Oak Park police ticketed 14 speeding motorists last week-all of them talking on cell phones at the time-during continued enforcement of traffic laws around the village’s schools. Operation Wolf Pack, as it’s been termed, has been targeting motorists driving near schools.
“These people don’t understand that when they’re talking on their cell phone, they’re distracted from the more important task of driving safely,” said Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley.
Tanksley said he addressed the village board last month on the issue of cell phones, telling trustees he’s in favor of outlawing the use of cell phones while driving in the village.
He also noted that he expects the village’s Traffic Enforcement Unit, disbanded awhile back due to staff shortages, to be re-instituted within the next three weeks. The two-car unit will target village “hot spots” experiencing high numbers of traffic violations.
Criminal sexual abuse
A juvenile Oak Park resident was charged with criminal sexual abuse of another juvenile being babysat in the 900 block of Linden Avenue overnight on Aug. 16.
Tracey A. Moore, 42, of the 500 block of Lavergne Avenue, Chicago, was arrested the afternoon of Aug. 29 after being identified as the person who allegedly stole a portable stereo and unboxed security light fixtures from a garage in the 100 block of North Taylor Avenue Aug. 30. Moore was spotted by a neighbor, who followed him in a car and alerted police.
A man entered a garage in the 1000 block of Clinton the afternoon of Aug. 30 and stole various tools valued at $575. The man was then seen placing the items in a dark-color Ford. Police are investigating whether that man was also involved in a criminal damage to property incident in the 900 block of South Home Avenue in which a side window was broken but nothing taken.
Someone removed an air conditioner from a basement window of a home in the 100 block of LeMoyne Avenue during the day Aug. 31. Three rooms were ransacked and platinum and gold rings valued in total at $12,604 were stolen.
The following day another home in the 100 block of LeMoyne was entered through a kitchen window. Gold and silver rings valued in total at $1,740 were stolen.
And overnight on Aug. 26 someone entered a garage in the 100 block of LeMoyne through an open overhead door, pried open the door of a 1995 Jeep SUV, and stole a $150 in-dash stereo.
Two dorm rooms at Dominican University were burglarized the night of Aug. 27 or overnight. One student had her purse and a portable stereo stolen. Another woke up when she heard someone in her room. The intruder fled, and the woman’s wallet was later recovered in a stairwell.
Someone entered a garage in the 1100 block of South Grove Avenue overnight on Aug. 30 and stole $400 worth of tools.
That same overnight in the same block someone entered another garage via an unlocked side door and stole a piano keyboard valued at $600.
Shaghn D. Smith, 17, of the 1100 block of Highland Avenue was arrested by investigators the evening of Aug. 29 after they determined he was the person who allegedly attempted to leave the Fair Share Store in the 6200 block of Roosevelt Road with a backpack containing $88 worth of merchandise the afternoon of Aug. 15.
Emmanuel D. Cole, 17, of the 400 block of Wesley Avenue was arrested the afternoon of Sept. 3 after allegedly placing several books into his pants and walking out of Borders Books, 1144 Lake St., without paying.
Two Oak Park teens walking from the Lake Theatre around 10 p.m. Sept. 1 were assaulted by four other teems. One of the thieves said, “Empty your pockets,” then punched one of the victims in the eye. Another thief punched the other victim in the nose. When the two teens fought back, the four attackers fled.
Four young boys attempted to steal an Oak Park girl’s bike in the 100 block of North Lombard Avenue the evening of Aug. 30. One boy grabbed the girl’s shirt and demanded the bike, then pushed her.
Former River Forest resident Andre Dahmani, 19, Kyrian D. Good, of Plano, and Matthew D. Snipes, 20, of Oak Park, were arrested the evening of Sept. 2 after being stopped in a alley in the 100 block of North Humphrey. After Dahmani was reportedly observed by an officer dropping a baggie containing a white substance by a Dumpster, the three were questioned and searched, resulting in all three allegedly being found in possession of packets of heroin and hypodermic syringes.
Barney L. Baker, 22, of Ingleside was stopped for traffic in the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard the evening of Sept. 1. Police say they observed an uncapped syringe filled with a clear brown liquid lying on the floorboard by the passenger seat, as well as a foil packet containing a white powder suspected to be heroin. A name check allegedly also turned up a Cook County Sheriff’s warrant for parole violation.
Three Oak Park juveniles were arrested for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia at Oak Park and River Forest High School around 1 p.m. Sept. 1. One boy found in possession of three baggies containing marijuana was also charged with intent to distribute.
Police say that two juvenile River Forest residents stopped for suspicious activity in the 200 block of Elmwood Avenue the morning of Aug. 29 smelled strongly of marijuana. Questioned, both boys admitted to possession the drug, as well as paraphernalia.
David M. Mead, 38, of Riverside was stopped in the 6500 block of Roosevelt Road for an alleged traffic violation around 1:30 a.m. Aug. 29. Mead, who police say had an open 24-ounce can of beer in the car, reportedly failed a field sobriety test.
Zarin D. Crutcher, 20, of Forest Park, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation in the 6600 block of Roosevelt Road around 3 a.m. Aug. 29. He reportedly failed a field sobriety test, and allegedly had a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit of 0.08.
Richard H. Edwards, 50, of Forest Park, was stopped for an alleged traffic violation in the 500 block of Madison just before midnight Sept. 3. Police say Edwards smelled strongly of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test.
Michael J. Murphy, 33, of Streamwood, was pulled over for an alleged traffic violation in the 500 block of South Austin Boulevard around 2 a.m. Sept. 2. Murphy, who police say had open liquor in the car, was reportedly driving on a suspended license, had no proof of insurance, and was in possession of a drill reported stolen in Ohio.
Kelvin Murray, 37, of Maywood, was allegedly involved in a car crash near Randolph Street and Oak Park Avenue the afternoon of Sept. 2. Police say Murray was incoherent and had difficulty speaking and answering questions. He was charged with DUI following a blood test at Oak Park Hospital.
An Oak Park juvenile was arrested around 1 a.m. Sept. 4 after he and the car he was driving matched the description of a car and driver that hit two cars parked in the 300 block of South Harvey Avenue and then fled the scene. The boy reportedly smelled strongly of alcohol when arrested.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest Police departments from Aug. 28 to Sept. 4. 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.
-Compiled by Bill Dwyer