Police were called to a domestic dispute in which a couple was apparently arguing over a parenting issue that quickly exploded into a stabbing. One man was sent to the hospital for treatment, and while at the scene, authorities allegedly discovered several grams of heroin.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, the alleged victim in the case called police to report that he had been cut with a knife. Upon arriving at the apartment in the 1100 block of Hannah Avenue, police reported blood spatters “all over the apartment.” Maria Calvin, 22, told authorities that her boyfriend had cut himself on a broken glass, but police allegedly found a steak knife on the kitchen table that was smeared with blood. Also on the table was evidence of marijuana use.
Calvin was placed under arrest and her boyfriend, was taken to the hospital for an injury to his arm. The wound required four staples, according to a police report.
While standing in the kitchen of the apartment, officers noted an open cabinet under the sink where they ultimately found six grams of heroin stuffed into an empty juice container, according to a department report. Despite his injuries, the stabbing victim declined to press charges, however, authorities charged Calvin with drug possession, domestic battery and resisting arrest.
Taxi drivers cited for paperwork
Over a three-day span, police cited eight cab drivers for unlawfully soliciting fares in Forest Park after discovering the drivers were not licensed to operate in the village. Between Jan. 25 and Jan. 27, department records show authorities issued seven of the citations to cabs along Madison Street. One driver was issued a ticket while parked at the el station on Desplaines Avenue.
Each of the taxi drivers is scheduled to appear at a March 5 adjudication hearing at village hall.
Thief seizes $235 in loose change
A burglar who ransacked a house on the 7400 block of Franklin Avenue snatched at least 12 pounds of loose change from the home, according to police, which totaled more than $235.
A neighbor who saw the suspect leave the house shortly before noon on Jan. 25 called police after the victim in the alleged crime emerged quickly thereafter and said he needed help. Authorities in the area spotted a man fitting the suspect’s description walking along Harlem Avenue. James Cheeks, 55, allegedly told police the money in his bag belonged to him and had been saved over time.
Police brought the homeowner to Harlem Avenue where he identified Cheeks as the man who had just fled, according to police.
Once taken into custody, Cheeks allegedly told police that he shouldn’t be charged with the crime of home invasion, because “that old man wasn’t in the house when I was in there.” Cheeks, a Berwyn resident, is facing a single count of burglary and a felony theft charge.
Vodka swiped from liquor store
An apparent smash and grab targeted a Roosevelt Road liquor store earlier this month, but the store’s surveillance system was unable to capture images of the culprit due to the cold weather.
According to police, sometime during the late evening of Jan. 22 or early morning of Jan. 23, a wooden landscaping decoration was thrown through the plate glass window of Famous Liquors in the 7500 block of the busy roadway. The offenders allegedly made off with 10 bottles of vodka.
An employee at the store offered authorities whatever evidence may have been captured by the outdoor surveillance camera, but frost on the lens provided only a distorted image, according to police.
Police find 11 grams of marijuana
A Rockford resident was arrested on drug possession charges Jan. 26 following a traffic stop. Jermaine Robinson, 24, was stopped along the 400 block of Desplaines Avenue after a records check revealed he was driving with a suspended license, according to police.
During a search of his 2002 Buick subsequent to his arrest, police allegedly found a plastic bag with 11 grams of marijuana inside.
Quarrel heard in the hallways
A 26-year-old Roosevelt Road resident was arrested on domestic battery charges Jan. 25 after allegedly striking his girlfriend in the face. According to a department report, authorities were called to 8288 Roosevelt Road around 7 p.m. and immediately heard a man yelling in a basement apartment. After knocking on the door twice, police allegedly heard a loud slapping sound and then a woman’s groan.
Authorities kicked the door in and found Jason Hoskins standing over his girlfriend, preventing her from getting to the door. Police noted signs that Hoskins was intoxicated and placed him under arrest.
The girlfriend declined medical treatment and refused to press charges, however, authorities signed a complaint on the woman’s behalf.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, 2008, and represent only a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in this report has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not been adjudicated.