Alcohol, Drugs and Identity Crisis: Homewood Police Blotter
Homewood police reports, May 1-7
MONDAY, MAY 7
Don’t drive angry ... or drunk
John Barnett, 48, of 2620 Gordon Drive in Flossmoor, was charged with assault and driving under the influence of alcohol. Barnett allegedly brandished a tire iron and threatened a motorist who yelled at him for throwing a beer bottle from his car window as they drove separate vehicles on Governor’s Highway near Flossmoor Road. The victim told police he fled when Barnett got out of his vehicle with a lug wrench and said, “I’m gonna kick your [expletive].” Police arrested Barnett a short time later in front of his home, where he admitted he threatened the man. He reportedly failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol concentration of .171.
Turn ‘n run; heroin bust
Antonio Mordican, 41, of 439 24th Avenue, Bellwood, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting a police officer. Police said they stopped the vehicle Mordican was driving near 177th Street and Halsted Street because he did not use his turn signal at Halsted Street and Maple Road. Mordican fled on foot, but he was apprehended in the 800 block of Maple Road, police said. During an inventory search of the vehicle, police said they found 1 gram of heroin under the driver’s-side visor during an inventory search of the vehicle. Mordican was also charged with failure to signal a turn, driving while license suspended and driving without insurance.
SUNDAY, MAY 6
Sterling Williams, 18, of 17313 Kedzie, Hazel Crest, was charged with possession of cannabis. Williams was stopped for a seatbelt violation in the 17800 block of Kedzie Avenue at 7:07 p.m., police said. Asked to exit the vehicle he drove, Williams clutched a balled-up T-shirt in his right hand, despite several commands from police to put it down. When he finally did, police found 33.2 grams of pot in 29 small, clear plastic bags in a cell phone box wrapped in the t-shirt. Police said they also found a digital scale in the vehicle.
FRIDAY, MAY 4
Who’s in your wallet?
A resident in the 17700 block of Highland Avenue told police that he was the victim of identity theft. The man told police that between December 2009 and February 2012 he received letters from three companies—AT&T, T-Mobile and PNC Bank—that accounts had been set up in his name. One of the letters stated a cell phone account was being turned over to collections because of an outstanding balance of more than $900. Another letter stated the loan approval process—for a loan the man said he never applied for—was in-process, while a third letter stated he’d been turned down for the loan.
TUESDAY, MAY 1
Someone took a bicycle, valued at $350 from the Metra Station, 18020 Harwood Avenue, police said. The bike’s owner told police his bike, a men’s 26-inch, blue and silver Trek 7100 model, was locked to the parking bars in the bike lock-up area. The bike was reported stolen at 4:52 p.m.
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