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.
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.
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A 38-inch Visio flat-screen television valued at $700, a 27-inch Samsung flat-screen screen television valued at $800, an LG 55-inch flat-screen television valued at $1000, and a white Nintendo Wii game system with purple controllers valued at $250 were reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Nanti Street on December 3.
A resident in the first block of Oak Lane was issued eight citations, each in regard to pet violations, when an officer was dispatched to that block to investigate a report of two loose dogs in the area. A resident told police that when she tries to walk out her back door, two dogs come running at her aggressively. When the officer arrived, the dogs charged at him, only to stop when three female subjects emerged from a home in the first block of Apple Lane and began yelling, "Don’t hurt the dogs, don’t Taze them!" The subjects took the dogs into the house and slammed the door, refusing to open it for police.
A sky-blue bike valued at $50 was reported stolen from the 300 block of Main Street on December 3.
A juvenile was arrested on December 3 and issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis when an officer patrolling in the 300 block of Norwood Square observed two subjects walking from behind the north side of the vacant shopping center. A second juvenile was issued a municipal citation charging possession of tobacco by a minor.
A glass door in the 400 block of Norwood Square on was discovered to be shattered on December 3.
A juvenile was issued municipal citations charging battery and disorderly conduct when police were dispatched to the intersection of Orchard Drive and Westwood Drive in reference to a report of a fight on a school bus.
A window of a residence in the 300 block of Winnebago Street was reported shattered on December 4.
A juvenile was arrested and issued municipal citations charging obstructing the roadway and unlawful use of a weapon after police were dispatched to the intersection of Meota and Marquette Streets to investigate a report of a group of juveniles walking in the street. Other juveniles in the group were issued municipal citations charging obstructing the roadway. Police recovered a knife from the scene.
John L. Gasper, 39, 12507 87th St., St. John, IN, was arrested on December 5 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and issued citations charging speeding and driving without proof of insurance when an officer on patrol traveling northbound on Western Avenue approaching Fir Street observed the vehicle Gasper was driving exceeding the speed limit, according to police. A passenger in the vehicle, Blanca E. Garcia, 38, 232 W 14th Place, Chicago Heights, was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Four pairs of Nike shoes valued at $500, a 32-inch black LG flat-screen television valued at $1200, and a black Dell laptop computer valued at $700 were reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of South Orchard Drive on December 5.