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Homewood Police Blotter: Hotel Fire, Cashless Cigarette Shopping

Homewood police reports, June 25-29

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

Cashless Cigarette Shopping Trip

A Harvey woman took a young relative along for a "shopping trip" for cigarettes and alcohol, but failed to pay for the items, police reports said. Sarah Grady, 44, of the 15600 block of Lexington, was charged with retail theft after a Wednesday trip to Super Kmart, 17550 Halsted St., according to the report. Store employees said they observed the woman and her relative removing Newport cigarettes and alcohol from a display and placing them into shopping bags, then transferring the bags into a cart, according to police. The woman and child then pushed the cart from the store without paying, according to reports. Grady has a court date set for 1 p.m. Aug. 5 in Markham Court, room 201, while the juvenile has an administrative court hearing date.

TUESDAY, JUNE 28

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Charges

A Homewood man was charged with possession of marijuana and drug parnaphernalia after admitting to police he had illegal items in his vehicle, police said. Josh Glass, 25, of the 1100 block of Elder, was pulled over after failing to signal, according to the report. The man then admitted he had a wooden "one-hitter" box and a silver grinder in the car's center console, according to the report. Glass was also charged with failure to signal and no valid insurance, police said. He has a court date set for 1 p.m. July 22 in Markham Court, room 206.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26

Park Forest Woman Reports Homewood Hotel Attack

A Park Forest woman complained to police that she was hit by her boyfriend while staying at the Homewood Hotel, 17400 Halsted, according to the report. The woman said she was lying on the bed, when Lawrence Walls jumped her, punched her and tore her shirt, according to police. Walls, 26, was taken in custody on domestic battery charges, police said. The woman was taken to South Suburban Hospital for treatment for her injuries, according to the report.

Suspicious Fire At Homewood Hotel

Shortly after midnight Sunday, a fire was reported at the Homewood Hotel, police said. The fire alarm sounded and the fire appeared to originate in room 309, according to the report.  Heavy smoke filled the hallway, as an officer worked to evacuate the third floor, police said. Homewood Fire Department secured the fire, and no injuries were reported, police said. A fire investigation team was summoned, police said. No one had been charged as of Thursday, police said. No estimate of damages was immediately available.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25

Beard-Trimmer Theft Cut Short

A Homewood man was charged with theft after police said he stole a beard-trimming device from a local store. William Spencer, 49, of the 900 block of Maple, was found with a concealed Wahl beard-trimming appliance after exiting the Kmart, according to the report. A store employee told police he observed Spencer take the $39.99 device off the shelf, hide it and leave the building, according to reports.

Seatbelt Stop Nets Marijuana Citation

A Saturday seatbelt stop in the 18200 block of Sacramento Avenue resulted in a marijuana citation for a juvenile driver, police said. The officer had curbed the car after noticing that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, but then detected the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle, police said. When the juvenile driver was asked if he had any marijuana on him or in his vehicle, he denied it, but admitted smoking earlier in the day, according to the report. However, when he was later patted down, two bags of marijuana fell out of his pant legs, police said. The juvenile was taken into custody, then released to his brother. He has an administrative hearing at Homewood Village hall.

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