River Forester Edward Medala was served with an Order of Protection the night of Dec. 27 after allegedly threatening to turn his wife "into a corpse." Mrs. Medala reportedly told police that Medala has been threatening to turn her "into a corpse" for the past five years. Police were called to the Medala residence just before 1 a.m. Dec. 27. According to a police report, Edward Medala threw an assortment of Polish meats around the residence after becoming upset that his wife had allowed their son and daughter to eat non-Polish food and to play with children of color.
That afternoon Mrs. Medala obtained an emergency order of protection for herself and her two children, and had police serve it on her husband. Under terms of that order, Edward Medala was required to stay away from the family for 72 hours.
Kenneth R. Montgomery, 33, was arrested the morning of Dec. 27 in relation to an alleged domestic battery in the 1000 block of Chicago Avenue. He was also charged with aggravated battery.
Edward D. Littman, 18, was found unresponsive by paramedics in his home in the 700 block of North Cuyler Avenue the evening of Dec. 27. According to police there was no evidence of foul play. A final determination of death is awaiting a toxicology report by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
? Someone kicked in the rear door of a residence in the 900 block of North Ridgeland Avenue during the day Dec. 28, ransacked several drawers and stole $100 in cash.
? Someone pried the deadbolt off a door of an apartment in the 1000 block of North Boulevard during the day Dec. 28. Stolen were a stereo and numerous other household items valued at $740.
? A Forest Park woman was approached by a man in his 20's as she left the Walgreen's, 916 Madison St. He grabbed her purse from her shoulder, then jumped into a vehicle driven by someone else and fled.
? Daniel Jones, 33, and Jeffrey Avecedo, 45, were arrested the night of Dec. 26 after allegedly being observed taking pallets from behind the Jewel store, 7525 Lake St.
possession of paraphernalia
John L. Fabion, 44, of Chicago was stopped for traffic in the 400 block of North Humphrey Avenue the morning of Dec. 26. A name check revealed that his driver's license was revoked, and he allegedly had no proof of insurance. Further investigation turned up a baggie containing .7 grams of a substance that tested positive for cocaine. Fabion's passenger, Cynthia Zuniga, 39, of Berwyn, was also arrested after allegedly being found with 61 hypodermic needles and a glass tube with wire mesh in the end.
Zuniga is also considered a suspect in the alleged theft of a car two days later from a man she reportedly stayed with in the first block of Chicago Avenue.
? A woman took 10 packs of disposable razors from the CVS Pharmacy without paying for them on the afternoon of Dec. 29. She entered a waiting car and fled. Loss was $189.
? Emmanuel T. Ard, 18, of North Riverside was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Dec. 27 after being positively identified as the person who allegedly took a sandwich from the 7-Eleven store, 515 Madison St., and left without paying for it.
Criminal damage to property
? A man was driving in the 600 block of Lathrop the evening of Dec. 23 when his windshield was struck by a "large object." The man noticed two men standing on the street nearby, but they were gone when he returned to the site of the incident.
? Sometime early on Dec. 25 someone shattered the driver's side window of a 1996 Mazda MX-6 parked in the 700 block of Oak Avenue.
Burglary to motor vehicle
? Someone broke the passenger window of a Honda Prelude in the 1100 block of Pleasant Street overnight on Dec. 28. They stole a radar detector and 60 CDs with a total value of $1,000.
? That same night a Hyundai Elantra in the 300 block of South Maple Avenue had its window smashed and another radar detector and 100 CDs valued in total at $800 were stolen.
? That same night in the 1100 block of East Avenue someone broke into a garage, broke the window of a Honda Passport and stole an LCD flip screen.
? The afternoon of Dec. 31 a man was observed entering an unlocked van parked in the Fair Share store parking lot, 6226 W. Roosevelt Rd., and taking a bag containing an undetermined amount of cash and checks.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2. 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.
?#34;compiled by Bill Dwyer
'Tis the season to be jolly, but not too
In the first 11 months of 2005, some 28 people were arrested for DUI in Oak Park. Oak Park police conducted two separate impaired driving operations around Christmas and New Year's. As a result, last week seven individuals were arrested and charged with various violations related to impaired driving.
? William W. Roberson, 23, of Chicago was allegedly observed by police slumped over the steering wheel of his car in the center lane of Augusta Boulevard at Taylor Avenue, which was running and had music playing loudly. Police say Roberson, whose his foot was on the brake, and who was holding a half empty bottle of sparkling wine, was unresponsive.
? Barbara J. Voss, 50, of Oak Park allegedly ran her car into a parkway tree at Lake Street and Scoville Avenue the night of Dec. 30. She was taken to West Suburban Hospital for treatment, where it was reportedly determined her blood alcohol level was .292.
? Ben W. Steward, 26, of Bloomington, was involved in a crash in the 1000 block of South Taylor Avenue around 1:40 a.m. Jan. 1. After arresting him for DUI, police discovered that he wanted in DuPage for driving while his license was suspended, and that his license was revoked for a previous DUI.
? Jin H. Kim was pulled over after allegedly running a stop light in the 1000 block of Pleasant Street the morning of Dec. 29. Police reported he smelled strongly of alcohol, and had an open can off beer in the car.
? Jose L. Ortiz, 34 was pulled over after allegedly driving at a high rate of speed near Division Street and Jackson the night of Dec. 28. When police determined he had no valid driver's license and no proof of insurance, he was arrested. At the station he was also charged with driving under the influence, and it was determined he was wanted on a previous warrant for no valid license. It was then determined that his license had been revoked.