Law and Order, Local Police Reports, Park Forest

Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through August 28, 2019

K9 Officer Charles Karl
K9 Officer Charles Karl, recipient of the Park Forest Police Department’s Term Award for the 2nd Quarter of 2019. (Photo: PFPD)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- These police reports include arrests through August 28, 2019. Charges for those arrested include violations of orders of protection and domestic battery.

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eNews Park Forest has always published addresses of those arrested and will continue to do so. 5 ILCS 140/2.15 states that the governmental body (for these reports, the Police Department), shall release information on those who have been charged, including their name, age, and address. This information is necessary to ensure the proper identity of those arrested.

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Kevin Turner, 40, 1914 Revere St., Chicago Heights, was arrested on August 22 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a BAC over .08, leaving the scene of an accident, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Three officers responded to the 2500 block of Western Avenue at 6:26 PM to investigate a report of a vehicle crash. SouthCom Dispatch notified officers that a man allegedly got out of the vehicle and was walking on Algonquin Street, according to police.

Dispatch provided police with a description of the man.

Upon arrival, the first responding officer found a 2010 gray Volvo XC60 on the west side of Western Avenue off the roadway. The Volvo had heavy damage all around and the airbags had deployed. No one was inside the vehicle. The front left wheel was broken.

Police called for a tow truck to respond to the scene.

SouthCom notified an officer that a witness saw a man leave the vehicle before the officers arrived and that the man was currently inside a liquor store in the 2500 block of Western Avenue. The responding officer walked to the liquor store and saw a man matching the description of the person who allegedly left the vehicle buying alcohol inside the store, according to police.

Police began speaking with the man, later identified as Kevin Turner, who allegedly told them he was inside the vehicle during an accident. The responding officer noted that Mr. Turner had “bloodshot glassy eyes and was slurring his speech,” according to the report.

Mr. Turner then started to open a bottle of alcohol and attempt to drink it in front of the police. One of the responding officers stopped Mr. Turner from drinking the alcohol.

Officers detained Mr. Turner, placed him in handcuffs, and placed him in the rear seat of a squad car. Police took witness statements while the first responding officer escorted Mr. Turner to a parking lot to administer field sobriety tests. After the field sobriety tests, police handcuffed Mr. Turner again and advised him that he was under arrest on suspicion of DUI, according to police.

Police took Mr. Turner to the Park Forest Police Department. While in the booking room, Mr. Turner allegedly stated that he had been driving the vehicle when the collision occurred, according to the report.

At 7:44 PM, an officer administered a breathalyzer test on Mr. Turner and found that Mr. Turner had a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .127, according to police. The incident was captured on body-worn cameras and in-car watch guard cameras, according to police.

Trespass to Land

Christopher L. Cherest, 51, 21154 Main St., Matteson, was arrested on August 22 and charged with misdemeanor trespass to land after police responded to the 200 block of Monee Road in reference to a report of an unwanted subject.

Violation of an Order of Protection

Welborn R. Williams, 56, 2005 S. 24th St., Broadview, IL, was arrested on August 23 and charged with one count of violation of an order of protection after police were dispatched to the 3300 block of Western Avenue to investigate a domestic report.

Domestic Battery

Donya K. Scruggs, 20, 408 Normal Ave., Chicago Heights, was arrested on August 25 and charged with domestic battery and violation of an order of protection after police were dispatched to the first block of Apache Street to investigate a report of a domestic dispute. When officers entered the residence, they heard a woman, later identified as Donya K. Scruggs, allegedly “yelling and screaming excessively,” according to the report.

Police attempted to speak with Ms. Scruggs who allegedly continued to yell and stated that she only wanted to get her things and leave, according to police. When police conducted a LEADS inquiry of Ms. Scruggs’ name they learned that Ms. Scruggs had an active order of protection issued against her with one of the people at the residence being the protected party. The order of protection had been served on November 29, 2018, according to the police.

Domestic Battery

Donte N. Dangerfield, 29, 343 Sauk Trail, Park Forest, was arrested on August 25 and charged with domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of a domestic incident.

Police responded to a residence in the 300 block of Sauk Trail to investigate a 911 hang-up. While they were on their way, SourthCom Dispatch advised that they heard a woman yelling and it sounded like she was struggling for the phone and then the phone disconnected, according to the report. According to police, Mr. Dangerfield allegedly punched a woman in the face and pushed her to the ground after taking the phone from her and hanging it up.

Police took Mr. Dangerfield into custody and transported him to the Park Forest Police Department where police learned that Mr. Dangerfield was on parole on “Mandatory Supervised Release,” according to police. The arresting officer contacted the Illinois Department of Corrections and notified them of the arrest and the Illinois Department of Corrections issued a violation of parole warrant against Mr. Dangerfield, according to police. Mr. Dangerfield was subsequently processed on that warrant as well, according to the police.

He was held pending transportation to a Cook County Courthouse for a bond hearing, according to police.

Violation of an Order of Protection

Craig O. Keyes, 51, 377 Wilshire St., Park Forest, was arrested on August 26 and charged with violation of an order of protection and assault after police were dispatched to the 300 block of Wilshire Street to investigate a report of an unwanted subject. Mr. Keyes allegedly kicked open a door of a residence and allegedly threatened to kill a woman in the house, according to the report.

Domestic Battery

Armani M. Taylor, 22, 152 26th St., Park Forest, was arrested on August 27 and charged with one count of domestic battery after police responded to the 300 block of Indianwood Boulevard in reference to a report of a domestic battery. Mr. Taylor allegedly punched a woman on the right side of her face before exiting the woman’s vehicle in which he had been a passenger, according to police.

The woman told them that she was’s involved in a verbal altercation with Mr. Taylor over him allegedly talking to other women on social media and she confronted him about this while they were driving, according to police. She stated that she pulled over in the 300 block of Indianwood Boulevard and told Mr. Taylor to get out of her vehicle.

Mr. Taylor then allegedly punched her on the right side of her face before exiting her vehicle and walking away, according to police. An officer observed the woman’s face which appeared to be red and swollen, according to police.