? The following contains incidents reported to the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Jan. 2 through Jan. 8. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.
Marcus A. Conley, 28, of 2 West LeMoyne was observed panhandling in the 6000 block of W. North Ave. after 7 p.m. Jan. 9 after having been warned twice to desist. When police confronted him, Conley allegedly struck the officer in the hand, arm and head. He was arrested, and a name check reportedly revealed a Chicago police warrant for Trespass and an Elgin warrant for Obstruction of Justice.
Battery/aggravated battery arrests
Angelo D. Pendleton, 18, of 3253 W. 83rd Place, Chicago, was arrested the night of Jan. 3 after he allegedly refused to stop for police on Harrison St. near Austin Blvd. Pendleton reportedly batted the officer’s hand away when he attempted to conduct a street investigation. After a struggle, police say, he was arrested and charged with Battery, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Cannabis.
? Sylvester Martin, 47, of Chicago, was charged with Aggravated Battery the evening of Jan. 5 for allegedly choking an Elmwood Park man after Martin, who was reportedly intoxicated, was transported to the Oak Park Hospital E.R., 520 S. Maple.
? An Oak Park juvenile was charged with Battery after being identified by his victim the evening of Jan. 9. The juvenile reportedly threw his victim to the ground in the 200 block of South Lombard, pushed his face to the ground, then dumped him in a garbage can.
? Someone pried open a door of a residence in the 700 block of Washington during the daytime hours Jan. 7 and stole a video recorder, camera, athletic clothes and assorted jewelry. Loss was $650.
? Someone entered a home in the 200 block of South Humphrey during the day Jan. 3 through an unlocked window. They stole miscellaneous jewelry, and an X-box and remote, as well as house and car keys.
Peter J. Meridian, 39, of 214 S. Oak Park Ave. was arrested Jan. 4 after allegedly paying for the first month’s rent and security deposit on an apartment with three bogus money orders totaling $1,750. He was also reportedly wanted by the DuPage County Sheriff on an outstanding bond forfeiture warrant.
Burglary to auto
Sometime between Jan. 1 and Jan. 4 someone smashed the rear window of a Ford Explorer parked in the 200 block of Forest Ave. and removed a music keyboard, a Vox amplifier, an electric guitar and two microphones. Loss was estimated at $8,812.
? Someone slashed four tires on a car in the 800 block of N. Austin Blvd. overnight on Jan. 7. They also entered the car, probably with a key, and slashed the front and read seats. In addition they threw paint around the interior, and stole $5 in coins and numerous CDs. Damage and loss was estimated at $2,575.
Two Oak Park juveniles were arrested last week on Jan. 3 and Jan. 7 for their parts in a Dec. 23 burglary at Oak Park and River Forest High School. In that incident, three male juveniles were observed by a high school employee walking near the girl’s locker room. One of the boys pushed the employee out of his way and exited the building. Two lockers were later found to have been broken into, and a metal roll up door was also damaged. A school video security camera reportedly captured one of the boys entering the school via unauthorized use of a swipe card. Both boys were turned over to their parents.
Criminal trespass to state supported land
Kendel L. Shack, 18, of 4946 W. Walton, Chicago was arrested on Oak Park and River Forest High School property after he returned there after being warned not to do so.
Trespass to motor vehicle
Marcus D. Terrell, 34, of Chicago was charged with Criminal Trespass to Auto and driving on a suspended license after he was stopped in traffic in the 6100 block of North Ave. the afternoon of Jan. 4. The 1992 Dodge Spirit he was driving had been reported stolen by a Forest Park woman on Dec. 25, after she returned home from a four day hospital stay.
Domestic battery arrest
David K. Drew, 47, of 1037 N. Elmwood was reportedly engaged in a heated argument with an Oak Park woman when he allegedly “forcefully removed” a cell phone from her hand, then twisted her arm and shoved her in the back.
Criminal damage to property
There were two incidents of vandalism by projectile last week. Sometime between Dec 31 and Jan. 3, someone shot a 6-foot by 5-foot window in the 7000 block of North Ave. Damage was $1,200.
? On Dec. 31 or Jan. 1, someone shot out a basement window in the 1500 block of North Austin Blvd. Damage was $100.
Theft from person
For the third and fourth times in a week, shoppers at area grocery stores have been the victims of pick pockets. On Jan. 7 at the Jewel on Roosevelt Road an Oak Park man had his wallet lifted from his left pants pockets by a man who, the victim said, diverted his attention just prior to the incident. The wallet contained $300, credit cards and IDs.
? A customer in River Forest’s Whole Foods Market helped a man with groceries he had dropped the evening of Jan. 7. Several minutes later she realized her wallet, which had been in her coat pocket, was missing, along with $10, credit cards and personal IDs.
? A woman approached a Morton Grove man at the BP Amoco station, 520 S. Austin Blvd. the morning of Jan. 5 and asked for money. When he refused, the woman reached inside his vehicle and grabbed a rubber banded bundle of credit cards. The man grabbed her and managed to retrieve all but one gas station credit card. The woman then entered a waiting van and fled.
Larry J. Frazier, 45, of Broadview, was observed by police unresponsive and sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that was stuck in snow in the middle of the Madison Street parkway, still in drive, with the keys in the ignition and the motor running. Police also report observing a partially empty gin bottle on seat. He was transported to Oak Park Hospital, where he was administered a blood test that came back .415. Besides DUI Frazier was charged with improper lane usage, driving in the wrong lane, and transportation of liquor.
? Gerado Reyes, 31, was arrested at the Shell station at Harlem and North Ave. for DUI and no valid license after he allegedly had a .278 blood alcohol level.
Hey! Hands off the weekly newspapers!
David R. Meyers, 39, of Chicago was arrested the morning of Jan. 6 after being identified by a witness as the person who was stealing coins from a Pioneer Press news box in front of the Oak Park Ave. Blue Line station over the Eisenhower Expressway.