By Nona Tepper
Three arrested for partying in parking lot
Bar employees called police about the occupants of a Ford parked at 7400 Madison St. who were drinking beer and playing loud music.
Driver Nikita Baker, 31, of Des Moines, Iowa, told police she and two passengers were leaving the parking lot soon to sing karaoke. She told police they had been drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis inside the car.
Officers searched the Ford and found nine bags containing suspected cannabis in the passenger glove compartment, as well as a grinder. In the trunk, they uncovered a backpack that contained 20 bags of suspected marijuana and a digital scale.
Baker was charged with delivery/manufacture of cannabis over 30 grams, possession of cannabis over 30 grams, possession of drug equipment and open alcohol.
Also receiving felony charges were passengers Tanisha Davis, 32, of Lynwood, and Joseph Johnson, 29, of Chicago, for delivery/manufacture of cannabis over 30 grams, possession of cannabis over 30 grams, possession of drug equipment and open alcohol.
Manufacture, delivery of cannabis
Officers spotted a Pontiac G6 speeding under the CTA Green Line viaduct about 4:02 p.m. on Dec. 31. Police curbed the vehicle on the 500 block of Harlem and asked Roberto Salgado, 26, of Stickney, why he was driving so fast. Salgado told police he was sick and just wanted to get home. Officers told him they could smell burnt cannabis inside the Pontiac and asked if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle.
He told police there was possibly a "roach" inside the car, and that he had smoked a "blunt" a few days before.
Officers searched the Pontiac and found a "roach" in the driver's cup holder and an e-cigarette containing suspected THC oil in the center console. In the back, they found a duffel bag with a plastic bag full of suspected methamphetamine.
In the trunk, they found a grocery bag containing four bags containing suspected cannabis and 50 THC oil cartridges.
Salgado was charged with felony delivery and manufacture of cannabis over 30 grams, felony possession of cannabis over 100 grams and possession of methamphetamine.
Juvenile nabbed after stealing car
A 16-year-old Chicago juvenile stole a Jeep from the 800 block of Thomas about 1:54 p.m. on Jan. 1. The victim told police the car was running with its keys inside.
Shortly after the theft was reported, police spotted the juvenile driving the Jeep east on Madison toward Ridgeland. When police attempted to stop the vehicle, the Jeep made a series of turns until it finally stopped in an alley off Madison, at which point the juvenile ran away.
Oak Park police caught the boy near the intersection of Madison and Austin. At the police station, five bags containing suspected heroin were uncovered from his jacket.
The juvenile was charged with motor vehicle theft and possession of a controlled substance.
Battery at the bar
Police arrived at Doc Ryan's Bar & Grill, 7432 Madison St., about 2:07 a.m. on Dec. 30, on a call that a woman had been passed out in the bathroom for at least 20 minutes.
As officers approached the women's bathroom, a Desplaines man told officers, "This is my girl, what the [expletive] you want?" The man leaned in to the police officer, and the officer put his hand to the man's chest.
The officer asked him to back away and said he was performing a welfare check on the woman. The man started yelling, flailing his arms and threw beer.
Officers restrained the man against the wall of the bar.
As he was being processed at the police station, he reportedly resumed "a threatening stance" and told police, "I'm going to [expletive] you up," according to the police report. He was charged with battery and resisting a police officer.
The woman was removed from the bar, refused medical treatment and was released to her friends.
Three cars stolen
Sometime between 3:20 and 3:35 p.m. on Dec. 30, a Lexus was stolen from the parking lot of USA Beverage, 7200 Madison St. The victim told police he started his car to warm it up and left the keys inside.
Between 3 and 6:06 a.m. on Jan. 1, a Pontiac Grand Am was stolen from Thornton's Gas Station, 601 Harlem Ave. The victim told police he left the car parked and running when he went inside the gas station. He took the train home, told his mother and then returned to the Forest Park Police Station to report the vehicle missing.
Sometime between 10 and 10:20 a.m. on Dec. 29, a Volkswagen was stolen from the 1500 block of Elgin Avenue. The victim said he turned his car on, locked the car with his extra key fob and then left the key in the ignition.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Dec. 31-Jan. 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 Nona Tepper