A winter past at the Park Forest Police Station. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)
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 juvenile was arrested on November 21 when police were dispatched to the 400 block of Indiana Street in reference to a complaint of a suspicious person. According to the report, a person was seen walking toward the rear of a residence with a brick in his hand. While being placed into custody, the juvenile stated that he broke a window to a residence but did not go inside, according to police. The juvenile was charged with 4 counts of burglary and one count of attempted residential burglary.
A juvenile was arrested on November 25 and issued a municipal citation charging trespassing when police were dispatched to the Park Forest Library in reference to a report of an unwanted subject.
Torian L. Hansbough, 22, 1509 W. 112th Pl., Chicago, was arrested on November 25 and charged with one count of unlawful possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver, one count of unlawful possession of cannabis, one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, and one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine. Hansbrough was also issued traffic citations charging improper lighting – one headlamp only, and improper registration – obstructed. According to police, an officer was on patrol westbound on Illinois Street when he observed 2 vehicles parked southbound on the West side of Douglas Street. According to police, one of the vehicles was unoccupied but the engine was running. Upon trying to obtain the license plate information of one of the vehicles, the officer noticed that the front passenger side headlight was lit but the front driver side headlight was not.
A 40-inch Emerson television, a 32-inch Element television, a Sony PlayStation 3, and approximately 10 video games were reported stolen during a residential burglary at a residence in the first block of Monee Road on November 26.
Rantera T. Strothers, 19, 749 Burnham Dr., Apt. 4J, University Park, was arrested on November 27 and charged with driving with a suspended driver’s license when an officer patrolling in the area of Western Avenue and Main Street checked the registration of the vehicle Strothers was driving and discovered that Strothers had a suspended driver’s license, according to police.
Copper alloy valued at $100 was discovered on the floor of the basement of a residence in the 400 block of Miami Street on November 28. According to police, a real estate broker arrived to show the property to potential homebuyers when she observed a white U-Haul pickup truck in the driveway. A subject exited the front door of the residence. When she asked, "Can I show you the house?" The subject responded affirmatively but then got in the U-Haul truck and drove away. When showing the house to a potential buyer a short time later, the real estate broker discovered the copper in the basement.
According to police, someone visiting relatives at a home in the 200 block of Sauk Trail on November 28 parked in the driveway of the residence. When she went to leave, she observed that the right front tire of her vehicle had multiple puncture marks. Police discovered that the damaged tire was different from the other 3 tires of the vehicle, indicating that the original tire had been removed and replaced with the damaged one.
Mariah C. Driver, 21, 6237 Laflin St., Chicago, was arrested on November 28 and issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis when an officer on patrol observed a vehicle parked on the south side of Norwood Boulevard in a no parking zone.
Eric T. Camper, 21, 22347 Tiburon St., Richton Park, was arrested on November 29 and issued a municipal ticket charging possession of cannabis and a ticket charging operating a vehicle with expired registration when an officer patrolling in the area of Sauk Trail and Lakewood Boulevard observed that the vehicle Camper was driving westbound on Sauk Trail had expired registration, according to police.
Van E. Perry, 24, 1149 Logan St., Hammond, IN, was arrested on November 30 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of drugs, driving under the combined influence of drugs and alcohol, improper lane usage, no front registration plate, illegal transportation of open alcohol, and possession of cannabis. An officer patrolling on Lincoln Highway approaching Brookwood Drive observed the vehicle Perry was driving traveling at approximately 32 mph in a 40 mph zone, according to police. The officer further reported that the vehicle also did not have a front registration plate. The officer conducted a U-turn and began following the vehicle, which weaved outside of the traffic Lane on several occasions, according to police.
Jeffrey I. Hope, 35, 49 Dogwood St., Park Forest, was arrested on December 1 and charged with driving with one headlamp, no rear registration plate light, driving under the influence of drugs or a combination of drugs, illegal possession/transportation of open alcohol, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to police, an officer traveling northbound in the 2000 block of Western Avenue observed that the vehicle Hope was driving had only one functioning headlamp.
Police were dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department on December 2 to investigate a report of theft. According to police, the complainant told them that someone stole a 42-inch Toshiba television valued at $500 from the living room of his home. The complainant suspected someone who had stayed at his residence. Police are investigating.
3 juveniles were arrested on December 2 and charged with disorderly conduct when police responded to Rich East High School to investigate a report of disorderly conduct.
Letesha M. Blandin, 29, 21941 Central Park Ave., Park Forest, was arrested on December 2 and charged with theft when police were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of South Orchard Drive to investigate a report of retail theft.
A juvenile was arrested on December 2 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to Rich East High School to investigate a report of domestic battery.
Keyera L. Gross, 20, 17801 S. Cedar Ave., Country Club Hills, was arrested on December 2 and charged with driving under the influence of drugs, speeding over the statutory limit, improper lane usage, no seatbelt, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and possession of cannabis when an officer observed the vehicle Gross was driving traveling southbound on Western Avenue approaching 26th Street weaving within the traffic Lane, traveling over the traffic center line, traveling at approximately 42 mph in a posted 35 mph zone, according to police.