WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2
Christmas Lights Damaged
Police were called to a home in the 5500 block of Christoper Drive after a resident reported damage to their Christmas lights. At the home, the victim told officers that somebody had either pulled down or run into their lights, damaging them.
Officers noted two strings of lights were damaged and that it appeared somebody was going through the yard and did not see the lights, which were off at the time, damaging them.
The cost to replace the lights is under $100.
MONDAY, DEC. 31
Hotel Birthday Bash Broken Up
Deonte L. Marshall, 22, of the 16900 block of E. Orchard Ridge Avenue, Hazel Crest, and George Jideonwo, 21, of the 14800 block of Homan Avenue, Midlothian, were cited for criminal trespass and obstructing a police officer following an incident at the Best Western, 4375 Frontage Road.
Police were called to the hotel by a manager just after midnight, who said there were several noise complaints against a room and that people inside the room were refusing to leave and cursing at the manager through the door.
At the room, officers noted 15-18 people inside the room and advised everyone that only the registered guest and one other person were allowed in the room and that all others needed to leave. Marshall, whose name the room was under, said he needed time to decide whom he wanted to share the room with for the night.
While he was thinking, Jideonwo began cursing at officers and telling others in the room they didn't have to leave. Officers placed Jideonwo in custody and removed them from the room, while the others in the room slowly began to leave.
Marshall then became angry and began yelling at officers, grabbing at Jideonwo, attempting to pull him away from officers. Other guests in the room then grabbed Marshall and dragging him out to the lobby, where he continued to yell at officers.
At this time, the manager said they wanted to sign trespassing complaints against Marshall and have him removed from the hotel.
Marshall and Jideonwo were taken to the Oak Forest police station, where they were charged and then released, pending a court date.
SATURDAY, DEC. 29
Driver Calls Police on Drunk Driver
Sherri A. Urbanski, 40, of the 15800 block of LeClaire Avenue, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol and cited for improper lane usage after a traffic stop at the intersection of 159th Street and Central Avenue.
At 11:03 p.m., police were dispatched to 147th Street and Central Avenue after a resident called in an erratic driver. While exiting the police station, officers located the vehicle passing the station and began to follow the vehicle in their squad car.
While following the vehicle down Central Avenue, officers saw the car travel below the posted speed limit and cross the double yellow line more than once and initiated a traffic stop at the BP Gas Station on 159th Street.
During the stop, officers noted a strong odor of alcohol coming from Urbanski's breath. Urbanski told officers she had not been drinking prior to the stop, but later in the interview admitted to about 10 hours prior to the stop at her father's house.
Officers had Urbanski preform standard field sobriety tests, which she failed in their opinion and placed her into custody.
During a search of Urbanski's car while waiting for a tow truck, officers located an open bottle of vodka inside her handbag inside the car.
Urbanski was taken to the Oak Forest police department, where she was charged and booked. She was released to her fiancee and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan 15.
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