Law and Order, Local Police Reports, Park Forest

Obstructing: Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through October 7, 2019

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Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- These police reports include arrests through October 7, 2019. Charges for those arrested include domestic battery, obstructing identification, and driving while license was suspended.

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Possession of a Controlled Substance

Sylvester Powell, 62, 4 McGarity Rd., Park Forest, was arrested on September 20 and charged with possession of a controlled substance and issued citations charging no front registration plate, driving while license was suspended, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle when an officer traveling northbound on Western Avenue observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Western Avenue from Norwood Boulevard with no front registration plate, according to police.

Driving While License Suspended, Obstructing

Dishaan S. Butler, 23, 11 Rich Ct., Park Forest, was arrested on October 3 and charged with one count of obstructing identification, driving while license was suspended, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and improper turn. Mr. Butler was also processed on one count of domestic battery in reference to a separate investigation and processed on a no-bail violation of a parole warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Officers driving southbound on Westwood Drive approaching the traffic signal at the intersection of Sauk Trail observed a gray Nissan Rogue immediately in front of them. One officer checked registration which indicated that the Nissan was registered to 11 Rich Court.

The officer who checked the registration was aware that Dishaan S. Butler resides at 11 Ridge Court and was currently wanted by a Park Forest police officer regarding a domestic battery investigation and that Mr. Butler also had an active parole violation warrant issued by the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The Nissan made a right turn from Westwood Drive onto Sauk Trail and turned into the left lane of westbound Sauk Trail, allegedly disregarding the Illinois Vehicle Code requirement to turn as close as practical to the right-hand curb, according to police.

The officer position to squad vehicle behind the Nissan and initiated a traffic stop on suspicion of improper turning and curbed the vehicle in the parking lot of a gas station at 3600 Sauk Trail in Richton Park.

The officer approached the driver, later confirmed to be Dishaan S. Butler, and requested that he furnish his driver’s license and proof of insurance.

Immediately upon making contact, the officer smelled the odor of cannabis emanating from inside the vehicle, according to police.

Mr. Butler provided an expired registration card and related that he did not have his driver’s license on his person because he lost it, according to the police.

When asked his name and date of birth, Mr. Butler allegedly told the officer that he was “Denzell Cooks.” The officer contacted SouthCom Dispatch and discovered that “Cooks” did not have a valid driver’s license.

During subsequent questioning, Mr. Butler was unable to recite Cooks’ Social Security number.

Another officer at the scene who recognized Mr. Butler from a previous booking photo notified the first officer that “Cooks” was, in fact, Mr. Butler, according to police.

Two other officers arrived on the scene to assist and Mr. Butler was asked to exit the vehicle. He was placed in handcuffs. That was when police confirmed that Mr. Butler had an active IDOC warrant alleging a parole violation and that his driving privileges were currently suspended, according to police.

Domestic Battery

Shannan M. Clark, 28, 54 Cherry St., Park Forest, was arrested on October 4 and charged with criminal damage to property and domestic battery after police responded to the first block of Gibson Road at 4:22 AM to investigate a report of a disturbance. According to police, approximately five minutes before officers arrived, Ms. Clark arrived at the residence on Gibson Road and began “banging” and screaming for the one specific person inside the home to come outside, according to a witness.

The witness went outside and confronted Ms. Clark and found Ms. Clark allegedly hitting the person she demanded come outside and allegedly throwing a metal lawn chair at a truck, according to police.


Devell C. Woods, 25, 4703 N. Drake Ave., Chicago, Was arrested on October 5 and charged with one count of obstructing identification, one count of criminal damage to property, and three counts of resisting a peace officer after an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Indianwood Boulevard to investigate a report of a 911 hangup.