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.
Police responded to the 300 block of Winnebago on October 12 to investigate a criminal damage to vehicle. A resident reported that he was outside of his residence when he noticed two unknown subjects wearing black hoodie-style sweatshirts and blue jeans approach a vehicle. The subjects allegedly looked around and then began to burn a hole in the soft top of the victim’s vehicle. The subjects saw a car coming, according to the witness, and allegedly ran to Winnebago Park east of where the vehicle was parked. The witness notified the vehicle’s owner, who called police. There is no suspect information at this time.
Police were called to the 100 block of Hemlock on October 13 to investigate a complaint of residential burglary. Items reported missing included two Social Security cards, a hospital identification card, a drivers license, a wallet, and a Hewlett-Packard laptop.
A rock was allegedly thrown on the hood of a car parked in the 100 block of Shabbona sometime through the night of October 12/October 13. The rock left deep scratches and several small dents on the vehicle’s hood.
Frank T. Daviera, 43, 25400 S. Lagrange, Monee, was arrested on October 13 and charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance when an officer observed the vehicle he was driving allegedly turned south on to Western Avenue from Beacon Blvd. Daviera was allegedly not wearing a seatbelt and the vehicle had no front registration plate. During a search of the vehicle, to which Daviera consented, according to the report, officers found one Ziploc type baggie containing an off-white chunky substance, suspect cocaine.
Update April 9, 2009: Per information from Detective Paul Winfrey, the felony possession of a controlled substance charge was dismissed against Mr. Daviera by motion of the state on 1/16/08.
Byron P. Nelson, 19, 367 Standish, Chicago Heights, was arrested on October 13 and charged with domestic battery when an officer was dispatched to St. James Hospital Chicago Heights to investigate a delayed domestic battery complaint.
An officer was called to the Park Forest Police Department on October 14 to investigate a delayed criminal damage to property complaint. The officer spoke with a resident who lives in the 100 block of Shabbona who reported that unknown subjects threw a rock through a window of his residence. Police have suspect information.
Robert L. Harn, 20, 316 Winnebago, Park Forest, and Anna M. F. Hofsommer, 18, 2 Cromwell Rd, Park Forest, were arrested October 14 and charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor when police were dispatched to the 300 block of Miami regarding a disturbance in progress.
Jerod G. Howze, 28, 11826 S, Loomis St., Chicago, was arrested on October 14 and charged with criminal trespass to real property when police were dispatched to the 0 to 100 block of Hemlock to investigate two citizen complaints of a disturbance involving approximately 4 intoxicated subjects.
Casey R. Page, 19, a homeless woman, was arrested on October 15 and charged with criminal trespass to property when police responded to the 0 to 100 block of Forest Blvd. in reference to a check of the well-being of an individual.
Mario Jones, 20, 329 Waldmann, Park Forest, Althea C. Wilson, 27, 1427 E. 14th Pl., Ford Heights, and Connie D. Jones, 1951 Revere St., Chicago Heights, were arrested on October 14 and charged with retail theft when an officer on patrol at the rear of Family Dollar, 108 South Orchard, observed a suspicious vehicle parked with its passenger side door open near the rear overhead door to Family Dollar. Officer Piszczor initiated a traffic stop after the vehicle pulled away. Officer Piszczor observed a white hamper basket in the back seat of the vehicle filled with brand-new merchandise. The occupants of the vehicle were unable to provide a proof of purchase. The total retail value of the items discovered was $178.69. Althea Wilson was also charged with resisting a peace officer.
An officer was summoned to the Park Forest Police Department on October 15 to investigate a report of criminal sexual abuse. The officer took a report from a resident from another town who alleged finding a letter written by her 12 year old daughter which alleged that the girl had been inappropriately touched by a Park Forest resident. The case was turned over to the Park Forest Police Department’s Detective Division, and DCFS was contacted.
A wallet was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 0 to 100 block of Water Street on October 15. The vehicle had been started and left unlocked for approximately 5 minutes.
Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Tomahawk on October 15 in reference to a residential burglary report. One hundred dollars cash was reported missing from a bedroom. A phone line at the rear of the residence had been cut. The resident had returned home and found that she was unable to open her garage door. She observed a service door to the garage was open and the garage door opener had been unplugged.
Maurice C. Meltzer, 31, 90 Indianwood, Park Forest, was arrested on October 16 and charged with domestic battery, interference with reporting of a domestic battery, and possession of cannabis, when police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 0 to 100 block of Indianwood Blvd.
Brian Engel, 33, 406 Huron, Park Forest, was arrested on October 16 and charged with disorderly conduct when police were called to the 400 block of Huron in reference to a residential burglary report. Engel allegedly admitted to police that he made up the story of a burglary when he realized his phone was missing.
Nathaniel Robinson, 34, 77 Cherry, Park Forest, was arrested on October 17 and charged with possession of cannabis when police were dispatched to the 0 to 100 block of Hemlock to investigate a complaint of possible drug activity.
Howard O. Dunbar, 22, 60 Dogwood St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 17 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to the 0 to 100 block of Dogwood St. to investigate a domestic battery complaint.
A juvenile was arrested on October 18 in the 0 to 100 block of Hemlock and charged with criminal damage to property when police were dispatched to that area regarding a domestic disturbance involving a family member who had just gotten out of jail for a gun related charge.
Warren Anthony Lockette, 26, 823 Williams #1C, Calumet City, was arrested on October 18 and charged with criminal sexual assault and two additional counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse when police were called to the Park Forest Police Department to investigate a report of criminal sexual assault.