Wrong-way driver caught with crack stash
04/04/2012 10:00 PM
A man caught driving the wrong way on a one-way street was charged with possession of crack Sunday, April 1, after police said they found the rock-like narcotic in a shoe-box in his car. Police charged Dantril D. Edinburg, 30, of Zion, after patrol officers saw him driving northbound at 7:15 p.m. on a one-way southbound street in the vicinity of 500 South Wabash.
Police said Edinburg could not produce a valid drivers license and they said they detected a strong smell of marijuana in the car. When they asked Edinburg and his passenger to leave the car, police said they saw Edinburg attempt to hide a shoe box, which they later found to contain three large plastic bags containing 14 smaller zip lock bags which contained what appeared to be crack.
A fight at the White Palace restaurant at 5 a.m. Saturday, March 31, branched out onto the street where an innocent third party had his car attacked.
Police said the fight blossomed from a verbal altercation at the restaurant, 1159 S. Canal St., and then became physical when a 30-year-old Chicago man was hit in the head with a chair and a 24-year-old Chicago man was struck in the face by a closed fist.
The offenders then fled in a four-door red sedan but the two victims, attempting to catch their assailants, instead caught the wrong vehicle and began kicking the vehicle, which belonged to a 29-year-old Chicago man.
The two victims then apologized to the owner of the vehicle they had attacked, and he declined to press charges. One of the victims was taken to UIC Hospital with a four-inch laceration on the top of his head.
Two men attack police officer
Two men were arrested for aggravated battery Sunday, April 1, at Pizano’s Pizza, 61 E. Madison St., after they caused a disturbance in the restaurant and then attacked a police officer who attempted to get them to leave.
Employees at the restaurant told police that two men were causing a disturbance and disrupting other customers at around 11 p.m. April 1 when they were asked to leave. They refused and when a bartender intervened they started grappling with the employee. Another employee then flagged down a passing police car and when a police officer told them to leave they started yelling at him.
As he escorted them out of the restaurant, one man allegedly tackled the officer and the other piled on until additional police were called to the scene. The officer suffered from lacerations, a swollen hand and elbow, a bruised back and a possible broken finger. Police said they were considering filing additional felony charges against the two men.
Family theft ring
Police charged four members of the same family with retail theft March 27 after police said they were caught attempting to steal clothing from Macy’s department store, 111 N. State St. Police said a 17-year-old, two 16-year-olds and a 12-year-old, all from the same address in the 7400 block of South Eggleston, were observed taking items into a fitting room and then leaving the room with the items, worth about $400, in purses.
A bout with amnesia
A 21-year-old Hickory Hills man said he was assaulted and struck on the forehead with a glass bottle at a South Loop nightclub Monday, April 2, but he couldn’t remember which nightclub or where it was. The man called police at 2 a.m. April to report the assault from an address in the 13000 block of South Drexel and was later transferred to Roseland Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
A 36-year-old Chicago man was charged with strong armed robbery Thursday, March 29 after police said he attempted to take two boxes of medication from Walgreen’s store at 201 W. Madison, shoved a store employee and later hit him with a juice bottle. Police said the man tried to walk out of the store with the medication, worth $11.48, in his coat pocket before he was confronted by a store employee. He then shoved the employee several times while trying to exit the store and then hit him with a bottle of juice.
This summary contains information taken from the crime reports and arrest records of the 1st District of the Chicago Police Department. Anyone named has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.
—Compiled by Mike Ulreich