A 21-year-old woman who allegedly went ballistic over a parking space was charged with assault and resisting arrest after she gave police a false name and said she was born in October of 1959.
Cindy R. Owens, of Willowbrook, jumped out of her car in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on April 2 and began banging on the window of another vehicle that apparently pulled into a parking space she wanted. According to a department report, Owens was screaming at the other driver and even tried to reach into the car, but was thwarted when the frightened motorist rolled up their window. Not to be outdone, Owens started banging on the driver’s window with both fists, which prompted a call to authorities.
An officer at the scene asked Owens for identification, to which she replied that she wasn’t carrying any. A request for her name and date of birth impelled Owens to reply that she was Valerie Owens with a birth date of Oct. 11, 1959.
“I explained to Owens that she appeared to be very young and couldn’t possibly be over 30 years old,” the officer said in his report. “Owens related, ‘I’m 49 years old.'”
Confronted with the information that the date of birth given would make her 48 years old, Owens finally revealed her identity.
When authorities attempted to handcuff the woman they allegedly had to pin her against the vehicle to get her to comply. Owens was charged with assault, driving on a suspended license and resisting a police officer.
Stolen candy merits felony charge
A Chicago woman was hit with a felony charge after she was allegedly caught stealing more than $150 worth of candy from a grocery store on Roosevelt Road. According to a police report on the April 3 arrest, Chantel M. Stinson hid 57 pieces of candy in a pair of nylon bags.
Stinson, who is approximately 40 years old, according to police, was spotted by an employee of Ultra Foods shortly after 6 p.m. stuffing various junk food items into a bag. She then walked to the register and purchased a beverage, but allegedly never paid for the candy hidden in the two bags. A store employee confronted Stinson and called the police.
A tally revealed the candy’s total value to be $154.49, which exceeds the threshold for felony theft by $4.49.
Breath exam reveals BAC of .218
A 47-year-old Maywood man is facing a felony charge for driving under the influence after he was allegedly caught with an open beer in his car and registered a blood-alcohol concentration of nearly three times the legal limit.
Johnnie L. Stone was curbed shortly before 7:30 p.m. April 5 upon an officer’s observation that Stone was weaving along Roosevelt Road. Stone struggled to remove his wallet from his back pocket and then got out of the car altogether to retrieve his driver’s license, according to police. When he stood, police noticed Stone’s eyes were bloodshot and that his breath smelled of alcohol, according to a department report.
Stone allegedly confessed to having consumed “a couple” drinks and then police found a plastic cup in the center console containing beer. After failing three field-sobriety tests he was taken into custody and given a Breathalyzer exam at the police station. Stone allegedly blew a .218, which exceeds the state limit of .08.
In addition to a felony charge for aggravated DUI, Stone was also charged with felony aggravated driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, improper lane change and driving with an open container.
Police cited a number of suspects over the last week for violating various local and state alcohol regulations.
Cortney T. Burnett, 29, of Springfield, was ticketed for violating a local ordinance when authorities allegedly caught him with a half-full water bottle containing whiskey while driving on March 30. Police spotted the bottle in the front passenger seat and Burnett allegedly said it contained tea.
Oliver Crayton, 46, of Forest Park, was ticketed for littering and having an open container of alcohol on March 31 when police allegedly caught him walking near the junction of Ferdinand and Roosevelt streets drinking from a can of beer. When Crayton spotted the officer, he tossed the can, prompting the littering citation.
Drug possession charges
Police cited a number of suspects over the last week for violating various local and state drug regulations.
Christopher C. Smith, 28, of Chicago, was issued a ticket for allegedly violating a local ordinance when he was caught with three small bags of marijuana that police found tucked into an air vent in his car. According to a department report on the April 4 incident, Smith told police the drugs belonged to him.
Gary A. Hull, 25, of Chicago, was cited for hiding roughly four grams of marijuana in his sock after police stopped the vehicle Hull was driving on April 4. The alleged violation is of a local ordinance because of the small quantity of the drug.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between March 31 and April 7, 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.
-Compiled by Josh Adams