Oak Park police squad cars collide during call

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Two Oak Park police squad cars collided while responding to a call at the intersection of Adams Street and East Avenue on Thursday, according to a press release from the village.

Two officers were injured in the crash and were transported to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, but their injuries were not life-threatening. One officer was released after being treated, but the other is was still at the hospital undergoing tests, according to the press release.

The accident took place at 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 2, when the officers were responding to a call for assistance from another officer conducting a traffic stop, according to the village.

One squad car was headed northbound on East Avenue and the other westbound on Adams Street.

The collision took place at the intersection, sending the westbound squad car into the parkway where it struck a tree and the northbound squad car into the intersection.

The two officers were able to exit their vehicles and radio for medical assistance. The Oak Park Police Department is investigating the incident.

 

Possession of controlled substance

A 26-year-old woman was arrested for possession of a controlled substance believed to be heroin in the 1000 block of Jackson at 1:54 p.m. on Nov. 4. The woman, who lives in the 1600 block of Westchester, in Westchester, was involved in a traffic crash. A name check revealed she had a suspended license and was found in possession of several clear bags containing a white substance.

 

Criminal damage to property

The mechanical arm at the village-owned parking garage in the 100 block of Forest Avenue was damaged by a vehicle at 2:49 p.m. on Nov. 4. Two men drove an older silver, 4-door BMW through the middle lane while exiting the garage, causing an estimated $500 in damage.

The window of a store in the 800 block of Madison Street was shot with a BB-type projectile sometime between 10 p.m. on Oct. 29 and 5:59 a.m. on Oct. 30. The estimated loss was unknown.

Another business in the 400 block of Madison Street had two windows damaged by BB projectiles sometime between 2 p.m. on Oct. 28 and 9:52 p.m. on Oct. 29.

Four vehicles were vandalized and burglarized on Halloween night around Oak Park. In the 200 block of S. Scoville, the rear window of a vehicle was defaced with spray paint sometime between 8 and 8:41 p.m. 

In the 300 block of South Lombard, the rear passenger window of a vehicle was shattered sometime around 4 p.m. 

In the 200 block of South Wesley, a vehicle was burglarized. The burglar ransacked the interior, damaged the ignition cylinder and defaced the vehicle with white spray paint.

In the 200 block of North Grove, the hood of a vehicle was damaged by offenders who stomped the vehicle with their feet sometime between 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 1.

 

Motor vehicle theft

A 2000 gray Volkswagen Jetta was stolen on Oct. 31 in the 1000 block of Austin Boulevard at 6:44 p.m. on Oct. 31. Three men wearing costumes stole the vehicle that was left running in the alley. The vehicle also contained a women's burgundy fur coat, a blue purse, a black wallet, and yellow and black Bumblebee jewelry. The thieves fled the scene in an unknown direction. The vehicle was recovered by Chicago police in the 5700 block of West Augusta in Chicago at 11:54 a.m. on Nov. 1. No apprehensions were made. 

 

Battery

Three or four people driving a white and gray, four-door vehicle shot a Chicago resident with a BB-gun, hitting the victim on the left cheek in the 900 block of Mapleton Avenue at 6:56 p.m. on Oct. 31. The vehicle then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

 

Discharge of firearm arrest

Robert Lewis, 56, of the 500 block of South Elmwood in Oak Park, was arrested for reckless discharge of a firearm at his home at 8:26 p.m. on Oct. 31.

 

Warrant arrest

Dantrell White-Dent, 19, of the 5500 block of West Congress Parkway in Chicago, was arrested in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 30 and charged with attempted vehicular hijacking, aggravated assault, battery and violating parole. No additional information was given.

 

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Oct. 28-Nov. 4, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger

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