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A 58-year-old woman was arrested on aggravated battery charges for allegedly stabbing her son-in-law, though she told police she was defending herself.

According to a department report, Katherine Glover grabbed a kitchen knife April 13 and went after her daughter’s husband at about 3 p.m. The man was able to escape the 111 Rockford apartment with his cell phone and dial 911, but not before sustaining cuts to his lip, both hands, his chest, shoulder and left bicep. Surgery was needed to treat the wound on the man’s left hand, according to police.

The victim claimed Glover threw his toothbrush into the garbage, so he took a television out of her room. After placing the TV in the kitchen, he turned around and saw Glover holding a knife. She blocked his way and repeatedly shouted “die, die, die,” while stabbing at him, the man told police.

Glover, however, said she only attacked after being punched in the face. Authorities noted in their report that Glover did not appear to have any obvious signs of injury.

K9 sniffs out drugs

A patrolling officer who pulled over a gray Pontiac Grand Prix for a pair of traffic violations wound up arresting the driver of the car on felony drug charges. Jeremy McCullum, 21, of Chicago, was allegedly caught with several small bags of crack cocaine, some of which were discovered by a drug-sniffing dog called to the scene.

A department report on the April 15 arrest indicates that the officer became suspicious that drugs might be in the car after allegedly smelling marijuana in the vehicle. McCullum reportedly admitted he had smoked the drug in the car several hours ago.

During an initial search, the officer found three small plastic bags of crack cocaine in an air vent in the dashboard, according to the report. No other drugs were found at that time, but McCullum was carrying $314 in cash, which was seized.

Police then requested Maywood police bring a K9 unit to further search the car. The dog pulled larger bag of drugs out of the back of the driver’s seat, according to police.

McCullum was arrested on felony drug possession charges and cited for driving with tinted windows, an obstructed windshield, lack of insurance and not having a license plate affixed to the front of the car.

911 call leads to arrest

Shortly before 3 a.m. on April 16, dispatchers in the village’s 911 center received a call from a woman seeking help, but then were quickly disconnected. As they worked to re-establish a phone connection, police were sent to the Elgin Avenue building where the call originated.

Officers standing outside the door of the home said in their report they could hear a woman screaming, but got no response when they knocked on the locked door. Dispatchers then informed the officers that no one was answering the phone.

Police kicked the door from its frame and found a man and a woman in a rear bedroom struggling with one another. The man, according to report, was on top of the woman and preventing her from leaving the room. Police were able to separate the two and John P. Zeman, 32, was placed in handcuffs.

According to police, the woman said she had come home from work at about 2 p.m. the day before and fell asleep. When she awoke, her boyfriend, Zeman, was “yelling and pulling her hair,” according to a department report. She called 911, but Zeman disconnected the phone.

Police photographed a series of bruises on the woman’s arms and informed her of shelters in the area for victims of domestic violence.

While at the police station, Zeman allegedly declined to discuss what happened. He was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, though police informed the woman that she could press felony charges for unlawful restraint. She declined.

DUI suspect stunned with Taser

A man accused of drunken driving allegedly refused to pull over for police until he had made his way home, all the while traveling with an open bottle of tequila within reach.

According to a department report, 28-year-old David Springs, of Forest Park, was seen running a stop sign shortly after 1 a.m. on April 15. The patrolling officer who noticed the infraction started to follow Springs. They traveled west along Harrison, then south along Beloit before going west again on Harvard. After three more blocks – with the officer’s emergency lights activated – Springs turned onto Troost where he finally stopped, according to the report.

While additional officers arrived at the scene, Springs became combative and resisted efforts to handcuff him. A Taser was deployed and Springs was arrested for fleeing the police, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and traveling with an open liquor bottle.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between April 11 and April 19, 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


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Anyone with information regarding the cases mentioned in this report, or on another matter, is encouraged to contact the Forest Park police department's hotline at 708-615-6239. Information may be left anonymously.