Drug busts keep cops busy

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Oak Park police arrested four people for possession of drugs or paraphernalia last week. In addition, Oak Park and River Forest police arrested three people for possession of cannabis.

Officers, suspicious after seeing a car drive back and forth through the intersection of Madison and Austin several times around 4:20 p.m., March 3, followed the vehicle to the first block of North Mason in Chicago. There a man identified as Andreaco Rhetta stepped out of an alley, approached the driver and allegedly conducted a drug transaction.

As police approached, the car drove off and Rhetta fled on foot, dropping a clear plastic bag to the ground. He was caught after a brief foot chase, and officers recovered the bag, which reportedly contained 51 capsules of heroin. A search of Rhetta reportedly turned up another 10 capsules of crack cocaine in one pants pocket, and a bag containing 120 capsules of heroin in the other pocket.

Rebecca Schmitt 24, of Dane, Wis., and Bryan C. Gehin, 36, of Madison, Wis., were approached by police as the pair sat in a car at the south end of the McDonald's parking lot, 111 Madison, around 10:20 p.m., March 3. Gehen was allegedly found in possession of a 4-inch glass and Schmitt in possession of a 2-inch pipe with burnt wire mesh at the end. Both were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christopher J. Nevin, of Lake Zurich, was allegedly observed hunched over the steering wheel of his car in the McDonald's parking lot, just after noon on March 4. Police say he was holding a spoon containing a white powder that field tested positive for heroin. He also reportedly had a hypodermic syringe and a cigarette pack containing "numerous" packets of heroin.

Creighton P. Gaunt, 37, of Maywood, was stopped on the first block of North Blvd. the afternoon of March 4, for an alleged traffic violation. He was arrested for allegedly driving on a suspended license and having no insurance. A custody search allegedly turned up a baggie filled with numerous tabs of what was determined to be MMA, or Ecstasy.

Erica Y. Macon, 26, of Chicago was stopped on the 400 block of South Blvd., the afternoon of March 2, for having no brake lights. Police say the car had been reported stolen, that Macon's driver's license was suspended, that she had no proof of insurance and that a custody search turned up three baggies of marijuana.

Michael S. Foreman and Joseph Gerace, both 17, were arrested near Chicago and Belleforte around 11:30 p.m., March 2, and charged with possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. Police say they also confiscated $352 cash from Foreman.

Robbery

Condessa Thomas, of Chicago, was stopped by police on the 5900 block of Madison around 4:30 a.m. March 3. She was charged with aggravated robbery in an incident earlier on the first block of North Austin.

Battery

John J. Meenaghan, 47, of Melrose Park, was arrested, the evening of March 3, on the 1100 block of Miller after he allegedly punched his sister in the face several times, splitting her lip and causing her face to swell.

Eugene P. Casale, of the 400 block of Wesley was arrested, the afternoon of March 6, on a signed complaint, alleging he battered another man in his home on March 5.

Isidro Carballo, 19, of Berwyn was arrested, the night of March 6, for the alleged battery of an Elmwood Park woman on the 700 block of Lake, Feb. 12.

Antonio Woods, 24, of Chicago was arrested, the morning of March 3, for an alleged domestic battery.

Theft

Cantrise Patrick, 40, of Chicago was arrested, the afternoon of March 4, in relation to a theft on the 6300 block of W. North Ave., Feb. 21, in which a woman's purse was stolen off the counter of a pawn shop.

An elderly woman living on the 1400 block of Monroe, River Forest, allowed two men who said they were utility workers into her home, the afternoon of March 5. While the men were in her basement, one said he needed to go upstairs to use the phone. When the two men left, the woman realized her wedding ring and anniversary ring were both gone from her bedroom.

An unattended envelope, containing $70 and a woman's state ID, was stolen from a table in a restaurant on the 1000 block of Lake, the afternoon of March 2.

Burglary

Harold T. Hamilton, 18, of 11 Ontario, Oak Park, was allegedly observed inside a vehicle on the 500 block of South Blvd. shortly before midnight, March 3. After he was arrested three blocks away, a search allegedly turned up a GPS device, a hammer and a box of Krazy Glue. He was charged with two counts of vehicle burglary.

During the day March 8, a woman working in the kitchen of her apartment on the 1100 block of Ontario heard her front door close. When she opened the door and looked out, she saw a young man in the hallway who inquired about another resident of the building. The woman then allowed the man inside her unit to use her phone. She later discovered someone had charged over $4,000 on her credit card. The card, she realized, had been stolen from her purse, which was hanging just inside her apartment door.

The window of a car was broken and items stolen: On the 1000 block of Washington, overnight March 3; the Ridgeland Common lot, 415 Lake, the evening of Feb. 28; the 400 block of Harrison, the afternoon of March 2; the 400 block of N. Oak Park, the afternoon of March 2; the 600 block of Lyman, the afternoon of March 6; the 600 block of Van Buren, the afternoon of March 3.

The morning of March 2, the door lock of a car on the 700 block of Jackson was pulled and a cable saw stolen.

A snowblower and grass-mulcher, valued in total at $1,350, were stolen from a garage on the 200 block of S. East that had been left open, the evening of March 5.

The side door of a garage on the 1200 block of N. Elmwood was pried open between March 5-8. A snowblower and several other items, valued in total at $848, were stolen.

DUI

Levi Green, 55, of the 5200 block of Washington, was allegedly involved in an accident on the 1000 block of Lake, the night of March 6, and fled the scene. Police pulled him over on the 100 block of Chicago, where he reportedly failed a field sobriety test, then refused a breathalyzer test. He also reportedly had no valid license or insurance.

Leaving the scene of an accident

Johnnie Walker, Jr. allegedly fled the scene of an accident at Oak Park and Van Buren, the afternoon of March 7. Walker, 40, was stopped on the 600 block of S. Taylor a short time later. Police say he had no driver's license.

Nicholas J. Taylor-Smith, 20, of Bolingbrook was stopped on the 600 block of S. Harlem in Forest Park by police looking for the driver that fled an accident on the 300 block of S. Oak Park. Police say Taylor-Smith was identified as the driver and that he was also driving on a suspended license and had no proof of insurance.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from March 2-9. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.

-Compiled by Bill Dwyer

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