Police Report – December 31, 2007

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

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Derrick D. Coles, 17,14 W. Rocket Circle, Park Forest, was arrested on December 20 and charged with reckless driving when police were dispatched to the 400 block of Wildwood in reference to a report of shots fired and reckless driving. In relation to the same incident, Jonnail D. Evans, Jr., 17, 22532 Ridgeway, Richton Park, was arrested and charged with reckless conduct. According to police, witnesses reported that a car was driving recklessly on Wildwood Street. The car slid into a driveway, and Evans allegedly retrieved a black handgun from the rear of the car and pointed it directly at two large inflatable Christmas decorations in a yard and fired the weapon. It was later determined that the weapon was a black Powerling CO2 air pistol, which police later recovered after Evans allegedly told police where he had hidden the gun.

Lawrence D. Johnson, 1121 E. 11th St., Ford Heights, was arrested on December 21 and charged with one felony charge of aggravated fleeing and eluding and one charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Additionally, Johnson was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm. Officer Hoskins was traveling eastbound on Sauk Trail when he observed Johnson driving a vehicle while not wearing a seatbelt. Officer Hoskins activated his emergency lights, and the vehicle did not stop, according to the report, but instead turned eastbound on Miami Street traveling at approximately 60 mph. Officer Albert Parr from the Richton Park Police Department also assisted. Johnson finally stopped the car in the driveway of a house in the 200 block of Mohawk. Officers Butler, Kush and Commander Dunnagan arrived on the scene. Johnson was placed under arrest and placed in a squad car. According to the report, Commander Dunnagan walked over to the squad car where Johnson was placed and Johnson spontaneously gave the following statement, according to police, "I ran from the officer because I had my gun in my car and I had weed on me. I was scared that I was going to get locked up." While conducting a search of the vehicle, Officer Hoskins located a sandwich bag containing a green leafy like substance in Johnson’s left front pants pocket. Hoskins also observed a loaded silver and black handgun in the middle consul of Johnson’s vehicle. The recovered weapon, a silver and black Springfield Arms semi-automatic .45 caliber handgun, had a loaded magazine with eight rounds of hollowpoint ammunition.

Police were called to the 200 block of Arcadia on December 22 to investigate a complaint of domestic battery. There were no arrests. Police have suspect information.

Police responded to the 3300 block of Western Avenue to investigate a report of a reckless discharge of a firearm on December 22. There were no arrests. Police searched the area for shell casings with negative results.

An ice ball was thrown at the kitchen window of a house in the 400 block of Huron on December 22, causing the window to shatter.

Lateef McKinney, 33, 328 Osage St, Park Forest, was arrested on December 22 and charged with possession of cannabis, failure to signal and not wearing a seat belt when police observed the vehicle McKinney was driving allegedly turned from Sauk Trail onto Blackhawk without signaling.

A window of a house in the 0 – 100 block of Apache was reported broken on December 22.

A juvenile was arrested on December 22 and charged with disorderly conduct and discharge of an air gun when police responded to the 200 block of Mohawk St. to investigate a report of a juvenile standing in a front yard with what appeared to be a rifle in his hands.

Holly R. Chavez, 364 Niagara St., Park Forest, was arrested on December 22 and charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance when police were dispatched to that address regarding a domestic disturbance.

Police responded to a residence in the 3800 block of Western Avenue on December 23 to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance. There were no arrests.

Police responded to a residence in the 100 block of Walnut Street on December 23 to investigate a report of domestic battery. There were no arrests. Police have suspect information.

A red 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, Illinois registration X362295, was reported stolen from a residence in the 0 – 100 block of Forest Blvd. on December 23.

Cory K. Crawford, 22, last known address 136 W. 104th Pl., Chicago, was arrested on December 23 and charged with criminal trespass to real property when police were dispatched to a residence in the 0 -100 block of South Orchard Drive to investigate a citizen’s report of a suspicious subject.

Robert E. Jones, 44, 23433 Western Ave., Park Forest, was arrested on December 23 and charged with retail theft when police responded to Walgreens Pharmacy, 15 South Orchard, to investigate a report of retail theft.

A Sony digital camera, Hitachi DVD/video camcorder, and a Polaroid portable DVD player were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Minocqua Street on December 24.

Dion V. Frazier, 20, 306 Shawnee, Park Forest, was arrested on December 25 and charged with domestic battery when police responded to that address to investigate a domestic disturbance.

A Lenox Central Air condenser unit valued at $1800 was reported stolen from the rear of a residence in the 200 block of Arcadia on December 26.

Benjamin J. Lopez, 20, 235 Constance Ln., Chicago Heights, was arrested on December 26 and charged with possession of cannabis and issued a citation for speeding when an officer on patrol in the area of Western Avenue and the north end of Dogwood Street observed a vehicle Lopez was driving traveling at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. The officer activated the moving radar unit of the marked police vehicle he was operating and confirmed that the vehicle was speeding, traveling at 50 mph, according to police.

John D. Carson, 31, 3631 Edwards Dr., Crete, was arrested on December 26 and charged with one felony count of driving while license revoked and failure to wear a seat belt when police observed Carson driving in the area of Blackhawk and Osage streets without a seat belt, according to the report.

Seven or eight DVDs of The Simpsons Movie were reported stolen from the Seven Eleven store, 425 Sauk Trail, on December 26.

Ernest Walls Jr., 40, 3482 Western Ave, Park Forest, was arrested on December 26 and charged with domestic battery when police responded to that address to investigate a report of domestic battery.

Police were dispatched to a residence in the 3300 block of Western Avenue in relation to a domestic disturbance report on December 26. There were no arrests. Police have suspect information.

Christina M. Bugner, 31, 347 Oakwood St, Park Forest, was arrested on December 26 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to that address to investigate a domestic battery incident.

Tyrone Anthony, 46, 3574 South Western Ave., Park Forest, was arrested on December 28 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to that address in reference to a domestic disturbance.

Bruce E. Hodges, 13 Arrowhead Ct., Park Forest, was arrested on December 28 and charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property when police responded to that address to investigate a report of domestic battery.