A full week after 33-year-old Michael Smith, who grew up in Oak Park, was gunned down while sitting in his car outside his Brookfield home, police are still releasing few details about his death while continuing to actively investigate the circumstances surrounding it.
River Forest police issued an email crime alert to residents on Tuesday, warning of a rash of residential burglaries since the middle of May. According to Police Chief Gregory Weiss, there have been six residential burglaries reported in the village since mid-May. The email was prompted, according to Weiss, by "a group of burglaries being reported on June 15 and 16."
You can tell it's spring in in the western suburbs when you hear Oak Park resident Tony Del Ciello's bell. When the weather starts getting nice, you'll see him walking up and down the streets of nearby towns, pushing his green and red knife sharpening cart, the wooden wheels grinding against the sidewalk and the cart's bell ding-ding-dinging as he goes.
A group of River Forest women are trying to rally community members to show their support for the two police officers wounded by gunfire while responding to the scene of a fatal domestic incident on July 12 in the 100 block of Lathrop Avenue.