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  • Linn served as village's earliest lawman

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    When Hinsdale officially became a village in 1873, it did so without a police department. In fact, it wasn't until nearly 15 years later that John Linn, a local delivery driver, was put in charge of law enforcement in town. The versatile Danish immigrant brought his skills to bear in several jobs over the course of his more than five decades in Hinsdale. This obituary of Linn's death at age 77, which ran in the May 5, 1938, edition of The Doings, pays tribute to his important...

  • Police announce Labor Day campaign results

    Updated Sep 6, 2023

    The Hinsdale Police Department issued 32 speeding citations, two license violation arrests and four other violations to the Illinois Vehicle Code during the recent Labor Day impaired driving campaign. “Through the Labor Day enforcement effort, we helped to make our roads safer and remind motorists that impaired driving is not a game,” Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie said. Hinsdale police joined forces with other law enforcement agencies and highway safety partners throughout the state for the Illinois Labor Day “Drive Sober or Ge...

  • Hinsdale police officer values serving others

    Ken Knutson|Updated Aug 23, 2023

    In the early 2000s, Elmhurst native Karen Kowal aspired to start her law enforcement career with her hometown police force. "There were, like, 300 applicants and no openings in the department at the time," Kowal related. "The numbers were much different than what they are today." So she explored other opportunities nearby. "I just started applying and Hinsdale was one of my top choices, and I came up as No. 1 on (the village's) list and got hired," she said. Now as a 20-year...

  • Crowds flock to night out

    Updated Aug 16, 2023

    Several hundred people visited the Hinsdale and Oak Brook police departments' National Night Out earlier this month in Oak Brook. From a K9 demonstration to pie eating and pie tasting, there were plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy at the event. Hinsdale police officer Grant McElroy and Sgt. Mark Wodka were no match for the Oak Brook Public Works department's pie eating team. Oak Brook police office Jeremy Turner demonstrates hula hooping while Detective Mark...

  • Police finish investigation of fatal accident

    Updated Aug 16, 2023

    Hinsdale police have received results from the Illinois State Police Crime lab and concluded their investigation into a July 17 accident that killed 14-year-old Sean Richards of Hinsdale and injured four others. The test results indicated there were no drugs or alcohol in the system of the 16-year-old employee of Fuller’s Car Wash, who drove the Jeep that accelerated unexpectedly while exiting the car wash bay. The Jeep hit Richards, who was walking on the sidewalk, before crashing into Fontano’s Subs across the street. Tox...

  • Apply now for citizens police academy spot

    Updated Aug 16, 2023

    People who live or work in Hinsdale can apply to take part in the 11-week Citizen Police Academy. The academy is a free program designed to provide a better understanding of law enforcement and the Hinsdale Police Department. Each week provides and in-depth view of different topics, including specialties and departments within the police department. The course also provides participants with an understanding of modern police procedures and an inside look at the challenges officers face while serving the community. The two-...

  • Police beat

    Updated Aug 16, 2023

    Hinsdale police distributed the following reports Aug. 15. Two arrested with stolen vehicle Darrell Jones-Smith, 19, 8538 S. St. Lawrence Ave, Chicago, was arrested for felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, resisting or obstructing a police officer and driving with a suspended license at 6:35 p.m. Aug. 12 at 55th Street and County Line Road. Police also arrested Curtis Dean, 21, 8519 S. St. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, for criminal trespass to a vehicle, and resisting or obstructing a police officer. The suspects were stopp...

  • Three file suit in Fontano's crash

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Jul 26, 2023

    A Chicago attorney has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three individuals who were inside Fontano’s Subs when a Jeep leaving Fuller’s Car Wash crashed into the building last week. Louis C. Cairo, managing partner and owner of GWC Injury Lawyers, filed the suit Tuesday in Cook County Court on behalf of Sophia Ricciardi, Michal Lizler and Connor Sullivan, naming as defendants Fuller’s Car Wash and its other businesses along with the father of the 16-year-old Fuller’s employee who drove the Jeep. The suit claims six counts of neglig...

  • 14-year-old teen injured in Monday crash

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Jul 21, 2023

    Editor's note: We regret to inform you that the 14-year-old struck on Monday in downtown Hinsdale passed away earlier today (July 20). We will provide updates about service information as it becomes available. Parishioners at St. Isaac Jogues Church and others continue to pray for a 14-year-old Hinsdale boy who was critically injured after being hit by a Jeep Monday afternoon in downtown Hinsdale. Father Burke Masters, pastor at St. Isaac Jogues, said groups gathered Monday...

  • Police announce holiday enforcement results

    Updated Jul 19, 2023

    The Hinsdale Police Department made one impaired driving arrest during the recent Independence Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Drive High Get a DUI” safety campaigns over the Fourth of July holiday. Hinsdale police also issued 27 citations for speeding, one for driving without a valid license and 14 for other violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code. The department joined forces with more than 200 other state and local law enforcement agencies to get drunk and drugged drivers off the roads, encourage seat belt us...

  • Police beat

    Updated Jul 5, 2023

    Hinsdale police distributed the following reports July 5. DUI arrest Sandra A. Garcia, 49, 2803 Ridgeland Ave., Berwyn, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane use, expired registration and driving without a valid license at 9:30 p.m. June 28 in the 700 block of West Ogden Avenue. She was charged and released to appear in court. Arrest on warrant Dominique L. Terrell, 31, 339 Bluff Ave., La Grange, surrendered herself on an arrest warrant from the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office at 11:40 p.m. J...

  • Fatal shooting hits close to home

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Jun 21, 2023

    Less than 36 hours after a man was fatally shot June 18 in the vicinity of Hinsdale Lake Terrace, The Community House welcomed 72 kids in the neighborhood to the first day of summer camp. “We made the decision to start summer camp as normal,” said Dan Janowick, executive director of The Community House. “We had two members of The Community House social work team to start summer camp with us.” The Community House has been partnering for almost 30 years with Community Consolidated Elementary District 180 to provide after-s...

  • Man struck, killed in freight train accident

    Updated Jun 14, 2023

    Hinsdale police and fire department personnel responded to a fatal train versus pedestrian accident at the Vine Street pedestrian crossing at 11:02 a.m. Wednesday. In a press release following the incident, police reported that a witness observed an adult man jump in front of a westbound freight train. The deceased victim was not a Hinsdale resident, according to the release, but police are not releasing further information pending notification of the next of kin. All railroad grade crossings in Hinsdale were closed...

  • Summertime certainly a busy time in Hinsdale

    Updated Jun 7, 2023

    Whether you celebrate meteorological summer, which began June 1, or wait for the June 21 solstice for the official kick-off, the fun that marks the season in Hinsdale has begun. The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce held its first event of the season with the 50th annual Fine Arts Festival last weekend in Burlington Park, featuring works by 85 participating artists. Then, on Monday, the first chamber-sponsored Farmers Market took place on Chicago Avenue along Burlington Park. The market, featuring the produce of Midwest farmers...

  • Holiday enforcement results

    Updated Jun 7, 2023

    The Hinsdale Police Department issued 44 citations during the recent Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” enforcement period, according to a department release. During the safety campaign, police made one DUI arrest and three arrests for suspended/revoked licenses. They also issued 24 speeding tickets, three citations for uninsured motorists, one citation each for distracted driving and seat belt violation, and 12 other citations for violations to the Illinois Vehicle Code. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which is adminis...

  • Summer road work will be minimal

    Ken Knutson|Updated Jun 7, 2023

    Pools are open, school is out (almost Red Devils!) and local road construction projects are getting underway. Those driving around Hinsdale can usually expect some disruptions this time of year. But Al Diaz, assistant village engineer, said the navigational nuisances should be minimal compared to previous summers. “It’s a light year,” Diaz said. “We’re in between (master infrastructure plans). Once the next one starts up, you’ll probably see larger projects take place.” This summer’s slate of improvements consists mainly...

  • Convicted car thief to serve 18 years

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 31, 2023

    The man arrested for stealing a $250,000 Ferrari in May 2021 from Continental Motor Sports of Hinsdale has been sentenced to 18 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. RaJohn Stewart, 26, formerly of Country Club Hills, plead guilty to one count of aggravated unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle, a Class 1 felony, according to a press release from DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin's office. He was sentenced by Judge Ann O'Hallaren Walsh. "An armed...

  • Police beat

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Hinsdale police distributed the following reports May 9. DUI arrest Allen J. Olson, 44, 3316 S. Clinton Ave,, Berwyn, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding at 2:01 a.m. May 7 in the 500 block of East Ogden Avenue. He was charged and released to appear in court. Rental car driver arrested Gretchen R. Billups, 58, PO Box 116, Wheaton, was arrested for criminal trespass to vehicle at 7:53 p.m. May 2 in the 500 block of West Ogden Avenue after a registration inquiry alerted police that the vehicle,...

  • Police list initiative's results

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Hinsdale police issued 74 citations for hands-free law violations, two for no valid drivers license, four for speeding, two for seatbelt noncompliance and nine citations for other violations to the Illinois Vehicle Code during April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month enforcement campaign. “We strongly enforce traffic laws for one reason — to save lives,” said Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie. “This increased enforcement was implemented to help motorists avoid the often-deadly consequences of distracted driving with a simple re...

  • High-speed chase results in felony arrests

    Updated May 10, 2023

    Two Chicago men were arrested May 5 on felony charges after leading Hinsdale police in a high-speed chase that ended in Oak Lawn. Metrevell Hutchinson, 21, 713 N. Ada St., and Cobie Vaughn, 20, 7830 S. Oglesby Ave., were each arrested on one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, a Class 2 felony. Hutchinson also is charged with one count of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer, a Class 4 felony. At about 1:25 a.m. May 5, a Hinsdale police officer saw a...

  • Police beat

    Updated May 3, 2023

    Hinsdale police distributed the following reports April 25 and May 2. Trespass arrest Tracey F. Williams, 53, 5506 S. Madison St., Hinsdale, was arrested on a misdemeanor complaint of trespassing in a school zone at 1:38 p.m. April 26 at Hinsdale Central High School, 5500 S. Grant St. after administrators instructed her to leave several times. She was previously given written and oral notice that she was not allowed on school property unless authorized for an appointment. She was charged and released to appear in court. Warra...

  • Retro badges honor village anniversary

    Pamela Lannom|Updated Apr 19, 2023

    Did you know Hinsdale police and firefighter/paramedics are wearing retro badges this year in honor of the village's 150th anniversary? At the fire department, which is also celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, the project required quite a bit of research. "There have been badge numbers physically on the badges, but they were just kind of handed out arbitrarily," firefighter/paramedic Nick McDonough said. So when he and Chief John Giannelli were talking about how to ma...

  • Once upon a time

    Updated Apr 19, 2023

    Calling all cars - Hinsdale police and firefighters are honoring the village's 150th anniversary - and their forebears - by wearing throwback badges this year. When Hinsdale was founded in 1873, among the village officers was a "police magistrate." The village hired its first true policeman, C.P. Clark in 1877; his official title was constable. Star No. 1 was given in January 1888 to John Peter Linn, a native of Denmark who had come to Hinsdale five years earlier. This photo...

  • Hinsdale police target distracted driving

    Updated Apr 5, 2023

    In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Hinsdale Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local law enforcement agencies across the state to increase patrols and traffic safety enforcement zones throughout April. “Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle crashes on our roads today,” said Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie. “During Distracted Driving Awareness Month, law enforcement will boost enforcement effor...

  • Police release results of St. Pat's campaign

    Updated Apr 5, 2023

    The Hinsdale Police Department announced that it made one DUI arrest and one arrest for driving with a suspended license during the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement period. It also issued 16 speeding tickets and eight citations for other violations to the Illinois Vehicle Code. The motorist who was arrested for DUI was also charged with a felony obstruction of justice complaint. “We strongly enforce traffic laws for one reason — to save lives,” said Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie. The department joined forces with state and local l...

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