Mokena Police Blotter: Battery Over Breakfast; Park District Ball Field Vandalized

Mokena police reports, March 16-25


Beer Can Used in Battery

Damien G. Benson, 27, of the 19700 block of Greenview Avenue in Mokena was charged with domestic battery after a woman told police Benson punched her and threw a beer can in her face on the night of March 24, inside his home.

Battery Over Breakfast

Arthur A. Olson, no age listed, of the 6800 block of 180th Court in Tinley Park was charged with domestic battery after a woman and witnesses in the Pepper Mill Restaurant told police Olson shoved a woman and then tried forcing her into his car to leave, around 9 a.m. According to the report, Olson "became upset because she forgot to remind him that he wanted to order soup with his breakfast."


Neighborly Feud

Norman K. Liepins, 48, of the 19300 block of Wolf Road in Mokena was charged with battery after his neighbor told police Liepins slammed his friend's head against his apartment wall and choked him around 11:45 p.m. According to the report, Liepins became upset after one of the men untied his dog and let it back into his apartment while he was away.


Beveridge with Open Beverage

Thomas M. Beveridge, 25, of the 20100 block of Rosewood Drive in Frankfort was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license suspended, no insurance and failure to signal. Police said they found an open can of beer, a glass smoking pipe and a metal grinder inside Beveridge's car after stopping him near 88th Avenue and 191st Street around 12:30 a.m. for turning without a signal.


Late-Night Vandalism

Police said the fence and dugout around a Mokena Park District baseball field in the 10900 block of LaPorte Road were damaged and vandalized with profanity sometime between 8 p.m. March 18 and 9 a.m. March 19. According to the report, someone cut the surrounding chain-link fence, pulled off some of its pole caps, ripped shingles off the dugout roof and damaged a wooden baseball rack.


Drug Possession

Matthew J. Duncan, 25, of the 11000 block of Wilmington-Peotone Road in Peotone was charged with possession of cannabis. Police said they approached a car parked outside Giordano's Restaurant around 3 a.m. and saw a bag containing approximately 6.3 grams of marijuana near Duncan's lap as he slept. According to the report, the driver had pulled over to fix a flat tire.


Refusing to Leave Police Station

Jalal N. Jato, 52, of the 21400 block of Sage Brush Lane in Mokena was charged with criminal trespass to state-supported land. Police said Jato had been brought to the Mokena police station for a domestic battery investigation and was arrested around 2 p.m. for refusing to then leave the station, following his interview, without his car, which had been previously towed.


  • William J. Weaver, 26, of the 16100 block of Haven Avenue in Orland Hills walked into the Mokena police station around 1 p.m. to turn himself in on an outstanding Joliet warrant for criminal damage to property.
  • Becca C. Thompson, 32, of the 19900 block of Anna Street in Mokena was arrested on an outstanding Kankakee County warrant at her home, around 5:30 p.m. March 16, after police received an anonymous tip. Hypodermic needles and a prescription bottle that she couldn’t account for were both confiscated and disposed of, according to the report.
  • Kenneth R. Fitzgerald, 36, of the 20000 block of 114th Avenue in Mokena was arrested on an outstanding Cook County warrant for violation of bond outside the Mokena police station around 1 a.m. March 16. Police said they spotted Fitzgerald walking along the railroad tracks behind the station. An officer discovered the warrant after Fitzgerald asked for a ride home and gave police his name, according to the report.

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Mad Dad March 28, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Who eats soup for breakfast?


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