Updated May 22, 2007
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," or "All charges against Mr. Smith were subsequently dropped." We will do so upon receiving and verifying proof of such disposition.
We will always include some introductory comments before the first item. While everything that follows is a matter of public record, we do not believe it is necessary to have names on page one.
First, a nod to the good guy. A purse was found by a school maintenance worker on the grass behind Forest Trail Middle School on May 2. The employee found a phone number of the owner in the purse, called the owner and left a message, and then called police to turn the purse over to the police. The owner was advised that she could pick up the purse at the PFPD.
Jon Vanderbilt, 22, 408 Sherman, Park Forest, was arrested on April 14 and charged with littering when police were dispatched to Freedom Hall regarding a subject posting handbills on vehicles. An officer recovered 11 handbills from vehicles parked in the lot, according to the report.
Update May 22, 2007: According to Police Chief Thomas Fleming and Deputy Chief Mike McNamara, the M-Ticket against Jon Vanderbilt was found "non-suited" based on the vagueness of the ordinance cited (86-162). The Chief will seek an ordinance change from the Village Board to clarify the language of the ordinance.
Demond D. Crosby, 17, 17403 Longfellow, Hazel Crest, was arrested on April 27 and charged with battery when an employee at Rich East High School approached a school liaison officer and stated that he was struck in the right wrist by a student.
Christopher C. Hawkins, 18, 87 Fir, Park Forest, was arrested on April 27 and charged with domestic battery when police were called to the 0 – 100 block of Fir to investigate a domestic battery complaint.
A fraudulent payroll check in the amount of $829.01 was reported cashed at a business in the 0 – 100 block of South Orchard on April 27. Police continue to investigate.
An officer on patrol on in the 200 block of Allegheny on April 28 observed a disturbance between several subjects in front of 227 Allegheny. Cordella T. Walker, 227 Allegheny, Park Forest, was arrested on April 28 and charged with intoxicated pedestrian in the roadway and obstructing a peace officer. In the same incident, Shanel M. Walker, 34, 227 Allegheny, Park Forest, was arrested and charged with obstructing a peace officer and resisting a peace officer.
Bradley E. Boykin, 20, 861 Greenbrair, University Park, was arrested on April 28 and charged with criminal trespass to residence and unlawful consumption of alcoholic liquor by a minor when police were called to the 400 block of Huron in reference to a suspicious person complaint.
Timothy A. Brandon, 20, 4443 Wellsboro, Las Vegas, NV, was arrested on April 29 and charged with retail theft when police were dispatched to a business in the 0 – 100 block of Main St. to investigate a retail theft complaint. Brandon allegedly took a 750ml bottle of Vodka “past the point of purchase,” according to the report, and allegedly proceeded to exit the store.
Police were called to the 0 – 100 block of East Rocket Circle on April 29 to investigate a criminal damage to property complaint. According to the report, unknown persons had shot two north bedroom double pane windows with a BB gun. Holes were also found in the siding of the windows. There were no arrests.
Four solar power landscape lights were reported damaged in the 400 block of Huron St. on April 30. The resident heard a loud crash emanating from the front of the residence, but did not observe anyone in the area. Police continue to investigate.
An officer was dispatched to the PFPD to investigate a report of a stolen ATM/Debit Card on April 30. The resident discovered the card missing from her wallet, and discovered several purchases made on her card that she did not make. The resident did not have any information as to where she might have lost the card or who could have taken it.
A house in the 200 block of Arcadia was reported vandalized on April 30. The owner, who is rehabbing the house, discovered a male subject inside the house. The male subject stated he walked in the house the night before to sleep. The man left the house. The owner discovered a broken window, and reported a missing Craftsman Skill saw.
A 2006 tan Chevrolet Trail Blazer was reported stolen from the 0 – 100 block of Krotiak on May 1.
Two lawn chairs were reported stolen from a residence in the 400 block of Shabbona on May 1.
A lawn mower was reported stolen from a residence in the 2700 block of Western Ave. on May 1.
Jerry Henderson, Jr., 429 Lawrence, Chicago Heights, was arrested on May 2 and charged with one felony count of driving while license revoked, and one misdemeanor count of attempted obstructing justice and issued a citation for driving with one headlight. Henderson was also processed on five outstanding traffic warrants. The car he was driving was pulled over in the area of Orchard Dr. and Main St. when police observed the vehicle he was driving had only one working headlight.
A green Ultra Terran 18 speed mountain bike was reported stolen on May 2 from the 300 block of Sheridan.
Lester Ewing, 23, 430 Winnebago, Park Forest, was arrested during a traffic stop on Central Park just north of Wilshire on May 2 and charged with driving with expired registration, no valid drivers license, and uninsured motor vehicle. Ewing was also issued an M Citation for possession of cannabis.
Terrance D. Storey, 17, 175 Indianwood, Park Forest, was arrested on May 2 and charged with trespassing.
Diana McKendrick, 20, 372 Winona, Park Forest, was arrested on May 3 and charged with obstructed view windshield and possession of cannabis when the vehicle McKendrick was driving was pulled over when an officer observed the passenger throw a clear wrapper out of the window and then empty the contents of a cigar on the ground, according to the report. The passenger, Eric Rickhoff, 19, 122 Walnut, Park Forest, was arrested on May 3 and charged with littering and possession of cannabis. The vehicle was pulled over in the area of the 500 block of Wildwood.
The front window of a home in the 400 block of Huron was shattered on May 3. The residents were asleep, according to the report, when they were awoken by a loud noise coming from the front room. Police continue to investigate.
An automobile was reported damaged on May 4 in the 100 block of Blackhawk. The front passenger’s side tire was cut, there were numerous dents and paint scrapes on the vehicle’s hood and roof, two separate shattered sections of the front windshield appeared to have been stuck with a stick or similar object, and the vehicle’s bumper was left loosely attached to the vehicle. There were no arrests.
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