Weekend headlines: Oak Park, River Forest top 10 stories of the week

Miss the news this week. We’ve got your top 10 headlines and recaps here, according to Oak Leaves and Forest Leaves reports:

1-4. Bali murder case:

Oak Park police reports describe girl biting, punching mom found in suitcase

The Chicago woman found stuffed in a suitcase last week on the resort island of Bali described a reign of terror by her daughter to Oak Park police in the years leading up to her death. [Read more here]

Court records shed new light on teen linked to mother’s death in Bali

Heather Mack was a handful. Long before her mother’s body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a Bali resort, and before police began making regular visits to the family’s Oak Park home. [Read more here]

Teacher, coach say man held in murder of girlfriend’s mom was ‘charming,’ ‘good kid’

Tommy Schaefer had troubles at home, but nothing ever seemed to indicate he could one day be involved with a cold-blooded murder, according to people who know him. [Read more here]

Woman found dead in Bali got $840,000 in a cruise line settlement

The estate left behind eight years ago by James L. Mack, whose wife was found stuffed in a suitcase in Bali last week, didn’t amount to much — at first. [Read more here]

5. Oak Park man makes top 25 for ‘hot husbands’ contest

Chris Williams admitted he was a little embarrassed when he found out his wife, Amy, nominated him for a hot husbands contest. [Read more here]

6. Chase Bank in downtown Oak Park robbed

The lone suspect was described as an “older” black man between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9 with a medium build, and salt and pepper beard, wearing a hat and glasses. [Read more here]

7. Back to school: More teachers at OPRF, solar panels in District 90, AC in District 97

When Oak Park and River Forest High School threw open its doors on Monday to welcome freshman students and the remainder of the student body on Tuesday for the 2014-15 school year, they were met by 24 new teachers. [Read more here]

8. OPRF wades into deep end of new pool debate

Over the past two years, the Long-Term Facilities Committee’s pool subcommittee has considered a variety of sites and configurations to replace the school’s 80-year-old pool. [Read more here]

9. Oak Park police blotter: Man linked to burglary with DNA evidence

Ardell D. Walker, 23, of 5205 West Van Buren St., Chicago, was charged with one count of residential burglary. [Read more here]

10. Noon Whistle Brewery overlooking Oak Park, heading to Lombard

A microbrewery that once eyed a Chicago Avenue spot in Oak Park has chosen to go a bit further west and open up shop in Lombard. [Read more here]

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