Park Forest Police Reports for September 19, 2011

Park Forest Police Station
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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Special thanks to Ken and Sue Kramer for proofreading these reports.

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Willie F. Ellis, 63, 1923 Cambridge St., Chicago Heights, was arrested on September 12 and charged with one felony count of driving while license was revoked when an officer parked in the 2900 block of Western Avenue observed the vehicle Ellis was driving allegedly traveling 51 mph in a 35 mph, according to police. Police say he was additionally charged with no valid insurance and speeding over the statutory limit.

L.J. Johnson, 44, 228 Tampa St., Park Forest, was arrested on September 12 and charged with retail theft when police were dispatched to the first block of South Orchard Drive to investigate a complaint of a retail theft in progress.

A Garmin GPS and approximately 18 CDs were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 500 block of Homan Avenue on September 14.

Charles B. Harris, 51, 331 Nokomis St., Park Forest, was arrested on September 14 and charged with disorderly conduct when police were dispatched to the area of Shabbona Drive and Mohawk Street to investigate a 911 hang-up from a cell phone.

A juvenile was arrested and issued a municipal citation charging theft on September 15 after police were dispatched to a business in the first block of South Orchard Drive in reference to a report of retail theft.

Locks and door lock hardware in two rental units at U-Haul Rental, 2010 Western Avenue, Park Forest, were reported vandalized on September 14.

A juvenile was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct when police were dispatched to the 200 block of Arcadia Street to investigate a report of criminal damage to property.

A black Samsung laptop computer, a Sony laptop computer and $1400 cash were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of North Orchard Drive on September 15.

Tyro T. Holmes, 26, 6 Allegheny Ct., Park Forest, was arrested on September 16 and charged with possession of cannabis and issued citations charging failure to signal when required and uninsured motor vehicle when an officer on patrol observed the vehicle Holmes was driving allegedly change lanes without signaling while traveling northbound on Western Avenue just north of Birch Street.

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