While patrolling the 7500 block of Roosevelt Road on May 14 an officer came across a seemingly intoxicated woman being escorted by two men, one of whom was identified as Kevin Webb, 40. The woman referred to a restraining order that she had against Webb, but due to her intoxicated state “she was not making proper sense,” according to police.
After the woman was taken to MacNeal Hospital shortly after 4:30 p.m., the officer determined that there was indeed an order against Webb, one which had been previously violated.
Later the officer visited an alley he knew that Webb, an Oak Park resident, frequented. Webb was found and taken into custody. The suspect had in his possession at the time of his arrest a copy of the restraining order and his sentencing order from the previous transgression. The officer learned that although the victim had a restraining order, she was engaged to the offender.
According to statements Webb allegedly made to police, he had come across his fiancée earlier that day while she was drinking in the park. In her drunken state, the woman told police that she had been released from a hospital for alcohol treatment that same day.
According to authorities, Webb said he did not believe he was violating the protection order that stated “no contact by any means” because “he was just trying to help her.”
Police charge suspected batterer
At 6:30 p.m. on May 13 a woman arrived at Forest Park Police Station to report an altercation between her and her boyfriend of three months. She explained that instead of engaging in conversation with her boyfriend, she chose to ignore him and read a book. The offender grabbed his girlfriend and threw her to the ground and then “head butted” her.
A couple hours later an officer interviewed the man, 18-year-old Christopher Ragsdell, of Oak Park, about the incident. Ragsdell characterized the events quite differently, noting first that the girl was not faithful. In his version of this story he was irate and “snatched” the book from his girlfriend before she leaped towards him, an action he perceived to be an attack.
Ragsdell allegedly said he did throw his girlfriend to the floor but he claimed it was not “very hard” and that the head butt was accidental. The girlfriend proved to be more convincing as Ragsdell was charged with domestic battery.
Suspects dismantle, hide electronics
Shortly before 7 p.m. on May 13 Kmart security observed through surveillance cameras two people walking through the store dismantling an MP3 player and a DVD player, hiding the pieces in their clothing, according to police.
An officer stopped the two perpetrators just as they left the boundaries of the store. A search of the suspected offenders revealed a DVD player in the front of one of their pants as well as the top cover in the back of the pants and various electronic components in the other’s purse. Kmart security showed the tapes to the police before agreeing to compile the film as evidence. The stolen merchandise was valued at $199.98.
Maurice S. Powledge, 33, and Chandra Davis, also 33, were each charged with a single count of felony theft. Both suspects are Chicago residents.
Truckers cited for weight violations
In the past week officer Tom Hall cited three separate truck drivers for carrying a load significantly over the allowed weight.
The first truck was suspected of being overweight when the officer noticed that several tires appeared to be flat. During an investigative stop the driver acknowledged that he felt his truck exceeded the weight limits, but was unaware just how far past he was. The exact number was determined to be 8,600 pounds, a weight violation that prompted a citation of $1,410.
Officer Hall stopped a second truck after observing “egged” tires, a configuration he knew to be characteristic of an overweight truck. One axle was found to be carrying a load that exceeded limitations by 6,450 pounds, while the rest of the axles where underweight. The improper balancing led to a $750 fine for the driver.
A third truck, Hall detected, was having trouble maintaining speed. The officer asked the driver for documentation of the load he was pulling. Initially the driver claimed not to have such forms, but it was clear to the officer that they were in his hands. The driver was charged $2,255 for pulling a container that was 11,250 pounds too heavy.
Anyone with information regarding the cases mentioned in this report, or on another matter, is encouraged to contact the department’s hotline at (708) 615-6239. Information may be left anonymously.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between May 21 and May 21, 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 Jacob Boyer