Female Cubs fan couldn’t hold it

Forest Park police were summoned to the Thornton’s Gas Station, 601 Harlem Avenue, after employees complained a female allegedly pulled down her pants and urinated on the floor of the restroom hallway around 8 p.m. April 4, then jumped into a Buick Allure SUV and attempted to flee. The officer observed the vehicle making its getaway and curbed it near the I 290 westbound entrance. The female driver, age 41, from DeKalb told police she was on her way home from a Cubs baseball game with her husband, brother in law and a friend. Employees told police when she found the bathrooms at Thornton’s already occupied and could not gain access to the restroom, she allegedly peed on the floor. She was found to be driving with a revoked license and was issued a local ordinance citation for disorderly conduct.

Urinetown

Police patrolling Madison Street around 3 a.m. on April 5 observed a 28-year-old Aurora woman wearing a three-quarter-length coat and thigh-high boots duck into the doorway of 7353 Madison Street, Shanahan’s. As the officer drove past in his squad car, he observed the woman with her skirt up and her underwear down near her black boots. She was “squatting in the doorway and urinating in public view.” Police reported the woman was “highly intoxicated” and had just left Shortstop Lounge and had forgotten to use the restroom there. She was issued a local ordinance citation for public urination. 

Police arrested a 21-year-old Chicago man around 2:45 a.m. April 6 after observing him urinating in front of the Flav’our Cooking school business. He was issued a local ordinance ticket for public urination and told police he “apologized for the incident.”

Fender-bender driver allegedly gives false name

A 29-year-old Chicago man was arrested after his 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette van rear-ended another car near the intersection of Desplaines Avenue and Roosevelt Road around 2:15 p.m. April 3. No serious injuries were reported. Police said the man was unable to provide a driver’s license or proof of insurance. He reportedly gave a false name and date of birth, which quickly became evident when police fingerprinted the man and sent scans to the Illinois State Police Bureau of Identifications. The man was charged with driving with license suspended, driving too fast for conditions, obstructing justice and operating an uninsured vehicle.

Heroin recovered in seat-belt traffic stop

A Forest Park officer traveling westbound down the I290 expressway noticed a male passenger in Dodge Avenger not visibly restrained by a seatbelt around 3:30 p.m. April 3. The man also appeared to be sleeping. The officer curbed the vehicle on the highway shoulder and noted the female driver’s hands appeared to be “shaking uncontrollably” as she handed over her license and insurance card. When the male passenger woke up, the officer observed him “reaching all around the vehicle” and told him to hold still. The officer reported he observed the man, age 34 from Schaumburg, shoving some tiny baggies into his right inner sock. Recognizing zip lock baggies and a white powdery residue to be consistent with narcotics packaging, the officer asked the man to exit the car. During a safety patdown, the officer recovered two soda can halves with burned bottoms, commonly used as “cookers” and 58 small ziplock baggies containing white powdery residue. The man had three baggies filled with powder resembling heroin. An uncapped syringe was recovered underneath the passenger seat. The man told police he had a “bad heroin habit” which compelled him to inject 10 baggies of the drug per day. He said he bought his drugs on Chicago’s West Side and that he had purchased $80 worth of heroin that day, and had already injected five of them. He admitted to currently being “high.” He was charged with possession of drugs, possession of drug equipment and seatbelt violations. The female driver was not charged. 

Five prior license suspended convictions

Forest Park police officers curbed a 2001 Dodge Ram around 7:30 p.m. March 4, after observing a burnt-out passenger taillight. During a registration check on the vehicle, they determined the driver, age 40 from Claytonville, had an Illinois license revoked for DUI. In fact, the man had five prior ‘driving with license suspended’ and ‘driving with license revoked’ convictions. He was charged with driving with license suspended, improper lighting, improper lane change and operating an uninsured vehicle. 

Endangering pedestrians

A 50-year-old Chicago woman driving a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle was stopped by police for failing to stop on Madison Street as two pedestrians attempted to cross the street at Constitution Court around noon April 5. When she was issued the local ordinance ticket, the woman told police they were only writing a ticket because of her skin color. She asserted “if she was any other color we would not be citing her,” the police reported. She was issued the ticket and given a court appearance date. 

A second family trying to cross Madison Street around noon April 5 were nearly struck by a 49-year-old Maywood driver who failed to follow signs to yield to pedestrians. He was charged with violating a local ordinance requiring motorists to stop for pedestrians in protected crosswalks.  

Catalytic converters stolen

Someone used a cutting device to remove the catalytic converter from a Ford Econoline 350 work van parked in a rented space behind McGaffer’s, 7737 Roosevelt Road overnight March 26. Estimated loss was not provided. 

A woman told police the catalytic converter from her 1998 Toyota 4-Runner was removed with a cutting device while her car was parked overnight April 3-4 behind the 100 block of Lathrop. Damage was not provided.

A GPS unit was removed from a 2000 Ford Mustang convertible, left unlocked overnight in the 500 block of Hannah Avenue April 3-4. Estimated value was $150.

A Schwinn Fastback road bike was removed from a garage in the 1000 block of Lathrop during the day April 3. Police reported the side service door was left open after the burglary. 

Can’t let go of the Charger

A 2013 Dodge Charger reported stolen from the Forest Park Enterprise Car rental shop April 3 showed up on Madison Street in Forest Park being driven by a 25-year-old Oak Park man and his two friends around 5 p.m. April 5. Police curbed the Charger in Maywood near Madison Street and Legion Drive. The driver told police “he knew he was supposed to return the vehicle March 28, but failed to do so because his car was getting fixed and he liked driving the Charger.” He was charged with possession of stolen property. 

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, March 31-April 6, 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.  

—Compiled by Jean Lotus

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Jean Lotus

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...