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An Orland Park man died July 10 after his vehicle ended up in a ditch late in the evening of July 9 on the north side of LaPorte Road in Mokena, according to a press release from the Will County Sheriff’s Office. Michael B. Anderson, 45, was transported to Silver Cross Hospital’s emergency room ...
Lauren Finkler

Two people received traumatic injuries the evening of May 3 after two vehicles collided head on, at high speeds, according to a press release issued May 4 by the Orland Fire Protection District.

The collision reportedly occurred around 8:15 p.m. in the 9200 block of 167th Street.

The Orland Fire Protection District responded to a report of the crash and found two cars that were involved in a “high-speed head-on wreck,” according to the press release.

Bill Jones
An Orland Park doctor is facing federal charges after he was among more than 600 individuals reportedly caught in a recent national health care fraud enforcement action.
Bill Jones
Dave Shalabi, who was appointed to the Orland School District 135 Board of Education in June 2015 to fill a vacancy, was ousted in his first attempt at an elected position by Orland Park voters on Election Day.
Bill Jones

Sandburg baseball standout Matthias Dietz has officially gone pro.

The San Francisco Giants selected the right-handed pitcher in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball Draft, as the 876th pick overall.

Dietz, a 19-year-old from Orland Park, is billed as throwing and batting righty, while standing 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 220 pounds. He just completed his freshman year at John A. Logan College, a community college in Carterville.

Bill Jones

State Sen. Michael Hastings hopes the youth suicide prevention and awareness legislation he is sponsoring will help Orland Park residents Susan and Mike Blaha cope with their daughter AnnMarie’s suicide in June 2013.

When Hastings learned what happened to the 11-year-old, he could not fathom why such a young person would commit suicide, he said. The senator has known the Blaha family since he was in fifth or sixth grade, and they were neighbors in Orland Hills.

Bill Jones
The annual Orland Days festival is returning for 2018 but with some tweaks to how it has been run in the past. Because of financial constraints, the Orland Park Lions Club, which stages the event, decided to shorten the festival by a day and remove the annual parade from this year’s lineup.
Bill Jones
In addition to local races for Village of Orland Park mayor and seats on the Orland School District 135 Board of Education, Orland Park voters were faced with two advisory/non-binding questions — designed to gauge public opinion — from the Village when they went to their polling places Tuesday, April 4. In both cases, the majority of Orland Park residents voted “No,” according to unofficial results from the Cook and Will County Clerks’ Offices.
Bill Jones

District releases statements regarding alleged incidents

Just days after an former Orland School District 135 teacher was charged with abusing two former students she met during their time at Jerling Jr. High School, a 28-year-old Orland Park man was charged with abusing a minor in a separate incident.

Jeffrey Morowczynski, 28, of Orland Park, was charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, according to a spokesperson for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Danielle Tabor
A new, 57.72-acre, mixed use planned development that could feature 104 senior-designated ranch homes, 190 townhomes, a six-story hotel, and commercial retail and restaurant space was recommended unanimously on March 18 by the Development Services, Planning and Engineering Committee to the Orland Park Village Board.
Bill Jones