There was a heavy police presence at Homewood’s Irwin Park Tuesday evening.
There was also a heavy kid presence, and when the two groups met on the field armed with water balloons, there was also a lot of laughter.
The occasion was the annual National Night Out event hosted by the Homewood Police Department as an opportunity for residents to meet and mingle with officers under relaxed and social conditions.
Police departments in Homewood and Flossmoor are hosting National Night Out events Aug. 7 in settings where officers can interact with residents and explain how local law enforcement is working to keep our communities safe. National Night Out has been called “a party with an important purpose,” according to Homewood Events Manager Allisa Opyd.
A Steger man died Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a passenger vehicle in the 18200 block of Halsted Street in Homewood.
Kyle J. Ladewig, 37, was pronounced dead at Christ Hospital, according to the Homewood Police Department.
A driver died Thursday in a car crash at 183rd Street and Park Avenue, just west of the railroad viaduct in Homewood.
Police responded to the accident at 10:07 p.m. on July 5. According to a press release issued by the Homewood Police Department, responding officers located a single vehicle that had crashed into a cement wall on the south side of 183rd across from Park.
Homewood police responded to a report of possible gunshots Thursday night on the 18400 block of Clyde Road.
At 8:38 p.m., officers investigated the incident at a home on Clyde and discovered a bullet had shattered a window in the front of the residence, according to a press release. No injuries were reported.
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.
Homewood trustees welcomed three new full-time employees to the village at the board meeting Tuesday. In other business, the board approved a new sexual harassment policy, new stop signs at a residential intersection and a special use permit for a child care center.
At the regular board meeting Tuesday Homewood trustees will witness four new employees take the oath of office and will consider a request for installation of a four-way stop at a residential intersection and a request for a day care center special use permit.
The board meets at 7:30 p.m. in village hall, 2020 Chestnut Road.
Three new officers will officially join the Homewood Police Department: Nicholas Camilli, Thomas Rodeghier and Timothy Rosenberg.
Homewood police are seeking information about a hit-and-run accident Wednesday evening involving a pickup truck and a bicycle.