Pharmacy-on-wheels grounded in traffic stop

Police stopped a 2006 Crown Victoria driven by a 51-year-old Chicago man after he failed to yield at a stop sign in the 1100 block of Ferdinand in Forest Park around 9 p.m. on March 1. When asked if he was in possession of any illegal contraband, the man after a pause allegedly responded, “Yeah, I got some pills in my pocket.” He turned over to police 11 loose pills that later tested positive for Hydrocodone as well as three Oxycontin pills and 7 Alprazolam tablets. A small red bag on the front seat also contained illegal and prescription medications, including Diazepam, amphetamines, Suboxone, Zolpidem, Abilify and 143 Hydromorphone pills. All told, police allegedly recovered 322 tablets from the car. Police noted names on three of 11 pill containers in the bag, and the man allegedly told police he knew the patients for whom the prescriptions had been written and that he transported pain medications from a friend’s Maywood residence to the hospital and sometimes kept some for himself. Police charged William Pickens with 16 counts of possession of a controlled substance and traffic violations.

Gambling on remote-control cars?

Forest Park police pulled over a 2006 black Chevy Trailblazer with illegally tinted side and front windows around 11:15 a.m. on March 2 at Desplaines Ave. and Yuba St. The driver, Floyd D. Love, 40, of Maywood, was found to have a suspended license because of a 1997 DUI. Police found that Love had 10 subsequent convictions for driving with a revoked license. Police also reportedly recovered two large rubber-banded wads of cash in Love’s shirt and back pants pockets, totaling $2,372. He reportedly told police his wife was buying a house and that he had met an underwriter at a mall who had given him $600 without a receipt. According to reports, he also said he won money by gambling on remote-control auto races and by selling a broken remote-control car at the race track. His criminal history reveled he had five charges and four convictions for dangerous drugs and had spent two years in prison. He was charged with driving with a suspended/revoked license and the Chevy and cash were impounded.

Garage burglary

A garage in the 1100 block of Hannah was burglarized overnight on Feb. 28. Taken were tools, including a gas-powered edger, four 18-volt batteries, an impact gun, cordless saw, chop saw and radio.

Autos, stolen and burglarized

A 1992 blue Plymouth Voyager van with body rust and two mismatched tail lights was stolen from a parking space in the Forest Park commuter lot near the Blue Line CTA stop between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. on March 1.

An iPod was discovered stolen from a parked car in the 1400 block of Circle Ave. on March 2. Police reported a passenger window was smashed.

Heroin possession with child in the car

Two women were arrested by Forest Park police at Thornton’s gas station around 4:15 p.m. on March 1 after they came to a patrolling officer’s attention by parking a 1997 GMC Jimmy sideways over three parallel parking spaces and making furtive movements in the vehicle. The women, a 31-year-old from Melrose Park and a 26-year-old from Elk Grove Village, reportedly told police they had met a couple of days before. The Elk Grove Village woman had brought along her 7-year-old daughter, who was sitting without a seatbelt in the back seat. Police noticed zip-lock bags in plain view containing an off-white powdery substance suspected to be heroin. They asked the women to exit the vehicle and recovered three crack pipes, 16 small zip-lock bags containing 7 grams of heroin, five zip-lock bags containing 1 gram of cocaine, 10 Clonazepam pills, a cannabis pipe and 13 Xanax pills from the women and vehicle. They were charged with drug possession and endangering the health of a child, who was turned over to her father. Forest Park police contacted DCFS.

Nabbed with spray paint at the Roos

Police caught a 21-year-old Chicago man who was trespassing on the Roos building property, 7329 Harrison St., around 3:30 p.m. on March 3. They found him hiding in a stairwell with a paper bag containing numerous cans of spray paint along with 23 spray paint nozzles. He reportedly told police he and a friend, whose name he could not remember, wanted to paint murals on the walls and thought it was OK because the building was going to be demolished. Police did not find the fellow artist. The man was charged with criminal trespass.

‘Heroin stretching’ leads to arrest

Two men from Glen Ellyn and Skokie came to a neighbor’s attention when they stopped in front of a house in the 500 block of Marengo and sat in their car for several minutes around 2 p.m. on March 3 allegedly making furtive motions in their 2007 Hyundai Elantra without exiting the vehicle. When police were summoned, the car moved on, without signaling, and police say they observed that the occupants were not wearing seatbelts and the passenger’s face had “a look of panic.”

In plain view, on the car’s console, police reportedly observed a hypodermic syringe and several small zip-lock baggies with a white powdery substance, suspected of being heroin. White powder was all over the floor of the car, police reported and said they also recovered a yellow zip-lock bag with 31 grams of cannabis. The men reportedly told police they had purchased 31 baggies of heroin weighing 17 grams for a Northbrook acquaintance and were “stretching it” by skimming heroin from each bag. Wang Lee, 37, of Skokie, and Michael Grossinger, 32, of Glen Ellyn, were charged with drug possession and seatbelt violations.

Walmart melee results in arrest

Walmart security summoned Forest Park police after two customers and their female companions got into an argument at the checkout around 4:45 p.m. on March 3. The altercation led to punching and “a melee ensued,” according to police reports. One party told police the argument started in the parking lot when a 23-year-old Chicago man and his female friend allegedly walked in front of a vehicle and “would not get out of the way.” The argument continued into the store and at the checkout counter, where the complainant told police the Chicago man attempted to “throw a punch at his wife.” The man reportedly pushed his wife aside and was punched in the face. When Forest Park cops arrived, the 23-year-old man was reportedly “standing at the checkout counter with his shirt off, screaming loudly and waving his hands in the air.” He was charged with one count of battery.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 25-March 3, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in the report has only been charged with a crime.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...