Police Report – December 3, 2007


The Park Forest Police Station. (Photo: Wendy Heise)

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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A 9mm Beretta 9000 S model handgun with fully loaded 9mm Winchester round magazine, was reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Niagara on November 23. In addition to the gun, two 10-round magazines and one 15-round magazine were also reported missing. The owner had a valid Illinois FOID card. Police continue to investigate.

Four juveniles, ages 12 to 14, were arrested on November 23 and charged with a local ordinance violation, damage to property, when police responded to Somonauk Park to investigate a report of a reckless discharge of a firearm. The youths allegedly admitted to police that they took turns spray-painting graffiti on a park bench, a tire swing, and a round roller type piece of playground equipment in Shabbona Park. They were additionally charged in relation to spray-paint damage at Talala and Blackhawk schools as well on the same date.

Michael T. Cannon, 26, 3750 W. 216th St., Matteson, was arrested on November 23 and charged with resisting a peace officer, domestic battery, and possession of cannabis when police responded to the 200 block of Allegheny Street in reference to subjects yelling in the street.

Three juveniles were arrested on November 23 and charged with criminal damage to property when a resident on Apache Street called and reported observing four male juveniles throwing rocks at his residence from the EJ&E railroad tracks. One of the rocks broke the front windshield of an automobile, causing an estimated $500 in damage.

A resident in the 200 block of Lakewood reported on November 26 that he received a phone call from a clerk at Save-A-Lot Grocery Store in Richton Park asking if he had given permission for his nephew to use a check for $176 in groceries. The resident reported that he did not have a nephew, and realized his checkbook and wallet were missing. The check was not accepted, and no dollar loss took place. The resident went to his bank and canceled checks and debit card, and police gave him a copy of an Identity Theft brochure.

Christin A. Dennis, 20, 185 Nanti, Park Forest, was arrested on November 26 and charged with violation of an order of protection, and possession of cannabis when Corporal Sheets and Officer Kessler were dispatched to the 23400 block of S. Western in reference to suspicious subjects in front of a residence.

A juvenile was arrested and charged with illegal burning when police were dispatched to the 0 -100 block of Hemlock after a resident called and said she smelled something burning. The juveniles allegedly admitted setting fire to a garbage bag inside of a garbage can.

A juvenile was arrested on November 27 at 1:54 a.m. and charged with a curfew violation when an officer observed the juvenile riding his bike through Norwood Plaza.

Two rings valued at $3060 were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Oswego on November 28.

A resident in the 300 block of Ash Street reported that the front quarter panel of his car had been dented by an unknown object, by an unknown subject, sometimes through the night of November 28 – 29.

A window of the vacant Taco Bell, 2560 Western Ave., was reported broken on November 29.

Lawand S. Dixon, 18, 137 Sauk Trail, Park Forest, was arrested on November 29 and charged with criminal trespass to land, resisting a peace officer, and no valid drivers license when officers patrolling on Western Avenue noticed a vehicle parked in court G-2 with its lights on and engine running. When officers approached the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Dixon, allegedly exited the vehicle and started running away.

The left rear tire of an automobile parked in the 0 – 100 block of Elm Street was reported stolen on November 29.

Marcus D. Johnson, 18, 1106 Drexel Ave., Ford Heights; Kerron J. James, 20, 1444 Parnell, Chicago Heights; and Jeremiah V. Jackson, 17, 1537 Greenwood, Ford Heights, were arrested on November 30 and charged with attempted burglary and criminal damage to property when police responded to the area of Cedar Park to investigate suspicious persons. The three allegedly admitted breaking the passenger window of a car.

Jabari K. Muhammad, 21, 811 Mary Byrne Dr., Sauk Village, was arrested on November 30 and charged with domestic battery when police responded to the 100 block of the Indianwood to investigate a report of domestic disturbance.

A window of a residence in the 200 block of Allegheny was reported damaged on November 30. Police reported observing a small hole in the screen and window. The damage was likely caused by a BB gun, according to police.