The 2005 weird crime review

2005 year in review

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With the theme music from "Dragnet" running through our over-stressed brain, we take a backward glance at the facts, just the facts, ma'am, of the weirder occurrences that graced our Crime page in 2005?#34;the Crème de la Crime. We again remind you that not everything herein is necessarily "criminal," and that the individuals named here have only been accused of violations, and are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Except, of course, for the guy who's already back in prison.

People who shouldn't attract attention

 Ellycyaino Barnes, 26, was reportedly honking his car horn in an excessive manner Jan. 18. Their curiosity thusly piqued, police discovered that Barnes was allegedly driving on a suspended license, had no valid insurance, and was in possession of an open 22 ounce bottle of beer complimented by a blunt stuffed with 1.9 grams of marijuana.

 Paul Rollins of Wood Dale, was reportedly found sleeping in the driver's seat of a vehicle left in drive, his foot on the brake, in the 100 block of North Humphrey Avenue on Dec. 2. Two packages of heroin were allegedly found on the seat, and more in a search. Rollins was charged with felony DUI and driving on a revoked license.

As easy as riding a bike?

Parolee Cornelius Duncan, 46, who has nine prior theft, burglary and drug convictions, was stopped while riding what he said was a borrowed bike near Lathrop and Iowa around 3:30 a.m. Sept. 12. The bike checked back to an Oak Park resident, whose garage door was open and whose bike was missing.

Bulge? What bulge?

Derrick Hutcherson, 48, was chased from the Coconuts store on Lake Street after stuffing his overalls with 98 compact discs valued at $1,700 Nov. 30. Hutcherson, who reportedly "had difficulty walking," was easily trailed by store security to the Harlem Avenue el station.

Two for ones

James L. Drink, 33, was arrested following a disturbance in the 1100 block of North Austin Boulevard Aug. 18 after being determined to be wanted on a domestic battery warrant. The woman he was arguing with, Nikki A. Bell, 25, was arrested on an Oak Park warrant for theft.

Hit and run

Alberto Arguello, 20, was allegedly observed driving a van southbound on Harlem Avenue near Lake Street on its tireless wheel rim early on Jan. 21. The van also had extensive damage to its front end. Arguello told River Forest police he'd struck a curb, but Maywood police demurred, insisting that he'd been involved in a hit and run there.

2005 'Second and third effort' awards

Jose Orozco, 68, was arrested at Oak Park and River Forest High School April 8 after reportedly violating an order of protection that prohibited him from being there, marking the sixth time since Sept. 20, 2004 that Oak Park police had arrested him. Orozco allegedly struck a woman in the face the night of Sept. 20, and has accrued charges including battery to a police officer, domestic battery, and phone harassment.

Let my squirrels go!

Someone took a squirrel trap from the yard of a home in the 1300 block of Monroe on March 27. The trap was later returned with a note castigating the property owner for his practice of trapping squirrels.

It helps to be aware of your surroundings

Jesus Flores, 32, of Berwyn, showed up at the Oak Park police station March 4 to perform electrical work. However Flores was arrested after a routine name check revealed a Cook County Sheriff warrant for violation of conditional release. A search then allegedly found Flores to be in possession of 6.6 grams of marijuana and a pipe.

Over the river and through the woods...

William S. Burcett, 19, decided he'd go off-roading in Thatcher Woods in his pick up truck March 30. Instead of fun and adventure, Burcett got firmly stuck on a trail, received a ticket from River Forest police and a towing bill from Cook County.

Men about town

 Russell G. Derbus, 49, was reportedly soliciting money outside Panera Bread April 28 so he could "buy beer and go sleep in the woods." He apparently eventually scraped together enough spare change, as police reported that Derbus and Arthur Beckert, 50, were intoxicated and yelling the afternoon of May 3 in the 7200 block of Lake Street. On May 11 Russell and Arthur allegedly moved their living five blocks west to the vicinity of Lincoln School, Lake Street and Park Avenue.

 Near Keystone and Lake the evening of April 28, Darrell D. Welch, 45, whom police allege was intoxicated, reportedly kept giving money offered to him back to donors and asking for larger amounts.

Did he leave a phone number, too?

A man asked to produce ID after writing a check at the CVS Pharmacy, 7929 North Ave. July 17, instead left the store? but left the written check and a check book on the counter. The name on the check matched the name and birth date of a man then on parole on a retail theft conviction. Kenyon O. Dobbins soon found himself back in prison, serving the remainder of his time for the retail theft, as well as three years for a forgery conviction.

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