Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through February 19, 2018

Park Forest Police vehicle
A Park Forest Police vehicle. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

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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Arrested In Connection With An Ongoing Investigation

Florentino E. Shores, 18, 311 Sioux St., Park Forest, was arrested on February 14 after police responded to the 300 block of Sioux Street to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle.

The caller related that a vehicle had been sitting in front of a house for 10 or 15 minutes and no one had gotten out of the vehicle. Police located the vehicle and, as an officer approached, the rear door opened slightly and then closed.

As the officer spoke with a passenger in the vehicle, a cloud of smoke exited the vehicle. The smoke had a strong odor of burnt cannabis, according to police.

Mr. Shores was taken into custody and transported to the Park Forest Police Department as he was wanted in connection with an ongoing investigation. Mr. Shores was later issued a municipal ticket charging possession of cannabis. The vehicle was seized and towed under local ordinance.

DUI

Glenn A. Gilbert, 53, 340 Blackhawk Dr., Park Forest, was arrested on February 15 and charged with driving under the influence, Breath Alcohol Concentration over .08, improper lane usage, and driving without headlights when required.

An officer patrolling just before 11 PM observed a vehicle sitting in the 300 block of Blackhawk Drive running with the lights off. The brake lights were activated, according to police. The officer turned around and observed the driver, later identified as Glenn A. Gilbert, slumped over the wheel.

The officer turned around again to get behind the vehicle when Mr. Gilbert slowly drove across the center line, into the oncoming traffic lane, and crashed into a snow bank, according to police. The officer activated his emergency lights and approached the vehicle.

Upon speaking with Mr. Gilbert, the officer could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Mr. Gilbert’s breath, according to police. The officer asked Mr. Gilbert to step out of the vehicle and the officer conducted Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs). One of the tests the officer conducted required Mr. Gilbert to touch the tip of his nose with the point of his finger. Mr. Gilbert missed the tip of his nose on every attempt, according to police. When asked to recite the alphabet starting with the letter “G” and continuing to the letter “R,” Mr. Gilbert was unable to do so, according to police.

Mr. Gilbert was placed under arrest under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and transported to the Park Forest Police Department. At the Park Forest Police Department, the officer conducted a 20 minute observation. A sergeant then administered a breath test to Mr. Gilbert. The results showed that Mr. Gilbert had a BrAC of .19, according to police.

Domestic Battery

Tony Cobb, 49, 345 Oswego St., Park Forest, was arrested on February 15 and charged with domestic battery when police responded to the 300 block of Oswego Street to investigate a domestic battery that had just occurred, according to police. Mr. Cobb allegedly struck a woman in the face with his fist causing a cut on her chin which was bleeding, according to police. Mr. Cobb was “highly intoxicated,” according to police.

Disorderly Conduct

Barry F. Scott, 19, 260 Rich Rd., Park Forest, was arrested on February 16 and was charged with one count of disorderly conduct.

Two officers were performing a walk-through at Rich East High School at approximately 6:40 PM. At approximately 6:50 PM, a fight ensued during a sophomore basketball game between Rich East High School and Rich South High School, according to police. A former student, later identified as Barry F. Scott, was observed by a police liaison officer running onto the basketball court during the basketball game and allegedly striking a Rich South basketball player in the face with a closed fist, causing a large fight to erupt, according to police.

Later, while in custody at the police station, Mr. Scott allegedly advised police that he did not know the player he had struck, according to the report.

Felony Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon

Antonio G. Hudson, 54, 22337 Piccadilly Ct., Richton Park, was arrested on February 17 and charged with one felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon – no CCL (Concealed Carry License). Mr. Hudson was also issued traffic citations charging driving while license was suspended, speeding over the posted limit, and improper lighting – one headlamp.

An officer traveling northbound on Western Avenue approaching the intersection at Main Street at approximately 2:37 AM observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Western Avenue that had only one headlamp illuminated, according to police. The officer initiated a traffic stop and spoke with Mr. Hudson, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.

Mr. Hudson was unable to produce a driver’s license and advised that it was expired, according to police. The officer advised Mr. Hudson that he was under arrest and conducted a protective pat-down of Mr. Hudson’s person where the officer discovered a loaded black semi-automatic 9mm Smith and Wesson SD9 VE pistol. The magazine of the weapon had 16 9mm rounds in it, according to police. The officer conducted an inquiry through dispatch and learned that Mr. Hudson did have a valid FOID card but did not possess a valid concealed carry license (CCL), according to police.

Police also recovered a black handheld Taser from inside the glove compartment of the vehicle. Mr. Hudson’s vehicle was towed from the scene and impounded.

Violating the FOID/Concealed Carry Act

Lawrence L. Jackson, 41, 4323 S. Dearborn St. #23N, Chicago, was arrested on February 17 and charged with violating the Firearms Owner’s Identification Card/Concealed Carry Act under 430 ILCS 66/65(a)(23). Mr. Jackson was also charged with criminal trespass to a government supported property.

Officers were dispatched to the United States Post Office, 123 Indianwood Blvd., at approximately 8:18 AM to investigate a trespassing complaint.

According to police, a witness said she was working in a cubicle at the post office when she felt someone tug on her jacket sleeve. She turned around and recognized her boyfriend, Mr. Jackson, according to police. Mr. Jackson allegedly yelled at her, “I’m going to make your life hell.” The postmaster approached Mr. Jackson and told him to leave, but Mr. Jackson allegedly ignored her, according to the report.

When police arrived, they discovered Mr. Jackson inside his vehicle adjacent to the post office. Mr. Jackson told police he was armed with his pistol, according to the report.

Felony Aggravated Driving While Driver’s License Revoked

Roosevelt V. Richardson, 33, 933 E. 17th St., Chicago Heights, was arrested on February 19 and was charged with one felony count of aggravated driving while driver’s license revoked. Mr. Richardson was also charged with one misdemeanor count of obstruction of identification, speeding above the posted speed limit, and possession of cannabis, this last charge in connection with an arrest warrant out of Will County. Mr. Richardson was also issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis.

An officer on patrol at approximately 8:05 AM in the area of Western Avenue and South Street was conducting stationary radar patrol facing north on Western Avenue. The officer observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed, 51 miles per hour in the 35 miles per hour speed zone, according to police.

After his vehicle was pulled over, the driver provided the officer with a valid insurance card. The insurance card had the name of Rickey D. Johnson on it, according to the report.

The driver told the officer that he had no ID.

When the officer asked SouthCom Dispatch to conduct a law enforcement inquiry on “Rickey D. Johnson,” they indicated that the name came back “no record,” according to the report. The officer confronted Mr. Richardson about allegedly providing a false name. Mr. Richardson then provided the name of Lamarr C. Richardson, which came back clear out of Joliet, according to police.

However, upon searching Mr. Richardson’s vehicle, police observed a large amount of money sticking out of the armrest. The officer opened the armrest to move the money when he located and Illinois Identification Card that had a picture matching the driver. The name on the card was Roosevelt V. Richardson, according to police. Police then learned that Mr. Richardson had an active arrest warrant out of Will County on a charge of dangerous drugs, as well as a revoked driver’s license, according to police.