Crime

Guilty plea in Flossmoor downtown shooting ends case against man

Nearly two years after a shooting in downtown Flossmoor electrified the community, an Indiana man has pleaded guilty to a hate crime and reckless discharge of a firearm, both felonies.
 
Bryan Oedzes made the guilty plea Thursday in the Markham courthouse, said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
 

Homewood couple say they tried to stop fight, shooting

A Homewood couple say they tried to stop a fight that resulted in two people being shot outside Walmart, 17550 S. Halsted Ave., shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. 

Cara Lawlor told the Chronicle on Monday she dove on top of a man being kicked in the head and her fiance, John Pangborn, helped a security guard wrestle a gun from another man.

Two people shot Sunday night at Walmart fuel station

Two people were shot Sunday night during an altercation at the Walmart fuel station, 17550 Halsted St., in Homewood.

Homewood police said officers responded to the scene shortly after 8 p.m. after receiving reports of a disturbance that included shots fired.

2 men face attempted armed robbery charges after April 20 incident

Two Park Forest residents have been accused of attempted armed robbery after allegedly threatening two people in Homewood on April 20. 

Mark Blankenberger, 34, of Cherry Street, and Jaryl Johnson, 29, of the 3200 block of Western Avenue, each have been charged with two counts of attempted armed robbery, according to the Cook County Circuit Court clerk.

Sheriff warns of phone scammers claiming to represent sheriff's office

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart warned residents on Friday of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be a member of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

In this scam, the caller makes notification that there is an allegation against the victim and that payment is required. A spoofing application is used to make it appear on caller ID that the phone call is coming from a Cook County Sheriff’s Office number.

Homewood police seek information about daytime burglaries

Homewood police are seeking information about two daytime residential burglaries that occurred Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 in the Governors Park neighborhood.

The break-ins happened in the 17600 block of Rockwell Avenue and the 2200 block of Hawthorne Road. Both burglaries occurred between late morning and early evening, according to police. No one was home at either residence. 

Flossmoor traffic stop leads to arrest for bank robbery

Flossmoor police say a bank robbery may have been prevented last week when an officer stopped a car for speeding in mid-morning traffic. Patrolman Tim Filkins stopped a man who subsequently was charged in an Orland Park bank robbery.

Surveillance photo shows possible car burglary suspect: police

Flossmoor police are looking for further information on a suspect who may be involved in a string of vehicle burglaries in the village.

Homewood man charged in 2 bank robbery incidents

A Homewood man faces a number of charges after allegedly robbing one local bank and attempting to rob another on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Brandon Darty, 24, of the 19100 block of Pierce Ave., was charged with felony robbery of a financial institution and misdemeanor aggravated assault and resisting a peace officer.

Armed robber hits Southgate Mini Mart late Saturday

Homewood police are seeking information about an armed robbery at Southgate Mini Mart that occurred at about 11:58 p.m. on Saturday, July 29.

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