A collision with injuries occurred between a Lincoln Towncar and motorcycle in the southbound lanes of Harlem Avenue at Madison Street in Forest Park around 11:18 a.m. Monday. The Towncar came to rest on the sidewalk in front of USA Beverage, with the motorcycle wedged underneath. An ambulance took the male motorcycle rider to Loyola University Medical Center around 11:47. Police closed off both streets while investigators cleaned up the area.

Car alarm reveals collision

Forest Park police arrested a 44-year-old Oak Park woman around 1:30 a.m., Aug. 27, after an officer observed her driving a blue 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee with front-end damage near the intersection of Adams and Thomas. The officer heard an auto alarm sounding nearby. The car making the alarm noises had fresh collision damage, according to police reports. The woman admitted she had hit the other vehicle. Police charged her with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and no proof of insurance or license on her person.


Arrest of alleged burglar turns up warrant


Forest Park police got a tip that Oak Park police had arrested a 22-year-old Forest Park man in the first block of North Harlem Avenue for suspicion of burglary around 11 a.m., Aug. 27. It turns out the man had an open Forest Park warrant for possession of cannabis with bond set at $6,000. He was unable to make bond and was held for bond hearings.

Coke baggie flipped into shrubbery

Police observed a man walking in the 7500 block of Madison Street with a glass cup filled with beer around 11:45 p.m., Aug. 27. When the officer exited the vehicle, he observed the man hand the glass of beer to a female companion and toss an unknown object into the flower bed he was standing beside. When the officer walked up, the man, age 25 from Berwyn, was arguing with several other people on the sidewalk. From the shrubbery, police recovered a clear, knotted plastic bag containing a white powdery substance that tested positive for 1.5 grams of cocaine.

The man was charged with possession of a controlled substance and given a local ordinance ticket for open alcohol.

Graffiti tagger brings junior along

Police arrested a 38-year-old Melrose Park man with a sharpie who was reportedly tagging graffiti on a Chicago Sun-Times newspaper box near Madison Street and Hannah Avenue around 11 a.m., Aug. 28. The man was in the company of his 4-year-old son. Police searched his 2014 Ford sedan and found a wide-tipped magnum Sharpie marker. The man admitted he used the marker to vandalize the newspaper box. When asked why he did it, he reportedly said, “I was just being stupid.” He was issued a local ordinance citation and agreed to go to the hardware store and buy a solvent to remove the graffiti.

Footchase nabs suspected shoplifters

Forest Park and Oak Park police responded to security agents at CVS in the 7200 block of Circle Avenue around 12:40 p.m., Aug. 28, after they said two customers had grabbed more than $350 worth of personal hygiene items from the shelves and fled the store. CVS security said the two jumped into a 2006 white Chevy Malibu which then pulled out of the parking lot fleeing east.

Oak Park police stopped the vehicle in an alley south on Harlem, and the male offender fled on foot, but was quickly taken into custody by Oak Park police. He, the woman and the male passenger of the Malibu denied stealing anything, although police recovered two bags filled with CVS merchandise from the Malibu’s back seat. The driver was released without charge, but the male and female passengers, since they had previous retail theft convictions, were given felony theft charges.


Asleep in the parking lot


Police got a call that a man was passed out next to a quarter-full open can of Miller High Life beer in the parking lot of the 229 Marengo condominium building around 8 a.m., Aug. 29. Officers recognized the 52-year-old Maywood man as someone who has been warned several times about public intoxication and trespassing. He was unable to stand on his own to be arrested and had to be lifted up by an officer. He was taken into custody, transported to the Forest Park Police Department and charged with criminal trespass.


Dog locked in hot car in Walmart parking lot


A 34-year-old Oak Park woman was charged with cruelty to animals Aug. 29 after police responded to complaints that she had left her dog unattended in a parked car in 85-degree heat in the Walmart parking lot at 1300 S. Des Plaines Ave. The small white dog was panting heavily and excessively salivating, apparently due to a lack of proper ventilation in the vehicle. A sun roof was open three inches. The woman told police she just ran into the department store for “a minute.” She was issued a local ordinance citation.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 19-28, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in the report has only been charged with a crime.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...