Moral of the story: Don’t talk sports

A 42-year-old Forest Park man found himself on the receiving end of a punch to the face and a drug possession charge after getting into an altercation with someone while standing in line for the cashier at Walgreens, 7200 Roosevelt Road, on Nov. 15 at 11:31 a.m.

Police were dispatched to the store for a fight in progress. The manager of the store told police the person who started the fight was still in the store. The other party in the altercation had left the area prior to police arriving.

A witness reportedly told police that the Forest Park man was in line waiting to buy a 12-pack of pop and started talking about the Chicago Blackhawks, prompting an argument with a man who was standing in line with his three daughters.

The Forest Park man, who is white, allegedly started making “racial remarks” to the father of three, who is black, and then threw the 12 pack of pop at him, hitting the man in the chest. 

The other subject then punched the Forest Park man in the face before leaving the store. As police performed a “protective pat down” of the Forest Park man, an officer reported finding a pill bottle containing about 2 grams of cannabis in his pants pocket.

In addition to possession of cannabis, the Forest Park man was also charged with criminal damage to property because he would not stop spitting on the floor of his holding cell, according to police. Police reported they had to call a company to decontaminate the cell as a result.

Drug arrests

Forest Park police charged a 34-year-old Niles, Michigan, man with possession and delivery of more than 30 grams of cannabis and endangering the life of a child after a traffic stop conducted on Nov. 14 about 5:05 p.m. in the vicinity of Roosevelt Road and Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park.

Police reportedly pulled over the driver, listed as Timothy J. Davis, for failure to signal. An officer stated that a strong smell of cannabis emanated from the vehicle. Davis’ three sons, age 1, 7 and 12, were inside the vehicle at the time of the stop, police said.

Recovered from Davis were three vacuum-sealed bags containing 35 grams of cannabis. Another 7 grams was found in a glass vial on the passenger side floor, just under his youngest son’s car seat, said police.

In addition, police seized nearly $2,500 in cash from Davis’ pockets.

Paige A. Wainwright, 21, of Palatine was charged with possession and delivery of heroin after police reported finding 46 small zip-top bags containing a total of 12.5 grams of heroin inside her purse during a traffic stop in the 600 block of Harlem Avenue on Nov. 10 about 3:45 p.m.

Police pulled over Wainwright for not wearing a seatbelt after her 2004 Chevy Cavalier exited a gas station on Harlem Avenue.

Weapons arrest

Terrance Pearson, 36, of West Chicago faces felony weapons charges after Forest Park police reported recovering a loaded .38-caliber handgun from the center console of his gold 2012 Mercedes-Benz during what was described as an “investigative stop” in the parking lot of Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Avenue, on Nov. 13 at 4:35 p.m.

Police patrolling a “high-narcotics area” in the 8900 block of Roosevelt Road noticed the vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex where there have been numerous complaints of illegal drug activity.

As the Mercedes left the parking lot, police learned it was registered to an address in West Chicago, prompting the stop. As the officer ran the driver’s name for criminal activity, a K-9 unit arrived and sniffed the area around the vehicle, reportedly making two positive hits for narcotics on the driver’s door.

While police did not find any drugs inside the vehicle, they did report recovering the handgun, which was also stolen out of Mishawaka, Indiana, according to police. Pearson reportedly has a criminal history that includes numerous drug offenses and a prior weapons conviction.

Apartment burglary

A resident of the 7400 block of Washington Street contacted police on Nov. 15 to report that someone had broken into her apartment.

The woman returned home about 4 p.m. after having been gone since about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 13. She discovered a ground-level rear window had been pushed in and the front door of her apartment forced open.

The victim told police she was in the process of moving and nothing appeared to be missing.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Nov. 9-16, 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 Bob Uphues