Local Police Reports, Park Forest

Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through January 29, 2018

officer helps motorist change a tire, pfpd, arrest report
What type of person puts on the Park Forest Police Department uniform? When Officers Taylor and Kessler responded to a call of a woman whose tire was slashed and found she had no one to put the spare tire on, they took care of it for her. (Photo: PFPD)

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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Aggravated Assault

Michael A. Miller, 10134 Emnerald Ave., Chicago, was arrested on January 25 and charged with aggravated assault (peace officer) and obstructing a peace officer when police were dispatched to the first block of North Arbor Trail regarding a report of a domestic dispute. According to the report, police were trying to question Miller when he became irate, according to police. One officer “could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from Miller’s
breath and person,” according to the report. Miller allegedly began to chest bump an officer while his hands were in the air, yelling, “My hand’s up, my hand’s up.”


Maranda L. Hernandez, 29, 21214 Oak St., Matteson, was arrested on January 25 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, BAC over .08, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and improper lane usage.

Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Miami Street in reference to a possible fight. Upon arrival, officers learned that a vehicle accident had occurred. Police observed a vehicle in the front yard of a residence in the 300 block of Miami Street. The vehicle had significant front end damage and the driver’s airbag had been deployed.

A woman, later identified as Maranda Hernandez, was standing next to the vehicle.

A witness to the accident said she observed Hernandez traveling on Miami Street at a “dangerously high rate of speed,” according to the report. The witness reported yelling at Hernandez to slow down. Hernandez’s vehicle then left the roadway traveling northwest over the curb, striking a street sign and removing it from the ground, according to police. Hernandez’s vehicle then continued northwest and struck a vehicle parked in a driveway, according to police.

Felony Forgery

Timothy R. Boler, 28, 1143 Sterling Ave., Chicago Heights, was arrested on January 26 and charged with one felony count of forgery, a misdemeanor charge of displaying a false insurance card, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and failure to secure new registration.

An officer on patrol driving southbound on Western Avenue near Monee Road observed a vehicle driving southbound on Western Avenue from Monee Road that had no front license plate affixed to the bumper. The officer then noticed that the vehicle had an Indiana temporary registration permit on the rear.

The officer conducted a law enforcement inquiry on the registration through SouthCom Dispatch and learned that the temporary registration permit belonged to a different make and model of vehicle.

The officer initiated a traffic stop. According to police, Boler provided the officer with an Illinois driver’s license and an insurance card from American Auto Insurance. Upon inspecting the insurance card, the officer noticed that the company logo was blurry and not clear. Also, the last two digits of the company phone number were missing from the card, according to police.

The officer was eventually able to locate a valid phone number for the insurance company and spoke with a representative from the agency who informed the officer that Boler’s coverage expired on July 28, 2017. The card Boler provided the officer showed coverage through June 12, 2018, according to police.

The officer also learned that the address Boler had listed as his residence in Steger did not exist, according to police.

Criminal Damage To Property

Christopher T. Cosgrove, 40, 142 Marquette St., Park Forest, was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property after police were dispatched to the 300 block of Neola Street to investigate a report of criminal damage to property.

Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Neola Street on January 26 to investigate a report of criminal damage to property. The complainant stated that his neighbor, later identified as Christopher T. Cosgrove, arrived at his residence and asked for some money to help him out. The complainant gave him $10 and a pizza, according to police.

Approximately one hour later, the complainant was inside his residence when he heard the northeast window of his residence breaking. He stepped outside and observed Mr. Cosgrove allegedly breaking the windows of the residence with a hammer. Mr. Cosgrove allegedly yelled, “F*** you,” while he was breaking the windows.

Mr. Cosgrove then approached two of the complainants vehicles, allegedly striking the windows of both vehicles while unsuccessfully attempting to break them. Cosgrove then allegedly struck and damaged the driver’s side mirror of one of the vehicles.

This report updated Feb. 11, 2018, at 10:27 p.m. with charges filed against Mr. Cosgrove.

Criminal Trespassing

Wayneque A. Currie, 21, 427 Suwanee St., Park Forest, was arrested on January 27 and charged with criminal trespassing, obstructing identification, and resisting, when officers responded to a business in the 300 block of Sauk Trail regarding a report of an unwanted subject.

Possession of Cannabis

Nicole Carter, 28, 244 Farragut St., Park Forest, was issued municipal citations charging possession of cannabis and no taillights when an officer performing a stationary radar patrol on Lincoln Highway observed a lone vehicle traveling eastbound on Lincoln Highway from the Metra Rail tracks at 58 miles per hour in a posted 40 miles per hour zone, according to police. The officer observed the vehicle at approximately 4:24 AM.

After stopping the vehicle, the officer observed that the vehicle’s headlights were in the off position and the vehicle had been traveling with only the daytime running lights on, according to police.

The officer detected the smell of cannabis coming from inside the vehicle and conducted a search of the vehicle. The officer located a grocery bag on the backseat containing newly purchased cigarillos, empty baggies, a round silver cannabis grinder, and a balled up piece of tinfoil containing cannabis, according to police. The officer later determined that the suspect cannabis weighed “approximately 2.3 grams and had the same appearance and smell of tested cannabis from over 100 prior cannabis arrests” in the officer’s career, according to the report.

The vehicle was towed and seized under local ordinance. Carter was provided seizure paperwork and released from the stop, declining a ride to her residence, according to police.

Driving While License Was Suspended

Deango M. Wilson, 32, 13825 Illinois St., Riverdale, IL, was arrested on January 29 and charged with driving while license was suspended, obstructing identification, illegal transportation of liquor, and no registration light when an officer patrolling on Western Avenue observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Western Avenue in the area of Indianwood Boulevard that had no registration plate light illuminated, according to police.

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