Oak Park police arrested Ashley A. Ronsen around 5:30 a.m. Sept. 7, after allegedly observing her driving at a high rate of speed into Forest Park. Ronsen, 18, of 1414 Keystone, was arrested along with a 16-year old Oak Park boy and an 18-year old River Forest man. Investigators say Ronsen entered a home on the 1100 block of S. Ridgeland, took a car key, entered the garage and took the owner’s car without permission. She is charged with residential burglary, burglary to auto, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and criminal defacement to property. The 16 year old was charged with an earlier series of graffiti vandalism and battery with a BB gun and was turned over to his parent. The 18 year old was released without charges.


Two men in their late teens entered a business on the first block of Chicago Avenue around 6:45 p.m. Sept. 4. One displayed a semi automatic handgun, and took $100 cash.


The afternoon of Aug. 31, someone entered a home on the 500 block of S. Cuyler through an unlocked screen door and stole a wallet and car keys.

A residence on the 1000 block of Pleasant was entered the afternoon of Aug. 29, possibly with a key, and a digital camera was stolen.

The afternoon of Sept. 1, a burglar entered a home on the 600 block of S. Humphrey through an open rear door and stole a laptop computer valued at $329.

Thieves forced open a garage door on the 1000 block of N. Elmwood the evening of Sept. 1, and stole four bottles of champagne.


Christopher Meeks, 21, of Chicago was arrested the night of Sept. 5 after allegedly punching a River Forest boy in the face while on the 900 block of N. Kenilworth.

The afternoon of Sept. 1, an Oak Park boy walking on the 500 block of S. Ridgeland was struck by a BB. When he looked around, he observed several teenagers standing nearby.


Nathan L. Zuchora, 29, of Olglesby, Illinois, 96 miles from Oak Park, was allegedly found in possession of six baggies of heroin at the corner of Austin and Harrison the afternoon of Aug. 31. According to the Central Illinois News Tribune, in 2005 Zuchora, then of Spring Valley, was on parole from a LaSalle County burglary conviction when he allegedly delivered heroin to an undercover officer.

Charles Johnson, 20, of Lombard was allegedly observed the afternoon of Sept. 6 sitting in a pick up truck parked in the rear of the McDonalds parking lot, 111 Madison, with a syringe and spoon, and several baggies of heroin.

Dane E. Smith, 21, of 430 S. Taylor was arrested the morning of Sept. 5 after an investigation determined he was allegedly in possession of cannabis and was wanted on a Chicago warrant.


Swayne Y. Roebuck, 37, was arrested the evening of Sept. 3 and charged with felony theft after he allegedly stole $119 worth of deodorant from the Dominick’s, 7501 North Ave. Roebuck was on parole from the latest of eight retail theft convictions.

Craig K. Ellis, 45, of 3940 N. Narragannsett, was arrested the morning of Sept. 3, after allegedly stealing two Blue Tooth head sets from a store on the 400 block of N. Harlem.

Vincent R. Garr, 26, of 1704 N. Menard, Chicago, and Tiaquana Booker, 27, of 1823 N. Austin, Chicago, were arrested the afternoon of Aug. 31 after they were identified as the people who allegedly stole mail from a residential mail box on the 200 block of LeMoyne.

The afternoon of Sept. 3, a motor scooter valued at $2,500 was stolen on the 1150 block of S. Harvey.

An older teen approached an Oak Park boy on the 1100 block of S. Cuyler and asked if he could ride his bike. The boy allowed him to do so, and the thief rode off on the bike. Two bikes were stolen on the 300 block of S. Kenilworth, and others on the 400 and 1100 blocks of Lake, 1000 block of Washington, 700 block of Columbian, and the 500 block of Lake.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Aug. 31- Sept. 7. 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.

-Bill Dwyer

Crime plus

‘Closed but unlocked’

Police continue to arrest people for burglary, and residents continue to leave their garages open or unlocked. Sonny Scalfano, 17; Joseph J. Moore, 18; and Roy R. Rodriguez, 19, all of Berwyn, were stopped around 3:30 a.m. Sept. 4 on the 700 block of S. Oak Park and charged with theft after being identified as the individuals who stole a bike and soccer net from an open garage.

The afternoon of Sept. 7, Edward Kazmierski, 41, of Cicero was arrested on the 900 block of Wenonah after he allegedly entered a garage there and pried a radio from a car dash board.

The side windows of two SUVs in an unlocked garage on the 200 block of S. Euclid were broken overnight, Sept. 2, and a briefcase containing an Apple Mac Pro laptop computer was stolen. Total loss was $4,300.

Two bikes valued in total at $900 were stolen from an open garage on the 1150 S. block of Elmwood. A bike was stolen from a closed but unlocked garage on the 200 block of N. Lombard. Other unlocked garages were burglarized on the 300 block of N. Lombard, 100 block of N. Humphrey and the 300 block of N. Taylor.

River Forest house getting an ill repute

The owner of a River Forest house connected to years of police calls for service was cited Sept. 3 under a local ordinance for running a “house of ill fame.” Joseph Goeb, 71, was cited after Peter Vito, 70, of Elk Grove Village, allegedly walked into a home on the first block of Park and asked the woman living there if another woman was present. The resident told him to get out of her house, and watched as he walked several doors north and entered the Goeb house at 102 Park Avenue. Vito allegedly told police he’d paid Dana Bruzzese $100 to perform a sex act on him. Police charged Vito with solicitation of prostitution and Bruzzese with prostitution, both misdemeanors. Police also took custody of Bruzzese’s 5 year old son and contacted the Department of Children and Family Services.

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