Police Administer Naloxone To Passed Out Motorist: Police Reports Thru October 31, 2017

Park Forest police shield
Inside 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.

An arrest does not mean that a person is guilty. All those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty. It is the policy of eNews Park Forest to not remove items in the public record from publication. If your name is listed in the police reports, we will only add information relevant to the final disposition of the case at hand, e.g. “Mr. Smith was subsequently acquitted,” “Mr. Smith entered a guilty plea,” or “All charges against Mr. Smith were subsequently dropped.” We will do so upon receiving and verifying proof of such disposition.

Persons wishing to leave anonymous information on any criminal matters including narcotics or gang activity are encouraged to call the Park Forest Police Department Investigations Division at (708) 748-1309.

Domestic Battery

Forentino Ramirez, 48, 339 Miami St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 21 and charged with one count of domestic battery when police responded to the 300 block of Miami Street to investigate a report of a disturbance.

Criminal Damage To Property

Tanetta E. Brefford, 19, 407 Indiana St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 21 and charged with one count of criminal damage to property when police were dispatched to the 400 block of Indiana Street to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance. According to police, Ms. Brefford allegedly told them that she broke a laptop computer belonging to a relative.

Jeremy P. Larkin, 19, 87 Winslow St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 23 and charged with criminal damage to property and domestic battery after police were dispatched to the first block of Winslow Street to investigate a report of domestic battery. Larkin allegedly threw a flowerpot at a family member, striking the family member in the head, according to police.

Child Endangerment

Dilisha L. Worthy, 32, 439 Shabbona Dr., Park Forest, was arrested on October 24 and charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault, child endangerment, and reckless conduct when police responded to the 400 block of Shabbona Drive in reference to a report of a domestic disturbance. Police stated in the report that Worthy allegedly chased a juvenile around the house armed with a knife.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Cody W. Van Dyke, 20, 308 Marquette St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 25 and issued a municipal citation charging possession of drug paraphernalia when an officer who was conducting a premise exam after 10 PM at the Oaks of Forest Hill apartment complex in the 23400 block of Western Avenue observed a vehicle in a parking lot occupied by an unknown male subject in the driver’s seat. After 10 minutes, neither the vehicle nor the occupant of the vehicle had moved, so the officer investigated, according to police.

Possession of Controlled Substance on School Grounds

Brian A. Marr, 31, POB 2315, Harvey, was arrested on October 26 and charged with possession of cannabis with an intent to deliver regarding this incident. He was additionally charged with possession of cannabis, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver on school grounds, possession of a controlled substance on school grounds, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver on school grounds, and possession of cannabis on school grounds regarding a separate incident, and Marr was charged with identity theft (Class 3) with regards to another incident, according to police. According to police, a Detective was patrolling in a marked squad vehicle traveling northbound in the 400 block of Shabbona Drive when he observed Marr walking down the driveway of a residence. The detective recognized Marr who was wanted by police regarding a different case, according to police. Marr got into a vehicle parked at the end of the driveway and the detective followed, initiating a traffic stop in the 200 block of Blackhawk Drive.

DUI: Police Administer Naloxone (NARCAN), Possibly Saving A Motorist’s Life

Matthew A. Merkley, 36, 5200 Marquette Road, Portage, IN, was arrested on October 27 and charged with driving under the influence of drugs, improper parking in a roadway, driving under the influence-any amount, and possession of drug paraphernalia when police responded to the intersection of Allegheny Street and 26th Street to conduct a well-being check. Dispatch advised police that a person was slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle with a syringe in his lap.

Upon arrival, police observed a vehicle with and Indiana license plate facing south on Allegheny Street, stopped at the intersection of Allegheny Street and 26th Street. The vehicle was running and police observed a man, later identified as Merkley, sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Merkley had a hypodermic needle in his lap and his eyes were rolling back in his head, according to police.

Police observed a belt resting on the passenger seat of the vehicle. According to police, belts are commonly used to restrict blood flow prior to injecting a controlled substance.

An officer placed the vehicle in Park (the vehicle was in Drive) and administered 0.4 mg of Naloxone to Merkley’s left thigh using a PFPD issued auto-injector. Approximately 60 seconds later, Merkley’s eyes opened and he became conscious, according to police.

Park Forest paramedics arrived on scene and escorted Merkley to the rear of the ambulance. Police recovered a stainless steel spoon from the center console cup holder of the vehicle. The bottom of the spoon was burnt and the bowl of the spoon contained a white colored residue with what appeared to be a small piece of fabric.

Police discovered Merkley at approximately 9:07 AM. After being taken to the hospital, tested and treated, Merkley returned to the Park Forest Police Department at approximately 5 PM where he was processed and charged. According to police, hospital officials performed a drug screen as part of the course of routine medical treatment and discovered a positive result for the presumptive presence of opiates, according to police. Police obtained the report via a “Law Enforcement Demand for Lab Result” form.

Possession of Cannabis

Jamario D. Brown, 21, 4470 W. 186th St., Country Club Hills, was arrested on October 28 and issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis when an officer on street patrol traveling east on Sauk Trail observed a vehicle allegedly proceed forward through a red light and turn right, or south, onto Shabbona Drive while the traffic light was still on, according to police. The driver of the vehicle, Renardo R. Morgan, 19, 13104 S. Langley Ave., Chicago, was arrested and issued a citation charging operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

DUIs

Deonte A. Edmon, 26, 22550 Jeffery Ave., Sauk Village, was arrested on October 28 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol concentration over .08, illegal transportation of liquor, following too closely, improper lane usage, failure to signal, disobeying a traffic control signal, and aggravated speeding. An officer patrolling in the area of Western Avenue and Norwood Boulevard observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed approaching the intersection of Norwood Boulevard and Westwood Drive. The vehicle was driving behind another vehicle and, according to police, got dangerously close to the other vehicle, nearly striking it.

Ronald S. Lloyd, 38, 546 Clyde Ave., Calumet City, was arrested on October 29 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper parking on a roadway, and illegal transportation of alcoholic liquor when police were dispatched to the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Orchard Boulevard to conduct a well-being check. Police were informed that there was a vehicle sitting at the light in the eastbound lane of Western Avenue not moving. When an officer approached the vehicle, he observed that the vehicle was running, it’s brake lights were on, and saw a man, later identified as Lloyd, passed out behind the steering wheel, according to police.

Jacob R. Foley, 23, 21235 Kildare Ave., Matteson, was arrested on October 31 and charged with a DUI, no taillights, improper turn, improper lane use, speeding, and no insurance. An officer patrolling at 3:07 AM on North Orchard Boulevard observed a vehicle pass him traveling northbound on Orchard Boulevard. The officer observed that the vehicle did not have any taillights illuminated, according to police.

Domestic Battery

David L. Davis, 37, 347 Onarga St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 31 and charged with criminal damage to property and domestic battery when police were dispatched to the 300 block of Onarga Street to investigate a report of domestic battery.

Leaving the Scene of a Crash

Patrick L. Sadrakula, 41, 1920 Richton Road, Steger, was arrested on October 31 and charged with leaving the scene of a crash, improper lane usage, and illegal transportation of open alcohol. Officers from the Richton Park Police Department were dispatched to the area of Sauk Trail and Governors Highway in Richton Park at 11:41 PM to investigate a report of a hit and run. The victim informed police that the crash happened near Sauk Trail and Westwood Drive so Park Forest police were requested to respond to the location of the vehicle. Richton Park police located the vehicle as it was entering onto northbound I-57 from Sauk Trail.