| March 26, 2013



– A 51 year old man from Chicago was arrested on February 2nd in the 1900 block of 73rd Court. John Hale is alleged to have threatened to slit the throat of his stepson with a knife. He is charged with aggravated assault.


– A Chicago man, Joseph Pasua, 34, was arrested on January 31st in the 2900 block of 72nd court. He is charged with criminal trespass, possession of burglary tools, criminal trespass to property and burglary.

– Joseph Pasua, 34, of 7200 block of West Barry Avenue, Chicago, was arrested at 1:57 a.m. Jan. 31 in the 2900 block of 72nd Court and charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal trespass and criminal trespass to property. He was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Feb. 6.


Dave Savini from CBS conducted an investigative report on an Elmwood Park police sergeant who is being accused of using his police powers to target women he could seduce, when he was supposed to be working. He also has been accused of targeting the men who are in those ladies’ lives. The investigation which was reported on February 6, questioned three men who asked how Sgt. John Wasilenko is still on the job. One of the three men said Wasilenko is out of control and Elmwood Park police officials would not do enough to stop him. The story ended by saying, “Using the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System for non-police matters is a felony. The alleged victims in this case said they want an outside agency to investigate the sergeant.”  For the full story visit the following link.  http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/02/06/cop-accused-of-seducing-women-involved-in-domestic-disputes/

Franklin Park


– A 20 year old man was robbed at gunpoint in the alley behind the 3200 block of George street on February 14th. The victim claims a man wearing a Bears cap and black hooded jacket approached him and pointed a silver pistol his way and told him to “Give it up now.” The victim handed the robber $20 and a cell phone then fled the scene. There are no suspects in this crime.


– Two Advance Auto Parts stores were subjects of burglaries within days of each other. The store located at 11222 Melrose Avenue, reportedly had 12 propane tanks used to generate power for forklifts stolen from a storage case. This burglary was reported on February 12th.

On the night of February 15th, the Advance Auto parts located at 2901 Mannheim Road was burglarized when someone forced open the back door, disabled the alarm then cut the door to a store safe, stealing $2963. Police say they have a suspect and are just awaiting charges from the state’s attorney.


On January 15th, Franklin Park police charged Luis Lemus of 3006 Prairie in Franklin Park with armed robbery, aggravated robbery and felony theft in connection with the robbery of a pizza delivery driver. The crime occurred back in November when a delivery man for Nick & Bruno’s Pizza returned to his vehicle and was assaulted and robbed allegedly by Lemus.

Harwood HeightS


– A 29 year old man Harwood Heights man was pulled over in his vehicle in the 7500 block of Lawrence Avenue. Tomasz Abramski was charged with possession of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia, after police allegedly found 6.2 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. 


-Twenty year old Silvan Krzalic of Harwood Heights was charged with theft on January 27th. He is accused of trying to leave Marshall’s store on Harlem Avenue without paying for $70 worth of merchandise.

Melrose Park


– A Melrose Park man in jail on a sex charge involving an 11 year old girl is now accused of trying to arrange the murder of the girl and her family. Twenty-eight year old Brian Thurman has been charged with 3 counts of solicitation of murder for hire, the Cook County Sheriff’s office announced. If convicted of just one of the felonies, he could spend up to 30 years in prison.


Allison Mendez, 32, of Melrose Park was arrested and was charged with making and selling fake identity documents to illegal aliens. An illegal immigrant from Nicaragua, she faces deportation and up to 15 years in prison. According to court documents, between May 2012 and January 2013, Mendez sold nine sets of false ID documents on six occasions. A set included a counterfeit U.S. permanent resident card – commonly called a green card – and a counterfeit Social Security Card.



– A 21 year old Northlake man was charged with the residential burglary of a house on Parkview on January 5th. A resident at the home heard what he said was a burglary in process and called police. Dimitri Coffey was caught a block from the home.


– In the early hours of February 4th, a police officer witnessed a car crash into a small tree near Armitage and Village. Police investigating the small accident found that the car involved was reported stolen the day before. The alleged driver, Michelle Parcel, 29, of Northlake was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.


An elementary school student in District 80 brought six rounds of live ammunition to school. The student had no weapons and was not threating in any way. Parents were informed through a letter sent by Superintendent Kerry Leiby. The ammunition was turned over to the Norridge Park Police Department. Once the ammunition was discovered, the student’s parents were notified and the student was disciplined according to district policy.

Park Ridge


– A 19 year old woman was arrested for the second time in two days on February 7th and charged with felony burglary to a vehicle. A neighbor on the 400 block of Meacham Ave. noticed two people using flashlights to look into vehicles and opening car doors and called police. Police arrived and found two people and after an investigation found Michelle Karabetsos was allegedly involved. Karabetsos was also arrested February 5th by Park Ridge police and charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The woman gave two different addresses as her residence during the separate arrests, one in Park Ridge, one in Chicago.

– A door to a home in the 1600 block of Touhy Avenue was reportedly forced open and jewelry was reported stolen during the burglary that occurred on February 9th.

– Someone attempted to pry open a door to a residence on the 900 block of Knight Avenue on February 14th. No access to the home was gained.

– There was a reported burglary at a home in the 900 block of South Delphia Avenue. Jewelry was reportedly stolen.

– On February 12th a vehicle parked on the 1000 block of West Peterson Ave. was burglarized. A set of keys and a license plate were reported stolen.

– An unlocked vehicle parked on the 1700 block of South Prospect Avenue was burglarized between Feb. 11th and Feb. 12th,  and a wallet was stolen.

– A bagfull of softball equipment was reported stolen from a vehicle parked on the 1500 block of South Prospect sometime between Feb. 11th and Feb. 12th.

– A GPS was reported stolen from a vehicle parked on the 300 block of N. Aldine Avenue on February 12th. A window was broken to gain access.

– Tools were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in a driveway on the 300 block of N. Seminary Avenue. A window was smashed in to gain entry.


– A cell phone was reported stolen from a book bag at Maine South High School on February 7th.

– Two wallets were reportedly stolen from Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 W. Dempster street on February 10th and 11th

Schiller Park


– Two people on Feb. 3rd alerted Schiller Park Police to a man in his 20’s lying unresponsive in a creek off the Belle Plaine entrance ramp to the I-294 oasis on the East side. The man was still clothed with a large bloodstain on his leg, the man appeared to be deceased. Emergency medical personnel needed to make their way to the man to determine if he was in fact deceased and not in need of medical attention. However police needed to preserve the scene for evidence. Police determined the safest route for EMS to take to get down to the man was through the backyard of a home located at Belle Plaine and Denley Avenue. Once EMS personnel approached the man they discovered a 3 to 4 inch slash across his neck and a small steak type knife stuck into his chest. They determined that he was deceased. After contacting State police, it was determined that the location of the incident was located in their jurisdiction and the investigation was turned over to them. Suicide is highly suspected in this case.


– A man on the 1000 block of Belle Plaine Ave. called police to report an incident that occurred at his home. According to the man reporting the incident, he stated that his ex-girlfriend just walked into his home unannounced and entered into his bedroom where he and his new girlfriend were at. He claims his ex-girlfriend became combative, throwing objects around the room, then physically attacking him by hitting him in the head with clenched fists. He stated he grabbed his ex-girlfriend and escorted her outside where she began kicking his car, kicking the bumper off and leaving a dent in his door. She then left in a green vehicle. The story was substantiated by the new girlfriend. Both victims declined to press charges and were given instructions on how to obtain an order of protection. Police called the alleged attacker once they were back at the station, and she was very uncooperative. She later decided to come into the station and gave another account of what happened. She claimed she is the current girlfriend of the alleged victim, and she walked into his home as she normally does. Upon entering the bedroom and seeing another woman she became upset and knocked some items off of a table. She claimed she never became violent with her boyfriend or his car. Police then informed her that she was no longer allowed to have contact with either victim.


– A woman on the 3700 block of Scott Street reportedly let a man she believed to be her neighbor into her home. The man walked into her kitchen and said he was thirsty and turned the faucet on leaving the water run for quite some time. The woman became upset and told the man to leave. She grabbed the phone to call police and the man left. After police arrived and looked around, it was noticed that her bedroom drawers had been opened and her purse had been moved. Because she never observed the man leave her kitchen, police believe there was a second individual involved.


-On February 13th, a man in the 4100 block of Wagner waved down a police car that was passing by and relayed the following story. The man said he and his wife were standing alongside their house when they noticed two white males who were looking into their cars. The two males then jumped into an older model Mercury and left. While the man was down the block speaking to police, a white male approached his wife saying he was there to collect money that was owed to his friend. When she told the man she did not know anything about any money owed to anyone and that her husband was down the block speaking to police, the man said he had the wrong house and jumped into a white Lincoln Navigator and left. Police inquired whether they knew of any reason why someone would believe they were owed money, the husband brought up that a mechanic in Northlake had done some shoddy work on their car and he refused to pay for the repairs in full until the car was fixed correctly. It is believed this incident is related to the car repairs.


On Saturday, February 23rd at approximately 5 pm, police were called to a residence in the Bobbie Lane/Marie Lane area for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival it was observed that a resident’s car had been shot up. It was also noted that one of the bullets ricocheted off the vehicle and hit the home. Officers spoke to the owner and it was ascertained the homeowner allegedly owes money to an individual and is not paying. The individual sent someone to send a message to the homeowner and the person he sent shot the resident’s car to intimidate him. Detectives were called in and tracked a cell phone until he turned it off, but the police have some good leads. The case is still open and under investigation.


PROSTITUTION –  February 6 – A 32 year old woman from Georgia was charged with keeping a place of prostitution on the 9300 block of Bryn Mawr. Police arrested the woman after and undercover officer arranged to meet her in a hotel room and the alleged offender asked the officer for $260 in exchange for sexual services.

THEFT – February 1 – A driver’s license was allegedly stolen from a bar employee whose jacket was hanging in the employee locker room at MB Financial Park at Rosemont.

February 8 – A women’s cell phone was stolen on the 6900 block of Mannheim Road.

February 8 – Tools and an electric motor were allegedly stolen from a parked vehicle at the CTA lot located at 5700 River Road. Thieves punctured underneath one of the door locks to gain access.

February 5 – Thieves smashed the window of a vehicle parked on the 6600 block of Mannheim Road taking a laptop and camera.


February 2 – The owner of a vehicle parked on the 6300 block of River Road discovered their right rear tire slashed.

February 8 – A car parked on the 10500 block of Touhy Avenue discovered the entire passenger side of the vehicle scratched by an unknown offender.


The Village of Schiller Park is kicking off its Centennial Year starting this March and culminating in March 2014 celebration. Many activities are planned and the fire department is a part of the process. Plans are for monthly events sponsored by the Village and each of its departments. We will need volunteers for these projects and your ideas and input are welcome.



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