Bad Luck for Oak Lawn Resident When the Police Come Calling
An Oak Lawn resident had his luck go from bad to worse earlier this month when the police showed up at his door with a warrant for his arrest. Carl Johns was taken into custody on the warrant and then searched. During the search, the police alleged that they found 2 grams of cannabis on Johns along with a metal pipe containing cannabis residue. Johns allegedly admitted that the pipe was for “smoking marijuana”. In addition to his arrest on the warrant, he was issued village ordinance violations for the possession charges.
Park District Cuts Ribbon on Centennial Park
The Oak Lawn Park District held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, October 15th for the newly renovated Centennial Park located at 9401 S. Oak Park Ave., in Oak Lawn.
This renovation was made possible thanks to a $400,000 Open Space Land Acquisition Development (OSLAD) grant and an $80,000 Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) grant.
New park features include four new softball fields that radiate out from a central concessions stand and bathroom facility, LED lighting throughout the park (LED sport lighting in the softball fields, sand volleyball courts, and inline hockey rink) and all new walking paths.
The sand volleyball court located along 93rd & Oak Park Ave., received an additional 3rd court along with new fencing, curbing, accessible pathways, and benches. Exercise stations have been added, the soccer field is re-graded to increase storm-water retention, and an informational native tree area is planted on the east end.
(from left to right) In attendance was Oak Lawn Park District Recreation Supervisor, Debbie Scholl; National Softball Association 16 Inch Director, Les Duncan; Oak Lawn Park District Commissioner, Mary Pat Coughlin; Oak Lawn Park District Safety & Aquatics Supervisor, Mary Crout; Oak Lawn Park District Commissioner, Lisa Boland; Oak Lawn Park District Commissioner, Jim Buschbach; Oak Lawn Park District Superintendent of Finance & Personnel, Phil Costello; Oak Lawn Park District Commissioner Board President, Gary Callahan; Oak Lawn Park District Superintendent of Recreation, Julie Ryan; Oak Lawn Park District Assistant Pavilion Manager, Cate O’Brien; Oak Lawn Park District Superintendent of Special Facilities & Community Pavilion Manager, Tom Hartwig; Oak Lawn Park District Executive Director, Maddie Kelly; Oak Lawn Park District Assistant Superintendent of Parks, Ryan Gory; Village of Oak Lawn Trustee, Terry Vorderer; Village of Oak Lawn Clerk, Jane Quinlan; and Oak Lawn Park District Superintendent of Parks, Joel Craig.
School District 229 Likes to Cut Ribbons Too
Oak Lawn Community High School would like to extend an invitation to all its students, families, friends and community members to its Performing Arts Center Ribbon Cutting on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at 2:00 PM. The school is celebrating with special performances from students past and present, who will help welcome in the newest addition to building. An optional building tour will follow the ceremony. Anyone that is interested should meet at the Oak Lawn Community High School, Performing Arts Center Entrance.
First Responders Meet With Local School Districts to Discuss School Safety
Local school districts 122 and 229 gathered with District 123 and law enforcement at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School for the annual First Responders Meeting. Each district went over disaster plans as well as new ways to keep our students safe. Over this summer, District 123 installed secondary locks in each building’s office so that visitors will need to be buzzed in a second time before entering the school.
New Police Chief, Randy Palmer spoke to the group about how the Oak Lawn Police Department has adopted the “when not if” mentality, running active shooter drills and even train disaster drills this past year. Palmer also went over classes the Police Department offers to make the community more equipped to respond to a tragedy.
Woman is Car Jacked in Oak Lawn at High Noon on Wednesday
A woman was in her car in a parking lot of an eye doctor in the 6200 block of 95th Street around noon when a black man opened the door to the car and ordered her out. She was told to lay on the ground, which did immediately. The man drove off in the 2017 Hyundai Velostar car but the woman did not know which way he drove. The Oak Lawn police have released a sketch of a man wanted in a carjacking outside an eye care center Wednesday. Police describe the suspect as a black man in his mid-20s, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds and was wearing a green sweater, blue jeans and a burnt orange knit cap. The Oak Lawn police have issued the following sketch.