A 60-year-old Forest Park man is being held at Cook County Jail on felony weapons charges after he was allegedly involved in a shooting incident in Chicago on the morning of Dec. 4.
According to the report, Chicago police broadcast over police radio that a shooting had occurred in the vicinity of Laramie Avenue and Roosevelt Road about 8:50 a.m. and the offending vehicle was a black pickup truck registered to a Forest Park resident.
Forest Park police, stationed at Harlem Avenue and Roosevelt Road, observed the vehicle alleged to have been involved in the incident, a black Ford Explorer, traveling westbound on Roosevelt Road and an officer pulled the vehicle over on Circle Avenue.
The driver, identified as James A. Palermo, reportedly had a revolver in a pocket holster inside his right pants pocket and police also reported recovering several spent shell casings and a knife from his other pants pocket.
Palermo reportedly admitted being involved in a “road rage” incident in Chicago, but he denied displaying or firing the revolver. Chicago police did not provide any details about the incident.
A judge set Palermo’s bond at $250,000, and he remains at Cook County Jail awaiting a Dec. 12 court date in Chicago.
A resident of the 900 block of Lathrop Avenue reported that, between noon on Dec. 1 and 10 a.m. on Dec. 2, someone had attempted to pry open the service door to the garage to gain entry. Police reported observing marks on the door and door frame indicating someone may have used a screwdriver to force open the door.
No entry appeared to have been gained to the garage.
A resident of the 900 block of Ferdinand Avenue reported that, between 6:30 and 11 p.m. on Nov. 30, someone entered her garage and ransacked a vehicle parked there but apparently did not take any of the many items of value that were inside.
Police responded to a residence in the 900 block of Ferdinand Avenue after a resident called to report that during the overnight hours of Nov. 30-Dec. 1 someone had broken into his garage.
Police observed that the offender had pried open the side service door to gain entry and removed tools valued at about $4,000.
A 38-year-old woman called police on Nov. 29 to report that between 3 and 3:30 p.m., someone had entered her unlocked 2012 Chevy Impala, which was parked in the lot at Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave., and rifled through the interior.
No items appeared to be missing from the vehicle, but the driver’s side door was left ajar.
A 22-year-old man contacted Forest Park police on Nov. 29 about 5:50 p.m. to report that his 2006 Hyundai sedan, which he’d parked in the 7600 block of Roosevelt Road at 3 p.m., was gone.
The victim also stated he could not locate his wallet or keys and that he might have dropped them by mistake in the area where he parked the car.
Turn it down already
Police reported that steps are being taken to evict a 36-year-old woman from her apartment in the 7400 block of Washington Street after neighbors have filed numerous complaints of her playing excessively loud music, with police ticketing her multiple times for the offense.
Officers responded to the woman’s apartment building twice during the early morning hours of Dec. 2. At 1:45 a.m., the responding officer reported that he knocked on the woman’s door for several minutes before slipping a citation under the door. The officer reported it was the sixth time he personally had written a ticket for loud noise at that apartment.
Police returned about 3:20 a.m. for a second complaint from the apartment. The occupant again refused to open the door, according to police, who explained to the complainant that efforts were under way to evict the offending tenant.
Forest Park police reported that an unknown man selected two books for purchase at Centuries and Sleuths, 7419 Madison St., on Nov. 29 and paid for the $39.59 bill with what appeared to be a $100 traveler’s check. After being given $60.41 change, the man left the store.
Later the victim attempted to redeem the traveler’s check at a bank but learned it was counterfeit. The offender was described as a white male, about 50 years old, standing 5-foot-10, with a stocky build and having longer straight blond/gray hair.
The same man reportedly also attempted to purchase items with a traveler’s check elsewhere on Madison Street.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Nov. 27-Dec. 4, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.
—Compiled by Bob Uphues