Four Oak Parkers arrested in drug dealing investigation

One charged with dealing, three others swept up in warrant search

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

Four Oak Parkers were arrested Wednesday in a bust that netted an alleged drug dealer.

Following up on a tip their department picked up earlier this month, River Forest police arrested Joshua P. Gorre, 21, after executing a search warrant on his mother's home at 935 S. Kenilworth Ave in Oak Park where he lived.

Gorre was charged with three felonies: Delivery of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis, delivery of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of a controlled substance (allegedly psychedelic mushrooms).

He was also charged with two misdemeanors: Possession of 10 to 30 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

River Forest Detective Sgt. Marty Grill said his department had been tracking Gorre with the help of a regional police task force since the beginning of October.

The investigation began, Grill said, with a tip to River Forest police that Gorre was allegedly dealing drugs out of his home in Oak Park.

With help from a regional police task force called WEDGE, River Forest observed the Kenilworth home and gathered enough information to get a search warrant, Grill said.

"We observed a significant amount of suspect sales going on in front of the house from the month of October," Grill said.

When River Forest executed the warrant on Wednesday, they allegedly found heroin, psilocybin (mushrooms), drug paraphernalia and more than $1,800 in drug-related cash.

While they found less than 30 grams of marijuana in the home when it was searched, Grill said they also found evidence that suggested a much larger amount had recently been in the home.

"There were gallon Zip-Loc baggies, many of them with drug residue," Grill said.

Since the home was within 1,000 feet of Lincoln Elementary school, Gorre was also charged with distributing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.

Three others were also arrested in the bust: Gorre's 51-year-old mother, Serena, and her significant other George E. Fox, 53, both of whom lived in the home; and Jacob T. Whitelaw, 19, who lived elsewhere in Oak Park.

Serena Gorre and Fox were charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Grill said during a search of the house a small amount of heroin was allegedly found in a sock in their bedroom, which they allegedly admitted was theirs.

Whitelaw was allegedly in a car nearby with Joshua Gorre when the search warrant was executed, and was found to have a small amount of marijuana and a pipe.

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Another OP resident from Oak Park  

Posted: July 23rd, 2011 8:25 PM

WAKE UP, EDITOR - SWEARING NOT

schuyler pickeren   

Posted: February 20th, 2011 1:23 PM

everybody knows you guys got arrested. its online. i don't know why you think turning snitch is the route to go. i know its hard. but you knew the risks when you started this game. so i would suggest just going to jail like a man. your what 19 yrs old? don't get scared now. just quit while your ahead. thats what you do in that situation. with those parents i don't see how you could even go that route. and i am not judging you for your sins. we all make mistakes. just do something right for once

Grow up (1)  

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 5:14 PM

To ALL the people out there hatin, wake up. As most parents do, my parents work long days everyday and have been for the past 30 years. When they get home, they change, maybe take a nap, cook dinner, and then sit down and drink a glass of wine. But they didn't always do that. They were young once and enjoyed going out to parties as much as I do. But they grew up. Same as I am now. Weed's the same thing as alcohol it just apeal to different people.

BAD KIDS  

Posted: November 2nd, 2010 3:48 PM

Both of these kids have been known to sell pot. what kind of parent lets this happen. they need to watch their kids. these boys deserve what ever they get in the courts. they broke the law now they should pay, plane and simple

anonymous  

Posted: October 26th, 2010 4:29 PM

@Rollie, you absolutely have no idea what you are talking about. people were not honking, yelling, disturbing the neighbors, or littering all over the place. tell me where in that article you read that, and how you would possibly know that that was going on. and people make mistakes, but you don't need to degrade them by insulting them with names such as imbecile or judging them for living at home at the age of 21 when he is a student. perfectly normal for someone his age to do

Rollie  

Posted: October 26th, 2010 12:46 PM

Quite the imbecile to live at home with his heroin using mom at age 21. He could have been selling cupcakes-What sort of degenerate "family" disrespects the neighborhood so much by allowing cars to roll up at all hours honking, people yelling and leaving trash around? Such neglect exhibits ZERO pride in themselves, their property or their home. This insolence should not go unpunished. Clearly, they contribute nothing to society and chose to leech upon it. Hero's to the pot community indeed!

a responsible adult  

Posted: October 26th, 2010 10:07 AM

@a different responsible adult: Testicular fortitude aside, I see her point; the plant has been criminalized by our government. I have a responsiblity to my family to abide by the law. The law says it's ok to get sloppy drunk on alchohol which is much worse than peacefully inhaling Gods Flower.

A different responsible adult  

Posted: October 26th, 2010 9:38 AM

Your wife forbids it? Grow a pair and man up!

a responsible adult  

Posted: October 26th, 2010 8:45 AM

@another responsible adult: Typical intolerant comment.

Another responsible adult from Oak Park  

Posted: October 26th, 2010 8:03 AM

Hemlock is another of God's Flowers. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

A responsible adult  

Posted: October 26th, 2010 7:47 AM

I'm a middle aged father, held the same job for 25 years, have no criminal record. I would like to enjoy Gods Flower (cannabis)in the privacy of my own backyard but my wife forbids it because our politicians say it's illegal. Legalize it, destigmatize it, sell it at Starbucks and Walgreens along side the Alchohol, Tobacco,and Coffee.

Eskay  

Posted: October 25th, 2010 7:23 PM

Legalize Marijuana and go after real drug users, not pot-smoking young people. The money the state would make off of its legalization would pay for REAL drug taskforces, not petty pot smoking cops.

wow from oak park  

Posted: October 23rd, 2010 9:12 AM

@ osama - lol

wow from Oak Park  

Posted: October 20th, 2010 7:27 PM

My literacy put aside - until WEED is legalized Josh and his mom (is it worth "doing this" to an adult?), his mom's friend and the other young man were involved in something that our country and the state of Illinois do not find legal. Do we just let behavior go because someone is nice - kind of a lame reason.

WOW you are clearly illiterate.   

Posted: October 20th, 2010 12:32 PM

Josh cannot be held responsible for the actions of others. Stop attaching his name to the heroin you illiterate fool. Sad you can't comprehend a news paper article written for the lowest common denominator. No one has said anything about the heroine. This has all been an argument about the great human being josh is, and if the punishment fits the crime, because of WEED. The article has caused conversation about whether or not it is worth doing this to ayoung kids, over a harmless drug like weed!

a responsible adult  

Posted: October 20th, 2010 10:29 AM

Yes, nice guys and responsible people enjoy the use of gods flower (cannabis). Legalize it, destigmatize it, sell it at Starbucks and Walgreens along side the Alchohol, Tobacco,and Coffee.

Tired of Excuses  

Posted: October 20th, 2010 10:10 AM

Given what was going on down the street, no wonder there has been so much trouble lately at Carroll Park. Can't even send the kids there alone given how many jerks have been hanging out there hassling them.Kudos to the police. Hopefully the prosecutors will not cut these people a deal and will get them off the street for a long time.

Tired of Trolls  

Posted: October 20th, 2010 9:38 AM

@wow. Point out the comments that are defending heroin use...Oh thats right, nobody is. Trolls like you and Ron Lindeen don't understand the discussion, so just gtfo

wow from oak park  

Posted: October 20th, 2010 8:30 AM

and the heroin that was found in the house.... hmm will that soon be legalized too?

None of Your Business from Oak Park  

Posted: October 19th, 2010 3:06 PM

If it was up to me, plead the kid out on a misdemeanor; let him go with a slap on the wrist.Let Mommie Dearest and her beloved each do a nickel in Stateville:)

dear  

Posted: October 19th, 2010 2:48 PM

@none of your business. We are concerned about jacob too. however he is not the one whos entire life will be messed up because of this event. he had less then a ten sack on his person. he will be okay. josh might not be.

Dear, WOW   

Posted: October 19th, 2010 2:21 PM

WOW, when weed is legalized 5 years from now in illinois, you will understand why it is being trivialized. Looks like it will be legal this year in California. We are not talking about josh having cocaine here. We are talking a drug that is less harmless then cigarettes and alcohol. It is almost irrational not to trivialize the laws against this drug.

wow from Oak Park  

Posted: October 19th, 2010 1:51 PM

I just can't believe how many people are able to trivialize something that is illegal.

None of Your Business from Oak Park  

Posted: October 19th, 2010 11:54 AM

Ohhh, poor Josh. All of his buds are coming to the defense of this poor, persecuted young man.The facts of the case: the address in question was searched (legally) and marijuana, heroin and mushrooms were found. The individuals living in the house were arrested. A jury of their peers will determine their fate.All this concern over poor Josh! Boo hoo hoo.Where is all the concern about the schmuck who was also arrested with a pipe and a small amount of pot? His picture is in the paper too.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RON  

Posted: October 19th, 2010 11:33 AM

IT IS RONS BRITHDAY!! HAPPY BIRHTDAY!

Ron Lindeen is from Lombard, went to proviso east  

Posted: October 19th, 2010 10:16 AM

Ron Lindeen is from Lombard...enough said.

chill out  

Posted: October 19th, 2010 10:13 AM

I dont understand these stupid comments that are clearly insulting Josh. a majority of the people reading these comments are obviously supporting josh and feel that this whole situation is wrong. I respect the opinions of anyone who wants to post them even if they differ from mine. but when you start speaking negitivly about josh, there are a lot of very educated and loyal people here who will defend him. josh is my boy and people need to see that he's not a bad kid. he just made some bad choice

Ron Lindeen  

Posted: October 19th, 2010 8:18 AM

There are many Ron Lindeen's, mine is a popular name, so to post someones website stating that they made comments that they didn't is dangerous. And since you confirmed your identity Dom, you may want to be careful with your words.All the information I posted was found within the Facebook pages of these adults and is accurate. For all reading these comments you may want to view these Facebook pages. Your young adult may be defending those being investigated for drug dealing as well.

Google: Ron Lindeen Oak Park  

Posted: October 18th, 2010 11:11 PM

If you Google: Ron Lindeen Oak Park, the number one hit can take you to this website. Ron Lindeen has clearly shot himself in the foot on this one. His ridiculous, potentially libeling, remarks can now be viewed by any one who looks to find Ron Lindeen using the world wide web. Congrats to Ron Lindeen!

Take Ron Lindeen to Court.   

Posted: October 18th, 2010 10:44 PM

Libel is "the communication of a statement that makes a claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individual, business, product, group, government, or nation a negative image. It is usually a requirement that this claim be false and that the publication is communicated to someone other than the person defamed."Ron Lindeen clearly violated the young man's rights, and should be put on trial. Prosecute those who feel they can demean the character of an individual publically

Ron Lindeen words appear to be libel   

Posted: October 18th, 2010 10:37 PM

Ron Lindeen used complete distaste in calling a young educated man a "village idiot" and a "pot smoking loser" in a public forum. Ron Lindeen you're condescending nature implies you feel that you are an upstanding member of society. However you are quite the contrary. Your stalking methods are creepy and your word choice is worthy of your own lawsuit. I would advise keeping your mouth shut, before you find yourself in county, keeping "close" company with the evil pot criminals that scare you

Ron Lindeen knows how to use the internet  

Posted: October 18th, 2010 9:56 PM

Again, you've let slip your complete "trollness." I'm fairly confident I've never heard you of you or anybody named Ron Lindeen, but I'm delighted to the fact that you at least have the guts to go on facebook to stalk me and find my school. And unless you have anything that can back up your accusations, I'd suggest you refrain from anymore potential libel.

Ron Lindeen  

Posted: October 18th, 2010 7:41 PM

Dom, really? Josh has called you the Village Idiot and you now throw names at me? The WEDGE program is great. Hopefully their arm is long enough to reach Marquette and pinch you for your sloppy pot smoking, loser.

MATT, the Wedge program funding should be cut and go to fund your literacy impairment.   

Posted: October 18th, 2010 6:28 PM

Matt, your ignorance is humorous. You clearly do not know how to evaluate information, seeing you have failed to comprehend a news paper article that is written towards the lowest common denominator. This means it is written in a way for people of the lowest intelligence, who can read, to understand. Josh was charged with selling ONLY marijuana! YOU IDIOT! If you knew anything about weed, you'd understand that it was a miniscule ammount. TOO MANY RESOURCES WERE SPENT! YOU and RON are FOOLS

Apalled  

Posted: October 18th, 2010 4:09 PM

@Ron Lindeen, as any troll or oblivious buffoon, as you so appear to be, consistently does: you have failed to grasp the nature of the comment board discussion. This is not about Josh's alleged dealing and possession, this is about the complete lack of humanity by WEDGE and the partner police depts. The recourses committed to "nabbing" Josh was comparable to a big-time sting. The only result of this is Josh having three felonies at such a young age, all for 11 grams, which is a miniscule amount.

Ron Lindeen  

Posted: October 18th, 2010 2:57 PM

The guy had pot and shrooms on him and his mom had heroin. These drugs are illegal, whether you agree with the law or not. The guy knew they were illegal and he had them on him and by the looks of it was dealing pot. Now that he is 21 you would think he would know better. What a loser!

jtw  

Posted: October 18th, 2010 1:50 PM

@matt he wasnt dealing heroin and mushrooms. read the article fully before you comment. the heroin was found in the house, but not in josh's possesion. the mushrooms were with josh but i know for a fact he doesnt sell them.

tim  

Posted: October 18th, 2010 11:56 AM

Legalize it. Gods flower (Cannabis) is a natural gift to mankind.

Matt from Oak Park  

Posted: October 18th, 2010 11:45 AM

I do not know Josh. What I do know is that he appears to have many friends who think he is a good guy. OK, he's a good guy who is being accused of dealing drugs, including heroin and mushrooms.Whatever your feelings on pot are, it is currently illegal under IL and US law with no sign of either changing. It appears he has chosen to do illegal acts and if true should be punished for them. He may be a nice guy, but he may also end up as a nice guy with a felony record because of his choices.

over 50 - Part 2 (see comment below)  

Posted: October 18th, 2010 8:39 AM

This is a continuation from the previous comment.Elders stressed the drug is not physically addictive and pointed to the damaging impact of alcohol, which is legal.We have the highest number of people in the world being criminalized, many for non-violent crimes related to marijuana," said Elders. We can use our resources so much better.

over 50 - Part 1  

Posted: October 18th, 2010 8:38 AM

(CNN) -- Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders told CNN Sunday she supports legalizing marijuana.The trend setting state of CA is voting next month on a ballot initiative to legalize pot,also known as Prop 19. The measure would legalize recreational use in the state."What I think is horrible about all of this, is that we criminalize young people. And we use so many of our excellent resources for things that aren't really causing any problems," said Elders. "It's not a toxic substance."

To those that think hes a bad guy  

Posted: October 17th, 2010 10:49 PM

I have known Josh for many many years. Josh is a fine example of what people should strive to be. He is a kind, giving, friendly young man who made a mistake. Some reactions I have seen stem from pure ignorance. Can you say you've never done anything illegal (including speeding which is far more dangerous). Marijuana is harmless, I can tell you what it does to you. Helps you sleep, gives you an urge to raid the fridge, maybe listen to some good music. What would you do if it was your kid H G?

Jon  

Posted: October 17th, 2010 9:00 PM

Horace, it's beginning to look like the very person you are placing snap judgements on is by far and away the type of person oak park would prefer to keep around, and conversely, yourself away.

Horace you ignorant slut  

Posted: October 17th, 2010 8:57 PM

Allow me to first refute your initial sentence. There is not an instance of "people selling drugs to kids" written anywhere in this article, your reading comprehension is abysmal. It has been made clear by a multitude of commenters that Josh is no heartless criminal poisoning the streets, but quite the opposite, a young man whose compassion is laudable, a quality that is blatantly lacking in yourself based on your utter disregard for your fellow man made in your comment

Horace Grahm  

Posted: October 17th, 2010 6:41 PM

These are people selling drugs to kids in Oak Park and River Forest. Arrest them, fine them, throw them in jail. People who choose to sell drugs in this area should understand that they will be caught.

Thomas E. Raleigh from Oak Park   

Posted: October 17th, 2010 4:46 PM

No one here is saying that what Josh has done wasn't wrong but there is no need to mess up someones life forever for a mistake made so young and for you ignorant people out there who sit there read this article and pass judgement should look further into how many people are standing next to him to help his situation instead of sitting in their homes in the illusion that now the streets of Oak Park is a safer place. I still keep my doors locked

FELICE DEBRA ELISCU from WAUSAU  

Posted: October 17th, 2010 10:40 AM

Marijuana is about as harmful as Broccoli or Tomatoes...maybe all produce should be outlawed? What a waste of time and money. When will our GOVERNMENT pull it's head out of it's ass? Seriously.....

Check Yourself from Oak Park  

Posted: October 17th, 2010 8:08 AM

Check your own kids before judging this one and ruin his life. I'm sure you don't know them like you think and would think differently if this was your child. Josh is young and has a lot of time left to turn his life around. Dealing some pot in college to get by is not only common, but hardly a crime. So go check on your own kids, they don't call it smoke park and reefer forest for a reason or anything...

over 50  

Posted: October 17th, 2010 1:16 AM

I think this entire conversation is addressing the issue.The Majority of the people posting are saying that less than 1 oz of weed IS NOT worth the resources.YES,clearly they are trying to send a "FALSE" message.But let's not forget that Josh has not had his day in court; there has been no punishment yet.Let's hope the authorities will come to their senses by then and Josh will have the opportunity to become the successful person that we all know he is capable of being.

Josh is an amazing human being  

Posted: October 17th, 2010 12:57 AM

All this bickering has distracted us from the point. Whether or not you have an issue with how/what he was dealing, it still does nothing to address the issue of how the police targeted this indiviudal. Does the punishment fit the crime? Was it worth the resources? It is clear from all these comments, that Josh Gorre is an extremely liked member of society. Is charging a quality man like this with 3 felonies to "send" a message justifiable. There is a humane aspect that is lacking by WEDGE.

over 50  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 11:48 PM

"An Observer," excuse me, but I don't think anyone is even discussing the heroin charges and/or even remotely saying it is okay to use heroin. Is it just me,or is it painfully obvious that you are into ridiculing people who are trying to speak their minds?I admire "White Josh" for, at least, standing up for what he believes in and not worrying about people criticizing him for his wording. It's sad that you are so uptight you have to try to embarrass someone instead of trying to listen.

Concerned Citizen from Oak Park  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 11:23 PM

Can anyone explain here what exactly Josh did that was so morally wrong?

The way I see it from Oak Park   

Posted: October 16th, 2010 10:44 PM

We allow our community's standard to drop lower and lower each day. This is a bright young man who is smart enough to make a better life for himself without selling his soul and future for a few dollars and a quick high. We allowed him to continue down this road by ignoring it because he was a nice guy. Shame on us for letting this happen. We need to hold up our children to a higher standard and showing them any crime takes a toll on a community. Let's do better !

An observer  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 10:42 PM

OK, all you proud members of reefer nation, before we descend any further down the rabbit hole, another painfully obvious but apparently unperceived observation on your part:They busted two people, including the home owner, with HEROIN. Is it just me, or does that suggest a problem?Btw, White Josh, it's "thesis," not hypothesis.

Apalled  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 9:46 PM

Because everyone is out to get you right?

Violet Aura  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 9:38 PM

Okay, this is my last comment on this issue. I do not live on this block; I am merely commenting on the facts provided in the story. I used to live in Berwyn and this happened with the curbside crap. I was naive at first and it was allowed to continue for a year. Neighborhoods should be kept from people hanging out on corners, on their cell phones, people coming by in cars, etc. To pick Juarez as a comparison is pathetic. Just because there may not be killings does not mean it's acceptable!

Apalled  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 9:18 PM

@Violet Aura, have you witnessed the so-called atrocities committed by Josh or his terrible impact on his block? Have you seen people getting mugged and killed all along Kenilworth? Just what evidence can you base any of your wild accusations on? Tis best you keep your elitist nose out. This isn't Juarez, Mexico.

over 50  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 9:07 PM

V.A. thank Jah we are all not as wise as you...

over 50  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 8:55 PM

"All you people," if weed was so bad for our system, why is it used for medicinal purposes? With all due respect, I cannot agree with your cliche remark "most people start with weed." Can you say, "Reefer Madness?"

Violet Aura  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 8:52 PM

One more thing: we really need to stop comparing substances and start thinking about WHY we need them so much. I have seen signs lately supporting drug-free OPRF students and the truth is, until parents model the kind of behavior that they wish their children to follow, this will continue. Saying one thing is worse than another is meaningless. Getting punched in the face is "better" than getting shot in the head but why have either?

Violet Aura  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 8:50 PM

So you approve of a curbside operation on your block? You don't think that it is important to think of one's neighbors when conducting yourself? I NEVER questioned this young man's humanity; I simply commented on the activity that took place on the BLOCK in public. Frankly, when someone is that blatant, it makes me wonder if they are looking for attention and some guidance. But with adults like the ones on here, as well as those living in that house on heroin, where can these kids get help?

over 50  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 8:43 PM

Josh has been a true friend to my daughter & is a fine young man.That being said,violet aura,it is your attitude that needs adjusting.People have a right to their own opinion even if it's not the same as yours.Try putting that negative energy into helping the Austin community that you clearly discriminate against.Regarding pot,I know more crimes that are perpetrated by alcohol consumption rather than pot.You are not above the rest of us Violet Aura & frankly,I am appalled by your remarks.

All you people  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 6:51 PM

You sell it you recognize the risk don't do the crime if you can't do the time. People are way to hard on potheads. But all drugs are bad regardless which. It's just bad to have any substance in your system. And we all can agree most people start with weed. Leagalizings wrong and also severely punishing it's wrong, they're both just selfish to each side of the argument.

Valued Customer  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 5:22 PM

For the most part, I appreciated Black Josh's service; but it must be said: DON'T BE LAZY AND DEAL FROM YOUR *** **** HOUSE!

Violet Aura  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 5:07 PM

Did you read the article and how they said there was a curbside thing going on? Don't you have better things to do than argue about someone else's choices?

Violet Aura  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 5:05 PM

You don't understand what I am talking about. This isn't a debate about using substances; this is about curbside activities and the negative impact on a community. Oh, and I do not reside in OP but I have lived nearby and moved due to that kind of behavior. The point I was making about Austin, etc. is that some areas are more indifferent towards the negative behavior in their area. I consider loitering on corners and in front of apts. to be detrimental and yet some people think it's just dandy.

Alex hates Oak Park even more than before because of people like Violet Aura.  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 5:03 PM

Oak Park is just full of ignorant people trapped in their own little bubble. Hey Violet Aura, how much do you know about this case other than what you read in this article? I'll bet nothing. "Blasting his music, selling his stuff curbside." There is a huge difference between a curbside dealer in Austin and a kid selling some weed to his friends. How do you not see that.

A Round of Applause  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 2:48 PM

All the drug crack down demands in the area come mostly for the "outraged and concerned" parents and residents of the two townships. I would just like to say thank you to them for making all this possible. Not only a thanks for the current state of affairs, but also for being apart of the generation that made cannabis so popular in America! I love how drugs are immediately associated with lower class. People in areas like this in reality have greater means to get drugs do to the money here.

White Josh, even more pissed off at your attitude from Oak Park  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 2:31 PM

Go to Austin? Yea that will solve everything. Lets take everyone I don't like and put them in a confined area where I can't see their faces. I don't care that crime is still going on and that other peoples lives are being torn apart. I don't mind if other communities are in poverty or even the fact that those people need support and I am ignoring them. Well I DO care for my fellow human being. You ma'am, are an ignorant trash talking shell of a soul who is content with hiding in your OP home.

Just A Thought  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 2:31 PM

buy* drugs. I apologize for the typo.

Just A Though  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 2:30 PM

I understand that selling drugs is illegal and that cannot not be overlooked. But that is not really my reason for writing. I noticed one of the previous comments mentioned this isn't Austin, but half the time you could have fooled me. Every week I see more kids are mugged, and more crimes are committed here by people from Austin. I just think there should be more focus on things like violent crime. Kids choose to my drugs there is no way to dismiss that, but know one chooses to be mugged.

Violet Aura  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 2:02 PM

No one is saying that Josh is evil but curbside selling is not cool for the neighborhood. This isn't rocket science, honey. I am disappointed with most of the attitudes I see on here. People who have a mentality that anything goes. If you want to blast music, sell your stuff curbside, etc. then move to Austin, North Lawndale, or Englewood and I am sure you will fit in just fine over there and have lots of neighbors who look the other way. But don't you dare come here with that mess!

White Josh hates that he can only leave 500 characters from Oak Park  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 1:42 PM

@An Observer- When they say regional they mean they got the funding from somewhere other than OP or RF. When they say tip they mean they caught some stupid kid who squealed after pissing his pants when he got busted. Other than that your comment is stating what the article says. You are taking up space for those who have a valid opinion whether it be for or against Josh. So beat it, observations are meaningless without a hypothesis to why this is happening in the first place

White Josh would like to know why the government is telling ME what is good for ME from Oak Park  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 1:32 PM

@VioletAura Do you not find it odd that so many people are sticking up for Josh That he has so many friends That he is so well know not because he is in the news for dealing but because he has such a kind heart? You are missing the point History shows us that those who have money and are in power get to make the laws which means they get to choose who to victimize The article here fails to mention that Mr Gorre was taken in ON HIS BIRTHDAY people ruin their own lives The police are ruining joshs

Violet Aura  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 1:10 PM

Your vulgarity in expressing yourself tells me a lot about your consciousness. And you use a dollar sign as your ID? Is that because you are a materialistic person who thinks we were put here to simply collect money, consume things? I am appalled at most of the remarks on here! Whatever your feelings on the subject, there should NOT be a curbside operation happening! The fact that so many on here defend this action means OP is in deep doo doo with some residents' mentality.

Mark  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 12:00 PM

I don't like it when I get my bike stolen.

An observer  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 10:14 AM

Apparently "RetardCops," "opcopsrwastingtheirtime" and others can't read.%u201CRIVER FOREST Detective Sgt. Marty Grill said his department had been tracking Gorre with the help of a regional police task force...%u201D"The investigation began ... with a tip to RIVER FOREST police that Gorre was allegedly dealing drugs out of his home in Oak Park.With help from a regional police task force called WEDGE, RIVER FOREST observed the Kenilworth home and gathered enough information to get a search warrant.

Ken   

Posted: October 16th, 2010 10:09 AM

Josh, his alleged crime not withstanding, is a well liked young man among both his peers and their parents. Intelligent, witty, polite and pleasant to have around, Jacob, Josh and their group of friends are some of the most noble young men and women I've had the pleasure to meet.

anonymous  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 11:50 PM

this is absolutely ridiculous. josh is a great a person and doesn't deserve this punishment. can the police please focus on catching true criminals instead people like josh? this won't solve anything and their will still be dealers and a high drug demand. it's sickening that the OP and RF police departments spend their money on cases like this

White Josh: There's no such thing as monsters from Oak Park  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 8:36 PM

Selling and owning marijuana is illegal in Illinois this cannot be ignored. Josh being a well mannered inspirational loving individual will be ignored for if taken into account our justice system would collapse This achievement will accomplish nothing The demand for drugs will remain the same and the public will receive false hope that there is no more monster in their closet. A life is being torn apart so that the public can bask in an ignorant night light. Sorry but I sleep with the lights off

TaxPayer  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 7:16 PM

How much time and energy does OP and RF spend on catching predators who like to watch child pornography or molest children? How many OP & RF cops would test dirty if they had to drop today? They are probably smoking Josh's stash right now. Is there not a better use of resources in OP & RF? WTF?!?!?

Pissed off friend from alrlington heights  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 6:58 PM

I can give the names of, at the very least, 50 people who consider Josh to be one of their best friends. He is definitely one of mine.

anonymous  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 6:56 PM

this is completely unacceptable. we need to focus on bigger problems

John from Oak Park  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 6:55 PM

Can the police do something about my friends who are scared to walk around alone past dark because of fearing of mugging or assault?Or will they continue to waste their time with minor drug possessors, many of whom are fine citizens?Oak Park should pass a local ordinance to put marijuana possession at the bottom of the priority list for law enforcement.

Cameron  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 6:40 PM

Josh is a great guy. Since we were in middle school together, I've never seen him get angry or upset with anyone. He's a really funny and clever kid who deserves a good future. OPRF has a bad habit of being a breeding ground for bad kids, perhaps even future criminals, but Josh is not one of them. I hope things turn out good for you, Josh.

Deterring Nothing  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 6:40 PM

You are deterring nothing. "Bong Hits for Josh!"

Appalled  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 6:05 PM

Once again, neighborhood cops can pat themselves on the back for getting a big time dealer off the streets right? Wrong. I wonder just how many resources and money were dedicated to staking out Josh's house for over a month? And how many of those resources could have gone to a cause completely more worthwhile. Pot has such a bad connotation about it that is completely false; why else would it be on the way to becoming legal in several states? Josh, keep your head up. We are all here for you.

are YOU serious?  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 5:14 PM

Do you really think it is worth ruining a kids life, by exhausting tons of resources, solely for pot? C'mon all that was truly being argued was that we have better ways to use our resources. Josh is an incredible human being, and this war on pot, has demonized an amazing human being. Yes he made a poor choice, but the punishment, nor the resources dedicated to this case, in no way fit the crime. The war on drugs/violence was started by the police and government when they outlawed it.

Are you serious? from Oak Park  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 5:06 PM

While, yes, I would love for the murderer to be caught, do you seriously expect the OPPD to focus solely and completely on one case at a time? Fact is, these people were breaking the law. If it ruins their lives, they have only themselves to blame, NOT the law enforcement. I'm quite certain the OPPD murder investigation team is working to solve the murder.

Way To Go...  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 4:50 PM

Congratulations. You have successfully caught another minor drug dealer and prosecuted him to the fullest extent, yet where is the murderer from the 800 block of East? Oh right, but this was more threatening because it was within 200 feet of an elementary school, but may I add that the murder was as well. Any parent who is more concerned about there 2nd grader buying weed around their school than a loose murderer around their school are obviously unfit to be parenting.

Can we catch a murderer please? from Oak Park  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 4:28 PM

I happen to know Josh Gorre and I have no bias in saying this is ridiculous. Was it not about a month ago that there was a murder on the 800 block of East Ave. that has yet to be solved? What about rapists and the muggings that regularly occur at 711 and around the high school? With his parents admitting to the heroin, this young man has done nothing but sell some pot, which in many states is slowly becoming legalized. Please catch the murderers before ruining a great kids life.

Where is the sludge hammer killer?  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 3:58 PM

Cops want to make it seem like they are keeping us safe, but really, why are we wasting our resources on this? Where is the sludge hammer killer, has he been caught yet? What about the severed body in the alley, have his assailants been caught? Or what about the recent garage murder, have those criminals met their justice? Maybe if Wedge wasn't so preoccupied with things like this, these cases that took life from the streets of Oak Park would be solved. Where are our priorities?

Oak Park Robbed of an Amazing Citizen.   

Posted: October 15th, 2010 3:52 PM

The sad thing is, if this happened 5 years from now, Josh would be able to walk to the gas station, and buy his pot, legally, there. The cops have started this war on drugs, and war, creates violence. 20 years from now we look back, and be shamed about what is happening in this crusade to stop Marijuana. There are too many young kids, with felonies on there record, for such a harmless drug. Josh Gorre, this is not justice. They have robbed Oak Park of an amazing citizen. We all love you.

Thomas E. Raleigh from Oak Park   

Posted: October 15th, 2010 3:15 PM

To Mr. %u201CIn The Know" I didn%u2019t know you knew Josh so well to accuse him of things such as violence and dealing to children. I%u2019m not going to sit here and say to chill out and smoke because that brings nothing legitimate to the argument. So much thievery and crime go on in Oak Park where nothing is done. Look at the overall of effort put in to the case to the overall outcome "Moron" one small time kid who now has a difficult future. If you leave negative comments put your name nut up or shut up.

John  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 3:09 PM

Josh Gorre is an amazing human being. He has truly touched so many peoples lives with his warmth and kindness. I can honestly say, that I am more positive, upbeat person, because of the amazingly compassionate person he is. I am in no way justifying his actions, but by no means, should those who have no understanding of who this person is, feel obligated to judge him as a violent inducing, child corrupting criminal. He is in fact one of the most loving, peaceful people I know. Be Strong Brother.

Disgraced  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 2:59 PM

Josh is easily the nicest person I know. This is a man who would go out of his way to help anyone and everyone. I have seen him give the shirt off his back to someone who was cold. The exhaustive resources used in arresting him are appalling.

Oh Wow from Oak Park  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 2:48 PM

Wow.. No life is ruined by weed.. Why is having munchies a bad thing? "Let's smoke pot an steal a car!?" more like "Lets smoke pot and eat alot"

josh is my best friend  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 1:49 PM

Anyone who thinks this kid is capable of anything more than being the nicest person alive is stupid. He is one of those people that will run to your house in the pouring rain because you need a hug. He does not bring violence or hatred to anyone. He is respectful, polite, well mannered, eloquent, and responsible. River Forest and Oak Park parents need to relax a little and worry about bigger issues than their child smoking the sweet leaf.

Tim  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 1:26 PM

Legalize it. Gods flower (Cannabis) is a natural gift to mankind.

opcopsrwastingtheirtime  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 1:24 PM

My only question is how many kids' bikes got stolen while Oak Park's finest were busy staking out the house of an alleged drug dealer? Cops are just going to end up ruining a good man's year (Josh) at the very least. Also, anyone who thinks this man would get violent or sell drugs to children is acutely misinformed.

smokeweederryday  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 12:59 PM

Oak Park cops, man. Never get it right. Always busting the good guys. Go east man. Nothing goes down in Oak Park. An ounce. I can't believe it. Maybe you should smoke some of that and realize what's good.

greenthumb  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 12:10 PM

this mad wasn't dealing to kids at lincoln, try oprf Intheknow. and why is river forest dealing with oak parkers anyway?

In The Know  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 10:19 AM

Mr. McCarthy, the only moron would be one who suggests that its a waste of resources to investigate and arrest a person dealing marijuana near an elementary school. With drug dealing comes violence (drive a few miles to the east if you dont believe me) and that violence usually leads to some innocent kid being killed. Besides, this guy was dealing to kids. I'm sure if he was living next door to you and dealing to your kids that you might be signing a different tune.

"Moron"  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 9:10 AM

These "young men" and people like them are ruining the lives of countless teens by selling them drugs. I say "well done", police department. Sincerely, Moron

John Allan from oak park  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 7:57 AM

I agree with you John. The young man joshua Gorre had 11 grams of pot on him and in his house all together. would you really call this a "bust" in the drug war?

John M McCarthy from Berwyn  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 1:26 AM

Let's do a little accounting here: How much did it cost to stake out multiple officers on multiple occasions to grab a couple of pot heads? What was the fuel cost of the vehicles they used? Insurance? How many man hours did it take to grab a kid with an ounce of weed? Is this really the best use of our law enforcement resources? If your answer is yes, you're a moron.

gail moran from oak park  

Posted: October 14th, 2010 8:12 PM

This is sad. Two young men who are at risk of ruining their futures over pot.

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