Madison Street party leads to drug charge

Police reported they were tipped off at 11:45 p.m. on Feb. 27 that a man was standing in the 7500 block of Madison Street, advertising a $10 cover charge for a party in a rented storefront that included alcohol and a hit of “Molly,” also known as a form of the illegal drug ecstasy. 

Police arrived at the storefront at 7503 Madison St. and observed that black plastic garbage bags had been taped to the windows and a sign on the wall near the entrance of the store front that read “Paulapolluza, $10 cover.” 

Inside, police reported about 30 people inside the storefront. A bar had been set about along the rear of the space. Music was playing and strobe lights were flashing. 

Officers talked to the hosts of the party, which included a 25-year-old River Forest man, and told them they weren’t allowed to host a party for the public in a commercial storefront. Police said the hosts asked those in attendance to leave after officers arrived. In addition, police reported finding several clear plastic bags in the party space and said the hosts consented to a search. 

According to the police report, a crystal rock substance was found in the pants pocket of the River Forest man which field tested positive for MDMA or ecstasy. He reportedly told police he found the substance earlier that night. 

John Paul A. Roeser, of River Forest, was charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance.

Police later talked to the property manager, who reported said the party had been booked about two weeks earlier and that it was supposed to be private.

 Unpaid bar tab leads to assault charge

A 28-year-old Oak Park man was charged with assault after he allegedly threw a beer glass at a bartender around 11:10 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Pioneer Tap, 7445 Randolph St. 

Police said the man could not pay for his bar tab after his credit card was declined. When the bartender informed the man of the situation, he became angry and reportedly threw a beer glass at the bartender. 

The glass did not break, but spilled beer over the bartender. The man left the bar and police arrested him a short time later. The man was also charged with theft.

 Marijuana possession

A 28-year-old Chicago man was charged at 1:47 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Elgin and Jackson avenues with possession of marijuana. Police stopped the man while he was riding his bike and suspected he might have recently burglarized a vehicle. 

Police reported finding two bags of marijuana totaling about 4 grams. 

A 32-year-old Chicago man was charged at 3:24 a.m. on Feb. 27 with possession of marijuana at Harlem Avenue and Washington Street. A police officer said he observed the man, who was a passenger of a vehicle, smoking a marijuana cigarette and reported smelling the odor of burnt marijuana. The vehicle was stopped the man was issued the citation. 

A 20-year-old Chicago man and a 19-year-old Forest Park man were each issued citations at 10:56 p.m. Feb. 27 in the 900 block of Harlem Avenue for possession of marijuana. 

Police approached a parked vehicle and found the men inside allegedly smoking marijuana. Police said the 19-year-old Forest Park man ran from the vehicle when police approached and he was additionally charged with resisting or obstructing a police officer. 

Police recovered an estimated 2.72 grams of marijuana. 

 Underage drinking

A 19-year-old Hinsdale man was cited at about 2:52 a.m. on Feb. 27 for underage alcohol consumption after he fell asleep in a restaurant in the 7400 block of Madison Street. 

Police were called because employees of the business could not wake the man up after he fell asleep at a table. Police said that before they arrived the man briefly woke up and moved to the floor and fell asleep again. Police were told no alcohol was served to the man and he had only ordered a soft drink. 

Paramedics took the man to the hospital for evaluation.

 Retail theft

A 24-year-old Chicago man was charged with retail theft at 9:20 a.m. Feb. 23 after leaving CVS, 7216 Circle Ave. without paying for several cases of Red Bull energy drinks. 

The man was stopped by police at the CTA Green Line station and charged. 

 These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, 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