Police uncover cannabis in traffic stop

Police spotted a Ford Focus with tinted windows stopped at a traffic light at 600 Desplaines at 11:26 a.m. on Nov. 13.

Officers curbed the vehicle and asked the driver, Orlando Smith, 21, of Chicago, for his driver’s license and insurance. They also asked the passenger Stacy Rice, 22, of Chicago, for identification. Police smelled cannabis in the vehicle and spotted several bags containing suspected cannabis in the car. Officers asked the two if they had smoked marijuana recently, and Rice said she had. A check in police system revealed Smith had a suspended license.

Officers searched Smith and found six bags of suspected cannabis, as well as $377 in cash on him. He told officers he was currently involved in an open case for heroin and “did not wish to go to jail.”

In the vehicle, police uncovered another five bags of suspected cannabis and three cell phones.

Rice told police she was responsible for all of the cannabis inside the car. She said she had been present when Smith bought the marijuana earlier in the day, but wasn’t sure how much he possessed. She said the two were on their way to the suburbs to sell an acquaintance of Smith’s the cannabis he had just purchased.

Smith received a felony charge for delivery and manufacture of cannabis over 30 grams and was also cited for tinted windows and driving on a suspended license. Rice likewise received a felony charge for delivery and manufacture of cannabis over 30 grams.


Berwyn man charged with DUI

A Berwyn man was arrested for driving while intoxicated at 1400 Harlem at about 3:12 a.m. on Nov. 12.

Police spotted the man driving south on Harlem and weaving in his lane. Police curbed the vehicle and asked him for his driver’s license and insurance. Officers noticed he had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and suspected cannabis on his lap. He told police he was coming from his sister’s party, where he had “drank some beers and a shot.” Officers searched the vehicle and uncovered an empty bottle of cognac.

The suspect got out of the car, where he failed the horizontal gaze, walk and turn and one leg stand tests. He blew 0.125 blood alcohol content, which is above the legal limit. He was charged with DUI.

Fight at bar on Harlem

Police responded to a call about a fight at R Place, 1527 Harlem Ave., about 10:56 p.m. on Nov. 18.

An employee told police that four women came into the bar and ordered a round of drinks. After the second round of drinks, the waitress refused to serve them because the women appeared to be intoxicated.  

The women became angry, started a fight in the bar and were asked to leave. A male patron tried to intervene, but one of the women threatened to stab him.

The woman told police her friends had gotten into a fight that got out of hand. When officers requested identification, she said she didn’t have any and walked away from police. A name check revealed she was a suspect in a criminal trespass and aggravated assault investigation.

Bar owners, employees and patrons declined to press charges.

Car stolen from Forest Automotive

Sometime between 6 and 7:45 a.m. on Nov. 12, someone stole a Ford Crown Victoria from Forest Automotive Inc., 950 Desplaines Ave.

The victim said he parked his car there for transmission repair. The owner of Forest Automotive told police the car was not in the lot when he arrived to work at 7:45 a.m. Police found broken glass where the car was parked.

Three apartments broken into

Sometime between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Nov. 14, someone broke into two apartments on the 100 block of Elgin. The thief stole a pound of bacon, laptop valued at $500 and charger from the first apartment; from the other apartment, the thief stole a jar full of change valued at $50.

The victims said they normally leave the rear door unlocked because they rely on the porch door to be secured. A small window to the basement was also left unlocked.

Sometime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Nov. 14, someone broke into an apartment on the 7200 block of Adams and stole a jar full of pennies.

Theft at Paper Source

Police responded to Paper Source, 7801 Industrial Drive, at 4:32 p.m. on Nov. 13 on a call about a delayed theft.

When they arrived, the senior operations manager said he discovered 400 pieces of electronic equipment valued at more than $30,400 was missing from the warehouse. He said 343 Bluetooth earbuds and 81 Bluetooth speakers were missing. The manager said he suspects an employee stole the goods.

He searched online marketplaces and discovered a posting on Facebook Marketplace with the stolen items. Police searched the public Facebook profile, which showed pictures and videos of the man with the stolen goods. The manager said he did not think the man was ever an employee at Paper Source.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Nov.12-19, 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 Nona Tepper