Law and Order, Local Police Reports, Park Forest

Police Say Business Was Serving Alcohol Without A License: Reports through Jan. 1, 2023

A sticker on the rear window of a car honoring Officer Tim Jones badge number 204. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)
A sticker on the rear window of a car honoring Officer Tim Jones badge number 204. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Finally we reach the end of a very busy week-and-a-half for Park Forest police. In these reports, we detail three more incidents, one involving a business DownTown allegedly selling alcohol without a license. These reports close 2022 and begin our reporting on police reports for 2023.

Remaining Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through January 1, 2023

No Driver’s License

Dartanzal L. Weatherspoon, 22, 354 Indianwood Blvd., Park Forest, was issued citations charging driver’s license not on person and improper lane usage when officers observed a vehicle on December 29 at 12:38 AM where the driver allegedly failed to maintain proper lane usage.

A passenger in the vehicle, Malik D. Ecford, 22, 4 Elm St., Park Forest, was issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis when officers discovered a plastic bag on the rear floorboard of the vehicle that contained a green leafy substance, suspected cannabis, according to police. Mr. Ecford allegedly admitted to officers that the bag belonged to him.

Outstanding Warrant

Shantell Morris, 37, 59 Hemlock St., Park Forest, was arrested on December 29 in connection with an outstanding warrant issued by the Kane County Sheriff’s Department charging failure to appear when police responded on another call investigating criminal damage to property complaint.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the warrant and advised a bond of $2000. Ms. Morris was transported to the Park Forest Police Department and processed. A family member arrived and posted bond and Ms. Morris was released without further incident.

Liquor Dealer’s License Required

Kevin A. Smith, 38, 8526 S. Sangamon St., Chicago, was issued a municipal citation on January 1, 2023, charging liquor dealer’s license required when officers responded to K-Spot Bar and Grill, 311 Main Street, at 1:12 AM to conduct a premise check. Officers were conducting an inspection to ensure that no liquor was being served since the establishment did not have a valid liquor license, according to police.

Officers entered the business through the north entrance door and a detective observed a bottle of Corona beer being served to a patron by a bartender at the bar and another patron walking around with another bottle. There was also a man at the bar drinking alcohol from a bottle of Corona, according to police.

Officers saw between 35 and 40 people inside the establishment and learned that the cover charge was $25 per person. An officer was greeted by a manager and the establishment owner, Kevin Smith. Because of the loud music, Mr. Smith and the officers exited the premise to talk. Officers learned from the manager that sections that night were $100 and tables were $50, according to police.

Outside, officers advised Mr. Smith that they saw alcoholic beverages being served inside without a valid liquor license and that they were going to issue the owner a municipal citation, according to police. Mr. Smith did not deny serving the alcohol and allegedly knew that his license was expired but said he was in the process of renewing it, according to police.

Mr. Smith has a mandatory court date of February 3, 2023, at the Park Forest Police Department.

About Police Reports

Please note that we repeatedly say “according to police” in these reports and often use “allegedly.” We are not asserting in any way that those police arrested and charged committed any offenses. We report on what is in the reports that the police furnish to us. As those accused are innocent until proven guilty, the burden is on prosecutors and police to prove all alleged crimes.

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We do not strike, “unpublish,” or delete news.

Police captured all the incidents in this report on body-worn and dash-mounted cameras by officers at the respective scenes, according to police. All Park Forest police officers wear body-worn cameras. Officials typically abbreviate these devices as BWC in the reports.

We encourage persons wishing to leave anonymous information on any criminal matters, including narcotics or gang activity, to call the Park Forest Police Department Investigations Division at (708) 748-1309.