Police arrested a Chicago man for drug possession after finding numerous packages of heroin and baggies of marijuana on him.

Thirty-six-year-old Clifton Clemons was stopped on the 700 block of Harlem Avenue after a patrolling officer ran the driver’s registration and learned that the owner’s license was suspended (the car does not belong to Clemons).

While speaking with Clemons, the officer reported smelling marijuana, so Clemons was asked if the car could be searched. When Clemons agreed, a pat-down of the driver was performed and the officer found several bags of marijuana and tin-foil packets of heroin.

Clemons was arrested and taken to headquarters, and while there, he told police there were additional packages of heroin stashed in one of his boots.    

In total, Clemons had 86 grams of heroin on him; police did not specify how much marijuana he had, though.

In an interview with police, Clemons said he had the heroin on him because he took it off of kids who were selling it near his grandmother’s home. He said he planned to return it to an elder member of whatever gang was providing the kids with the drugs as long as they agreed to sell it elsewhere.

The drugs were on him, he explained, because his girlfriend woke him up early to drive her to work and he wore the same jeans as the day before. The heroin was hidden in his boot, because, when police stopped him, Clemons remembered he had the drugs on him. 

Clemons was charged with possessing a controlled substance, a cannabis control offense, an equipment violation, and manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance.


Strong-arm suspect demands necklace

Police are looking for a young man who tried to rob a woman on the corner of Roosevelt Road and Marengo Avenue on the afternoon of Sept. 27.

According to police, the woman was on her way home from doing laundry when the young man, described as being about 17 and dressed in a black sweat-suit, approached her and demanded that she turn over to him a gold necklace she was wearing.

The offender reportedly asked the woman where “Kenny Street” was before demanding that she give him the necklace; she was able to get away from the suspect, though.

It is not clear if there are any developments in the case – police did not return a call seeking that information.


47 grams of pot under the seat

A local man was arrested on the morning of Sept. 20 when police found 47 grams of marijuana in his car after he was stopped on the 7300 block of Randolph Street for a traffic violation.

Twenty-nine-year-old Forest Parker Stephen Green was reportedly driving with a plastic container full of marijuana when he was stopped for failing to make a full stop at the abovementioned intersection.

According to the reporting officer, Green’s car smelled strongly of marijuana, and the driver’s hands were “shaking uncontrollably” as they spoke.

When asked if anything illegal was in the car, Green said there was marijuana under the seat.  A subsequent search revealed the 47 grams.

He was then arrested and taken to headquarters; and, during an interview, Green told police that he was holding the pot for a friend, who he was going to return it to.  

Green was charged with two cannabis control offenses, a vehicle code violation and failure to yield at a stop sign.


Woman gets felony charge after trying to swipe electronics

A felony charge was brought against a Maywood woman who was arrested on the afternoon of Sept. 28 for allegedly stealing over $100 of merchandise from the local Kmart.

Thirty-five-year-old Sheila Rice was caught by a Kmart security guard removing electronics from their packaging and stuffing the items into her purse. She then tried to leave the 7630 Roosevelt Rd. store, but was stopped by Kmart security, police reported.

Police were called, and Rice was taken into custody. She was charged with felony retail theft due to a previous conviction of theft. 

 These were items obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Sept. 26-Oct. 2, and represent only a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in the report has only been charged with a crime.

-Compiled by Nick Moroni