The Park Forest Police Station. (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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Police were dispatched to the 22000 block of Central Park Avenue on December 16 to investigate a residential burglary. Police discovered damage to the water heater and furnace of the residence as if someone was attempting to steal them. However, nothing was missing from the residence.
A juvenile was arrested and issued a municipal citation charging battery after police were dispatched to Forest Trail Middle School, 215 Wilson Street, to investigate a claim of battery. According to police, a juvenile found a cigarette lighter on the ground and, as he allegedly told police, he sparked the lighter behind a friend and took the lighter away as soon as he realized the proximity to her hair was causing a burning smell, according to police.
A 32-inch flat-screen television and a 19-inch flat-screen television were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Nokomis Street on December 16. Total value of the items stolen is $600.
Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Tomahawk Street to investigate a residential burglary on December 16. While it appeared evident that a door had been forced open and entry had been made to the residence, aside from a few items scattered about, nothing was reported missing from the residence.
Approximately $700 in jewelry and a 32-inch flat-screen Dynex television valued at $350 were reported stolen from a residence in the 400 block of Navajo Street on December 16. Dominick Newcomb, 19, 6 Towanda Court, Park Forest, was arrested on December 17 and charged in connection with this burglary after a concerned citizen reported seeing a subject with a flashlight breaking a window and climbing into the garage in the 100 block of Nanti Street. Police discovered the television in the garage and returned it to the victim.
Marc L. Richardson, 33, 735 Carnation Lane, Matteson, was arrested on December 18 and charged with domestic battery when police responded to the 3200 block of Western Avenue to investigate a report of domestic battery.
The inner window pane of a door in the 300 block of Wilshire Street was reported shattered on December 18.
A 2004 Saturn Ion, Illinois license plate 9510304, was reported stolen from the 200 block of Juniper Street on December 18. According to police, the resident had started the car and left it for 15 minutes to warm up. During that time, someone opened the unlocked door and drove off with the vehicle. The vehicle was discovered by Chicago Heights Police around 2 AM on December 19 in the parking lot of a restaurant on Western Avenue just South of Lincoln Highway.
The front and driver’s side window of a vehicle parked at the intersection of Elm Street and Court E-13 was reported shattered on December 18.
Pedro E. Mendoza, 27, 415 Rutledge St., Park Forest, was arrested on December 18 and charged with possession of cannabis while police were searching the area after a nearby burglary.
Two juveniles were arrested and issued municipal citations charging disorderly conduct when police were dispatched to the area of 26th Street and Ash Street to investigate a report of a disturbance. Dispatch advised police that two juveniles wearing dark clothing were throwing rocks at vehicles.
Michael F. Spight, 46, 3129 Western Ave., Park Forest, was arrested on December 18 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to the 3100 block of Western Avenue in reference to a report of a domestic dispute where the male subject had allegedly locked the female subject out of a residence.
Bruce L. Flemon, 26, 3244 Platte Trail, Olympia Fields, was arrested on December 18 and charged with aggravated assault, battery, trespassing to residence, and possession of over 2.5 g of cannabis when police were dispatched to the 3200 block of Western Avenue to investigate a report of a disturbance involving a knife. According to police, Flemon and another man with whom he was drinking and playing cards began arguing with each other about the facts regarding dolphins and whales. The argument escalated from there, according to police.
Two juveniles were taken into custody on December 19 and issued municipal citations charging battery when police were dispatched to the intersection of Early and Hay Streets in reference to a report of a fight on a school bus.
A Ruger .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol was reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Westwood Dr. on December 20.
Police arrested a man in connection with a report of a home invasion in the 300 block of Marquette Street on December 20. Detectives are investigating.
A window of a residence in the 300 block of Miami Street was reported shattered on December 20.
A window of a residence in the 200 block of Arcadia Street was reported shattered on December 21.
A Seiko solar watch valued at $150, a red iPod valued at $150, an Android cell phone valued at $250, a 17-inch HP laptop valued at $800, and a 50-inch Panasonic plasma television valued at $1000, were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Mohawk Street on December 21.
Six storm drain covers were reported stolen from Tamarack Street on December 21.
Victor Baines, 30, 228 Early St., Park Forest, was arrested on December 22 and issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis when an officer patrolling in the 100 block of Illinois Street observed Baines walking down the street at approximately 1:36 PM. According to police, the officer initiated a field interview knowing the area had recently been targeted for residential burglaries.
A 10 karat gold University of Illinois class ring valued at $800 was reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Miami Street on December 22. Numerous other items from inside the home were discovered scattered outside along the street, according to police.