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Accused Drunken Driver Doesn't Recall Accident: Oak Forest Police Blotter

Oak Forest police reports, Jan. 9–12.

SATURDAY, JAN. 12

Not the Best Place to Roll a Joint

Ian I. Okosi, 25, was cited for possession of cannabis 30 grams and under, following a stop in the 4100 block of 167th Street.

Police saw Okosi sitting in his car, with the dome light on, in an empty parking lot. Police approached Okosi and noted a newspaper with a green leafy substance on it in his lap. Also on the newspaper was a clear plastic baggie containing the same green leafy substance and a cut open cigarette blunt.

Police issued Okosi a citation, at which time he was released.

Gas Station Robbery

Police were called to the Mobile Gas Station, 14701 Central Avenue, after the clerk reported the station was robbed.

At the station, police spoke with the victim who said a black male came into the store, jumped the counter and grabbed her by the ponytail. He then had her open the register, before removing $200 and taking two packs of Newport cigarettes.

The suspect then left the store, heading north. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

THURSDAY, JAN. 10

The Appliances are Missing

Police were called to a residence in the 15300 block of James Drive after a maintenance man reported several appliances missing from a foreclosed home.

At the scene, police spoke with the caller, who said the home was missing a stove, refrigerator, air conditioning unit and had damage to its dry wall.

The man provided police with paperwork citing the damage and missing items were noted in an inventory of the home in October of 2012.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9

'I Didn't Know I Was in an Accident'

Rodney L. Riddle, 61, of the 7300 block of Sandlewood Drive, Tinley Park, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol, and cited for possession of cannabis, following an accident at the intersection of 159th Street and Laramie Avenue.

Police stopped Riddle in the 5200 block of 159th Street after a driver called in a hit and run, describing the vehicle Riddle was driving. The victim told officers Riddle bumped into their car three times at the traffic light at 159th Street and Cicero Avenue and then drove off.

During the traffic stop, officers noted Riddle to have slurred speech, watery eyes, a flush face and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Riddle told officers he was not aware he was in a traffic accident while being interviewed during the stop.

Police had Riddle perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was taken to the police station, where he urinated in his pants during the booking process, before blowing a .208.

Riddle was processed and had a court date of Feb. 8 set.

You're Not the Prize Patrol

Police were called to a home in the 4000 block of W. 154th Street after a resident reported receiving a suspicious call.

At the home, police spoke with the resident, who told officers that a man called the home and told the resident he had won $80,000 and a new car from Publisher's Clearinghouse. The caller said the man had to purchase a $500 Green Dot money back vulture card and relay the numbers on the back to the caller in order to claim his prize.

While at the home, the caller against called the residence and said the prizes would be delivered at 12:30 p.m. that day after the resident confirmed the purchase of the card.

Police told the resident to inform the caller that he had notified police.

Police Blotter information is provided by the Oak Forest Police Department. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken 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.

Brian January 15, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I am very glad to see the homeowner in the last blurb didn't fall for this scam. It seems too many people in our area are falling victim to outlandish scams such as these. Here is an article from the Better Business Bureau on a similar scam I wanted to pass along to everyone; http://www.bbb.org/us/article/bbb-warns-consumers-to-avoid-advance-fee-loan-scams-using-green-dot-moneypaks-34911 Also from Publisher's Clearing House Directly; http://blog.pch.com/blog/2012/11/07/beware-pch-scams-like-the-green-dot-moneypak-prepaid-card-scam/
Tired of the B.S. January 15, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Yes, it was necessary to mention that he was so drunk that he had no control of his bodily functions. I'm sorry that the Patch did not post his picture so we could all see what he looks like. Would you have as much empathy for this 61 year old drunk if he had hit your car or killed somebody that you knew while he was driving?
Tired of the B.S. January 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Could any of the Patch editors let me know why comments that did not violate the Patch terms of use were deleted form this thread?
Lauren Traut (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM
I'm not sure about Joe's comments, Tired. But I did email you about why yours was deleted.
Tired of the B.S. January 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Thanks for the reply, Lauren. I have read why you removed the comments and though I don't see anything threatening in my response to Joe, although for some reason, he feels threatened, I respect your decision. On a personal note to Joe Bzdyl, I apologize if you felt threatened by my comment. I certainly did not and would not threaten you. I was only pointing out why I choose to use a moniker when posting on a public forum.
Lauren Traut (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 11:21 PM
I followed up with Joe, Tired. And he removed his own comments.
Tired of the B.S. January 15, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Thanks Lauren. I know what a tough job you must have at times and I don't want to add to the difficulty factor in any way. I will try to remember that not all out there have the ability to take what they dish out. Just for the record, I did not look up anything and would not do that, I was just trying to make a point, which apparently I did. I guess I may driven my point home a little harder than Joe could handle.

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