Crime continues to drop in Oak Park. For the first nine months of this year, crime is down by 16 percent over the same period a year earlier. That was the report Monday evening from Police Chief Rick Tanksley when he spoke at a community forum on crime and safety at village hall.
State Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) has introduced a bill in the General Assembly to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Last week Ford, who represents both Oak Park and Austin, hosted a forum for more than 50 people about the bill at Oak Park's village hall.
Oak Park police issued a warning to neighbors and beefed up patrols near Rehm Park after a man attempted to grab the backpack of a 12-year-old male student walking home from school at 3:45 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of S. East Ave.
The public town hall organized by 8th District state Rep. LaShawn Ford concerning low-level marijuana crimes takes place from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29 at Oak Park Village Hall Council Chambers, 123 Madison.
The family of a Chicago woman who was killed in River Forest in July is suing the men arrested for her murder, looking for money to help raise her orphaned child. Earlier this summer, Devin Bickham Sr., 39, allegedly killed his 29-year-old girlfriend Chervon Alexander at Priory Park, near Harlem and Division.
Police caught five burglars stealing power tools from a parked car during a routine early-morning police patrol in the 1100 block of Lyman on Sept. 23. The men were also linked to a string of other burglaries in the neighborhood and incidents in River Forest and Cicero, said Commander LaDon Reynolds of the Oak Park Police Department.
Elijah Osagboro, 17, of the 100 block of South Austin Boulevard, was arrested Friday after allegedly threatening and robbing his ex-girlfriend on her way to school. According to police Osagboro pushed the 17-year-old Oak Park girl against a garage in an alley behind the 100 block of South Elmwood Avenue, held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her Friday morning at about 8 a.m.
Oak Park and River Forest High School student Pawel Borowski-Beszta was re-indicted Friday by a Cook County grand jury, which charged him with four counts of theft in addition to the drug and weapons charges previously leveled against him for allegedly running a drug sales operation out of an Oak Park apartment.