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Driver Denies Ownership of Loaded Gun: Midlothian Police Blotter

Midlothian Police reports, Oct. 4-6.

SATURDAY, Oct. 6

That's My Car, But Not My Gun

Ronald A. Hicks, 32, of the 3300 block of W. 147th Street, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after officers found a gun after a search of his car while on patrol.

According to police, officers were conducting a routine patrol and saw Hicks' car parked in a parking lot behind 3347 W. 147th Street. The officers saw the driver's side door open, with Hicks sitting in the driver's seat and the dome light was not lit.

When officers walked up to Hicks, they noted an open Red Dog beer can in the center cupholder. Officers asked Hicks to step out of the car and when he did, the officers saw a .22 caliber revolver on the passenger's seat. Officers secured the gun and found it to have nine live rounds of ammunition in it.

Officers took Hicks into custody and took him to the Midlothian Police Department, where Hicks was questioned. During the interview, Hicks admitted to drinking in the car and confirmed the car belonged to him and he was the sole driver. Hicks also said that he had no knowledge of the gun, although he did allow a search of his car.

Hicks was charged and then taken to the Markham Court House for a bond hearing.

That's a Lot of Warrants

Bryan L. Rudd, 30, of the 5300 block of S. Waterbury Drive, Crestwood, was charged with driving while license revoked, unlawful possession of cannabis, operation of uninsured motor vehicle, failure to signal when required and expired registration following a traffic stop in the 14500 block of S. Waverly Avenue.

Officers stopped Rudd after seeing him fail to signal a left turn. During the stop, Rudd told the officers that his license was revoked, which they confirmed. Officers took Rudd into custody without incident, and transported him to the Midlothian Police Station.

While waiting for a tow for Rudd's car, officers saw a green leafy substance on the driver's seat. A search of the car resulted in officers finding a bag containing 6.7 grams of suspected cannabis, which was taken as evidence.

At the station, police found that Rudd had outstanding warrants for aggravated battery to a police officer, driving without a license and driving while license suspended or revoked. Rudd posted bond on all three warrants and was given court dates for all three.

He then posted bond on his most recent charges, and was given a court date of Oct. 26, in at the Markham Court House.

FRIDAY, Oct. 5

Get A Job?!

Laurie C. Smith, 21, of the 14600 block of S. Kedzie Avenue, was charged with domestic battery after police responded to a 9-1-1 call from Smith.

At the scene, officers spoke with Smith, who said that the victim grabbed her and threw her to the ground. Officers then spoke with the victim, who told them Smith became angry with the victim after telling her and her boyfriend to 'go out and get jobs.'

The victim said Smith then stood up from the couch and began striking and scratching the victim in the face. Officers noted several cuts to the victim's nose and cheeks that confirmed the victim's story. Three other witnesses at the home also confirmed the victim's story and said the victim only grabbed Smith in an attempt to prevent further harm.

THURSDAY, Oct. 4

Busted Window Leads to Underage Bust

Anthony P. Gilbert, 18, of the 7400 block of W. 160th Street, Tinley Park, was cited for unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor following a traffic stop in the 14300 block of S. Pulaski Road.

While on patrol, officers saw a red Acura driving along Pulaski Road with tape and cardboard over the rear window, obstructing the driver's view. Police stopped the car and spoke with Marvin W. Aguilera, 19, of the 8500 block of Scheer Drive, Tinley Park.

Aguilera and Gilbert were asked to exit the car to speak with officers, at which point officers noted Gilbert to have bloodshot eyes, and a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath. Gilbert submitted to a portable breath test, blowing a .114. He then admitted to taking four shots of Jagermeister one hour prior to the stop.

Aguilera was cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and the obstructed rear window at the Midlothian Police Department and released. Gilbert was charged and released into the custody of his grandmother.

Police Blotter information is provided by the Midlothian 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.

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