Mokena Police Blotter: Office Hit with Graffiti, Light Pole Hit with Hummer

Mokena police reports, Feb. 2-10


Graffiti with a Grudge

The words “Loser” and “Alcoholic” were spray painted on the front window of an office in the 19200 block of Wolf Road, police said. The owner of the business told police the graffiti showed up between 5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 8 a.m. Feb. 10, and gave investigators information about a possible suspect with a motive.


Intent to Deliver

Alex B. Battaglia, 23, of the 8300 block of Chestnut Court in Frankfort was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and possession of drug equipment. Police said they smelled marijuana after stopping Battaglia’s car near Wolf Road and 191st Street around 3 p.m. for driving without a front license plate. Officers reported finding a pipe and six painkillers before taking Battaglia into custody. A list of items confiscated after the car was towed included 17.6 grams of marijuana.

He was also charged with operation of uninsured motor vehicle and improper display of registration.


Possession of Cannabis

Jacob W. Bottema, 22, of the 12000 block of Josephine Drive in Mokena was charged with possession of cannabis. Police said they stopped Bottema’s car at Wolf Road and Front Street around 8:15 p.m. for blowing a stop sign and speeding. Officers reported searching Bottema’s pockets after seeing “small remnants” of marijuana on his floor board and found a bag of marijuana and hash, totaling 1.8 grams. He was issued a warning for the alleged traffic offenses.

Hickory Creek DUI

David A. Jozwiak, 43, of the 8000 block of 83rd Place in Justice was charged with driving under the influence, disobeyed stop sign and two counts of improper lane usage. Police said they stopped Jozwiak’s car at 191st Street and Hickory Creek Drive just after midnight for blowing a stop sign, striking a curb and swerving into oncoming traffic. He was arrested after refusing to take field sobriety and breath tests, according to the report.


Property Hit and Run

Yesenia Cepeda, 24, of the 200 block of Highpoint Drive in Romeoville was charged with failure to report an accident and improper lane usage. Police said Cepeda struck and knocked over a light pole at 191st Street and Grotovsky Drive around 3:15 a.m. while pulling a u-turn and fled the area. A witness gave police a description of the car — a Hummer — and its personal license plate, which was stopped less than an hour later by Romeoville police with front-end damage.


Wolf and LaPorte DUI

Sheila J. Smith, 47, of the 19700 block of Glennell Avenue in Mokena was charged with DUI and two counts of improper lane usage. Police said they stopped Smith’s car near Wolf and LaPorte roads shortly after midnight for taking wide turns into oncoming traffic and swerving across lanes. She smelled of alcohol and was arrested after failing field sobriety tests, police said.


Illegal Transport

James A. O’Malley, 51, of the 9900 block of Seeley Avenue in Chicago was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol, driving on a suspended license ad improper lighting. Police said they stopped O’Malley’s car in the 9300 block of 191st Street around 8:15 p.m. for driving with one headlight. He was arrested for driving on a suspended license, and an open bottle of vodka was found in his car, according to the report.

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Kelley Nasmith April 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM
17.6 grams of marijuana = dealer? 1/2 of an ounce? Do the police wonder why no one respects the law?


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