Forest Park police arrested a man early Monday morning and charged him with robbing and burglarizing three antique stores on Madison Street within the past three months. Oak Park police also charged Carl Griffin, 44, of Chicago, with a convenience store burglary on Aug. 11.
A River Forest man facing sexual assault charges will not be let off of electronic monitoring, a judge told the man's lawyer on Aug. 29. During a status hearing at the Maybrook Courthouse, attorney Ellen Domph told Judge Noreen Love that her client, Robert Gaskill, 64, has strong family ties in the area and is not a flight risk.
In order to determine why criminals are attracted to certain areas of the village, the Oak Park Police Department has for the first time begun to analyze crime by the block — the smallest unit they have ever measured. Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley said a crime analyst in the department is keeping a database of approximately 625 blocks in the village and what types of crimes are occurring in each one.
New police cars hitting the streets of Oak Park are more spacious and get better fuel mileage than the previous discontinued model. The village's Public Works Department went through a state bid process to purchase the five Dodge Chargers for about $23,000 each, said Deputy Police Chief Anthony Ambrose.