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.
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,” “Mr. Smith entered a guilty plea,” or “All charges against Mr. Smith were subsequently dropped.” We will do so upon receiving and verifying proof of such disposition.
Special thanks to Barbara Gallagher for assistance proofing and editing these reports.
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Someone threw a brick through a dining room window of a residence in the first block of Elm Street on September 16.
Keshawn M. Walker, 25, 5248 Southwick Ct., Matteson, was arrested on September 18 and issued municipal citations charging possession of cannabis and illegal transportation of alcohol in a vehicle; and a traffic citation charging no registration light when an officer patrolling in the area of Blackhawk Drive and Shabbona Drive observed that the vehicle Walker was driving had no rear registration light, according to police.
Daniel Wilson-Sowah, 20, 820 S. Austin Blvd., Oak Park, September 27 and issued a municipal ticket charging possession of cannabis when an officer patrolling near Meota Street and Marquette Street observed that the vehicle Wilson-Sowah was driving had an air freshener hanging from the rearview mirror, obstructing the windshield, according to police. The vehicle Wilson-Sowah was driving was seized per local ordinance. Wilson-Sowah was also charged with driving with a suspended license, no insurance, and obstructed windshield.
Jeffery L. Todd, 33, 326 Onarga St., Park Forest, was arrested on September 27 and charged with driving on a suspended license when an officer patrolling in the first block of South Orchard Drive saw a vehicle parked in the roadway. As the officer got close to the vehicle, a male subject walked to the drivers door, opened it, and got into the vehicle. The officer checked the vehicle registration and learned that the vehicle was reported stolen. After investigating, police learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Chicago but the Chicago Police Department had recovered the vehicle. It appears that the fact that the vehicle had been recovered was never entered into LEADS.
Derrius K. White, 20, 1954 Beacon Court, Chicago Heights, was arrested on September 28 and issued traffic citations charging failure to display a front license plate, driving while license was suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and also issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis when an officer patrolling in the area of Hickory Street and Homan Avenue observed that a vehicle turning westbound onto Hickory Street from Homan Avenue did not have a front license plate, according to police.
A cell phone was reported stolen from a student while he attended lunch at Rich East High School on September 8. The report was made on September 28, because the Dean who took the report in the school hoped that the cell phone would be recovered.
Kentrell G. Lucas, 19, 15 Olympic Village 1A, Chicago Heights, was arrested on September 30 and charged with one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and no driver’s license. An officer who had turned westbound on North Street from Western Avenue observed a vehicle maneuver from the right lane into the left turn lane without utilizing a turn signal, according to police. The officer conducted a LEADS inquiry and received a response, advising that the vehicle had been reported stolen on September 27, 2016, from Chicago Heights.
Eckles Henry III, 23, 395 Oswego St., Park Forest, an was arrested on October 2 and charged with making an improper turn, disregarding a traffic control signal, and driving under the influence of drugs. An officer traveling southbound on Indianwood Boulevard approached the red traffic signal at the intersection of Sauk Trail when the officer observed the car that Henry was driving. The vehicle was completely stopped at the red traffic signal in the right-hand lane on Indianwood Boulevard, according to police, with its right turn signal illuminated. The officer then observed the vehicle illuminate its left turn signal, and proceed to maneuver left into the left lane. The vehicle then allegedly proceeded to turn left from the left traffic lane, not the left turn lane that was present, according to police, allegedly disregarding the traffic signal, which was still red, according to police. After pulling the vehicle over, the officer said that the driver side window was lowered and a large cloud of smoke billowed from the window. The officer immediately smelled a strong odor of freshly burnt cannabis from inside the vehicle, according to police.
Two tires of a vehicle parked in the 400 block of North Orchard Drive were reported slashed on October 2.
Police say someone stole a pack of Swisher Sweets from Walgreens, 15 South Orchard Drive, on October 3.
Two packages delivered to a residence in the 400 block of Shabbona Drive on October 4 were reported stolen from outside the residence.
Police were dispatched to a residence on October 4 in reference to a report of a clown disturbance. In the complainant related that three male subjects with faces painted like clowns tried to grab her 11-year-old son and throw him in a van. After questioning the juvenile, police learned that the juvenile had learned of reports of clown sightings from in the South Suburbs social media and ran to tell his mother that three clowns tried to kidnap him. The juvenile admitted that he was lying, and reported being chased by clowns as a prank. The juvenile was not charged.
Dean P. Rosenau, 53, 32468 Couty Road 16, La Crescent, MN, was arrested on October 7 and charged with failure to give information after striking other property (a porch), failure to give information after striking an unattended vehicle (a motorcycle), operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and defective brakes after police were dispatched to the 200 block of Juniper Street, Court J-7, to investigate a reported hit and run that had just occurred.
Garrick M. Johnson, 31, 312 Neola St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 7 and charged with theft when police stopped at 7-Eleven, 425 Sauk Trail, and were advised of a theft that had taken place several hours prior. Officers viewed surveillance footage and observed a subject, who they recognized as Johnson, take a donation container with an unknown amount of cash from the counter and leave the store. The officers later observed Johnson walking west on Sauk Trail in front of 7-Eleven and placed him under arrest. Johnson allegedly admitted to taking the container and using the money inside it to purchase cigarettes, according to police.
A key ring with car keys and house keys, a vehicle insurance card, a vehicle registration card, and a number of papers and receipts were reported stolen from a vehicle parked near Cromwell Road and Dogwood Street on October 8.
Devontio O. Pittman, 23, 414 Orchard Dr., Park Forest, was arrested on October 9 and issued a local ordinance citation charging possession of cannabis when police were dispatched to the area of Douglas and Springfield Streets to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle. An officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver and sole occupant, Devontio Pittman. Police detected an odor of fresh cannabis emanating from the interior of the vehicle. An officer also observed loose green plant material strewn across Pittman’s legs, according to police. Pittman’s vehicle was towed and impounded per local village ordinance. After he was released from the Park Forest Police Department, the arresting officer drove Pittman back to his residence.
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