Several thousand dollars of merchandise was taken from the Austin Boulevard Christian Church last week. An unknown person broke a lock to a storage room at the church, 634 N. Austin Blvd., Nov. 10-11, and took a black Folio SX sound board.
Oak Park and River Forest High School has seen an increase in student arrests in recent weeks resulting from rising reports of theft, and officials have come up with a couple of different reasons for the spike. So far this month, at least three students have been arrested in connection with thefts at the school.
Oak Park police say they are still investigating the death early Tuesday of a 17-year-old girl from Sheboygan, Wis., from an apparent heroin overdose at an apartment building. Emergency personnel found Kimberly Ciotola, whose family had reported her missing to Sheboygan police on Monday, in the hallway of a building at 855 Lake St.
A 17-year-old boy who held an underage drinking party last week turned himself into police, Nov. 4, and was charged with obstructing identification after he gave a false name to an officer in connection with the incident.
A man who took $340,000 from Dominican University over eight months pleaded guilty last month in federal court in Peoria to mail fraud and money laundering. The university found out from an investigator in March that Timothy J. Roth had been transferring money out of an account Dominican had with Hickory Point Bank, a small, independently owned Central Illinois bank.
A 32-year-old Oak Park man was shot and killed Sunday morning following an argument in the Austin neighborhood. Kyle Matthews, of the 400 block of South Elmwood Avenue, was shot in the chest and died at 2:50 a.m. at Loyola Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.
Officials at Oak Park and River Forest High School sent a letter to parents Oct. 28, informing them of circulating rumors that a male student was preparing to disclose "private and personal information" about other male students and that the targets of those disclosures were preparing to retaliate.