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Reefer Madness: Homewood Police Blotter

Homewood Police dealt with three cases involving marijuana possession over the past week.

THURSDAY, JULY 19

Marijuana Possession, Resisting Arrest

Geoff Thomas, 18, 19013 Center Avenue, Homewood, was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a peace officer. Police investigating three males in a parked car near Thomas’s home at 10:36 p.m., smelled marijuana and spotted a grinder and a glass pipe on the lap of one of the passengers, and a bottle of tequila in the vehicle. Thomas resisted arrest by tensing up and pulling away so police wrestled him to the ground then handcuffed him, according to the police report. The driver of the vehicle was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

Marijuana Possession

Leonard Hussian, 25, 813 Bowling Green Drive, Homewood, was charged with possession of cannabis at 7:30 p.m. Hussian dropped two items in a trash can at Apollo Park, 1050 W. 191stStreet and then walked away, ignoring police commands for him to stop. Police recovered a can of beer and 8.5 grams of marijuana from the trash can and later learned Hussian was wanted on a Cook County Sheriff’s Police warrant issued June 29 for failure to appear on a DUI charge.

Marijuana and Traffic Charges

Larita Johnson, 20, 12514 Fairview Avenue, Blue Island, was charged with possession of cannabis after police stopped the vehicle she was driving near 178th Street and Kedzie Avenue for having only one working headlight. During the stop at 1:11 a.m., police learned Johnson’s driver’s license was suspended. Prior to towing her vehicle, officers found 2 grams of marijuana and a rolled joint in the center console armrest. Johnson was also charged with driving with only one working headlight and driving while license suspended.

Check Forgery

Wendell Turner, 21, 1546 Sun Ridge Drive, Bradley, was charged with felony forgery after he tried to deposit a fake check into an account at TCF Bank, 3153 W. 183rd Street at 10:02 a.m. Bank employees learned the check and account were phony through an online system of Bank of America, the company that supposedly issued the check. Turner was reportedly taken to the 6thDistrict Municipal Courthouse in Markham to await a bond hearing.

Police report information is provided by the Homewood Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

HF Resident July 26, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Wendell, come on. You really believed that if you go to a bank with a check from a fake account from a another bank, they wont catch it? Some of these are just entertaining
Tobias Cichon July 26, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Great. Another 18 year old kid (oops, legal adult - yet not old enough to drink) sent to jail for a plant that's less dangerous than alcohol. Now we can all pay for his room and board. As for the Hussain case: Get prints, then you have something... you have yet another person in jail that we the tax payers will pay 40k per year for because he had a plant. I'm sick of taxpayer money going to support drug users being nannied in prison. Chicago moved marijuana possession to a citable offense. It's happening all over the country. It's time go get wise and stop wasting our money.
lala July 26, 2012 at 02:20 PM
In the meantime, it is ILLEGAL! Keep sending them to jail where they belong.
Joel July 26, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Resisting police commands, not a very good idea.
Tobias Cichon July 26, 2012 at 04:05 PM
That's the point lala, they DON'T belong in jail. Did they do something to you? Did they do something to anyone? No. And they don't go to "jail" they go to prison... often for many many years. These laws are based on racism and corporate maneuvering (crony capitalism). America has less than 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners. We're doing it wrong.
FlossmoorMom July 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Yes Tobias, situations like these are crazy- http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=14&articleid=20111004_11_A1_CUTLIN526292
Chester Rook July 26, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Okay, I agree the example FlossmoorMom gave us is crazy! Thank God we don't live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But here in Illinois--especially the Chicago area--going to jail, or especially prison, is something that doesn't happen that often for simple pot possession. You'll definitely go to a holding cell at the local police department (Homewood, Chicago Heights, whoever arrests you), but you won't even make it over to Markham if you post bond. And once it goes to court, what do you get? A fine, probation, supervision, a little slap on the wrist, nothing crazy. You won't even see the inside of a prison if you have less that 30 grams, and even if you do, the odds are in your favor. But it is annoying to see officers' time and taxpayer dollars going to something like pot possession that is just going to be thrown out or lessened later. It'd be great if Homewood and other area departments moved to citations rather than arrests for small amounts. Obviously they should still be arrested for the larger amounts. But as for the claim that arresting someone for weed is racist, it's not. It all goes back to location, location, location. Around H-F, Harvey, Chicago Heights, etc you do get a lot of blacks arrested for it. But in other areas like Frankfort, New Lenox, Mokena, Homer Glen it's nothing but whites getting arrested for it.
Ima Copp July 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Everything illegal is Racist
FlossmoorMom July 27, 2012 at 01:47 AM
@Chester Rook- that was my point...I've honestly never done a single drug in my life...but I can't imagine some of the laws in some areas with regard to marijuana...I was just posting an extreme example...I do think taxpayers money is wasted when jailing small time people for possession- I'd much rather them go after hard criminals.
lala July 27, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Well gee, if you break the law where do you belong??? Nothing was done to me as I was not sitting in the car smoking pot. What if the stoned driver killed someone while driving high? He broke not only one law but three. I see all that were arrested are model citizens! One was drinking and smoking weed in the park. The other one driving on a suspended and one headlight. I don't care if people smoke pot but if you are stupid enough to do it outdoors, carry it in your car and get caught, the only place to go is jail. Oh puleese stop trying to play the race card. Chester Rook answered that perfectly. If you what to change the law, put your name on the ballot next time.
Tobias Cichon July 27, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Hold on, let's clear this racist issue up. My intention was to lambaste the initial federal ruling of making it illegal because the push for it to be illegal was driven by racism. This is a fact. A law based on racism does not belong on our books, whether or not the current application of the law is necessarily racist.
Tobias Cichon July 27, 2012 at 03:28 PM
"What if the stoned driver killed someone while driving high?" - Lala 1 - They weren't driving. 2 - Auto insurance companies are releasing reports about how marijuana users may end up paying LOWER car insurance because they are safer drivers who take less risks. http://www.4autoinsurancequote.com/uncategorized/reasons-why-marijuana-users-are-safe-drivers/ 3 - The FEDERAL GOVERNMENT has released a study that shows that moderate marijuana use does not impair drivers, but that they may be even safer than sober drivers. Here's the problem: Every single reason that anyone can come up with for cannabis to be illegal is scientifically or factually baseless, or outright hypocrisy.
Tobias Cichon July 27, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I was not suggesting that a cop who arrests someone for cannabis possession is taking racist action. The police officers are required to follow the letter of the law, or they can lose their jobs. They are not the lawmakers.
Tobias Cichon July 27, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Lala, if you think the only way to change the law is to put your name on the ballot, then you do not understand our government at all. This is supposed to be a government for the people, by the people... not by and for whomever gets elected.
Tobias Cichon July 27, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Not at all what I was saying. Please read my comments below.
Tobias Cichon July 27, 2012 at 03:53 PM
If anyone is interested in reading about US incarceration statistics, this page has some pretty amazing data: http://filipspagnoli.wordpress.com/stats-on-human-rights/statistics-on-freedom/statistics-on-prisoner-population-rates/
Tobias Cichon July 27, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Lala, you DO realize that there are different degrees of lawbreaking, right? Speeding is breaking the law, ever do that? Maybe we should throw you in jail. People die from Tylenol every year, but no one dies of cannabis. But hey, the FDA says Tylenol is safe and cannabis isn't. Did you know that it's illegal to fish in Illinois if you are sitting on a giraffe's neck? There are dumb laws out there that don't matter, but a dumb one that has a tremendous impact on our society is our responsibility to change as citizens. Chester, I agree with a great deal of what you said, however, in Illinois, a first offense for under 30g is punishable by up to a year. A second offense brings it to a felony with minimum of 1 year and a max of 3 for anything under 30g. A felony. Convicted felons have an incredibly difficult time getting a job and often end up turning to crime to supplement. It's a destroyed life and devastated family. It's a terrible circle that we are perpetuating rather than correcting through other means such as counselling.
FlossmoorMom July 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Thanks for the interesting reads Tobias.
Ima Copp July 27, 2012 at 05:33 PM
What Planet is he on??? Oh Boy
lala July 28, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Speeding - no. I do not do that and have never received a ticket in my life. No need to throw me in jail. Tylenol is a "legal" over the counter medication. You are comparing apples to oranges. You also said, "There are dumb laws out there that don't matter, but a dumb one that has a tremendous impact on our society is our responsibility to change as citizens." This is why I suggest YOU get on the balott. If you are so passionaite about changing this law in Homewood, run for trustee or mayor. Go reread "Marijuana and Traffic Charges". Someone was driving. Regardless of what http://www.4autoinsurancequote.com/uncategorized/reasons-why-marijuana-users-are-safe-drivers/ claims, I prefer to share the road with sober drivers. Pot smoking causes slow driving as well as slow reacation times. Both cause accidents. Lots of laws are indeed silly but they are still laws. As long as it is illegal and people break the law, they will continue to go to jail.
Joeblow gotti October 08, 2012 at 08:47 AM
He was clearly faded, police protect and serve, they protected the communtity by preventing a grown man from feeling a sertain way, which has a record of killing alot of people! (sarcasm) its only safe when you have medical issue's like head ach's and pains and you get it from hospitls... (in other words, the government or "the white man" get that drug money), if you dont you are going to jail, and the "man" will still get his money out of the deal..through that fat ticket you will recieve. its all about that mon
Joeblow gotti October 08, 2012 at 09:11 AM
cops arent stupid they know who be havin the weed, ive ran into a couple that searched my car for no reason they claim they smelled weed but thats only because they really did, but the thing is, sometimes after i tell the police my name and show i.d i wouldent speak with them until i had a lawyer, i want to change the world since cops exersize their rights to search lets ask them alot of questions, just because you can
John D Hatton November 29, 2012 at 05:17 AM
You are completely right. Lala is just ignorant and sheltered. The black market for marijuana is the main reason for alot of crimes. Legalize it and tax it! Drug dealers don,t want to legalize pot, I wonder why?
lala November 29, 2012 at 01:38 PM
John - just because I stated a fact I am ignorant and sheltered? Name calling?
Andrew Keister March 10, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Lala, it's a plant. A harmless plant. I guarantee you have never tried it. For everyone else who wants to do something about legalization, sign my petition. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/legalize-marijuana-recreational-usage/PBSwY4b0 We need 100,000 in 30 days. The government will have but no choice to acknowledge our rights

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