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Former Melrose Park Cop Caught Stealing Drugs Gets 11 Years


Thursday, July 27, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Greg Salvi, 44, the former Melrose Park police detective who pleaded guilty in April to multiple felony counts associated with selling stolen drugs was sentenced on July 26 to 11 years in prison, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Salvi pleaded guilty earlier this year to “one count each of possession of drugs with intent to deliver and using a gun in a drug trafficking crime,” according to a April 25 Chicago Tribune report.

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Sun-Times: Ex-Melrose Park Cop Caught Selling Drugs Bragged About His Crimes

Greg SalviFriday, July 14, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

According to a July 13 Chicago Tribune article, Gregory Salvi, a former Melrose Park police officer who admitted to selling drugs that were stolen from his department’s evidence room, could serve more than 10 years in prison.

“But with his sentencing hearing approaching later this month, the feds say they also caught Salvi bragging about stealing power tools from the department, and about helping a drug trafficker’s associate walk away from a drug deal without paying,” the Sun-Times reports.

“Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Otlewski made the allegations in a memo this week that asks U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve to put Salvi away for 14 years.”

The Sun-Times reports that Otlewski said that “Salvi bragged about selling drugs stolen from the police department before. And he alleged Salvi told a federal informant he conducted a fake arrest to help the associate of a marijuana trafficker get out of a drug deal without paying.”

Read the full report here. VFP

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Ex-Melrose Park Cop Pleads Guilty to Selling Stolen Drugs

Greg SalviTuesday, April 25, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Former Melrose Park police detective Gregory Salvi, 43, has “pleaded guilty to one count each of possession of drugs with intent to deliver and using a gun in a drug trafficking crime,” according to a April 25 Chicago Tribune report.

According to an April 25 Chicago Sun-Times report, Salvi “has recently been selling cars for a living. But Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to possession of more than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute, and carrying a Glock .45 caliber handgun while doing so. Now, Salvi faces at least 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve is scheduled to hand down his sentence July 26.”

The guilty plea comes two years after Salvi was arrested and charged with everything from stealing cocaine from the evidence room of the Melrose Park police station to planning to steal drugs from a state lab.

Read the complete Tribune report here. Read the complete Sun-Times report here. U.S. News & World Report also reported on the Salvi case here. VFP

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Father, Son Charged With Melrose Park Teen’s Murder | Fatal 3-Car Crash Kills One

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Reinaldo Collazo, Jr. and Reinaldo Collazo, Sr. are facing charges in connection to the killing of a 16-year-old in Melrose Park last week. | Melrose Park Police Department

Saturday, February 25, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

According to Melrose Park police, two men, a father and son, face charges relating to the Feb. 19 murder of 16-year-old Julian Hernandez, a Sun-Times Media Wire report notes. Hernandez was shot on the 1900 block of North 17th Ave. last Sunday at around 4:45 p.m.

According to the report: “Reinaldo Collazo Jr., 22, faces one count of first-degree murder; and his father, 49-year-old Reinaldo Collazo Sr., is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, possessing a firearm without an FOID card and obstructing justice, according to Melrose Park police.”

Both Collazo Sr. and Jr. are documented gang members, the report notes. To read the full Sun-Times Media Wire article, click here.

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According to a Feb. 23 report in the Daily Herald, one woman from Addison was killed in a three-car crash that happened in Melrose Park on Wednesday at around 3:56 a.m., at Mannheim Road and Lake Street.

“A 1998 Chevy Astro van traveling southbound on Mannheim Road disobeyed a red light and struck a 2007 Honda Civic traveling eastbound on Lake Street in the left lane and a 2006 Chevy Impala also traveling eastbound in the right lane,” the Daily Herald, citing a Melrose Park department news release, reported.

The woman, Cindy Baez-Gutierrez, 20, was rushed to Loyola University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 4:51 a.m.

To read the full Daily Herald report, click here. VFP

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Sun-Times: 3 Men Arrested During Investigation Into Deadly Shooting in Melrose Park

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Sunday, January 22, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

According to a report by Sun-Times Media Wire that was published by CBS Chicago on Jan. 21, three have been arrested during an investigation into a fatal Jan. 15 shooting that happened in Melrose Park.

Last Sunday, at around 2:40 p.m., Melrose Park police received a call about possible drug dealing in the area of 12th Ave. and Winston Drive.

“During an investigation into the reported drug dealing, a 911 call was received from a home in the 1200 block of Winston that a person had been shot inside the home, police said. When officers arrived they found two people shot,” the wire report notes.

Police found Anthony Scott, of Aurora, dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Another person sustained minor gunshot wounds.

Since then, police have arrested three men during their investigation of the murder. Dante Ricciardi, 26 and Joshua Felton, 28, have both been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Ulises Vences, 30, is in custody for a “2015 charge of being an armed habitual criminal,” the CBS report notes.

Police are still investigating the Jan. 15 shooting. Read the entire Sun-Times Media Wire report by clicking here. VFP

The mugshot of Joshua Felton has been removed until we can obtain mugshots of Ricciardi and Vences as well. 

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Man Murdered in Melrose Park Identified as Aurora Resident, Persons of Interest in Custody

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A man who was fatally shot in Melrose Park has been identified as 24-year-old Aurora resident Anthony Scott, according to a Jan. 17 Chicago Tribune report.

Melrose Park police found Scott inside of a home in the 1200 block of Winston Drive on Sunday. He was pronounced dead at 3:17 p.m. Another person was shot as well but survived.

According to Melrose Park police, the incident was not random and, as of Tuesday, was still being investigated. The Tribune reported that police had “a couple people of interest in custody Monday, a police spokesman said.”

To read the full Tribune article, click here. VFP

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