Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through February 26, 2018

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Inside the Park Forest Police Station. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

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Possession of Cannabis, Open Alcohol Inside A Vehicle

Marcus Jermal Davis, 26, 22728 Ridgeway Ave., Richton Park, was issued citations on February 21 charging possession of cannabis, driving with no headlights when required, and transportation of an open container of alcohol inside a vehicle.

An officer on patrol traveling northbound on Western Avenue from North Street observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Western Avenue that had no headlights. The time was 1:08 AM. The officer stopped the vehicle at Westwood Drive and Orchard Drive. While speaking to Mr. Davis, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, the officer observed a clear, round plastic container containing a green plant-like material, suspect cannabis.

The officer also discovered and open 375 milliliter container of Hennessy Cognac in the middle console.

The vehicle was impounded. Mr. Davis was placed in the back of a squad vehicle where he later started yelling and allegedly hit the metal frame of the backseat with the bottom of his fist, according to police. An officer placed him in handcuffs, which he double locked. After police gave him the citations and a notice of vehicle impoundment, he was provided an escort to his residence by an officer.

Domestic Battery

Jason J. Long, 34, 324 Winnebago St., Park Forest, was arrested on February 21 and charged with domestic battery and one count of interfering with the reporting of domestic violence when police were dispatched to the 300 block of Winnebago Street to investigate a report of domestic battery.

Domestic Battery

Jomel A. Joiner, 21, 318 Douglas St., Park Forest, was arrested on February 21 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to Illinois Street and Douglas Street in reference to a report of a domestic disturbance.

Felony Delivery of Cannabis

Mina S. Hernandez, 21, 22432 Chappel Ave., Sauk Village, was arrested on February 22 and charged with one felony count of delivery of cannabis, one count of possession of cannabis over 30 grams (Class A misdeameanoer), one count of driving under the influence of drugs, and issued a citation charging speeding when an officer observed a vehicle traveling 50 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone northbound on Western Avenue from the north intersection of Dogwood Street.

When pulled over, the officer smelled cannabis emanating from inside the vehicle. According to police, when asked about cannabis inside the vehicle, Ms. Hernandez allegedly told the officer, “It’s under my seat. It’s a lot and I was dropping it off. Sir, I am being honest with you. I’m literally high. I was being a delivery girl right now, and I could cry right now, because I feel like I just threw my life away.”

While conducting an inventory of Ms. Hernandez’s property, police discovered that she had $444.55 of various denominations on her person. Police also discovered a full bag of cannabis which weighed 55 grams, according to police.

Obstructing Identification, Resisting

Dajuan D. Hurst, 36, 303 Waldman Dr., Park Forest, was arrested on February 23 and charged with one count of obstructing identification and one count of resisting a peace officer when police responded to the 300 block of Waldmann Drive to investigate a report of a suspicious subject sitting in a vehicle with the lights off. Mr. Hurst was also processed on a warrent out of Will County charging aggravated battery.

Driving While License Was Suspended

Steven B. Gentry, 22, 800 Cedar Ridge Lane, Richton Park, was arrested on February 25 and charged with driving while license was suspended, possession of cannabis, and speeding when an officer traveling behind the vehicle Mr. Gentry was driving north on Western Avenue, approaching the intersection of Western Avenue and Sauk Trail, conducted a law enforcement database inquiry on the vehicle’s registration. The officer learned that the owner of the vehicle’s driving priveleges were currently suspended. Mr. Gentry was the owner of the vehicle. The officer further observed that the vehicle was traveling at 44 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone, according to police.

Assault and Battery

Norman L. Russell III, 48, 5036 Brighton Lane, Richton Park, was arrested on February 26 and charged with one count of “assault and battery,” according to the report, when police were dispatched to the first block of North Arbor Trail after a female victim reported that Mr. Russell allegedly struck her on the arm with a flashlight, according to police.

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