Handgun stowed under Buick driver’s seat

Around 8:30 a.m., Dec. 11, officers pulled over the 37-year-old female driver of a 1998 green Buick Regal on a traffic violation in the 7600 block of Madison Street. Officers found a loaded 9 mm handgun in a small, open change purse under the driver’s car seat. The handgun’s firing chamber showed gunpowder residue throughout. They also recovered a plastic bag holding one gram of cannabis and other empty plastic bags. The driver reportedly claimed the pot belonged to her son and the gun to an unnamed friend, who had begged her to help him hide it. She said she was on her way to Chicago to turn it in to police for $100. 

Kenyonia L. Martin of Bellwood was charged with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, possession of cannabis under 30 grams, improper lane changing, suspended license and driving without insurance.

 Walkin’ and rollin’

Around 11 a.m., Dec. 8, officers patrolling near Harrison Street and Desplaines Avenue observed a 21-year-old Forest Park man walking northbound on Desplaines, hand-rolling a cigar-like object. Believing he was rolling a cannabis cigarette, they stopped the squad. The man tried to hide the object in his hand but ended up turning it over, as well as six small bags of pot from his left jacket pocket weighing a total of 8 grams. At the station, he told officers he was on his way to visit the West Side of Chicago and “came out of the house rolling a blunt because he wanted to get high before he hung out with his friends.” He was issued a local ordinance ticket.

 Felony pot bust

A 1999 Honda traveling the wrong direction on a one-way street came to the attention of officers around 2:38 p.m., Dec. 8. They curbed the driver who was traveling southbound on Troost Avenue, a one-way northbound street. Police noticed a strong odor of burnt cannabis wafting from the car and recovered four bags of weed weighing 48.5 grams from passenger Kenya Kevin Rainey, 20, of Forest Park, who was taken into custody. At the station, Rainey told police he bought the pot for $350 and was planning to repackage and sell it for $650. He was charged with felony possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. The driver reportedly had a suspended license and was charged.

 Pedestrian struck on Harlem

Around 6:30 p.m., Dec. 8, a female pedestrian, 16, was struck by a vehicle as she attempted to cross eastbound in the 900 block of Harlem Avenue down the block from the traffic light. Officers arrived and found the girl lying on the ground in front of a 2002 blue Pontiac Aztek. The driver, Wyndi C. Harrington, 30, of Chicago was found to be driving with a license that had expired eight years earlier. She was issued a ticket for expired license. The pedestrian was transported for medical care.

 Bench smashed

A 51-year-old Lyons man was found to be intoxicated after officers discovered his 2007 Mazda smashed up in the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue around 7:45 p.m., Dec. 12. He told police he had been “drinking a lot” and “he got home from work and started drinking.” He said he ran off the road and hit a bench. Taken to the station, he blew a Breathalyzer score of .252 blood alcohol content, more than three times the legal limit of .08. He was charged with DUI and criminal damage to property. 

 Banned former employee arrested

A 21-year-old Chicago woman was nabbed by store security agents around noon, Dec. 9, at Walmart, 1300 Roosevelt Road. Employees said they saw her stuff some baby outfits into her diaper bag and leave the store without paying. The woman was discovered to be a former employee of the Bloomingdale store who had been fired for theft in January and who had signed a “no trespass” agreement that she would never set foot in a Walmart again. She was charged with retail theft.

 I-290 traffic stops

A Forest Park officer checked the registration of a beige 1999 Toyota Corolla driving eastbound on the I-290 expressway around 9:30 a.m., Dec. 10, and found the driver had a suspended license for unpaid tolls. The officer curbed the Toyota and arrested a 30-year-old Melrose Park man who also had no proof of insurance. The car was towed.

An officer checked the registration of a silver 2001 Chevy pickup traveling near First Avenue on I-290 around 4:30 p.m., Dec. 10. The driver, 51, from Mount Prospect, had a suspended license and the officer stopped the truck and issued a ticket. 

 Heroin bust

Police followed a 2001 Honda Civic around 5:15, Dec. 12, after observing the driver leaving Thornton’s gas station, 601 Harlem Ave., without using a turn signal. The driver, 24, from West Chicago, appeared very nervous, according to police reports. She admitted she had bought heroin in Chicago and had some heroin and capped needles under her seat. Police recovered 5.1 grams of heroin, as well as needles and a “cooker” spoon covered with burned residue. She also had $524 in her pocket. The cash was seized. Police charged Katherine Gehihaar, 27, with possession of a controlled substance and drug equipment.

 Car burglary in progress

Around 1 a.m., Dec. 13, a couple, while walking their dog in the alley, called police after they saw a man wearing a hoodie trying to break into cars in the alley behind the 500 block of Thomas Avenue. The burglar got away before police arrived and cops were still unsure what, if anything, was removed.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Dec. 8-14, 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

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...

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