Police Report – March 24, 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.

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A wallet was reported stolen from a purse at Rich East High School on March 13.

A registration plate, #7610866, was reported stolen from a car in the first block of Forest Blvd. on March 14.

A green Chevrolet Blazer S10, bearing an unknown Illinois temporary registration number, was reported stolen from the 100 block of Hemlock on March 14.

Police were dispatched to the Marathon Gas Station, 385 Sauk Trail, on March 14 at 7:26 p.m. in reference to a fight complaint. The complainant stated that he had parked his vehicle and was walking towards the entrance to prepay for his gas when he was approached by five black male subjects. One of the subjects allegedly punched him with a closed fist in the back of the head, according to police. The complainant related that he turned around and took a box cutter out of his pocket to protect himself. One of the subjects allegedly lifted up his shirt and displayed the handle of a handgun which was placed inside of his waistband. The complainant ran inside the gas station and called police. All five subjects fled on foot. Police continue to investigate.

Brittany R. Joseph, 17, 211 Early St., Park Forest, was arrested on March 14 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to that address regarding a domestic battery complaint.

Mark A. Blankenberger, 24, 323 Patricia, Chicago Heights, was arrested on March 15 and charged with criminal trespass to motor vehicle when police were dispatched to the first block of Cherry St. to investigate a motor vehicle theft complaint.

Two juveniles were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct when police were dispatched to the 100 block of Illinois St. regarding a disturbance in progress.

A basement window of a home in the first block of Hemlock St. was reported shattered on March 15.

A flat screen television, a gold bracelet, and a watch were reported stolen from a home in the 3300 block of Western Avenue on March 15. The reported value of the items stolen is approximately $1400. Police have suspect information.

Paris E. Metcalf, 16907 Hooks Ct., South Holland, was arrested on March 15 and charged with possession of cannabis and processed for a warrant out of Matteson relating to a charge of driving while license suspended. An officer on patrol observed a vehicle traveling on Sauk Trail turn south onto Indianwood Blvd. The driver was not wearing a seat belt, according to police. Metcalf was a passenger in the car.

Leo L. Coleman, 27, 1524 Diplomat, Ford Heights, was arrested on March 16 and charged with speeding, driving with expired registration, driving while license suspended and possession of cannabis when police observed a vehicle traveling northbound on Western Ave. from Norfolk with radar indicating the vehicle was traveling 64 mph, according to police.

A bicycle was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Washington St. on March 16.

Police were dispatched to the first block of Oak Lane on March 16 to investigate a report of harassment by telephone. The alleged victim was advised of the process to obtain a phone trap.

A gold and diamond watch valued at $1500, a gold and diamond Elgin watch valued at $500, two gold wristwatches valued at $200, gold and diamond bracelets valued at $5,000, a white gold and diamond man’s ring valued at $1600, baseball caps and shirts valued at $450 and $150 in cash were reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of E. Sycamore on March 17. Police have suspect information.

Police were dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department on March 17 in reference to a financial identity theft report. A resident reported suspicious activity on a debit card.

A juvenile was arrested on March 18 and charged with damage to property when police responded to the Park Forest Police Department to investigate a report of criminal damage to property. The juvenile allegedly threw another juvenile’s cell phone on the floor and cracked the dial pad.

Johnnye M. Rebb, 35, 6949 S. Merrill, Chicago, was arrested on March 18 and charged with felony aggravated driving while license suspended and possession of cannabis when an officer on patrol in the area of Minocqua and Mantua streets observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway on Minocqua Street south of Mantua. A check of the license plate through LEADS indicated that the plate was expired.

Gregory D. Hawkins, 22, 65 Fir St., Park Forest, was arrested on March 18 and charged with disorderly conduct when police responded to 200 Lakewood Blvd. in reference to a delayed armed robbery complaint. Hawkins first said that he was robbed at gunpoint behind the abandoned Sterk’s grocery store by two unknown subjects. Hawkins later admitted to police that his complaint was false and that he only wanted to get a ride home, according to police.

Police were called to the Park Forest Police Department on March 18 to investigate a report of identity theft. The complainant reported a charge from eBay that she did not recognize.

Police responded to the first block of Hemlock St. on March 18 to investigate a report of battery. There were no arrests.

Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Sangamon St. to investigate a report of a stolen credit card. Police continue to investigate.

Jasmine J. Harris, 20, 3244 Western Ave, Park Forest, was arrested on March 19 and charged with domestic battery when police responded to that address to investigate a domestic disturbance.

A juvenile was arrested on March 20 and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting a peace officer when police were dispatched to Rich East High School to investigate a report of a disturbance. Another juvenile was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Mario D. Jones, 20, 329 Waldmann, Park Forest, was arrested on March 20 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to that address to investigate a report of domestic battery.

Shaun D. Lyons, 23, 11 W. 146th St., Riverdale, was arrested on March 20 and charged with criminal trespass to land when police responded to the 100 block of Lester Rd. to investigate a report of an unwanted subject.