? The following contains incidents reported to the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Jan.16 through Jan. 23. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.
Najah Brady, 19, of 8237 W. Lake St., River Forest, was arrested just after midnight, Jan. 24 after she interfered in the arrest of the driver of a car in which she was a passenger. After a River Forest officer pulled over Isaac Taylor's car for suspicious behavior and a traffic violation, Taylor, 18, of Bellwood, "abruptly exited" the car holding a child's baseball bat, according to police, which he immediately dropped back into the car. However Taylor allegedly had no valid driver's license, and was placed under arrest for that and for unlawful use of a weapon related to the bat. While the officer was cuffing Taylor, Brady allegedly pushed the officer and threatened him. Brady reportedly resisted officers called in to assist, kicking a Forest Park officer in the face. She was charged with two counts of battery to a police officer, two counts of assault, and resisting police.
? A man walking past the McDonalds at 111 Madison St. was shot above the right eye with a BB fired from a passing car around 10:30 p.m. Jan. 20. The man was walking east bound when he was approached by two males approximately 23-25 years old, in a black vehicle. One of the men called the victim a derogatory name, then pulled what he at first thought was a semi-automatic hand gun and fired an undetermined number of shots at the man. The car then fled westbound on Madison.
A witness to the shooting reports that the vehicle had earlier been driving around the parking lot as the occupants made obscene gestures at her.
A man presented a note to the clerk at the White Hen, 661 South Blvd. the afternoon of Jan. 21 that simply read "The money, please." When the clerk confronted him, he reached into his pocket, implying a weapon, then reached over the counter, took an undetermined amount of cash, and two packs of cigarettes, then fled the store.
Someone pried open the front door of a home in the 400 block of Berkshire St. the afternoon of Jan. 19. Once inside they stole a stereo system, 100 DVDs and a DVD player, miscellaneous computer software, assorted jewelry and clothing. Loss was estimated at $9,240.
? A closed but unlocked living room window allowed someone to enter a home in the 100 block of Superior St. overnight Jan. 17. Stolen were a ring, several necklaces, a Play Station game and 30 to 40 CDs. Estimated loss was $4,800.
? Someone broke into a garage in the 700 block of North Woodbine between Dec. 17 and Jan. 8 and stole two bikes. The thieves also took 10 CDs from a vehicle in the garage, and damaged the dash attempting to steal a CD player. Loss was $1,250.
? Someone pried the front doors of two apartments in the 100 block of South Blvd. during the day Jan. 21. They stole $255 in property in one residence, and $1,700 in the other.
? Someone took advantage of an open overhead garage door in the 700 block of South Gunderson between Jan. 15 and Jan. 18 to steal a $600 snow blower.
? Michael Taylor, 39, of 62 Washington Blvd. was arrested while allegedly panhandling at the Metra station Jan. 19. Police, whom had been looking for Taylor, reportedly found him in possession of a bike reported stolen in a garage burglary the previous night.
Burglary to vehicles
Someone entered the enclosed garage at 1025 Randolph overnight on Jan. 17-18 and burglarized five cars, including a Dodge Dynasty, Buick LeSabre, Cadillac DeVille, Toyota Camry and 2005 Dodge Straus. Reported damage and theft losses ranged from $100 to $312.
? A cell phone worth $250 was stolen between Jan. 15-17 from an unlocked 2001 Ford Windstar parked in the 100 block of North Taylor. Two other cars were broken into in the 1000 block of Pleasant St. on Jan. 20 and in the 300 block of Wisconsin Ave. on Jan 19.
? Someone broke the front window of a car parked in the 400 block of South Grove overnight Jan. 22. They stole a digital camera and charger. Loss was $870.
Theft of auto
A 1987 Chevy Astro van containing numerous tools used for heating and air conditioning repair was stolen overnight on Jan. 17 from the 300 block of North Maple. Loss was $6,500.
? A 1994 Ford Econoline van containing numerous construction tools was stolen from the 1100 block of North Grove with the help of a key left on the dash board.
? In related incidents, thieves committed Criminal Damage to Property while attempting to steal two other cars in the 1100 block of North Harlem late Jan. 16 and early Jan. 17. Someone punched the lock out of a Chevy Blazer, and a Chevy Monte Carlo had it's door defeated with a pry bar, and its steering wheel stripped.
Criminal trespass to auto
Steven Lykes, 45, of Chicago was stopped in the 300 block of Lake St. early on Jan. 20 and arrested after police recognized the car he was driving as one allegedly stolen from a Melrose Park man.
Hit and run
Alberto Arguello, 20, was arrested and turned over to Maywood police just after one a.m. on Jan. 21. Arguello was allegedly observed driving a van southbound on Harlem Ave. near Lake St. on its tireless wheel rim. The van also bore evidence of extensive damage to its front end. Arguello told River Forest police he'd struck a curb, but Maywood police demurred, insisting he'd been involved in a hit and run near Fifth Ave. and Lake St.
Daniel Ingram 17, of 5239 Kammerling, Chicago and a juvenile male were arrested on the CTA platform at 1140 South Blvd. the evening of Jan. 20 after a brief foot chase. An investigation revealed the juvenile had taken a cell phone from a display at AT&T Wireless, 425 N. Harlem, and that Ingram had allegedly taken a cell phone from a woman on Grand Ave. in Chicago.
Curtis Arnold, 40, of Chicago was arrested after being positively identified as the person who allegedly removed a piece of mail from a U.S. Postal carrier's cart. Arnold was paroled from Stateville Correctional Center in early November.
? Charles Fountain, 38, was pulled over in River Forest for a traffic violation the evening of Jan. 19. Besides reportedly having no valid driver's license, he allegedly was in possession of mail recently stolen from an apartment complex.
? Ricky Reed, 44, of 5736 W. Ohio, was stopped in Oak Park while riding a bicycle and carrying a black shoulder bag. The bag was found to contain medical equipment allegedly taken in an earlier auto burglary.
Try flashing your lights, too
Ellycyaino Barnes, 26, of 133 N. Austin was allegedly honking his car horn in an excessive manner around 11 a.m. on Jan. 18. Investigating officers discovered that E.B. was driving with a suspended license and no valid insurance, as well as allegedly being in possession of an open 22 ounce bottle of beer, which was reportedly complimented by a cigarette wrapper stuffed with 1.9 grams of marijuana.