Park Forest Police Report – August 4, 2008

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The Park Forest Police Station. (Photo: Wendy Heise)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— 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.

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A Gateway laptop computer valued at $1000, an Xbox 360 game system with two controllers valued at $300, a 13-inch LG LCD television and three Xbox games valued at $60 each were reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Washington Street on July 25.

A juvenile was arrested on July 25 and charged with battery when police were dispatched to the first block of South Arbor Trail in reference to a report of juvenile battery.

The electric meter of a house in the 300 block of Sauk Trail was reported stolen on July 25.

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Bryan Higgins, 25, 1101 Schilling Ave., Chicago Heights, was arrested on July 26 and charged with possession of cannabis and operation of a motor vehicle without a valid registration when a detective observed individuals engage in the "hand-to-hand" transaction in the first block of Cherry Street. According to the report, the detective recognized one of the individuals allegedly involved in the transaction from prior narcotics investigations. When the detective followed the vehicle and checked its registration, he discovered that the license plate on the vehicle was not registered to that vehicle.

Antonio D. Smith, 36, 425 Wildwood St., Park Forest, was arrested on July 26 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to that address in reference to a report of a domestic disturbance.

A suit of armor valued at $150 was reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Willow Street on July 26.

Maurice Winston, 28, 432 Normal Ave., Chicago Heights, was arrested on July 26 and charged with a felony DUI, felony driving while license revoked, improper lane usage and no seat belt when police on patrol in the area of Western Avenue and Steger Road observed the vehicle Winston was driving allegedly driving southbound, approach a red light at the intersection at a high rate of speed. According to police, the vehicle locked up its tires in order to stop at the light with approximately four feet of the vehicle over the white line, in the intersection.

Jonathan M. McClellan, 24, 4616 Ashford Dr., Matteson, was arrested on July 27 and charged with possession of cannabis when police were dispatched to the Marathon Gas Station, 385 Sauk Trail, in reference to a report of a disturbance between a customer and employee.

Police put out a fire at the intersection of Winnebago and Washington streets on July 27 at approximately 2:20 a.m. Officers discovered a piece of rock, apparently soaked in gasoline, on fire in the intersection. An unknown citizen passing the area had called police.

A window of a residence in the 100 block of Washington Street was reported shattered on July 27.

Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Waldmann Street on July 27 in reference to report of a domestic battery. There were no arrests. Police have suspect information.

Two $100 bills were reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Lester Street on July 27.

A juvenile was arrested on July 28 and charged with attempted burglary when police were dispatched to the 100 block of Nanti Street in reference to a report of two subjects attempting to enter a vehicle without permission.

Someone allegedly kicked in the door of a residence in the first block of McGarity Street on July 28. Nothing was reported missing from the residence.

Two juveniles were arrested on July 28 and charged with obstructing the right-of-way when police observed them walking down the middle of Tamarack Street. The juveniles had previously been warned to not stand or walk in the roadway.

A14-year-old juvenile was arrested on July 28 and charged with retail theft when police were dispatched to CVS Pharmacy, 1 Main St., in reference to a report of retail theft. The juvenile had allegedly taken three bottles of Welch’s grape juice valued at $5.07 from a cooler and placed them down his pants, walking past the point of sale without paying.

A PlayStation 3 valued at $1000 was reported stolen from a residence in the 400 block of Sauk Trail on July 28. The resident noticed that the game was missing in December of 2007, but did not report it because he was renting the game from Rent-A-Center and claims he was told by an employee that he did not have to make a report. However, he continued to pay the store for the rental, and only recently asked the store why he was still paying. He told police he was advised to make a police report.

Whitney Y. Wallace, 20, 351 E. 89th St., Chicago, was arrested on July 28 and charged with battery when police were dispatched to the first block of Apple Lane to investigate a reported battery.

Rodney C. Brooks, 32, 3008 W 173rd St., Hazel Crest, was arrested on July 28 and charged with domestic battery and battery when police were dispatched to the first block of Indianwood Boulevard to investigate a 911 hang-up call. Brooks allegedly "head-butted” and began to choke his girlfriend when she turned on the stereo. According to police, when another woman tried to stop Brooks from fighting with his girlfriend, he allegedly grabbed the second woman by the throat and began to choke her too, according to police.

The front passenger side tire of a vehicle parked in the first block of Apple Street was reported flattened on July 29 and the words, “GET YO OWN MAN” were scratched into the hood of the car.

Keyonte McDowell, 18, 277 Arcadia St., Park Forest, was arrested on July 29 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to that address to investigate a report of a disturbance.

Gregory Miniefield, 53, 15836 Lincoln Ave., Harvey, was arrested on July 29 and charged with obstructed front windshield, driving while license suspended, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia when an officer on patrol on Sauk Trail observed a vehicle Miniefield was driving had its window obstructed by an object hanging from the rear-view mirror.

A bullet was fired through a window of a residence on Allegheny Court on July 29.

A bedroom window of a house in the 300 block of Sauk Trail was reported shattered on July 30.

A JVC stereo valued at $300 was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Rich Road on July 30.

Officer Sweizer and K9 Aron were dispatched to the 1600 block of Halsted on July 30 to assist the Chicago police with canine duties. During a traffic stop, officers recovered 14 baggies of suspect marijuana. K9 Aron alerted to the driver’s door by biting and scratching, and the center console, again by biting and scratching. Another search of the vehicle revealed a brown wrapped cigar containing a leafy green substance by the console, according to police.

An orange Rampage BMX bicycle was reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Wilson Street on July 31.

Police discovered “four corner hustler” gang graffiti scribbled on the memorial plaque at the Park Forest Fire Department’s training site, 55 North Orchard Drive, on July 31.

A 42-inch flat-screen television valued at $900, a 32-inch flat-screen television valued at $700, and a Samsung camcorder were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Sauk Trail on July 31.

A TomTom GPS unit valued at $150 was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Allegheny Street on July 31.

A Kenwood CD player valued at $270 was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 100 block of North Arbour Trails on July 31. Entry was gained by shattering the passenger side front window of the vehicle.

A portable sign in the 100 block of Algonquin Street was reported damaged on July 31.

Five hundred dollars in US currency were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 100 block of North Arbor Trails on July 31. The rear opera window of the vehicle was also reported shattered.

A Ruger 9 mm pistol valued at $400, a 40-inch Magnavox flat-screen television valued at $2000, a 32 inch Westinghouse flat-screen television valued at $1000, a 27 inch flat-screen television valued at $600, a laptop computer valued at $800, a cell phone, and a fully loaded 17-round Ruger magazine were reported stolen from a residence in the 3300 block of Western Avenue on July 31.

Woodrow Davis, IV, 21, 86 Cedar St., Park Forest, was arrested on August 1 and charged with possession of cannabis when officers on patrol in Court H-6 observed a silver vehicle parked in the parking lot. The court is known for drug use, drug transactions, and weapons offenses, according to police. The vehicle was backed up into two stalls and had its lights extinguished, according to police. It was occupied by two males. Corporal Dunnagan approached the vehicle and began speaking with Davis, the driver. Corporal Dunnagan observed a clear Ziploc baggie containing a green, leafy substance on Davis’s chest, according to police.