Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— Editor’s Note: We continue our reporting on news from police blotter 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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Florentino E. Shores, 19, 737 Sandra Dr. Apt 2, University Park, was arrested on July 24 and issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis when an officer observed three subjects sitting in a vehicle in the first block of North Arbor Trail for an extended period of time. The officer could smell marijuana within the vicinity of the vehicle, according to police. Shores allegedly admitted to police that there was a blunt in between the center console in the front passenger seat, and that it belonged to him, according to police. The three subjects were sent on their way, according to police.
Fonda R. Morgan, 41, 1 Towanda Court, Park Forest, was arrested on July 25 and issued Will County traffic citations charging speeding over the posted limit, driving while license was revoked, and additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance. An officer conducting traffic enforcement in the 200 block of Monee Road at about 7 AM using a radar unit observed the vehicle Morgan was driving allegedly traveling at a speed of 47 mph in a posted 30 mile-per-hour zone, according to police.
Jordan D. Walker, 18, 4725 Hickory Creek Dr. Apt 7, University Park, was arrested on July 26 and issued a state citation charging pedestrian walking in a roadway. He was further charged with one count of resisting a peace officer, and one count of obstructing identification when police responded to the 200 block of Green Street regarding a report of approximately 20 juveniles fighting in front of a residence. When police arrived, they observed a large group of juveniles walking westbound on Rich Road on the north sidewalk but observed no fighting at the time. While continuing westbound on Rich Road, police observed a man later identified as Walker who allegedly began walking in the roadway directly in front of an officer’s patrol vehicle, according to police.
Jacoby B. Thurmond, 18, 316 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest, was arrested on July 26 and charged with criminal trespassing to state supported property and resisting a peace officer when police were dispatched to Central Park in reference to a subject that had been banned from the park earlier in the evening, according to police. According to police, Thurmond was allegedly standing on top of a picnic table and an officer told him several times to get off the picnic table and he refused.
Lawrence J Smith, 69, 414 Shabbona Dr., Park Forest, was arrested on July 27 and charged with battery when police were dispatched to the 400 block of Shabbona Drive regarding a report of a domestic disturbance. While investigating Smith’s identity, police learned that Smith had two outstanding arrest warrants: one from Richton Park, one from Will County, on traffic related charges. After being processed in Park Forest, Smith was turned over to the Richton Park Police Department.