Triton College administrators who had their salary bumped up at the March 25 board meeting made campaign contributions to the "Friends of Mark Stephens" campaign fund for the board president, as well as a new PAC for other trustees.
Oak Park police said a man, 20-35 years old, placed a drink on the counter of Austin/Lake Food Mart around 2:30 p.m., April 13. Instead of pulling out a wallet, he removed a chrome-plated revolver from his waist and pointed it at the store clerk while demanding "all the money." The clerk handed him $200 and he fled northbound on Austin on foot, then westbound into the North Boulevard alley. Police are still investigating.
A woman who bought credit cards encoded with stolen account information was arrested after using a fraudulent debit card in River Forest to withdraw money from a Bank of America ATM, River Forest Police said.
Departing Triton Community College President Patricia Granados got a generous going-away gift when she announced her retirement at the March 25 board meeting: a pension-sweetening raise of 27.4 percent of her salary, bringing it to $312,000 per year.
An unlocked garage in the 700 block of South Cuyler Avenue was burglarized via the unlocked side service door, March 21-24. Two bicycles were missing. Police found one of the bikes when they stopped a 50-year-old Melrose Park man riding on the sidewalk in the 900 block of Lyman Avenue the next day. The bike was traced back to the burglarized garage. The cyclist was charged with possession of stolen property.
River Forest District 90 shared an alert from the Elmwood Park police Monday about a possible child-luring incident. According to the memo from Elmwood Park police, a young girl playing outside in her yard was approached by an unknown man in his early-to-mid 20s wearing a red baseball cap. The man began to question her, asking for her name, whom she lived with, how old she was and her mother's email address.
For decades in Forest Park and Oak Park, Joyce Klein ran an antique shop called Little Treasures. A sharp-dressed woman with the British accent of her origins, Joyce was known for her love of cooking and a shrewd eye for antiques and books, especially cookbooks of every description.
A woman told police she was robbed by an unknown man in his 20s with blonde-tipped dreadlocks in the 300 block of South Lombard Avenue around 5 p.m., March 14. Police said the man approached the victim and showed her the outline of a handgun underneath his shirt.