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Willie E. Collins Jr., 37, 348 Winnebago St., Park Forest, was issued a local ordinance citation charging dogs running at large when police responded to the 300 block of Winnebago Street to investigate an animal complaint.
Police responded to a business in the 2500 block of Western Avenue on December 21 to investigate a report of a suspicious person. Police are investigating video surveillance.
Louis R. Henderson, 43, 2948 W. 62nd St., Chicago, was arrested on December 26 and charged with one count of retail theft, a class 4 felony, when police responded to the 100 block of South Orchard Drive to investigate a report of retail theft.
Matthew R. Stilts, 42, 3007 Sangamon St., Steger, was arrested on December 27 and issued a municipal ticket charging possession of cannabis and an additional citation charging one headlamp when an officer observed a vehicle traveling westbound on Sauk Trail from Western Avenue with only one working headlamp, according to police.
Brenda L. Paino-Hudson, 54, 62 Indianwood Blvd., Park Forest, was arrested on January 3 and charged with felony disorderly conduct following an investigation that began on December 28 when Paino-Hudson told police that her car had been stolen. The car was placed into LEADS on January 2 as stolen. Paino-Hudson voluntarily came to the Park Forest Police Department at 9:50 AM on January 3 for an interview. Police asked her questions regarding her previous statement on December 28 regarding her stolen motor vehicle. An officer noted several inconsistencies from her original statement, according to police. The officer explained to Paino-Hudson that the vehicle’s license plate had been run by the Rock Falls Police Department on December 24. After being apprised of this information, Paino-Hudson spontaneously stated that her original statement was false, according to police. Police immediately terminated the interview and escorted her to another room where she sat alone. When police returned to speak with her, she agreed to speak with them without a lawyer present, according to police.
Shannette V. Kizer, 24, 815 Pine Oak Ln., University Park, was arrested on January 5 and issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis and a traffic citation charging speeding when police conducting stationary radar in the 23000 block of Western Avenue observed a vehicle traveling northbound on Western Avenue at 55 mph in a posted 40 mph zone, according to police.
Avery L. Seaton, 24, 904 Berkshire Dr., Matteson, and Aaron J. Seaton, 904 Berkshire Dr., Matteson, were arrested on January 14 when an officer observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Lincoln Highway approaching Orchard Drive at a rate of 54 mph in a posted 40 mph zone, according to police. The driver of the vehicle, Avery L. Seaton, was arrested and issued a municipal citation charging possession of drug paraphernalia and was also charged with speeding over the statutory limit and driving while license was suspended. The vehicle the two men had been driving in was impounded per local ordinance, according to police. The two men were transported to the Park Forest Police Department and, after they were escorted inside the department building, police observed padding material which had been on the back seat where Aaron was sitting was now lying on the seat, torn into pieces. Aaron was shown the damaged pad from the police squad to which he spontaneously stated, “It’s on me then,” according to police. Aaron was charged with resisting a peace officer and criminal damage to property.
The driver of a vehicle stopped northbound at the red traffic signal at the intersection of 26th Street on Western Avenue on January 14 was issued a municipal citation charging improper lighting-one taillight when an officer noticed that the vehicle’s rear driver side and middle red break lights were not illuminated. A 19-year-old passenger in the vehicle was issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis after the officer smelled the strong odor of fresh cannabis emanating from inside the vehicle, according to police.
James L. Spruiel, 44, 279 Mowahk St., Park Forest, was arrested on January 15 and charged with felony aggravated driving while license was revoked and processed on a warrant out of Chicago Heights when an officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle Spruiel was driving at Sauk Trail and Sauk Court when the officer noticed that the driver was not wearing a properly fastened safety seat belt, according to police. Spruiel was also issued traffic citations charging failure to wear a properly adjusted/fastened safety belt, operating a motor vehicle with no insurance, and driving while license was revoked.
Jamal B. Glass, 35, 165 Hemlock St., Park Forest, was arrested on January 15 and charged with misdemeanor speeding, disobeying a traffic control device, improper turn, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol, and attempting to flee/elude (willfully failing to obey the direction to stop his vehicle, according to police). An officer traveling southbound on Western Avenue between Steger Road and Sycamore Drive observed the vehicle Glass was driving past the officer’s vehicle in the curbside lane at a high rate of speed, according to police. When the officer utilized the mounted, in-car radar of the patrol vehicle, he discovered that the vehicle that passed him was traveling 74 mph in the posted 45 mph zone, according to police. The vehicle continued south on Western Avenue. Near Forest South Animal Hospital, 24 341 South Western Avenue, the officer activated the emergency lights on his patrol vehicle, signaling the driver to stop. The driver continued south on Western Avenue in the curbside lane and approached Exchange Street, according to police. As the vehicle reached Exchange Street, it took a right turn at a high rate of speed on a solid red light, according to police, entering into the oncoming traffic lane as it did so. Shortly after making the turn, the driver signaled to the right and slowed in the curbside lane just before where the road narrows to two lanes, according to police. Before coming to a complete stop, the vehicle began to travel west on Exchange Street, this time obeying the posted speed limits, according to police. The vehicle signaled for a left turn on Blackhawk Drive and made that turn at a safe speed, according to police, traveled south on Blackhawk Drive at approximately 28 mph, then came to a complete stop at Sandra Drive, according to police.
Samantha J. Gibbs, 24, 61 Hemlock St., Park Forest, was arrested on January 16 and charged with disorderly conduct when police responded to the first block of Hemlock Street after being advised that a woman was standing outside carrying a brick and allegedly threatening to damage a vehicle parked in the lot, according to police. When police arrived, they located Samantha J. Gibbs standing near a vehicle carrying a large cement brick, screaming, and the parking lot, allegedly threatening to damage the vehicle she was near, according to police.
Lamina A. Abayomi, 21, 139 Peach St., Park Forest, was arrested on January 18 and charged with battery when police responded to the 100 block of Peach Street to investigate a report of battery.
Jimmie E. Harris Jr., 38, 17255 California Ave., Hazel Crest, was arrested on January 18 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper parking on the roadway when an officer on patrol traveling northbound in the left-hand lane on Western Avenue approaching the CN railroad tracks stopped at approximately 8:18 PM, because the gate arms were down as a train was passing through. After approximately two minutes, the gate arms rose and the officer observed the vehicles in the right-hand lane proceed in traffic across the tracks but the left hand lane vehicles in front of the officer’s squad car remained abnormally stagnant. After clearing for traffic in the right-hand lane, the officer initiated her right turn signal and turned into the right-hand lane. The officer observed three vehicles which were in front of her in the left-hand lane. The vehicle closest to the train tracks had the engine running, but no break lights were illuminated. The vehicle was apparently in Park. According to police, the vehicle was approximately one car lengths south of the CN railroad tracks. The officer pulled up parallel to the vehicle and observed a male subject sitting in the driver’s with his head leaning back against the headrest, his mouth wide open raised to the roof of the car, and his eyes completely shut. The officer honked her horn several times with no response from the driver. Due to the vehicles directly behind the squad car, the officer positioned her squad car in front of the stopped vehicle and activated her rear emergency lights. She approached the driver’s side window and still observed the driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Jimmie E. Harris Jr., apparently asleep.