Warren S. Allen, 44, of Chicago was stopped after he abruptly made an illegal U-turn at a Roosevelt Road and Des Plaines Avenue police checkpoint where illuminated signs said “K-9 ahead. Be prepared to stop. Drug checkpoint.” Police curbed his 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe and the officer observed plainly visible loose prescription pills that resembled Oxycontin and empty syringes. The stop was made at 1 p.m. on Dec. 5. Allen allegedly told the police he executed the U-turn because he was on his way to get a haircut. A search of the car uncovered, along with the Oxycontin, one Alprazolam (Xanax) pill, one illegal firework mortar, a black sock filled with 38 heroin foils and heroin in baggies weighing 32 oz., six grams of bagged cocaine and $745 in cash. Allen said the firework was a leftover from the 4th of July. He was charged with four felony counts of unlawful drug possession, two felony counts of drug possession with intent to deliver, one misdemeanor possession of fireworks and two driving violations. The Tahoe and $745 were seized.
Police stopped a Ford Windstar van driven by Gustavo Reyes, 39, of Chicago at 1:44 a.m. on Dec. 5 after observing the northbound van crossing and recrossing the double yellow line on Harlem Avenue at Schneider Street. The officer observed an empty bottle of “Corona Extra” in Reyes’ pocket. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. A license check revealed that Reyes had been previously arrested under the name of Raul Gonzalez and had his license revoked. Reyes registered a blood alcohol content of .198, over twice the legal limit of .08. He was charged with DUI and driving with license revoked, no insurance and illegal transportation of alcohol.
Yeah, I’m buzzed
Police curbed David Allen Oslzanowski, 46, of Oak Park after observing his 2003 white Honda Accord disregarding a stop sign and traveling at a high rate of speed at 11:47 p.m. on Dec. 9 in the 300 block of Circle Ave. Oslzanowski failed field sobriety tests and acknowledged to the officer “yeah, I’m buzzed.” At the station, Oslanzowski registered a breathalyzer score of .110 blood alcohol content, over the legal limit of .08. He was charged with disobeying a stop sign, no valid proof of insurance, and DUI.
Steven D. Campbell, 21, of Bellwood was charged with two counts of resisting arrest, after a traffic stop that escalated into his arrest by Forest Park police. According to reports, a patrolling officer observed Campbell behaving in a furtive manner in the neighborhood of Circle and Franklin Streets. Campbell then entered the passenger side of a parked car, which drove away. The officer followed the car and observed the vehicle turning without signal. When the officer stopped the car and requested Campbell’s ID, Campbell challenged him saying, “I don’t have to give you my name, I didn’t do anything.” Campbell refused to exit the vehicle and became verbally abusive to the officer, who summoned back-up. When officers tried to handcuff Campbell, he allegedly continued to yell and pulled away. One officer gave Campbell two or three knee strikes in the leg, according to reports. Campbell accused the police of “only arresting me because I’m black.” He was taken to the Forest Park police station and charged with resisting a peace officer and obstructing a peace officer.
Rebecca Klein, 30, of Forest Park was stopped on the street at 2 a.m. in the 7300 block of Madison St. after police observed her arguing with a male companion. Klein, who appeared “highly intoxicated” according to reports, allegedly became belligerent and yelled and screamed obscenities when asked for identification and when asked to remain still. She continued to try to leave even after the officer warned her she would be charged with obstructing arrest. At the police station, Klein kicked an officer in the leg and tried to run from a holding cell. After being restrained, she also spit in the cell and continued to verbally assault officers. She was charged with resisting and obstructing arrest and one count of battery to a police officer.
Felony theft for rum and batteries
Three men, two with a history of theft, had their shoplifting charges upgraded to felony theft after allegedly removing a bottle of Bacardi Rum and seven packages of batteries from CVS on Circle Avenue at 4:15 p.m. on Dec. 7. Leonard A. Cavin, 53, of Chicago, Lester McDonald, 50, (no address given), were identified by a store manager as having stolen the items, valued at $129. Eugene Quinn, 50, of Chicago was observed waiting outside the CVS and found by police to have two packages of batteries in his sleeve. The men were stopped by police as they walked toward the Harlem Avenue Green Line train platform. Police found that the men had previous arrest records for theft and that McDonald was wanted for parole violation under the name of Kevin McDonald. State’s attorneys bumped up the charges to felony theft based on past arrests.
Shooting up in Forest Park
Philip Michael Sepke, 36, of Wauconda was arrested after police found him slumped in the driver’s seat of his car in the 600 block of Harlem Ave. at 7:52 p.m. on Dec. 7. Police observed that Sepke had a hypodermic needle and flashlight in his hands in plain view. Searching the vehicle, police found two bags of a powder that tested positive for heroin as well as “half a jab” (six) capsules of heroin totaling 2 grams. He told police he bought the drugs from a West Side Chicago man named “T”. Officers also found two baggies of a green leafy substance that later tested positive for cannabis. Sepke was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Smoking drugs with toddler in car
Police pulled over a 2001 beige Buick Le Sabre after observing that the vehicle had malfunctioning tail lights and was blocking traffic in the 800 block of Dunlop St. at 6:35 p.m. on Dec. 8. The officer noted a strong smell of cannabis from the vehicle and noticed that a two-year-old boy in the front seat was not secured in a child restraint system. Searching the car, police also found a quarter ounce of crack cocaine under the driver’s seat mat. Ronald L. Johnson, 31, of Chicago, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and four traffic violations. The toddler was turned over to his mother.
These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department from Dec. 5 – 12 and represent a portion of incidents to which the police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in the reports has only been charged with a crime.
-Compiled by Jean Lotus