Police turn squad into race car for charity
Issued: July 11, 2019
The Village recently donated a squad car to the Tinley Park Police Department's Special Olympics team for use in the upcoming Special Olympics Five O at the Dirty O fundraiser race. The squad is being transformed into a race car and will be driven by Det. Fred Mondt in the race, which takes place at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet. This is the first year that Tinley Park has participated in the annual event.
After the race is over, the car will make special appearances at Village events during the off season.
“This has been a fun and exciting journey, and we hope to continue it into the future,” Sgt. Darren Persha said.
Individual or private donations are still being sought to help support the race team. Donations will go directly to Special Olympics Illinois to benefit its athletes. Donate here: https://bit.ly/2XtW8OA
“The Tinley Park Police Department is consistently one of the top fundraising departments in the State of Illinois for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, and we hope to carry on that honor,” Persha said. “With your help we can make that happen!”
Please visit the Special Olympics Illinois website to donate or for more information.
Monee man charged with sexual abuse of a minor
Issued: July 10, 2019
The Tinley Park Police Department have charged Andrew Schuenemann, 28, of Monee, with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor and one count of indecent solicitation of a minor after he knowingly engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor.
After an extensive three-month investigation, police determined that Schuenemann was involved in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl who was residing in town. He was arrested without incident the morning of July 3 near his residence as police were about to execute a search warrant. Numerous electronic items were recovered from his residence, and additional charges are pending.
Schuenemann is being held in the Will County Adult Correctional Facility in lieu of $500,000 bond.
Shervino named D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year
Issued: June 25, 2019
Tinley Park police officer Bob Shervino recently was named Illinois D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year at the annual D.A.R.E. and Juvenile Officer’s Conference in Peoria.
Bob’s career in law enforcement started in 1995 as a cadet in Orland Hills and a community service officer for the Orland Park Police Department. He became a Tinley Park police officer in 2000 and has been a D.A.R.E. officer since 2002.
Bob has graduated more than 5,500 fifth-graders over the course of his career and has chaired a D.A.R.E. committee of volunteers for several years. He is a member of the department’s Active Shooter Educational Team that helps provide students and staff with information and options on how to survive an active shooter incident. He also is a veteran Field Training officer, Elderly Service officer and Crisis Intervention Team member.
Bob’s uncle, Sam Shervino, was a sergeant with the Tinley Park Police Department for more than 30 years, and his brother, Steve, is a Plainfield police officer. Bob said he often draws inspiration from them and credits much of his success and dedication from following their lead.
Bob was selected by the Illinois D.A.R.E. Officers Committee from a pool of more than 100 nominations.
Man charged after allegedly attacking real estate agent
Issued: April 9, 2019
Stanley Keller, 50, of Hazel Crest, was charged Sunday with aggravated battery, attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon after allegedly using a stun gun on a female realtor during an open-house showing of a residence April 7 in the 6700 block of West 181st Street.
Police said the realtor was able to overcome the effects of the stun gun and exit the residence. Police were subsequently called to the scene, and the defendant was placed under arrest.
Issued: Feb. 15, 2019
Police announce 'Coffee with a Cop' dates
- Tuesday, Feb. 26: 10 a.m. to Noon at Creative Cakes, 16549 S. Oak Park Avenue
- Tuesday, March 19: 10 a.m. to Noon at Dunkin Donuts, 9500 W. 179th Street
- Monday, April 29: 10 a.m. to Noon at Starbucks Coffee, 15901 S. Harlem Avenue
- Tuesday, May 21: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Egg & I Restaurant, 7164 W. 183rd Street
- Friday, June 14: 10 a.m. to Noon at Dunkin Donuts, 7086 W. 183rd Street
- Thursday, July 18: 10 a.m. to Noon at the Starbucks inside Super Target, 7300 W. 191st Street
- Thursday, Aug. 8: 7 to 9 a.m. at Cavallini’s in the Park, 6700 South Street
- Tuesday, Sept. 10: 9 to 11 a.m. at D12 Café, 17258 S. Oak Park Avenue
Issued: August 27, 2018
Police Chief Sworn In
Mayor Jacob Vandenberg on Monday officiated over the swearing-in ceremony of Police Chief Matthew Walsh. Chief Walsh has 25 years of experience spanning across the public sector of law enforcement, including 20 years in a supervisory capacity, specifically in a command responsibility. Most recently, he served as Watch Commander for the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, focusing on community policing. He earned educational degrees, including an MBA and BS in business administration and is a graduate of Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and the F.B.I. National Academy at Quantico.
Issued: April 4, 2018
Police recommend locking cars following vehicle thefts, burglaries
In the past few weeks, several vehicles that use the “key fob” system have been stolen in Tinley Park. In all instances, the owners left the key fobs in the vehicles, which prevented the doors from locking and gave thieves easy access to the keys.
Several vehicles also were burglarized, many in the same vicinity as the car thefts. In the vast majority of cases, the vehicles were left unlocked.
The Tinley Park Police Department strongly encourages all vehicle owners to lock their cars and remove the key after parking, and to call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity.
Issued: February 1, 2018
Tinley police release new 3-D image of Lane Bryant suspect
The Tinley Park Police Department has released a new 3-D image of the man suspected of killing five women at a Lane Bryant store the morning of Feb. 2, 2008.
The new image, prepared by Michigan State Police, is an enhanced version of the original sketch made in 2008 from an eyewitness account and utilizes the latest in facial identification technology to provide a more life-like representation of the suspect.
"We hope this enhanced version will lead to the identification of the suspect in this horrible crime," Tinley Park Police Chief Steve Neubauer said.
Police said the suspect is a man between 6’ and 6’2 tall with a husky build and broad shoulders. He appeared to be 25 to 35 years old at the time of the killings, meaning he would be 35 to 45 years old today. He has a medium to dark skin tone.
At the time of the murders he wore braided hair with three to five puffy corn rolls pulled toward the back of his head. One braid hung down the right cheek and had four light green beads on the end.
The man was wearing a dark-colored waist-length jacket and black jeans with embroidery on the back pockets similar to a cursive "G." He also was also wearing a charcoal gray ski/skull cap.
The suspect’s voice can be heard by calling (866) 853-6222 or by visiting the Village website at www.tinleypark.org.
Those with information on the murders can call the tip hotline at (708) 444-5394 or email email@example.com.