Cops charge parolee with possessing handgun
A 19-year-old Chicago man on parole for a 2016 weapons conviction is back behind bars after police charged him on March 10 with being in possession of a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun with an extended magazine holding 11 rounds of ammunition during a traffic stop in the 7800 block of Madison Street.
Forest Park police stopped the 2001 Mercury sedan about 6 p.m. after an officer reported observing the driver not wearing a seatbelt. The vehicle was registered to Arkeese D. Newton, who was a passenger in the car, according to police.
An officer reported the odor of cannabis coming from the car and ordered Newton out of the vehicle. Newton reportedly attempted to get the driver to flee the scene by pulled down on the gear shift, but the driver refused to do so.
In response, a police officer shattered the passenger side window, causing Newton to lean away and revealing the handgun underneath him, according to the police report.
Police also reported recovering from the driver, Delvonn Walker, 34, of Chicago, 10 plastic baggies containing 6 grams of cannabis along with $142 in cash. He was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.
The Cook County State’s Attorney charged Newton with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. The Illinois Department of Corrections indicated it would be issuing a parole violation warrant for Newton.
Attempted vehicle break-in
Police responded to the 1400 block of Elgin Avenue after a resident called to report that a neighbor had seen someone trying to break into his vehicle, which was parked on a parking pad in front of the residence on March 9 about 10:30 p.m.
The vehicle’s doors were locked and the offender did not appear to gain entry, according to police. Private security cameras reportedly showed two people standing next to the victim’s vehicle, one of them appearing to knock on the windows before leaving the area.
A resident of the 600 block of Circle Avenue called police on March 7 about 7:10 p.m. to report a suspicious fire.
The victim stated he was sitting inside his home when he smelled something burning outside. He looked out the window and observed a cardboard box for a television on fire on the hood of his vehicle, which was parked on the street.
The victim put out the flames with a fire extinguisher and the car was not severely damaged.
A police officer on patrol called the fire department on March 7 about 11:30 p.m. to report a garage in the 600 block of Marengo Avenue engulfed in flames.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze. According to the police report, fire officials do not believe the incident was the result of arson.
Woman claims co-worker threatened with knife
Forest Park police are investigating a claim made by a female employee at Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave., that a co-worker threatened her with a 16-inch long knife while working in a back storage room at the store on March 7 about 11:15 a.m.
The victim claimed her co-worker threatened to kill her while brandishing the knife and making stabbing motions. Another worker reportedly pulled the alleged attacker away and reported the incident to a manager who placed the alleged attacker on leave pending an internal investigation before calling police.
The investigation continues, police said.
A resident of the 800 block of Lathrop Avenue contacted police on March 8 to report that some items delivered to her residence on March 6 by Amazon were missing from an unsecured area of her building.
The items taken included a garden hose, a flashlight and a hairball therapy remedy for her cat. The value of the items was about $75.
Charged with taking from the till
A 33-year-old Chicago man who was training for a store management job at Ultra Foods, 7520 Roosevelt Road, was charged with theft on March 11 after reportedly pocketing about $450 since Feb. 12 from cash registers.
The store’s loss prevention manager told police that she had reviewed security cameras which showed that on at least nine occasions the employee, by either manually inputting information or scanning an item, refunded money to himself without a customer initiating a refund.
The offender has an April 25 hearing date at the Maybrook courthouse.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, March 6-12, 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