12 | April 11, 2019 | the tinley Junction NEWS

Firefighter injured, Tinley Park home

uninhabitable following garage blaze

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

A residential fire the evening of Thursday,

April 4, in Tinley Park reportedly left

a firefighter injured and the home uninhabitable.

The Tinley Park Fire Department responded

at 11:31 p.m. April 4 to a house

fire in the 8000 block of Stonegate Drive,

according to Tinley Park Fire Chief Forest

F. Reeder. Crews arrived to find “heavy

fire conditions” from the garage of the

residence, which contained a single vehicle,

Reeder explained in an email sent

April 5 to The Tinley Junction.

All occupants of the home were accounted

for, and the fire was contained to

the garage, Reeder said. But a firefighter

reportedly was injured, transported to Silver

Cross Hospital for evaluation, treated

and released with a leg injury.

The garage sustained “heavy” damage,

and the home was rendered uninhabitable

because of smoke damage, Reeder said.

A damage estimate was not immediately

available, he added.

Investigators were reportedly working

on the scene April 5, and the family was

left under the care of neighbors and family,

Reeder said.

Tinley Park reportedly received assistance

at the scene from the Frankfort

and Mokena Fire Protection Districts, and

Orland Fire Protection District and the

Floosmoor Fire Department helped with

station coverage.

Low voter turnout in Cook and Will

but Orland, Tinley outpace averages

T.J. Kremer III, Contributing Editor

From April 5

Voters stayed home in large numbers

for the April 2 elections. Of the 1.60 million

registered voters in suburban Cook

County and 439,720 in Will County, only

223,757 and 57,092, respectively, showed

up to the polls, according to data from the

both county clerks’ offices. That marked

just 14 percent of registered voters in suburban

Cook and 12.98 percent in Will.

According to John Pelissero, professor

of political science at Loyola University

in Chicago, voter turnout in this region

typically hovers around 20 percent for

municipal elections, such as the April 2

one; however, Will County voters topped

20 percent just once since 2005, accord-

Numbers were low in the April 2 election. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Please see turnout, 13

Police Reports

Man gets second DUI arrest in Tinley Park

James Donnell Banks, 42, of the 300

block of Jackson Avenue in Richton

Park, was issued citations for improper

lane usage, transport of alcoholic liquid

in a motor vehicle and driving under the

influence of alcohol March 29 after police

were dispatched to a call of a possible

DUI driver that stated there was a

black Infiniti SUV that had exited from

Interstate 80 to southbound Harlem Avenue

and was swerving all over the road,

according to the Tinley Park Police Department.

According to the police report,

Donnell stopped in the middle of the

road approximately 200 feet before the

intersection of Harlem and Oak Park Avenue

before the office conducted a traffic

stop. The officer smelled a strong odor of

alcohol on Donnell’s breath, his eyes appeared

glassy, bloodshot and watery and

his speech was slurred, police said. Donnell

reportedly refused to take standardized

field sobriety tests. Donnell exited

the vehicle and, according to the report,

he had to use the driver’s side door for

support in standing up and once he stood

up, he was swaying. According to police,

this is Banks’ second DUI arrest.

March 31

•Justin Anderson, 28, of the 600 block of

Victoria Drive in Oak Forest, was issued

citations for driving under the influence,

driving under the influence with a blood

alcohol content of .08, leaving the scene

of a vehicle damage crash, improper

lane usage and no lights when required

after police officers responded to a hit

and run crash in the area of 171st Street

and Harlem Avenue before locating Anderson

driving his vehicle and conducting

a traffic stop following a description

of the suspect by a witness who saw the

hit and run crash, according to the Tinley

Park Police Department. According

to the report, the officer noticed Anderson’s

speech was slurred and there was

a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage

on his breath. The officers observed that

the front passenger side tire was severely

damaged and flat and had appeared to

be smoking from being hot. There was

reportedly also damage to the front passenger

side of the jeep and the passenger

side tail light was broken and appeared

to be hanging loose. It was later discovered

that Anderson had a long island iced

tea premixed cocktail can in his center

console cup holder. Police asked Anderson

to step out of the vehicle to perform

field sobriety tests. Anderson was unable

to perform the walk and turn test. Anderson

later submitted to a breath testing

that disclosed an alcohol concentration

of .233.

March 30

•Kiara Allen, 22, of Chicago, was issued

a citation for improper parking on

the roadway and driving while license

suspended, after police responded to a

report of an intoxicated person in a vehicle

which was stopped on the roadway

on the 6900 block of 167th Street,

according to the Tinley Park Police Department.

According to the police report,

Allen did not appear intoxicated and told

police that she was in the passenger’s

seat while a friend was driving the car

and switched to the driver’s seat when

she friend stopped the car, exited the car

and was picked up and driven away by

another friend.

•Person(s) unknown stole $2,000 cash

from the center console of a car parked

in the driveway of a residence in the 800

block of 174th Place in Tinley Park, according

to the Tinley Park Police Department.

According to the report, the man

told police that the money was for earrings

that a friend purchased from his

family’s business.

March 29

•Dyamond Davis, 28, of the 1900 block

of Heritage Drive in Tinley Park, was issued

citations for speeding and having

no valid driver’s license after police conducted

a traffic stop when she was travelling

38 mph in a posted 20 mph zone,

according to the Tinley Park Police Department.

According to the report, Davis’

license expired on Feb. 27, 2017.

•Dorothy Robinson, 39, of Merriville,

Indiana, was issued two citations for

speeding and driving while license suspended

after police conducted a traffic

stop when she was travelling 36 mph in

a 20 mph zone, according to the Tinley

Park Police Department. According to

the police report, Robinson’s license had

been suspended since 2018.

Editor’s Note: The Tinley Junction’s police

reports come from the Tinley Park Police

Department. Anyone listed in these reports is

considered to be innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of law.

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