Off-leash dog struck by car

A Forest Park man, 53, who has been ticketed numerous times for having his weimeraner dogs off-leash was ticketed again after a woman driving a 2003 Volvo struck one of his dogs in the street near the 7600 block of Monroe Street the afternoon of Oct. 8. The woman, whose car was damaged slightly when she hit the dog, said she had tried unsuccessfully to stop and avoid hitting the dog when it ran into the street. She was not charged. The owner took his injured dog to the vet and Forest Park police issued a citation for dog-at-large.

Landscaping equipment stolen

  • A work trailer, hitched to a 2009 Chevy Blazer and used by a lawn service business in the 7700 block of Roosevelt Road, was stolen, Oct. 4-7, and tools were reported removed. Estimated loss was not provided.
  • A 1995 GMC Sierra and professional landscaping equipment were missing from a business in the 7400 block of Franklin Street, overnight Oct. 7-8. Taken were four Stihl backpack-style leafblowers, valued at $400 each, three electric trimmers costing $200 each, and a chainsaw with an estimated value of $300.

Bank robber wannabe

A 39-year-old Chicago man came to the walk-up window at Forest Park National Bank in the 7300 block of Roosevelt Road and twice stated, “Give me your money!” to the teller. The teller asked him if he had an account at the bank and the man evidently lost his nerve and bid her “good day.” Police stopped the man near Andrea’s Restaurant. He was issued a local ordinance ticket for disorderly conduct.

Bar patrons causing trouble

  • Police observed a 22-year-old Oak Park man outside Slainte, 7503 Madison St., having a smoke around 1 a.m., Oct. 8. Police said he began urinating in a standing planter located on the sidewalk and was issued a local ordinance citation for public urination.
  • Officers arrested a male patron, age 60, from Oak Park, who was traveling between Slainte and Duffy’s and acting in a belligerent manner toward other customers in the 7500 block of Madison Street around 9:50 p.m., Oct. 9. According to reports, the man exuded a strong odor of alcohol and was bleary-eyed and drooling. After returning to the bar that kicked him out, he refused to leave and police took him, struggling, into custody, pushing him against a street planter to hold him steady. During the arrest, the man struck his forehead on the planter, causing it to bleed. He was taken to Oak Park Hospital for treatment. He was later issued a local ordinance citation for public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Seat switch doesn’t fool officer

Police observed a 2004 red Chevy Monte Carlo parked and blocking traffic in the southbound lane of Harlem near the CTA stop, where posted signs say “No stopping, standing or parking” in front of the station. An officer activated his emergency lights and approached the car, at which point the 21-year-old Chicago man in the driver’s seat allegedly slid across to the passenger seat. He told the officer he was the owner of the car, but he was not driving. When asked why he moved seats, he told the officer the car was not insured. He also had a suspended license, made clear soon enough by checking Forest Park’s LEADS police computer system. He was placed in custody and charged with driving while license suspended.


  • A catalytic converter was reported removed from a 1999 Chevy Cavalier parked in the 7600 block of Adams Street overnight Oct. 7-8. A dollar amount of the loss was not immediately available.
  • A black purse containing an ATT smart phone, wallet, state driver’s license and ID social security card, credit cards and a checkbook was removed from the 2011 Chevy Malibu which sat overnight unlocked Oct. 7-8 in the 300 block of Desplaines Avenue.

Bikes stolen

Two bicycles were removed from a garage that may have been left open in the 1300 block of Elgin Avenue during the day, Oct. 8.

A secured bicycle was removed near the intersection of Randolph and Elgin, the morning of Oct. 9.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 6-9, 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.

—Compiled by Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus

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...