WEB EXTRA! The man accused in an attempted rape in Forest Park on New Year's Eve was denied bond Tuesday afternoon by a Cook County Violence Court judge. Paul Cruikshank, 24, who was arrested by Oak Park police following an attempted rape near Circle Avenue and Lexington Street in Forest Park, was ordered held without bond by Judge Mary Margaret Broshnahan at a noon hearing. Cruikshank is charged with eight felonies related to the Forest Park attack and two other attacks in Chicago.
Thanks to a quick response by Forest Park and Oak Park police and gutsy defiance by a woman under assault, a suspect sought by Chicago police in two recent sexual assaults in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood was arrested New Year's Eve.
Padma Abeysinghe Villagomez, 55, has lived in Oak Park since 1984. She runs a daycare in her home along with her husband, Reynaldo. She's never had occasion to ask her adopted community for a favor, but she's asking now.
Dr. Mary Kelly has a voice you could bounce a tennis ball off of. Taut and clipped, it's matched by her bracing, easy frankness and a friendly efficiency that seems to come with the professional territory of other people's sore throats and stuffy noses and routine blood tests.
It is perhaps the most interesting gift residents on the 1000 block of North Austin will receive this holiday season, and as of a week ago Monday it was still wrapped. When the plastic shroud finally came off the house, located at 1034 N. Austin Blvd., it signified the end of an elaborate lead removal project, which piqued the curiosity, not to mention the concern, of neighbors and passersby.