Controlled substances out of control

Kevin Brennan, of St. Charles, has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance. On Aug. 23 around 10:30 p.m., police found Brennan and his parked 2005 Nissan Pathfinder in the alleyway of the 600 block of Marengo. When officers arrived, Brennan was attempting to break into his own vehicle, as he had locked his keys inside. Offering assistance, the police officers moved toward the car and saw what proved to be about 1 gram of cocaine on the car’s center console. There was also a 12 pack of beer in the front passenger seat along with an empty beer can in the backseat.

Carl Dearmon of Aurora has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug equipment. On Aug. 21 around 4 p.m., police stopped Dearmon’s 2010 Dodge Ram as he exited Thornton’s parking lot, 601 Harlem Ave., because the 26-year-old was driving with a broken windshield. After a registration check revealed Dearmon was driving on a suspended license, officers searched the man and his car and discovered 1.5 grams of heroin along with drug paraphernalia.

On Aug. 17 around 5:30 p.m., police stopped a 2002 Dodge Caravan, traveling west on I-290, for having items hanging from the rearview mirror. When officers asked the car’s 42-year-old driver if there was anything illegal in the car, the man said his passenger, John Sobotka, had illegal drugs on him. When officers tried to confirm this with Sobotka, he pulled heroin out of his underwear. Sobotka was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance.

On Aug. 19 around 5:30 p.m., a 30-year-old Forest Park man was charged with one count of possession of cannabis under 30 grams and one count of delivery of cannabis under 30 grams. Police stopped the man in his 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt for driving without a seatbelt. After approaching the car, officers smelled cannabis. A search of the Cobalt revealed about 28 grams of marijuana, worth a few hundred dollars, an electric scale, and about $100 cash.

Tina Feliciano, of Chicago, has been charged with one count of possession of cannabis over 30 grams and also one count of driving without a license. On Aug. 21, around 3 p.m., the 39-year-old woman, along with two passengers, was traveling west along Jackson Boulevard when police stopped her 1996 Pontiac Bonneville for having an unsecured trunk as well as items hanging from the rearview mirror. After approaching her car, officers smelled cannabis and searched the vehicle. They recovered about 31.8 grams of cannabis, worth several hundred dollars. 


On Aug. 17, a resident of the 1100 block of Harlem reported his 1993 Schwinn bicycle had been stolen from the yard alongside his building. The theft occurred sometime during the night of Aug. 15. The $260 bike was left unlocked but was stored underneath a tarp. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 17-23, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

 —Compiled by Tom Vogel