By Jean Lotus
Pharmacy in a Nissan
Police observed a white 2011 Nissan turn into a street marked "Do Not Enter" near the intersection of Desplaines Avenue and Van Buren Street around 10 a.m., Nov. 1, and curbed the car. The driver, a 32-year-old Elgin man, appeared extremely nervous to officers, who observed his hands were shaking and he and his passenger were speaking extremely quickly. The car also exuded the smell of burning cannabis. When asked for ID, the man pulled out a passport with a photograph that did not resemble him and could not tell officers the age listed in the passport. Police searched the vehicle and recovered 14 grams of methamphetamine and 243 capsules of "Molly," or Ecstasy, weighing 47 grams, two digital scales, a zip-lock bag containing "Ketamine," two glass pipes, a cellphone and $360. The driver was found to have two outstanding warrants from Kane County and was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Fighting on Halloween
Officers responded to a residence categorized by the village as a "nuisance property" in the 1200 block of Elgin around 10 p.m., Oct. 31, after neighbors called saying a group of 10 people was fighting in the street. As the squad car approached, many of the group began to run westbound onto the property. The officer stepped into the middle of an argument between a 48-year-old woman and three men, one of whom was shirtless. The woman refused to back off when the officer tried to question the other two men. When asked to step aside and return to her property, the woman reportedly told the officer, "Go ahead, arrest me, I ain't going nowhere."
At that point the officer told her she was under arrest and took her arm, putting on a handcuff. She reportedly began to struggle and resist. The officer knocked her to the ground with an "arm bar" and then held her down while a fellow officer fixed the handcuffs and took her into custody.
The two men told the officer they were walking southbound on Elgin filming a rap video when a large group of males came out from behind the bushes at the house in question and began throwing wooden sticks at them and striking them. A fight soon ensued and the two men said they did not know why they were attacked, didn't know the other men and did not want to press charges. Another resident of the house was discovered with a bloody mouth and missing tooth. Forest Park paramedics came to the scene to treat the man's injuries. The woman was charged with resisting arrest.
Catalytic converter theft
Using a cutting tool, someone removed a catalytic converter from a 1999 Chevy Cavalier parked in the 200 block of Circle Avenue between Oct. 24 and 27.
Burglars leave apartment door open
A tenant of an apartment in the 7300 block of Adams Street came home to her apartment around 5:30 p.m., Oct. 29, and observed the door of a neighboring unit ajar. Suspecting something was wrong, she called police and her landlord. Police found the apartment empty but noted it had been ransacked. When the owner of the burglarized unit returned, she told officers several watches were missing as well as a pair of sunglasses, a camera, an iPhone and a coach purse containing credit cards. She told police she was notified by her credit card company that someone was buying gas with the card at local gas stations. Total loss was not given.
Closing time? Not really
A bartender at Duffy's, 7513 Madison St., was given a local ordinance ticket when an officer entered the bar at 2:08 a.m. and found a group of 5-7 patrons still sitting on barstools. The bartender said the patrons were his friends, just waiting for him to leave. The officer reported he had found after-hours revelers in Duffy's on three separate occasions previously and reminded the bartender he needed to have the place cleared by 2 a.m.
CTA employees summoned police around 2:41 a.m., Nov. 1, after a 37-year-old Chicago man demanded to use the company-only restroom. When employees told him he could not, he allegedly entered the elevator and urinated inside it. When police arrived, he told them he was waiting for a van to take him to work. Police told him he needed to get off CTA property, exit the station and wait for his van elsewhere. He was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and one count of misdemeanor disposal of human waste.
Someone kicked in the side service door of a garage in the 1100 block of Marengo Avenue, overnight Nov. 1, and removed a Mongoose bike with rear wheel pegs worth $200.
Kmart cashier busted for theft
Kmart security guards summoned Forest Park police after a store investigation revealed that an 18-year-old female employee from Chicago had been pocketing or passing off merchandise totaling $277.53. The woman admitted she had either stolen the items or passed them to persons who hadn't paid for them. The items included candy, Nuby cups, greeting cards, soap, children's toys and hair items. She was charged with retail theft.
Breakfast tirade at McDonald's
Police arrived at McDonald's, 420 Despaines Ave., to investigate reports of a 33-year-old Maywood man yelling and swearing at customers and employees. A 59-year-old customer told police the man glared at him and when he was asked to quiet down, he allegedly clenched his fists and responded, "I'll kick your [expletive] ass." The man felt he was going to be attacked. Police took the 33-year-old into custody and charged him with assault. He was unable to post bond and was held at the Forest Park Police Station until his bond hearing.
Outdoor pit stop leads to pot stop
Officers observed a 33-year-old Elgin man urinating in public at Thornton's gas station, 601 Harlem Ave., around 3:30 p.m., Nov. 2. His blue 2005 Chevy pickup smelled of burnt cannabis, and police asked to search the car. They recovered a clear plastic baggy containing a green, leafy substance, a "dugout," and a metal pot pipe. When police announced the man was under arrest, he allegedly tensed his arms and pulled away, refusing to put his hands behind his back. After being ordered to do so, he finally complied and was charged with public urination, resisting/obstructing an officer, possession of 1 gram of pot and possession of drug paraphernalia.
These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 28-Nov. 2, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in the report has only been charged with a crime.
—Compiled by Jean Lotus
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