Park Forest Police Report – May 14, 2007

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.

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A wallet was reported stolen from a woman’s purse on May 2, possibly from a store in Matteson, IL, according to the report.  The victim realized that the wallet was gone when attempting to make a purchase at a store in Chicago Heights.  There were two credit cards in the wallet which were fraudulently used after the theft, according to the report.

A residence in the 400 block of Niagara was reported burglarized on May 2.  Items allegedly stolen include a 50-inch Sony flat screen television, a five disc CD player, and a silver “L.G.” DVD player.

An automobile in the 300 block of Winona was reported burglarized on May 3.  Items reported stolen include 400 compact discs, the face plate from the dashboard radio, and papers from the glove box.

A juvenile was charged with battery on May 4 when police were called to the 100 block of E. Sycamore to investigate a battery.

An officer responded to a report of domestic battery on May 4 at the PFPD.  No complaint was signed, but the victim expressed an interest in obtaining and Order of Protection.

A residential burglary was reported on May 4 in the 2300 block of Western Ave.  Items allegedly stolen include a printer, a digital camera, and a PlayStation II video game valued at $300.

A Chase banking card was reported stolen in the 200 block of Lee St. on May 5.  The report states that $698.29 in allegedly fraudulent charges were made on the card.  Police continue to investigate.

Terron J. Lee, 19, 609 Clover Ln., University Park, was arrested on May 5 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to the 0 – 100 block of S. Arbor Trails in referenced to a domestic battery.

Herbert L. Jackson, 18, 400 Springfield, Park Forest, was arrested on May 6 and charged with disorderly conduct when police were dispatched to the area of Gettysburg and Illinois streets regarding a report of a male subject in the street allegedly yelling “f— the police” and that he had a gun, according to the report.  The report states that Jackson said he had a “sip” of Hennessy liquor and that he and his girlfriend had been fighting.  He told police that he was yelling loudly on the telephone because they had been fighting.  He stated that he was yelling, “F— the police and that he was packin [sic],” according to the report.

The driver’s side of a GMC Sierra truck was reported “keyed” on May 6 in the 200 block of Somonauk.

A residence in the 200 block of Arcadia was reported burglarized on May 6.  A PlayStation 2 video game system and numerous games were reported stolen.

Margurite Brown, 30, 26640 Klemme, Crete, was arrested on May 6 and charged with possession of controlled substance, driving while license suspended, improper lane usage, open alcohol driver, and processed on two outstanding warrants, one from Will County and one from Chicago Heights.

The back window of a 1999 Chrysler Sebring was reported smashed on May 6 in the 100 block of Nauvoo.  Police found a landscaping rock on the front driver’s seat.

Jordan T. Hawkins, 17, 7 Apache, Park Forest, was arrested and charged with two counts of battery and one count of disorderly conduct on May 7 when an officer working as a Police Liaison Officer at Rich East High School was alerted to a fight that had just taken place.  Raymond Darden, 17, 91 Hemlock, Park Forest, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in the same incident.  The report says a teacher was struck in the face during the altercation.

An officer observed a defaced stop sign at the intersection of Blackhawk St. and S. Orchard on May 7.  The sign had been defaced with black marker to display, “Don’t STOP thinking about tomorrow.”  Public Works was notified of the incident.

Dominic Johnson, 17, 1405 Embassy Ln., Ford Heights, was arrested on May 7 and charged with criminal trespass to state supported property and resisting a peace officer when police working as Liaison Officers at Rich East High School were informed of an unknown subject near the cafeteria.

Leroy D. Patton, 17, 411 Watseka, Park Forest, was arrested on May 7 and charged with felony aggravated battery to a police officer, retail theft, and resisting arrest.  A Park Forest Police Detective working off duty at a store in the 100 block of S. Orchard observed Patton allegedly take a bottle of liquor off the store’s shelves and place it into the right pocket of his hoodie, according to the report.  The detective identified himself as a police officer, caught up with Patton in between two exit doors of the store, and placed him on the ground.  Patton struggled, attempting to flee the scene, and allegedly struck the detective with a closed fist in the right eye.  The detective had a swollen eye and was treated with an ice pack.

A lawn mower was reported stolen from the 200 block of Allegheny on May 8.

Richard M. Lach, 21, 22610 Imperial, Richton Park, was arrested on May 8 and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis when detectives, conducting surveillance in the area of Sauk Trail and Blackhawk Dr., observed suspicious activity and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle Lach was driving.

Michael D. Brown, 21, 929 W. 95th St., Chicago, IL, was arrested on May 8 and charged with criminal damage to property (domestic related) when police were called to the 0 – 100 block of Cunningham Lane to investigate an unwanted subject.

Wayne L. Beatty, 48, address listed as “homeless” according to the report, was arrested on May 8 and charged with criminal trespass to real property  when police were called to a store in the 100 block of S. Orchard to investigate a report of a retail theft.

A juvenile was arrested on May 8 and charged with disorderly conduct when police at a school in the 300 block of Sauk Trail were alerted to an unruly student.

Andre Green, 35, 3 Arrowhead, Park Forest, was arrested on May 8 and charged with felony aggravated fleeing and eluding.  Green was also charged with disobeying a stop sign and disobeying a traffic control device.  Police observed a car Green was driving accelerate through the red traffic light at Western Ave. and Beacon Blvd., turning onto Beacon Blvd.  An officer pursuing Green reported that the vehicle allegedly reached speeds in excess of 80 MPH at one point.

Arnell L. Ruffin, 39, 391 West Hickory, Chicago Heights, was arrested on May 8 and charged with one charge of felony burglary.  Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Herndon to investigate a bicycle theft.  A Park Forest officer saw Ruffin riding the bicycle on Beacon Blvd. at Adam Street in Chicago Heights.  Police were able to confirm ownership of the bicycle because it had been registered in Park Forest.

Frederick A. Edmond, 33, 257 Arcadia, Park Forest, was arrested on May 9 and charged with on felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.  Edmond was also charged with gambling, endangering the health of a child, and possession of cannabis when an officer observed three subjects in the street in the 200 block of Arcadia “pitching” coins.  The same report shows Brandon A. Hopkins, 17, 240 Arcadia, Park Forest, was arrested and charged with gambling, and Kori T. Taylor, 22, 48 Ash St., Park Forest, was issued an M-Citation for improper walking/standing in the roadway.

A house in the 200 block of Allegheny was reported burglarized on May 9.

A juvenile was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis and obstructing person in the roadway on May 9 when an officer on patrol in the area of Lakewood Blvd. and East Rocket Circle observed two male juveniles push a third into the street of East Rocket Circle, then onto the ground, where they proceeded to start punching him.  The juvenile had $120.90 on his person, which he later stated was drug-related funds, according to the report.  Another juvenile was charged with obstructing person on a roadway in the same incident.

A white 1990 Chevrolet Astro van, IL registration 9580699, was reported stolen from the 211th IC parking lot on May 9.  The vehicle was entered into LEADS as stolen.

Joanne L. Neely, 41, address listed as “Homeless”, was arrested on May 9 and charged with violation of an order of protection when police were dispatched to the 300 block of Sheridan in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

A Kenmore brand refrigerator valued at $900.00 was reported stolen on May 9 from a house in the 200 block of Arcadia.

Police were called to a home in the 100 block of Shabbona on May 9 regarding a residential burglary.  Nothing was reported missing, but residents reported that a kitchen window screen had been removed and placed in the kitchen, several dresser drawers had been opened, and a jewelry box had been opened.

Police were called to the 3600 block of Western Ave. on May 9 to investigate a criminal damage to property complaint.  A resident reported sitting on the couch watching TV when a rock came through the window, breaking the double pane window.

A laptop computer was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Arrowhead St. on May 9.

Police were called to the 300 block of Dogwood on May 10 to investigate a criminal damage to property complaint.  The windshield of a grey 2006 Infinity QX56 was broken, and the vehicle had black spray paint around the entire body.  The report indicates that they have a person of interest they are trying to contact regarding this incident.

The back driver’s side window of  a 1997 Mercury Van in the 400 block of Talala was reported shattered on May 10.