Archive of Incidents & Alerts

Suspicious Incident Announcement - March 25, 2015

Park Ridge Police today informed District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred between 3:15 and 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Police reported that three female middle school students reported being followed by a vehicle from the area of Crescent and Delphia to the Uptown shopping district. The vehicle was a small pick-up truck (unknown make or model), faded red or maroon in color (appeared to be very dirty). The vehicle passed the girls several times over the approximately 10 blocks between where they first sighted him and the Uptown area. The driver was described as a male/white/50-60 years old with beard stubble, wearing a baseball cap and mirrored sunglasses. The driver never made, or attempted to make, any contact with the girls, but was reported to appear to be staring at the girls each time he passed them. The Park Ridge Police Department asks for your vigilance and to report any similar suspicious activity promptly by calling 911. Please contact Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252, if you have questions or additional information about this incident.


Suspicious Incident Announcement - February 5, 2015

The Park Ridge Police Department has investigated a suspicious incident that occurred in the vicinity of Glenview and Dee Rd., Park Ridge, at about 8:05 a.m. today, when a student walking to Franklin School reported to school staff that a man had waved at him several times and then shouted at him before he left the area running eastbound on Birch from Dee Rd. The student was approximately 70 feet from the individual during the encounter. The man is described as medium build, wearing a black coat, black/gray pants, and wearing a black ski mask. Please contact the Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252 if you have information or questions about this incident.


Suspicious Incident Announcement - January 26, 2015

The Park Ridge Police Department has informed District 64 of an incident of indecent exposure that occurred on Saturday evening, January 24.  A male described as white, unknown age, 5’8”, 170 lbs., brown eyes, light complexion, wearing a black skull cap, dark T-shirt, gray sweat pants, and gray gym shoes, exposed himself to two female high school teens walking southbound on the 300 block of Courtland at about 9:00 p.m. The teens immediately crossed the street and walked to the Police Department to report the incident. The Police searched the area, but the offender was not located. Please contact the Park Ridge Police if you have information or questions regarding this incident at 847-318-5252.


Suspicious Incident Announcement - August 20, 2014

Park Ridge Police have informed District 64 of an incident of indecent exposure that occurred on Saturday, August 9 at 5:40 p.m.  A group of five, 15-year-old girls were walking near the intersection of Prospect and West Crescent in Park Ridge.  The girls reported that a male white subject was standing on the sidewalk observing them.  As the girls got closer to the subject, he turned his back to them and bent over as if he was tying his shoes.  When the girls got to within approximately five feet of the subject, he turned towards them and exposed himself.  The subject then continued walking northbound from the area.  The subject is described as a white male in his late 30’s to early 40’s having a very thin build and being between 5’7” and 5’9” tall. He was wearing a green or tan baseball style cap with a white T-shirt and blue jeans. The subject was also carrying a backpack that was tan or green. Please contact the Park Ridge Police if you have information or questions regarding this incident at 847-318-5252.


Suspicious Incident Announcement – July 28, 2014

The Park Ridge Police Department has informed District 64 of a recent incident of indecent exposure that occurred in the community.  The incident occurred in the vicinity of Belle Plaine and Clifton, when a white male described as being in his 30’s, wearing denim jeans, a green baseball cap and carrying a beige backpack, exposed himself to two 15-year-old females who were about 100 feet away walking on the sidewalk.  The male fled the area. Please contact the Park Ridge Police if you have information or questions regarding this incident at 847-318-5252.


Suspicious Incident Announcement - April 11, 2014

Park Ridge Police today informed District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred on Weeg Way, across from Lutheran Messiah Church Daycare.  A brown, 4-door sedan has been observed parked on three separate occasions; the occupant of the vehicle appeared to be watching children during recess.  The occupant is described as being a heavy-set white male, 30-40 years of age.  The Park Ridge Police are continuing to investigate.  Anyone with information or non-emergency concerns should contact Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252.


Suspicious Incident Announcement – March 4, 2014

The Park Ridge Police Department is currently investigating the report of a suspicious incident that occurred during lunch recess today at Roosevelt School, 1001 S. Fairview Ave., Park Ridge.  A newer model white minivan pulled over on Talcott Road near Fairview, put the emergency flashers on, and lowered the rear passenger window.  The driver started to yell at three students together, “Let’s go to the library,” while hitting his steering wheel.  A lunch monitor observed the incident and immediately approached the students; the vehicle left the area heading west on Talcott.  The driver is described as a white male, approximately 55 to 60 years of age, with a short white beard and wearing glasses.  Please contact the Park Ridge Police with any information or non-emergency concerns at 847-318-5252.


Suspicious Incident Announcement May 30, 2013

Park Ridge Police have informed District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred on Wednesday, May 29 around 8:50 p.m. in the area of 1100 N. Northwest Hwy (near Northwest Park).  A gray, 4-door sedan, described as being occupied by two males in their 20’s, stopped next to a young, teenage girl and asked her if she wanted to get into the vehicle. The girl declined and ran home; the vehicle fled S/E bound on Northwest Hwy.  Please contact the Park Ridge Police for more information or to report non-emergency concerns at 847-318-5252.


Suspicious Incident Announcement May 25, 2013

The Park Ridge Police have informed District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred on Friday, May 24:
"At approximately 3:50 p.m., an 11 year old Female student was approached in the 800 S. block of Western as she walked home from school.  An unknown male in a Black Sedan (No further description for the driver or the vehicle) called out to the girl as he came alongside her.  The driver stated that the girl’s mother wanted him to drive her home.  The girl ran home and the Police Department was contacted immediately.  Police units checked the area and were unable to locate a black sedan with a lone male driver.  Park Ridge Police Officers are continuing to investigate the incident.  Please be vigilant and have students and parents report any similar suspicious activity."  Park Ridge Police may be contacted at 847-318-5252.


Suspicious Incident Announcement May 2, 2013 (Doc of Announcement)

Park Ridge Police today informed School District 64 about an attempted child abduction that occurred on Wednesday in unincorporated Des Plaines (area of 9600 W. Golf Rd).

The incident is being investigated by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, which provided this information:

The CCSPD is investigating an attempted child abduction that occurred on May 1, 2013 in the area of 9600 W. Golf Road in unincorporated Des Plaines. The offender is described as a male (white or Hispanic), 20-30 years of age, 5’8” to 5’10”, weighing about 170-190 lbs. The offender was wearing an orange/brown hooded jacket and black/white striped pants.  The offender attempted to abduct a middle school-age female victim. The offender may frequent the area of Golf and Potter in Maine Township. Any information, please contact the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department Investigations at 708-865-4896.

A sketch of the suspect appears below.

Park Ridge Police advise local residents to always report any suspicious activity to police by calling 911. Park Ridge Police also can be reached at the non-emergency line at 847-318-5252.

Suspect Sketch


Suspicious Incident Announcement October 31, 2012

Park Ridge Police today informed District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred on October 30 about 2:40 p.m. near the 2000 block of Parkside Ave. in Park Ridge.  A 13-year-old student walking home from school was confronted by a man in his early 20’s who asked for the student’s cell phone and then grabbed for the phone the student had quickly stowed in a pocket.  The student began kicking and swinging arms, when a witness driving in a vehicle observed the incident and started to honk the car horn; the man fled on foot.  The witness reported that the man had exited a black Lexus four-door vehicle (unknown plates) before approaching the student.  The man was described as being white, approximately 5’7” with a thin to average build, and was wearing a black baseball hat, blue jeans and a beige puffy coat.  Please contact the Park Ridge Police, 847-318-5252, with any information or concerns.


Suspicious Incident Announcement – October 3, 2012

Park Ridge Police have informed District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred the morning of Wednesday, October 3.  A student walking to school in the vicinity of East and Cuttriss Avenues reported being approached by a black vehicle; the driver asked, “Are you walking to Field?  Do you want a ride?” The student replied “no” and went to a friend’s house to report the incident.  Please contact the Park Ridge Police Department with any information or concerns at 847-318-5252.


Suspicious Incident Announcement February 3, 2012
& Update on January 12, 2012 Suspicious Incident Announcement

Suspicious Incident Announcement February 3, 2012

The Park Ridge Police today informed District 64 that the Chicago Police/16th District had notified them of an attempted child abduction/child luring incident that occurred on January 31 in the 7400 block of West School St., Chicago, at about 9 a.m.  An adult male called an 11-year-old boy to his vehicle, told him to get into his car, and said “Let’s go play Xbox.”  When the child refused, the suspect exited his vehicle and chased the child.  The child ran to his home and the suspect fled the scene.  The vehicle is described as a mid-sized purple 2-door car with tinted windows.  The offender is described as:  white or Hispanic; 30-40 years of age; 5’9”-5’10”; 150-170 lbs; full, black and gray hair; closely trimmed black beard; thick eyebrows that the victim described as a “uni-brow”; large lips; wearing a black T-shirt with red lettering, worn over a long-sleeved white shirt and baggie pants.   Please contact the Park Ridge Police Department with any information or concerns at 847-318-5252.

Update on January 12, 2012 Suspicious Incident Announcement

The Park Ridge Police today informed District 64 that the subject in question had been identified and interviewed.  “It appears as though the incident was a misunderstanding and there are no criminal charges at this time.  This case has been closed with the Park Ridge Police Department and there is no longer a need for concern involving this isolated incident.”


Suspicious Incident Announcement – January 12, 2012

Park Ridge Police have informed District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred on January 11 at about 2:00 p.m.  A 15-year-old female exiting the Metra train depot at Dee Road was approached by an unknown male who asked her if she wanted a ride home.  The girl refused the offer.  The male gave her a phone number and asked her to call him if she wanted to hang out in the city.  The male followed her as she walked safely home, but did not approach her again.  The male is described as being between 25-35 years of age, about 5’6” to 5’8”, black with short hair, and wearing black clothing.  The Park Ridge Police are currently investigating the incident; please contact them with any information or concerns at 847-318-5252.


Parent Alert – November 10, 2011

Park Ridge Police have alerted District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred on Wednesday, November 9 at approximately 2:00 p.m.  The male driver of black, newer mini-van with a vanity license plate of all letters was observed taking pictures of several female teenage students who were playing in the vicinity of Granville Avenue near Cumberland Avenue.  The driver attempted to exit his vehicle and the girls ran away.  The driver was described as being in his 20’s, having dark spiked hair, possibly Hispanic, and was wearing sunglasses and a black mask (possibly a ski mask).  Please contact the Park Ridge Police with any questions or concerns about this incident at 847-318-5252.

Suspicious Incident Announcement – October 18, 2011

Park Ridge Police have informed District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred on Monday, October 17.  A 14-year-old student walking home from school in the vicinity of Belle Plaine and Lincoln avenues reported being approached by a small silver car; the driver was described as a white male in his 40s wearing a black winter hat.  The driver slowed to look at the student, drove away, and returned to take a picture before driving away again. The student ran home safely.  Please contact the Park Ridge Police with any information or concerns at 847-318-5252.


Suspicious Incident Announcement - October 3, 2011

The Park Ridge Police Department has informed District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred on Friday, September 30.  A student was walking home from school about 3:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Tyrell Avenue and DeCook Court, and observed a vehicle following at the same speed the student was walking.  When the student arrived at home, the vehicle stopped at the end of the driveway and left the area when the student entered the home.  The vehicle is described as a 4-door silver car, possibly a Toyota.  A female white passenger thought to be a young teenager was seated in the rear behind the driver, who was not described.  No contact was made between the occupants of the vehicle and the student.  Please contact the Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252 if you have further questions or concerns about this incident.


Parent Alert - August 30, 2011

Park Ridge Police have informed District 64 of the arrest on Monday, August 29 of a 19-year-old white male in connection with an incident of indecent exposure and that the suspect has been released on bond.  The incident occurred late morning on August 8 in the vicinity of Elm and Delphia, Park Ridge; the victims were two young teenage girls who were out jogging. The suspect drove a dark green Mercury Mountaineer SUV 2002 model year, and was described at the time as having shaggy dark hair and wearing black aviator sunglasses.  Please contact the Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252 if you have further questions or concerns about this incident.

Suspicious Incident Announcement - August 29, 2011

The Park Ridge Police Department has informed District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred over the weekend in the area of Courtland and Arthur streets in Park Ridge. On Saturday evening at 10:22 p.m., three girls were walking together when a silver van with a black roof rack driving with its headlights off slowed next to them. The driver and a passenger asked the girls inappropriate questions, but drove off when one placed her cell phone to her ear. Please contact the Park Ridge Police with any information or concerns at 847-318-5252.


Suspicious Incident Announcement  July 27, 2011

The Park Ridge Police Department has informed District 64 about two suspicious incidents involving the same individual that occurred today in Park Ridge. A white male in his 20’s has been observed at playgrounds at two locations, and has sought to engage young children in conversation. At one location he asked to photograph them playing. He is described as being about 5’8” or a bit taller having a bald/shaved head, and hazel/light colored eyes. He had a small, white dog with him when the incidents occurred.

Summer schedules mean children are on-the-go and outdoors frequently and for longer hours, so parents and community members must work together to keep safety in mind for children. As safe as our community is, there are potential dangers to children and adults are urged to be watchful for your child and all children in your neighborhood, and in and around schools and playgrounds every day. Please remind your children to report any suspicious activities or people to parents or trusted adults.

Anyone with additional information or concerns should contact the Park Ridge Police directly at 847-318-5252.


Suspicious Incident Announcement - April 25, 2011

The Park Ridge Police have informed School District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred on Saturday, April 23 at the southwest corner of Hamlin and Cherry when two males in a purple mini-van approached two children playing in the playground at Carpenter School. The passenger leaned out the window and asked the children where they lived; the children did not respond and walked away. The van proceeded eastbound on Cherry. The van was described as having duct tape attached to the right front bumper. The passenger was described as a white male with a goatee, short spiked hair and wearing dark sunglasses and a gray T-shirt.  The driver was also a white male. Both were thought to be in their early 20's. Please call the Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252 for further information or questions.


Suspicious Incident Announcement - April 13, 2011

The Park Ridge Police on April 13 informed School District 64 of two suspicious vehicle incidents that occurred recently. The police report states that during the week of April 4, a middle school student was followed while walking home from a friend's house after school in the area of Hamlin Avenue and Glenview Avenue (northwestern Park Ridge). The vehicle was described as a dirty, black pick-up truck with an open bed; the bed of the truck contained some type of orange equipment.  The truck had one occupant wearing a baseball hat.  After the student walked toward a crowd at a nearby park, the truck made a 3-point turn and fled the area. The same student reported that on Tuesday, April 12 while walking home from school to a friend's house, the student observed the same dirty black truck following again.  The student ran to a known neighbor in the vicinity; the truck made a 3-point turn and fled the area. Both incidents occurred between 5:30-6:00 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to call the Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252.


Update to Suspicious Incident - April 8, 2011

Park Ridge Police have confirmed a further report from the Glenview Police Department:  "After a thorough investigation, Glenview Detectives learned the previously reported males were local landscapers doing business in the area.  There is nothing to indicate they were attempting to lure the juvenile to them."

The original report had stated: School District 64 on March 24 received information from the Park Ridge Police about a suspicious incident that occurred in Glenview.  Here is the information from the Glenview Police Department (Suspicious Incident 11-7515) in its news release:  On March 22, 2011 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 10 year old female was walking in the 600 block of Wagner Road after being dropped off from her school bus.  She was approached by a vehicle occupied by two males.  The driver was described as male, Hispanic, mid 30s, skinny, medium length dark hair, and a beard.  The passenger was described as male, white, mid 30s, heavy set, bald, clean shaven, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.  The vehicle was described as an older model dark red or maroon minivan, good condition, with tinted rear windows.  The vehicle stopped near the girl at which time the passenger asked her a question about her family.  She gave a brief response and left the area.  The girl later saw the passenger standing next to the van.  The area was checked but the van had already left in an unknown direction.  At this time there is no composite sketch of either the driver or the passenger. Contact the Glenview Police Department at 847-729-5000 with information or Sgt. Dave Sostak #14 at 847-901-6040 or send an email with any questions.


Parent Alert – December 6, 2010

Park Ridge Police have informed District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred after school on Friday, December 3.  Two students reported that a black Nissan 4-door sedan, driven by a white male with brown hair, was observed parked near Roosevelt School at dismissal time and followed two students as they walked home approximately 6 blocks.  The driver made no attempt to exit his vehicle at any time and did not approach or contact the students.   For further information, please contact the Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252.


Parent Alert – December 2, 2010

Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 has been notified by the Niles Police Department of a suspicious incident that occurred about 6:45 a.m. today at the corner of Golf and Greenwood in Niles.  A Maine East High School student was at a bus stop when she was approached by a black male who initially asked her “What time does the bus come?" before moving his hand toward the victim’s mouth as if to cover it.  He stopped short when a passerby said, “Don’t do it,  I’ll call the police.”   The man was then picked up by a minivan that had been observed waiting in a nearby gas station and was now stopped in traffic at the intersection.  The minivan is described as  dark blue with dents in the rear passenger side.  The driver was not visible due to fogged up windows. The man is described as very dark-skinned,  5'7- 5'9 inches tall, stocky build, in his 40's, wearing all black or dark clothing (jacket, stocking cap, gloves, jeans, shoes).  Anyone with information is advised to please contact the Niles Police at 847-588-6500.


Parent Alert – November 18, 2010

The Park Ridge Police today informed School District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred on Wednesday, November 17 after school.  Three Carpenter School students were walking home along Seminary Ave. near Cedar St. when they became aware of a car they believed was watching and following them.  The students went into a nearby home and waited about 10 minutes; the car waited with the engine running during that time.  One of the students then exited the house and began walking away; the car made a U-turn to face that direction and sat there as the student ran home. The car is described as a red, older 4-door vehicle with a large dent on the left front quarter panel.  The vehicle occupants are described as:  driver -- white male, blonde, in his 20’s, wearing a blue T-shirt; the front passenger -- also a white male; the rear passenger – a white female, brown hair, wearing a green shirt, also in her 20’s.  At no time did any of the vehicle occupants attempt to communicate with the students.  Anyone with further information is asked to please contact the Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252.


Parent Alert – November 11, 2010

Park Ridge Police have informed Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 of an incident that occurred on Wednesday, November 10 after school about 3:40 p.m. in the vicinity of Oakton and Dee.  A student reported that after exiting a Pace bus, a suspicious vehicle followed slowly behind the student walking on the sidewalk although there was no traffic in its path. The van continued following until the student pretended to place a call on a cell phone and the van drove away.  The van was described as “faded” blue; the side windows and two rear door windows were covered with duct tape.  The full-size van had partial Illinois license plates beginning with “X17.” Anyone with further information is asked to call the Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252.


Parent Alert — Friday, November 5, 2010

Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 late today received a Niles Police Department report of a suspicious incident involving a Maine East High School student.   The student reported to police that a male of Arabic or Indian descent motioned her to approach his vehicle and verbally requested that she enter his car, a dark green Kia Rio. This incident occurred in the morning hours prior to the beginning of school on Wednesday, November 3 in the vicinity of 8600 Golf Road, Niles.  The suspect was described as approximately 6'0” tall with a thin build and a black beard.  Anyone with further information regarding this incident should contact the Niles Police at (847) 588-6500.


Parent Alert – Thursday, October 28, 2010

Park Ridge Police have informed District 64 of an attempted abduction of a Maine East High School student on Wednesday, October 27.  The incident occurred in Des Plaines in the 8800-8900 blocks of Robin Drive.  While the victim was on her way to school, she was approached by a man driving a blue van with a dent in the driver’s side door.  The suspect grabbed the victim by the arm and pulled her to the vehicle.  When the victim began to scream, the suspect drove away.  The suspect is described as being a dark-skinned Hispanic male, with black hair, brown eyes, and a mustache.  He spoke in Spanish to the victim, who does not speak that language.  Anyone with further information should contact the Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252.


Parent Alert – October 12, 2010

The Park Ridge Police have notified District 64 about a suspicious incident that occurred over the holiday weekend.  An older, white male, described as shirtless, approached two girls walking home through Northwest Park near Franklin School on Saturday, October 9 about 7:15 p.m. and asked them to come talk. The girls immediately went home and notified a parent.  Anyone with further information should contact the Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252.


Parent Alert – September 16, 2010

Park Ridge Police have informed District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred to a student walking home from Franklin School Tuesday along Northwest Highway in the area between Glenview Avenue and Potter Road.  An adult male began walking very closely behind the student, and tried to walk quickly to keep up for a short distance as the student became alarmed and ran away.  The adult is described as being approximately 6 ft. tall, with a thin build and white hair thinning in the front.   Anyone with additional information should please contact the Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252. 


Parent Alert –  May 14, 2010

The Park Ridge Police this morning informed School District 64 of an incident that occurred on Thursday, May 13 at about 4:25 p.m.  A 10-year-old girl was walking her dog along the east side of Washington Ave. approaching Avondale Ave.  A black, 4-door car with Illinois license plates driving northbound pulled up alongside her.  The female driver, described as white with shoulder-length sandy blonde hair, approximately 45 years of age, motioned to the girl and asked her, “Do you want a ride to the park?”  The girl became frightened and fled to a friend’s home nearby.  Police checked the area and were unable to locate any suspects.  If you have any information or concerns about this incident, please contact Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252.


Parent Alert – May 3, 2010

Park Ridge Police today informed District 64 of a suspicious incident that occurred on Saturday, May 1 in the 100 block of South Prospect Ave.  A 13-year-old girl was walking with her 5-year-old brother when they were approached by a white male, who dropped some money on the ground, picked it up, and approached the girl stating:  “If you come with me, I’ll give you more money.”  The girl and her brother immediately went towards a group of nearby people, and the male left the area on foot headed north.  The suspect is described as about 35 years old, 5’10” tall, thin build, and unshaven.  He was wearing a brown, mid-length coat with a red and orange plaid liner over a black shirt and black nylon shorts.  Please contact the Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252 if you have more information.


Parent Alert – April 23, 2010

Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 was informed this afternoon by Park Ridge Police of an attempt to lure a child into a vehicle that occurred about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20 in Chicago near Oriole Park.  A 10-year-old boy was walking to Oriole Park when a Jeep Cherokee with 2-4 occupants pulled up alongside him. One of the occupants stated, “Hey little boy are you hungry?” The boy ran to his brother at the park. The vehicle left the scene, but returned a short time later. The boys then went home without further incident. The vehicle was described as being red, rusty and having a loud muffler.   If you have further information regarding this incident, please call Chicago Area 5 Detectives at 312-746-8365, Case #HS-267704.  Or, contact Park Ridge Police at 847-318-5252.


Parent Alert - Thursday, April 1, 2010

District 64 has been informed by the Park Ridge Police Department of an incident that occurred on Wednesday March 31, 2010.

Carpenter School - The Park Ridge Police Department notified District 64 of an incident that occurred on March 31 as two students were walking to school on Cedar going westbound from Western.  A white male driving a white, four door, rusty sedan pulled up next to the curb, exited his vehicle and began to walk toward the students.  The students ran to a friend’s house nearby and notified an adult. As always, please remind your children about what to do to stay safe if they are in this type of situation.


Parent Alert – Thursday, January 21, 2010

After thoroughly investigating this incident, park ridge police have determined there is no threat to students.

Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 was informed today of an incident that occurred on Wednesday when a man scared and later chased three 12-year-old boys near the Centennial Park Sled Hill area, who were walking home from Lincoln Middle School.  A short time later in the vicinity of Des Plaines and Home avenues, the same subject began to chase the boys, who entered a nearby yard; the man fled.  The man is described as a white male, approximately 30 years of age, about 5’5” tall, last seen wearing a green parka with fur collar, black hooded sweatshirt and jeans.  He was thought to be missing several front teeth.  Anyone with further information is requested to contact the Park Ridge Police.


Parent Alert – Friday, December 11, 2009

District 64 has been informed by the Park Ridge Police Department of an incident that occurred on Thursday, December 10, 2009.

Roosevelt School – A third grade student was walking home from school (600
block south on Courtland), when a dark green minivan pulled up next to the
student and asked if the student wanted a ride home. The driver was described
as a woman with blonde hair. The student started to run home. About two
blocks from the student’s house that same vehicle pulled up next to the student
and asked, “Are you sure?” The student ran home and told his parents. The
parents contacted the Park Ridge Police Department and filed a report.


Parent Alert – Friday, September 4, 2009

District 64 has been informed about two separate incidents reported by family members to the Park Ridge Police today.

Roosevelt School – A second grade student was waiting at a school bus stop (Rosemont Ave. and Fairview Ave.) with his grandfather, when they were approached by a man driving a large, red SUV with tinted windows.  The driver was proceeding slowly down the street, stopped and asked the boy whether he was waiting for the bus; he then drove off.  The man was described as being about 40 years old, white, and wearing square eyeglasses.

Washington School  – After dropping off a child at school, a mother was walking home with a stroller when she was approached at Seminary Ave. and Talcott Rd. by a man driving a two-door car (described as a Chevrolet or Pontiac) playing loud music.  The driver exposed himself and then drove off.

As the new school year begins, parents are encouraged to review safety procedures with your family.  We ask that you please continue to be watchful of your child and all children every day, not only when a threatening situation is brought to your attention.


Parent Alert – Monday, August 31, 2009

The Park Ridge Police today informed District 64 of two incidents adjacent to Park Ridge in which attempts were made to lure children into vehicles.  Both incidents occurred near Touhy Avenue, west of Harlem Avenue, and targeted young boys leaving football practice.

The incidents occurred shortly after 6 p.m on both August 27 and 28. In each case, the victim was riding a bicycle home following football practice.  A lone male driving a mini-van drove up and asked the boy to get inside.  The boy refused and fled.  There was no attempt to grab the boy, and the van drove away without further incident.

The vehicle is described as a green-colored mini-van with grey-colored front and rear bumpers.  Partial license plate of T87___.  An insignia with the word “Grand” is on the back door, and a bug deflector is mounted on the hood.

Please contact the Park Ridge Police for further information.


Parent Alert – Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Park Ridge Police today informed District 64 that an Emerson Middle School student, while walking home Monday after school southbound on Prospect Ave., was approached by a newer model silver mini-van with a black horizontal stripe along the side.  The vehicle drove past, turned around, and offered the student a ride.  The student became afraid and ran safely from the scene.  The driver is described as a white male, bald, who spoke with an accent.  Anyone having or needing information about the incident should contact Park Ridge Police Det. Ware at 847-318-5252.


Parent Alert – Friday, February 27, 2009

Park Ridge Police today informed District 64 about a suspicious incident that occurred Thursday evening at about 6:15 p.m. in the area of Manor Lane and Parkside Ave.  An older model red minivan followed a 13-year-old child.  The driver was described as a male with long hair who told the youth he was sent to pick up and drive the child home.  The van then drove off without further incident.  Please report any further information to the Park Ridge Police.


Parent Alert – Wednesday, November 19, 2008

District 64 learned today that a student at Lincoln Middle School was injured in a traffic accident while riding a bike to school this morning.  The Park Ridge Police Department has stated that the student was struck by a truck while crossing the corner of Devon and Cumberland avenues. We have received information informally that the student is in good condition at the hospital.  We understand the accident is being investigated. 


Parent Alert – Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Park Ridge Police have informed District 64 about a suspicious incident that occurred after school on Monday, October 20.  A 12-year-old male student was walking home near the area of Greenwood Ave. and Gillick St. when he observed a white male following him.  The man had a medium build, was wearing eyeglasses, and was dressed in a brown cowboy hat, brown sport coat, and khaki pants. Age is unknown.  The man followed the boy for approximately one block when he approached and said hello.  The boy was startled and ran to a friend’s house nearby.  The man was not found.  Park Ridge Police detectives are following up on this incident; they can be contacted at:  847-318-5452.


Parent Alert – Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Park Ridge Police today informed District 64 of an incident that occurred about 8 a.m. this morning near the corner of Peale Ave. and Albion Ave.  A college-age male with dark black, bushy hair, dark skin and eyes driving a dark blue sporty-type four-door vehicle with a circle-type emblem on the front approached an 8-year-old girl riding a scooter on the sidewalk.  He offered the girl candy to enter his vehicle.  The girl refused and fled safely; the car drove off.

As the new school year begins, parents are encouraged to review safety procedures with your family.  Please continue to be watchful of your child and all children every day, not only when a threatening situation is brought to your attention.


Parent Alert – July 10, 2008

The Park Ridge Police informed District 64 this afternoon of an incident of public indecency that occurred about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9 by a white male in his 20’s wearing a white baseball cap with a blue letter C and khaki shorts.  The man was seen driving a maroon, 4-door vehicle before confronting two elementary age girls riding bicycles near Fairview Ave. and Gillick St.  The man stopped next to the victims in an alley and exposed himself.  The girls fled safely from the scene and informed their parents.

District 64 urges parents to please review safety procedures with your children at all times, and especially during these summer months of longer daylight hours and more time spent independently and out-of-doors.  Please consult safety tips posted on the District 64 home page.


Parent Alert - May 27, 2008

The Park Ridge Police informed District 64 over the holiday weekend that on Friday, May 23 after school about 4 p.m. a female Lincoln Middle School student walking in the vicinity of Greenwood and Gillick was approached by a red van driven by a heavyset white male and another white male occupant.  The van circled the block and returned.  By then, she had been joined by a second student, and the van fled the scene.  Anyone having or needing additional information should contact the Park Ridge Police.

Parents are urged to remind their students about daily safety procedures while out in the community, particularly with the return of good weather and the upcoming end of school.


Parent Alert - March 12, 2008

The Park Ridge Police informed District 64 this afternoon that on Tuesday, March 11 between 3-3:30 p.m. an Emerson Middle School student walking to Field School was approached by a late model red Chrysler PT cruiser.  The driver offered the student $5 to give him directions to Golf Mill Mall.  The student ran away, but was followed by the car and again offered money for directions.  The student fell while running a second time, and the driver exited the vehicle and walked toward the student.  The student ran away from the scene.  The driver is described as a white male, 30-40 years old, about 6’2”, medium build with short brown hair.  Anyone having or needing additional information should contact Park Ridge Police Officer Faso #177.

As the spring weather returns, parents are urged to remind their students about safety procedures while out in the community.


Parent Alert - November 30, 2007

A student was approached by a man (in his 40s wearing a baseball cap) driving a silver car at Stewart and Western on her way to Lincoln this morning. He asked her name and if she wanted a ride to school. Fortunately, she knew what to do, did not give him her name and told an adult.


Parent Alert - October 25, 2007

In response to the media coverage of Community Associated Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (CA-MRSA) infections, it is important to remember that District 64 already has practices in place that address this real concern.


Parent Alert - September 27, 2007

Park Ridge Police informed us today about two recent incidents (Sept. 20 and Sept. 26) involving Maine East High School female students.


Parent Alert - (September 21, 2007)

District 64 was contacted by the Park Ridge Police this afternoon confirming that a Lincoln Middle School male student walking home after school on Thursday, September 20 was confronted by the driver of a red car (model/make unknown), who exited the vehicle and chased the student with a knife.


Parent Alert - (Friday, August 31, 2007)

District 64 Cooperating with EPA on Gas Meter Testing. Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 received notification from the Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 late Wednesday, August 29 that trace elements of PCBs had been found in natural gas regulators at Lincoln Middle School and Washington School. EPA notified District 64 based on inspections carried out by Nicor Gas.


Parent Alert - (Tuesday, August 21, 2007)

Head Lice Guidelines for Parents


Parent Alert - (Wednesday, July 12, 2007)

We are writing to share sad news about our Franklin School community. Gus Pontikis, who just completed 2nd grade, was killed in a traffic accident while out-of-state earlier this week. He was a very kind, positive young boy and well liked by his classmates and teachers. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.


Parent Alert - (Wednesday, July 11, 2007)

District 64 confirms death of student Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 today confirmed the death of one of its students, Gus Pontikis, from Park Ridge who had just completed 2nd grade at Franklin School.  Pontikis was reported to have died in a traffic accident while out-of-state.  “He was a very kind, positive young boy, and well liked by his classmates and teachers,” according to Principal Dan Walsh.


Parent Alert - ( Thursday, May 17, 2007)

District 64 confirms death of student Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 today confirmed the death of one of its students, Sam Coberly, a 7th grade student from Park Ridge who attended Lincoln Middle School. Coberly died this morning on the way to school following a traffic accident. He was new to District 64, having enrolled in January and was becoming acclimated to the school. He was involved in intramural sports.


Parent Alert - (Thursday, March 1, 2007)

On Thursday, March 1, Lincoln School Principal Jim Blouch was informed that an adult woman confronted three Lincoln female students while they were walking home yesterday. The incident occurred near Talcott and Greenwood Avenues.

Mr. Blouch contacted the Park Ridge Police, who confirmed that the incidents did occur and that they are well aware of this woman's behavior.  The woman is Asian, short with black hair and approximately 30 years old.  Any student who is confronted by her should not have a conversation with her.  Simply run away from her and call the Police.


Parent Alert - (Wednesday, February 21, 2007)
4:45 p.m.

The lockdowns at both Emerson Middle School and Jefferson School have been lifted.  Jefferson day care students who had been rerouted to Field School will remain at the auditorium there until picked up by parents.

Discovery Foreign Language classes in the evening at Emerson have been cancelled.  Park Ridge Civic Orchestra has been moved to Lincoln Middle School.


Parent Alert - (Wednesday, February 21, 2007)
3:15 p.m.

The Park Ridge Police have advised us of a shooting in the area near Emerson Middle School and Jefferson School, and have requested those
buildings be placed on lockdown. District 64 is cooperating fully with this request.