A Berkeley man is accused of pulling a pocketknife on another man following a scuffle that broke out in the aisle of the 1300 DesPlaines Avenue Wal-Mart on the night of Aug. 9.

Forty-three-year-old James Castleberry was arrested when a man and his wife informed police that Castleberry threateningly approached the man with a pocketknife when Castleberry’s shopping cart collided with the wife’s. Accounts of the skirmish vary, but the husband and wife maintain that Castleberry rammed into the wife’s cart, almost knocking over the woman’s child, and an argument ensued. The husband insists that he then intervened to quell the situation; and, at this point, Castleberry pulled a knife on him.

On the flipside, Castleberry swears that the woman struck him, and that the husband approached him yelling, not as a peacemaker. He does admit to pulling the knife on the husband, though. The spat was not caught on surveillance video; however, Castleberry was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault.

DUI suspect gets two felony charges

Thirty-eight-year-old Forest Park native, Michael Maloney, received two felony counts of DUI and one for driving with a revoked license after he was stopped for a routine traffic violation on the 600 block of Harlem Avenue on the eve of Aug. 13.

When the reporting officer made contact with Maloney, Maloney informed the officer that he had had “a lot” to drink – he estimated having had eight drinks – and that he had neither a valid driver’s license (it is revoked for several prior DUI’s) nor any vehicular insurance. Maloney then explained that he knew he was going to be charged with DUI, so he didn’t feel the need to perform a portion of the field sobriety tests that the officer asked him to submit to. He failed the few tests he did undertake, according to the police report.

When Maloney was taken to the station, a Breathalyzer was performed, and he blew a .253. The legal limit for blood alcohol content is a reading of .08. At this point, Maloney admitted to having 10 drinks, and stated that he had been drinking for six hours (starting around 11 a.m.).

Maloney was charged with the two felony counts of DUI and a count of driving with a revoked license; as well as charges for failure to signal and operating an uninsured motor vehicle

Two men caught with drugs, expired license, registration

Kodi Price, 31, of Broadview, and 26-year-old Chicago resident Shelly Thompson were arrested late Aug. 10 on drug charges and for other offenses after Price’s vehicle was curbed on Harlem Avenue and Lake Street.

Price’s Ford Windstar was initially stopped when a registration check informed a pursuing officer that Price’s license was suspended and that the temporary plate on the van matched an Oldsmobile. Police reported that Price immediately admitted to the suspended license, and explained that he placed the temporary plate on the Windstar because the van’s registration had expired.

As the officer was speaking with Price, he supposedly noticed Thompson’s hands trembling, at which point the officer asked the passenger if there was any contraband in the car, and Thompson stated there wasn’t.

Prior to patting down Thompson, the reporting officer again asked him if he had anything illegal on him; and, at this point, Thompson admitted to having the gram of cocaine that was found in his back pocket. A search of Price’s vehicle was then performed, which yielded a marijuana cigarette that Price took responsibility for.

Both men were then taken to headquarters. Thompson was charged with possessing a controlled substance, and Price was stamped with driving with a suspended license, improper use of registration, and with a cannabis control offense. Price was released after posting bail.

Man arrested on multiple charges gives false name twice

A Maywood man, arrested early Aug. 14 on drug charges and driving offenses, was less than compliant with police, offering two false names in an attempt to conceal three prior DUI convictions.

Kenneth Spruiell gave authorities the name Cash Brown and then Reginald Farley before offering up his true identity. Spruiell was curbed in River Forest on Madison Street at Thatcher Road, after he was observed committing a traffic violation. Moreover, the pursuing officer noticed Spruiell toss out the passenger’s window a plastic bag that contained three grams of marijuana prior to stopping him.

Spruiell was instantly apprehended for attempting to destroy evidence, but as he was being taken to the station, and, while in custody, he refused (twice) to offer his real name. Only after a fingerprint check was performed (he did not have any form of ID), was his true identity ascertained.

Spruiell received a felony charge for aggravated driving with a revoked license, as well as charges for obstruction of justice, improper lane usage, operating an uninsured vehicle, and a cannabis control offense.

Drugs, booze found on driver charged with DUI

William Sherman, 52, of Bellwood was pulled over on Jackson Boulevard and Beloit Avenue on the night of Aug. 14, when an officer noticed that his vehicle did not bear a front license plate.

When Sherman was pulled over, the officer reported detecting telltale signs of intoxication (a computer check would later reveal that his license was revoked due to a DUI conviction), and observed five Colt 45 cans missing from the hoops of a six-pack that only contained one unopened beer. Moreover, an empty bottle of Canadian Mist Whiskey was found on the driver’s seat.

After backup arrived, several field sobriety tests were conducted and Sherman failed them all, according to the report. At this point, he was arrested and searched, and a marijuana pipe and a baggie of crack weighing just under a gram was found in his possession.

Sherman received a felony DUI charge, as well as charges for driving with a revoked license, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug equipment, and other equipment violations (for the plate).

Retail theft

Lamont Wheeler, 41, of Maywood, received a felony charge of retail theft after he attempted to steal $179.23 worth of hardware from the 1300 DesPlaines Avenue Wal-Mart on the night of Aug 9. Wal-Mart security claims that Wheeler was observed stuffing the items in his pants, but was stopped when he tried to rush through the exit. Police then were called and Wheeler was taken to headquarters. Wheeler volunteered to discuss the incident with police, according to the report. He stated that he attempted to steal the items so he could sell them to support a heroin addiction. Wheeler was processed and Assistant State’s Attorney Alison Ackerman gave approval for the felony charges.

Cristina Castro, 35, of Chicago, was arrested and charged with retail theft on the night of Aug. 11. Police took Castro into custody after responding to a call from Wal-Mart security, which had detained her at the 1300 DesPlaines Avenue store. She was initially stopped after a guard reportedly observed her stuff $38.89 worth of cosmetics into her purse and then attempt to leave without paying.

Arrest warrants

Police arrested 19-year-old Oak Parker Dejon Wade, early Aug. 10 on the 600 block of Harlem Avenue, after it was discovered that he had an active arrest warrant. After receiving a report of a suspicious vehicle, officers stopped a car with Wade in the passenger’s seat, at the above location. When the teen was asked for his license, a computer check of his name revealed that the Cook County Sheriff’s Police had issued an arrest warrant due to a burglary charge. Subsequently, he was taken into custody and charged with having the instate warrant.

On the eve of Aug. 10, following a routine traffic stop on Harlem Avenue at the Interstate-290 intersection, Matthew Babincsak, 33, of Batavia, was arrested and charged with having an instate warrant. McHenry County had issued Babincsak the warrant due to a probation violation.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between August 18 and August 18, 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 Nick Moroni

Tip hotline

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.