Local Police Reports

Park Forest Police Reports for April 3, 2011

Park Forest Police Station
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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Maurice David Payne, 30, 146 N. Arbor Trail, Park Forest, was arrested March 25 and was charged with driving under the influence, no insurance, resisting arrest, and speeding. The reporting officer said he clocked the vehicle Payne was driving at a speed of 58 mph in the 35 mph zone traveling east on Sauk Trail from Indianwood Boulevard.

Brian E. Beecher Jr., 19, 218 Early St., Park Forest, was arrested on March 28 and issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis when an officer noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in a parking lot in the vicinity of the 100 block of North Orchard Drive just before 10 p.m. The officer said this was the only vehicle in the parking lot at the time. Beecher was in the driver’s seat. A passenger in the vehicle, John M. Oprea, 18, 233 Berry St., Park Forest, was also arrested and issued a municipal citation charging possession of drug paraphernalia.

Four juveniles were arrested on March 28 and issued municipal citations charging trespassing when police responded to the 100 block of Larue Street to investigate a report of trespassing.

Patricia A. Gilliand, 44, 30 S. Arbor Trail, Park Forest, was arrested on May 28th and charged with criminal trespass to motor vehicle, driving while license was suspended, and driving with no insurance. An officer traveling westbound on Sauk Trail observed that the vehicle Gilliand was driving had been reported stolen.

Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Sauk Trail on March 29 to investigate a domestic battery complaint. Police say the victim told them she had been struck in the face and was bleeding. Police have suspect information and continue to investigate.

Rayshawn Hunt, 18, 114 Hemlock St., Park Forest, was arrested on March 29 and charged with criminal damage to property and resisting a peace officer when police responded to the 100 block of Lester Street in reference to a premise exam. Dispatch advised responding officers that there had been a report that a male had broken a window at the rear of the residence. He was also found to have an outstanding Will County warrant on a charge of aggravated assault.

A juvenile was arrested on March 29 and charged with misdemeanor possession of cannabis when an officer observed two subjects walking in the middle of Marquette Court. Because both subjects were walking in the middle of the roadway, the officer conducted an investigative street stop, according to police.

Juleus Mitchell, Sr., 34250 West 127th St., Chicago, was arrested on March 29 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to the 3500 block of Western Avenue to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance.

Mack E. Scales, 51, 400 Concord Dr., Chicago Heights, was arrested on March 30 shortly before 4 a.m., when an officer on patrol in the vicinity of 26th Street and Western Avenue observed Scales on a bicycle without any functioning lamps or lighting devices, proceeding southbound on Western Avenue. Scales was charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and issued a citation charging improper operation of a bicycle in the roadway at night without lamps/lighting.

Four areas of the track at Rich East High School were reported damaged by shoe prints, bicycle tire tracks and someone’s initials. The track was in the process of being resurfaced with a new rubber compound, according to police. The report was made on March 31.