Police were called when a fight over a parking spot broke out at the park district, 7501 Harrison St., on July 6 at 4:26 p.m. The incident allegedly began over a dispute about a parking spot. According to the police report, a woman reported that she was holding a pool parking spot for a friend when another woman pulled up and attempted to park there. The woman holding the spot told her she was saving the space for someone else, at which point the woman in the car allegedly got out and started fighting with her. During the confrontation, the driver struck the other woman in the face and then bit her hand. 

When officers tried to break up the fight, the driver did not comply, and attempted to push the officer away so she could continue punching the other woman, despite being ordered continuously to stop. 

She was eventually restrained and handcuffed. The other woman had blood on her and a bite mark on her hand.

The driver was arrested for battery and has a court date in August.

Jewelry stolen from home

A diamond ring estimated to be worth $2,000 and a Rolex watch estimated at $9,000 were reported missing from a home on the 900 block of Hannah Avenue on July 2 at 3:45 p.m. Residents noticed the watch and ring missing at the end of June. A caretaker had been in the home several times, and one of the owners stated nobody else had had access to the residence since the items went missing. 

Bicycle taken

A bicycle worth $600, which was chained up outside a residence on the 7400 block of Madison Street, was reported missing by the owner on July 2.

Open alcohol on Madison Street

A man on the 7400 block of Madison Street was caught with an open can of Bell’s Oberon beer on the sidewalk. He had previously received a warning from police regarding the same offense and was given a local ordinance citation for open alcohol.

Heroin arrest made

Two men were arrested for possession of heroin on July 2 at 8:42 p.m. after being pulled over near Thornton’s, 600 Harlem Ave., for no front license plate and suspicion of driving on a license suspended for a previous DUI. When the reporting officer looked in the front passenger window with a flashlight, he observed a small green plastic baggie with white residue on the tip next to the passenger’s shoe. The passenger was asked to exit the vehicle. He said he knew nothing about the baggie. Officers asked him to take off his shoes, and when they removed his socks, three baggies of suspected heroin were discovered.

Officers then asked the driver if he had any drugs, and he said he had some in his underwear. He retrieved four medium Ziplock bags from his shorts.

The men said they’d bought heroin in Chicago and were taken into custody. They were processed on charges of possession of controlled substances and will attend bond hearings later this month.

Ferrara Candy Company defaced

Ferrara Candy– Company, 7301 Harrison St., was the victim of graffiti. Police were called by a security guard on July 2 at 10:12 a.m. The guard said an unknown subject was caught on video defacing the building by painting “FREE WORLD-Never Lose” on it. 

Window broken by bullet

A resident on the 400 block of Beloit Avenue called police on July 7 at 3:15 p.m. after discovering a suspected bullet hole in his second-floor bedroom window. Police arrived and observed a hole in the window’s screen. They then discovered a 9mm bullet with what appeared to be white paint transferred from the interior window ledge on it.

Car windshield shattered, possibly by bullet

On July 6 at 12:40 p.m. police were called when the owner of a vehicle discovered his windshield had been broken by what he said appeared to be a bullet. The car was parked on the 7400 block of Washington Street on July 4 at 3 p.m. and the man found the windshield broken on July 5 at 6 p.m.

Illegal barbecuing melts garbage can

The Forest Park Fire Department and police were called to the park district, 7501 Harrison St., on July 6 at 10:12 p.m. when a garbage can was discovered to be on fire in the north end of the playground area. According to the police report, a brown Ray Strom plastic garbage can was seen smoking and melting. The fire department extinguished the fire and determined that hot coals had been placed in the can, setting it on fire. 

A park ranger said earlier he’d spoken to a woman who was barbecuing in the park. He told her it was against park ordinance to grill there and told her to stop barbecuing. It is believed that instead of putting out the coals, she disposed of them in the plastic garbage can.

Suspect with ‘beer gut’ breaks window

A resident on the 7200 block of Madison Street was in his back yard on July 5 at 6:21 p.m. when he saw a subject throw something through the rear window of his car. Police discovered a rock inside the vehicle, which is what was most likely used to break it. Descriptors of the subject include him or her having a prominent “beer gut.”

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, July 2-7, 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 Maria Maxham