitting a police officer in a 2009 incident but, in a lawsuit filed against Oak Lawn, claims the department used “excessive force” in the arrest and profiled her in two traffic stops. Eric Chriswell of Burbank is promoting the protest on a Facebook page. She states the march is a response against alleged "racial profiling" by the Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn police departments. Attempts to reach Chriswell have been unsuccessful. Evergreen Park police have declined to comment on the protest, other than to confirm it is scheduled. The Village of Oak Lawn is fighting a lawsuit Chriswell has filed in U.S. District court against the village…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A graduate student who has filed a $1.5 million civil suit against Oak Lawn is leading a protest against allegations of racial profiling by Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn police departments.
A protest over alleged racial profiling by area police departments is expected to march through Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn this weekend. Erica Chriswell, a graduate student and hip hop artist, has filed a $1.5 million civil lawsuit against the Village of Oak Lawn and the Oak Lawn Police Department, alleging she was the victim of assault and racial slurs during an arrest. Chriswell, who goes by the artist name Eryka Kane, is organizing Saturday's protest. The march is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. near the intersection of 95th Street and Western Avenue and head toward Cicero along 95th Street. Protesters will be marching on the sidewalks. Connect with Patch: Evergreen Park / Oak Lawn / Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Oak Lawn Police Division Chief …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Oak Lawn's bravest take on Oak Lawn's finest in charity hockey game tonight (Sunday) as they raise money for Wounded Warrior Project and Chicago Hornet Youth Sled Hockey.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The Oak Lawn Firefighters vs. Oak Lawn Police put their blades to the ice in annual charity hockey this Sunday, April 21.
The Oak Lawn Fire Department and Police Department’s annual ninth hockey game commences at the Oak Lawn Ice Arena this Sunday, raising money for some great causes. The grudge match starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for students. Since 2004, police and firefighters have been taking to the ice to raise money for a worthy cause in a high-flying, blade-thrashing, feats-of-strength hockey game. This year, OLPD and OLFD are playing for the Wounded Warrior Project and Chicago Hornets Youth Sled Hockey. The Wounded Warrior Project provides unique direct service programs to injured service members. Chicago Hornets Youth Sled Hockey supports children and youth with physical disabilities who are determined to play hockey. The annual cop …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Car was traveling at high rate of speed when it left the road and crashed into residence, killing the 24-year-old driver and injuring two passengers. Homeowners are okay, police say.
Update, 2:04 a.m. Saturday -- A 24-year-old man was killed and two others injured after their car crashed into a house on Friday evening. Sign up for Oak Lawn Patch breaking news alerts and follow us on Facebook. Oak Lawn police and firefighters were sent to 105th Street and Georgia Lane after receiving multiple 911 calls about a car that crashed into a house around 10:39 p.m., a police news release said. When police and firefighters arrived at the home in the 10400 block of Georgia Lane, a black, 2001 Audi had crashed into the home’s garage. Police said the car was travelling west on 105th Street at a high rate of speed when the car left the road and crashed into the house. Three adult males were in the car. The two passengers were taken …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Mayor, clerk and trustees thank retiring Oak Lawn Police Chief Bill Villanova for a job well done.
Since he joined the Oak Lawn Police Department as a rookie patrol officer, one day has always loomed in the distant future: April 1, 2013. That’s the day that was set as the retirement date for Oak Lawn Police Chief William V. Villanova Jr. who retires next week after a 36-year career in law enforcement marked by bravery, leadership and cool professionalism. Sign up for the Oak Lawn Patch newsleter and follow us on Facebook. Mayor Dave Heilmann read a proclamation declaring Thursday—March 28—William V. Villanova Jr. Day in Oak Lawn, before throwing it to fellow board members, each of whom thanked the chief for a job well done. “I’m the biggest baby of them all,” Village Clerk Jane Quinlan wept during Tuesday's village board meeting. …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Oak Lawn Police chief discusses 2012 crime stats, gangs and other high profile criminal cases.
In their continuing tour of the village, members of the Oak Lawn Police Department addressed 50 residents who turned out on a rainy Tuesday night for a public safety town hall at Harnew Elementary School. Sign up for Oak Lawn Patch breaking news alerts. The community meetings are part of a citizen-driven planning process initiated by Mayor Dave Heilmann that will guide village crime department efforts. Also sitting in the audience were Trustees Cindy Trautsch (Dist. 1) and Alex Olejniczak (Dist. 2) and Bob Streit (Dist. 3). The mayor, Trautsch and Olejniczak are up for reelection in April. Several village board candidates also attended. Oak Lawn Police Chief Bill Villanova offered a snapshot of 2012 uniform crime statistics—the areas of …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
A round up of the week's crime headlines and police news on Oak Lawn Patch.
It has been a rockin' couple of weeks in Oak Lawn and the surrounding area. Here are some of the police stories we've covered between Dec. 16 and Dec. 24. Look up Oak Lawn Crime statistics. Are You a Fan of True Crime? Like our Crime-N-Shame Facebook page to stay on top of the big stories and the weird ones. THIS STORY IS ON COMMENT MODERATION.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
No injuries have been reported but a car was hit in the parking lot. Man sitting inside the car said he dove under the steering wheel to avoid being hit.
About ten gunshots were reported fired in the parking lot outside of Chuck E. Cheese at 4301 W. 95th St in Oak Lawn around 8:45 p.m. Saturday. Sign up for Oak Lawn Patch breaking news alerts. A 21-year-old man attending his child’s birthday party at the fun emporium said he had just put a birthday cake inside his car that was parked on the east side of the restaurant facing Pulaski Road. He was sitting in the front driver’s seat when he heard gunshots. “When I got and in and closed the door I heard three or four shots, boom, boom, boom,” he said. “I dived under the steering wheel and I heard five more shots when the cops came up. That’s why I didn’t get hit.” The man said the bullets came through the car seats. He did not see the shooter …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Woman was using ATM at Bank of America; suspect described as male white teen.
A woman using the ATM at Bank of America at 111th Street and Pulaski Road was robbed at knife-point around 3 p.m. Friday, police said. Sign up for the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. Sgt. Patrick Barron of the Oak Lawn Police Department said the woman had just withdrawn $40 from an ATM in the drive-through lane of the bank when a male white teen approached her car. The teen displayed a knife and demanded the woman’s money. After taking her $40, he took off running westbound on 111th Street, Barron said. According to Southtown Star, the alleged robber got into a car that was parked nearby that sped away. Barron was not aware of any vehicles involved in the robbery, only that the teen suspect ran away. Bank of America …