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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Complete reports follow below:
Three juveniles were taken into police custody on Friday, October 10, when an officer was dispatched to the first block of McGarity Road in reference to a report of three or four juveniles trying to steal a bike. According to police, due to the young age of the juveniles, no municipal citations were issued and the case will be reviewed by the Detective Division for possible petitioning into Juvenile Court.
Police were dispatched to the first block of Hemlock Street on October 11 to investigate a report of domestic battery. There were no arrests.
Police responded to the Park Forest Police Department on October 11 in reference to a report of identity theft. A resident checked her checking account online and discovered a fraudulent debit to her account in the amount of $249.54.
Lavoise L. McCoy, 35, 133 N. Arbor Trail #502, Park Forest, was arrested on October 11 and charged with driving with a suspended driver’s license when an officer traveling on Western Avenue ran a LEADS inquiry on the vehicle McCoy was driving and learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Police surrounded the vehicle when it pulled into the Marathon Gas Station, 385 Sauk Trail. Officers ordered the driver to turn the vehicle off and throw the keys out the driver’s window. McCoy yelled that he could not throw the keys out the window because he has to start the car with a screw driver. Police ordered McCoy out of the car and took him into custody. When police contacted the owner of the vehicle, they discovered the owner was McCoy’s father. He related that his vehicle had been reported stolen in August, but was recovered by the Milwaukee Police Department approximately two weeks after being stolen. He related that approximately one week ago, he signed the title of the vehicle over to his son, and that the vehicle should no longer be considered stolen. Park Forest police advised the Milwaukee Police Department that the vehicle should be taken out of LEADS.
Edward P. Jones, 37, 242 Allegheny St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 11 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to that address to investigate a report of domestic battery.
A window on the side of a house in the 200 block of Rich Street was reported shattered by a rock on October 11.
Andre P. Goodwin, 32, 141 Ash St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 11 and charged with driving with no valid registration, no valid driver’s license, and possession of cannabis when detectives patrolling Allegheny Street observed a vehicle Goodwin was driving traveling eastbound on Allegheny without a rear license plate, according to police. The vehicle Goodwin was driving was towed.
Police investigated a report of criminal defacement of the garage door in the 200 block of Rich Street on October 12.
A bicycle was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Shabbona Drive on October 12.
A 5’ x 8’ rental trailer was reported stolen from U-Haul, 2210 S. Western Ave., on October 13.
Two windows of a residence in the 400 block of Wildwood Street were reported shattered by BBs on October 13.
A vehicle parked in the first block of Hemlock Street was reported vandalized on October 13. There were numerous scratches in the paint, and numerous eggs had been broken on the vehicle.
Quartez D. Evans, 24, 2848 Bending Creek, Crete, was arrested on October 13 and issued two municipal citations charging transporting alcoholic beverages and unlawful possession of cannabis. Detectives on patrol in DownTown Park Forest at approximately 10:20 p.m., observed a gray van parked in front of Dining on the Green, 349 Main St., with one subject inside. Detective Busse approached the driver’s side of the vehicle to ask the subject, Evans, why he was waiting in the area. According to police, Evans rolled down the window and allegedly advised Detective Busse that he was smoking some "weed” and handed Busse a small clear Ziploc bag containing a green leafy substance, suspect cannabis. Evans also stated that he was drinking the open can of beer located in the cup holder between the driver and passenger seats, according to police.
Lashawnda M. Phillips, 24, 28 McGarity, Park Forest, was arrested on October 13 and charged with battery when Corporal Dunnagan, Commander Coe, Officer Jon Mannino and Chief Fleming responded to that address regarding a report of a large domestic disturbance.
Kevin Jackson, 24, 204 Westwood Dr., Park Forest, was arrested on October 14 and charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, driving while license suspended, failure to wear a seatbelt, and failure to signal when required when detectives on patrol on Illinois Street at Western Avenue observed the vehicle Jackson was driving turn onto Illinois from Western without signaling, according to police. They also observed that Jackson was not wearing a seatbelt, according to police.
Police were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Ash Street on October 14 in reference to a report of a domestic disturbance. There were no arrests. Police have suspect information.
Police responded to a residence in the 3600 block of Western Avenue at approximately 4:57 a.m. on October 14 in reference to a burglar alarm. Police observed the screen portion of a storm door had been cut and the door was open. The resident reported that at approximately 4:55 a.m., she heard the burglar alarms sound. Police continue to investigate.
Police were dispatched to the office of Thorncreek Townhomes, 3000 Western Ave, to investigate a report of criminal damage to property. Someone spray-painted the letters “NBH” at four locations throughout the property. Police continue to investigate.
Police were dispatched to a business in the first block of Norwood Boulevard to investigate a report of telephone harassment. A business owner reported that an unknown caller said, "I’m watching your every move, and I’m watching you from the yellow school bus driving by. You’d better watch your back." Due to the fact that there is an implied threat of violence, the business owner filed a report in order to have a phone trap set up. Police continue to investigate.
Zamieur Johnson, 21, 16637 Winchester Ave., Markham, was arrested on October 15 and charged with domestic battery when police responded to the first block of Washington Court in reference to a report of domestic battery.
Police were dispatched to the first block of Indianwood Boulevard to investigate a report of robbery. A juvenile reported that several juveniles jumped him and stole his cell phone. Police continue to investigate.
Police were dispatched to the first block of Apache Street on October 15 to investigate a report of an individual in front of a residence with a gun. Police have suspect information.
A set of car keys and a cell phone with charger were reported stolen from a car parked in the 300 block of Ash Street on October 15.
A 7’ x 7’ window of a building in the 200 block of Cunningham Drive was reported shattered on October 15.
A citizen reported graffiti on a sign near the entrance to the Aqua Center parking lot on October 16.
Three industrial floor dryers in a laundry room in the 100 block of Sycamore Drive were reported damaged on October 16.
Michael A. Hurst, 47, 159 Algonquin St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 16 and charged with retail theft when police responded to CVS Pharmacy, 1 Main St., in reference to a report of a retail theft in progress. While en route, the dispatcher gave a description of the offender, advising that he was walking westbound through the parking lot. Detective Moore located the alleged offender in the parking lot. Detective Moore conducted a pat-down search and located a 750 mL bottle of José Cuervo tequila in the left sleeve of Hurst’s jacket, according to police.
Police were dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department on October 17 to investigate a report of criminal damage to property. A resident reported noticing graffiti, specifically the letters “NBH”, written in black Magic Marker on his vehicle.
An AM/FM radio and cassette player was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 23400 block of Western Avenue on October 17.