River Forest police arrested Brian Johnson, 28, of Chicago, whom they said was involved in three residential burglaries over the summer. The burglaries took place July 23 in the 700 block of Forest Avenue, Aug. 2 in the 1000 block of Franklin Avenue, and Aug. 2 in the 1000 block of Thatcher Avenue. Police said they are still seeking a second offender in connection with the burglaries.
Oak Park police warned residents Nov. 13 to secure window and door locks after a series of overnight burglaries that took place during the early morning hours in single family homes in the 800 blocks of South Kenilworth and Clinton Avenues and in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Elmwood and Scoville Avenues.
A female driver was pulled from her car around 8:50 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 in the 1200 block of North Austin Blvd., Oak Park police reported. According to police, a 48-year-old woman was sitting in her 2008 Mitsubishi with the engine running when an unknown man around 30 years old approached the victim's vehicle and pulled her from the car after making threats to her. The carjacker then drove off southbound on Austin. Police did not say if the vehicle was recovered. No arrests were made.
An Oak Park man charged with felony possession of child pornography was sentenced Nov. 5 to 180 days in jail and 30 months of intensive sex offender probation, a press release from the Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alverez said.
A 15-year-old Oak Park juvenile was arrested at Oak Park and River Forest High School by Oak Park police Nov. 4 after allegedly striking another male student, age 15, with an open hand on the ear during a morning hallway passing period.
Oak Park police nabbed two Chicago men caught committing a burglary in the 100 block of Randolph around noon Oct. 24. By working with information shared through the West Suburban Drug and Gang Enforcement (WEDGE) unit, police were able to recover five laptop computers and a digital camera believed to have been taken during five other recent residential burglaries in the area.
A week ago Tuesday morning there was an altercation on a stairwell at OPRF. One student pushed another and the second student went over a railing, falling to the landing a floor below. Thankfully for those of us who have walked those stairs, the student's injuries were less than we would have expected. No head injury. Damage to ribs and legs and then back in school the next day.
A new trial date has been set for a former North Chicago police officer, his son and an acquaintance who authorities say were involved in the fatal shooting of a Chicago woman in the parking lot of a River Forest park in 2011.