Forest Parker faces numerous drug charges

Edward J. Anderson, 30, of Forest Park was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and other drug charges after he was stopped by police for a traffic violation at 10:33 a.m. Jan. 23 at Harlem Avenue and Ontario Street.

Police said Anderson was seen driving without a seat belt before he was pulled over for swerving into traffic. Police reported a slight odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and Anderson told the office he was recently off probation on a marijuana charge. 

Anderson reportedly allowed officers to search his vehicle but refused to let an officer search him. When Anderson was asked to remove his hands from his pockets out of concern he that might have a weapon, police said he refused. 

An officer tried to remove Anderson’s hands while he allegedly fought police efforts to do so. Police then told Anderson he was under arrest for resisting. Police said Anderson continued to refuse to place his hands behind his back and an officer had to use his Taser on Anderson, which police said had no effect. 

Police said they had to physically pull Anderson to the ground, and he continued to fight officers’ attempts to remove his hands from his pockets and be placed in handcuffs. 

When police were able to place him under arrest and in handcuffs, they reported finding two clear plastic bags containing suspected cocaine where he was taken to the ground. 

A dog was brought to the assist a search of Anderson’s vehicle and police said they recovered a black canister containing small bags of cocaine and marijuana. 

According to police, officers recovered a total of 32 grams of marijuana and 18 grams of cocaine, as well as $980 in cash. 

Anderson was additionally charged with resisting arrest, delivery of marijuana over 30 grams, possession of over 30 grams of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance, in addition to traffic violations.

 Man tries to flee traffic stop

 A 40-year-old Chicago man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after a traffic stop at 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 24 at Marengo Avenue and Harvard Street. 

A police officer said he saw the man driving the wrong way down a one-way street. According to police, the driver struck the front bumper of the officer’s vehicle as he was attempting to back up and turn around. 

When an unrelated fight involving seven to eight women occurred nearby, the officer walked away from the accident to break up the fight. When the fight was broken up, the officer reported that he saw the man attempt to drive away from the scene. 

The officer pulled the man’s vehicle over again and placed him under arrest. The man was additionally charged with felony aggravated driving on a suspended license, no insurance and improper backing.

 Burglary reported at restaurant

 Cash was reported stolen during a burglary in the early morning hours of Jan. 20 at 12th Street Wings, 7247 Roosevelt Road. 

Employees of a cleaning company called police at about 10 a.m. after they found an alarm pulled from the wall inside the business and the rear door open. Police believe the rear door was pried open between 2 and 9 a.m. 

The offenders also cut the building’s communication lines and disabled alarms and security cameras inside. An undisclosed amount of cash and business checks were reported stolen from an office. 

The offenders also took a cash register drawer but left it unopened on the back patio.

 Man charged with damaging property

A 37-year-old Forest Park man was charged with criminal damage to property after police were called at 8:13 p.m. Jan. 19 to an apartment building in the 300 block of Desplaines Avenue. 

Police were told by a caller that a man was banging on her door and yelling profanities and she was worried he would break in. Police found the 37-year-old outside the apartment building and said he had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. The man said he believed his girlfriend was inside the apartment. The man was also charged with disorderly conduct.

 Arrested for false report of shooting

 A 63-year-old Chicago man was charged with disorderly conduct at 4:14 a.m. on Jan. 24 in the 700 block of Desplaines Avenue after police said he called 911 and falsely reported that someone had fired three to four gunshots. 

Police said they recovered video footage or the man making the phone call from a payphone at the CTA Blue Line station where the 911 call originated.

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Jan. 18 to Jan. 24, 2016, 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 Matthew Hendrickson