Tag: Chief Thomas Aftanas

‘Rowdy Funeral’ Task Force Comes To An End

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 || By Nona Tepper/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Law enforcement personnel and funeral home directors during a meeting of the Cook County Funeral Cemetery Violence Task Force in 2018. | File

On June 21, a passenger in a funeral procession reportedly jumped out of his car, landed on a neighboring vehicle hood and started dancing. On June 3, a Chicago man brought a gun for protection to a funeral party in Forest Home Cemetery. In early May, police ticketed nine cars traveling as part of a funeral procession down Roosevelt Road, with passengers hanging out of windows, vehicles swerved into oncoming lanes and created “general disorder” on the roads.  

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Proviso Students Planning Walkout On March 14

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 || By Michael Romain & Nona Tepper || @maywoodnews || Updated: 10 p.m. 

Featured image: Students walk out of Oak Park and River Forest High School on Feb. 21. Proviso West students will take their lead on March 14 and stage a walkout of their own, along with students across the country. | Alexa Rogals 

Students at Proviso Township High Schools District 209 are planning to join students across the country during what’s being called the Enough National School Walkout, which will take place at 10 a.m. on March 14 — one month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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Maywood Man Charged With Felony Bank Robbery

Bank robber.jpgMonday, July 10, 2017 || By Thomas Vogel/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews

Forest Park police officers arrested John Scudieri, a 64-year-old Maywood resident, July 6 on First Avenue just south of Madison Street around 2 p.m., according to Police Chief Thomas Aftanas, for the robbery of U.S. Bank, 7525 Madison St., on June 29.

Officers saw Scudieri “talking with someone” and stopped him, Aftanas said. He was turned over to the FBI and charged with one count of felony bank robbery.

Aftanas told the Review one of his officers recognized Scudieri after the department released images from the robbery. The officer, Aftanas said, knew Scudieri from a previous arrest one year ago.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court’s Northern District of Illinois on July 6, Scudieri stole $3,118, in a “non-takeover” robbery, meaning he did not take hostages or attract attention during the incident.

Scudieri, according to the complaint, entered U.S. Bank around 11 a.m. and walked up to a teller. He did not say anything but slid a note, handwritten in black ink on a notecard, across the counter toward the teller.

“This is a robbery. Don’t pull any alarms. Give me the cash,” the note reportedly read.

In the complaint, Scudieri reportedly admitted to robbing the bank, claiming he was addicted to heroin and that he robbed the bank because he needed the money. VFP

Above photo: Courtesy Forest Park Police Department 

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