Traffic stops lead to drug arrests
At 11:50 p.m., on Feb. 25, a vehicle driven by Dane M. Jensen, 24, of Beach Park, was stopped on Milwaukee Avenue near Hurlburt Court for a non-functioning rear registration light. During the traffic stop, officers said they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and a search of the vehicle revealed cannabis and drug paraphernalia. A passenger in the vehicle, Randy T. Patt, 24, of Zion, also had cannabis and drug paraphernalia on him, police said.
Both Jensen and Patt were arrested and taken into custody and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Jensen was also charged with no rear registration light. After processing they were released on individual $120 personal recognizance bonds with court dates scheduled for April 9.
On Feb. 27, Anthony R. Ardito, 24, of Libertyville, was stopped by police and arrested after a records check revealed that he was driving with a suspended driver’s license. The traffic stop occurred at approximately 1 p.m. on Milwaukee Avenue near Johnson Street. Prior to his vehicle being towed, it was searched and police said they found cannabis and drug paraphernalia in the center console. Ardito was taken into custody and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended. He was released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond and given a March 12 court date.
Pedro Torres-Chavez, Jr., 35, of Des Plaines, was arrested and charged with retail theft for stealing two packages of fuses from Ace Hardware, on Peterson Road on Feb. 27 at 4:30 p.m. The fuses were valued at $26. Torres-Chavez was processed and also was issued a trespass warning for Ace Hardware. He was later released on a $120 personal recognizance bond and given a March 19 court date.
Trespassing at the hospital
Police were called to Condell Hospital by security personnel March 2 at 4:15 p.m. regarding a subject who refused to leave hospital grounds. Shareema D. Scott, 21, of Waukegan, had been found in restricted areas of the hospital without authorized access and repeatedly refused to leave. Police arrested Scott and transported her to the police department where she was processed on charges of criminal trespass to property, resisting a peace officer and obstructing a peace officer, and was issued a trespass warning for Condell Hospital. She was released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond and given a March 12 court date.