Thursday, December 20, 2012
Erica Rodriguez, 40, died of strangulation before a fire engulfed her family's home in the 15200 block of Central Avenue Tuesday. Now, a shocked community comes together in grief and support of her three children.
"I think I speak for everyone mommy, but you were too good for this cruel Earth anyway. You deserved the best. I'm honored to be called your son." The Facebook post on a page dedicated to 40-year-old homicide victim Erica Rodriguez is a heartwrenching one: a 15-year-old Oak Forest High School student struggling to grasp his mother's sudden death. A loving mother of three, devoted nurse and well-liked Oak Forest resident, the loss of Rodriguez has left the Oak Forest community reeling. Rodriguez was found dead inside her home in the 15200 block of Central Avenue, after a fire tore through the family's home Tuesday, Dec. 18. An autopsy revealed she died of strangulation, not from injuries sustained in the fire. Her husband, Martin, 48, was …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Erica Rodriguez, 40, found dead in a fire, died of strangulation. Her husband, Martin Rodriguez, 48, sustained severe throat wounds. Police are investigating.
Updated, 2 p.m., with comment from police The death of a woman found dead after an Oak Forest fire Tuesday has been ruled a strangulation homicide, an autopsy revealed Wednesday. Erica Rodriguez, 40, was found dead inside the home from strangulation, not from injuries sustained in the fire, according to Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson. Her husband Martin Rodriguez, 48, was found with his throat cut outside the home, Anderson said, and was transported to South Suburban Hospital, and later transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center. He remained in critical condition as of Tuesday evening. “We will continue the investigation and will be relentless until we bring the responsible party to justice," said Oak Forest Police Chief Greg …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
One woman is dead and a man is hospitalized after a house fire in the 15200 block of Central Avenue in Oak Forest Tuesday morning.
Updated, 6:00 p.m. One of the victims of a house fire in Oak Forest Tuesday sustained injuries “not related” to the blaze, Sun-Times Media reports. Original Story A 40-year-old woman is dead and her 48-year-old husband remains hospitalized after a fire in their home near 153rd and Central Avenue Tuesday morning. Neighbors reported smoke pouring out of the home's windows this morning around 9 a.m. Firefighters arriving on the scene at 15230 S. Central Ave. found a man unresponsive on the front porch, according to police. Erica Rodriguez was found dead inside the home, according to Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. Her husband Martin Rodriguez was transported to South Suburban Hospital, and later …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
One man died from injuries suffered during an apartment fire in the 5000 block of 159th Street in Oak Forest Thursday morning.
One man has died following an early morning blaze in the 5000 block of 159th Street Dec. 6. Stanley Chmura, 59, was taken to South Suburban Hospital, where he died from injuries suffered during the fire, said Oak Forest Fire Chief Terry Lipinski. He was found in the living room of his small apartment after the fire was extinguished. The fire department was called to the burning apartment at 1:34 a.m. Four other departments helped in battling the fire, the cause of which is still undetermined. Chmura was the sole occupant of the one-bedroom apartment. There was no additional damage to any other apartments in the building. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Want the latest breaking news, delivered straight to your inbox? Sign…
Sunday, December 2, 2012
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
A reported brush fire in Yankee Woods Forest Preserve has shut down a portion of Central Avenue, as of Wednesday evening at 4:45 p.m.
A reported brush fire in the Yankee Woods Forest Preserve at 164th and Central has shut down a portion of Central Avenue as departments handle the situation. No smoke is visible from 167th and Central avenue. Firefighters on ATVs could be seen heading into the forest preserve. Oak Forest Fire Department is on the scene, along with Oak Forest Emergency Management and Oak Forest Police. Emergency Management has closed off Central Avenue northbound from 167th Street. Officers are directing traffic. Stay tuned for more on Patch.