Park Forest Man Charged With Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of Child

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Donald Anderson is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. (Photo: Park Forest Police Department)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– On today’s date, Park Forest Police charged 42 year old, Donald Anderson, of 22115 Central Park Av., Park Forest with two counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child, a Class X felony, when an investigation uncovered a sexual relationship with a 12 year old girl. Anderson appeared in Markham bond court today. Bond was set at $500,000.

On Saturday, March 17, 2007, the Park Forest Police Department was notified by a northwest suburban Police Department that a twelve year old female was missing from her home and thought to be in the company of a forty-two year old family friend.  The Park Forest Police went to the Central Park address but there was no answer at the door.  It was later learned that Anderson had driven the young girl home.  The girl’s mother brought her daughter to a local hospital for an exam, where her daughter admitted to medical personnel that she has an ongoing sexual relationship with the older man.

A Victim Sensitive Interview (VSI) was conducted at LaRabida Children’s Advocacy Center in Park Forest.  During the interview, the young girl stated the assault had occurred in Park Forest.  Park Forest Police Detectives arrested Anderson after the interview.

The release says that Donald Anderson allegedly gave statements to Police that he had sex with the child, on at least three occasions in his Park Forest home.

According to the release, Wednesday morning Park Forest Police Department detectives executed a search warrant of Anderson’s home.  Computers and additional items were seized in an attempt to locate further evidence of the crime, including digital computer images.  Park Forest Police have requested technical assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crime/ Child Exploitation Unit with evidence recovered from the computer.

eNews Park Forest will update this story as more information becomes available. 

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Park Forest Man Victim of Internet Fraud

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A Park Forest man was a victim of an Advance Fee Solicitation Scam initiated by a woman claiming to live in Ghana, Africa. (Photo: BigFoto.com)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— Many people surfing the Internet have come across the infamous Nigerian emails claiming that the sender was in possession of large sums of money and needed a bank account off-shore to launder the money. While most probably delete these solicitations or filter them to a SPAM folder, many people have believed these stories and lost large sums of their own money.

One Park Forest resident recently fell victim to a similar scam, and lost a big chunk of change in the process, according to a police report on the incident.

On March 9, a resident came to the Park Forest Police Station to lodge a fraud complaint. A Park Forest police officer took the resident's complaint.  The victim reported that approximately eight months prior, he began to corresponding online who claimed to be a woman.  She related that she lived in Ghana, Africa, and had inherited $300,000 in gold from her mother.  She claimed that she attempted to leave the country with the gold to meet the Park Forest resident, but was allegedly arrested by customs agents in Ghana and the gold was confiscated, according to the police report.

At this point, the resident came in contact with another person on the Internet who identified himself as a Mr. Edwards. Edwards claimed to be a friend of the female subject, and he agreed to pay $25,000 to bribe the customs agents to release the gold.  The money was to come from a third individual named Mr. Richie in Canada.  Richie sent a check for $25,000.78 to the Park Forest resident.  The resident was instructed to send $25,000 to an account in the Netherlands.  Through this account, Edwards would get the money and pay off the officials in Ghana.  Once the officials were paid off, the detained woman would come to America to meet the resident.  The plan was that they would sell the gold to pay Edwards and Richie, keeping most of the money for themselves.

The resident deposited this check into a checking account.  Approximately two days later, the bank released $4,900 to the him.  The resident then sent the $4,900 to an account in the Netherlands via Western Union.  The bank then contacted the victim and advised him the $25,000.78 check did not clear.

“Something should have screamed to the victim that something wasn’t right here,” one police officer commented about the case. However, such fraud cases are not rare, and are becoming more common. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's website refers to this crime as an Advance Fee Solicitation Scam. According to the website:

Consumers also should be aware that there has been an upsurge in advance fee solicitation scams in northern Illinois originating from Kazakhstan and other former Soviet Republics. Additionally, consumers should be on the watch for similar advance fee solicitations from scammers pretending to be soldiers in Afghanistan.

In these solicitations, persons purporting to be American military personnel claim to have found cash belonging to terrorists and solicit the assistance of the recipient of the e-mail in bringing the money into the United States so that it will not fall into the hands of terrorists again.

The consequences for some have been very dire:

The U.S. Department of State cautions against traveling to destinations as requested in solicitation letters and reports that people who have responded to these advance fee solicitations have been beaten, subjected to threats and extortion, and in some cases, murdered.

Madigan's site advises those who receive such solicitations to forward them to the Federal Trade Commission at [email protected]. The site advises anyone who has lost money to one of these schemes to send copies of their documentation to the U.S. Secret Service, Financial Crimes Division, 950 H Street, N.W., Room 402, Washington, D.C., 20223.

There were no arrests in this case. Police continue to investigate.

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Village Attorney Mat Delort Appointed Associate Judge

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Judge-elect Mathias Delort (Photo: rsnlt.com. Used with permission.)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— Park Forest Village Attorney Mathias Delort is one of 31 new associate judges, selected in a vote of Cook County Circuit Court judges.  The names were released March 5 by Cynthia Y. Cobbs, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.

Ballots listing the names of 62 finalists, chosen from 242 candidates, were distributed to 273 circuit judges. Ballots were due March 2, 2007.

The Alliance of Bar Associations and the Chicago Bar Association evaluated the candidates.  Each candidate was interviewed by a nine member nominating committee, comprised of Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans of the Cook County Circuit Court and eight presiding judges.

Judge Evans certified the 62 finalists to the Administrative Director on February 2, 2007.
In accordance with the 1970 Illinois Constitution, the Administrative Office conducted the election pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 39 which directs that twice as many candidates as vacancies be nominated.

Reached by phone, Delort commented on the appointment, "The voters elect the circuit judges. The circuit judges appoint the associate judges. Technically the 31 new judges have been appointed for a three month term. We expect that we will all be retained next July for a full 3 year term." 

Delort further explained the appointment, "We have a unified court system. The associate and circuit judges are assigned by chief judge wherever he wants to send them. An associate judge cannot hear certain kinds of felony cases, except by special permission." He said that in September of 2005, almost 300 lawyers applied for an appointment. There was then a period of a year and a half of interviews and screening. Every candidate received ratings during the process. "I did not get a negative rating from any bar association," Delort said. This followed with another interview, and the field was narrowed to 62 candidates. "I found out I was on the 'short list' in February," Delort said. This was followed with what Delort termed "mini-interviews" with almost every circuit court judge in Cook County. 

Cook County Associate judges serve a four year term and receive an annual salary of $147,074. By Supreme Court Rule, however, the term for all associate judges will expire on June 30, 2007, regardless of when they were appointed. The thirty-one judges just appointed, as well as those associate judges currently serving, must be reappointed July 1, 2007. Cook County seats 121 associate judges.

Delort, a Chicago resident, was admitted to the Bar November 7, 1985.  He attended DePaul University in Chicago, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1981.  He attended the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, receiving his J.D. (Juris Doctor) in 1985.  He currently works with Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton, & Taylor, Ltd., the firm which represents the Village of Park Forest.  Delort said he expects his firm will carry on with the Village of Park Forest.

The official installation of the entire group of 31 new judges (all at once) will be on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the Auditorium in the lower level of the Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago.  This event will be about one hour in length.  This event is open to the public.

Delort is currently running for the Appellate Court. See his campaign Web site here.

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Police Report – March 19, 2007

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Editor's Note: We continue our reporting on news from police reports.  Besides covering the many stories from around Park Forest that otherwise might go unnoticed, we want to bring more complete coverage of police reports than is reported by other local media.

An arrest does not mean that a person is guilty.  All those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  It is the policy of eNews Park Forest to not remove items in the public record from publication.  If your name is listed in the police reports, we will only add information relevant to the final disposition of the case at hand, e.g. "Mr. Smith was subsequently acquitted," or "All charges against Mr. Smith were subsequently dropped."  We will do so upon receiving and verifying proof of such disposition.

We will always include some introductory comments before the first item.  While everything that follows is a matter of public record, we do not believe it is necessary to have names on page one.

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—

Kyle D. Norton, 20, 18234 Wentworth, Lansing, IL, was arrested on March 8 and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and possession of cannabis when the vehicle he was driving was radar clocked at 55 mph on Sauk Trail near Orchard Blvd.

On March 9, police were called to the PFPD lobby in reference to a report of harassment.  There were no arrests.  Police continue to investigate.

Thomas Demetrius, 24, 8525 S., Morgan, Chicago, was arrested for an outstanding warrant in Coles County and was also charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, driving while license suspended, operation of a vehicle with suspended registration (non-insurance), disobeying a traffic control signal, and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle on March 10, when an officer on patrol traveling northbound on Forest near Lakewood Boulevard stopped the vehicle he was driving for making an illegal U-turn.

Jermaine Hudson, 21, 138 Lester, Park Forest, was arrested on March 10 and issued an M-citation for possession of cannabis when an officer observed a car parked in a fire lane in the 100 block of Forest.

On March 10, police were dispatched to the 100 block of Shabbona to investigate a burglary.  Items reported stolen included a blued Uberti 1860 .44 caliber Colt Revolver, a non-functioning blued Police Positive Special .38 caliber Colt Revolver with a 4” barrel, a blued side latch Mauser 1910 .25 auto pistol with walnut grips and a broomhandel Mauser C96 commercial pistol, a home-assembled AR-15 assault rifle, and a Daisy .22 caliber rim fire rifle with a 20” barrel and seven-round magazine, and a college graduation ring.  Police continue to investigate.

Michael E. Polka, 39, 440 Niagara, Park Forest, was arrested on March 10 and charged with domestic battery, interfering with the reporting of domestic violence, and possession of cannabis when police were called to the 400 block of Niagara to investigate a domestic disturbance.

Curtis A. Neely, 34, 302 Sheridan, Park Forest, was arrested on March 10 and charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of cannabis, speeding-over statutory limit, and illegal transportation of alcoholic liquor, when the car he was driving was pulled over in the 2900 block of Western Ave. for traveling at a high rate of speed.

On March 10, police were dispatched to Indianwood at Sauk Trail to investigate a battery complaint.  No arrests were made.  Police continue to investigate.

Jennifer A. Mrozowski, 33, 183 Dogwood, Park Forest, was arrested on March 10 and charged with neglect of a child when police were called to a business in the 0 – 100 block of Main St. in reference to a female subject who allegedly appeared to be intoxicated and was not attending to her children, according to the report.

Alfred P. Savage, 41, 234 Arcadia, Park Forest, was arrested on March 10 and charged with possession of a controlled substance and processed on an outstanding warrant in Park Forest when police were dispatched to the area of the Park Forest Animal Hospital to investigate a report of a person walking in the area smoking cannabis.

Joshua T. Olivan, 17, 112 Willow, Park Forest, was arrested on March 10 and charged with underage consumption of alcohol by a minor when police were called to the 100 block of Willow in reference to a domestic problem.

On March 11, police were called to the 200 block of N. Orchard to investigate a report of criminal damage to property.  The front and rear driver’s side tires of an automobile were slashed.  Police continue to investigate.

On March 12, a police officer was dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department to investigate a delayed domestic disturbance.  No arrests were made.  Police continue to investigate, and advised the complainant of the procedure for obtaining an order of protection.

On March 12, police were called to the 21800 block of Central Park in reference to a missing juvenile.  The juvenile’s name was entered into LEADS as a missing person.  Police continue to investigate.

On March 12, a police officer was dispatched to a school in the 100 block of Algonquin to investigate a report of two juveniles bringing knives to school.  Two boys, age 8, allegedly pulled knives on a 7 year old girl.  Police found two steak knives with approximate 4” blades from the students’ backpacks.  The principal, Caletha White, told police the students were to be suspended for 10 days with recommendation of expulsion.  Due to the young age of the suspects, this matter will be handled by the school officials, according to the report.

On March 12, police were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Indianwood Blvd. to investigate a report of a runaway.  The juvenile was entered into LEADS.  Police continue to investigate.

On March 13, police were called to a school in the 200 block of Wilson St. to investigate an unlawful use of a weapon incident.  A juvenile’s locker was searched, and police recovered a steak knife with approximately a four inch blade.  The principal reported to police on March 16 that she is working on an expulsion package for the juvenile, and the student is suspended from school pending the outcome of the expulsion package.

A juvenile was arrested and charged with battery and resisting a peace officer on March 13 when an officer working as a Police Liaison Officer at a school in the 300 block of Sauk Trail was alerted to a disturbance in the cafeteria.

On March 13, police responded to the 0 – 100 block of Krotiak to investigate a report of a juvenile runaway.  The juvenile was entered into LEADS as a runaway.  Police continue to investigate.

Tammi L. Bednarek, 30, 3400 Sally Drive, Steger, was arrested on March 13 and charged with retail theft when police were called to a business in the 100 block of S. Orchard to investigate a retail theft incident.  Bednarek allegedly attempted to take a 750ml bottle of Smirnoff vodka, allegedly placing the bottle in her right coat sleeve, according to the report.

On March 13, police were dispatched to the PFPD to investigate a deceptive practice.  A resident reported that a business checking account had been opened through a bank using his personal information.  The resident was provided with an Identity Theft brochure and advised to contact the credit bureaus to flag his credit information.  Police continue to investigate.

Kevin Hall, 35, a homeless man, last known address 13743 Eggleston, Riverdale, was arrested on March 13 and charged with retail theft.  He allegedly stole two CD players valued at $20 each from a store in the 400 block of Norwood Square.

James W. Mines II, 26, 3328 Western Ave., Park Forest, was arrested on March 13 and charged with driving on a suspended driver’s license and possession of cannabis when police were dispatched to the area of Forest and Lakewood to investigate a report of disturbance.

On March 14, a juvenile was charged with resisting a peace officer when a police officer on patrol observed four juveniles walking on the roadway in the 400 block of Hamlin St.  The juveniles appeared to be of school age, and school was in session.  One juvenile was transported to Rich East High School and released to administration.

On March 14, police were called to the 0 – 100 block of Indianwood in reference to a domestic disturbance.  No arrests were made.  Police continue to investigate.

On March 14, a Park Forest Police Officer and K9 Officer Aron were dispatched to 15th and Ellis, Ford Heights, to assist the Cook County Sheriff’s Office with a reported shooting.  Subjects had gone to the Ford Heights Police Station and reported that they had been shot in the area of 15th and Drexel by two men, one armed with an AK-47 and one armed with a chrome revolver.  During the search of a residence, two suspects were taken into custody.  Deputies also recovered an AK-47, a .22 caliber long rifle, and a .357 revolver handgun.  The Park Forest Police Officer and K9 Aron were asked to conduct a narcotics search.  K9 Aron did not alert during the search.

Andre L. Webster, 21, 308 N. Boston, Chicago Heights, was arrested on March 15 and charged with driving with no lights, failure to signal right turn, parking in a designated handicap zone, driving with an expired driver’s license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and possession of cannabis when the vehicle he was driving was observed driving with no lights on Western Ave. near Main St.  In the same incident, Antoine L. Argue, 26, 316 Boston, Chicago Heights, a passenger in the car, was turned over to the Chicago Heights Police Department for an outstanding warrant.

On March 15, police were called to the 300 block of Ash St. to investigate a report of burglary to auto.  Five bags of stuffed animals, each containing twenty stuffed animals were reported stolen, in addition to a jar of U.S. currency coins containing approximately $38.40.  Police continue to investigate.

On March 16, police were called to the 200 block of Berry to investigate a stolen auto incident.  The car, a black 2003 Lexus ES 300 with Illinois registration 4836972, with chrome wheels and black matching interior, was entered into LEADS as a stolen vehicle.

On March 17, police were called to the 200 block of Early St. to investigate a report of residential burglary.  Police observed damage to a door frame.  Nothing appeared to be missing from the residence.  There were no arrests.  Police continue to investigate.

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47 Year-Old Man Dies in Police Custody

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Park Forest Police Chief Thomas Fleming issued a press release Sunday regarding the death of 47 year old David Brown, who died while in police custody Saturday.

The release states that on March 17, 2007 at 8:19 p.m., Park Forest Police were called to a single family residence in the 200 block of Shabbona, in reference to an aggressive forty-seven year old subject with a history of mental illness, later identified as David Brown, who had severely battered his eighty-one year old father and forty-six year old brother.  Officers arrived at the home within two minutes of the dispatch to find that Brown had fled on foot from the home. 

The family later related that David Brown is a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic and is prescribed several antipsychotic medications. The elderly father was immediately transported and admitted to the hospital due to his injuries. The brother was later treated and released from the hospital, according to the release.

At 8:42 p.m., according to the release, David Brown was located by a Patrol Officer several blocks from his home.  When the Officer approached Brown to inquire about his condition, Brown charged the officer, tackling him, striking and clawing his face and head.  The officer struggled with Brown for several minutes while waiting for backup units to arrive.  The officer unsuccessfully deployed his Taser in attempts to control Brown. The officer’s K-9 partner then was deployed to assist the officer.  Brown punched and struck the police dog which allowed the officer to get to his feet. Additional Park Forest Police officers responded to assist taking Brown into custody, according to the release.   He was forcibly placed in handcuffs and paramedics responded to transport David Brown to a mental health emergency facility. 

While Brown was being placed in the ambulance, he experienced cardiac difficulties.  Park Forest Fire Department paramedics treated him on the way to the hospital and turned over care to emergency room staff at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.  Brown later expired at the hospital.  The Police Officer was treated for his injuries and released.

At 10:00 p.m., Park Forest Police Administration requested the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit and the Cook County Medical Examiner respond to investigate the in-custody death of David Brown. An autopsy will be performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office and a cause of death will be forthcoming, according to the release.

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