Tag: Forest Park Police

Maywood Man Charged In Fatal Shooting In Forest Park

Monday, June 11, 2018 || By Nona Tepper/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Martell Dorsey| Courtesy Forest Park Police Department 

A Maywood man has been charged with killing Michael Harris at about 4:34 a.m. at the intersection of Elgin Avenue and Adams Street in Forest Park on June 10, according to a statement issued by the Forest Park police department.

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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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More Info Released on Saturday’s Funeral Procession Shooting in Maywood


Forest Park police and emergency personnel at the corner of Madison St. and Circle in Forest Park last Saturday. | J. Martin Konecki/Facebook

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 || By Thomas Vogel for the Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews

Five Forest Park police officers stopped a van near Madison and Circle Avenues suspected of involvement in a Maywood shooting, Feb. 25 around 2 p.m.

The Maywood Police Department called Forest Park police following reports of a shooting involving two cars near 1st Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Maywood. Maywood police saw one car headed east on Roosevelt toward Forest Park.

At least one of the vehicles was part of a funeral procession for the victim of a gang shooting, Forest Park Police Chief Tom Aftanas said.

Just minutes earlier, Forest Park police units had been monitoring the same funeral procession as it headed west along Roosevelt Road. The department had received several calls from frustrated residents about the procession.

“People were driving recklessly into oncoming traffic,” Aftanas said. “People were hanging out of the windows, out of the sun roofs.”

Alerted by Maywood police, Forest Park police were looking for the van. One officer spotted a blue 2005 Dodge Caravan with a funeral sticker heading northbound on Desplaines Avenue “at a high rate of speed,” according to reports.

The van blew the red light at the intersection of Desplaines and Jackson Boulevard and the officer lost sight of it. Another officer saw the Caravan stopped in traffic at Madison Street and Circle Avenue.

Pulling alongside, the officer saw bullet holes in the driver’s-side door and a funeral sticker on the windshield. The officer pulled in front of the van, blocking its path. Other squad cars soon arrived and surrounded the van.

Aftanas said officers drew their weapons because they did not know if the occupants were armed. There were five women in the vehicle, he said.

“They were not listening to officers. They were not listening to orders,” he said. “They were really uncooperative. They wouldn’t say much.”

According to a police report on the incident, the driver did not respond to orders to exit the vehicle or get on the ground. Only after one officer said he would release Canine Killian, the police K-9 unit, did she comply. The driver was bleeding from the leg, but the car’s door stopped the bullet enough to keep it from entering her body, said Aftanas.

“She was bleeding,” he said. “But [the bullet] didn’t go in.”

Maywood police came and took the van’s passengers to Maywood for questioning, Aftanas said. No Forest Park officers fired their weapons. No shots were fired in Forest Park.

The Forest Park Police Department is not involved in the shooting investigation because it did not occur in the village.

The Dodge Caravan was towed by the Maywood Police Department. It is unclear where the vehicle was registered and where the five passengers were from. Multiple attempts to contact Maywood police were unsuccessful. VFP

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Breaking: ‘A Shooting Took Place’ During Funeral Procession in Maywood, Says Forest Park Mayor

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Forest Park police and emergency personnel at the corner of Madison St. and Circle in Forest Park. | J. Martin Konecki/Facebook

Saturday, February 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

According to multiple witnesses and an official in Forest Park, a shooting took place during a funeral procession on Saturday afternoon. So far, no more information is available on the reported shooting beyond a statement posted to Facebook by Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone.

Maywood police officials could not be reached immediately for comment. Here is Calderone’s full statement:

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More as this story develops. VFP

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Maywood Man Charged With Hit-and-Run

watkinsTuesday, January 31, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

A Maywood resident was charged last week with aggravated reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident after leaving a pedestrian seriously injured during a Jan. 22 hit-and-run that happened at Roosevelt and Harlem in Forest Park, according to a Forest Park Review report.

Forest Park police arrested Xavier Watkins, 20, (pictured above) on Jan. 26. The following day, Watkins was charged and his bond set at $50,000, according to a Sun-Times report.

“Video footage from several red-light cameras near the accident showed a black sedan fleeing the scene and several witnesses gave possible partial license plate numbers,” the Review report notes.

The Sun-Times reports that the incident happened at around 10 p.m. The victim, the Sun-Times reports, was rushed to Loyola University Medical Center. Watkins is scheduled to appear in court in Maywood on Feb. 2. VFP

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New Details Emerge on I-290 Carjacking, Fatal Police Chase

Eisenhower Expressway

The Harlem Ave. entrance/exit ramp along the Eisenhower Expressway. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 || Originally Published: Wednesday Journal || By Bob Uphues 

A 17-year-old boy involved in an alleged carjacking in Hillside died after jumping onto the Eisenhower Expressway from the eastbound Harlem Avenue exit ramp while trying to run from police on Sept. 9.

Tyrece Coleman, of the 7400 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue in Chicago, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead at 9:09 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.

According to police, Coleman was one of five subjects who hijacked a black Jaguar in Hillside and fled eastbound from that suburb on the Eisenhower Expressway.

Police apprehended two suspects, both juveniles, as they attempted to flee on foot. Two others were able to evade capture, with one subject reportedly hijacking a smaller black SUV stopped in traffic on I-290.

At about 8:30 p.m., Forest Park police were alerted that other agencies were pursuing a black Jaguar that had been hijacked in Hillside and was headed east on I-290.

The Jaguar exited the expressway at Desplaines Avenue and headed south, the wrong way, down Troost Avenue to Roosevelt Road, where it headed west, cut through the 7-Eleven gas station parking lot and sped north on Desplaines Avenue.

The Jaguar continued north to Jackson Boulevard, where it headed east, cut through the lot at Thorntons Gas Station and then south on Harlem Avenue before crashing into three vehicles stopped in traffic at the entrance to I-290.

All five suspects jumped out of the car at that point, with one heading north on Harlem Avenue. He was apprehended by a Bellwood police officer. Another subject fled westbound down the I-290 exit ramp. He was not apprehended by police.

Three others, including Coleman, ran down the eastbound ramp to I-290. A state trooper pursuing the three subjects tried to use a Taser to stop one of them, but the weapon failed to hit its mark.

As the subjects ran eastbound down the ramp, Coleman suddenly leapt over the concrete side wall of the ramp into the eastbound lanes of traffic. He was unresponsive when emergency personnel reached him, police said.

The two others waded through heavy traffic stopped on I-290, according to police, attempting to get into vehicles. One of the subjects was able to open a passenger door of a black SUV and enter it. The SUV was last seen eastbound on I-290.

The remaining subject climbed through a fence onto the railroad tracks south of the expressway and fled west under the Harlem Avenue bridge. A Forest Park Police K-9 unit later found the subject hiding in some bushes in the area along the railroad right of way between Harlem and Circle avenues. He was taken to Oak Park hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during his flight from police.

Illinois State Police assumed jurisdiction of the death investigation, while Hillside police took custody of the black Jaguar and the two subjects apprehended by police.

A call to Hillside police seeking information on charges against the two suspects who were apprehended was not returned. VFP

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